How Organic Web Traffic Increased by 1018% Without Any SEO Efforts

In April, organic Web traffic for the site typeupsidedown.com increased by 1018%.  No particular marketing efforts were implemented that could have accounted for this. At DemandResults, we’re always looking for the root causes of notable traffic events or unusual online activity. Here, we’re using one of the best free evidence-based marketing tools available: Google Analytics. [...]

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"Customers are positive [sic] influenced by reviews that describe factual characteristics of hotels, and do not want to read personal stories of reviewers."
Li, Ghose and Impeirotis

This quote, from a study performed by NYU researchers developing new models for consumer product reviews, may have interesting implications for sites selling certain types of consumer products. Can consumers be led, through site page structures or other means, to provide more helpful reviews?

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Latest Forbes Study Reveals Need for Video SEO in B2B Space

When it comes to making large business purchases, executives are increasingly likely to do much of the research themselves, according to the latest report issued by Forbes magazine. The report, called “Rise of the Digital C-Suite: How Executives Locate and Filter Business Information,” identifies a digital divide between executives under 50 that grew up with PCs [...]

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How Evidence-Based Marketing Could Change Ad Culture

Who needs online product testing? Candy bar company Mars, for one. The company just rolled a marketing campaign for Fling, a chocolate bar aimed squarely at women. But a lot has changed in the 20 years since Mars last introduced a new product, including the ability to conduct small, focused tests on highly specific online [...]

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Facebook Developers Go Legit in New App Directory

By now, social media users that once tweeted “Facebook or Twitter?” have come to realize that the two services couldn’t be more different. While Twitter is essentially a very powerful but extremely simple broadcast/radar station, Facebook has quickly grown from the Web’s most compelling friend and contact management solution to a bonafide entertainnment and lifestyle destination. [...]

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As Search Queries Get Longer, Search Ad Coverage Gets Smaller

According to comScore data, there is conclusive evidence that American search queries are getting longer. And as searchers use more words in order create more accurate search results, the net ad coverage over search results – defined as the percentage of search engine results pages for which there are paid ads – is actually shrinking significantly. This is happening [...]

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What Facebook’s Revamped Lexicon Tool Means for Social Media Marketers

Facebook rolled out a sneak peek of the mouth-watering new version of Lexicon this week. Although the demo is currently limited to a handful of pre-selected terms (“swine flu,” “basketball,” “Biden”), the level of marketing insight is unprecedented among existing social media tools. This tool confirms Facebook’s commitment to make the network highly effective for evidence-based [...]

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New Guidelines for Measuring Social Media Marketing

Evidence-based marketers are hardly alone in wanting to measure the success of campaigns within social media services like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter. But in order to have a successful conversation about tracking results, we need a good set of guidelines and eventually, a common vernacular. This week theInternet Advertising Bureau (IAB) published their two cents on [...]

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Cracking the Lexicon of B2B Search Optimization

Unless your products have nearly universal name brand recognition in the business-to-business space (think Microsoft Office), chances are your search campaign will be infinitely more difficult to create, execute and optimize than 90% of all business-to-consumer (B2C) efforts. Evidence based marketers can help you overcome these challenges regardless of how new your product is or how small [...]

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What Facebook Polls Mean for Brands and Consumers

Earlier this year, Facebook debuted several types of new engagement ads, including some that enabled advertisers to conduct polls. Because poll results appeared in site news feeds, polls that were particularly engaging theoretically stood a much higher chance of attracting the participants’ friends than conventional ads. Facebook is mum on how the experiments have worked so far, [...]

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