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Holiday Email Marketing Insights: Send Emails Early, Avoid Thanksgiving Day & Segment Your Lists

Adobe predicts this year’s online holiday sales will reach a record $83 billion, an 11 percent year-over-year increase compared to last year.With so much up for grabs between now and the end of the year, brands are already escalating their email marketing campaigns as we enter the holiday season – but, reaching consumers through their inbox may prove to be more challenging compared to this time last year.Email marketing provider ReturnPath reports global inbox placement rates have slid below 80 percent in 2015. According to ReturnPath, U.S. brands identified as “legitimate senders” saw 24 percent of their marketing emails blocked or placed in spam folders this year – a steep rise compared last year’s 13 percent.The email marketing platform blames decline in inbox placement on refined technology and filtering approaches by mailbox providers.“While inbox placement decision-making is highly proprietary, the mailbox provider community has has been expanding its filtering criteria into en…

9 Must Have Plugins for Faster Loading WordPress Blog

I have been blogging with WordPress since more than four years, and my hands-on experience with it leads me to believe that Wordpress is one of ideal frameworks for creating websites & blogs. Due to its easy to use features and a huge library of freely available plugins, even a newbie or non-coder can make pro websites using WordPress. The only condition, however, is that you should smartly implement the built-in functionalities and the right set of add-ons.Free download WordPress blog creation eBook hereOne of the most important features of WordPress that can be improved using add-ons i.e. plugins is its speed. And after some recent updates in Google’s ranking algorithm, site loading speed has become even more important for ranking website.So I think this is the perfect time to publish my first-hand list of useful speed optimization plugins for WordPress. To verify whether this plugins work for your site or not, I recommend you to note down your site speed using Google Page Speed…

State of Smartphone SoC Market [Explained]

A System on a Chip (or SoC) is considered to be the heart of a smartphone. An SoC houses CPU, GPU, DSP, modem and others, so no wonder a good SoC can make a difference between a pleasant and a laggy smartphone experience. There are several SoC vendors in the market. Amongst these, Apple, Qualcomm, Mediatek and Samsung are the big players. Others like Huawei, Intel and a numerous Chinese SoC vendors can be considered as the smaller players in the industry.Different SoC vendors have different approaches to their products. In this article, we will be discussing about some of their efforts:AppleTo start off, we have Apple. Currently the most valuable company on earth, Apple has made some of the best SoCs in the world in recent times consistently topping benchmark charts. For Apple, the focus is to create an SoC that suits their products which in this case are the iPhone and iPad predominantly.Since Apple only has to create SoCs for its own products, they get the unique advantage of adding…

50% Discount on PlugMatter WordPress Plugins & You Should Not Miss it

BlackFriday is around the corner & all online companies have started offering the biggest sale of the year. If you are not familiar with the concept of Black Friday, let me quickly explain it for you. BlackFriday is the first Friday after ThanksGiving when all major online & offline companies offer biggest discount of the year. Yeah! Biggest meant it can’t be missed.From Amazon to Apple ; all major & minor companies offer the biggest sale of the year. This is the right time for users like you and me to buy anything we ever wanted.You can grab anything from online products, physical products at dirt cheap price. This year, Black Friday is on 27th November 2015 & discount will be on until CyberMonday, which is on 30th November 2015.Many companies have already started offering sale & I have listed down a big list of BlackFriday & CyberMonday discount here. Since you understand how big this time is for online seller & buyer, ShoutMeLoud will let you know about …

Guide To Advertising On Instagram

Advertising on Instagram is one of the latest opportunities marketers have to reach and engage their customers. But before you run off and start cranking out new Instagram ads there are a few things you need to consider first.Download this white paper from Offerpop to learn why you need to be advertising on Instagram, how to ensure your ads resonate with your audience, and what native ads on Instagram perform better.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to get your copy.

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Databox Launches Free App To Watch Over Your Marketing Platforms

Marketers have so many tools tracking so much data, it’s a wonder they have time to get any work done.To help with this never-ending challenge, Boston-based Databox released this week its free, watching-over-all app. It’s currently available in an invite-only beta version, for iOS or Android devices.You set up the app for which cloud-based platforms and metrics you want watched, and for the threshold in each metric where you should be sent an email or push notification. If conversion rates shoot up, for instance, or you website goes down, Databox can ping you.Currently, the app is integrated with Salesforce CRM, Google Analytics, HubSpot, Mixpanel, Adobe Analytics, Optimizely and Localytics. CEO Swami Kumaresan told me that more integrations are underway, and that marketers can readily connect to the platforms by themselves, without IT’s help.You swipe left or right to move between the different tool-watchers, and scroll down to see the various metrics you’ve defined within a tool.At …

Acquisition Of Ad Network Fluent By “Data Fusion” Provider IDI May Create A New Marketing Powerhouse

At first glance, information solutions provider IDI’s purchase this week of customer acquisition/ad platform Fluent seems like just another acquisition.But a deeper look shows the building blocks for a marketing powerhouse.IDI, based in Boca Raton, Florida, employs advanced “data fusion” technology to extract useful insights from multiple and diverse data sources. The difference between this approach and, say, other kinds of data integration is the difference between a combined dataset and interpretations of that data.IDI has primarily applied its technology to regulated data, like your name and your Social Security number, for such purposes as debt collection, fraud prevention, cybersecurity and due diligence.New York City-based Fluent, on other hand, has built up a first-party databank on more than 100 million customers. It obtained them via real-name signups on various sites it owns, like and user who registers at one of their sites fo…

Marketing Day: Facebook Ships First Oculus Consumer Product, AdWords Heat Maps & Top Video Creators

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Facebook & Instagram Now Offering Ads Targeted At Holiday Shoppers
Nov 20, 2015 by Martin Beck
The targeting will be based on people’s posting and interaction with posts containing holiday-related keywords.Facebook’s Oculus Finally Ships First Consumer Product: Samsung Gear VR
Nov 20, 2015 by Martin Beck
Mark Zuckerberg’s big bet on virtual reality gets its first test with $99 Samsung headset.Keep Your Accounts Clutter-Free With This AdWords Script
Nov 20, 2015 by Russell Savage
Columnist Russell Savage shows us how to build an MCC-level AdWords Script that will find and delete your “dud” keywords.4 Organizational Hurdles To SEO For Business Leaders To Overcome In 2016
Nov 20, 2015 by Trond Lyngbø
Many companies face challenges in trying to develop and implement SEO campaigns. Columnist Trond Lyngbø outlines some of the critical ones to be …

Facebook & Instagram Now Offering Ads Targeted At Holiday Shoppers

Last minute shopping for holiday customers? There’s still time on Facebook and Instagram.The social network is rolling out a new ad-targeting segment to enable brands to zero in on people who are highly engaged with content related to holiday shopping, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The segment, which will run through New Year’s Day, can be used on any ad format on either network.Facebook will pull together the audience by sniffing out holiday-related keywords in posts that people publish and posts they like, comment on and share. Like all Facebook targeting, the audience is aggregated and anonymized.The new segment is already available within Facebook self-service ad dashboards in the “Behaviors” section under the “Seasonal and Events” category. Facebook first did something similar with a “Big Game” ad-targeting segment for the Super Bowl this year. The company also offers targeting segments for American football, baseball, cricket and rugby.

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Facebook’s Oculus Finally Ships First Consumer Product: Samsung Gear VR

Oculus, the virtual reality startup that Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014, is finally launching a consumer product. Sort of.The long-awaited Oculus headset won’t be available until the first quarter of 2016, but Oculus technology is powering the Samsung Gear VR unit that is shipping today.“Our mission with Oculus is empower you to experience anything, anywhere with anyone,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “Now, you can begin to step into a world with thousands of immersive videos, movies and games with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 phones.”Zuckerberg and Facebook are placing a big bet that virtual reality will catch on with the public. During the company’s third quarter earnings call, he said VR is an inevitable next step.“The reason we’re excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what’s on their mind. Ten years ago it was text,” he said. “Now it’s mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and …

Keep Your Accounts Clutter-Free With This AdWords Script

I love trying and testing out new keywords, but I usually forget to clean up after myself. According to Larry Kim’s article about Keyword Hoarding, I’m not alone. What he found was that around 98 percent of the keywords in your account don’t really do much except slow things down. Finding that needle in the haystack is a little easier when the haystack is 98 percent smaller.Luckily, we have the power of AdWords Scripts to help us clear out the clutter and get rid of the duds. Let’s write an MCC-level AdWords Script to clean up after ourselves as we load and test new keywords.[Read the full article — and get the free AdWords script — on Search Engine Land.]

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