Email Marketing by the Numbers


Email Marketing by the Numbers

by Chris Baggott

With a title like Email Marketing by the Numbers, one would expect the book to cover testing and analytics. “The organizations that embrace testing as an integral part of their programs simply outperform those that don’t… Rarely can the people within a company judge what is going to be successful outside of it.” Continue reading “Email Marketing by the Numbers”

Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting


Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting

by John Caples

John Caples was a pioneer of direct-response copywriting.  In Chapter 8 he presents as series of paired ads which were tested, followed by analysis of why the winning ads outperformed.  The winner often outperformed the other by a wide margin—up to five times as many responses. Continue reading “Making Ads Pay: Timeless Tips for Successful Copywriting”

Scientific Advertising


My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising

by Claude C. Hopkins

Claude C. Hopkins (1866-1932) was a pioneer in the advertising industry. This volume consists of his two books: Scientific Advertising, written in 1923, and My Life in Advertising, written in 1927. NBC and CBS were founded around the time of Hopkins’ retirement, so his work predated the broadcasting era. The media of his time were newspapers, magazines, and direct mail.

“Salesmanship-in-print is exactly the same as salesmanship-in-person.” If the purpose of advertising is to sell, then its effectiveness can be measured by resulting sales volume. Hopkins tested ads on a small scale before risking money on a large-scale campaign. He also compared results using different headlines in order to discover the best performing approach. Continue reading “Scientific Advertising”

Always Be Testing

Always Be Testing: The Complete Guide to Google Website Optimizer

by Bryan Eisenberg and John Quarto -vonTivadar with Lisa T. Davis

Always Be Testing cuts straight to the chase. By the end of chapter two, you will understand how to set up a test.

The authors explain the difference between A/B tests (comparing the performance of two or more pages) and Multivariate tests  (comparing the performance of multiple components within a page). But be aware that as of August 1, 2012, Google Website Optimizer has been replaced by  Content Experiments and the multivariate functions are no longer available. More on that in a moment. Continue reading “Always Be Testing”