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For a few years now Google has been making big announcements in the spring, and they’ve usually revolved around mobile – in 2013, there was the announcement of Enhanced Campaigns, which did away with the old best practice of creating separate desktop and mobile campaigns. Every year since then we’ve gotten more and more mobile ad types and features, and this year is no different.
Text ads have appeared to the right of Google's search results since AdWords launched in 2000. No more. They're history. R.I.P. Google has confirmed a huge change to the way AdWords ads are displayed for desktop search results, and it is now rolling out for all of its users globally. Google is killing off right-side text ads completely – although Product Listing Ads and ads in ...
It’s never a slow week in SEM. Last week, the Wordstream office was enjoying a short work week, unseasonably pleasant Boston weather, and the birthday of our beloved Erin Sagin. And while we were all enjoying our peaceful weeks, Google decided to start rolling out the biggest change to the SERP we’ve seen in years by removing the PPC ads along the right side of the SERP.
If you’re reading this, my guess is you don’t need a primer on why you should be improving conversions – as opposed to just getting more traffic, or just developing products– in your sales funnel. You’ve already paid to acquire your website visitors. Why not sell to more of them? That’s the short definition of conversion optimization.
Running your business’s marketing efforts isn’t easy – and it takes a lot of time! The time it takes to optimize bids, create and edit ads, and discover new keywords all adds up. On top of all of this, you need to constantly track your performance to ensure all of your hard work is effective. At WordStream, our mission is to develop software to help businesses of all types and ...
PPC and paid social campaigns are among the best ways to grow your business, but sometimes, you have to go back to basics and rely on more traditional techniques – with a digital twist – to find new customers for your products or services. Grassroots marketing can be an excellent way of getting the word out about your business.
No matter what a company offers, the mission statement is the rally-cry for employees to come together for a “greater good.” Mission statements are a useful way to make sure that all different functions of the company are focused on a cohesive goal, as well as to brag about your offering to the world.
You bring in a consultant or make a new hire to develop the perfect sales funnel. You’re cranking out quality top of funnel content daily. Your nurture campaigns are building relationships with leads as they drift down, down, down. And your swarm of salespeople, armed with demos and free trials, driven by incentive-laden bonus structures, are ready to close like the dickens.
Everyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with unicorns – not just the magical beasts you’ll often find hanging out near rainbows but marketing unicorns. What’s a marketing unicorn, you ask? It’s one of those magical campaigns that’s so effective it performs in the top 1-3% of all marketing campaigns.
Google offers advertisers several different ways to target their ads on the Google Display Network to reach its vast audience. With over 2 trillion impressions served each month across over 2 million unique websites, most GDN advertisers don’t manually select each placement where their ads serve. Instead, many advertisers on GDN chose to target their ads to reach audiences of p ...
When it comes to content promotion, Twitter is a veritable smorgasbord of new and engaged audiences. You can create a campaign to get visitors to your website, drive app installs, raise tweet engagement, and more. Users are online all the time and consuming vast quantities of content and media. And with customizable budgeting, you’re in control of your spend.
I don’t even want to try and guess how much content about B2B content marketing is out there. There are possibly thousands of guides on everything from brand voice and editorial style to market segmentation and content amplification. Unfortunately for newcomers, most of this content is absolutely terrible.
I hate the dentist. More than I hate going to the hospital or eating my vegetables, the dentist is my least favorite appointment. And, due to the fact I move around a lot, I’m constantly looking for a new dentist to trust my teeth with. Talking to friends who also struggled with finding a dentist, I heard all kinds of horror stories—anything from getting fake cavities filled t ...
I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a hell of a year – and not in a good way. Although the end may be in sight, so too are the holidays, which is either the most joyous or detestable time of year, depending on your perspective. While Thanksgiving and the presidential election have given those of us in the States plenty to chew on (literally and figuratively), the res ...
There’s no question that well-executed Google Shopping campaigns can deliver impressive returns. However as more and more advertisers adopt Google Shopping, combined with Google’s initiative to show more shopping ads over the festive season, it can be difficult to stand out from the competition. Here are six tips to help supercharge your Google Shopping campaigns this holiday ...
Which converts better: an end-of-blog post image CTA, or a HelloBar dropdown from the top of a window? The short answer, is “who cares.” Here’s why, along with how you should be setting up a high-converting lead capture strategy instead. Why 70+% of Your Traffic Doesn’t Buy AdWords almost lulls you into a false sense of belief. It works – almost too well.
Here at WordStream, our awesome website developer recently redesigned our 404-error page. It seems silly—why spend time on a page that we don’t want people to go to? —but we were all delighted to see the update. It is cute, endearing, and effectively redirects the lost customer to our homepage or the search bar. What Is a 404 Error Page? First things first.
In SEO, there’s no shortage of theory and best practices. But experimentation is what really keeps this great industry moving forward. All of today’s best practices came as a result of past experiments – both failures and successes. Everything we do in SEO is an opportunity to learn and improve. That’s why I love doing experiments.
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