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Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

How to Effectively Communicate Analytics Data

July 24th, 2012
Communicating web analytics data to executives who have little or no experience data digging themselves can be a challenge for any analyst. There are dozens of metrics in your analytics account- page views, time on site, unique visitors, cost per click, bounce rate, conversions-the list is endless.  Reports containing all of these metrics are not only confusing but completely worthless.  Some metrics in your analytics account will speak loudly to your online marketing team…

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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at 8:02 am

How to Use Blog Comments for Persuasion: Dos & Donts

January 20th, 2010

Today’s topic is all about using blog (or forum) comments to drive qualified traffic to your site, and how to begin the persuasion process.  It’s an interesting topic for me since I read nearly every comment that gets left on my GrokDotCom posts.

Note: before you read further, understand that this post is NOT about how to use blog comments as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactic.  This post is about how to use blog comments to begin an…

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Friday, Jul. 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hardee’s b-holes — do they sell?

July 3rd, 2009

I recently viewed this Hardee’s Ad and thought, “Can this be real?” It seems Hardee’s now sells little breakfast items that compete with donut holes. And this ad takes a blind taste-test theme, wherein the participants choose between the “A-holes” and the “B-holes”. (I swear, I’m not kidding)

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Now I’ll be the first to admit: normally this sort of humor is right up my alley — I’m the one in the FutureNow office who sees “giggle-value” every time a new iPhone…

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Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at 7:51 am

Step Right Up and Try the Latest Disruptive Advertising!

February 2nd, 2009

In my tenure here on GrokDotCom, I’ve done a pretty good job avoiding the snarkiness and sarcasm that permeate my whole being.  I open with that so you’ll indulge me on this one :)

Recently, I went to to look up a semi-obscure band.  Why did I go there instead of my usual search engine query?  Because every band is on MySpace.  If you are a band, and live in the Milky Way solar system, you are…

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Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Sword Arms vs. (Semi) Scientific Advertising

November 17th, 2008

While most copywriters have avidly studied Claude Hopkins’ Scientific Advertising, very few have even heard of Theodore MacManus, let alone read his book, The Sword Arm of Business.  And yet MacManus was, in some ways, a more successful ad man, having:

Established his own (very successful) ad agency Launched the Dodge and Chrysler brands Hired and mentored Leo Burnett, creator of the Marlboro Man, Tony the Tiger, Pillsbury Doughboy, and many other advertising icons that made his clients rich Turned positioning…

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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Sell Me Something, Not Some Thing

November 13th, 2008

During recent casual browsing, I noticed the following magicJack ad (on the left):

Now can anyone tell what the heck the product is? (I happen to know, since I also remember a late night commercial that explains it.)*

Put yourself in the place of the site visitor who is seeing this for the first time. I mean, thanks for the Freebie and all, and congrats that PC Magazine seems to like it … but what is it?

A product? Perhaps magicJack is a…

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at 10:45 am

How To Leverage Economic Woes and Promote Business

October 20th, 2008

squeeze lemon into lemonadeI was firsthand witness to a clever promotion recently, so I’ll share in the hopes it inspires you to turn the Economy’s lemons into lemonade.

Seattle’s Chow Foods runs six restaurants, and recently sent an email blast with an inventive promotion.  The one-day promotion adjusted their menu item pricing based on the close of the DOW and the NASDAQ – the tumultuous DOW set the food menu pricing, and the NASDAQ set the price of house wine, draft beers, and well…

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Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008

How Guinness Might Have Converted One Million

March 19th, 2008

They say it’s better to be born lucky than rich. Guinness stout definitely has the rich part down (pun intended), but it seems they were a bit short on viral marketing luck this St. Patrick’s Day.

Guinness made a valiant attempt to make St. Patty’s a national U.S. holiday with their Petition 3-17 campaign. Their argument: Since there are nine times more Irish-Americans than there are people in all of Ireland, and since people of all ethnicities already miss work on…

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Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

How to Drive Customers from a Yogurt Lid to a Website

February 18th, 2008

the purple cow bluesI don’t have a strong allegiance to any one yogurt brand. I enjoy yogurt and eat it fairly often, but I usually bounce between brands. Recently, though, Stonyfield Farm had a unique opportunity to convert me into a full-time customer.

Right there on the lid was this note:

“Profits for the Planet — You can’t have healthy food or healthy people without a healthy planet. That’s why we give 10% of our profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth.”


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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 at 12:18 pm

A Simple A/B Test Suggestion for

November 8th, 2007

While searching for new sneakers, I decided on a pair of Pumas. I love their style and color options, and they always have the newest selections. The same goes for their website. It’s chock full of flash — literally. I normally don’t mind the extra attention to design — in fact I appreciate a beautifully designed website — but has made it difficult to find any products.

Landing on the homepage, I was hypnotized by the Flash and interactive design, which must…

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