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Now You Can Apply AdWords Conversion Settings To Goals Imported From Analytics

new-google-adwords-logo The ability to import goals from Google Analytics into AdWords just got even more useful. Now you can tailor them to your paid search objectives by adjusting the conversion settings on each imported Analytics goal and transaction within AdWords. Flexible conversion counting, customized conversion window and editable conversion values can now be applied to any goals and transactions imported from Analytics. Conversion windows can be set between 7 to 90 days. Flexible conversion counting gives advertisers the option to count unique conversions only or every conversion action that occurs [...]


Google Updates Its AdWords Auction And Ad Rank Video For The First Time Since Revising The Key Formula

ad-rank-video-screenshot Along with a overview on Quality Score factors, this week, Google released an updated video on the AdWords auction and Ad Rank, the scoring system used in each auction that determines the order in which ads appear. Chief Economist at Google, Hal Varian, who has been starring in these videos since at least 2009, is back. This is the first new video on the AdWords auction since Google changed up the Ad Rank formula to factor in the use of ad extensions and formats. Varian's Ad Rank formula visual now includes "Format Impact". Varian walks through the factors that go into Ad Rank, how it is [...]


Top 10 Tips For Local Search Success

shutterstock_183277097-options-choices Many local businesses today are overwhelmed by the variety of local marketing choices available. Unlike the old days when a small handful of advertising outlets would cover the majority of your audience, the sheer volume of marketing options has seemingly flattened the reach of each advertising channel. Business owners see all the different ways that consumers are seeking out, discovering and considering local businesses, and they don't know where to start. The key to getting started is building a strong foundation for local search success by checking off the basics. From there, you can [...]


Is Your Local Business Ready For Google’s Neighborhood Algorithm?

East-Side-Costa-Mesa-with-marker While doing some research in Costa Mesa, CA last week, I hit a Google test bucket that specified the East Side Costa Mesa neighborhood as my location in Search Tools: Google has long understood super well-known dense neighborhoods like SoHo, NY. But there's a good reason why neighborhoods, particularly smaller city neighborhoods, have not been used as default locations in Google: it's pretty tricky to define a neighborhood's boundaries. In the local search-data world, neighborhoods are known as "informal space," meaning there are no standard boundaries. So the definition of where a n [...]


Bing Ads Expands Bid Landscape Estimator Tool To Ad Groups, Non-U.S. Markets

Bing Ads Bid Lanldscape Ad Group Leve In March, Bing Ads launched its Bid Landscape tool in the U.S. -- essentially equivalent to the Bid Simulator in Google AdWords. Now, Bing Ads is rolling out Bid Landscape at the ad group level. Non-U.S. advertisers also now have access to bid landscape at the keyword level. Bid Landscape shows the estimated cost, click, impression and top impression impact of a bid adjustment based on recent history.  Estimations reflect how performance would have changed with a different bid in the past 7 days, so, like AdWords Bid Simulator estimates, they aren't guarantees for future performance. Two [...]


Does Google’s “Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness” Study Mean What It Says?

Google's search ads lift brand metrics study Google is touting a new study this week that concludes "Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness." What the study should be titled, though, is "The Top Search Ad Lifts Brand Awareness". This was a meta-study in which several studies were conducted by Google and Ipsos MediaCT across a set of verticals including CPG and automotive. A total of 800 US consumers were asked to search for a category specific keyword. The results showed that the test brands across the verticals saw a lift in awareness: When respondents were asked what brand first came to mind when thinking about a specific category keyword [...]


A Step-By-Step Guide To Link Building For Boring Industries Or Products

innocent-drinks Within the current search landscape, most search engine optimisation campaigns have become increasingly content-led. The majority of the campaigns that I work on revolve largely around the production and placement of high quality content on top-tier sites. This approach to search engine optimisation is more akin to a typical PR campaign than a traditional SEO campaign -- and the former, in my opinion, is the way that most digital agencies should be positioning themselves. Yes, I'm gonna say it: content marketing is the way forward. Now that I've got that buzzword out of my system, we [...]


Using Campaign Tracking To Measure Link Building Success

google-analytics-600 Ask any SEO what the most difficult, confounding and valuable part of optimization is, and you'll invariably get a consensus: link building. Even the term "link building" has become so controversial that many marketers are shying away from it in favor of "content marketing" or "online PR." Marketers know to log, track and report on the volume of links they are creating over the course of the campaign, but very rarely do they consider the future business implications of these links. Since externally-placed content (like guest blog posts) now must be highly authoritative and highly relevant, [...]


Up Close @ SMX Advanced: Amazing Paid Search Tactics

Paid search continues to get exceedingly complicated, but the expert panel, the last session of this year’s SMX Advanced, blew the audience away with understandable and valuable tips.  Amazing Paid Search Tactics & Tools featured four expert speakers, and it was the first time I’ve ever heard cheers and whistles after a PPC session.  “I’m A Freakin’ Google Analytics Leprechaun” Heather Cooan of Clix Marketing kept the crowd rolling with her hilarious quote. She also blew everyone away with her incredible Google Analytics tips. After walking through the benefits of imp [...]


Once Were Vikings: Search Marketing In The Nordics

Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark @aznos And the winner of this year's European Search Personality award is… Kristjan Mar Hauksson! With Kristjan being from Iceland, it seems the time is due for a focus on the Nordics. Those who know the region may be thinking fjords, mountains, forests, lakes, volcanoes, kings and castles. Or perhaps you're thinking about small search volumes, higher than average CPCs (compared to other European markets), and high conversion rates? Ever since I expatriated to France, I have been observing with interest the search marketing landscape in my home country of Denmark and its Nordic neighbours. An [...]


Mobile SEM Strategy: How Savings.com Increased Mobile Search Revenue By 1000 Percent YoY

mobile-search-featured When Google announced Enhanced Campaigns last year, like many marketers, the team at coupon deals site Savings.com was skeptical and surprised that they would be forced to adjust their approach to mobile. In a soon-to-be-released case study from Google, Savings.com shares how they quickly pivoted to embrace a mobile-first approach that has since trickled down from marketing to all areas of the business including product development. I spoke with Savings.com head of marketing Seth Barnes about the move to a mobile-first strategy. Barnes said they had been focusing on improving the user ex [...]


Are Your Google Display Network Results Damaged By AdSense For Mobile?

mobile-ads_products_sm Have you checked your Google Display Network (GDN) campaign placements recently? If the answer is no, then I would take a look ASAP -- chances are, you're appearing on a hell of a lot of apps now, and you might need to make some adjustments to your campaign in order to improve your results. The Issue Eighty percent (80%) of people's time on their mobile device is spent in an app now, and this has caused a significant shift in the traffic available on the Google Display Network via different devices. We all know that there's been a big shift in the amount of time people spend on mobile de [...]


10 Takeaways From #LSA14 On The Future Of Local Advertising

Last Mile Advertising Where is the local advertising space headed? How will local marketers succeed in an increasingly fast-changing and competitive marketplace? At the Local Search Association's 2014 annual conference (#LSA14) last month in Huntington Beach, California, hundreds of local advertising leaders gathered to explore what's next in local and the steps that both local providers and advertisers will need to take to succeed. Here are my top 10 takeaways from the conference on the core opportunities and challenges that local marketers and advertisers should be considering. 1. Leverage An Integrated Ap [...]


Remove Page Elements For Higher Converting Pages

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 6.34.31 PM People often talk about including elements on a page to improve landing page conversions and user experience. I know I've personally written a lot on this particular topic. But, did you know that removing page elements can be just as effective at increasing conversions as adding or tweaking elements on a page? Both large and small companies often make the mistake of including too much information on landing pages. In this article, I'll provide several examples of ways to effectively remove page content. The suggestions are fairly simple and can have a significant impact on your bottom line. [...]


Shopper FOMO – What Is It & Are You Dealing With It Appropriately?

FOMOKIDSWIthFOMO FOMO, or "fear of missing out," is something that is playing an increasingly significant role in today's digitally connected world. Wikipedia defines it as follows: Fear of missing out or FOMO is a form of social anxiety -- a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. This is especially associated with modern technologies such as mobile phones and social networking services. The web has provided us with more options and possibilities than ever before -- but the downside to having a seeming [...]


Use Products As Pawns To Win The Local SEO Chess Game

chess-pawn-game-600 In the competition to rank highest in local search results, you must employ a number of tactics in coordination. It's not unlike playing a chess game. However, many businesses have yet to bring all their chess pieces into play on the board. There are many types of products which consumers typically seek out in local brick-and-mortar stores. If you operate such a store, you're fortunate if your business category shares the product name, since Google's and Bing's local search results tend to bias a lot toward business category names. But, in many cases stores carry a great many different p [...]


Bing Ads Launches Live Chat Support And Industry Insights Portal With Research, Case Studies

bing-ads-600 Today, the Bing Ads team announced the launch of live chat support and a new industry insights portal. Live Chat will be available at all hours every day of the week for in its English-language markets. Customers can use Live Chat to ask questions about campaign set up, optimization tactics, billing issues and more. The Bing Ads Industry Insights Portal is launching in the United States and will feature case studies, videos and research around events like Mother's Day and the World Cup as well as in several verticals such as home improvement, retail, financial services, automotive, trave [...]


Deliver Transformational SEO Performance With Simple Techniques

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I find huge value in big site analysis, as the subtleties of prioritisation can have multi-million dollar impact for a business. This analysis can be informative about approaching a new SEO strategy for any site, and reveal a few truths about the true value of a number of SEO techniques.


How To Build A Local Brand Through Online Marketing

brand-branding-shutterstock The terms Brand and Brand Marketing are usually associated with large businesses. Having a brand is seen as something significant -- something that only businesses with big ideas and even bigger wallets can afford to invest in and create. But that's not true. Businesses of all sizes can be Brands. A brand can't be built in a day, but over time, any business can achieve brand status in their own niche and/or location. Local marketing is typically focused on lead generation with performance measured by website traffic, inbound calls, appointments and customers walk-ins. But in the ques [...]


420 Dilemma? Marijuana Emerges In Local Search

marijuana-map-600 Today marks the first time that April 20th -- known amongst pot smokers as "420" and frequently celebrated with smoking parties -- is a legally observable event in the United States (in some places, at least, since the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of the drug for adults). So, what does this mean for local businesses and marketers? In 2010, I conducted a limited audit to see if 420 party locations, as well as marijuana dispensaries, appeared in Google Maps. I found little more than a user-generated map back then -- but fast-forward to 2014, and we be [...]


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