Monthly Archives: April 2008

Google changing policy on bidding for trademarked phrases or words

As Google changes it’s policy on bidding for trademarked phrases or words brand owners need to beware as trademarks could be up for grap. I was reading Marketing Week the other day and found an article by Ruth Mortimer from Brand Strategy. It was a good read and opened my eyes to the real power Google has over trademarked search terms.

Google is claiming that they want advertisers to use the keywords that are most relevant to them and to their business and Google users.

This will be fun to watch develope and see how brand owners react when the changes start being visible.

Templar Downie design that promoted local historical heroes

I know it is not current, but some of the greatest design I have seen on my travels and or researching on the Internet for London was done by a comany named Templar Downie and promots local historical heros.

The “Local Heroes” campaign devised by Templar Downie extended to Green Park, where the focus was on such UK historical figures as Sir Isaac Newton, Wellington and Queen Victoria.

Really great stuff, visit www.templardownie.com for more information on them.

Omniture really happy about Yahoo buying Indextools

I believe that Omniture is really happy about Yahoo buying Indextools or as stated on their site “We at Omniture congratulate IndexTools and welcome Yahoo! back to the Web analytics business. Let’s be clear though: this move by Yahoo! was done to compete with Google. IndexTools does not compete “toe to toe” with Omniture.”

Yahoo it seams is not going to go the Google / MSN way with web analytics, but to provide a fully functional enterprise web analytics tool for clients around the world for free.

What happens to Omniture, Webtrends or any of the guy’s selling their tool when a tool like Indextools enters the market and for free.

Read this: Yahoo buys indextools 80% of the functionality of Omniture for free

Yahoo acquires Indextools…

Indextools aquired by Yahoo!With Indextools being one of the hottest and sharpest looking web analytics solutions around, I must say it’s a sexy purchase. For many reasons I hope a lot of money changed hands, but I can instantly conjure up many ways in which Yahoo! can make sure it was worth their while, some of them more savoury than others. Eric T. Peterson demystifies some of the possible scenarios in this excellent article on the subject.

It’s not so long since Yahoo snatched up wonderful and precarious Flickr from under me and millions of other users without ruffling too many feathers, and I trust they will treat Indextools with the same respect! Knowing Dennis Mortensen is staying on board sure takes away most of the scepticism that first clouded my mind upon hearing the news, and ensures that I’ll await the next steps with baited breath.

Congratulations to Dennis and all our other Indextools friends. Even more so to you Yahoo! for making a smart move. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and congratulate the rest of us, each step of the way, as the future of Indexhoo unravels.

What the heck are Web Analytics for?

Web AnalyticsI heard somewhere that “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Web Analytics are understanding how a website is being used in order to tweak it performance, or is it that simple? It has been said about web analytics that the tool tells you what is happening on a web site but not why and the why might be more important than you think.

Case – the Bank:
I did a project way back with a bank that offered anybody that opened up an account through the Internet that they would match what people inserted to these accounts a pound for a pound, in my case a kronu for a kronu (with some limit though).

They bought advertisements in the national papers and the largest web portals and started promoting this unbelievable offer, but very little happened, they did no know if people came in to the site or if they did why they did not convert.

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The 10 new rules of marketing according to Omniture

I was recently at SES NY and browsing through the wast number of booths at the expo I picked up a small piece of paper named “10 new Rules of marketing” and as I said before this is according to Omniture.

These are the rules of marketing:

1. demand accountability of your team, your agency, your budget, everything. Complete transparency must be completely obvious.

2. Measure what matters; what matters is actionable. Make sure that everything that you measure, is measured in the same way. Action’s where the action is.

3. Automation is the marketer’s new best friend. More automation = more action = more uplift.

4. Customer-centricity is no mandatory for survival.We are moving toward segments of one: individual cusomer.

5. Embrace  the end of the gut-feel test everything. Proving the boss wrong may be the most satisfying part of your day.

6. Relevance rules. Target with the right content and offers.

7. Online informs everything. Every channel is now beholden to the mighty web site.

8. If you don’t have digital expertise you’d better buy some now.It may buy you a market leading postion.

9. Meet the new CEO: Customer Engagement Optimization. Move over big guy-maximizing customer interactions from click to lifetime value will drive your business now.

10. Rules? There aren’t any hard and fast rules anymore. Customers are king, fickle, and move fast, so once you’ve learned the rules, they’ve changed.

And that it, short and sweet. Compliments of Omniture.

On personal notes I am not sure that I agree with the “end of the gut-feel” as for me it has often helped me when there are no demographics and/or measurements to go by and on the topic of automatition, you are talking to a guy tha doubts what excel calculates.

The other rules, specially the number 10 are spot on, enjoy!