By Mark Cameron
At first glance, accurately attributing which online marketing initiative is resulting in conversions doesn’t seem all that difficult a task. People either choose to click on a marketing message or they don’t. The messages that get interacted with are the ones that work. This is why search marketing has become the powerhouse it has.
However, to get a full picture of return on investment, it is necessary to think through other scenarios. For example, a Facebook ad can trigger a search activity leading to a site visit where finally the consumer interacts with a banner ad that has been placed through ‘re-marketing’ (targeted ads on other sites based on your search patterns). In this case, how does one assign credit? Is it the Facebook ad? A search message? The re-marketing message? It can get complicated very quickly.
As the online marketing space continues to evolve, the range of places that a marketer can spend their budget is growing exponentially. Nobody wants to throw good money after bad, so getting a good handle on analytics is vital. Better information allows better decisions. Decisions that can create important competitive advantages.
John Wanamaker had a vision for a world where it was possible to understand the value of every marketing touch-point. Somehow I don’t think he could have imagined just how complicated it would become to fulfill that vision. It is fortunate that there are clever people out there developing ways to help tame this complexity and give marketers the tools and insights they need.
Mark Cameron is CEO and lead strategist of social media conversion and commercialization agency Working Three. While his agency is based in Melbourne, Australia, he works for some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking brands. As a regular speaker and writer on social media and digital strategy, Mark stays focused on customers and outcomes, not the technology, leading to simple strategic conclusions.