Online marketing

Augmented Reality: how Pikachu helps e-commerce

Augmented reality is considered to be the marketing trend of the future. And it’s true that this new technology really does build a bridge between the tactile and virtual worlds, a fact that offers enormous opportunities for both businesses and marketers. This is due to the fact that augmented reality means expanding and changing one’s perception of reality, and this applies to the e-commerce realm as well. Find out more here on how this industry stands to profit from the exciting developments most recently popularized by the likes of Pokémon Go. [...]  

SEO ranking factors 2016: the Searchmetrics study at a glance

With the annual correlation study on the topic of ranking factors, Searchmetrics has been taking care of the SEO sector since 2012. The prominent search and content performance platform also presents the most important findings each year in Google rankings – this comes in the form of general ranking factors and rank correlations. We have summarized the key learning points of the 2016 study for you. Considerable changers are afoot in how google operates. [...]  

What effect does banner blindness have on online marketing?

Advertising banners, pop-ups, and similar ad formats are not popular within the internet community. The user consciously as well as unconsciously ignores this kind of advertisement while surfing the web with more and more internet-savviness, as well as being increasingly wary of untrustworthy fake dialog boxes. This phenomenon is known as 'banner blindness', which was identified by Benway and Lane is 1998. [...]  

Personal branding: how to market yourself online

The principle of self-marketing is best known as a tool used by celebrities. But while almost all of us post regular photos and updates on social networks, only some are using these tools to create an image for themselves as a means of helping their career. This process is known as personal branding. But how do you set about building a brand for yourself? Our introduction to personal branding will guide you through the steps. [...]  

SEO basics: link building—the right external links

Despite the radical change Google Penguin brought to the function of search engines, a website’s link structure still remains an important component of search engine optimization. Gone are the days where websites were able to increase their ranking through the dubious practices of link farming and using expired domains. Nowadays, organic link building is the best method for improving a site’s search engine ranking with external links. This approach also features its own unique set of measures that, when properly used, allow website operators to rise up in the search engine result pages (SERPs). [...]  

The AdWords Advertising Guidelines at a Glance

Anyone who advertises with Google AdWords must follow certain guidelines. In addition to content, these guidelines define unauthorized practices as well as editorial and technical requirements. If an ad does not satisfy these requirements, it is automatically rejected by the system. This article provides an overview of what to look for when creating an advertising campaign. [...]  

Statistic problems and other obstacles with A/B testing

Website usability tests are a common method of optimizing your web project. A/B testing is especially popular and this method consists of comparing two variants of a page with each other. However, actually implementing and analyzing one of these tests isn’t easy, even with powerful tools. Statistic problems and poor decisions quickly lead to you defeating the purpose of the optimization. [...]  

Influencer marketing: finding authentic brand ambassadors

Some are presenting beauty products on YouTube, others are sharing health tips on Instagram: (video) bloggers are the biggest new opinion makers online and have a huge influence over their fans and followers. The fact that their posts often feature links to shops and brands is no coincidence. Companies use influencers with a strong online presence to promote their brand or products to a built in fan base. Find out more about how influencer marketing offers you the chance to profit from the reputation and reach of a popular online figure. [...]  

Online marketing basics: what you should know

Most beginnings get off to a tricky start – this might sound clichéd, but it is definitely true when taking the first steps in online marketing. If you’re searching for an SEO manual or the master plan for a suitable online marketing mix, you might be left disappointed. Each company has to find its own mix of campaigns and channels that works for them. If you know the most important online marketing principles, you can at least avoid the typical rookie mistakes. [...]  

Free alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in school, at university, or in an important workplace meeting: a professional presentation can support any point you are making and help give the speaker a clear background to visualize ideas, plans, and perspective. When it comes to the software for this presentation there’s one household name that stands out: Microsoft PowerPoint. But there are numerous free alternatives to this slideshow giant. And in certain instances some of these alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint offer extra room for creativity and finesse. Here are our top 7. [...]  

The 1&1 Guide to Online Marketing: tips and expertise for all

There are many options and strategies for marketing content, products, and services online. In addition to traditional outlets (like banners or videos), e-commerce also lends itself particularly well to generating customer attention: methods like search engine, affiliate, and social media marketing are all part and parcel of a good online marketing mix. In our guide on the topic, we’ve compiled important information on the basics of online marketing and have also included plenty of expert-level tips.

Who should use our Online Marketing Guide?

From beginners to experienced professionals, this guide offers individuals of all competency levels relevant tips for successful online marketing. And online marketing basics are just as much a part of this guide as expert-level topics (‘Cloaking–an SEO blackout’ or ‘Canvas fingerprinting–web tracking without Cookies’). Readers looking to set up e-commerce platforms or become online marketers stand to gain a lot with this content. Small and midsized companies aiming to enter the online market or expand their marketing skills will also find useful resources here (e.g. ‘Creating a business plan for your online store’, ‘8 tips for successful online store marketing’, or ‘Successful social media marketing’).

How the guide is structured

The articles are divided into four different subcategories. Under ‘Online sales’, you’ll find texts on how to construct and operate an online shop. In addition to the fundamentals of online marketing, there’s a lot of information on how to upgrade your web store located in this section. The subcategory, ‘Social media’ provides tips on how to win over customers and create campaigns within today’s conventional social media networks. Here, you can find out how to execute different strategies in varying levels of complexity. Under the keyword, ‘Social media marketing’, there are articles on search engine optimization (SEO), search engine advertising (SEA) as well as useful online marketing tips for relevant tools and techniques. The fourth and final subcategory, ‘Web analytics’, covers different approaches and tools for gathering data on visitor behavior and how to create web statistics (e.g. with Google Analytics). 1&1’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing.