2014 Marketing Budget Planning [survey]

9 in 10 “business leaders” plan to either increase (46%) or maintain (47%) their marketing budgets in 2014, according to a survey from StrongView. A mix of B2C and B2B companies primarily headquartered in North America evaluated their spending plans across a variety of programs. The results reveal strong support for a variety of digital … 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 »

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 »

Online Ad Click Through Rates – Highest Around Midday

Based on an analysis of 1 trillion impressions from its 100,000-strong publisher network during Q1, Infolinks has released a set of findings concerning online ad click-through rates (CTRs) by time of day, day of the week, and US state. The data suggests that CTRs are highest between 11AM and 2PM, rising to 14% above the … Continue reading »