Search, SEO and SEM
The games performance advertising specialist, TrafficCaptain, is expanding its portfolio of search engine marketing (SEM) services. TrafficCaptain supports games providers in the development and ongoing optimization of worldwide SEM campaigns. A number of customers are already using this service, which TrafficCaptain is now expanding.
Posted Mar 11, 2014
Predictive analytics is not reaching its full potential because companies are struggling to rapidly bring information sources together to make meaningful predictions.With this in mind, Attivio eliminates the source integration challenge through the newest version of Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), a unified information access platform, which integrates and correlates silos of structured data and unstructured content.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
The Search Agency, a global online marketing firm independent U.S. search marketing agency, released its quarterly State of Paid Search Report for Q4 2013, which found that after three quarters of sequential growth in impressions, Bing's impressions declined last quarter. Additionally, mobile continued to gain market share over desktop, with one-fifth of all clicks coming from smartphones, and one-eighth coming from tablet devices.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
Skillsoft announced a multi-phase joint development agreement with IBM to leverage the power of big data in enterprise learning. The goal of this collaboration is the development of an enhanced adaptive learning experience for users with a focus on productive data-driven learning outcomes. The project will combine IBM Research's big data and customer experience analytics capabilities with content interaction data from Skillsoft's 50,000+ learning assets, to create new methods of creating and assessing optimal learning experiences at an individual level.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
Attivio, Inc., creator of the Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) unified information access platform, and Quant5, Inc., a developer of marketing and sales analytics solutions, announced the availability of an integrated suite of cloud-based predictive customer analytics solutions for deeper, actionable customer insights.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
You can never be too rich or too thin, or so the saying goes. But you can have too much data, according to the results of a survey of marketers. Digital marketers need to take control of their marketing data or the unrelenting flow of Big Data will overwhelm them, the survey says. Despite the grim prognosis, there is hope, said a marketing analyst familiar with the report.
We've all heard about the value of content curation in the digital age. People put a premium on any tool that is able to help them sort through the deluge of information. And content creators have realized that they can add quick value to their sites by providing a stream of curated content that is relevant to their readers. Bruce Clay Inc., a global internet marketing solutions and optimization company, and PublishThis, a cloud-based content platform and end-to-end content marketing manager studied how curating content as a strategy effects publisher SEO.
Posted May 01, 2013
Gartner has predicted that, by 2015, "big data" will generate 4.4 million jobs globally. The bad news? Only one-third of those jobs will be filled. Why? There is a shortage of skilled analysts to do the work.
By Lin Grensing-Pophal
Posted Jan 11, 2013
If it's not your job to pour over your site's Google Analytics results you may not have noticed that the search giant announced, just over a year ago, that it would make SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) search the default for signed-in users - and you definitely wouldn't have realized the effect this has on your company's SEO efforts. Optify recently took a look at what this change has meant for marketers and put its findings into a study dubbed "Google Not Provided On the Rise: The Impact of Google's SSL Enhancement on SEO Data."
Posted Nov 16, 2012
The 2012 election cycle marks the inaugural election during which "big data" analysis tools are widely available to examine where the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates stand on the major issues of the campaign. The technology company Atigeo is putting its big data cloud software platform, xPatterns, to work in a free online analytical tool that it hopes voters will use to sift through the cacophony of campaign commentary and make sense of the candidates' stances on the issues.
By Michael LoPresti
Posted Aug 22, 2012
Webster's Dictionary says the word "analytics" dates from 1590, and it defines the term as "the method of logical analysis." These days, though, it's tough to think of the word in anything but a computer-related context-particularly when it comes to content and marketing analytics. The latter, as digital media expert Julie Blakley describes it, is "data that can help inform decisions about the marketing decisions you make moving forward"-or, as she more succinctly puts it, "to be able to see what's working, what's not, and then what's the best way to move forward."
All day long, every person with access to the web is generating a trail of data that has been a boon to businesses and marketers. According to Robert Boeri-an independent consultant in the Washington, D.C., metro area-pinpointing an exact definition for this Big Data can be tricky. "The definition is somewhat subjective, and it can vary by sector depending on what kinds of software tools are available," explains Boeri.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of maximizing your site's visibility in search engine results, which is an art and science, according to Rebecca Lieb, analyst of digital advertising and media at the Altimeter Group. "In laymen's terms, it's being on the first page of Google results, not on page 372, where people are unlikely to see it," she says.
Discovery has never been a simple process for organizations, even in the "old days" when discovery generally entailed gathering piles of documents into large boxes and wading through them by hand. Information long ago evolved from print documents to electronic formats, which has created challenges and opportunities.
By now, most of us know the basic ingredients for a good website. The mobile experience, though, is still a relatively new concept compared to the traditional web—so figuring out how to provide the best mobile search interface remains a work in progress. Yet organizations with digital content are wasting no time working with the technology to expand their traditional web search capabilities into the mobile space.
By Marji McClure
- May 2011 Issue
Posted May 25, 2011
This is the third in a series of columns assessing the readiness of text and social analytics to play a productive role in enterprise solutions. In this column, I assess approaches to acquire analytics applications when dealing with a common institutional barrier: the chief information officer (CIO).
By Robert J. Boeri
- December 2013 Issue
Posted Dec 10, 2013
I have previously reviewed basic business practices required to anticipate and manage inevitable social media crises affecting brands. Even the best business practices can only mitigate social public relations (PR) disasters. And it is expensive, and of dubious value, to do as the Department of State is reported recently to have done: spend $630,000 on Facebook likes. That's probably, at best, a one-off solution.
By Robert J. Boeri
- November 2013 Issue
Posted Nov 19, 2013
I recently spent an afternoon going down a podcast rabbit hole. It started with the DoubleX podcast from Slate, which led me to an episode of Dan Savage's Savage Love podcast, which pointed me to--of all things--the OkCupid blog. I was more surprised than anybody when I discovered we could all learn something from OkCupid about analytics and all the very scary things websites know about us.
By Theresa Cramer
Posted Nov 19, 2013
In the mid 1990s, I bought an Iomega Zip drive boasting 100MB of storage. It was the size of a small pancake. The other popular offline storage medium, a 3.5" diskette, held 1.44MB. Each Zip drive packed the equivalent of almost 70 diskettes. Who would ever need more than a few Zip drives?
By Robert J. Boeri
- April 2013 Issue
Posted Apr 09, 2013
Every modern journalist needs a certain set of key skills. Certainly you have to know your way around social media to publicize your work, but these days, you also need to be able understand and make use of data.
By Ron Miller
- January/February 2013 Issue
Posted Jan 15, 2013