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5 Apr, 2018

Facebook Marketing: What’s Changing, What’s Not, & What To Do

By Ian Lurie

OH GODS FACEBOOK IS DEAD STOP BUYING ADS WE’RE ALL DOOMED Hold on a second. The Facebook privacy quake has already forced the social network to change the way they handle and collect consumer data. That’s changing their advertising platform. And there’s more to come. But before you freak out and pull your clients’ dollars,… Read More

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29 Mar, 2006

Amazon Marketing Bloopers

By Ian Lurie

Mike sent me a priceless e-mail from Amazon.com. Here’s the important content: “For the next few days, you can pre-order your copy at a savings of 0% by following the link below.” Then below you see that the price is $6.96, for a savings of $.03. No doubt, this was generated by some of Amazon’s… Read More

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24 Mar, 2006

Ugly Websites Win

By Ian Lurie

Ugly websites work best. Think back on the most successful sites on the internet: Google? Ugly. Craigslist? Ugly. Ebay? Ugly. Yahoo? Most successful when they were ugly. IMDB.com? Astonishingly ugly. And right behind them come Blogger.com, Amazon.com, etc.. None of these sites will win any design awards. They have faces only an investor could love. These sites succeed because they put message and function first, form second...

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13 Mar, 2006

When Creativity Overcomes Good Sense

By Ian Lurie

The state of Washington is launching a new, $442,000 marketing campaign. They undoubtedly invested a lot of time in coming up with a slogan to rival ‘I love NY’ and ‘What happens here, stays here’. In the end they came up with ‘SayWA’. Yes, SayWA. Huh? After choking on my morning cereal, I decided that… Read More

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17 Feb, 2006

Most Web ‘Pros’ Don’t Measure

By Ian Lurie

You don’t have to take it from me. A Forrester Report states that only 13% of web professionals at 89 online companies said they actually measure the ROI of all web site changes. Only half said they measure the ROI of major changes. Half said they don’t measure the ROI of any changes at all,… Read More

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13 Feb, 2006

Search Engine Optimization Fraud

By Ian Lurie

The Wall Street Journal posted an article about a search engine optimization company called Traffic Power. It’s a great lesson in how not to hire an SEO firm. Traffic Power’s tactics included ‘doorway pages’, which are pages invisible to users but crawlable by search engines. These pages are packed with keywords, in order to draw… Read More

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1 Feb, 2006

Judging, 2: That Cover Thing Again

By Ian Lurie

Previously, I talked about the moment when a web site visitor decides to stay or leave. Seth Godin has another great post about it: Wait!. Be smart, be focused, and don’t ignore the needs/wants/questions of your audience, or they’ll end up ignoring you.

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31 Jan, 2006

Tested, Two: In A Nutshell

By Ian Lurie

Tested Advertising Methods distills marketing and advertising down to a few critical rules: That which works, sells. That which looks good and works, sells better. That which looks good but doesn’t work, sells nothing. No wonder I love this book… See my previous post about this book.

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31 Jan, 2006

Tested Advertising Methods

By Ian Lurie

I am rereading Tested Advertising Methods, by John Caples. It’s the definitive work on effective advertising, copy and ad testing. If you want to learn all there is to know about successful ad campaigns, read this book. It provides great insight into testing ad campaigns and then adjusting those campaigns for the best results. Here’s… Read More

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17 Jan, 2006

Judging a Book By Its Cover

By Ian Lurie

A Canadian study has shown that users judge the aesthetics of a web site in less than one-twentieth of a second. Translation? The simplest appropriate design is best. In that space of time (less than a blink), do you think your audience will take in ten product photos, five logos, an animated image and a… Read More

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15 Jan, 2006

Math Rocks

By Ian Lurie

Business Week has a new article about the growing power of mathematics in our lives. In Internet Marketing math has been essential for some time. As more and more consumers move online, we can construct increasingly accurate models of behavior, and mathematics play a bigger and bigger role in our lives. The real story, though,… Read More

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6 Jan, 2006

Why didn’t I think of that?

By Ian Lurie

Nothing else needs to be said, really: www.milliondollarhomepage.com (note – as of 1/13 this site appears to be having some bandwidth issues, so you may get a ‘not found’ or ‘site busy’ error when you click the above link)

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30 Dec, 2005

Even More Cookie Hysteria

By Ian Lurie

ABC news has a story up about the White House web site. Apparently, they use WebTrends to measure site traffic, and were horrified to find out that WebTrends uses cookies: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1455081 OK, people, let’s set some priorities, shall we? We face terrorism, domestic spying by the NSA, natural disasters and the like, and we’re writing… Read More

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27 Dec, 2005

Google Print Ads: No Measurement, No Joy

By Ian Lurie

Google’s been dabbling in print ads, and the results so far haven’t been great, says Business Week. They cite lack of flexible pricing, higher costs and an inability to target ads the same way Google Adwords does online. I think there’s a different reason: Measurement. Folks flock to Adwords pay-per-click ads because they can measure… Read More

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21 Dec, 2005

Have They No Shame?

By Ian Lurie

I received an e-mail offer today from ‘Top Position’. It’s a perfect example of why so many folks don’t trust search engine optimization (aka SEO). It includes impossible promises, out and out fiction, and an opportunity to have your site completely banned without lifting a finger. Here’s the exact text: “We can put you at… Read More

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15 Dec, 2005

Watch AskJeeves

By Ian Lurie

A couple months ago I started telling folks to watch AskJeeves, now that Barry Diller is at the helm. A quick update: Nielsen is reporting that AskJeeves has seen a 77% increase in search queries. They still only hold under 3% of the market, but at this rate they could theoretically surpass AOL in the… Read More