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Clicks Don’t Count!

As long as banner ads have been on websites, the number of clicks they garner has been the most important performance metric for an ad. Ads that get fewer clicks are canned in favor of those that get more. I questioned this (with Seth Godin’s unwitting help) a few years ago in College Branding and Banner Ads, and described both public and private research on brand perception changes from ads that people didn’t interact with. Now, there’s new research that underscores the weakness of the link between ad clicks and conversions (orders or requests for information). […]

By |April 25th, 2012|

Paper Beats Digital For Emotion

Direct mail is so last millenium, right? Ultra-efficient digital marketing seems all but certain to supplant actual paper marketing delivered by humans. It might be a little too soon to shut down the paper mills, though, according to a study by branding agency Millward Brown. The research project used fMRI brain scans to show that our brains process paper-based and digital marketing in different ways, and in particular that paper ads caused more emotional processing. […]

By |October 4th, 2010|