Online marketing

Geo-targeting: the regional optimization of web content and how it works

Geotargeting is a unique way of directly addressing a target group using its geographical information. Many websites and applications used on mobile devices use the device data in order to locate their users. Knowing an individual user’s location allows website owners and app providers to tailor their content and advertising directly to the user in his or her respective region. But geotargeting does have its limits, namely the choice of available localization methods and the possibility of anonymous surfing. [...]  

Focusing on your target market: successful content planning

To be able to implement all your content marketing goals, you’ll need a well-structured and thought-out editorial plan. By carrying out proper strategic considerations in advance – including topic research and resource planning – you can be sure to create a solid content plan that gives all your editors a clear view of the tasks ahead. By doing so, you can give more weight to your content marketing activities, because your whole team will understand the goals and methods agreed upon in advance. [...]  

Micro influencers and what they mean for social media marketing

In the world of social media marketing, micro influencers are gaining a more and more prominent role as brand ambassadors. Users are more inclined to trust ‘smaller’ opinion leaders and their recommendations, because they see them as more authentic and interact with them regarding a specific topic. Their credibility and expert status make them particularly appealing to brands, which is why micro influencer marketing is becoming so popular. But just how successful can such collaborations actually be, and how do you even go about finding the right micro influencer? [...]  

Canonical tag: what’s behind the canonical URL?

When certain website content is used multiple times, it’s not always due to inattentiveness, but could be intentional: international websites or online stores, for example, display lots of similar content. To ensure that search engines don’t classify this as duplicate content, there are certain methods, such as the canonical tag, which enable you to link to the original content. [...]  

Predictive analytics – definition and examples

What is predictive analytics? The subsection of big data analysis has similarities to data mining. But what exactly is the difference and how does predictive analysis actually work? We provide the answers on this method of data analysis, show you what it is used for, and what tools there are for using the technique of predictive analytics. [...]  

hreflang: The HTML attribute for multilingual websites

To offer a website in several languages is a challenge in every respect. Apart from the translation and preparation of the navigation elements and content, other aspects such as networking and search engine optimization of the different versions require effort and a planned approach. To make sure that all your efforts are not in vain, and that search engines like Google can identify all the alternative versions of your website, you should use the link attribute hreflang. [...]  

Browser fingerprints: the basics and protection options

In recent years, so-called browser fingerprinting has established itself as a tracking method that doesn’t rely on the use of cookies. Web servers capture different characteristics from visitors’ browsers and determine their digital fingerprint based on them. They enable visitors to be recognized at a later date. While some information is automatically transmitted, it is mainly active elements such as Flash animations or JavaScript applications that provide crucial information. [...]  

Behavioral targeting: tailored advertising on the internet

In the world of advertising, behavioral targeting is the method used by advertisers to record surfing behavior of potential customers, with the aim of categorizing visitors into key demographic groups. Website owners can create profiles based on users’ interests, preferences, and motives. This information determines the ad campaigns presented to the user, simultaneously reducing scattering loss and saving advertising costs. Beneficial to both the advertiser and the consumer, relevant advertising is no longer a nuisance. However, due to data security concerns expressed by the online community, certain countries now have strict guidelines for the legal implementation of targeted advertising. [...]  

What is the AIDA model?

The AIDA model has been around for more than one hundred years and illustrates the basic knowledge of advertising research. The schematic representation of the purchasing decision-making process is in four successive phases and is reduced to show the essential steps. Some see this model as too simplified and believe it doesn’t adequately depict modern, multi-layered communication processes. As a result, numerous reinterpretations, modifications, and extensions of the AIDA model have been created. We introduce the classic and most famous alternative models. [...]  

Log analysis: What the web server log reveals about your visitors

How many pages are accessed by a single user when they’re visiting your website? And which links or search queries did they use to lead them to you? To answer such questions, well-known web analysis tools like Google Analytics seem to be the only option. But the web server’s automatically generated log file also provides a solid foundation for user information. The following guide discusses the possibilities of log file analysis. [...]  

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.