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AdSense Scorecard: Good for You and Google, Too

adsense 10AdSense is celebrating its tenth anniversary with lots of free tips, training classes and even a dashboard upgrade. Google says they want to take care of the “heavy lifting” so you can concentrate on great content. And that’s not just PR speak.

Google keeps tweaking their search engine to weed out spammy sites and reward those that are genuinely informative or entertaining. The days when you could make thousands on a two-page niche site are rapidly fading but there’s still plenty of money to be made on the web. You just have to be a little more strategic.

If you need a refresher, check out AdSense 10 Tips for 10 Years - a brief slideshow that’s great for beginners. If you have the time, sign up for the free AdSense 10 Challenge. This is a 10 week course on Google+ that will teach you how to make the most of your websites.

Facebook Attempts to Make Page Insights More Useful

facebook insightsClick on the Insights tab on your Facebook Page and you’ll find a wealth of information. There are graphs and grids, percentages and mini bullhorns. So much data! And yet, every time I try to interpret the data, I come away more confused than ever.

I’m a smart girl. I read. I ask questions. And still, Facebook Insights leave me more perplexed than not. I’m being straight with you, so hear me out.

Part of the problem lies the contradictions: I have less “Fans” but more “Friends of Fans.” I have two posts with the same Reach, same Engaged Users but one has a virality score of 1.91%, the other is zero. How is that possible?

What I Learned About Me From Twitter’s Public Analytics Test

I’m always looking for new ways to measure my social media response, so I was excited when I heard that Twitter had “quietly” opened up analytics to the public. The tool is a subset of the Twitter Ad Dashboard. I’m not a Twitter advertiser but I was able to log-in and access some of my data.

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It’s hard to read, I know. I’ll have some close-ups in a minute.

At the top is a timeline showing Mentions, Follows and UnFollows. What I got was a section of data from May 14 through June 11. You can’t change this. It’s just a representative piece of the pie. I had 94 mentions in that time period. Since I have nothing to compare it to, I’d say that’s a nice number. I also picked up 108 follows. But I lost 46 people. That surprised me. Not that I think I’m so wonderful that no one ever leaves me, but it was a big reality check to see that I lose several followers on most days.

Marketers See Big Data Analysis As Critical Skill for Success

As marketers there is too much to keep up with for one person. Online, offline, traditional, digital, social, search, the list can go on and on.

However, a recent study from The Economist Intelligence Unit (which was sponsored by Lyris and repackaged in the chart below by Marketing Charts) makes it clear that big data is a top priority amongst all the things a marketer could know. Of course, just acquiring big data means nothing. It’s the ability to utilize data analysis skills to extract predictive findings that is at the top of marketers’ list of skills they feel are critical.

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What might surprise some, especially those who are in the ‘latest and greatest done by the cool kids’ school of marketing which assumes social media skills is on the top of every marketers’ wish list’ camp, is that there is real desire to fully understand e-mail best practices.

Google Streamlines Analytics Experience

Yesterday, I went into Google Analytics to set up a new website. Once again, it took me several tries to make my way to the proper section. I don’t load things into Analytics all that often, but still, you’d expect a tool this sophisticated to be a little more intuitive.

Hopefully, that’s what we’ll all find when we log on to the next generation of Google Analytics which they call “dramatically streamlined.”

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When you go into the Admin tab, this is what you’ll see going forward. Google provided several screengrabs on their blog but what they don’t show are the options under the drop-downs and this is where I’m confused.

[Infographic] In a Mobile World Customer Reviews Matter More Than Ever Before

customer-feedback-matters-previewThe Internet world is indeed a mobile world. There is no longer proof needed for that to agreed to amongst any marketers.

What that mobile world has created, however, is a brave new world for the consumer who now wields more power than ever. That power comes mostly in the form of reviews of a business’ products and services. It all leads to a customer who can voice great joy or great dissatisfaction with a business and that is power.

According to Gib Olander, CEO, Local Viewpoints,

Word-of-mouth advertising has long been recognized as the primary factor behind 20% to 50% of all purchasing decisions; in today’s mobile friendly, digital world, consumer testimonials and online reviews have become the default way within search results for consumers to judge the viability of a business to meet their needs.

The folks at Local Viewpoints put together an infographic to help further explain this reality of today’s online world.

Here it is.

4 Steps to Move from Insights to Action

This post is presented by Marketing Pilgrim’s Analytics Channel Sponsor WebTrends. It was written by Stephen Eide, Training + Development Specialist at Webtrends.
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If you’re like most digital marketers, you track a set of website metrics—measurements such as site visits, time on site, referring sites and the all-important purchases, conversions or downloads. While tracking and reporting on these metrics is fairly straightforward, do you know how to use them to make improvements?

While it can be challenging to move from reporting on results to driving action, it’s a critical transition. It can help transform your organization and put you on the path to marketing glory.

Here are four steps to get you started: