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Mobile Marketing ROI Has Come A Long Way in the Past Decade, But Email’s Still Tops

April 25, 2017

Email marketing continues to provide the best ROI of any digital channel, closely followed by SEO, according to Adestra and Econsultancy in their latest Email Marketing Industry Census [download page]. The survey of almost 700 in-house marketers - the majority of whom are UK-based - found close to three-quarters (73%) reporting that email offers a good or excellent return on investment, with SEO (72%) also highly regarded. Read more »

Retail Site Search Queries Are Getting Shorter; Most Are A Single Word

April 21, 2017

In a unique look at the all-important field of retail site search, a new study from SLI Systems [download page] reveals that the majority of search queries are only 1 word in length - and that the percentage of single-word queries has gradually risen over the past 4+ years. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – March 2017

April 10, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: email list growth and deliverability metrics; shopping around vs. loyalty; Millennials' new media milestone; financial status, by generation; improving digital ads; obstacles to marketing analytics; CMOs and brand-building; corporate reputation drivers; and CX leader. Read more »

Marketers More Confident Measuring ROI From Paid Search & Email Than Other Digital Channels

April 5, 2017

Measuring the ROI of marketing and advertising efforts has been a consistent obstacle for some time, brought to light by greater pressures from the C-suite to prove marketing's value. Digital advertising - for all its growth - hasn't been spared this challenge, but some channels seem easier to measure than others. Indeed, respondents to SEMPO's latest State of Search Report seem relatively confident in their ability to measure the ROI from paid search and email. Read more »

How Marketers Feel AI Can Enhance SEO

April 3, 2017

Virtually all marketers (96%) believe AI can enhance SEO, according to a SearchDex survey of 100 marketers across industries. The biggest benefit cited was the ability to focus on SEO while AI analyzes the data (73%). Other advantages that marketers feel AI could afford them include the capability to search and fix anomalies in their current SEO strategy (61%) and the ability to keep SEO strategy current based on what competitors are doing (58%). Read more »

Which Digital Capabilities Are Advertisers the Most – and Least – Confident About?

March 31, 2017

Some sobering results from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Google Digital Academy: on a 100-point scale, marketers working at advertisers around the world score their organizations' digital capabilities at an average score of just 57. Worse yet, that number hasn't budged since the last time the survey was fielded 18 months earlier. So where are advertising organizations having the most trouble? Read more »

What Are Marketers Finding to be the Most Effective Email List Growth Tactics?

March 20, 2017

Email continues to one of - if not the most - effective digital marketing tactics available. And while the recent focus has been on improving subscriber engagement amid declining click rates, list growth is obviously also a huge priority (and challenge). In its latest monthly report [download page], Ascend2 takes a look at the tactics that are perceived to be the most effective - and difficult to execute - for list growth. Read more »

How Do Viewers Discover Video Content?

March 20, 2017

Consumers still discover new TV and video content primarily through TV ads (56%) and word-of-mouth (54%) with internet search (32%) also a popular means, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). However, consumers are also now learning about new content through alternative means, such as streaming service recommendations (23%), social media (21%) or radio, TV or podcast host recommendations (16%). Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – February 2017

March 13, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: budget trends, by channel; Super Bowl ads; B2B lead gen channels; trustworthy B2B info sources; Millennials' brand loyalty; distribution of affluents by generation; "most powerful" brands; how brands are using Snapchat; and the top opportunity for marketers this year. Read more »

Retail Marketers Using AI Most Commonly For Search & Recommendations

February 28, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being hailed as one of the top trends impacting user experience over the next few years. How can AI be applied to retail? As it turns out, about two-thirds of retail marketers are using AI for marketing purposes, according to a new report from Sailthru [download page], with these marketers most commonly using AI in search. Read more »