Freitag, Februar 15, 2013

Attribution Model and Actionable Metrics Challenge on the iMedia Online Retail Summit

What have I gotten myself into? ;-) My keynote at the iMedia Online Retail Summit in 2013 is called "Analyzing Your Marketing Mix Through Actionable Metrics Within A Fair Attribution Model". Well, I am excited to talk about this big challenge for online marketeers these days which has given us at StyleTread some headaches too... "We love to learn and grow" is one of our cultural values at StyleTread, so here we go...

Funny story about LinkedIn going viral on me

I would consider myself a relatively sophisticated internet user and also knowledgeable about APIs, social plugins and onsite usability, but what happened to me a few weeks ago came as a big surprise... My mum, who just turned 70 connected with me on LinkedIn. Say what? Unreal? What happened to her? Did she finally figure out the secrets of the web and was planning to launch a new career...? Then another weird thing happened: I received an email from LinkedIn with the subject line "Bjorn, congratulations! You have one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012!". Something was going on... Then I remembered that I connected my new gmail with LinkedIn the other day...

The LinkedIn read something like this:

LinkedIn is requesting permission to:

  • View basic information about your account
  • View your email address
  • Manage your contacts
  • Perform these operations when I'm not using the application


Dear LinkedIn team, please tell me, that you have not send a contact-request to the hundreds of contacts in my corporate gmail accounts??? Now, I am pretty sure, I did not click on any "Send Invitations" button as it would be nuts with thousands of contacts...

Interestingly enough there are no settings to disable that authorisation on LinkedIn...

 In case you have granted LinkedIn access to your gmail account, you can revoke that token in your gmail account here:

After several emails with the linkedIn customer service, I realised that they are not aware that the LinkedIn feature was using an instant login with an active gmail session, since they kept referring back to "we are not storing your password"... Of course not, I never entered it...

Google explains it better than me:

Here are some screenshots of what I think is not an ideal solution.

Montag, Januar 07, 2013

Insert Marketing is the clever way of distributing flyers

I recently helped launch - the new insert marketing specialist for Australia, not only because I like the people who run it, but also because I am a strong believer that it actually is the best and most clever way to distribute flyers or really any type of marketing collateral, such as samples, vouchers or invitations for the following reasons:

  1. Inserts, especially into ecommerce shipments, ensure that your marketing reaches a highly relevant target audience that is already online, in possession of a credit card  or paypal account plus has a high income most likely.
  2. Inserts are national and can be distributed in high volumes during a short time frame
  3. Inserts reach the customer in a positively loaded moment: When they open up their newly shopped product. Yay!
  4. Different inserts for different products e.g. can have different call-to-actions, which make them nicely trackable and comparable plus the ParcelPush team can leverage the data in the best interest of the advertiser to fine-tune the targeting of campaigns for the best conversion rates.
Luckily enough the ParcelPush business model is a proven one and some good friends and former eBay-colleagues have successfully launched and expanded PaketPlus in Germany e.g. into the UK, where they call themselves Packvertise. Good on ya, guys! The real inventor of this business has been Amazon though... of course. With their endless numbers of verticals they not only offer numerous ways of targeting in endless numbers of categories in high volumes, but also a clever IT infrastructure to manage it. I am sure ParcelPush will get there in Australia as well. Good luck guys!

Mittwoch, September 15, 2010

Timeline Thinking

Since I am continously trying to evaluate our every-day behaviours around multimedia and especially my personal ones, I recently bumbed into an interesting observation while discussing my work habits with someone who seemed to have a more traditional approach. My daily work seems to be driven by TIMELINE THINKING! Let me explain:

In the past we mainly used the phone to call someone one on one, we wrote letters one by one, we opened the phonebook to find a company address that has probably been listed in it for years and we neatly categorized all of our paper correspondance in files.

Today we not only communicate to much more people every day using email for example, but we also use several technologies to communicate ONE TO MANY: CC, BCC, Facebook, Twitter, conference calls / chats... In addition the constantly changing information on the internet is easily searchable through search engines.

Looking at my daily work habits and the loads of digital information flowing through my laptop and my brain, there is no other way to tackle it efficiently than TIMELINE THINKING: I do not categorize emails any more, since I only have two folders also to archive them: Inbox and Outbox stored away by quarters of the year. I rather use the search function since everything on my laptop gets indexed anyway. In addition the sorting function is really important to look at the historic timeline of emails I received or I wrote by anyone that is currently prioritized by my TIMELINE THINKING.

I must admit that I still archive email attachments and files in folders that are grouped by department, task, project, etc. however since I started to use google apps for example, I found out that searching for documents through categories is really inefficient since the google search finds the documents I am looking for much faster. So again TIMELINE THINKING prevailed. Even in the past I was not sure whether or not I stored a file e.g. in the "Finance" or "Strategy" folder and I used the MS Windows search which was ok to say the least. With better indexing technologies TIMELINE THINKING becomes even more efficient.

So today not only the growing internet as a whole with the new pages I browse on is a timeline for me, but also my Twitter timeline, my facebook timeline, my email timeline, my chat timelines, my documents timeline... My computer and the stored communications in Outlook, Skype, google apps, etc are my memory and new information gets prioritized and indexed in a second. All my brain needs to do is remember the right search term, e.g. a name, a word in a document, a topic, etc. to find an important set of data later on. google wave was also supposed to build on this principle and it even had a rewind function, which I really liked as an idea. Imagine you enter a search term into your PC search, e.g. "capital increase 2008" and the search would rewind or play backward all files, emails, chats that had to do with that capital increase, so that you could instantly remember who send what and when...

99% of the time todays search capabilities of the above named office software already works perfect for me and I find what I am looking for within one or two minutes. Quite different than all the folders piling up in the filing cabinets of the past, don`t you THINK?

Freitag, August 13, 2010

Kostenloses Widget ermöglicht Website-Besuchern das Eingeben von Fragen

Das neue kostenlose Widget von ermöglicht es jedem Websitebetreiber oder auch BloggerInnen ein Frage-Widget auf der eigenen Homepage einzubauen, mit dem die Websitebesucher kostenlose Fragen stellen können und Antworten durch die hiogis erhalten.

Hier mal ein Beispiel, sofern Sie eine Frage zum Thema Pickel haben: