Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

SEM brand lift, maybe

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A recent post in the Google Retail Advertising Blog describes a study conducted by Google and Levi’s to see if search ads generated brand awareness. The study demonstrated increased brand awareness, but there are some significant caveats to extrapolating to other brands. The study showed a significant increase in Levi’s brand awareness among people who […]

Blog Action Day

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Today is Blog Action Day, and we’re at a loss for profound additions to the deluge of climate change blog posts. This is a business blog, and we are reluctant to share personal issues here. However, climate change is more than a personal issue, and it is already affecting many businesses and — consequently — […]

Improving web form conversion rates

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

You can drive all the traffic in the world to your website, but it’s a waste the visitors don’t convert. Form design is very often a significant contributor to poor conversion rates. While Key Principles and Specific Recommendations that follow are generally written for forms that solicit contact information from potential customers, they can also […]

Yahoo Sponsored Search Discloses Ad Placements…And More

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

A week ago Yahoo announced a new feature/report for Yahoo Sponsored Search advertisers, the Ad Delivery Report. In short, it’s a report that tells you where your ads are being shown across Yahoo’s (vast) network, along with performance data. It’s a helpful report to run, and discloses just how many different sites Yahoo places your […]

Adobe + Omniture, why?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Adobe is buying Omniture, a leading provider of web analytics and analysis provider.What does this mean for online marketers and our clients? This struck me as an odd combination until I started digging a little further into recent history of these companies and the direction of application development. Adobe makes software such as Acrobat, Dreamweaver, […]

Digital signatures and encryption for Mac Mail

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Using Mail on the Mac for digitally signed and encrypted messages is very easy…once your certificate has been obtained and setup. First, some quick definitions: Digital Certificate — A digital certificate uniquely identifies you and makes it possible for people to encrypt messages so that only you can read them. You obtain a digital certificate […]

Bing and Yahoo and SEO: there’s no rush

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Microsoft and Yahoo! have announced a complex agreement in which Bing will provide natural and paid search results to Yahoo! properties, and Microsoft will have access to Yahoo!’s technology. Yahoo! will provide the salesforce for premium search advertisers. Self-service paid search (this is regular old PPC through adCenter and Yahoo Sponsored Search) will be handled […]

PPC conversion rates: why they matter

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Over the years we have managed a lot of pay-per-click campaigns for a variety of clients. Some of them have a thorough understanding of conversions, while there are still a lot that don’t. It is still surprising to find companies that only measure the success or failure of their AdWords campaigns (or less often Yahoo! […]

Risks of social media: business is not personal

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Social media is all the rage. Facebook and Twitter have millions of users broadcasting information to each other in an amorphous and humongous online social web that now extends beyond desktop computers into iPhones and Blackberries as they roam the globe. Many companies see this as fertile territory for promoting their brands, and some are […]

Misguided FTC blogging guidelines

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Karen Anderson recently blogged about the FTC’s plans to draft new rules that allow them to go after bloggers for false claims and conflicts of interest. These plans have been in the works for months, but widespread awareness and concern seems to have only blossomed in the last few weeks, leaving little time for action […]