Marketing basics: data management platforms

A data management platform (DMP) stores and organises user data to use for marketing purposes. The supply-side platform and the demand-side platform use this information on the ad exchange to tailor ads in real time, allowing companies to reduce losses and ensuring ads reach their target market. Learn more about DMPs here. [...]  

Big Data: definition and examples

When we shop online, book holidays, and search for gift ideas, we hardly give a second thought to the fact that each search entry leaves behind a trail of our identity. Busy web bots are never far behind and sweep up this information. The result of all of this is Big Data: massive volumes of data that is analysed and used for a variety of reasons. But is there reason to be wary of leaving behind this data? In many ways we all profit from the power of Big Data each and every day. [...]  

KPIs (key performance indicators) in online marketing

In the world of online business there are various performance indicators which are used to measure the success or failure of a business. In the e-commerce and publishing sector, analytical tools enable you to develop various optimisation measures based on KPI's as well as allowing you to get the most out of individual pages and campaigns. The tools can be used to uncover any weaknesses and show which areas are most successful. In the end, a thorough web analysis will result in effective marketing and success. [...]  

The best Google Analytics alternatives

Website tracking is very important in online marketing to be able to see how users are interacting on your site. The first choice is normally the tracking tool offered by the search engine, Google. But for data protection reasons, more and more users are looking for alternatives to Google Analytics. There’s a great selection of web analytics tools – we will examine applications with similar features to those offered by Google Analytics. [...]  

The best Google AdSense alternatives

More and more website operators are looking for alternatives to Google. Even when it comes to online marketing, it’s obvious that Google has a finger in every pie. But sometimes you have to rely on a different solution, for example, if you don’t pass the strict guidelines or find yourself blocked. This is often the case with Google AdSense, the advertising network for publishers. What are the alternatives to Google AdSense? [...]  

Owner, Admin-C, and Tech-C: requirements in domain registration

Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C – these roles are all related to domain registration. They represent the important points of contact in domain operations, and their contact details can be found on every Whois entry. But what do these positions actually involve? Who are they filled by? And what rights do the Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C really have? [...]  

Buyer personas: get to know individual customers better

In online marketing today, one thing matters most: data, data, data. But what use is all this diverse information that you've been collecting and evaluating if you only use it to address a vague group of people? A better way is to identify the individuals behind the data and put the focus on them. Creating concrete buyer personas helps to ensure that your carefully planned-out marketing measures reach your target audience. [...]  

How to tag your website with microdata according to Schema.org

Microdata offers a simple and flexible meta syntax for semantically tagging website content. Using a unified markup format according to Schema.org ensures high compatibility with web browsers and search engine crawlers. Reap the benefits of extending search results, like rich snippets or breadcrumbs, by tagging your HTML code with Schema.org microdata syntax. [...]  

Pinterest and Instagram: comparing two image-sharing networks

The success of the image-sharing networks, Pinterest and Instagram, shows the significant marketing potential of social media. Since their launch in 2010, the two platforms have established themselves as big players in both the British market and worldwide. However, business owners considering these platforms for marketing campaigns should be aware of their differences in order to assess whether they are worthwhile investments. [...]  

Social media marketing: using likes to your advantage

There’s more to social media than cat videos and holiday selfies. Over the past few years, marketing managers have discovered the great potential of different social media channels. Almost every business uses Facebook as a marketing platform, and many have discovered that this social network is about more than just managing the business’ image and strengthening a brand name. Social media marketing offers new ways of communicating with customers and retaining them. [...]