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Blog Apr. 18, 2008 | Share

Reconciling comScore’s and Google’s Paid Click Data

Many investors are breathing a sigh of relief after Google announced earnings on Thursday beating the consensus street estimates. In recent months, investors have become understandably concerned that the decline in U.S. consumers’ spending could translate into a cutback in online advertising, an industry many thought would be immune from an economic... Read more

Blog Apr. 11, 2008 | Share

Online is the New Primetime

The Advertising Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Meeting and Convention just concluded in New York City. This was a watershed event, with over 700 paid attendees sharing presentations over three days. The organization is made up of advertisers, their agencies and media planning partners, the media, and market research companies. Read more

Blog Apr. 7, 2008 | Share

The Offline Impact of Online Advertising

I published an article in the Harvard Business Review this month, summarizing some of the work comScore has been doing with clients to evaluate the effectiveness of online advertising. As with most things in business, the return on investment is what drives future plans, especially advertising plans. Read more

Blog Mar. 13, 2008 | Share

Google Redux

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to a comment from Willy Quintinella posted in response to my recent blog entry “Why Google’s surprising paid click data are less surprising.” Willy raises an important question when he asks why comScore didn’t include any interpretive analysis when we initially issued our monthly paid click data... Read more

Blog Feb. 29, 2008 | Share

Why Google's surprising paid click data are less surprising

Earlier this week, comScore released its January 2008 qSearch paid click report, which showed a 7% sequential decline vs. December ‘07, and a flat annual growth in paid clicks for Google. Moreover, the number of paid clicks per Google search query declined by 8% from December to January, suggesting that consumers are clicking less on search ads, possibly... Read more

Blog Feb. 28, 2008 | Share

Measurement of Online Advertising ROI: The 100% Solution

For me, the quote sums up the challenge. While it’s alluring to believe that there is one simple, easily-obtainable metric that will accurately and reliably predict advertising success, I believe this is a siren’s song. And, I suspect that most experienced researchers who have spent decades searching unsuccessfully for advertising’s Simple Holy... Read more

Blog Feb. 21, 2008 | Share

The Ugly Reality of Using Site Server Data for Media Planning

Kevin Mannion’s January 25 blog about engagement metrics on MediaPost’s Online Metrics Insider raises some interesting issues about online measurement, but fails to address the inability of site server data to provide any of the key people-based metrics that are needed for online media planning and analysis. In the world of online media, I never... Read more

Blog Feb. 19, 2008 | Share

E-marketing Effectiveness Benchmarks for the Pharmaceutical Industry

At the recent ePharma Summit in Philadelphia, Evolution Road’s Paul Ivans and I presented our consumer e-marketing effectiveness benchmarks for the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Blog Feb. 15, 2008 | Share

Interactive Treemap of the Internet

Juice Analytics, a comScore vendor, recently prepared an intriguing treemap of the Internet using our data to showcase their abilities. Read more

Blog Feb. 14, 2008 | Share

The Internet is a Gamechanger in the 2008 Presidential Race

Like many of you, I’ve been following the 2008 presidential primary season with great interest. And while the first non-incumbent election in decades has made the early races even more intriguing than usual, it’s especially exciting for me to see the very important role the Internet has played in shaping the course of the primaries. Read more