Who is the Winner in Digital Marketing?

I recall my grade school days when I learned something new and eagerly raised my hand in class. In excitement, I would tell my teachers, “But everything connects. This new thing we learned reminds me of what we did in that previous subject. Things can’t be isolated. We must connect ideas together. Diversity is important and so are different points of views!”

Some Briggs-Myers and StrengthsFinder exams along the way into my adulthood, I learned that being a connector was my dominant strength. I fast-forward to my present life and ask myself if I hold true to my philosophy? As a Product Marketing Manager, I find myself tapping into various ideas, and product leaders to understand and narrate the bigger vision of our products.

Looking at my career, I found myself entering the world of social. I saw its huge opportunity for becoming an economic driver for companies big and small. But I knew there was more out there.

In the sea of digital, I could only begin to make sense of product offerings and what clients needed. Social was a fantastic way to enter digital because there was that people-centric focus of your audience telling you exactly what they want. But what about the rest of digital? There is email and search and display media with so many different systems and solutions. Hungry for more, I kept exploring Digital Marketing. I wanted more and I realized so did clients. With so many systems out there, I realized a marketer’s life could be wasted learning too many point solutions without actually accomplishing their campaign goals.

I came across data management systems and my mind blew away. It seemed like the perfect time to come of age as a millennial emerging out of the social media world. I needed to ascend my mindset into something bigger in digital. Diversity, different points of views, connecting things were all things I found myself yearning for. Why was I not thinking about data management platforms? I came from a world of APIs where relying on data pulls from other companies was the norm. But what about clients owning their own data and repurposing it?

In my current role as a Product Marketing Manager, I get to approach digital from a holistic perspective. I get to work with a Digital Marketing Suite which is a full stack of digital product offerings that covers all of a marketer’s digital needs. It’s not just about one channel, it’s about being cross-channel. It’s not just about one point-solution, but an integrated approach of taking all of your marketing efforts to manifest the bigger goals you have with your products and your clients. As an adolescent, I didn’t want to be a cookie cutter mold of anyone. In my role as a marketer, I find the needs of many marketers and advertisers are diverse as well. I’m happy to work with a digital hub that is as flexible as my thinking and the needs of digital leaders. You can finally get back in the driver’s seat and design your marketing experience and execution.

So the important question to ask yourselves is, “Who do you think is the winner in Digital Marketing? What is the right approach to the vast sea of digital?” Connect the dots to your digital marketing goals with perspectives from IgnitionOne and Netmining’s, “Big Book of Digital Marketing” found here.

Introducing the Big Book of Digital Marketing

IgnitionOne and Netmining proudly present the Big Book of Digital Marketing. This all-inclusive resource provides marketers with an overview of the latest trends and fundamental changes in the marketing landscape, a compilation of articles and thought leadership from recent months. Use it as a roadmap to marketing success in 2015. This gorgeous guide is now available as a free download here: www.digitalmarketingsuite.com/big-book/.

Get fresh insights on topics including:

  • Understanding Ad Tech
  • Mastering Programmatic/RTB
  • Using a DMP with Cross-Device Customer Data
  • Navigating in the Marketing Landscape
  • Best Practices for 2015

This hefty edition is loaded with information designed to help digital marketers and agency rock stars stay on top of their game. Download your complimentary copy now.

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Get Your Complimentary Copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs

Recently IgnitionOne was positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of Digital Marketing Hubs by Gartner. The Magic Quadrant evaluation was based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. This report is an evaluation of technologies designed to help CMOs and digital marketing leaders who face increasing pressure for results under an increasingly fragmented environment. This is driving the need for a common, comprehensive pool of profile data, analytics and workflow resources, served by a digital marketing hub, as the report details.

“We are proud to be positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of Digital Marketing Hubs by Gartner and consider it a confirmation of the Digital Marketing Suite’s (DMS) role in simplifying the lives of marketers and driving improved results through a centralized marketing cloud that integrates data management and channel execution into a single platform,” said Will Margiloff, CEO of IgnitionOne. “We believe IgnitionOne’s placement in the Visionaries Quadrant furthest along the completeness of vision axis validates our long-held belief that adtech and martech should integrate into a single stack.”

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We are excited to be able to provide you with a courtesy copy of your report by clicking here.

 

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Yahoo!/Bing Secures Biggest US Search Market Share since Before Search Alliance

IgnitionOne released a Q4 2014 report today, highlighting trends and data for digital marketing across search, programmatic display, social and mobile. During this time the Yahoo!/Bing partnership grabbed the largest share of the US paid search market since 2008 following two quarters of strong growth. Mobile devices also show strong growth in both search and display advertising.

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Key findings in the report:

  • Yahoo!/Bing shows historic growth at best share since 2008: Yahoo!/Bing continued to chip away at Google’s huge lead and now holds with 26.3% of US search spend versus Google’s 73.7% in Q4. This is the highest market share and largest growth in share over consecutive quarters since the inception of the Search Alliance and equates to a 25.8% jump. The last time growth was close to this robust was in the period of Q4 2007-to-Q1 2008 when they saw a 20% jump.
  • 2014 ends with a strong Q4 for Paid Search: Ending a robust holiday shopping season, US Paid Search saw advertising spend up 11% YoY in Q4. This is the highest rate of growth in 2014.
  • Phones and Tablets pull even in spend share growth: Spending growth YoY for tablets is up 37% while phone spend is up 78%. As marketers become more sophisticated, creating stronger mobile-specific experiences, and consumers embrace a multi-device lifestyle, mobile becomes more attractive to marketers for effective reach.
  • Mobile display growth continues – Mobile continues to see strong growth, limited only by inventory available. Most interesting is YoY growth for Android impressions far outpacing iOS, peaking on Thanksgiving Day with 57.8% of impressions.
  • Healthy growth in programmatic display: Marketers continue to move budget to programmatic display ads due to stronger, trackable results with spend up 35% YoY. Contributing factors to increased effectiveness include better use of data feeding smarter strategies, and greater message relevance based on use of consumer data.

“These numbers show significant growth of mobile across the board, so it’s becoming more important for marketers to get a clear view of the customer across devices and across interactions,” said Roger Barnette, president of IgnitionOne. “Our IgnitionOne data management platform fuels messaging across search, display, social and mobile, making reports like this possible. Pulling together first- and third-party data allows for optimization of all interactions and increased relevance of messaging served.”

This report is the latest in a series of reports from IgnitionOne, reviewing trends across the online advertising landscape. This and previous quarterly reports can be downloaded at http://www.ignitionone.com/thought-leadership/

Introducing MobileAssist

We are excited to announce the release of MobileAssist, a solution that helps  track cross-device conversions, a break-through that overcomes an obstacle that has held back the true potential for mobile advertising.

Most attribution technology has focused on desktop and not mobile devices. This reliance on cookie based technology, along with mobile advertising being bought as a discrete channel, leaves marketers without a full picture of how mobile advertising is contributing to successful conversions.

MobileAssist solves this challenge by helping you identify where mobile advertising has played a part in previously unattributed conversions to offer a fuller view of the attribution and impact mobile advertising spend had on successfully completed sales or conversion.

IgnitionOne’s integrated desktop and mobile platform provides the company unique advantage to provide cross device targeting and a complete view of how spend is attributed across devices.

With these enhanced insights into their mobile spend, marketers are able to improve existing media effort, inform optimal investment levels to future campaigns and improve results across all devices.

In the case of a leading e-commerce client who was initially desktop-focused, MobileAssist proved a 10X return on ad spend on their mobile campaign by measuring conversions that occurred on their desktop website, but were influenced by mobile ad engagement.

A Sample of a MobileAssist Report
A Sample of a MobileAssist Report

“Sophisticated marketers will not settle for anything less than a clear and true picture of their customers and how different channels and devices assist each other within the conversion path,” said Will Margiloff, CEO of IgnitionOne. “MobileAssist is another way our Digital Marketing Suite delivers to marketing the tools and centralized data to make smart and effective decisions.”

Contact IgnitionOne to learn more about MobileAssist