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Do display ads lift search activity?
January 6, 2009, 10:56 pm
Filed under: Ad Exchange, Ad Network, Search


According to 12 months of proprietary Specific Media Ad Effectiveness data, by comScore, display advertising significantly lifts Online search activity.

The study demonstrates that consumers exposed to display advertising were more likely to search for brand terms (i.e. automotive manufacturer), and segment terms (i.e. vehicle class), than unexposed consumers.



A cool tool to visualise twitter data
January 6, 2009, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Data, Twitter, Visualisation | Tags: ,


An oldie but a goodie: Check out this cool tool that you can use to visualise twitter consumer data.

Trying searching on your own company brand or your clients and see how active they are within the twitter community.


Yahoo Research Data Project
January 6, 2009, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Behavioural Targeting, Data, Research


What are the most appropriate advertisements to maximise click-through rates on a particular web page? What are the most relevant search results for a particular query?

These questions may seem simple enough, but coming up with the perfect answer is a problem of staggering proportions. Why? Because the data is often high dimensional, too sparse or too noisy to make intelligent decisions.

For instance, there are billions of interactions that go on between web pages and advertisements, but the vast majority of interactions happen so infrequently. This makes it very difficult to learn from them.

An advertisement for a mom and pop pizza joint, for example, may appear on a particular page only once or twice. And what if no one clicked on that ad? Does this really mean the click-through rate is zero? Or is it possible to learn more about these types of interactions even when the data is so limited?

More from Yahoo Research: http://research.yahoo.com/node/89

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