Report shows super-spenders are more reliant on organic search

internet searchHow do you typically find online information or websites you’ve recently visited?

Forrester asked 4,600 US adults this question and I would say “the answers might surprise you” but that would be cliche. Let’s just take a look at what happened and see what we can do with the results.

Organic search landed in the number one spot (no surprise) but the second, third and fourth options weren’t that far behind.

Search only got 36% of the vote. I expected it to be closer to the 50% mark. Want to guess what came in second?

Time’s up: Facebook.

25% of respondents said they got their info from Facebook! I am surprised by that.

Third place went to TV ads with 23%, fourth to TV shows with 21%.

Internet advertising to grow 15 percent, with display taking the lead

A new forecast from ZenithOptimedia tells us that global ad spend is likely to top $545 billion dollars in 2015. That may sound like a reason to celebrate but it’s actually a slight step down in growth compared to 2014. (4.9% in 2015 vs 5.1% in 2014)

ZenithOptimedia Growth Adspend 2014

Part of the reason for the decrease in the increase is the lack of large, global events in 2015. In 2014, advertisers took advantage of the huge audience that tuned in to follow the Winter Olympics and the World Cup but 2015 is going to be a quiet year. That’s good, we need the time to rest up because 2016 is going to be a wild one with the Summer Olympics, the UEFA European Football Championship and the US Presidential elections. Wow. The news media is going to have to hire a lot of extra help.

Why everything you’re doing to engage fans is wrong…in a single chart

When Forrester asked marketers to share the channels they use to keep in touch with their customers, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube topped the list.

It looks like we’ve all gotten caught up in the social media marketing hype, because it turns out, that’s not where our most loyal customers prefer to engage with us. Take a look…

Customer Engagement

Boom!

Didn’t see that coming, did ya? You did? Well pin a rose on your nose, ‘cos you’re one of the smart ones. While the rest of us try to increase our Facebook engagement rates from zero point some’n percent, we should be focusing on the customer outreach we have on our own sites.

As mobile users increase Facebook looks to be the ‘cross-platform platform’

FB CollageLast night, Facebook announced the company’s third quarter results and it was better expected. Revenue for Q3 2014 was $3.20 billion, an increase of 59% year-over-year. I’d take that any day.

66% of the revenue came from mobile advertising. Go back and read that line again. That’s up 49% over last year. If you had any doubt that mobile is the future of advertising, that should change your mind right there.

The mobile situation gets even more interesting when you look at active users.

  • Daily active users (DAUs) were 864 million on average for September 2014, an increase of 19% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs were 703 million on average for September 2014, an increase of 39% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.35 billion as of September 30, 2014, an increase of 14% year-over-year.

Facebook launches Atlas, the anti-Ello ad platform

Facebook Atlas Ad PlatformDid you feel the earth shift on its axis last week? No it wasn’t an earthquake. It was thousands of internet marketers, techies, and gurus all clamoring to gain access to the invite-only, “anti-Facebook” social network, Ello.

I was one of them–although I can assure you I didn’t inhale and only wanted an invite for ORM reasons. ;-)

Unfortunately, Ello was mostly a piece of junk. Sorry Ello, but your user interface is less than impressive.

Why the stampede? Because Ello made the bold claim that it would never sell its users info to advertisers. You’d think that might get the attention of Facebook, right?

It did. And the mega social network has today announced that it is doubling down on its ad targeting with the launch of Atlas.

Hey there! Pinterest’s new privacy policy allows marketers to target and track

Pinterest SampleIf you visit Pinterest today, you’ll find a notification banner at the top of the page.

“Hey there! On October 19, 2014, we’ll update our privacy policy to help make Promoted Pins more relevant. Here’s what’s new.

The link takes you to the updated policy and if you scroll up you’ll see the original policy but Pinterest doesn’t call out what’s different from one to the other. That’s not nice.

I compared the two docs and here’s what I found.

The first section of the privacy document is called “What information do we collect?”. Right now, all information is lumped together under two headings. In the new document, Pinterest gives partners and advertisers their own section.

3. Our partners and advertisers may share information with us

Which social media network drives the most ecommerce conversions. . .?

If you had to guess (and you do) which social media network drives the most ecommerce conversions, I’d guess that you’d say Facebook. Unless, of course, you’ve already seen this chart from the new “Myth-Busting Social Media Advertising” from AOL Platforms and Convertro.

The answer is (insert drumroll). . . .

YouTube!

But don’t hand over the rose bouquet just yet.

Convertro Social Media FunnelYouTube may have come out on top but it still didn’t make a very good showing with only 14%. Facebook came in second along with the much maligned Google+. How about that?