Summer movie race: The Avengers takes lead

Posted on Jun 08 2012 by

This summer, Marvel’s The Avengers has taken an early lead in box office gross and concurrently in volume of searches. In its opening week (5/5) the picture yielded a volume of searches 182% higher than Snow White and the Huntsman achieved during its opening week (6/2). But the battle for superhero dominance is only just […]

More ABCs of back-to-school marketing campaigns

Posted on Jun 08 2012 by

In my last blog post, Do Your Homework before Planning a Back-to-School Marketing Strategy, we covered the basics around market opportunity and how to start segmenting the “mom audience.” This time we’re going to dig deeper into the attitudes and behaviors of certain key shopping segments. Data from Experian Simmons demonstrates the effect certain attitudes […]

“Moneydata” – championship outcomes are driven by an understanding of cross-channel customer data

Posted on Jun 06 2012 by

Having disjointed data can impact decisions across all aspects of campaign creation and measurement. Imagine a high-value catalog responder opting in to an email loyalty program on a website. Not linking that information to his or her previous transactions could lead to redundant communications across channels in a best case scenario and at worst, conflicting messages.

Listening, profiling and publishing – the three phases of social

Posted on May 31 2012 by

Businesses are now realizing that just listening to what is being said about a certain topic, product, service or brand and responding to everyone in the same way isn’t as effective as they had hoped. So what’s a marketer to do?

NHL dominant in Canada, popularity on the rise in the U.S.

Posted on May 30 2012 by

For the first time in 16 years, no Canadian-based NHL team has advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result, NHL-related searches in Canada (the top search terms that drive traffic to the Sports – Hockey category) have declined 10% year-over-year.

Earlier start for Father’s Day searches

Posted on May 30 2012 by

It’s not too early to turn up your Father’s Day Marketing efforts. Mother’s Day still rules over Father’s Day when it comes to search volume. But, when consumers are looking for gifts for Dear Old Dad, they start earlier. Father’s Day searches start to increase as far out as 6 weeks before the holiday, indicating […]

Do your homework before planning a back-to-school marketing strategy

Posted on May 29 2012 by

Even though most kids haven’t even completed their current school year, now is the time for retailers to start preparing their 2012-2013 back-to-school marketing strategies.

Flopping on a mobile marketing campaign

Posted on May 23 2012 by

Solutions exist today that enable marketers to identify a customer with a single piece of personally identifiable information (PII). Matching on a mobile phone number alone is difficult, but if you have captured the customer’s name and address, email or simply a zip code during the opt-in process, you can build links across channels to understand how they shop with you and who they are. This cross-channel identity resolution helps marketers avoid blundering when they recognize a customer in one channel, but treat them as they don’t know them in other channels.

10 consumer facts about Facebook

Posted on May 17 2012 by

Facebook has become a cultural phenomenon over the years and an object of affection for marketers to connect with its users. Experian Simmons has put together 10 consumer behavioral stats based on their National Consumer Study and New Media Study about the social networking site leading up to its Friday IPO launch: 39% of Facebook […]

Reduce the static in your campaign measurement efforts

Posted on May 17 2012 by

The path to purchase is non-linear. You have probably heard assertions that the marketing funnel is dead. At the very least, it’s infinitely complex. Customers are crossing channels and making purchases in places they weren’t originally promoted to. And the limited ways in which they identify themselves is a real challenge to marketers.