You can pay and pay but organic search still wins

BrightEdge sent over a new report called “Cracking the Content Code” and since I’m all about content, I had to share it with you.

To come up with the numbers, BrightEdge tapped into their giant Data Cube repository which contains information about billions of pieces of content from all over the web. Sounds like a machine that could take over the world. Luckily it’s on our side. . . for now.

The Data Cube sliced and diced to find out which was the most effective driver of traffic; organic search, paid, display /email or social. Want to guess which one came out on top? If you paid attention to the title of this post then you already know but I’ll make a dramatic reveal anyway.

 

Facebook and Apple expand their global mobile advertising plans

eMarketer says worldwide revenue from business-to-consumer ecommerce sales will hit $1.500 trillion this year. That’s an increase of 20.1% over last year. A large portion of that growth is coming from China where more than 6 our of every 10 dollars is spent on ecommerce. By 2016, China is expected to beat the US in ecommerce spending and that’s just one of dozens of countries showing incredible growth in this area.

Now look at this:

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By 2017, 5.1 billion people worldwide will be using mobile phones. Again, Asia is leading the charge but we’re also seeing growth in the Middle East and Africa.

When you combine the mobile phone usage with the rise in worldwide ecommerce, you can see why it’s important to think globally when talking about mobile advertising.

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New Pinterest analytics: more about the who than the how many

New Pinterest AnalyticsEveryone loves to see their social media numbers rise; followers, engagement, clicks. It makes us feel like we’re doing something right. But the real power lies behind the numbers. Who are these followers? Why are they clicking? Would they click more if you had blue images instead of red ones?

Pinterest’s new analytics for business is all about the faces behind the numbers and I’m excited to use Pinterest again.

The first thing they did was make the dashboard pretty. I know that shouldn’t matter but this is Pinterest! Plus, color-coding helps me see what’s happening at a quick glance.

The opening page is all about the quick look. It’s an overview of impressions and engagement over the past week in number, percentages and graphs.

New Pinterest Analytics Dashboard

Do the locomotion with me: Instagram launches time-lapse video app

HyperlapseImagine a 45-minute walking tour of your farm compacted into 5 minutes. Or a 20-minute fashion show compacted into 2. Imagine what you could show your customers if you could do it quickly, without the dreaded shakes and without complicated editing.

The folks as Instagram not only imagined it, they made it so in a new app called Hyperlapse. Even the name is cool. And what makes it so special is an epic stabilization tool that allows you to record a ride down a hill on a skateboard as smoothly as if you were standing still. (Click here to see a comparison video.)

But is it easy to use? Of course it is.

With a Twitch and an ad tweak, Amazon muscles its way past Google

Twitch TVSometimes it seems like the tech industry is running its own little – but very lucrative – war. Apple vs Android, Windows vs Mac, Twitter vs Facebook, Amazon vs Google.

Hmm. . . that last one never occurred to me until now. A month ago, I didn’t see Amazon as a Google competitor. Walmart, yes. Every small retailer on the planet, yes. But Google?

If the rumors are true, Amazon is ready to go into battle with the search engine giant and it could be the makings of a brilliant video game.

First, there’s the rumor that Amazon is going to buy live-streaming, gaming network Twitch.TV. Earlier this year, YouTube was planning on buying the network. It couldn’t be a better fit – the world’s largest video network merging with the largest live-streaming game network – what a powerhouse.

Yahoo creates its own native ad network with new content recommendation box

If you regularly visit SBNation, CBS Interactive’s GameSpot or a TVGuide website you may have noticed a new recommendation box at the bottom of each piece of content. It looks like this and it’s powered by Yahoo!

Recommended by YahooNot into sports? How about this?

Yahoo Recommended Gamespot

I hate to be a backseat ad-driver, but if it were me, I’d flip those two sponsored ads. Put the muscle builder miracle cure on the sports site and the cheap car insurance on the gamer site. . . but I digress.

The real story here is that Yahoo has taken their native ads on the road. Now, people don’t have to visit a Yahoo site to see one of the network’s native ads, they can see them on these three (with presumably more coming) sites.  More exposure is great for advertisers and Yahoo can use all the clicks it can get.

New Facebook spam updates: include links, but don’t ask users to click them

Facebook has just announced two new updates that it thinks will help weed out the amount of spam that shows up in your timeline.

First up, Facebook plans to penalize posts that encourage you to click a link without telling you much about it. In other words, “click bait.”

Here’s the example they give:

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That kind of post is now a no-no. Facebook will begin checking engagement and stickiness to determine if its users found what they were looking for–or mislead into clicking on a post. The social network will use two different methods to determine if you’re using click bait: