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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 ...
If you have heard anything about Facebook advertising, you know it’s extensive (and complicated). If you’ve ever been targeted by Facebook ads, you know it’s almost borderline stalky. And if you have ever tried Facebook advertising out for yourself, you know it’s efficient and cost-effective. While paid search marketing is mostly accomplished by targeting specific keywords tha ...
In a way, e-commerce sites have it easier than offline companies who need to get a sales person involved in each deal. When it comes to measuring your AdWords ROI, it’s waaaay easier to measure performance when you have an e-commerce transaction with a specific value at the end of the chain. An online store can easily set up e-commerce tracking through Google Analytics to see ...
There is no shortage of articles on the internet that will tell you how to drive traffic to your website. You can invest in online advertising, search engine optimization, influencer marketing, brand building, or one of the other hundreds of traffic generation strategies out there. Getting traffic isn’t the end-all to digital marketing, though.
Instagram quickly outgrew its first impression as a fun app for kids and has become a serious content marketing, networking and audience building tool for individuals and brands. It's one of the most popular social networking sites on the planet, with over 200 million active monthly members sharing 60 million images and 1.6 billion likes per day.
For the past few years, Google has been driving home their mobile-first mantra as more and more people increasingly rely on and search from their smartphones. In 2016, they’ve put their words into action. This year, Google redesigned the cluttered desktop SERP to look more like the mobile in-line SERP, gave advertisers back more control of their mobile and tablet bid adjustment ...
Optimizing Your Local Campaigns for a “Post-Digital” Marketing World What is a post-digital world? No, it is not a world in which the machines have revolted and we have been sent back to the Stone Age. The post digital world is our world now, one in which digital marketing is subsumed by marketing as a whole.
When I was growing up and deciding what I wanted to study when I went to college, my mother always told me to study math. I remember her telling me that no matter what industry I went into, I’d always be able to find a job because everyone hates math and would hire someone else to do it for them. It was hard for me to believe at age 16 – in high school, being good at math cert ...
Are you annoyed at companies pushing mobile yet? I know I am. We know, we know, it’s a mobile-first world. Mobile shopping is expanding rapidly, which means as marketers, we have to keep up. Keeping up doesn’t just mean plugging in the CSS to make your landing pages responsive, it also means mobile friendly advertisements, development of mobile apps, and making dashboards accessible from mobile.
It’s easy to overlook your organic click-through rates on Google. After all, you’ve probably been lulled into believing over most of your marketing life that they’re not as important as other SEO metrics, such as inbound links. However, there are a lot of really great reasons you should work on improving your organic CTRs, not the least of which is its impact on your rankings.
When it comes to mobile A/B testing, many marketers make the common mistake of treating their mobile visitors the way they treat their desktop ones. Designing and building their landing pages with desktop in mind, they use out-of-the-box, template-based responsive design to condense that experience to a mobile one which does not address the unique behavior and needs of mobile web visitors.
Natural disasters claim lives and lay waste to property each year. Second to these harsh realities is the dire if not irreversible impact on small businesses. Potential customers in affected areas are concerned with survival, not making a purchase. Brick and mortar locations are destroyed. And advertising efforts fall by the wayside.
What matters most to the vast majority of digital marketers is the ability to see direct results and tie advertising costs back to those efforts. Simple enough right? Well, within the past year, Facebook as a marketing platform has become arguably the most complex and sophisticated way to track specific actions and target individuals based on them.
“Eh, I don’t like the sound of that.” If you’re a content marketer, this phrase is all too familiar whenever you’ve pitched an idea that pushes the envelope. On the one hand, your client understands the value of inbound marketing: Not only is it one of the most cost effective marketing strategies, but it can also generate high levels of awareness and drive conversions – partic ...
Perception is everything. In the business world, people are naturally attracted to the biggest names, whether you call them influencers, experts, or [insert industry here] rock stars. But what if you aren't a big name yet? What if you're just starting out and looking to make a name for yourself? How can you get on the radar of people you want to do business with in the future? ...
Over the past week, Google’s been making a lot of announcements for its plans to enhance their display network at AdWeek and SMX East in New York City. Some of the more heralded news is that Google announced advertisers will soon have the ability to remarket to users across different devices and measure store visits as a result of their display ads.
“Increase conversions, reduce spend.” - Every AdWords user. Ever. In an ideal world, spending less to make more would be a cinch. There would be chocolate fountains on every street corner. Student loan debt would vanish. Alas. In reality, reconciling the twin desires of growing your customer base while spending less on advertising is no small feat.
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