Tagged 'Data'

Square One: In-house Agency vs. Outsourcing Digital Marketing

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 4th, 2013 at 7:58 am

In the last few years companies have an increasing desire to take search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and social media marketing in-house. The trend, while logical, has dangerous implications for corporations and agencies alike.

25 Things Accomplished in 48 Hours @ Advertising Week

Posted by Kevin Planovsky on October 2nd, 2013 at 5:08 pm

There seems to have been a lot of bad-mouthing of Advertising Week across the industry blogs and dailies, much to my dismay... Perhaps I am just a naive first-timer, but I think Jon Bond said it best when he blogged that, now in it's 10th year, "Advertising Week is a breath of fresh air for our industry"! Even more exciting is the inherent focus on everything digital which seems to have completely taken over the entire week of sessions, speakers, sponsors & events...
I had the opportunity to attend for the first time, and as I fly back to Atlanta from ye olde large apple, I decided to jot down all of the crazy, fun, some disappointing, and exciting things I accomplished in only 48 hours in Manhattan. The below list is the top 25 things from my short period of time at Advertising Week 2013 (for the full list of 40 checkout the blog at my mobile + social media agency, Vert)

Met Wayne Gattinella from DoubleVerify (and formerly WebMD)
Saw Microsoft, dotJWT, Placewise & DoubleVerify talk about “Waste Free Advertising”
Listened to an insightful chat by Facebook on Mobile: The New First Screen
Chatted about agency consolidation & #TornadoWeek with Joel Lunenfeld of Twitter
Met Valerie Buckingham from Nokia & Jim Joseph from Cohn + Wolfe and chatted Windows8
Talked to our pals Carin & Dave at ThinkNear about... Read more

Data Isn't King, An Insight Is

Posted by Daisy Whitney on June 6th, 2013 at 10:24 am

Data won't tell you everything you need. In fact, sometimes it tells you the wrong thing."We are data rich and insight poor," said Adam Kmiec, Director, Global Digital Marketing & Social Media, The Campbell Soup Co., during the morning keynote at the iMedia in:Focus Summit on What Women Want From Brands. "Data misses things. Insights come from signals, not data, and insights inform decisions. The key is what you do with those signals."
He urged marketers and agencies to look beyond big data and study insights and emerging trends, and then apply those to the data. For instance, don't assume a tweet is equivalent to an actionable data point. However, many tweets when filtered and structured, can potentially be a powerful signal about consumer behavior. Signals indicate what consumers are really doing with products and how they are buying. "An insight is something you need to think about and then make a decision about what to do about it," he said.

The 4 SEO Trends Every Marketer Needs to Know

Posted by Tony Quin on May 29th, 2013 at 9:54 am

It seems like as soon as I wrap my head around Google's latest algorithm update, there's another release that changes the game.
While SEO experts should live in the weeds of these updates to understand the nuances in how Google ranks content, marketers should recognize a few high level SEO trends that drive successful content marketing initiatives.
1. SEO used to be an exercise in optimizing content for spiders. Today, SEO is about optimizing content for the user.
This is an important distinction that should drive every piece of content produced, from how you choose the topic to the words you use to express the idea. Search engines think like people, but for some reason most brands don't speak like people. This is causing a disconnect between the brand and the consumer on every level - in relating to them obviously, but also in just being discoverable. No one searches in corporate speak.
So, how do you do this? Research.
A combination of both keyword research and social listening will show you what words and phrases consumers use. Once the content is written and optimized appropriately for search, the language used in social media should reflect the language used in the content.
The same keywords... Read more

March Madness 2013 Insights and Trends

Posted by Alex White on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:23 am

Around the middle of March we started analyzing our traffic with regards to the NCAA 2013 championship. To do that, we chose the top thirteen teams at the time (Gonzaga, Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan, Georgetown, Nashville, Kansas, Louisville, Duke, Miami, St. Mary’s, Kennesaw State and La Salle) and built custom categories for identifying them. DG-Peer39’s system currently crunches about fifty billion requests per day. Each request represents a web page which is about to be delivered to an internet user, which is sent to DG-Peer39 for analysis.
We enabled the system to identify web pages referencing each of the teams specifically in the context of basketball. These pages were automatically analyzed  on a deep semantic level across three dimensions: safety, quality and topic. These massive amounts of analyzed traffic also provide us with a unique opportunity to glean insights and intelligence on current internet trends at large.
The graph below shows the request volume we received for each of the teams, as a fraction of the total number of March-Madness requests. The percentages are the relative share of each team in the total requests.

To further analyze this data, we sampled several tens of thousands of random webpages referencing Michigan and Louisville, the... Read more