As Chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, a preferred platform for Facebook management by eight of the ten top global advertisers, Michael Lazerow is a widely recognized thought leader on digital media and marketing trends. We caught up with him to discuss the growth of social media, social commerce, and social media attribution, as well as the role tag management plays in helping marketers better understand customer’s path to conversion.
Q: In a recent study your company did with Booz & Company, ”Campaigns to Capabilities: Social Media and Marketing 2011,” you guys revealed that while marketing dollars are increasingly shifting toward social media efforts there are still many marketers who don’t understand ROI. Why is that?
A: There are a couple of factors at play here. Many brands don’t know what they should be measuring or even what they are able to measure. If you don’t decide upon attainable objectives, then it is nearly impossible to gauge any sort of return on investment. Continue reading →
Last year, AdExchanger.com asked us for our 2011 predictions, and the topics of attribution and privacy were at the top of our list. Interestingly, prediction 4 came true with Terry Kawaja launching an AdTechnopoly board. Here in 2012, we see attribution and privacy appearing again but overall we predict the tag management space growing with usage in those areas becoming more of a priority for marketers.
In part 1 of this two-part interview, Alex Yoder, CEO of Webtrends, discussed his company’s current success and what’s happening in mobile analytics. In this installment, he talks about the importance of an independent tag management system and what he sees happening in the space overall.
Q: Both Coremetrics and Omniture have recently announced their Tag Management Systems (TMS). Why hasn’t WebTrends built a TMS?
A: I speak to many, many clients who feel trapped by their current vendor, simply because that vendor’s tag is on their site and the client is concerned that it will be too difficult to retag. Continue reading →
The conversation about consumer privacy on the Internet is heating up due to recent legislation proposed both in the EU and the US. It’s a real concern for both consumers and website publishers alike. (This webinar from Marketo has the latest on EU and US e-privacy law, just in case you haven’t been following.)
Current technologies that track consumers’ behavior when browsing the Web are often dropping cookies on users’ Continue reading →
We recently announced that our tag management platform has been chosen by more global travel and hospitality brands, including Holland America Line, a recognized world leader in premium cruising for nearly 140 years (see press release).
We recently posted “The Evolution of Tag Management,” where we took a closer look at the tag management solutions that emerged over time–from pixel piggy backing to a container tag to the universal tag, and finally to Tag Management Systems (TMS).
“It’s worth noting that server-side container tags can be managed and optimized through a client-side tag management system, but the inverse is not true. This is a primary reason we continue to focus so heavily on client-side performance at this point in time, rather than Continue reading →
As it turns out, how you manage the tags on your website can be the difference between winning and losing in today’s race for competitive advantage. That’s why Tag Management systems have seemingly come out of nowhere to be a hot topic, fueling a debate on the best approach. Paul Cook, the inventor of Tag Management and the founder of TagMan, will address the debate head-on at the upcoming eMetrics conference. Continue reading →