As social media’s influence on our everyday life continues to grow, the total number of users will increase and subsequently the money spent on and revenue generated via these mediums will rise. Generator Research predict that the total number of users of social networks globally will reach 1.8 billion by the end of the year and that we will see an increase of 38% by 2017. This will see the total number of social media users hit 2.5 billion in 2017 .
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For many of us it is difficult to believe the above statement considering the perception of email marketing and the copious amount of emails we ignore each day. But research has revealed that this digital dinosaur is actually more effective at driving conversions, which are certainly key to any eCommerce business.
As they continue the ongoing effort to improve their offerings, Google have introduced the AdWords Keyword Planner that should make managing and refining campaigns a much easier process. The Keyword Planner, which launches today, offers a number of new features that will help advertisers shape their keyword lists.
Some of Facebook’s rules are often perplexing and it is evident that they have never heard of the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. But it is nice that you can rely on their consistency and they have once again introduced an odd and seemingly unnecessary rule, which means that promoted posts will be disapproved if the image contains too much text. When recently attempting to promote a post with an image on the AccuraCast Facebook page, we received the message below.
Creating effective social media strategies is often a difficult task and there are many factors to be considered, including the identity of the brand, the preferences of the target audience and the idiosyncrasies of each social networking site. This is why we’ve compiled this list of 10 great tips for social media success, from experts who work with social campaigns day in day out.
Google have recently added a new feature to their Drive product, in order to improve the level of communication available for users of this product. The ability to converse with others is certainly one of the key features that Drive has been lacking, so the introduction of Drive Chat is welcome news to those who collaborate on files. Drive Chat enables those using the same files and documents on drive to communicate with each other, in a format that is largely reminiscent of Facebook chat.
It has been announced that the Google Affiliate Network will cease operations in the coming months, with the search engine giant putting a stop to all publisher relationships with advertisers on the final day of July. The announcement made by J.J Hirschle, Head of the program, (which can be found here) appears to indicate that a lack of impact is the reason for this.
The number of tablets sold each year has risen rapidly in recent years and a number of milestones have been met and broken, such as a record number of devices being activated on Christmas Day last year. In 2012 the total number of tablets sold rose by a staggering 78.4% and total sales are expected to reach 190 million units by the end of the year, so it’s safe to say that the popularity of tablets will continue to grow at breakneck speeds.
Considering the credibility that the BBC holds when it comes to news stories and current affair, it is no surprise that thousands of websites link to their articles and attempt to gain a small piece of this credibility. However it would appear that Google are surprised by this, with their algorithm failing to take these factors into account.
As we have mentioned numerous times, the power of smartphones is growing and with it the potential for mobile advertising is also increasing. A recent report revealed that 47% of Western European residents use their mobile for entertainment services and a staggering 65% of smartphone owners now browse internet content on their device.
A recent study has revealed that social networks fail to enrich our lives, with the majority of posts being general updates on daily life and used in the promotion of products and services.
Social media usage has grown rapidly in recent years and now accounts for 18% of the time that we spend online. On average we use social networks for 6.9 hours each month and this is more than we have ever done in the past, so this begs the question of how much do social networks actually enrich our lives?
If you have yet to make any PPC plans for this Valentines Day then fear not, as there are millions of men, and even women, out there who are equally as unprepared. Although this may seem like a lot of effort at this late stage, Google have predicted that Valentine’s Day sales will reach a whopping $18.6 billion and a fair amount of this will be spent over the next few days. Therefore it is time to act and develop your last minute PPC campaign!
When Lady Gaga first hit the headlines in 2008 she was a welcome breath of fresh air, describing herself as both a “retrosexual” and “exhibitionist singer-songwriter” in one of her early interviews. Her allure came from her unique style, which included bright make up, daring outfits and crazy accessories and her brand of catchy electro-influenced, synthesised songs.
However it would seem that Lady Gaga’s popularity has been falling recently, as her latest album has sold 4 million less copies than her début and internet search trends support this.
Our ever growing reliance on smartphones and the rising capabilities of the most recently released handsets have enabled marketers to offer more sophisticated mobile ads, apps and websites. Having the appropriate mobile ads and fully optimised mobile site or app in place is key, as consumers now have the ability to purchase any time, anywhere and expect businesses to cater to this.
If your initial PPC efforts have failed to lead to a conversion, then remarketing gives you the opportunity for redemption and you should certainly use this chance wisely. If you choose to simply offer a standard remarketing ad to all those who have visited your site within the past 30 days, then you are making a huge mistake.