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Our Favorite Gamification Tools Added To Ask For Help & Share Tools You Love @HaikuDeck

Our Favorite Gamification Tools Added To Ask For Help & Share Tools You Love  @HaikuDeck | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

We Added a page on top gamification tools such as SweetToothRewards.com (affordable gamification), Badgeville and Bunch Ball.

We now have pages for our favorite Analytics (just added Marin Software to that list), Content Curation and Gamification tools. We will develop a "gallery" of profile pages on http://www.Curagami.com to share how and why we like THESE tools over others.

What about you? What are your favorite online marketing tools? Email to Martin(at)Curagami.com or tweet using #favtools

Thanks, Marty

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Lean Analytics Book Is A #mustread For Marketers

Lean Analytics Book Is A #mustread For Marketers | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Book by Alistair Croll and Ben Yoskovitz about using data to build a better startup faster, part of the Lean Startup series with Eric Ries and Ash Maurya from O'Reilly

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Reading Lean Analytics now and HIGHLY recommend it.

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Google Analytics Not Provided Driving You Nuts? Here Is How To Model Around It

Google Analytics Not Provided Driving You Nuts? Here Is How To Model Around It | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Easy to model your Not Provided (or branded) keyword revenue down to where it belongs - the keywords that deserve it if Google was playing fair :). 

 1. Remaining - Subtract the rest of your keyword revenue from your massive Not Provided total. 

2. % Remaining - Divide your "Remaining" or non Not Provided keys into the Remaining total. This gives you the % for each non Not Provided key of the total revenue associated with non Not Provided keys. 

3. Allocate - Now multiple your Not Provided total by your % Remaining. 

4. Finally ADD your new Allocations by non Not Provided keys to their Google reported income (A + C). 

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A Simple Approach To Online Marketing ROI

ODigMa presents a sales oriented approach to measurement of ROI across various stages of sales funnel. Use it to save tons in your marketing budget. This prese
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Like this approach. Attribution is still a bear, but they give some good ideas for modeled workarounds.

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Going To Discuss Sophisticated "Ad / Content Serving" With Durham Based Adzerk Next Week

Going To Discuss Sophisticated "Ad / Content Serving" With Durham Based Adzerk Next Week | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Your ad server should do more than just serve ads. We built adOS to be the fastest, easiest to use platform for managing all your online advertising. It's free to get started!
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Ad Serving is so much more than you think. If our we design future is a series of contingent creative modeled to display based on predictive analytics then the existing very close to that idea is sophisticaed ad serving. 

Ad serving is knowing who is looking at what and how often they've seen it, but ad serving also forms the core of predictive modeling. When we show this ad to this person aor segment in this kind of environment it converts and that is exactly the way we will think of our content soon (as either converting or not).

The problem now is the top of our content marketing funnel  insn't connected to our bottom so traffic generation isn't related to conversion. Traffic is such an interesting problem.

When I sold my house only one person looked at it. Traffic LOW but converison HIGH. When I was an Ecommerce director we needed 12,000 unique visitors a day to sell 400 or 500 customers. so  Traffic HIGH but conversion LOW.

In our new GOOGLe world washing 12,000 uniques a day through for so few conversions would slowly lower your website's value. These days you want your heuristic measures (time on site, pages viewed, conversions such as downloading or signing up for something or buying something to go UP). 

Better to move LESS traffic through your website and get more from them. Sales were interestingly tied to traffic. On the one hand traffic reduciton move the conversion needle down, but that was only because our analytics weren't sophisticated enough to know who to court and who to let go.

By "court" I mean use sophisticated ad serving to model and convert the visit. With Google's new thinking about value and content marketing any websites HEURSTIC measures must improve and in an ever increasing pattern, so can't we use sophisticated ad serving to focus the right content to the right audience and so move heursitcs up.

I can see a financial person doing the, "Sophisticatd ad serving costs X, what does it get us?" Thing and boy do I hate gatekeepers like that because we are on the BLEEDIG EDGE now talking about something that cost NOTHING in relation to its potential benefits such as:

* More Page Views Because More Relevant Content Presented.
* Lower Bounce Rates As You Model Out Crap Traffic.
* Faster pattern recognition on content (ads) that are working.


 Last idea is very important because what is our content OTHER than long form ads? A: Our Content Is Exactly A Long For Ad. what DMers used to call "advertorial". The role of our content in an inbound marketing world is the same as advertorial. It doesn't look as "sell you a a used car", but don't kind yourself if your company is spending millions there better be some clear ROI somewhere. 

Clear ROI is why I want to speak with ADZERK about sophiticaed ad serviing for http://www.curecancerstarter.com.  I suspect we will find so many unintended benefits that building a ROI case won't be a problem. Stay tuned. 



 

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Why Google Blocks All Keyword Referral Data and Why This Is Really Bad

Why Google Blocks All Keyword Referral Data and Why This Is Really Bad | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Rand Fishkin talks about Google's motivation behind their encryption.

Via Robin Good
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What a pain. Google is making it SO hard to know what is happening on our websites they are all but putting money in other metrics packages pockets. We used to be able to model when "not provided" was below 50%, but now that more people signin to G+ and stay signed in we's lost too much raw data. The super quants can still model, but the average analyst is now behind the eight ball.

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Jill Prest Hart's curator insight, October 10, 2013 10:47 PM

I agree with one of the commentors on this post, that said, Google is doing this in response to the competition with FB et al. FB is making huge inroads in Googles once great monopoly.  You can still find keywords that will rank with reverse attack marketing and can learn about it here: http://www.reverse-attack-marketing.info

David Bennett's curator insight, October 11, 2013 6:34 AM

Quote from Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land: "

Publishers allow search engines to index their content, which is used by the search engines as the core content they can put lucrative ads around.


In return, search engines have provided traffic to publishers and data on how those publishers are found. That latter part of the ‘deal’ was unilaterally pulled by Google.”""

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:40 PM

Robin Good's insight with this ScoopIt is plenty.  It's a big deal about SEO being worthwhile, a real game changer as of Sept. 25th.  ~  Deb

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5 Common Business Intelligence (#BI) SEO Mistakes

5 Common Business Intelligence (#BI) SEO Mistakes | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
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BI and SEO
Search Engine Optimization is wound like a golf ball. The tighter your wind the rubber bands of business intelligence the more valuable the data you draw from the well. It is EASY to make business intelligence mistakes. Here are several common BI mistakes.

Top 5 BI SEO Mistakes
1. Poor tagging.
2. No A/B Testing.
3. No "Read The Cookie" Fire The Site.

4. No or poorly located email subscription.

5. No Social Media Reports or only GA.

 

Tagging is both art and science. How you "tag" or identify pages or pieces of your template make a dramatic impact on your ability to report critical data such as how many clicks a Call-To-Action (CTA) receives, the importance of a link or graphic and what your visitors care about and could care less about.

When YOU create a web page MOST of what you think will be important won't resonate. I've conducted hundreds of studies of links on web pages and a tiny % get all the traffic (sometimes as high as 10% of the links command 90% of the clicks).

This is why #2 is so important. You MUST, MUST, MUST test. There is no excuse to test these days. Even if your IT team can't split traffic for you there are services that will help (Optimizely is my favorite https://www.optimizely.com/).

#3 "Read the Cookie, Fire The Site" creates a relevant website based on data your programmers can pluck from a visitor's "cookie". A cookie is an identifiable piece of code that informs where a visitor's computer is located (GPS-like), where they came from such as Google and whether they are NEW or a return visitor.

Relevance is SO important every website should read the cookie and fire relevant information into a zone on their website. Read the cookie fire the site isn't technically complicated, but few web design teams think about it because it is a marketing or BI function to think about engagement and relevance.

The highest converting websites understand their site is NOT an end unto itself but a MEANS to an end. One of those important ends is to have the ability to communicate directly with your customers without paying Google or anyone else. Email marketing subscriptions is one of the most important and often overlooked functions of any website. Don't overlook where you place email subscription forms EVER. Above the fold and high contrast. Also make sure to note, "Privacy protected".

Finally Google Analytics under reports Social Media Marketing by 30%, so you must have another way to understand your conversion funnels. Without a tool like Coremetrics or Topsy you will undervalue Social Media and make poor BI decisions.

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Topsy Rocks Social Media Analytics, ORM and Local

Topsy Rocks Social Media Analytics, ORM and Local | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Social Times Data Analytics Startup Topsy Aims for the Local All Things Digital Topsy, along with other similar services, offers a set of professional analytics tools for sale, so that customers can find key data points like influential Twitter...
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Topsy Secret Weapon
Topsy is one of my favorite social media weapons. With Google Analytics giving your social media the double whammy between 50% or more of Not Provided data and how poor Google is with reporting social media due to friends of friends sharing you must have a better analytics options for social.

Topsy does more than drink from the Twitter firehouse. Topsy is the best place to know the total reach of your Tweets, blog posts and comments. Topsy alerts can watch your brand and help with Online Reputation Management (ORM).

Best part of all is you can get a lot of return from Topsy before you spend a dime.

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Social Media The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

Social Media The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Image: birgerking/Flickr Social media is a treasure trove of insights and useful information, but most people have realized that the path from hype to
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Great WIRED article about SMM Analytics where the insights apply across the ocean of Social Media Marketering. Here is my favorite quote:

"This variety of formats means that, while organizations may want to treat social media like every other data source in their information management portfolio, gleaning insights from these channels necessitates an entirely new approach. "

Duh and that idea is applicable across SMM as a whole.  

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3 Easy Metrics To Find Your Site's 80-20 Rule via @Curagami

3 Easy Metrics To Find Your Site's 80-20 Rule via @Curagami | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
This post shares 3 simple web metrics to help find the 20% of stuff controlling 80% of your online business because online only Pareto can hear you scream.
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Text Analytics For Everyone | UX Magazine

Text Analytics For Everyone | UX Magazine | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

The power of text analytics is now readily accessible through intuitive and openly available software. Running analysis is straightforward enough, as the examples in this article illustrate. However, the prerequisites of impactful insights haven’t changed. Proper problem definition, domain expertise, and stakeholder engagement are key to well-guided mining and actionable output—whether you’re improving a user interface or the broader user experience.

 


Via Luis Costa
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Thanks to @Luis Costa for this great Scoop. Was looking for something like this just the other day as we discussed ways to understand the sentiment of online reviews :). M

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10 BI Trends For 2014 & 2015 via @TDWI [5 from @CrowdFunde)

10 BI Trends For 2014 & 2015 via @TDWI [5 from @CrowdFunde) | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note - 10 BI Trends
Business Intelligence is breaking out all over. It is as if we've reached some magic tipping point where things that were hard are not easier and our BI imagination is being sparked as a result. Here are 10 BI trends for this year and next (6 - 20 are from team at http://www.crowdfunde.com )

* Enterprise gets a handle on unstructured "Big Data".

* Search Will Improve Dramatically (agree).
* Mobility becomes bi-directional (you GET and GIVE via mobile).

* Enterprises come to terms with Big Data.

* Analytics Tools Vendors see importance of FAST and EASY.

CrowdFunde's Additions

* New Key Performance Indicators helps connect traffic and lead gen to conversion (what we are working on at http://www.crowdfunde.com ).

* How Social Media is changing everything become more clear (less search, more mobile and social).

* Expect a new flurry of WAZE.com-like crowdsoure apps.
* Expect more gamification for engagement and loyalty.
* Loyalty becomes LESS fickle as brands discover how to BE online creating community that wins hearts, minds, engagement and loyalty.


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How to Know When Social Media Is Working

How to Know When Social Media Is Working | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Do you know if your social media strategy is working? Are you looking for an easier way to track your social activities? In this article I'll show you how to find the most valuable social data and actionable insights.

Via Lesley Rodgers, Gerrit Bes
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Excellent way to create KPIs for social media. Once you have KPIs you can connect, with a little "magic math", to ROI. Be GENEROUS in your attributions despite what your CFO says :). 

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5 Social Media Analytics Companies You Should Check Out

5 Social Media Analytics Companies You Should Check Out | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
5 Social Media Analytics Companies You Need To Check Out
Search Engine Journal
We don't need to remind you on the importance of social media analytics for marketers and businesses.
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Excellent post with "new to me" cool tools. Can we ever have enough great analytics tools? Nope :). M 

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Google's New Keyword Planner vs. The Old Tool [Read Before Using New Tool]

Google's New Keyword Planner vs. The Old Tool [Read Before Using New Tool] | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Google AdWords, Google AdWords News 2013, Google Keyword Planner, Google Keyword Tool 2013

Via themezoom
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The new tool really confused me the first time I ran into it. This post makes the changes more clear. Wish I'd read it before using the new tool since it was jarring without this primer. 

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themezoom 's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:33 AM

You can read this article on Network Empire News.


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You can read this article on Network Empire News.


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Krakken SEO Tool - The Ultimate Vertical Market Keyword Research Tool:


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You can read this article on Network Empire News.


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Best Business Intelligence - Data Integration - Also hardest To Achieve

Best Business Intelligence - Data Integration - Also hardest To Achieve | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
How do my online shop’s marketing channels actually perform? Google AdWords, Facebook advertisements, affiliate sites, partner network – where should I invest my time and money to optimize my ...
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This is an excellent and correct post. Every merchant already has all the informatoin they need. Problem isn't DATA it is integration. Integration is where you know your VIP customers, multi-buyers, prefer Wednesday sales and Bogos over Free Shipping and % off (note I've NEVER seen data supporting that conclusions and probably never will given the importance of free shipping). 

There are good tips in this post about how to integrate your data so it plays well with one another and gives you the pattern looks you need. We don't need more data, we need more understanding...that much I fully agree with.  

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What Comes After Social Media? And Why You Should Have Paid More Attention In Math Class

What Comes After Social Media? And Why You Should Have Paid More Attention In Math Class | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

I started blogging in 2005, and started checking out Twitter and Facebook in 2007.  While these tools have been popular topics for individuals for a while now, companies really didn’t begin to take an interest in social media as a pseudo-business tool till around 2008 or so.  


So for five years, social media has been the next ‘it’ thing. But eventually, we’ll all move on to talking and obsessing about something else.  Even now, some people are beginning to say that social media’s bubble is about to burst.  So when social media is officially no longer the ‘cool kid’ in school, what will take it’s place?


One idea that’s been gaining traction in the last year or so is that of Big Data.  In simplified terms, it’s collecting massive amounts of data about a sample (such as your customer base), and then analyzing that data in order to spot trends and characteristics about the customers that you might otherwise miss....


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 9, 2013 9:42 AM
Yes, I see "Big Data", predictive and conversion analytics as the next frontier too. As if I wasn't reminded of this every day, our future is about to prove we should have paid more attention in math class :).M
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Analytics Case Study: When your Conversions don’t matter

Analytics Case Study: When your Conversions don’t matter | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

The first question you may ask after reading the headline is, how it can be possible that conversions don’t matter. “Conversions always matter. If my website is getting conversions then it is impacting the business bottomline.”


Yes conversions always matter if they are ecommerce transactions. But if your conversions are goal conversions and not ecommerce transactions then there is always a possibility that they are adding little to no value to your business bottomline.  In fact it is more likely than you think.


Read more: http://www.seotakeaways.com/analytics-case-study-conversions-dont-matter/#ixzz25alYtQ4K


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Read this article very carefully and it is helpful. Connecting "soft conversions" to math is a good idea. Every action is related to the math of your P&L. Every action has costs associated with it and every action has benefits. This article from SEOTakeAways is a good step by step approach to connecting soft conversions to money, an important idea.

Connecting soft conversions is important because it protects them. When we value things they are seen as valuable. When we don't value marketing tactics they may easily be swept from the table by well meaning but ignorant managers.

It is easy to be "ignorant" with Internet marketing. Internet marketing is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The minute you think you've figured something out you are in real trouble (lol). Read this article carefully, connect even your softest conversions to money, track their progress and value them so others may as well and a small part of IM's mystery will be solved. 


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