Technical publications and technical content sites are one of the most popular means of accessing relevant decision-making information for IT professionals. A recent IDG Enterprise survey found that 73% of IT pros use sites where they can keep up-to-date with new technologies and enhance the knowledge needed to be effective in their roles.
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.– International Data Corporation (IDC) today released the latest forecast from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker. Year-over-year growth in the worldwide software market for 2013 has been revised to 4.3% in current U.S. dollars. The forecast was lowered from the 5.7% year-over-year growth projected in May because of an important currency exchange rate depreciation in the Japanese yen announced during the second quarter. In constant U.S. dollars, the expected growth rate for 2013 remains very close to the forecast of 5.9%. Despite the fluctuation in currency exchange rates, IDC believes that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2012-2017 forecast period will remain close to 6%.
Collaborative Applications along with Structured Data Management Software and Data Access, Analysis and Delivery solutions are expected to show the strongest growth over the five-year forecast period with over 8% CAGR from 2012-2017. “Leveraging the social dimensions of the Internet keeps fueling the collaboration growth, much of which is in the form of software as a service. This is complementary to the increased attention to Big Data & Analytics solutions, which help enterprises to understand and act on anticipated customer behavior and provide new insights into product reliability and maintenance,” said Henry Morris, Senior Vice President for Worldwide Software, Services, and Executive Advisory Research.
On a second tier, Enterprise Applications such as CRM, ERM, SCM, and Operations and Manufacturing Applications show CAGR rates around 6%. “Enterprises are starting to implement applications that either didn’t exist or weren’t needed in the past, such as commerce applications in all industries, not just retail, but also manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage, and even the public sector. IDC is also seeing applications in categories that didn’t exist in the past (e.g., subscription billing, spend optimization, and revenue management) for requirements that may have been met using custom applications or manual processes,” said Christine Dover, Research Director, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce.
On a regional basis, the emerging economies continue to experience stronger growth than the mature economies. The average 2012-2017 CAGR for Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, and Central Eastern, Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) is 8.2% while the average CAGR for the mature regions – North America, Western Europe, and Japan – is 5.4%.
B2b marketers today are working in a world marked by rapid changes in technology, increasingly empowered customers and heightened accountability in an always-on media environment. All of this makes it both an exhilarating and anxious time to be a marketer, and CMOs are facing the changes with new strategies, systems and talent-development practices.
“There is so much change going on right now, which makes it scary but also incredibly exciting,” said Kathy Button Bell, VP-CMO at Emerson Electric Co. and chairman of the Business Marketing Association for the 2013-14 term. At the BMA’s annual conference in Chicago in June, Button Bell presented joint research from the BMA and Forrester Inc. that found that 97% of b2b marketers are doing things they have never done before as part of marketing, and 34% of senior marketers feel “overwhelmed” by change. (The study was based on an online survey in April of 117 senior b2b marketers.)
“The transparency we are living with, which started with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [federal legislation passed in 2002 that governs public company financial reporting] and has now become a communications issue through social media and other technologies, means companies have to be much more sophisticated in how they do things,” Button Bell said.
“Within my own company, there is a new appreciation for marketing and a desperate need for people to be more highly developed marketers. There is a heavy amount of communications that marketing people have to take on—not just with customers but with the media, investors, employees and future employees.”
Social networks facilitate brand discovery, research and connection
Although social media users’ top methods of discovering, researching and keeping in touch with brands vary, they rely heavily on social networks throughout the entire customer life process, according to a September 2013 study by Wildfire.
Investments in the social advertising space are paying off for companies looking to boost awareness of their brand, product or service. The Wildfire report, which was conducted by Forrester Consulting, found that paid ads on social networks are the top method of brand and product discovery for social network users who engage with brands on social media. Forty-one percent of them reported that’s one way they typically become aware of new goods on the market.
The likes of Bing and Google are consistently beneficial to 34% of social network users in the discovery phase, but opinions from friends and followers on social networks are almost just as useful. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed said they typically discover new brands and products by reading and posting messages on social networks.
As both a founding supporter of the IAB Mobile Center of Excellence and a technology media company, IDG has a special interest in trying to better understand buyers and sellers. Numerous research reports have chronicled the explosive adoption of mobile devices but for mobile advertising to accelerate, it is critical to identify buyer behaviors and, most importantly, buyer preferences. To that end, a recent IDG Global Solutions (IGS) online survey asked people in 43 countries how they use their mobile devices at work and when shopping.
The IGS survey of more than 25,000 tech professionals and tech enthusiasts provides revealing insights into the importance of mobile in the buying process, the perception of mobile advertising, and the behavioral shifts brought on by rapid adoption rates for both tablets and smartphones. The spring 2013 online research reveals that today’s mobile audience is highly engaged, always on, is increasingly receptive to mobile ads, and uses tablets and smartphones at each stage of the purchase process including buying!
Personal and Work Lives Converge
Much has been written about the dramatic adoption rates for connected devices and mobile becoming the preferred channel for the tech savvy. However, the mobile momentum and ever-changing interaction with technology has led to major behavioral shifts. Users have migrated from the established separation of work and play toward an “always on” mentality reflected in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend. Today, the lines between private lives and work are being erased with 41% of smartphone users and 37% of tablet users saying that they use privately purchased smartphones and tablets as business devices. The figures rise steeply in emerging regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America where over 60% of respondents use their own devices on their work networks. Many of the respondents are among the most tech savvy, a group that serves as an early indicator of what is to come with the general population.
Following customers as they wander off from their television sets, big brand advertisers are starting to divert TV ad budgets to onlinevideo–or at least they intend to. That’s one of the most interesting findings in video ad exchange Adap.TV’s semiannual “State of the Video Industry” report conducted with the digital media site Digiday. Of course, it would be fair to assume that Adap.TV, which was acquired by AOL in August for $405 million and recently helpedAOL AOL +5.37% unseat Google GOOG +2.42% as the biggest seller of video ads online, would be seeing trends like this perhaps more than a disinterested party. But it polled some 900 ad agencies, advertisers, ad networks, and publishers, so it’s worth paying attention to.
Not surprisingly, the study found that video ads are exploding, thanks in part to automated technologies to make the buying process faster and easier as well as a jump in the amount of live and on-demand content coming to all screens. as a jump in the amount of live and on-demand content coming to all screens. This year, brands upped their video ad budgets by 65% from 2012. Some 86% of brands and 91% of agencies expect to spend more on them next year.
Facebook announced this morning that it is allowing advertisers to target mobile consumers with video ads. Yup, full-video commercials are coming to your Facebook app on both iPhone and Android.
The ad type is targeted at companies promoting their mobile apps: “Potential customers will be able to click play to watch a video featuring your mobile app before installing the app,” Facebook’s Radu Margarint posted this morning. “Video creative has proven to be an effective way to drive engagement in News Feed, and we look forward to helping developers use their video creative to find new app installs.”
This is probably not as big a deal as it may sound, since not much will change with the ad format itself. Now, instead of an image, there’s simply a clickable movie still. If you don’t tap, there’s no video — it’s not autoplay, which would be guaranteed to annoy. Still, it’d be nice if Facebook’s feature beta customer for the new video ad type was not a digital casino, which leaves a slightly bad taste in the mouth:
“In our early tests, we found that using video in our mobile app ads resulted in increased install rates and decreased costs per install,” John Clelland, a marketing VP for DoubleDown Casino said in a statement. “We’ve seen tremendous success with mobile app ads and are looking forward to using video to make them even more engaging with rich media like video.”
The last few weeks have been amazing. Google has made some big changes and they are all part of a longer term strategy that has many components.
In short, Google is doing a brilliant job of pushing people away from tactical SEO behavior and toward a more strategic approach. You could argue that “tactical SEO is dead”, but that’s not quite right. And don’t run around saying “SEO is dead” because that is far from the truth, and I might just scream at you.
Instead, let’s take a few steps back and understand the big picture. Here’s a look at the major developments, some of Google’s initiatives driving this change, and the overall impact these changes will have on SEO.
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Google made the move to make all organic searches secure starting September 23. This means we’ve lost the ability to get keyword data for users arriving to our websites from Google search.
Losing Google keyword data is sad for a number of reasons. This impacts publishers in many ways, including losing a valuable tool for understanding what the intent of customers that come to their site, for conversion optimization, and much more.
For tactical SEO efforts, it just means that keywords data is harder to come by. There are ways to work around this, for now, but it just won’t be quite as simple as it used to be.