E-Commerce

Banner blindness: explanation and impact

What effect does banner blindness have on online marketing?

Advertising banners, pop-ups, and similar ad formats are not popular within the internet community. The user consciously as well as unconsciously ignores this kind of advertisement while surfing the web with more and more internet-savviness, as well as being increasingly wary of untrustworthy fake dialog boxes. This phenomenon is known as 'banner blindness', which was identified by Benway and Lane...

Second screen for online advertising

Second screen: when one simply isn’t enough

For many users, one screen is simply not enough. Dubbed by marketers as second screen, this phenomenon describes the new usage patterns of the smartphone generation. What’s meant here concretely is the simultaneous usage of multiple devices. Both television broadcasters as well as advertisers seek to use this advertising channel to their advantage for winning over potential customers. Find out...

Multivariate testing –  usability tests for success

Multivariate testing: the complex process for optimizing the conversion rate

Conversions are highly contested, whether it’s regarding newsletter registrations, transactions, or how many clicks an advertisement receives. It is therefore important to critique your project daily and search for alternative ways to get visitors to carry out the desired action. Multivariate testing is one of the most complex ways to determine user behavior and it promises success when it comes...

Growth hacking: creative growth strategies

Growth hacking: how to grow your company with smart and affordable ideas

In order to get new products or services onto the market, it’s more important than ever before to carve out new, more creative paths to achieve this goal. While search engine optimization and social media marketing have since established themselves as indispensable components of any marketing mix, growth hacking is, for the most part, still in its infancy. This latter term refers to the principle...

AdWords – Advertising Guidelines at a Glance

The AdWords Advertising Guidelines at a Glance

Anyone who advertises with Google AdWords must follow certain guidelines. In addition to content, these guidelines define unauthorized practices as well as editorial and technical requirements. If an ad does not satisfy these requirements, it is automatically rejected by the system. This article provides an overview of what to look for when creating an advertising campaign.

How programmatic buying works

What is programmatic buying?

Online marketing is becoming faster, more precise, and more efficient; this development is especially visible in traditional online advertising mediums, like banners and ads. By enlisting the help of programmatic buying (PB), marketers are able to harness the power of algorithms and mathematics for their campaigns. This allows advertising inventory to be automatically purchased and displayed to...

Buyer personas for optimal targeting

Buyer personas: get to know individual customers better

In online marketing today, one thing matters most: data, data, data. But what use is all this diverse information that you have been collecting and evaluating if you only use it to address a vague group of people? A better way is to identify the individuals behind the data and put the focus on them. Creating concrete buyer personas helps to ensure that your carefully planned-out marketing measures...

The basics of trademark law

The main points on trademark law and brand protection

It makes sense for companies to protect their brand as early on as possible. This is how they safeguard themselves and their legal department from any troubles, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same because the brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to...

The most useful Photoshop shortcuts

The most important Photoshop shortcuts for Windows and Mac OS

Endless clicking through the many menus when working with Photoshop is a major disadvantage for users of the photo editing software giant. But thanks to certain Photoshop shortcuts, users have the option of employing keyboard combinations to skip straight to certain actions. We’ve compiled the best of these Photoshop tricks for Windows and Mac OS here.

Web Page tagging—a tried and true web analysis method

Web Page tagging: gathering data through code

Those who use Google Analytics know how valuable the data is that this web service is able to deliver. In order to hold your own against the likes of your competition, monitoring your website visitors is an indispensable task. But which techniques make these data gathering tools so useful? We’ll introduce the concept of web page tagging and let you know how it works.