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Adobe Report: Global Digital Advertising Update for Q1 2012 and Outlook for 2012

Today, we released the Adobe Digital Index: Global Digital Advertising Update for Q1 2012. Data for this report is derived from the former Efficient Frontier, which was acquired by Adobe in January 2012. This report provides digital advertising industry insights for Q1 2012, as well as an outlook for the remainder of the year.

The report shows that digital advertising continues its rapid growth across all channels. Additionally, while Facebook is still an emerging digital advertising channel, search remains the biggest driver of ROI for marketers, according to the report.

The analysis of digital marketing and Facebook performance is based on data derived from technology Adobe acquired via Efficient Frontier and Context Optional, which is now part of the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite. Data is based on a client index across key verticals including retail, entertainment, CPG, and finance.

Check out the full report here to learn about the four-fold growth in mobile traffic Year-over-Year, growing Facebook ad spend, and other key digital advertising trends plus an outlook for 2012.

Adobe SocialAnalytics European Launch Roadshow

2,000 people, 9 countries, 5 languages, over 2 months…

Our hugely successful European launch of Adobe SocialAnalytics reached the end of the line at the St.Pancras Hotel in London last week!

With growing pressure on Marketing Executives to demonstrate value from their social media efforts, we expected strong interest in these launch events. That being said, the sheer volume of registrations and high turnout rates at all the events surpassed our expectations. Thank you to everyone who joined us, we hope you’ve been inspired to take your social media marketing to the next level.

Over the last few months, we have been collaborating with Facebook and were delighted to welcome them as the guest speaker at our German, French and UK launches. Many people requested a copy of the Adobe & Facebook white paper on ‘Best practices for measuring and optimizing the business impact of the Facebook Like button’. Click here if you would like to receive a copy.

If you were unable to attend your country launch but would like to find out more, listen to Neville Hobson interviewing Chad Warren about Adobe SocialAnalytics in this FIR podcast.

There have also been a number of reviews and articles published about the launch events which are worth checking out:

The Social Analytics era is upon us, Clive Roach, cliveroach.tumblr.com
Lanceringen af Adobe Social Analytics, Martine Gjede, atcore.dk
ADOBE DÉVOILE SOCIALANALYTICS : QUE VOUS RAPPORTE VOTRE PRÉSENCE SUR LES RÉSEAUX SOCIAUX ?, François Guéno, labecommerce.com
Social Analytics Tools are Finally Getting Serious, Tac Anderson, newcommbiz.com
How to Market Using Facebook – According to Facebook, Tac Anderson, newcommbiz.com
Adobe SocialAnalytics aims to quantify business benefits of Facebook and Twitter, Khidr Suleman, v3.co.uk
Adobe and Facebook collaborate to prove monetary value of Likes, Lara O’Reilly, marketingweek.co.uk

And make sure you take a look at the photos on Facebook (feel free to tag yourselves!):

4 October 2011 – Amsterdam
6 October 2011 – Copenhagen
18 October 2011 – Zurich
20 October 2011 – Stockholm
26 October 2011 – Madrid
2 November 2011 – Milan
8 November 2011 – Hamburg
9 November 2011 – Paris
10 November 2011 – London

Keep your eye on www.social-optimisation.com for the latest information on connecting social media to business results. We’ll also be updating the site with videos, blogs, case studies, insight from industry leaders and more.

In the meantime, stay in touch with us via @OmnitureEMEA and #AdobeSocial.

Put your customers in the driver’s seat with customization

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Henry Ford advocated his “one size fits all” strategy on Model T production when he said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”*

Eighty-nine years later, companies are embracing the idea that each customer is unique and deserves relevant, personalized experiences and product options. What’s driving this? We are living in what Forrester Research calls the Age of the Customer, where consumers are empowered with technology to obsess over their desires, and the successful companies obsess over those too. In this recent webinar, Forrester pairs up with Adobe customer – leading U.K. automobile manufacturer – Renault to discuss embracing customer obsession with customization and vivid digital experiences.  Renault even shares successful tactics of its own using Adobe Scene7.

Product customization can be a powerful differentiator and represents an opportunity to deliver greater value, build loyalty and develop one-to-one customer relationships.

“Roll over, Henry Ford. Today, you can have any color you want, as long as it’s the one you want.” — James Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine II, 2000

 

*Source: Henry Ford and Samuel Crowther, My Life and Work, Garden City Publishing, 1922

Think Targeted Merchandising as You Head into Holiday Selling Mode

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According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the average shopper plans to do 36% of his or her holiday shopping online this year – up 33% from last year! What are you doing to ensure that these purchase-minded shoppers are going to have the most relevant and efficient experience possible on your website and complete their business with you rather than your competitor? We’re now well into our second decade of selling and buying products online, it’s time that digital shopping experiences delivered more – both for the shopper and the retailer. It’s time for informed, intelligent targeted merchandizing.

Merchandising is a well-established, even fundamental aspect of retail marketing. It comprises the many activities surrounding the efforts to accelerate a potential buyer through the purchase funnel to the point where money is exchanged. In a recent white paper written by Sue Aldrich of the Patricia Seybold Group entitled “Success with Best Practices for Targeted Merchandising”, Sue sums it up by saying, “Merchandising is the practice of maximizing sales by leveraging product design, packaging, pricing, display, and most importantly, selection.” Corporations spend tremendous amounts of money and time working to put the right products, information or incentives in the right place at the right time to inspire a purchase – whether it be a large-ticket item or a spontaneous addition to a buyer’s shopping cart.

Although a fair amount of science has emerged from the collective experience of merchandisers, in the offline world, there is always an unavoidable element of inefficiency involved when merchandising strategies are deployed. Because few specifics are known about a customer, a merchandiser needs to cast a pretty wide net in hopes of attracting potential buyers who are prepared or interested in the products or offers presented them.

Targeted merchandising is a form of personalization – the creation of a unique sequence of relevant digital experiences, targeted to an individual or like-minded group of people to inspire them to progress towards a purchase or some similar success event. But whereas we think of personalization as being of primary benefit to the visitor or shopper, turn the tables and think of targeted merchandising as delivering personalized experiences in a way that not only satisfies customer goals, but optimizes the experience for the merchant as well.

In the digital world, the details and data available to a merchandiser open up several opportunities to remove or minimize the inefficiencies of merchandising to a largely generic audience. The data that an online retailer has access to from a digital analytics product such as Adobe SiteCatalyst or a multi-channel analytics product like Adobe Insight, can infuse online merchandising efforts with loads of intelligence regarding online customers’ and prospects’ interests and intentions.

Combining this intelligence with products like Adobe Test&Target, Adobe Recommendations, Adobe Scene7 and Adobe Search&Promote, merchandisers are now capable of delivering targeted content, messaging, cross-sells and offers to the anonymous, yet highly predictive profiles that analytics data provides. Targeted merchandising is all about leveraging these universal profiles – that signal implied and expressed interests and intentions – to present customers with timely and relevant content and offers. For example, with the latest release of Adobe Recommendations, merchandisers can arrange that a shopper who is viewing a specific brand of shoes will see targeted product recommendations for only shoes from that same brand. The product will even help you determine where on the page those recommendations perform the best.

So as shoppers start hitting your site in these crucial weeks to come, think “targeted merchandizing” and remember these three simple things:

  • Don’t assume that what works for one shopper works for all
  • Let your metrics guide the relevance (and flexibility) of your merchandising
  • And, most importantly…pay attention to shopper intent and deliver personalized digital experiences that meet your merchandising objectives.

For an excellent overview of targeted merchandizing best practices, click here to download a copy of Sue Aldrich’s paper, “Success with Best Practices for Targeted Merchandising”.

 

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