The end of the software world as we know it?

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Imagine a store where you can buy and install software for your Windows PC with one click. Without multi-level installations with rebooting, without having to decide how and where to install an application, without having to make decisions before the software has even been installed.

A store that will be linked to your email address, allowing you to instantly redownload and install your software when your PC is replaced.

There’s no way of knowing whether Microsoft have the means or desire to setup such a system, but they’re likely to be at least considering it.

What makes a website attractive?

Posted by Dave CollinsWebsite Optimisation

We already know what makes a person attractive: symmetry and (apparently) a resemblance to our parents. The latter is disturbing beyond words. But what makes a website attractive? Probably not symmetry, and certainly nothing to do with our parents. Colour? Use of space? Eye-catching graphics? Clarity? A picture of a grinning model wearing a headset? Probably a combination of most … Read More

Google take misleading to a whole new level

Posted by Dave CollinsGoogle AdWords

Most businesses choose to take advantage of the persuasive powers of numbers at some point, but a recent post on Google’s Inside AdWords left me less than impressed: “Advertisers often wonder whether search ads cannibalize their organic traffic. If search ads were paused, would clicks on organic results increase and make up for the loss in paid traffic? Google statisticians … Read More

You might want to check your conversion data…

Posted by Aaron WeinerGoogle AdWords

As you read this, your AdWords stats from last week or the week before may have changed since you last looked at them. No, this isn’t some form of AdWords trickery. It has to do with a little known fact that recorded conversions are applied to the date of the ad click, and not the date of the conversion. So if you … Read More

Can you use AdWords without Analytics?

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

I used to be strongly opposed to using Google Analytics and AdWords together, but I used to be skinny and muscular too. Things change. My single issue with using Analytics was that it wasn’t free. You paid for the use of Google’s software by supplying them with your data. If you’re aware of this, and decide that the price you’re … Read More