Monday, 19 March 2012

Pinterest Analytics - From Strategic Planning to Tactical Measurement Part III

(Welcome to the last part of the series of "Pinterest Analytics - From Strategic Planning to Tactical Measurement" ! What? you haven't read the previous ones? Why standing here? Go read it now!! XD)

The Last Stop of the Journey

Pinterest Analytics - From Strategic Planning to Tactical Measurement Part II

(this is the second part of the series "Pinterest Analytics - From Strategic Planning to Tactical Measurement". If you haven't read the previous one, I strongly recommend you to go through it first... and no worry, I will wait you here. :) )

The Gateway

The first step of the cycle always happens on the platform

Pinterest Analytics - From Strategic Planning to Tactical Measurement Part I

Pinterest is now the star in the tech area, and some startups have already began to explore its potential in analytic field, such as Pinreach and the two-weeks-old Pintics, while the former one aims to recreate a Klout score for Pinterest, and the latter one (hopefully) focuses more in a Facebook Insights style. Regardless their approaches, have or don't have a tool for analytics is just a matter of how to gather the data, particularly the right one. Still, it's never a good idea to engage a platform without a proper measurement plan for business objectives, and of course not to mention the strategy that supports the plan - One could easily name a dozen of KPIs to measure anything, but the importance is the why and how behind. Hence, let's talk about how I would strategize for Pinterest Analytics in this post. :)

[Warning: long post ahead. this is a three-part series so better read this post only when you're in the mood of learning stuff. :)]

The Backbone Strategy

Let's start from something traditional but useful: a simplified sales cycle for online channel.

Old-school but effective. :)

Monday, 5 March 2012

How Marketers Should Engage with Fans on Facebook Timeline

On Facebook, Timeline for Brands has been here for a while, how much you have explored it? In the past, fan page engagement was all about conversions with fans, but with the new Timeline feature, along with some discontinued old features, Marketers should now take the proactive role to evolve their engagement strategy from now on. And here're the three major areas that matter most of Marketers or Community Manager.

1. Cover Picture Matters

I know, i know, this seems too obvious. Yes Cover Picture definitely the most fancy and eye-catching feature for your brand to demonstrate the character, but what make this beauty even more important is the discard of Default Landing Page. Simply speaking, your Cover Picture will always be the first impression that your fans have. Marketers who traditionally use landing page for fans acquisition would need to rethink their strategy for better engagement.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

[How-to] Benchmarking Competitors on Facebook Timeline

Competitive Analysis is always a big topic in market research, particularly on Facebook landscape, companies like SocialBaker has been trying to provide analytical insights by clawing and massaging fanpage data automatically, such that they could help you to close the gap between your own Facebook Insights data and your competitors'. The problem is, they're usually not free. :(

True that all these solutions are affordable, but not every marketer may have the budget (or just ask for it) for similar service. Luckily with the new Timeline for Brand feature from Facebook, finally we could spy our competitors much easier.... Facebook has made some of those data opened to us!

Let's start Spying.... 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

5 Lessons DrawSomething teaches on Visualization for Presentation


Draw Something is now one of the hottest apps in the world, and have just secured its 5,000,000 downloads a few days ago. The trend has reached Hong Kong recently, so i have given it a chance and see how it works. The game play is definitely fun and engaging as mentioned by the reviews, but what surprised me is that, the draw-&-guess model, or simply "the Pictionary game", is indeed involving some quite important concept that one could easily leverage for more effective presentation through abstractive drawing. Here's some tricks that you may find useful (for presentation or just getting more coins in Draw Something!!).

Enjoy. :)