E-Commerce

Intelligent search: using the search function

Intelligent search: a user-friendly search bar for your online shop

For many customers, the search bar is the first port of call when visiting an online shop. It is the most important tool for research and shopping online; something which most e-commerce retailers have been aware of now for quite some time. But a search bar is often not enough. Many retailers choose to use very basic standard solutions, despite the fact that an intelligent search with features...

How to use prototypes in online marketing

Prototyping in online marketing

Good ideas are a dime a dozen in the start-up scene. Only a few of these are actually realised as many founders fail and lose the money they invested. So why not test before you invest to see whether an idea has a potential future? Prototyping in online marketing is a valuable technique for analysing a business idea’s market potential in advance, and therefore testing the project’s perspective...

What are advertorials?

Advertorials – The king of native advertising

Native advertising is the new buzzword in marketing. But not everyone correctly understands how advertorials and other native advertising work. Advertorials should not be confused with full-on adverts: As an advertiser, you have to stick to certain rules. An advertorial should not only fit in with its editorial environment, but also needs to lay all its cards on the table – i.e. : labelling...

Display advertising vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Display advertising/display marketing vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Banner ads and other forms of display marketing have been proven to be effective marketing strategies for products and services online. The new practice in this field is real-time advertising (RTA) and its real-time bidding (RTB) approach. This new strategy carries out an automated bidding war in milliseconds to decide which advert will be displayed. But how does it differ from traditional display...

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 dialogue boxes. This phenomenon is known as 'banner blindness', which was identified by Benway and...

Multivariate testing –  usability tests for success

Multivariate testing: the complex process for optimising 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 optimisation 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 unauthorised 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.

The basics of trade mark law

The main points on trade mark 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 trouble, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same, as a brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to learn the...

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.


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