Archive for January, 2012
As their Facebook “subscriber” lists have spiraled upward — into the thousands and tens of thousands in recent weeks — many journalists have looked on in awe and wonder.
Executives at the social media behemoth say the “Subscribe” function, introduced in September, has instantly become a hugely popular feature. It allows the public to follow journalists, artists and political figures without taking the more personal, and potentially intrusive, step of “friending.”
The manager of the Journalist Program for Facebook said in a posting Wednesday that subscriptions have jumped more than threefold since November for a sample of 25 journalists around the country. Vadim Lavrusik, the program manager, suggested that the exponential growth — CNN weather reporter Bonnie Schneider somewhat suddenly has 72,000 subscribers — is a reflection of the “organic discovery mechanisms” built into the social network.
The consumer’s outlook is improving, according to the January Consumer Reports Index, a measure of overall consumer financial health. The study reports that stress levels have diminished, financial difficulties have moderated compared to past months, and the strong retail performance of the holiday season is an important marker that Americans may be willing to engage and spend once again.
The Consumer Reports Index captures respondents’ attitudes, asking if they are feeling better or worse off than a year ago. When the index is greater than 50, more consumers are feeling positive about their situation. When it is below 50, more consumers are feeling worse. The Sentiment Index can vary from a high of 100 to a low of 0.
Gemvara, Rent the Runway and Bonobos retained eBrand Interactive to deliver people genuinely interested in their unique value propositions for the holiday season.
Los Angeles, CA–(eBizine)–1/03/2012-8:45 AM – eBrand Media, Inc. (EBM), a leading provider of digital advertising and marketing solutions to emerging and established businesses announced today that its agency division, eBrand Interactive, directed thousands of visitors to the Gemvara, Bonobos, and Rent the Runway websites during the holiday season through CAN-SPAM compliant email on a CPC (cost-per-click), CPM (cost-per-thousand), and CPL (cost-per-lead) basis. The agency met all established benchmarks while doing so.
“We manage lists for a number of well known brands and as a result we have permission to market to over 150,000,000 people through our CAN-Spam compliant email channel. We take private labeled offers from leading companies and send them to people who have opted to receive offers from 3rd parties. In short we email 3rd party offers to 3rd party email lists that we’ve been licensed to manage”, said Tom Polanski, EVP of Business Development at the eBrand Media Group.
Mr. Polanski went on to say; “Gemvara, Bonobos, and Rent the Runway retained eBrand to email their offers for the critical holiday season to the lists we manage. My email team started mailing slowly so that we could analyze performance with minimal risk to these companies. The goal as always is to ensure that our traffic is meeting or beating advertiser mandates. In this case hitting the established CPA (cost-per-acquisition) or lowering it. Once our analysis was done on the initial test, we were had the clarity and statistical confidence to scale while adhering to mandates. As a result we now have an ongoing relationship with each of these companies”. Read the rest of this entry »