In the tough online game of acquiring more visitors, keeping them on the page, and having them spread the word to their friends (i.e. through social sharing), publishers today––that is, site owners, designers, and content producers––need to look beyond pageviews, and create stories that people want to read and feel a desire to share with their friends. If you’re a publisher, you can sympathize with this.
One of the key features of our new Smart Layers is something you can’t actually see. All the share buttons are personalized to each visitor. This makes it much more likely that people will share your site.
Web sites want to maximize engagement, but it’s hard to guess what each visitor will want to read or buy. Pixels are cheap, so many sites approach this question by adding widget after widget, hoping that a user will find one they want to click on. This is the shotgun approach to boosting engagement. The problem with it is that user attention is expensive, and each additional widget distracts them from your content, products and ads.
It’s May and you know what that means … it’s the month of moms! Mother’s Day 2012 falls this year on Sunday the 13th.
Have you gotten the most important lady in your life a gift yet? Or are you a typical procrastinator? Maybe you even forgot and this blog post is reminding you! Well, if that’s the case, we’ve got some great (and not-so great) gift ideas, all thanks to the AddThis data. Check it out …
- First, we have a tag cloud of the top social activity related to Mother’s Day from the first week of May:
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If we can make a suggestion, maybe don’t get her something that is solely “printable”. (Unless it’s a cute kid’s craft, then you get a pass.)
- The moms who raised planners (cough::overachievers) who were looking for gifts on May 1st might expect some of the following:
Unfortunately, they still raised some cheapskates with the terms “inexpensive” and “cheap gift ideas”. Or smart penny pinchers! It’s the thought that counts, right?
- Can you smell the roses already? Moms living in Virginia and Missouri should expect flowers more than the madres living in Oregon based on our geographic map of interest intensity. Maybe the Oregonians will get something more original, like a bouquet of cinnamon buns!
- Finally, odds are our favorite ladies are getting flowers that were purchased on Monday May 7th. Also, according to the data the flowers will be pink or yellow. Pretty!
In all seriousness, we love moms and we will be celebrating them this weekend. Go out and get her something nice because she deserves it!
If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you might be living under a rock. The image sharing site has catapulted into the limelight, becoming the hotspot for fashionistas, crafters and all inspiration-searching internet folk.
Lucky for you, AddThis supports the Pin It button, which has become a hot commodity for our users. And who can blame them with Mashable recently reporting the service as a top traffic driver, especially for women’s lifestyle sites.
We even took a dive into our own network’s data and things look as you would expect. Up and to the right:
So, don’t be the last one on the bandwagon. Get your AddThis implementation set up with a Pin It button, watch your photos get the inspirational love they deserve and turn that rock you’ve been living under into something like this!
This is the second Big Game match-up for these two teams in recent years. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in 2008 for Super Bowl XLII. But are citizens of the great United States hoping for an even score?
Not according to our data! We analyzed the search keywords, sharing behaviors and other social data points of millions of Internet users and found that the Giants are causing the most activity:
We’re also looking forward to analyzing our data for all the Super Bowl commercials. The big game is one of the most obvious illustrations of offline media affecting online behavior. Leading up to today, Honda saw a great spike in interest over the Ferris Bueller ad campaign this past week:
Can’t wait to see the other big winners.
Follow us on Twitter to get more Super Bowl data! We’ll follow up with some stats after the game.