Why Google’s Reported CPC Declines Can’t Tell The Story Of “A Mobile Advertising Problem”

google-adwords-mobile-featured [caption id="attachment_197199" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google Quarterly Earnings Statements[/caption] It's still happening. Google reported on Thursday that the average cost-per-click (CPC) was down again in Q2 from the prior year, marking the eleventh consecutive quarter in which the average CPC fell year-over-year. Some analysts and news outlets have been pointing to this as evidence of Google's "mobile problem" -- the problem Enhanced Campaigns was meant to fix when introduced last year. The fear is that Google can't figure out a way to monetize mobile ad clicks as [...]


Link Building Study: SEOs Spending Less On Link Building?

53c3ea1e705420.94374006 Skyrocket SEO has published their link building results for 2014, surveying over 300 SEOs on questions around link building. The big question is how are SEOs and agencies changing their link building efforts and spend over this and next year. You'd think with all the penalties, both through algorithms such as Penguin and the manual actions, that SEOs would cut a lot of their link budgets and focus on other areas. The 2013 survey showed 10% of SEOs were spending $50,000 or more on their link building efforts. But in 2014, the survey showed 0% were spending that amount. However, in 2013 on [...]


SEMPO Search Survey: Nearly 70% Of Agencies Say Client SEO Budgets To Increase In 2014

sempo-logo SEMPO and Econsultancy have released the ninth annual State of Search Survey results. According to the findings, there was a noticeable difference between how agency and company marketers answered SEO budget questions. While nearly 70 percent of agency respondents predicted client SEO budgets would increase this year, only 47 percent of respondents from within a company said there would be a significant or, at least, some increase to their SEO budget. Agencies: How much more or less do you expect your clients to spend on the following disciplines in 2014 compared to 2013? Companies: [...]


Moz 2014 Industry Survey Results: Google Webmaster Tools Ranked Top SEO Tool

moz With more than 3,700 survey respondents, this year's industry survey from search marketing analytics provider Moz discovered the No. 1 SEO tool used by internet marketing professionals is Google Webmaster Tools. The majority of the survey focused on marketing issues, but Moz did ask participants a few SEO-related questions, including which SEO tools they currently use and how they are "coping" with not provided. According to the survey results, 68.8 percent of survey participants plan to focus on conversion rates and performance metrics in response to Google's elimination of keyword data [...]


Health & Medical SMBs Spend More On Marketing Than Other Industries

online vs offline copy When we conducted an online survey of 668 US small and medium-sized businesses in October 2013, a large number of these businesses (just over 20%) classified themselves as belonging to the Health & Medical Industry. This group consisted of a wide spread of specialists, including chiropractors, dentists, mental health practices, medical family practices, pharmacies, psychologists and general physicians. We asked them a number of questions related to their attitudes and use of internet and mobile marketing, and their engagement with search agencies. Interestingly, we found they spent mor [...]


SEMPO Asks Search Marketers To Take 9th Annual State Of Search Survey

sempo-logo Just after publishing its annual salary survey results, SEMPO is calling for participants to take part in its 9th Annual State of Search Survey. For the last eight years, the professional search marketing organization has polled search marketers to identify trends and offer insight on the industry. With two separate tracks of questions for advertisers and agencies, the survey asks participants about their search marketing budgets, objectives and metrics. Last year's survey found that the rise of mobile Internet use and Google algorithm updates impacted the industry most. According to [...]


Results Of SEMPO Survey Shows Search Marketing Salaries Have Dropped Nearly $7,000

sempo-logo Published last week, SEMPO's fourth annual salary survey revealed the average search marketing salary dropped from $75,543 to $68,600. In conjunction with ClickZ, the SEMPO Research Committee surveyed 2,180 participants representing both in-house advertisers and third-party agency personnel. The survey included 20 questions covering a number of topics, including salary levels, job roles and search marketing efforts. In addition to the drop in average search marketing salaries, VP-level search marketers and respondents in the top four salary ranges also saw a drop in pay. The number of [...]


Mobile Accounts For One-Third Of Google Paid Clicks In Q3, Yet CPCs Drop From Q2 [Report]

Google Click Share By Device Q3 2013 The Search Agency The Search Agency released its third quarter State of Paid Search Report, showing strong growth in mobile for Google since the completed roll-out of enhanced campaigns this summer. Mobile clicks accounted for one-third of Google's click share. In contrast, Bing's mobile click share remained flat at 17.7 just percent in Q3. A whopping 93 percent of smartphone clicks occurred on Google. Overall mobile spend (tablets and smartphone) accounted for 28.7 percent of search budgets, up 66 percent year-over-year and 11 percent from Q2. Amazingly, smartphones now account for 21.4 percent of clicks [...]


Survey: Quality Of Citations Matters More Than Quantity

Local-Search-Ranking-Factors-2013-chart At the start of August, David Mihm published the findings of the latest installment of the Local Search Ranking Factors Survey. This year, the breakdown & presentation of survey results has been taken to a new level. Ranking factors are grouped by signal type (e.g., Place Page Signals), then further broken down by result type (e.g., Pack or Carousel) and technology (desktop vs. mobile) in a series of interactive pie charts. [caption id="attachment_172258" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Local-Search-Ranking-Factors-2013[/caption] I really enjoy reading the annual findings of this [...]


What Makes You A Best In Class SEO? Survey Says…

conductor company logo Today, at Conductor's annual client summit, #C3NY, Director of Research and Search Engine Land contributor Nathan Safran unveiled research from a pool of over 380 enterprise search marketers and SEO professionals, analyzing common behaviors which lead to success. Three key areas where the most successful search marketers thrived? Content, reporting excellence, internal education and evangelism. The results of the study identify best practices in each of these areas to separate "best in class" from "laggards".  The characteristics that define 'best in class' include being involved early [...]


72 Percent of PPC Marketers Plan To Spend Even More In 2014 [PPCHero Study]

ppc-featured Hanapin Marketing has released its 2013 State of Paid Search report, revealing how PPC marketers are feeling about paid search marketing and where they plan to spend their money in 2014. A large majority, 83 percent of respondents, said they are feeling positive about the state of paid search. However, in a year in which enhanced campaigns loomed, just 65 percent said they feel optimistic compared to 2012. Still, there is no sign of shrinking budgets. Seventy percent increased PPC spend this year and nearly three quarters (72 percent) of respondents plan to increase PPC spend in 2014. [...]


“Big Data” Is Not “Big Data” Unless It Gives You Actionable Insight

SEL-conductor-big-data-product-adoption Occasionally, marketers want something because the media attention around it demands it.  There was a time, not too long ago, when CMOs sent urgent, late-night emails to their teams asking about their "link-shortening strategy." In some ways, "big data" technology falls into that category. Mainstream tech media and even traditional media outlets write about it incessantly -- there are 5 pages of results for "big data" on Techcrunch... ...and the "infinite scroll" of Mashable’s search results really is infinite when it comes to results for "big data." While I don't wish to disparage [...]


Enhanced Campaigns Barely Impact CPCs, But Bing Ads Gains Share In Q2 [RKG Report]

paid-search-ppc-click-mouse Google AdWords enhanced campaigns have had negligible influence on general Google trends so far, according to RKG's Q2 Digital Marketing Report. However, Bing Ads continues to draw market share in clicks and ad spend. According to RKG's tracking, Google AdWords has lost spend share for six straight quarters. RKG saw a 58% increase in spending growth YOY on Bing Ads in Q2. CPCs rose 12%, but RKG reports most of the spend increase was driven by 41% click growth. Non-brand activity from Bing Ads rose even more sharply. Spending rose nearly 70 percent YOY as clicks rose 49 percent. Non-brand CP [...]


50 Percent Of Companies Struggling With SEO Aren’t Integrating Social Media [Survey]

seo-social-media What's one key difference between companies that are successful with SEO and those that aren't? According to a new study from Ascend2, it's this: Successful companies integrate social media into SEO strategies and tactics more extensively than companies that struggle with SEO. The research agency surveyed almost 600 business and marketing professionals around the world late last month, and asked the group to rate their own companies' SEO success. The survey compares answers from the 15 percent that said they're "very successful" with SEO and the 18 percent that said they're "not successf [...]


Local Businesses Need To Expand & Refine Advertising Approach

With consumers leveraging a broader array of online and offline media when searching for local business information -- and increasingly relying on smartphones and tablets to conduct searches -- local businesses need to expand and refine their advertising approach in order to remain competitive, according to new research released today by the Local Search Association. Broader Array Of Local Media Offerings LSA's annual "Local Media Tracking Study," conducted by Burke, Inc., measured the reach of various local media sources among U.S. adults throughout 2012. The results showed strong consumer [...]


IgnitionOne: Mobile PPC Spend Sees Triple-Digit Growth, Retailer Spend Jumps 18% In Q2

mobile-phone-money-featured Paid search spend in the US increased 7 percent year-over-year in Q2 2013, according to IgnitionOne's latest Digital Marketing Report. That's up from a 2 percent YoY increase seen in Q1, though IgnitionOne found that total search spend fell quarter-over-quarter. Clicks and impressions both rose 5 percent, and CPCs ticked up 2 percent YoY. The retailer category stood out in terms of growth in Q2, both compared to the previous year and to Q1. Impressions rose 24 percent, and paid search spending jumped 18 percent year-over-year. IgnitionOne says Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are driving [...]


Content Creation & Organizational Empowerment Key To Search Success

The SEO industry has undergone significant changes in the last 12+ months. Search has gained greater legitimacy as a marketing channel as budget holders increase head count and invest in advanced technology. And, the SERPs themselves have undergone changes that have had many implications, including adjustments to the underlying algorithms that surface content. Here at Conductor, our Customer Success Team works closely with many of the world’s largest and most successful brands on their search efforts. They are therefore uniquely positioned to comment on the trends taking place in the worl [...]


Infographic: 2013 SEO Ranking Factors, From SearchMetrics

us_ranking_factors_2013 The folks at SearchMetrics have released their SEO ranking factors for 2013. This is their ranking correlation study they worked on for the past 3-months, right after the second-generation Penguin update was pushed out by Google. Want to understand everything that was in it? They've got an infographic for that (click to enlarge): The key takeaways from their study included: Keyword domains and keyword links have lost relevance Brands are the exception to many rules Social signals continue to correlate very well with better rankings Good content is always important: it comes down t [...]


Microsoft Search Ad Revenue Estimates Get Major Downgrade; Google Retains 74% U.S. Market Share [Report]

paid-search-ppc-click-mouse eMarketer has issued a major revision to its predictions for Microsoft's U.S. search ad revenue. The latest estimates peg Microsoft net search ad revenue at $660 million last year and $890 million this year, down substantially from the previous estimates of $1.41 billion last year and $1.84 billion expected this year. The downgrade is based on eMarketer's assessment of Microsoft's likely traffic acquisition costs (TAC), which appear to be substantially higher than previously estimated. The new revenue projections slice Microsoft's U.S. market share in half, from 9.3% to just 4.6%, due to th [...]


93% Of Local SEOs Expect To Grow Their Business In 2013

Last week, we published the findings of the BrightLocal Local SEO Industry Survey 2013. The objective of this survey is to gain greater understanding about the health and nature of the local SEO Industry. Through this survey, we aim to find out what life is like "on the ground" for those in the local SEO industry and share those findings publicly to help improve the knowledge and insight within our industry. This is the 2nd wave of the survey. The 1st wave was conducted in 2011 and looked ahead to 2012.  Wave 1 survey results can be viewed here. About The BrightLocal Local SEO Industry [...]


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