How The Inc. 500 is Using Social Media

Virtually all – 95% – of the 2013 Inc. 500 companies are using at least one major social media tool, according to the latest study from the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. LinkedIn remains the most commonly used platform, by 88% (up from 81%), but there appears to have been … Continue reading »

Facebook Right Behind Google In Ad Spending [survey]

Mobile now accounts for more than 22% of all US digital ad spending, compared with less than 3% in 2010 US mobile ad spending is expected to near $9.6 billion in 2013 and account for a whopping 22.5% of all digital ad investments, according to new figures from eMarketer. The channel’s incredible growth—considering mobile represented … Continue reading »

Social Networks To Reach 2 Billion Users By 2016

Growth in the number of social network users around the world may be slowing, but it shows little sign of stopping, based on eMarketer’s latest forecast of internet, broadband and social network users worldwide. This year, estimates predict, 1.61 billion people will log in to social networking sites at least monthly, from any electronic device. … Continue reading »

Quality Content and Social Media Increase Brands Google Rankings

A recent study aims to not only prove the longtime theory that Google and Bing favor brands, but that content quality, social media signals and backlinks are associated with higher-ranking pages in search engine query results (SERPs). Brand Web sites have an advantage when it comes to ranking higher in search engine query results on … Continue reading »

Which Social Networks Are Used For Ad Campaigns? [survey]

A fair number spend more than 5% of budget on paid social media Unsurprisingly, the greatest percentage of social campaigns land on Facebook, but that doesn’t mean other sites are getting left behind.In a July 2013 survey from media software company STRATA, nine out of 10 US agency execs reported being likely to use the … Continue reading »

Global Organizations Seeing Big Impact on Customer Use of Social Platforms [study]

Asked how much the growth of externally facing social platform usage (such as Twitter, YouTube and online communities) has changed the way their organization interacts with customers, 5% of respondents indicated a “transformational” impact, and another 26% a “significant” impact. That’s according to findings from a Social Media Today study conducted with Leader Networks and … Continue reading »

5 Key Online Advertising Platforms – Ranked by ROI

ROI Rankings: Facebook Deemed More Important Than Twitter and LinkedIn, Less Than Google Asked to rank 5 key online advertising platforms by importance in terms of ROI, respondents to a survey conducted by Ad Age and RBC Capital Markets put Google on top, giving it an average rating of 2.1 on a 6-point scale of importance, … Continue reading »

Major US Digital Ad Market Shifts Revenues to Mobile

Nearly one-fifth of Google’s revenues will come from mobile search Major players in the US digital ad market are shifting more of their revenues to mobile, as consumers in the US spend more time than ever with portable connected devices. Search is the largest single format when it comes to mobile ad spending, and search … Continue reading »

How To Optimize Your GMail Campaigns

With over 400 million users worldwide, there’s a good chance many of your email subscribers are accessing your campaigns in Gmail. Optimizing your emails for specific email clients can help get your messages delivered and read. Emails that display the way you design them helps ensure your marketing efforts are much more effective. With the … Continue reading »

Gmail Tabs: Why They Help Email Marketers [report]

Curious about Gmail’s new Tabs feature and how it has impacted your marketing emails?  With Tabs, Gmail users are actually reading more of their marketing email. Read this new ReturnPath Report to learn about the early impact and implications of the email experience with Tabs. Take your marketing to the next level. Outsource to BersonDeanStevens. … Continue reading »

New Google Adwords Drop Down Menu

The “I am Looking For” ad extension gives users a drop-down navigation menu with links — in this case 10 — to specific sections of an advertiser’s web site. In the screenshot below, notice the advertiser is using both traditional site links — for subscription plans and broader content categories — and the new drop-down … Continue reading »

Social Login Network Choice Depends On Vertical

According to a new analysis by Gigya, social login has become a standard on the web and on mobile devices, with the world’s largest businesses implementing the technology on their web properties so that their users can quickly register and login with their existing social identities, and so that those businesses can gain valuable permission-based … Continue reading »

New Google Display Ad Planner

Google AdWords has launched the Google Display Planner, a combination of three AdWords tools: the Contextual Targeting Tool, Placement Tool, and Google Ad Planner. Here’s a help guide. It includes everything from how to access the tool to creating and saving media plans within the tool. Google will be eliminating the Contextual Targeting Tool and … Continue reading »

Facebook Marketing and Advertising Efforts to Grow [survey]

Marketing and advertising efforts on Facebook will grow over the coming year, according to an industry survey commissioned by The Creative Group. The survey of more than 400 marketing and advertising executives found that 62% of respondents believe that companies will increase their investments in Facebook over the next year, and another 30% believe those investments will … Continue reading »

Which Acquisition Channels Deliver The Best Customers?

Custora has released a new study examining e-commerce customer acquisition trends, based on data from 72 million customers of 86 US retailers across 14 industries. The study looks at which channels produce the most customers, but also which offer the greatest customer lifetime value (CLV). Highlights first: organic search has not only accounted for the … Continue reading »