Report: Global PPC Spend Rises 15% On Higher Click Volume And Click-Through Rates In Q1

Mobile Phone Share Kenshoo Global search ad spend rose 15% in Q1 2013 versus the previous year, according to the Kenshoo Global Search Advertising Trends report released today. That rise in spend was driven largely by a 62% increase in click-through rates and a 21% increase in clicks year-over-year.   U.S. ad spend rose 24%, spurring the overall global increase. However, PPC spend fell 4% in the E.U. and 11% in the U.K. CPCs fell in both the U.S. and U.K and remained relatively flat for continental Europe. CPCs in the U.S. continued to be higher, at $0.44, than the U.K. at $0.38 USD. The report highlights th [...]


AdWords Product Listing Ad CPCs Close In On Text Ads [RKG Report]

Are those sweet efficiencies early adopters of AdWords product listing ads saw in their holiday numbers coming to an end?  Well, CPCs are rising, but ROI is still solid. RKG's Q1 Digital Marketing Report finds that as more merchants come on board, product listing ad CPCs are now just 10% lower than comparable text ads. Yet, even with the stiffer competition, RKGs client base saw 22% higher ROI from PLAs than non-brand text ads in Q1. PLAs garnered 33% of their e-commerce clients' Google search spend, a sharp increase from Q4. Product Listing Ads   PLAs helped drive up Google' [...]


Report: Tablets Yield 15% Lower RPC Than PCs; (Another) Rebuttal To AdWords Tablet/PC Combo

RPC Tablet v Computer The proliferation of tablet devices has begun to lower the value of the tablet segment overall for paid search marketers, even as competition heats up. That's according to the Q1 Digital Marketing Report by RKG, which finds that tablets generated 15% lower revenue per click than traditional computers. Revenue Per Click by Device Type vs Computer "Discrepancy is More Likely to Increase" Much has been made of Google's decision to combine tablets and PCs in enhanced campaigns. The RKG  report is not alone in challenging Google's claim that usage behavior and ad performance among the devices [...]


Report: PPC Tablet Spending Up 112%, Smartphones Up 113%

smartphone-tablet-featured The new IgnitionOne Digital Marketing Report for Q1 finds that overall paid search spend in the U.S. was flat for the quarter, while mobile and tablet growth remained strong. Tablet spending rose 112% and smartphone spending jumped 113%. The study suggests that the growth in tablet and mobile is coming from a reallocation from existing budgets for Desktop/PC ads, rather than net new spend.                   While the gap is smaller than when the report last looked in Q3 2012, the report found a clear differentiat [...]


CPC Decline Ends: Rising 7% In Q1 Due To Mobile & PLAs [Covario]

paid-search-ppc-featured We may have seen the end of CPC stagnation. Covario's Global Paid Search Spend Analysis for Q1, released today, suggests that the cost-per-click trends of the last six quarters have reversed with CPC prices rising 7% from the previous quarter and 23% year-over-year. Overall paid search spend grew 9% quarter-over-quarter and 33% year-over-year. The following chart shows global paid search activity for Q1 ‘13:                   Google CPCs Rise 39% Year-Over-Year The study suggests that rising CPCs on Google a [...]


Report: Mobile To Drive A Third Of Paid-Search Clicks By Year End

mobile-search-featured Marin Software has released a report on paid click, CPC and conversion trends across the globe, with a focus on mobile. Called "The State of Mobile Search Advertising in the World," the 2012 data are drawn from search campaigns conducted in 13 geographies including the US, UK, China, Europe and Australia. Some of the findings, however, will effectively be rendered moot by Google's new Enhanced Campaigns, which lump together PC and tablet targeting and create new default pricing intended, in part, to equalize CPC prices across platforms. Source: Marin Software Marin forecasts in th [...]


Advertisers Increased PLA Budgets By 600% In Q4; Trend Likely To Continue

google-shopping-featured The Google Shopping gamble paid off – for both Google and e-commerce advertisers who ran product listing ad campaigns last quarter. A  report from Adobe and a study by RKG each highlighted consumer interest and advertiser opportunity in Google product listing ads. Today, Marin Software released findings showing that, after the transition of Google Shopping to an entirely paid model in October, advertisers increased their share of search budgets directed toward product listing ads by nearly 600%. Those advertisers were rewarded with higher click through rates and lower cost per click than [...]


Adobe: Paid Search Opportunities Lie In Tablet Targeting And PLAs

paid-search-ppc-featured Where are the bargains in paid search these days? According to an analysis of the fourth quarter in paid search, Adobe determined that both tablet targeting and product listing ads represent great opportunities for marketers, where there's a substantial gap between cost-per-click (CPC) and conversion rate. Adobe came to its conclusions after looking at paid search spend across more than 2 billion impressions by its clients in the fourth quarter. Adobe's Media Optimizer unit came from the company's acquisition of paid-search-specific company Efficient Frontier. Paid search as a whole had [...]


Report: Global Paid Search Spending Up 18% In 2012

Advertiser spending on paid search rose 18% in 2012 according to Covario’s Global Search Advertising Spend Analysis, which tracks paid search spending in more than 45 countries. That growth trend is down just slightly from the 21% annual increase Covario reported for 2011. In Q4 Google commanded 86.5% of global paid search spend and a whopping 93% of impressions.  Advertisers spent 13% more on search spending with Google than they did a year ago.  Spending on the Yahoo Bing Network increased 23% over the past year, however spend fell 6% from Q3. Source: Covario Regional Outloo [...]


Can Search Queries And Social Data Predict The Presidential Election Outcome?

Red vs. blue map By the time this election is over more than $2.6 billion will have been spent by the two US presidential candidates on political advertising. I've also seen some estimates that say total political advertising this election cycle will top $6 billion. Yet, remarkably, The Atlantic points to a Google Trends report showing a huge November spike for the query "Who's running for president?" "Who's Running for President?" If you compare "Obama" to "Romney," Google Trends reflects that Obama comes out just ahead of Romney, the same way many believe this election will turn out later this evening. [...]


IAB: Search Still On Top, Accounting For Nearly Half Of Interactive Ad Spending

Adformats-IAB-1H-2012 Spending on Search Marketing continues to be the biggest contributor to online advertising revenues in the U.S., according to the latest report on the first half of 2012 released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Search ads represented 48% of the overall interactive advertising market in the first six months of 2012, bringing in $8.1 billion. The 2012 revenue figure is 19% higher than what was recorded during the same period of 2011, when search represented 46% of the market. The report also showed that performance (often cost-per-click) pricing, which is [...]


IAB: Paid Search 62 Percent Of Global Mobile Advertising Revenue In 2011

Google-Mobile The IAB released global mobile ad revenue estimates for 2011, building on its earlier release of US mobile ad revenue data. The IAB says that total mobile ad revenues, on a global basis, were $5.3 billion last year. (See our related Marketing Land coverage.) One of the most striking things about the report is how much paid-search dominates all other ad categories -- even more than on the PC. According to the IAB mobile paid search revenue was just under $3.3 billion in 2011. In North America (mostly US) it was a little over $800 million. If these numbers are accurate we know a great [...]


IAB & PwC: Search Still Tops Online Ad Revenues, And Share Grew In 2011

AdFormatShare Through online advertising's ups and downs, search -- because of its orientation toward performance -- has always been a stalwart category. Despite much talk about branding, social and immersive advertising lately, search still commanded the lion's share of online advertising revenues (46.5%) in 2011 and its share grew from 2010 numbers (44.8%), when it experienced a bit of a dip. That's according to the latest report on interactive advertising revenues put out by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in partnership with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), which looked at full-year 2011 revenues [...]


Reports: Google CPCs Continue To Decline And Yahoo/Bing’s Rise While Spend Overall Grows In Q1

paid-search-ppc-click-mouse By all accounts, paid search spending rose in Q1 2012 as compared to the previous year, but by how much depends on the source, and the sector. Covario, which serves mostly high-tech clients, says paid search in the Americas grew 15% in the first quarter, while Adobe's Efficient Frontier, which serves clients in a variety of verticals, says it saw a 16% year-over-year increase in the U.S.. Meanwhile, the retail-heavy and U.S.-focused Rimm Kaufman Group (RKG) says search spend rose 30 percent as compared to the 2011 period. All three companies recently released reports that give insight [...]


Report: Search Ad Spend To Rise 27% In 2012

136187 A new eMarketer study says that search ad spend is expected to grow 27% from 2011 to 2012, up from $15.36 billion to $19.51 billion. And by 2016, it is expected to reach almost $30 billion annually. Google will also retain dominant share of the search ad spend at 77.9%, up from 74.4% share in 2011. By 2014, Google's search ad share is expected to grow to almost 80%. Microsoft is expected to grow from 7% share in 2011 to 8.7% in 2014, while Yahoo is expected to drop from 6.7% share in 2011 to only 3% in 2014. The chart below shows overall search ad spend growth in dollars and as a perc [...]


Q4 Reports: Search Advertising Growing In Efficiency

Four reports released this month by paid search giants Efficient Frontier, IgnitionOne, Marin Software and Covario all pointed to an overwhelmingly successful fourth quarter in 2011 for major search advertisers in a number of verticals. Across the board, overall search spend increased, as advertisers on the whole enjoyed an increase in impressions and click-through rates, while achieving a lower average cost per click. According to Efficient Frontier's report: Search spend increased significantly in Q4 of 2011, bolstered by aggressive spending by retailers. Overall, search spend gre [...]


Report: IAC Is Google’s Biggest Ad Spender, According to Kantar

iac-money-featured Kantar Media is taking a stab at estimating advertiser spend on Google, and a new report it produced for AdAge shows IAC/InterActiveCorp spent $174 million on paid search ads in the first three quarters of the year. IAC is, of course, the parent company of Ask.com, Match.com and the Newsweek Daily Beast, among many other online brands. Next on the list of top spenders according to the report, with $118.5 million, is Amazon.com, which promotes its flagship Amazon online store, as well as products like the Kindle Fire. Amazon's largest ecommerce competitor, eBay, also made the list, droppi [...]


Report: Google Controls 44 Percent Of Global Online Advertising

google-g-logo-96x100 ZenithOptimedia has issued a report that contains both good news and bad news for Google. The good news is: Google controls 44 percent of global online ad revenues. The bad news is: Google controls 44 percent of global online ad revenues. At a time when Google is defending against antitrust investigations on two continents this news is most unwelcome. The shares of all the other major US internet companies are tiny by comparison, though together with Google they control 61 percent of the world's digital ad spending. Overall the internet represents only 16 percent of global ad revenue [...]


Mobile Will Be 22 Percent Of Search Revs Next Year — Report

Screen-shot-2011-06-17-at-6.59.57-AM Efficient Frontier (EFF) and Macquarie Capital have released a new report containing a metric that should get everyone's attention: the firm is projecting US mobile paid search spending (including tablets) could account for up to 22 percent of total search revenues by the end of 2012. The firm's report also contains a "less aggressive" projection that puts mobile search revenues at roughly 16 percent of the total market. EMarketer has forecast that total US search ad revenues will reach just over $17 billion in 2012. If we do the simple math, and assume that mobile spending doesn't add anyt [...]


Infographic: Digital Marketer Views On SEO, PPC & Social Media

Digital Marketing from Search Engine Land Media Library What has the biggest impact on lead generation? A new survey finds SEO beats PPC and social media. But PPC still gets more budget for those targeting consumers over SEO, and lest anyone believe social media is a waste of time, more than half have closed leads from social media channels. These stats, along with many more -- such as which social media platforms see the most use by marketers (hint: Facebook) -- were compiled into the infographic below by the people at Webmarketing123, which backed the survey: Want the infographic for yourself? It was sent to us as part of press materials to [...]


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