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How to use Facebook Ads for market segmentation?

This article discusses the potential of market segmentation using Facebook Ads. Why is segmentation needed? Segmentation is one of the most fundamental concepts in marketing. Its goal is to identify the best match between the firm’s offering and the market, i.e. find a sub-set of customers who are most likely to buy the product and who therefore can be targeted…

A.I. – the next industrial revolution?

Introduction Many workers are concerned about “robotization” and “automatization” taking away their jobs. Also the media has been writing actively about this topic lately, as can be seen in publications such as New York Times and Forbes. New York Times: After Jobs Dry Up, What Then? Forbes: Now, Even Artificial Intelligence Gurus Fret That AI Will Steal Our Jobs Although…

Briiffi mediamyyjien kanssa toimimiseen

Jokainen yrittäjä ja markkinointipäällikkö joutuu puhelinmyynnin kohteeksi. Siinä missä yksityishenkilöille kaupataan kaikkea lehdistä boksereihin, bisnesmarkkinoilla yleisin kauppatavara on mainostila eli media. Ensimmäinen vinkki: Suurin osa mediamyyjien tarjouksista on huonoja, eikä niihin kannata lähteä mukaan. Tässä artikkelissa avaan tekijöitä, joihin itse kiinnitän huomiota markkinointipäällikkönä toimiessani. Miten siis toimia mediamyyjien kanssa? 1. Selvitä todellinen maantieteellinen näkyvyys Millä paikkakunnilla ja missä paikoissa mainos…

The Digital Marketing Brief – four things to ask your client

Recently I had an email correspondence with one my brightest digital marketing students. He asked for advice on creating an AdWords campaign plan. I told him the plan should include certain elements, and only them (it’s easy to make a long and useless plan, and difficult to do it short and useful). Anyway, in the process I also told him…

The Bounce Problem: How to Track Bounce in Simple Landing Pages

Introduction This post applies to cases satisfying two conditions. First, you have a simple landing page designed for immediate action (=no further clicks). This can be the case for many marketing campaigns for which we design a landing page without navigation and a very simple goal, such as learning about a product or watching a video. Second, you have a…

Assessing the scalability of AdWords campaigns

Introduction Startups, and why not bigger companies, too, often test marketing channels by allocating a small budget to each channel, and then analyzing the results (e.g. CPA, cost per action) per channel. This is done to determine a) business potential and b) channel potential. The former refers to how lucrative it is to acquire customers given their lifetime value, and…

The ROI of Academic Publishing

Problem of ROI in publishing The return on investment (ROI) of academic publishing is absolutely terrible. Think of it – thousands of hours spent correcting formatting, spellings, rephrasing, and so on. All this after the actual insight of the research has been accomplished. In all seriousness, 10% of time spent doing research and 90% writing and rewriting cannot be thought…

Startup syndromes: “The Iznogoud Syndrome”

1. Definition The Iznogoud Syndrome can be defined as follows: A startup strives to disrupt existing market structures instead of adapting to them. In most industries, existing relationships are strong, cemented and will not change due to one startup. Therefore, a better strategy is to find ways of providing utility in the existing ecosystem. 2. Origins The name of this startup…

A simple formula for assessing the feasibility of AdWords cases

Update [24th March, 2017]: In addition to the formula explained in the post, I would add the following general criteria for a good AdWords case: 1) Low-Medium competition (high CPCs force to look for alternative channels), 2) Good website/landing pages (i.e., load fast, easy to navigate, have text information relevant to the keywords. Introduction Google AdWords is a form of…