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Way, way back in 2011, when the world was young and fidget spinners weren’t yet a thing, there was lore floating around in the search marketing world that “mesothelioma” was the most expensive keyword to bid on in Google AdWords, costing upwards of $100 per click. But was it true? I had a little idea: What if we used data from our Free Keyword Tool to determine which keywords ...
Personalization, or the ability to cater messaging to individual customers, is widely expected to be one of the biggest marketing trends of 2017. That’s in part because it offers brands the potential to deliver precisely what consumers want, as well as the potential for enhanced customer loyalty. But personalization has evolved far beyond simply addressing customers by their names.
As Instagram marketing becomes less of a choice and more of a necessity for your business, it can be frustrating to have yet another social media account to post content to and promote – especially because Instagram is in a league of its own with its focus on image-based content, less room for text, and a limited ability to link to your website.
I recently came across a retail brand and fell in love with the quirky products they were offering. Being a savvy shopper (and email marketer), I signed up for their mailing list…and there it came—a welcome email telling me about the brand, what I can expect in their future emails, and, of course, a welcome discount! Perfect! The welcome email is the first email from a busines ...
To the uninitiated, the field of psychographics may sound a little like a debunked “scientific” principle such as phrenology, but actually, it’s one of the most exciting developments in psychological analysis that marketers can leverage in their campaigns. But what is psychographics? Why should you care? How can you use it? These are all questions we’ll be answering in this post.
It's all about that click. This is true whether you're writing headlines for PPC ads or content that's meant to earn organic search traffic, links, and social media shares. You can't honestly call your content "high quality" if it isn't getting read. And if your headline is boring, people won't click. They'll ignore you. That means lots of bad things for your business and brand.
It’s been a full year since Google first released expanded text ads to advertisers globally – and what a year it’s been! Since they were first announced, advertisers were eager to begin testing the new expanded ad format, but many were hesitant to let go of their tried and true ads. Now that standard text ads can no longer be created in either AdWords or Bing, it’s time to loo ...
Keyword research sounds like such a daunting task. What’s the point of researching a keyword anyway? Shouldn’t your natural marketing instincts tell you which keywords are most relevant to your business. Not quite… Without quality keywords, found through effective keyword research, your search marketing campaigns (paid AND organic) will be completely misguided.
I am not particularly excitable, and I am by no means sentimental. I’ve been known to remain even keel amidst, say, a surging comeback from a 28-3 deficit. I can throw out childhood photographs like they were table scraps without batting an eyelash. Commercials depicting the unbreakable bond between man and Clydesdale do not incite even a single tear… It would appear I am in the minority.
More doesn’t always equal more – the infamous Jam Study first taught us this lesson over a decade ago. Via Sandglaz Choice invariably leads to more choice, decisions to indecision. Overthinking leads to worse productivity, less creativity, and exhausted willpower. And when it comes to ad campaigns and landing pages, an exhausted customer is the last thing you want.
When it comes to limited-time promotions or the big sale holidays, such as Labor Day (coming up in just a month!) or Black Friday, a business owner’s chief goal is to invest their time and money in platforms that will make the greatest impact. Many companies rely on email marketing for promotions, while others swear by social media ads.
Let’s talk optimization. Marketers spend a huge portion of their time planning, implementing, and executing tests, and analyzing the results. We’re always looking to get those target metrics lifted just a little bit more – figuring out the best subject line for a great open rate, the best CTA and creative pairing to get a click through, trying to shave a second off your websit ...
I’m willing to wager that at least one of Facebook’s 5 million (and counting) advertisers is your direct competitor. Even if Joe’s HVAC or Asics or exceptionallypungentcatnip.org don’t know what the hell they’re doing, they’re siphoning your share of voice. What exactly does that mean? If you’re not advertising on Facebook yet, prospects (Newsflash: Facebook has 2 billion use ...
It’s hard to believe it’s almost August already. Before long, we’ll be lamenting summer trips not taken, paperbacks left unread, beaches not visited. Summer’s not quite done with us yet, however, and we have just enough time to look back at which posts were the most popular with our readers this month.
I can still remember rushing home from high school to watch TRL. For those of you unfamiliar, TRL (Total Request Live) was a live broadcast from MTV studio in Times Square, where the one and only Carson Daly would count down the 10 most popular music videos in the country. I was so impressed by the fact that Carson and his guests were able to appear so calm, cool, and collected ...
If science-fiction movies have taught us anything, it’s that the future is a bleak and terrifying dystopia ruled by murderous sentient robots. Fortunately, only one of these things is true – but that could soon change, as the doomsayers are so fond of telling us. Image via Abdul Rahid Artificial intelligence and machine learning are among the most significant technological ...
For years Google has been making it clear that mobile-first is the way forward. The whole idea behind the mobile-first ethos is that traffic is moving to mobile devices from desktop, so websites should be built for mobile first, not as an afterthought. However, as Rand Fishkin has pointed out multiple times, “mobile didn’t kill desktop, it just killed all our free time.
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