E-Commerce

Banner blindness: explanation and impact

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 [...]   

Online payment gateways: PayPal alternatives

Just a few years ago, the prospect of paying for goods and services online was unimaginable. But in many industries today internet shopping has overtaken high street retail. As a result, online payment services like PayPal have become very popular, with many customers considering them a decisive factor when shopping online. So how do these payment gateways actually function? We’ll explain this [...]   

Second screen for online advertising

For many users, one screen is simply not enough. Dubbed by marketers as second screen, this phenomenon describes the new usage patterns of the smartphone generation. What’s meant here concretely is the simultaneous usage of multiple devices. Both television broadcasters as well as advertisers seek to use this advertising channel to their advantage for winning over potential customers. Find out [...]   

The most important Google updates at a glance

It took less than two decades for Google to rise to power. The search engine giant determines what can be found online and decides whether web projects are successful or not. If you want to appear at the top of the search results, you have to abide by Google’s guidelines – even those that are regularly changed and continually tweaked through algorithm updates. Here are the main Google updates of [...]   

Personal branding: make yourself a brand

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 [...]   

Multivariate testing – usability tests for success

Conversions are highly contested, whether it’s regarding newsletter registrations, transactions, or how many clicks an advertisement receives. It is therefore important to critique your project daily and search for alternative ways to get visitors to carry out the desired action. Multivariate testing is one of the most complex ways to determine user behavior and it promises success when it comes [...]   

Growth hacking: creative growth strategies

In order to get new products or services onto the market, it’s more important than ever before to carve out new, more creative paths to achieve this goal. While search engine optimization and social media marketing have since established themselves as indispensable components of any marketing mix, growth hacking is, for the most part, still in its infancy. This latter term refers to the principle [...]   

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.   

How programmatic buying works

Online marketing is becoming faster, more precise, and more efficient; this development is especially visible in traditional online advertising mediums, like banners and ads. By enlisting the help of programmatic buying (PB), marketers are able to harness the power of algorithms and mathematics for their campaigns. This allows advertising inventory to be automatically purchased and displayed to [...]   

Attribution models in online marketing

Any marketer will tell you that getting your marketing strategy right is the most important thing for businesses online. To reach your potential target group as effectively as possible, it makes sense to have an ideal mix of different advertising channels. But how do you know that you’re spending your marketing budget in the right areas? Which ad channel is the best one for you to invest in? This [...]