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A Tale of Two Publishers: And What Every Business Needs to Know

It is the best of times and the worst of times for some businesses. Many look at the world and see the opportunities of being data rich, customer centric, and nimble while others imagine they can bring their old school thinking to the new media, always-on connected customer. They sit cross-fingered hoping that putting lipstick on their pig will improve their results. Let’s explore two publishers making news recently and learn how one is failing while the other has become…

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Measuring Social Media: An Interview with Jim Sterne & Avinash Kaushik

Just last week, I had the pleasure of keynoting the fabulous eMetrics Conference in San Jose. While there I had a chance to sit down with my good friends Jim Sterne and Avinash Kaushik to discuss Jim’s latest book Social Media Metrics: How to Measure and Optimize Your Marketing Investment. If you are doing anything in social media, planning on it (and if not why not) then you should get a copy right away. Take 8 minutes and watch the interview…

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The Portability of Content: Implications on Usage, SEO and Tracking

Last week, I moderated several sessions on Emerging Trends at the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit. A couple of the sessions were about measuring social media. That same morning announcements were made regarding the deals Twitter had struck with Microsoft Bing and with Google. With Microsoft Bing also announcing a deal with FaceBook. The gist of the deals, is that now your tweets or status updates can be found on the search engines. I think of this as a behavior changer…

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Strategy Challenges for Effective Online Marketers, Part 2

In my last column I covered the first three of seven online marketing challenges. Marketers often find they need to: Reach more people. Reach better people. Have more resources. Improve testing and usability. Redesign. Obtain better metrics. Improve conversion rates. Let’s consider the latter four challenges: 4. “We need better testing and usability.” Evaluate how easy it is to buy from you. Determine if your visitors quickly can find what they’re looking for. Check out the ease of your check…

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When Web Analytics Lie

What happens if your onsite web analytics look good, but you still aren’t drawing conversions? Mike McDonald, of WebProNews caught up with me after one of my site clinics at Search Engine Strategies for an interview on Creating a Self-Service Sales Cycle. After looking at the analytics, I saw that not a single page had a bounce rate over 20 percent and no page had an exit rate bigger than 30 percent. However, the conversion rate was under 1 percent.…

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