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What’s Your Presidential Election Year Beer?

October 19, 2012

What’s your election year beer?

Who would have guessed that the most Democratic drink by a long shot is Cognac, or that such lite beers as Amstel Lite, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite and Sam Adams Light tilt so far to the political right, while Bud, Miller High Life, and Natural Lite are Democratic?

Groups like No Labels that seek to revive bipartisanship on Capitol Hill would be well advised to serve Bud Light, Guinness, Scotch, Michelob Lite and Coors Original at their fundraisers. This story is an excerpt from a NY Times Blog posted by Thomas B Edsall.

Follow this link for the full story entitled ” Let the Nanotargeting Begin”. The opinions and comments in this blog do not represent the opinions or preferences of Emory Digital or its employees but nano-targeting is big with political ad campaigns and we thought you would enjoy considering the implications of  “what is your presidential election year beer?

Enjoy and Prosper!

Steve Emory, author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

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Ready for Changes to Google Shopping in October?

September 17, 2012

Internet shopping cart

If you are an Internet retail merchant currently spending a large part of your ad budget on SEM, get ready for some major changes in the cost for your product ads with Google Shopping, the major Comparison Shopping Engines and even text ads this October. If you are a top 10 spender with Google, you already know about the changes.

For everyone else, there may be tough times ahead to get your product ad listed on page 1.

Product Listing Ads that have been free on Google Shopping since 2010 are changing over to paid search. Your Ad will now show up only to the highest bidders on page 1, beside competing merchants. And that’s not all…the landscape and scarce real estate of page 1 is changing also so get ready for strong competitive page 1 bids for product ads and PPC cost increases for text ads of 20% or more.

Before the change, 50% of Google’s search revenue came from page 1 text ads and included free product listings. Beginning in October, fewer merchants will be able to fit on page 1 because paid product ads will dominate and push many text ads off of page 1 entirely. By 2013, the Google Click share will change dramatically with paid product listing ads projected to increase to 60%, and PPC (text ads) projected to shrink to about 25%.

To boost product ad ranking and shopping results this holiday season, smart advertisers will need to use more sophisticated channel management platforms to target their ad placement bids based on detailed merchant data feeds of their SKU’s to Google and other CSE’s. These bids will need to be segmented by CPA allowable based on the individual product’s profit margins.

In addition  to Google Shopping, top paid Comparison Search Engines include Amazon, Shopzilla, NexTag, PriceGrabber, Pronto and Become. Paid search based on product category and theme is completely different than optimization of keywords and websites, so this is another change likely to take some getting used to.

Enjoy and Prosper!

Steve Emory, co-author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

User-generated Content is Still King

July 31, 2012

User- generated content continues to power Social Media but it also is critical to driving sales for your business-both online and offline.

More than 80% of Gen Y, the largest consumer group in history is influenced by user-generated content when considering a purchase. In fact, 51% of them actually rate user-generated content more important than the opinions of friends and family!

Think about your own purchasing behavior when its time to buy a new car, book travel, buy electronics or purchase insurance. Do you do research online and read other (user-generated) consumer reviews before you buy? Answer this question honestly and you know how important Social Media is to your business.

If you are looking to boost your business now and the rest of this year, spend more time on your Website, Blogging, Twitter and be sure to try the new kids on the block Pinterest and Google+.

Consider it a gift to know that your own purchasing behavior is a guide to helping you attract more traffic and sales for your business.

Enjoy and prosper!

Steve Emory, co-author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

Quantifying Social Media

July 28, 2012

Everyday more companies and more consumers are joining the social media fray.  What does the increased noise level mean? Can you actually measure whether the investment has any impact on results?

Extent of Company Social Media Today

In June 2012 a two-day conference was held in New York City to share and discuss the State of Social Media. The conference served as a forum to discuss the results of data produced by a survey conducted by Useful Social Media from 650 participating corporations.

71% of the survey respondents said that they were responsible for developing and executing the company social media activity using a team of between 2 and 4 team staff members on a part-time basis.

Not surprisingly, 90% of respondents use Facebook for their company and 89% have a Twitter presence. These two are the unrivalled leaders for companies – and an incredible proportion of

businesses have taken the plunge and set up accounts on these two sites. YouTube and LinkedIn were also popular with 75% acknowledging regular participation. Also, 49% disclosed that they have created and promote their own blog.

Measuring Return On Investment in Social Media

Less than a third of respondents feel that they are accurately measuring the impact of their social media activity, and only 40% of respondents say they measure social media ROI (with only 23% confident they’re getting this measurement correct). Early measurement shows:

1. Activity/Engagement 14%

2. Conversion to leads or sales of those engaged 6 to 7%

3. Development of recommendations or customer testimonials from evangelists 2%

What is Next in Social Media?

The most popular replies from survey respondents about what to expect next year are:

1. 200% more companies will use social media to develop better products

2. A third more companies will offer customer service delivery through social media

3. 95% more companies expect to use social media for market research in determining future offerings.

What would participants like to be able to measure in the future? The answer is activity, growth in followers, increase in web traffic, translation to leads, and conversion to sales.

 

You can download a free copy of the full survey report @ www.usefulsocialmedia.com

Freemium Digital Strategy Can Help Build Your Business

July 12, 2012

Have you even heard of the term “Freemium“? According to Wikipedia, its a  business model that includes a free service but a premium is charged for advanced services. This includes software, media, games or web services today but if you think about it, direct marketers-many of whom have migrated over to the Digital side have been using freemiums since the Sears catalog was invented(free shipping with purchase).

If you are reading this Blog, chances are good that you already have used one or more freemiums such as:

  • LinkedIn is free, but they have great value added upgrades especially for job seekers.
  • Zoho is an excellent free CRM and online meeting tool, with lots of optional advanced features like CRM and  unlimited meting attendees.
  • Most businesses use WinZip which includes a free 30 day trial with upgrades to full service package.
  • How about Google AdSense who frequently and regularly gives anyone who wants to open up a new Adsense account $100 to spend on a paid search  test. Once your test is cooking and shows promise-most people are hooked and can easily type in a budget you want to  spend to expand your test and everything else is already done for you. Google is like eating peanuts-once you start, it’s real hard to stop!
  • Norton anti-virus software and its competitors started out by giving away Free Trials on disk, with an easy to upgrade to a paid service. This model has become a problem with the advent of freeware like a free download of  Microsoft Security Essentials and others.
  • Words with Friends-who hasn’t played this popular game by downloading the Free app on their smart phone only to finally concede that its better to pay for the game than be constantly interrupted by ads?

Then there are some of my favorite retro freemiums like the Gillette razor. With Gillette, they will give you the razor for free…if you but the blades! Acme’s summer of 2012 Sweepstakes promises cars, boats and a million dollars free if you buy their groceries and your name is pulled out of a hat with a gazillion to 1 odds of your actually winning. Webmasters can use stock digital images free…if they want to create a mockup with the photo credits superimposed in a watermark, and they agree to pay a licensing fee based on the number of exposures online. Entrepreneurs, consultants, doctors and lawyers typically offer a free initial consultation and once you get a taste-they charge you top dollar. And then there is the ubiquitous buy one get one free-just another form of freemium!

So now you have a new word in your vocabulary and maybe you will be inspired to consider how to use a Freemium for your business.

Enjoy and Prosper!

Steve Emory, co-author DM Deja vu

President, Managing Partner Emory Digital

Top Five Small Company Sales Shortcomings and How to Fix Them

June 9, 2012

The more opportunities I have had to provide freelance help to small owner-operated businesses, the more I recognize the differences in their approach and the similarities in their sales and marketing shortcomings.

1. Disappointing and inconsistent sales performance

*invest more time to manage and participate in your sales effort

*improve the consistency of your sales effort with a modestly priced CRM program like  SalesForce, Eloqua, or NetSuite to formalize your calling, emails, sales calls, tracking and reporting no matter how small your sales staff.

*Change your sales compensation to include commission based incentive.

*Eliminate sales staff members who have nor performed over a twelve month period.

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Ninety Percent of All Data Created in the Last Two Years!

June 2, 2012

An IBM web page describes the company’s big data offerings by stating that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily now and as a result 90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years.

 I never claimed to be a math major but if I understand the data progression correctly, it goes something like this:

1 Byte is made up of 8 bits

1 Kilobyte           KB          103          (or 1,000 bytes)

1 Megabyte        MB         106

1 Gigabyte           GB          109

1 Terabyte           TB           1012

1 Petabyte           PB           1015

1 Exabyte            EB           1018

 One Exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes. To put this staggering amount of storage in some perspective, the world’s technological capacity to store information grew from 2.6 exabytes in 1986 to 15.8 in 1993, over 54.5 in 2000, and to 295 exabytes in 2007. This is equivalent to less than one 730-MB CD-ROM per person in 1986 (539 MB per person), roughly 4 CD-ROM per person in 1993, 12 CD-ROM per person in the year 2000, and almost 61 CD-ROM per person in 2007.

 Another way to begin to grasp the explosion is to realize that we are creating data at a daily rate of all the data that existed in 1986.

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