- 08 Jun
Bing PPC Ads: How They Work and How It Compares to Google Ads
For most of us in marketing, when we talk about Pay-Per-Click, we usuall think of Google. Alternatives to the search giant are either not considered or relegated to a minor role. But, Bing, the search engine is powered by Microsoft, strives to outdo Google at every turn. And it has some value that we may not have considered before.
Bing, Working to be The Giant Killer
It’s an ambitious goal. But, there is one place where Bing differentiates itself is through its Pay Per Click ads or PPC. While Google Ads offers a popular PPC feature, Bing’s has unique advantages that distinguish itself from the search engine giant. And, if you’re the cost-conscious owner of a small- to medium-sized business, you may be more interested in Bing’s PPC benefits than Google’s.
To find out why and to see a break down how Bing PPC ads work, as well as how they compare to Google Ads, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 04 Apr
Google Shopping Ads Benchmarks for YOUR Industry
by Mark Irvine
We now know that, today, one out of three paid clicks on the SERP go to the shopping ads. And ecommerce advertisers know that they can’t miss the prime digital shelf that shopping campaigns
It is particularly difficult when you’re launching your first shopping campaign. It can be daunting to know whether you’re doing a good job. And many advertisers may be surprised to discover that their Shopping campaigns perform differently. Some may have different click-through rates, costs, and conversion rates from their search campaigns.
So how should you expect Shopping ads to perform in your industry? To see what he came up with and to get the benchmarks for your specific industry, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 29 Nov
How to Use YouTube Videos to Improve Your Google Ranking
by Elliot Chan
Blogging is not what it was 10 years ago. Just getting a blog post to rank in Google has become increasingly difficult. And if you are blogging and merely hoping that your posts will rank, you are likely going to be disappointed.
Change is in the Wind. And Online
The game is changing. But creating videos can afford you an opportunity to rise above all the boring, anonymous, no-personality content “noise” out there.
So, to learn how you can start optimizing your YouTube videos for Google ranking, read the full article on MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Nov
Which Google Ads Network Is Right for Me? A Pocket Guide
Search. Display. Shopping. YouTube. Each Google Ads network represents unique value. You know your niche, the makeup of your business, and what you want out of your campaigns. But you’re working with a finite budget, and you want to maximize the return on every ad dollar you spend. So, the million-dollar question remains. Which network should your ads live? Or better yet, how do you allocate funds across these networks to maximize ROI? Is PPC just a giant game of Bingo?
Short answer: kind of. But it doesn’t have to be frustrating.
Especially if you’re on a budget—which, on some level, everyone is—choosing the right Google Ads network for you can feel a little like buying a car. You want to leave the lot with a vehicle that, over time, offers the most valuable return. Leave with the wrong vehicle—or, in the case of the advertiser, spend your budget in a network that doesn’t allow you to meet or exceed your campaign objectives—and you’re stuck with an asset you’ll want to lose as soon as possible. In either case, it can feel like there’s little room for error.
So, to give you a big of guidance, WordStream came up with a complete pocket guide to choosing the Google Ads network that works best for you. And to get a quick look at how they shake out, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 30 Oct
What is Google AMP? A 2-Minute Rundown
by Clifford Chi
In a society hooked on instant gratification, people don’t like waiting for things. And that’s why over 25% of visitors will leave a website that doesn’t load in six seconds.
Fortunately, in 2016, Google launched their solution to sluggish mobile web pages. They called it “The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project” or “The AMP Project”. And the technology can load web pages in less than one second and use 10 times less data than regular web pages.
But, Really, What is Google AMP? And Do I Need to Use It?
Briefly, Google AMP is a website publishing technology that lets you create web pages that load almost instantly on mobile phones. So, for more details on how it works, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 15 Oct
You like us, you really like us! – Reviews
For a moment, just consider a few important marketing statistics from 2017:
• 92% of consumers now read online reviews vs. 88% in 2014
• 40% of consumers form an opinion by reading just one to three reviews vs. 29% in 2014
• 88% trust reviews as much as personal recommendations, vs. 83% in 2014
• Star rating is the number one factor used by consumers to judge a business
• Only 14% of consumers would consider using a business with a one or two-star rating
• 57% of consumers would use a business with a three-star rating
• 94% of consumers would use a business with a four-star rating
So, What You’re Saying is Bullet Points Are Important?
The theme that these numbers represent should be obvious. Reviews matter for your business. But, the next question is going to be which review site? Your industry may have its critical industry specific sites. Or you may naturally think of Yelp. And naturally, those are going to need to be part of your plan. But for all of us, Google matters a lot. And those reviews have the most influence on your search engine results and page rankings.
Regardless of where you’d like the review to appear, there are some best practices for asking and encouraging your customers to take the time to review your business. And to see those best practices and learn how to use them for your Marketing success, read the full article on the McLellan Marketing Group blog.
- 08 Aug
How to Do Keyword Research for SEO: A Beginner’s Guide
by Rachel Leist
Google always manages to keep us on our toes with all the algorithm updates they keep rollin’ out. But, one thing has stayed pretty consistent for inbound marketers looking to optimize their websites for search: keyword research.
Yep, the need to do keyword research has stayed the same. But, how you actually do it hasn’t. With all of the changes Google has thrown at us and the added techniques and tools that came with those changes means that finding those golden ticket keywords has changed as well.
So, if you are wondering How to Research Keywords for Your SEO Strategy, then read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 16 Jul
Google Responsive Search Ads: 13 Facts & Best Practices You Need to Know
by Mark Irvine
Google never disappoints at their annual Google Marketing Live event. And this year was no exception. Among the many new ad features and tools they announced, one in particular stuck out as a real potential game-changer – Responsive Search Ads.
Google Newest, Largest, Most Flexible Search Ad Format
Responsive Search Ads are potentially the most revolutionary change coming to your search campaigns since 2016, when Google first released Expanded Search Ads.
So, what exactly is changing? Here are 13 things advertisers need to know about Responsive Search Ads at WordStream.com
- 14 Jul
11 Big Changes Coming to Google Ads: What You Need to Know
by Allen Finn
Recently, at Google’s Marketing Live event a whole host of changes were announced. And any one of those changes can have a huge impact on your digital marketing efforts.
During the event, Google Senior VP of Ads, Sridhar Ramaswamy noted that today we operate in a world packed with more curious consumers. Those consumers are far more demanding. And they are way more impatient.
But, People Aren’t Stupid
And that means that today, our prospects expect us to deliver in our ads. They expect ads that offer personalized, hyper-relevant solutions, not generalizations. They want answers yesterday. And they want to save money. Put more eloquently Sridhar said that, “People don’t see value in advertising if they don’t feel valued by advertising.”
So, to see the 11 most interesting features and changes announced at Google Marketing Live, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 05 Jul
Goodbye, AdWords. Hello Google Ads
by Allen Finn
Google has made the executive decision. They are going to consolidate its overwhelming abundance of ad products under three brand new umbrellas. this will include their Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform, and Google Ads Manager. And, in fact, in the process, we are saying goodbye to the digital marketing world’s favorite: AdWords.
You Didn’t Misread That
Google is in fact sunsetting AdWords, but in name alone. This and a slew of other shakeups (more consolidation! Smart Campaigns!) were announced by Google’s Senior VP of Ads and Commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy.
If you are wonder what this all means and why this rebrand is happening now. Or if you would like to understand what Google Ads means for the future of keywords, then read the full article at WordStream.com
- 13 Jun
The Changing Face of B2B Marketing
from think with Google
The business-to-business marketplace is changing. While this may not come as a surprise, the way things are evolving might serve as a wake-up call. And, that’s because over the past two years, there have been some rather interesting shifts. Not just in how B2B buying decisions are happening, but also in who’s responsible for them.
So what’s changed?
And to find out, Google partnered with Millward Brown Digital to find out. Approximately 3,000 B2B researchers were surveyed about their research and purchase habits as well as their use of digital (specifically, search, mobile, and video). In addition, Google analyzed 13 months of clickstream data from Millward Brown Digital’s desktop panel. The study, which was fielded in 2014, mirrors research from 2012, enabling us to see the shifts over the past couple of years.
And the results debunk a number of widely held beliefs and have major implications for B2B marketing strategies. So, to see more insights and data, read the entire post at think with Google.
- 13 Apr
Google Search Trends: How Results Pages Are Evolving
by Ayaz Nanji
To successfully market and get the results that your business needs, you need digital marketing. And, a huge part of digital today is search marketing. But, to find success, you need to understand how your buyers are using search and how they search. And, even more importantly, you need to know how the results are being shown to them.
Enter SERP . . . The “Show Me” State of the Digital Kingdom
According to recent research from Searchmetrics, the days of initial Google SERPs including organic results are long past. And, currently, most initial Google Search Engine Results pages (SERPs) now include a mix. But, now results are a blend of some classic organic results and Universal Search elements.
To see the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 12 Apr
Get Web Traffic Without Relying on Google – or Spending a Dime
- Apr 12, 2018
- Dan Hoff
- Google, Google AdWords, Marketing for Small Business, Search Engine Marketing
by Neil Patel
As of this month, Google had almost 75% of the search engine market share. And that means that far more people are looking for information on Google than on any other search engine. So, if you have a new website, you should be putting most of your energy into ranking on Google, right?
That May Not be the Best Way
There’s no doubt that Google is a big player when it comes to generating web traffic and that AdWords can help you get where you want to go – fast. But not everyone who is just starting out can afford to go all in on AdWords.
So, how do you get website traffic without relying on Google? Believe it or not, it’s possible. And you can even do it for free. And to learn how, read the full article at KISSmetrics.com
- 12 Mar
Mobile Page Speed Benchmarks, by Vertical, in 2018
Seconds do matter. In fact, the probability of a mobile site visitor bouncing from a page more than doubles when the page load time goes from 1 second to 10 seconds. This is according to Google’s updated look at mobile page speeds.
There is Good News and There is Bad News
The good news is that average page load speeds have improved from last year. However, the bad news is that they’re still not fast enough. Indeed, 70% of the landing pages analyzed took more than 5 seconds to display the visual content above the fold. And it took more than 7 seconds on average to fully load all of the visual content both above and below the fold.
Now, these numbers may not seem to bad. But, in the world of “Short-Attention-Span Theater” they can make of break your digital success. To see the full list of what they found, and for an opportunity to see the original Google report and data, read the full article at MaketingChats.com
- 20 Feb
Your Google Rank Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Back five or six years ago, we had all the information we needed. It was there, all within Google Analytics, and you could get relatively accurate search volume estimates from within Google’s Keyword Tool. However, that changed. Google move to encrypted search. The tools and services we used to that point were rendered less and even ineffective in measuring the impact of organic search on a granular level.
Changes. . . All These Changes
Next was Google’s decision to move search volume estimate within their Keyword Planner tool to show estimates in broad ranges. These changes have forced marketers to adapt their search strategy. Now they need to focus less on individual keywords and shift to a topic-centric content strategy. This is especially true for content sitting at the top of the funnel.
Now, to find out if your Google Rank even matters now, and what you can do about it, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 14 Feb
How Mobile First Indexing Will Change SEO in 2018
by Zac Johnson
You’ve heard about it for months now, and it’s finally here: mobile-first indexing. Google has announced that it is investigating ways to roll out their mobile-first indexing strategies. This would put mobile devices at the forefront of the search criteria. So, in other words, if your website is not mobile-friendly or AMP capable, now is the time to get started making sure it becomes so as soon as possible.
Yea, We’ve Heard This Before
There have been other rollouts of mobile-friendly algorithms that Google announced. But while they emphasized the importance of mobile user interfaces and navigation, they were fairly limited in scope. But the mobile-first indexing aspect of Google’s search engine is the most critical factor to the success of website owners. That is because of how it determines whether people will be able to find your site in the future.
But what about SEO? Will it still be around this year and after? To find out, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 12 Feb
What Impact Does Google AMP Have On SEO? Here’s Everything You Need To Know
- Feb 12, 2018
- Dan Hoff
- Digital Marketing, Google, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, Website Conversion Strategies
Accelerated Mobile Pages (aka Google AMP), is an open source initiative backed by Google. It helps publishers design mobile-friendly pages that load instantly on mobile devices. And on February of 2016, Google officially integrated Accelerated Mobile Page results into its mobile search results.
This new algorithm has given priority to speed on mobile devices
The net result of this is that now marketers need to be acutely aware of the affects that Google AMP will have. And, they need to know how this is impacting their website, content and all the other areas of their marketing efforts.
The more you understand about the impact that AMP can have on your business the better
Speed appears to be an area that ranks high with users. And Google is looking to maximize this fact with the creation of AMP. However, there are key things that all marketers should be aware of that go well beyond this when it comes to Google AMP. And to learn what they are, read the full article at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 07 Feb
Smartphones Reportedly Account For Half of Paid Search Clicks
This may not come as a surprise, but smartphones have grown to represent half of all paid search clicks during Q4 2017. This, according to Merkle’s latest quarterly Digital Marketing Report [download page], covering client activity. While smartphones passed that mark on Google a year earlier, they’ve yet to have the same impact on Yahoo and Bing, dragging down their cross-platform average.
Meanwhile, tablets’ influence in the paid search space continues to drop. In Q4, tablets accounted for just 8% of search ad clicks and an equal 8% of search ad spending. That’s down from close to one-fifth of clicks in early 2014.
To see all of the data and additional insights, read the full article at Marketing Charts
- 05 Feb
What Google’s New Ad Settings Mean for Your Remarketing Campaigns
by Allen Finn
Changes are coming fresh on the heels of Facebook announcing a major overhaul of how its News Feed delivers content to users. Google has decided to get in on the user experience party now. Per an announcement from Jon Krafcik, Google’s Group Product Manager of Data Privacy and Transparency, Facebook is changing things up. The search juggernaut is building on the “Mute this Ad” feature it rolled out in 2012.
Why? And how will this affect your remarketing campaigns?
In short, Google is giving prospects more ways to avoid our attempts at wooing them with remarketing ads. But how is this going to impact your business? Great question. Now, read the answers at WordStream.com
- 25 Jan
Google’s Algorithm Updates Dive Bomb Local Businesses
by Chad Crowe
Businesses hoping to gain or retain a spot in the coveted “map pack”. The “map pack” are the three highly visible local listing spots by the map and above the organic search results. And after two recent algorithm updates by Google there have been significant effects on local businesses.
Google’s Updates – What They Mean to You
The first of these game-changing updates for local search occurred in September 2016. This update was intended to diversify the results that appear in the map pack. Named “Possum” by the SEO community, this update filtered out businesses with similar data points.
These updates focused on businesses that had the same address or ownership as other businesses with similar services. Yep. You guessed it. The very tactic that a lot of small SEO companies would sell as traffic builders is now – well, not so much. Before, your update would have only been filtered out if you had the same domain or phone number as another listing.
So, to learn what the effect on your local businesses can be and what you can do about it, read the full article at ChiefMarketer.com