Category: paid search

If you’re not updating ROAS and CPA targets frequently, you’re missing out

If you’re not updating ROAS and CPA targets frequently, you’re missing out

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Our founding CEO, Fred Vallaeys, has written extensively about how the role of PPC experts will change as more of the day-to-day ad management will be done by automated systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). One task that’s particularly apt to become automated is bid management because it requires lots of […]

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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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Bing Ads rolls out In-Market Audiences to all US advertisers

Bing Ads rolls out In-Market Audiences to all US advertisers

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Bing Ads announced the availability of in-market audiences in the US on Tuesday, after piloting the audience targeting feature since last summer. In-market audiences are groups of users determined to be actively in the market for a particular product or service category. In building in-market audiences, Bing Ads takes into account user purchase intent signals […]

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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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Driving calls with PPC: 5 mistakes most search marketers make

Driving calls with PPC: 5 mistakes most search marketers make

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Most search marketers want the same thing out of their pay-per-click campaigns: driving conversions up and cost per conversion down. Things get a little more complicated when the goal of your PPC spending is to drive calls to your business. Using PPC to drive calls is a common tactic in any considered purchase category where […]

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Stay sharp and relevant with ongoing PPC training

Stay sharp and relevant with ongoing PPC training

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The paid search world continues to grow and evolve at an extraordinary rate. Machine learning and automation are changing how the paid search professional operates. Account managers must be more customer service- and business-oriented than ever before. Being strategically proficient is no longer a luxury — it’s a requirement. The challenge pay-per-click (PPC) professionals and […]

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Q+A with IKEA's Kendra Ferguson

Q+A with IKEA’s Kendra Ferguson

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IKEA is a natural fit for Pinterest, where home decor is one of the most popular categories. Recognizing its potential early on, IKEA was actually the first brand to launch a search campaign through Pinterest’s self-serve platform. As Pinterest has evolved into more of a visual search engine, IKEA’s strategy evolved right along with it. Last […]

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How Tiffany & Co., Gucci and LVMH are embracing digital transformation

How Tiffany & Co., Gucci and LVMH are embracing digital transformation

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It’s no secret that some industries have embraced digital transformation faster than others. Luxury brands have typically been at the slower end of the scale. Ecommerce democratizes access to products and information. However, for brands like Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Gucci, exclusivity is a good thing. Luxury brands trade on their names. The name […]

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5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

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Every brand understands—or should understand—the importance of data. And no data is more valuable than first-party shopper behavior data, which is derived directly from your customers. Since first-party data comes straight from the source, this eliminates any games of telephone, enabling marketers to better understand—and build stronger relationships with—their customers. According to CPC Strategy’s “How […]

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Strategies for expanding your search marketing

Strategies for expanding your search marketing

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Every brand wants to be a global powerhouse, right? But of course, breaking into other markets is easier said than done. Marketers must keep the diverse needs and cultures of consumers in mind, optimizing their web presence and content strategies accordingly. From an SEO perspective, that requires specific action plans separate from those executed in […]

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The new Google AdWords interface is coming soon. Are you ready?

The new Google AdWords interface is coming soon. Are you ready?

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Google is gradually rolling out a new AdWords user interface. Word has it this change will be complete and available to everyone sometime in the first half of 2018. Many of us using the new interface have been asking questions like “Have you seen this feature/report/functionality in the new interface?” If you are frustrated by […]

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Google, Amazon and the relationship between paid search and ecommerce

Google, Amazon and the relationship between paid search and ecommerce

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Last year, digital ad spend totaled $209 billion worldwide, finally surpassing TV. That’s great news for the industry, particularly Google and Facebook, who took home about 60% of that revenue. The duopoly’s dominance is projected to wane, mostly at the hands of—who else?—Amazon. The quintessential retail disruptor, Amazon now poses an increasing threat to Google, […]

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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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After exact, what’s the next best match type?

After exact, what’s the next best match type?

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Exact Match is widely accepted as the Cadillac of match types in paid search, and for good reason. Queries that exactly match the keyword triggering a paid search ad have the highest conversion rate of any query-to-keyword relationship.  When used, a brand can rest assured the searcher is searching for the exact term targeted. However, while […]

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4 ways to get more out of Bing Ads

4 ways to get more out of Bing Ads

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Sometimes Bing Ads is the forgotten stepchild of PPC. The reasons probably trace back to when Bing Ads was very hard to manage and provided very little opportunity for the effort invested, but times have changed. With now more market share and easier tools to manage them, Bing Ads can be a lucrative opportunity for […]

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[Report] Why should marketers care about transparency in paid media?

[Report] Why should marketers care about transparency in paid media?

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Paid media transparency has become an increasingly pressing industry issue over the last few years. In January 2017, Chief Brand Officer of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Marc Pritchard drew attention to the issue of dishonest agency advertising practices, after an unpleasant surprise in its dealings with one agency led to the company reviewing all of its media-agency contacts. […]

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3 AdWords features you're probably underutilizing

3 AdWords features you’re probably underutilizing

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The wonderful thing about AdWords is that we all have our favorite ways to utilize it. We PPC practitioners each have our favorite reports and features, and we all have our own personal preferences for how we like to build and manage our campaigns. Unfortunately, this means we’re prone to getting stuck in our ways, […]

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6 changes in marketing measurement that will impact 2018

6 changes in marketing measurement that will impact 2018

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“One of the biggest pitfalls for performance measurement is to measure the ‘part’ with ignorance of the ‘whole,’” wrote Pearl Zhu, author of the Digital Master book series. Her quote perfectly reflects the growing realization of marketing measurement’s critical role. We see a requirement to evolve beyond attributing the value of a conversion to single […]

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