'Web Analytics' Category

3 Things You Should Demand From Your Agencies Today (#3 Is Critical)

Posted by Nathaniel Kangpan on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

It's incredible to witness the speed at which the scope and volume of marketing data has been increasing.  It's laughable what was considered big data for most of us even as little as 7 years ago.  I distinctly remember being brought in as a consultant in the mid 2000s to work  with a top tier, global retail bank on a 'big data' project to analyze a customer portfolio of roughly 500,000 records. It was considered a big data project at the time because their analysts could no longer handle the quantity of records since Excel at that time capped out at ~65,000 rows.

Now it's common for marketing analysts to work with millions or even billions of records in impression logs, transaction files, etc.  Oddly, most agencies and ad tech companies don't ultimately provide their clients with any of this detail, choosing instead to report entire campaigns as a single line item in a document generated once a month (like it's still 2002). If the data is available, you should have access to it.

In my opinion, here are three rights you have as a client when you work with an agency or ad tech partner these days:

#1: Knowing where your campaigns... Read more

Google Analytics iPhone App Makes Mobile Website Monitoring Easy

Posted by Katya Constantine on July 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 am

Google just released an iPhone app for Google Analytics, providing mobile website monitoring from the convenience of your smartphone.  While Google has had an Android Analytics app for a couple years, this is Google’s first Analytics for iPhone app.
There have been several 3rd party apps on the market for GA.  All of them are paid and have some quirks with their integration.  Because of this, we highly recommend downloading the new Google app. It’s free and will not have any of the data delays or occasional differences you may see with a 3rd party app.
Highlights of the app include:
- Overview of Website Metrics The app features an overview section with many of the top-level metrics available on the GA website. Keep track of visitors, page views and traffic by channel from here.

- Real-time data The app also features real-time data, allowing you to see the number of visitors currently on your site along with basic information (i.e. location, referrals).

- Graphical reports Google does a great job of integrating graphical reports into the UI of the app. You can easily visualize visitors over time, page views by time of day and many other reports from your iPhone.

While the app mimics many of the features found... Read more

Selling Your Personal Data: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Neal Leavitt on July 20th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Last year a student at New York University threw out an interesting challenge – via a Kickstarter campaign, he offered to divulge 60 days worth of private data gleaned from his digital devices.
He raised $2,733 from 213 backers.
And earlier this year, a research team at the University of Trento in Italy reeled in 60 people and their smart phones to participate in an experiment that recorded various personal details and created a marketplace to sell the data. These included phone calls, apps being used, time spent on them, photographs taken, and users’ locations 24/7.
Each week, as reported by MIT Technology Review, the participants took part in an auction to sell the data, e.g., they might want to sell a specific GPS location or total distance traveled, or locations visited on a given day.
While reporting all results could be the topic of another post, in brief, Jacopo Staiano, who headed up the research team, said there were a few key findings:
• Location is the most valued category of personally identifiable information;
• Participants valued their information more highly on days that were unusual compared to typical days;
• People who traveled more each day tended to value their personal information more highly.
Almost 600 ‘auctions’ were... Read more

Report: Social Media Analysis – QSR Restaurants

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 8th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The social media landscape can quickly change as concerns about reach, effectiveness, value, security, or other issues rise and fall. And because trends can be specific to one or a few industries, it’s essential to analyze data for a known number of brands across a set period of time.
The Zuum report “Social Media Analysis - QSR Restaurants” is an industry benchmarking and content exploration into where the fans are in that industry, and what engages them. It looks at 9 of the QSR burger category brands, focusing on those with the highest total network members. Social media networks included in the analysis are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
Data Highlights and Key Takeaways

The total social media community size is dominated by a major global brand, McDonald’s, with over 50% of all community members across all 9 brands.
Wendy’s, with a total community size of only 17% of McDonald’s, is driving over 2 times the number of total engagements as McDonald’s
90% of Wendy’s engagement happens on Facebook, where their engagement rate is over 10 times that of McDonald’s
Top industry campaign themes include brand rallying, product promotions and global events like the World Cup.
The industry’s fastest growing social networks, in order, are... Read more

Social Media Helping Level the Playing Field for Craft Breweries

Posted by Neal Leavitt on June 29th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Craft breweries have produced scores of award-winning beers over the years and according to the Houston Chronicle, will garner sales of over $7 billion nationwide in 2014. But just having a tasty ale or lager is no guarantee these days for long-term business success as the gigantic ad/marketing budgets of the major breweries can drown out craft breweries attempts to snare market share.
“The number of new craft breweries has exploded in the past few years and the market is getting crowded,” said Melani Gordon, who co-founded San Diego-based TapHunter. The company provides on- and off-premise accounts with time- and money-saving tools that automatically update beverage inventory on social media channels, websites, and print, digital display, and tablet menus. This exposure empowers their customers by helping transform beer, spirits, and cocktail menus into valuable revenue producers.
Gordon said those craft breweries that don’t put some serious thought behind their brand and voice will struggle.
“There’s no magic formula for craft breweries to find consumers so the new breweries need to build a brand and web presence because it’s challenging today to stand out,” added Gordon. “In addition, there are a lot of inefficiencies in the retail distribution model, making it... Read more