Digital marketing thought of the day (with Tommi Salenius): There are two channel types for online ads: “first-channel”, meaning the channel that gets a customer’s attention first. And “second-channel”, where we run retargeting ads to activate the non-converted audience from the first-channel. There are also two types of consumers: “buy now”, meaning those that buy […]
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“It eliminates all the fun.” Automation taking over marketing?
Jon Loomer, a well-respected digital marketer, was interviewed by Andy Gray in Andy’s podcast. They discussed automation and the impacts it has on the future of digital marketing. Andy asked what happens when everything becomes standardized by the platform? That is, when the platform sets the click price, chooses the targeting, and even writes the […]
Fake reviews dataset and generation
We published a paper and resources, including a dataset, related to generation of fake online product reviews. Link to the fake reviews paper. Link to the fake reviews dataset. Link to the fake reviews code.
How to Audit International Facebook Advertising? A 37-Item Checklist
This is a joint article written with Mr. Tommi Salenius who works as a digital marketing specialist at Parcero Marketing Partners. Introduction Facebook advertising is a powerful form of online marketing for many purposes ranging from direct response campaigns to brand visibility and awareness. However, the competition in the ad platform is increasing every year, […]
Automatic Analytics: Considerations for Building User-Oriented Data Analytics Systems
This is an unpublished exploratory study we wrote with Professor Jim Jansen for Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS2018), held in Doha, Qatar. Change of landscape: For a long time, automation has been invading the field of marketing. Examples of marketing automation include the various scripts, rules, and software solutions that optimize pay-per-click spending, […]
Google Analytics: 21 Questions to Get Started
I was teaching a course called “Web & Mobile Analytics” at Aalto University back in 2015. As a part of that course, the students conducted an analytics audit for their chosen website. I’m sharing the list of questions I made for that audit, as it’s a useful list for getting to know Google Analytics. The […]
Simple methods for anomaly detection in e-commerce
Anomaly is a deviation from the expected value. The main challenges are: (a) how much the deviation should be to be classified as an anomaly, and (b) what time frame or subset of data should we examine. The simplest way to answer those questions is to use your marketer’s intuition. As an e-commerce manager, you […]
Identifying opportunities that Google and Facebook can’t handle
It’s almost impossible to beat Facebook’s or Google’s algorithms in ad optimization, because they have access to individual-level data whereas the advertiser only gets aggregates, and even their supply is limited. But, there are two opportunities I see which Google and Facebook don’t handle: 1. Use of CRM data Especially purchase history (=lifetime value), product […]
How to reach B2B audiences online? That’s the question.
Introduction It *is* indeed the question – most often focus of B2B digital marketing is on lead generation and marketing automation. Much less has been written about targeting. Yet, B2B targeting is far from having been solved. The typical conversation between decision makers and agencies goes something like this. Client: “All this online advertising is […]
How to achieve a good score from Google Pagespeed Insights
Speed is one of the most important ranking factors in technical search-engine optimization (SEO). Besides search rankings, pagespeed directly or indirectly influences Quality Score in AdWords (and thus to click prices), and, perhaps most importantly, to the usability of website. Better usability, more conversions. PageSpeed Insights is a free service by Google to score the […]