23 November 2010

Top 20 digital predictions for 2011 – part 1

While the credit crunch has eaten its way into most global industries, this year has been a very exciting one in digital, laying the foundations for a 2011 revolution in the way consumers use the Internet. I’m doing TWO top ten predictions this year. We’ll publish the second list tomorrow but for now … Social commerce, location-based services, cloud computing …

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18 November 2010

Twitterlytics has arrived – but what does it do?

It looks like Twitter is finally testing user analytics for their service – thanks to @mashable and @mongoosemetrics for the screenshots. Not many other social platforms have this kind of depth attached to their offerings, so its great to see the new service in alpha mode. It looks fairly basic at the moment, focusing on Re-Tweet activity and mentions, nothing …

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18 November 2010

Before 2011… How did our previous predictions fare?

Before my boss and Tamar’s CEO Tanya Goodin makes her predictions for 2011 (in what has become an annual tradition, not just here at Tamar but in the industry as a whole) I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the previous predictions we’ve made, to see how well we did. If you’re feeling …

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16 November 2010

Social fairy…have you been touched?

According to a blog I just read, there’s apparently an American Express fairy lavishing gifts upon tweeps chatting about their product. Talk about booking a trip using Amex points on Twitter and you could find yourself awarded with tickets to a concert in that city compliments of the card company…and other similar cool stuff. In this day and age, being …

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12 November 2010

Instant thoughts on Google Page Preview

I am sure you have all heard of the new Google page preview – it’s not a new concept, Ask was doing this a few years ago, although their implementation was not as smooth as the latest incarnation of the Google SERP. I was exploring the new product trying to predict user behaviour and potential changes on click through and …

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27 October 2010

Rise of the Silver Surfer – top ten tips for marketers

Silver Surfers are taking the internet by storm this year, as Tamar’s white paper on the UK’s over-55s – published this morning – graphically demonstrates. It looks like this could be a unique opportunity for marketers and brands alike. We have been analysing new data over the past year to identify changes in UK online consumer habits and the striking …

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25 October 2010

SEO: Quantifying the value of know-how

While search marketing has traditionally not been a particularly price sensitive industry, emerging players have inevitably brought competition to the marketplace. Companies may be tempted to appraise their campaigns purely in terms of the laundry list of deliverables received, yet this doesn’t tell even half the story. Poorly utilised campaign deliverables that don’t yield measurable ROI are effectively pointless. Although …

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20 October 2010

(Search) Location, Location, Location – Google loosens up

Google has been delivering localised results based on IP and your personal data for some time now, but they have recently opened up the option for users to control. It is now possible to define your own location or even broaden it to a country or larger metropolitan area. It is an inspired move to help define locations better, and …

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15 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 5 – SCVNGR

This is the final post in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services …

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14 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 4 – Yelp

This is the fourth in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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