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  • November 22, 2017

    From CTR – ROAS – The exciting world of marketing acronyms explained

    The world of digital marketing may be a fairly established part of most businesses lives however in the grand scheme of things – it hasn’t been around for long at all. The first online banner advert was shown on the 27th of October, 1994 – in the subsequent 23 years a lot has changed. Online marketing now far outweighs offline marketing and we’ve all shifted from platform to platform chasing new and fresh audiences, thinking up new and interesting ways of capturing people’s attention and ultimately selling them something.

    Ours is a young industry, a nimble one and a dynamic one – but that doesn’t stop it being as extremely slow to react to changes. One such change and the subject of this post is the change in metrics that we all use to measure our campaigns – and despite that sounding like the most mundane of subjects, it’s actually fundamental to the viability of the industry.

    For years we were all obsessed with CTR (Click Through Rate), essentially the % of people who click on your advert having been shown it – this seemed like the key stat because ultimately that shows us how good the ad is right? However – that does take into account a lot of factors such as audience, platform, device, accidental clicks and so on.

    Next came along CPC (Cost Per Click), largely driven by the Google Adwords emergence and ensuing dominance. It suddenly made sense to measure how much it is actually costing a business to get people to a website – because that is the point of the ads surely, to get people to divert from what they were doing and to pay attention to what we have to offer as a business. It was then up to our website to take it from there, to sell them the brand/vision/product/service and ‘convert’ the prospective customer.

    The flaw in this stat in isolation is that this would lead us to hunting for ‘cheap’ or low quality traffic – there is plenty of that out there, and it won’t get you anywhere. Focusing on CPC will most likely lead to a site flooded with irrelevant people who result in a very low conversion rate and thus return.

    For the past five or so years, the focus has been all about ‘CPA’ (Cost Per Acquisition). This made sense after the learnings of CPC. CPA at least measured the cost of capturing someone’s attention, making them click on an ad, go to the website and then make a purchase. A business could suddenly have an idea of how much it actually cost to sell a product and could consequently work out some very useful figures:

    Gross Profit = Gross Revenue – CPA.

    Over the past year however the tide has turned on CPA. Suddenly looking at a single ‘A’ didn’t seem to make sense. Most businesses sell a range of products at different prices. Take a footwear business as an example – they can sell everything from a £3.00 pair of shoelaces to a £200 pair of shoes. A £20 CPA sounds great if you’ve sold a £200 pair of shoes, but not so good if you’ve sold them a pair of shoelaces. Dealing with each purchase as the same quickly seems flawed.

    So now we have reached the age of ‘ROAS’ (Return On Advertising Spend). What does this mean? Essentially what multiple of my marketing budget have I returned in revenue. If I spend £1,000 on marketing and drive £3,000 in sales – my ROAS is 3. The benefit of this is that it actually brings the value of the purchase into the equation – now I get an overall picture of how much revenue my advertising actually brought in. Of course several costs need to be taken into account to see if I am actually profitable (Taxes, Cost of goods sold, Shipping, Storage etc.) but I am closer than I have ever been to actually understanding the basic question of whether my advertising has worked. It is this reason that an increasing number of business and marketing services are now choosing to adopt ROAS as their primary objective.

    I believe it all represents a shift from dealing with Marketing with a marketing head on to dealing with everything with a Business head. Marketing can’t be thought of in isolation and every good marketing manager/assistant must be thinking of the overall business position and impact rather than purely their own department.

    So we’ve got ROAS for now – who knows how long this will last until the next trendy acronym comes along and blows it out the water!

  • October 25, 2017

    5 Google Chrome Extensions That I Couldn’t Live Without


    Ironically, I had the idea to write this post after seeing a Grammarly ad on YouTube. At first I thought, these guys need to be smarter with ads and not sell me something I already have. If you run Facebook Ads, you should know how amateurish it is to retarget web visitors with promo codes and not exclude people who have already purchased. Then I saw it again and realised how much I love it and how I should tell some friends, one thing led to another and here I am.

    Why I love it? It’s seamless, integrated and easy to override but it grabs your attention enough so that you can check the grammar whilst not stopping you in your tracks and therefore ruining your flow.

    Facebook Pixel Helper

    As the owner of a digital marketing agency, we’re constantly liaising with web developers or business owners to get everything set up so we can be let loose to start killing it on Facebook Ads for them. This cheeky little nugget of a chrome extension makes it a simple yes or no answer to find out whether they’ve finished fannying around and adding the pixel to the chosen site.

    Rightly Gmail Extension

    You don’t know how good it is until it’s gone (or you’re using a public computer). This awesome extension allows you to schedule emails to be sent at whatever time zone, hour and day of the month as you like (you’ll never forget Happy Birthdays – trust me). However, more importantly, this allows you to ‘undo’ any sent emails which you’ve just realised don’t have the correct attachment or have a spelling mistake, I know they say nobody’s perfect, but this definitely makes you look like a reliable and efficient worker.


    I know we all sit and watch the ridiculous business pitches on ‘The Dragon’s Den’ but these guys killed it and came from the same area I grew up in – I’m clearly not the only legend born there. It’s another seamless extension that’s always looking out for you and your wallet, everytime you jump online for a bit of shopping it pings up with any voucher codes that have been made public so you don’t have to leave the website, probably get distracted and never buy the item. I know it seems crazy for businesses to hand out these discounts so freely, but as the guys put it to the Dragons, if you’ve downloaded this Chrome Extension, you’re likely to be one of the people who hunt for a discount code before buying anyway. Why risk the chance of them getting distracted and never coming back? God Dammit close the sale sharpish.


    If you’re in business, it’s likely you would have heard the term ‘time is money’ – I kind of agree, depending on the task and whether some clever clog has already created something to automate an otherwise manual, dull process. These guys have done just that – hunter.io pulls emails from a chosen website to save you hunting through the pages, I know sometimes it only takes 30 seconds, but more often than not, you’re likely to get distracted by some meaningless generic royalty free photo.

    If this wasn’t quite the silver bullet of value you were hoping for. Drop me a message and I’ll dig some good stuff out!

    Max Whicher
    07432633408 – max@spinbrands.co.uk

  • August 17, 2016

    Tips and tricks to improve your Twitter follower count.

    Tips and tricks to improve your Twitter follower count.

    According to SmallBizTrends, Twitter is the second most popular Social Media site in the World, after top dog Facebook. It offers a great platform and can cater to the vast majority of your business needs (as long as it’s 140 characters or less, of course).
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