RateMyTeachers.com retains Buoyancy Digital for Ad Sales Support

By |2017-04-22T16:34:40+00:00May 19th, 2016|Digital Media, Digital Media Sales, Ecommerce, Online Advertising Sales|

RateMyTeachers.com is one of the top tier sites on the web for student user generated reviews of teachers and schools across the USA, and now in Canada & the United Kingdom. The site, in operation since 2001, was founded by the same team that created RateMyProfessors.com, which was ultimately sold to Viacom, Inc. Having served more than 100 million users over 16 years, the RateMyTeachers site provides very robust advertising opportunities for merchants seeking well qualified EDU traffic. RateMyTeachers.com has retained Buoyancy Digital's Chief, Scott Rabinowitz, to support the expansion of its in-house affiliate and advertising revenue programs on the site. If you are a brand marketer, ad agency, or ad network service provider who seeks to promote relevant offerings direct to students, parents & [...]

The Attribution Question in Digital Media

By |2017-04-22T16:34:40+00:00May 6th, 2016|Attribution, Conversion Optimization, Digital Media, Ecommerce|

  The Attribution Question Like many of you, I look at traffic and conversion reports every day for various ad campaigns from different digital traffic sources for various advertised offers. Accordingly, the ads placed, whether SEM/paid search, display, social, or otherwise get optimized both manually and systematically on a regular basis to extract the best possible results. There are typically target CPA or ROAS goals baked into every campaign purchased, with pixels, tracking URL’s, cookies and various other technical methodologies to generate reports showing tangible results which validate success or show where improvements can be made….or both. Simple enough, right? Attribution for digital media buys in your bag of marketing tricks (aka layers of the funnel) comes down to assigning credit where credit is due, [...]

An Epic Customer Experience Fail (And My Epic Win)

By |2017-04-22T16:34:40+00:00April 21st, 2016|Customer Experience|

I once had an unforgettable retail encounter at the Gateway Computers store in San Diego. It was the year 2000 and Gateway was king when it came to PCs. Remember them, the brand with the black and white spotted cow logo? You know you do! They were as ubiquitous and visible in their peak as the once mighty AOL, who so kindly adorned every coffee table in the USA with enough free trial CD-ROMs to provide complete coaster collections for the bulk of the population. The point is, I had broken my PC Card modem (PCMCIA back in the day), and while there were already options to buy and replace products with merchants online, I decided to do it the old-fashioned way: I was going [...]

The Hack That Converts Paid Traffic 2-3x Better

By |2017-04-22T16:34:41+00:00April 21st, 2016|Conversion Optimization|

Over the span of almost 20 years, I’ve bought and sold more than a billion click-throughs. Ahhh, the love/hate relationship with paid traffic. On the one hand, it’s great -- a way to get more eyeballs with minimal effort. On the other, it’s one of the most frustrating parts of running a large-scale business. You’re paying for all this traffic, but are you really seeing ROI? How do you make sure it converts? I’ve worked in media planning and online advertising sales practically since its inception. I’ve helped buy and distribute traffic for countless brand and eCommerce clients, plus all manner of digital media vendors. Every single one sought better conversion ratios and/or higher order values. Bottom line: they all wanted measurable ROI from [...]

How a Charging Device Directly Impacted a Trade Show

By |2017-04-22T16:34:41+00:00April 21st, 2016|B2B Marketing|

Omni-channel marketing for a business to business outcome. A 24/7/365 experience for any kind of professional services provider, including our team atOpiaTalk in Baltimore. This post is essentially a lesson in how the smallest yet most effective tools can impact your life, your business and even help make new friends and grow your book of business. Like many young companies with a passion for technology and media convergence, our team found ourselves among the thousands of attendees at this year's SXSW Interactive event in Austin. A team of four, armed with the usual cadre of energy consuming smart devices so we could all stay in touch on the ground and manage our business remotely via apps and browser based tools. The conference was an incredible [...]

Coupon Fatigue & Promo Codes in eCommerce – Time to Rethink Your Views

By |2017-04-22T16:34:41+00:00April 21st, 2016|Ecommerce|

It’s 2015. eCommerce in its various forms is now almost 20 years old. Marketing and incentive techniques for attracting and converting consumers to sale across industries have evolved. Perhaps almost as ubiquitous as the leaderboards and banners used to convey incentives & promos are the infamous promo/discount/coupon codes themselves. A promo code is not necessarily the same thing as a coupon or discount code and the distinction between the two is critical to understand, whether you lead companies engaged in direct response eCommerce, invest in them, or are part of the marketing and eCommerce working groups within companies that use promo tools in their work to meet sell through, margin and related business objectives. Promo codes which require the end user to enter into a [...]

Are there SOME things you still don’t buy online?

By |2016-04-21T21:20:22+00:00April 21st, 2016|Ecommerce|

So it's true. We all proclaim to embrace the universality of shopping for anything online, but as humans, we have reserved the right to simply 'not go there' for certain types of shopping needs. For many, that no-go for online shopping threshold can be clothing (if I can't try it on before I buy, it will be a PITA process of returns and trying to make off the rack clothing fit a non-standard body); for others, it is perishable food products (why should I buy this cake, produce or other specialty grocery item from 2000 miles away that will need dry ice shipping and may arrive squashed from rough handling? Personally, I have overcome the objections of others as well as my own reservations & [...]

Top 4 Subscription Marketing Lessons for Mainstream Sites from Adult Industry

By |2017-04-22T16:34:41+00:00April 15th, 2016|Conversion Optimization|

Scott Rabinowitz doesn't get many calls from business reporters who want to write serious stories. He understands, "They tend to focus more on the controversial rather than our business practices. It's more fun and amusing than asking me to provide analytical feedback." But we suspect mainstream content marketers could learn a lot from the adult world. After all, it's a massive, intensely competitive, industry selling millions of subscriptions across every demographic over 18. As Rabinowitz points out, "It's relevant to all humanity; and one third of searches across search engines are adult on everyone's network, not just one part." Also, VCs and banks won't touch the industry for the most part - so adult subscription marketers have to make at least a dollar back for [...]