'Web Analytics' Category

Data and Disruption

Posted by Greg Kihlström on October 20th, 2014 at 4:30 am

There are billions of dollars at work to try to describe an ever-changing world to industries where opportunities and risks at stake have never been higher. Between the speed of stock transactions and a real-time advertising bid alone, we are often shaping and reshaping our world in increments of fractions of a second.  In the marketing and advertising world alone, this is light-years away from media plans and buys that were done months, weeks, days, even hours in advance.
We live in a world where two competing ideas and philosophies are at work. We have big data, which takes the petabytes of data at our disposal and makes calculations and predictions based on similar cases, people, events, you name it.
The promise of big data is that it can be used to predict what people will do, when and where they will do it, and how much they are willing to pay for it. It uses as many factors as can be obtained, and models them based on what other, similar people have done. Age, gender, location, previous purchase, and anything else marketers can get their hands on are used to get to the best guess of when a purchase decision will... Read more

Report: Social Media Benchmarks for 5 Industries

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 15th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

One of the more popular reports we publish are benchmarking reports. As every industry is different, it’s interesting to see how KPIs like fan counts and engagement rates track across different industries, as well as across brands within the same industry.
This report takes a look at 5 major industries: Snack Foods, Fashion Retail, Pet Food, Luxury Auto and QSR Restaurants, assessing each on two major social media KPIs. Fan count, and engagement rate. The networks they are analyzed on include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest.
Key Takeaways

Facebook is still the dominant network in each industry. There’s only one industry, Luxury Autos, in which Facebook has less than 80% of the total average community size.

Instagram leads significantly in engagement rate in every industry profiled.

Google Plus is showing both strong community size, and even more surprisingly, high engagement rates, in several of the industries.

Luxury Fashion: 3 Social Media Campaigns from September

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Luxury fashion brands play well with social media. With social media becoming more and more visually-driven, it’s put this category in an even better position to maximize impact with highly graphic content.
This report takes a look at 3 of the more prominent campaigns that ran during the month of September, 2014. The brands analyzed are Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein.
Key Takeaways

Numerous campaign themes evident within a single month

Industry is trying a range of messaging tactics: branded content, product launches, event coverage, publicity

Network performance varies greatly, with Facebook offering reach, and Instagram high engagement levels

Case Study of a Successful Affiliate Website

Posted by Mike Hall on October 8th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The purpose of this post is two-fold - to report on the results of an affiliate project I wrote about last year in my post, "How to Get an Affiliate Site Up, Running and Earning in 2 Weeks", and to introduce my next affiliate project (which I will also document the results of).

The Most Effective Holiday Discount Offers

Posted by Katya Constantine on October 6th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Holiday retail season is almost here! Bring on Chrismukkah, Cyber Monday and Festivus! Soon, many companies will start to offer an array of discounts to boost their holiday sales. Offering a discount is easy enough, but what type is most effective?