MIMA – Future of Blogging

tumblrI guess the event was not so much about the future of blogging, but rather essence of the phenomena…

It was interesting to see the relationship of blogging to writing journals.  Most likely, prolific bloggers are and incarnation of passionate journal writers of previous times, and the rest of us… would need an editorial calendar. 😉

As Rick Webb was a co-founder of the Barbarian group, he could explain the risk the company took to transform the site into a blog collection of all interested employees.  I remember when this site/blog was an example during many industry presentations “can you believe what they have done??”  But the site had never became stale…  After that site, other companies had blog-looking web sites (GE Show).  This stage of the marketing development is passing; platforms replaced this approach.

Interesting point: more people are on the web, and more marketing money are moving to the web.  However, money are moving from the direct and not brand marketing.  There is a perception that the internet is not good for brand marketing.

Platforms are aware that they do not currently offer much to brand marketers.  As a result, recent redesigns offer larger images and more opportunities for “emotional impact”…  Social media is also fights decade of brand theory – controlling and repeating the message.

The question will probably be answered in the future: can the web has the same branding effect as TV?

Rick compared the searches in Google and Tumblr, asking the audience which one was more emotionally impactful?  Tumblr is trying to be more emotionally impactful and designed for serendipity, unexpected discovery rather than categorization (Pinterest is amazing in categorization).


Mobile Twin Cities – Obama and Romney Mobile Marketing

Poli-mobilSurprisingly useful information for an average marketer 😉  Curt Prins made an excellent overview of the mobile marketing efforts during the last Presidential campaign.  Mobile Twin Cities in general is a good source of mobile insight and a great opportunity to ask industry experts a few questions.

  • Only 12% of people use mobile aps more than 3 times
  • Less than 6% of eCommerce sales come from apps
  • 36% of voters used their mobile device for political info and discussion with others (up from 26% in 2010)
  • First presidential debates generated 10 M tweets, most of which were sent from mobile devices
  • Interesting: Romney announced that those who download his mobile app will be informed first about selection of his running mate.  App was downloaded with enthusiasm: 200,000 within first 24 hours
  • Mobile ads targeting capability is increasing (geo targeting and even congressional districts)
  • Most mobile forms are 2-3 fields
  • Campaigns took different approaches – Romney had a separate mobile site, while Obama redesigned the main site to be suitable for mobile



MNSearch – Sexy Web Analytics For Search Marketing

Very useful search marketing event as usually.  A few particularly interesting points (from my perspective):

Google Analytics dominate… (what is not a surprise – GA became “the whole product” with the entire universe of consultancies, support, training opportunities, plug-ins, and many people who knows how to use the product)

GAThough based on the impression of s+m+c, 99% of accounts initially setup have been setup incorrectly.  What also makes sense.  Analytics is a tool that requires knowledgeable people with sufficient time available to set it up correctly.

Interesting point from Three Deep Marketing – treat SEO as a campaign. Makes total sense…



Interesting point on SEO success measurement from Three Deep Marketing too:  how to measure SEO activities: compare change in optimized pages versus not optimized pages.

There is a code to automatically tag PDFs…  I need to find out more about this code 😉

Tag manager is generally recommended for large organizations with difficult access to development resources (that is a good description of a typical organization where I work 😉  ).

Below are some examples of GA tagging naming conventions.





I am looking forward to the next event (glad I joined this new association) 🙂






Eloqua Users Group – SafeToSent and Form HTML access

Dear Relationship One – thank you for another useful presentation! 🙂

A couple of interesting points:

SafeToSendSafeToSend – Eloqua Cloud Connector allowing to check the addresses of the new lists as they are loaded into the system or as prospects type them into the form (cloud component).  Not free, but inexpensive, and very attractive.

Another interesting lesson was explanation how to get to the HTML of a form (it feels like I am the only one who did not know. but it is still better to ask 😉  ).

ElIt is possible to see the code of the form in view form HTML area.

The HTML can be exported and edited in Dreamweaver to our heart’s content, what can later be uploaded into Eloqua as an uploaded landing page.

Long live HTML access!  🙂

Book – Start With Why

Start-with-WhyActually, not what I expected – better!

The book Start With Why points out a quite interesting concept – company’s need to explain “why” of its existence, and explain it beyond creating shareholder’s wealth…  Challenging status quo?  (Apple)  Championing opportunities to travel for an average person?  (SouthWest)

“People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it.”    Maybe TiVo could have a better chance if the “Why” would be defined rather then features explained?

“The goal is to sell to people who believe in what you believe…  The goal is to hire people who believe in what you believe…”

Founder problem is also thought-provoking.  Sometimes, when the company founder leaves, the “why” shifts…  and become lost.  Walmart is considered an example… Starbucks is another example, until the original founder came back and restored the idea of “atmosphere” – even if it meant to kill a popular sandwich for some time.