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Today’s email brings to mind a number of great questions… Read the following for a peek into the future of digital marketing attribution.

Attribution’s Value to the Customer Intelligence Function By Bill Muller, Editor

With the emergence of the Customer Intelligence (CI) function within many enterprise-sized marketing organizations has arisen the desire to look at customer behavior across the entire marketing ecosystem. Inherent in attribution modeling’s functionality is the ability to do just that – to not only scientifically assign credit to the channel, campaign and campaign traits that helped marketers achieve success by whichever key performance indicators they choose, but also to associate that media performance success with the demographic and behavioral traits of given audience segments.

Let’s look at just three examples of CI value that can be drawn from the attribution process:

Customer Value

As transactional data that’s associated with customers is fed back into the marketing attribution process, it can be married with media performance data and customer demographic information (that’s collected through the transaction process, surveys, or via overlay by any number of third-party data providers). As a result, algorithmically attributed media performance can be identified for an organization’s highest value customers, or by those with the highest propensity to convert, or by those with the highest propensity to be repeat buyers – as defined by the demographic and behavior traits of a particular customer segment. Armed with this information, CI professionals can advise their online and offline media buying colleagues to adjust their tactics by customer segment to increase LTV, conversion rates and yield.

Mapping the Funnel

By analyzing the demographic characteristics of customers whose marketing performance data has been fed through the attribution process, CI professionals can also identify the tactics that produce the best results at each stage of the conversion funnel – by audience segment. Which channel, publisher and offer serves at the first touch (“introducer”) for the customer segment with the highest LTV? Which combination of tactics serves as the last touch for the segment with the highest propensity to be repeat buyers? For the highest value customer segments based on several different key performance indicators, what do the ideal conversion funnels look like? With answers to questions like these, the CI function can not only advise the rest of the marketing organization on which tactics produce the highest results by customer segment, but can also prescribe at which funnel stage and in which sequence those tactics should be executed.

Assessing Lag Time

There are numerous “lag time” metrics associated with every customer’s stack of touchpoints on the path to a conversion. The time between every milestone – first impression, first click, first website visit, last impression, last click, last website visit, conversion, etc.-can be calculated, and as with the examples above, can be associated to the demographic traits and media performance of the highest value audience segments. With the intelligence gleaned from this analysis, CI professionals can advise media professionals on which audience segments have the longest and shortest lag times between critical milestones in the conversion funnel, the lag times for the highest value segments, and which media tactics should be employed to produce faster conversions, higher value customers, and the greatest return across the entire marketing ecosystem.

Just Scratching the Surface

Though attribution is rapidly on the rise within the media buying function at many organizations, the Customer Intelligence function is rarely taking advantage of the cross channel touchpoint intelligence that only the attribution management process can provide. But as these professionals begin to experiment with attribution and incorporate it in the value-add they provide to their media buying colleagues, it will undoubtedly become their default methodology, never again choosing to look at audience characteristics in isolated, non-attributed silos.

Articles From Industry Publications

Can Online Marketer’s Lead the Charge for Analytics & Attribution?

By Manu Mathew, Co-Founder & CEO, Visual IQ
Published in Marketing Land

By Manu Mathew, Co-Founder & CEO, Visual IQ

Published in Search Engine Land

By Anto Chittilappilly, Co-Founder, President & CTO, Visual IQ
Published in Online Metrics Insider
In This Issue
Attribution”s Value to the CI Function
Can Online Marketer’s Lead the Charge?
Search Campaign Optimization
Attribution’s Insights Not Always A Straight Line
White Paper
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Attribution in 2012 and beyond

To think that analyzing touch points, lag time, and buying behavior has become so systematic and trackable is amazing. Marketing philosophy a decade ago only mentioned these processes, never before has a company been able to document these. Marketing in the past simply just gave into overlap of marketing. You show a message on TV, they see and ad in magazine, they hear your name across the dinner table… 21 impressions… 7 touches before a buy… ALL OF IT GUESS WORK. In the past you really just needed an intuitive guess on what was working. The way of the future will allow even more accurate tracking and documenting of the elusive touche points it takes for a customer to buy.

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Danny Sullivan put on quite a good show at #AZIMA. He began by echoing his Search Engine Land post about Google not dying off and that they are still growing despite a possible 1% shift in market share.

Arguing  that Bing is only making small headway from their offline TV marketing ads push and that when the ads stop this won’t really equate to a trending market shift. Ultimately Bing is only claiming a definitive 2nd place since they bought out Yahoo the other 2nd place contender. Google will be around for a long time… “they’ve been dying for a long time!” So with a dash of good humor Danny debunks the idea that Google is yesterdays news and shows his slight affection for the “Google world.”

Danny made some good points on how Facebook has social down and that Google and Facebook really shouldn’t be fighting each other. Poll of audience and those that are spending on both, only one resp0nded that she pulled some of their Google budget to place ads on Facebook. Most people are willing to spend on both as they are different marketing machines.

Most notable of last nights audience feedback questions. How many of you like Google instant? How many of you hate Google instant?

More hands raised for hating Google instant.

And noteworthy, By raise of hands, Who in here trusts Google?

Most of the audience trusts Google, over a few that do not trust Google.


@schachin #Finally! RT @Thos003: #AZIMA @dannysullivan People want this battle between facebook and google but they do different things.
@dannysullivan I think it will be hard for google to compete with facebook on a social network level.

RT @Thos003: #AZIMA @dannysullivan Google has face recognition but they just don’t implement it.

#AZIMA is the #SEO going to change away from links? … @dannysullivan Well why don’t they update my TV? It works.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Rep from adwords keyword tool says … Uh yeah it’s a bug… we are getting that resolved.


Danny, Fionn, and Thomas the pest control guy... Lucky me!


#AZIMA @dannysullivan it’s hard to answer that question without knowing your feelings on google suggest..@fionnd  #sarcasm

#AZIMA From Audience… “google suggest… They say it’s on search volume. They are lying. Currently being sued for this statement” @fionnd

#AZIMA @dannysullivan people will say Google has a monopoly.. People are choosing to use google …  that’s different. It’s a monoply by choice.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Yelp says that 27% of yelp search is done on mobile devices.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan who would of thought that I would go to a computer and ask advice rather than a friend?

Scary? – RT @abbygilmore: “You tell Google things you wouldn’t tell your friends, and its worked out well for you” -@dannysullivan #AZIMA

#AZIMA @dannysullivan …connected to @mattcutts via digg but perhaps not very long if digg dies.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Asked audience how many just trust Google? … More positive response than negative from audience.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan OH from Google Employee… “we will get it by hook or crook” #socialmediadata

#AZIMA @dannysullivan is down playing the impact of Facebook and social on search and Internet marketing.

AZIMA @dannysullivan problems with social networks .. How do you filter true friends.

RT @Thos003: #AZIMA so… Google instant is cheating?… More people in audience don’t like google instant.

RT @Thos003: #AZIMA @dannysullivan No one really has real time down. No not even Google.

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Twitter and brand watching is down… But responding to customer isn’t good marketing it’s customer service. #exactly

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Bing will become #2 in mindshare eventually market share. (that happens when you take out Yahoo)

#AZIMA of course Google now counts instant search after each 3 second pause. #seo

#AZIMA @dannysullivan Bing is inflating numbers b/c they are counting clicks on images on homepage to more info.

And Congrats on the Can Food Drive!


Spam Can! Would you expect anything less from a SEO can food drive?


Danny Sullivan’s Slide Share of the presentation:

Abby Gilmore ask’s Danny Sullivan what’s the future of search in less than 1 minute.