Online sales

What is natural language processing?

The language errors and mistranslations on Google Translate might often be good for a funny anecdote, but behind this slightly error-prone translation tool lies one of the most complex computer technologies ever developed. Natural language processing may still be in a relatively primitive stage, but its complex technology already enables computers to translate from one language into another, carry out spoken commands, and answer questions automatically. But since human language is complex, occasionally illogical, and constantly evolving, it’s very difficult for computers to learn. So how does natural language processing work exactly and when do problems occur in its application? [...]  

Bitcoin –what you should know about the digital currency

When it comes to the peer-to-peer network Bitcoin, published in 2009, opinions are divided. On one side of the argument are those who see the enormous potential of a decentralized payment system, run not by a single authority, but administered and controlled by all users. On the other side are those who use every opportunity to point out the instability of the open source project’s exchange rate and its unknown future. Read here why it might make sense for your online shop to have a Bitcoin account. [...]  

Lead management: Lead generation – part two

Are you looking for potential customers online? You will soon realize it’s quite a challenge to grab internet users’ attention. Users are becoming more and more sensitive to advertisements and end up deliberately ignoring them. It might seem impossible to establish contact in this way, let alone generate qualified leads. But with the right strategy, and working closely with lead management, content marketing, and search engine optimization, it can be achieved. [...]  

Lead management: Lead management – part one

A successful online marketer can be compared to a gardener; Just as a gardener waters his plants at all stages of their growth, an online marketer should care for their customers during every step of their journey. Contacting the potential customer isn’t always enough to convince them to try out your product or service. When it comes to lead management, the customer is accompanied from initial contact until the transaction is complete. In our series, we introduce the most important steps in detail. Part one: the basics of lead management. [...]  

What is clickbait?

‘What you’re about to read in this article has never been discussed before!’ This may not be entirely true, because the topic of clickbaiting is already commonplace in the world of social media. But by using sensational titles and descriptions like we just did, marketers and publishers aim to generate clicks to boost their ad revenue. And for the most part, it works. So how is this tactic so successful? And if it’s working, why is it so heavily criticized? We’ll take you through the function, tactics, benefits, and criticisms of clickbait. [...]  

Success in e-commerce: product texts that sell

High-quality and unique product texts are an important building block for any successful online store. Promising and convincing product descriptions not only help potential customers make their purchasing decision, but they also give online stores an advantage in terms of Google ranking. Providing inspiring and creating texts that convey clear added value for the customer will help you stand out from the competition and attract visitors in the highly competitive world of e-commerce. [...]  

Neuromarketing – the way into the consumer’s brain?

‘I think therefore I am’ – René Descartes’ iconic saying, it seems, may only be half true. If you choose to believe neuroscientists like António Damásio and Joseph E. LeDoux, then cognitive and emotional processes play a part in every rational decision. Even clicking the purchase button in an online shop is a decision that has been unconsciously influenced by emotional information. Or at least that is what is promised by the e-commerce trend neuromarketing. Is it just a buzzword? Or is it an academically-based shortcut into consumers’ wallets? [...]  

Microsoft Visio: Free alternatives for creating diagrams and flow charts

Visio allows you to create industry-standard professional diagrams, which can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Office documents. Thanks to a variety of graphic elements, complex information can be visualized efficiently and smoothly. But this visualization software is quite expensive, so luckily there is no shortage of free Microsoft Visio alternatives. [...]  

How to protect yourself from click fraud

Every year, click fraud costs the advertising industry billions. An increasing amount of advertising operators have to deal with the fact that their ads often don’t reach their intended targets due to artificially generated clicks through the likes of link farms or bot nets that seek to deplete advertising budgets. We take a closer look at the topic of click fraud and show you some counter measures that you can take. [...]  

What is programmatic buying?

Online marketing is becoming faster, more precise, and more efficient; this development is especially visible in traditional online advertising mediums, like banners and ads. By enlisting the help of programmatic buying (PB), marketers are able to harness the power of algorithms and mathematics for their campaigns. This allows advertising inventory to be automatically purchased and displayed to the right target groups via special PB marketplaces. [...]  

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