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From the recent BusinessWeek article to the daily Newsletter publications and Blog entries, the issue of click fraud continues to come to the forefront of the Internet Advertising industry. The issue has increased in significance to that point that fighting click fraud has become an industry unto itself with...
Just recently, the population of the United States surpassed 300 million people. But there's a number that's rising even faster than the U.S. population: it's the number of mobile phone subscribers. According to CTIA, the trade association for the mobile industry, that number has just topped 225 million. That's...
Media extends our ability to interact with the world as well as our ability to retrieve and share information. As we move forward in the digital century, our extensions are growing in number and becoming increasingly human. The seismic shifts in how we communicate in the century pose...
For most of its existence, advertising has been priced around the notion of X dollars per 1,000 impressions (CPM). Considering the relative consistency of the media landscape over the past 100 years (or so), this has worked well and generally been appropriate. We adjust up/down based on...
How important are search engines when it comes to brand marketing? 73% of the adult population report they are using the internet today and the number increases every day. Of those people, 87% are using search engines as their primary method of finding websites. My point — ignoring search...
A good online marketer these days monitors ROI by channel and then constantly tunes campaign variables to find the most revenue at the best possible return. But, be careful in how you interpret ROI results — if you execute upon detailed ROI metrics without thinking through purchase decision...
In my last article, I profiled 10 companies in non-media sectors that are incorporating RSS feeds into their marketing communication mix to engage target audiences. We looked at a diverse group of marketers, from Expedia's feeds of travel offers, to Ford's "Bold Moves" campaign, to Zales and their feed...
"If only the client would let us take a risk..." used to be the common refrain/complaint/cop-out heard from creatives. Blaming the conservative client was always the last line of defense for justifying mediocre work. To be fair, with many clients, the complaint was probably valid. With the high-cost of...
Recently, a leading multi-channel retailer engaged in a landing page test that sacrificed thousands of dollars and compromised plenty of ROI. The retailer's fatal flaw? Relying solely on the almighty conversion rate. The retailer tested two landing pages for its #1 keyword, "red jackets." The first was a product...
What's the sound of your brand? Interesting, isn't it? Most marketers will find it pretty easy to articulate what the look of their brand is; its feel; its tone; its personality; its values. But I suspect not many people would have an immediate and very definite...