How to Design Your Online Shopping Cart

The design of an online shopping cart can either make the buying experience clear and exciting for your customer or be very confusing and ineffective, and possibly lead to high cart abandonment rates. If you want your online business to thrive, it is essential for you to know what features will make your online shopping […]

9 Tips for Running a Successful Trade Show Booth

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Packing up your truck and driving to the trade show should involve as much planning and preparation as possible. After all, you’re going there to promote your product and stand out from the hundreds of other companies whose sole purpose is to outshine you. But the trade show isn’t just about attracting potential customers — […]

Designed by Billionaires in California, Assembled by Poor Laborers in China

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User experience is front-and-center in this new anthem from Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day. I like that Apple is asking the fundamental questions. “Will it make life better? Does it deserve to exist?” Imagine where the ad business would be today if we applied that filter in our work. But before I get caught up in Apple […]

Brands Test New In-Stream Lead Generation Tool on Twitter

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If you could act on a promotional offer midstream while surfing Twitter, would you? According to Online Media Daily, Twitter is testing a new lead generation tool. Advertisers can offer Twitter users deals and discounts in the ad unit or via an in-stream landing page. Those who wish to claim the offer simply click the […]

Instagram Gets All Facebookey, Introduces Who’s Who Photo Tagging

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You know how you can tag your friends in a photo you upload to Facebook? Now Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing the tagging feature. Mike Isaac of All Things D believes the move could be a boon for brands. Photos of You essentially gives a brand the ability to crowdsource photos of its products — likely […]

Have You Stoked Your Frictionless Data Feeds Today?

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Just when we wrap our collective heads around the concept of real-time marketing, along comes on-demand marketing to steal some of real-time’s thunder. According to Peter Dahlström and David Edelman of McKinsey, “the coming era of ‘on-demand’ marketing” will revolve around four key areas: Now: Consumers will want to interact anywhere at any time. Can […]

On Generating Cohesive, Predictive and Desirable Designs

Is your agency creating wonderful digital experiences for your clients’ customers and prospects? If you will answer that question honestly, I imagine you replying, “well…sure, some of the time.” Allison Kent-Smith, director of digital development at Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, thinks we can all do better, all of the time. Writing in […]

Cozy Up To The Consumer

Matthew Creamer of Ad Age has thoughtfully laid out a five-year plan for agency growth. One of the things I find interesting in his assessment is the emphasis on User-Experience Design, a.k.a. UX. User-experience design is too often thought of as a digital-marketing task, ensuring that website and app development meet and ideally exceed usability […]

I’m An Only Child, But I Learned To Share

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Yahoo! sold its social bookmarking site Delicious.com last April to a company called AVOS, which was started by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. I hadn’t bookmarked a page on Delicious in 14 months until today, when I started playing around with the new design, which is visually interesting and oriented, much like Pinterest, […]

Running The Numbers On Type-Invertising

Young-Bean Song, founder of AnalyticsDNA, a Seattle-based strategy and analytics research consultancy, believes “online marketers are not looking for incremental improvement. Instead they are looking for quantum leaps in awareness, message association, favorability and intent.” Song contends online marketers can find what they’re seeking in something called “type-in” advertising, which is a branded version of […]