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Ask the #SMXperts series - Advanced audience targeting

Ask the #SMXperts series – Advanced audience targeting

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The “Ask an #SMXpert” series continues the question-and-answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the Advanced Audience Targeting & Management Tactics session with Jillian Nagle and Ben Wood and introduction from moderator Brad Geddes. Brad Geddes The rise of audience targeting is the biggest change in paid […]

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5 Google Optimize tests to take AdWords to the next level

5 Google Optimize tests to take AdWords to the next level

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Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising often focuses too much on the click. It sounds crazy. The industry is named after clicks, after all, but what happens after a user comes to your landing page is even more important. That’s why the direct integration between AdWords and Google Optimize has me so excited. Landing page optimization is now […]

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Hidden PPC traffic killers - Marketing Land

Hidden PPC traffic killers – Marketing Land

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If a pay-per-click (PPC) account and the advertiser’s business model are functioning reasonably well, we often find that a business owner becomes heavily dependent on the PPC channel. “Max the volume!” and “We’re down from last year, I’m very worried” are typical (if vague) remits from clients and bosses deep in the thrall of this […]

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What's different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

What’s different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

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The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing in the US, with a diverse and exciting startup landscape. And yet, it faces an uphill battle when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and marketing. There are no AdWords or Facebook advertising programs available and no current opportunities to advertise a cannabis company […]

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Are you ready for the attribution changes coming to Google AdWords?

Are you ready for the attribution changes coming to Google AdWords?

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There is an old saying: the only constant in life is change! Word on the street and from Google is they’ll stop supporting last click attribution sometime this year. This means advertisers will have to opt into one of several other attribution models available in Google. In this article, I’ll provide some general commentary on […]

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What you learn from talking with Google’s largest advertisers all day, every day

What’s going on with Google brand CPC?

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In Q1 and Q2 of 2017, Merkle (my employer) reported on a positive trend for advertisers that showed a decline in brand cost per click (CPC) year over year. The CPC of brand terms is often determined by Google’s algorithm as opposed to the competitive landscape, so brands are often left to Google’s mercy in […]

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