- 25 Apr
How to Share Deals & Drive Sales with Facebook Offer Ads
Looking for ways to boost your sales, online and offline? Of course, you are! And if you haven’t tested Facebook offer ads yet, let’s get you started, right here, right now.
So, Let’s Make a Deal
Facebook offer ads present a deal to entice prospects to make a purchase. These customizable, mobile-only ads are excellent for both brick-and-mortar locations and ecommerce brands. And that’s because they provide options to claim offers in-store and online.
But diving into this new, unfamiliar space may be a bit scary. So, in this article, Akvile DeFazio gives us everything we need to get started. You’ll learn how to create these ads, how to set up your campaign, and how to optimize for success. Let’s get started! 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
- 13 Oct
5 Ways to Increase Your Mobile Conversion Rate
by Brad Smith
Even though mobile traffic surpassed desktop traffic way back in 2016, many advertisers are still treating their campaigns with a desktop approach. They optimize their campaigns, ad groups, and landing pages for desktop first. Thinking that then they can start to bring in mobile traffic on the side.
But, that simply doesn’t work anymore
Now, it seems that mobile users have vastly different behavior than desktop searchers. Using the same strategy across devices isn’t viable. And in support of this idea, recently WordStream released some new data on average mobile ad conversion rates. And the data revealed that the conversion rates vary widely based on what kind of ad we’re looking at. So, that means that you can’t even generalize across all mobile ads; the type of ad you’re using makes a big difference too.
Today’s PPC marketers need to optimize for mobile users and improve the conversion experience on smaller devices. Here are five tips to maximize conversions on your mobile-targeted search ads starting today on WordStream.com
- 12 Jun
Why Businesses Can’t Ignore Google AMP Stories
by Neil Patel
The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project was launched by Google in February of 2016. It had the stated goal of putting mobile performance above everything else on the web.
And Google definitely met their goal.
Today, AMP powers more than two billion mobile pages and 900,000 different domains. Pages with AMP now load twice as fast as pages without added AMP elements. And if you think you can ignore AMP, you’re wrong. AMP has some pretty awesome features and benefits that can take your content creation efforts to the next level.
But, if you don’t take the time to understand or use AMP stories, you’re missing out. And, here’s why businesses can’t afford to ignore them at KISSmetrics.com
- 08 Jun
Time Spent With Traditional Media Drops As Mobile Internet Use Blossoms
This year, people around the world are expected to spend about 8 hours a day consuming media. And that represents a 12% jump from 2011. This, according to Zenith in a new media consumption forecast.
The Beginning of the Mobile Only Era . . . Or the Zombie Apocalypse
So, it seems that the rise of mobile devices is the biggest contributor to this shift. In fact, it is having a far larger impact on media consumption patterns than previously noted. And, according to the report, as increasing amounts of time are spent with the mobile internet, there has been decreases in the level of consumption of traditional media. But, most noticeably, this has had the greatest impact on print newspapers and radio.
And with the rise in time spent with the mobile internet, there are drastic changes taking place with some traditional media. And if you are trying to hit your market, you need to read the full article » at MarketingCharts.com.
- 02 Jun
Tech Update: Mobile and Social Media Usage, by Generation
from Marketing Charts.com
Millennials continue to be the generation with the broadest access to smartphones and the heaviest use of social media. But Gen Xers are more apt to be using tablets and a majority of Boomers are also “embracing” digital technologies. This, according to a report [download available] from the Pew Research Center.
Smart Phone Adoption is Growing at a Huge Pace
Also, not surprisingly, smartphone ownership has blossomed in recent years. Less than 5 years prior than this latest study, in May 2013, just half of the adult population owned a smartphone. Today, that number has swollen to 82% of all cell phone users. The marketing implications for this alone is huge and highlights the growing importance of a mobile-first strategy in the coming years.
To see more of the data, to read more insights and to download a copy of this report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 10 Apr
Forecast Indicates Mobile to be the Engine of Worldwide Ad Spending Growth
In their latest forecast, Zenith Media predicts latest forecast [pdf] that global ad spending will increase by 4.6% this year. And, according to their report, it will reach over US $5 billion. This represents an upward revision from the previous forecast of 4.1% that, at the time, marked the largest quarterly upgrade in 7 years.
One Thing’s for Sure – Mobile Leads
The one thing that stands-out in this study, is that mobile is leading this trend. And it can be sees as the primary engine of ad spending growth over the next three years. In fact, Zenith predicts that mobile will contribute $72.6 billion to the global ad economy between 2017 and 2020. That’s actually more than the total amount of new money ($71.8 billion) to be invested in advertising over that time span!
How is that possible? To learn how and to see the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 23 Mar
Marketing Budget Trends: 5 Key Points and Takeaways
from Marketing Charts
CMOs in the US estimate that their marketing budgets have grown on average by 7.1% over the past year. And they expect that budgets will grow by another 8.9% in the coming 12 months.
That is according to the latest biannual CMO Survey [download pdf]. The report found that services companies had hiked their budgets the most in the past year. While, at the same time, product companies are the most bullish about the year to come.
Where Does Your Marketing Budget Stand?
To see the 5 budget-related takeaways from the report and to download a copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.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
- 26 Feb
Mobile First Indexing: How to Prepare Your Business
by Chad Crowe
By now, there should be no argument. Smartphones have changed consumer habits. They have changed how we access the internet, how we read our email and even how we search for things online. The impact has been huge on so many levels. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to reach potential new customers online, your marketing campaign revolved around getting in front of people using their desktop computers.
Today, more than 50% of search engine queries happen on mobile devices.
In recognition of this, Google has announced that they are going to make the switch to mobile first indexing this year. They haven’t issued a specific timeline for complete mobile first indexing as of yet. At this point, they want to give businesses and developers time to get their mobile sites ready. However, Google has already started testing mobile first indexing with a small number of websites.
So, while there’s no need to panic. But, now is the time to be proactive. And to see how this will impact your business website and some initial steps you can take to make sure you don’t get lost in the transition, read the full article on ChiefMarketer.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.
- 13 Feb
It’s Official: More Than 75% of Video Viewing Will be on Mobile This Year
from eMarketer Newsroom
In 2018, 2.38 billion people will watch streaming or downloaded video content. This spans any and all devices. This, according to eMarketer’s first-ever global digital video forecast report.
It Has Truly Become a Mobile-First World
Mobile phones have become the entry point for internet access in many markets. And with that, it is also becoming the primary device for viewing video. From their recent study, eMarketer expects more than three-quarters of digital video viewers to use their mobile phones to watch digitally streamed content in this year.
To see more of the data and added insights, read the full article at the eMarketer Newsroom.
- 14 Nov
Paid-Search Trends for 3Q17: Which Devices Are Driving Clicks?
- Nov 14, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- Google, Lead Generation, Mobile Marketing, Paid Search, Pay-Per-Click, Search Engine Marketing
by Ayaz Nanji
By now it should be patently obvious to every business owner, founder and manager. Mobile matters to your marketing. And if you haven’t made adjustments, you stand to loose a huge chuck of your market.
Why is That? You Ask . . .
It seems that your paid search has a far better chance on mobile than ever before. In fact, the number of clicks on Google paid-search ads originating from smartphones increased significantly. Not only did it grow between the third quarter of 2016, the trend continued the third quarter of 2017. This, according to recent research from iProspect.
The report was based on 3Q17 data from 2,500 Google AdWords and Bing Ads accounts representing more than 220,000 active campaigns in both search- and shopping-ad formats. To see some of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 11 Sep
Understanding Teens and Their Smartphone Habits
- Sep 11, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- Digital Marketing, Generational Marketing, Marketing to Teens, Mobile Marketing
Yes, teens are digital natives. But that’s just half the story of what makes teen life so different now from a generation ago. Coming of age at a time when smartphone ownership is the norm, today’s teens are mobile natives as well. The constant connectedness a smartphone enables, or imposes, is a central fact of life for them.
Teens Slowly Catching Up With Adults
Though teens still lag behind young adults, a large majority now have smartphones. And for those who have one, it drives their daily digital activity. This is fully explored in eMarketer’s latest report, “US Teens and Their Smartphones: The All-Purpose Device for Liking, Snapping, Ad Avoiding, Shopping and More.”
To see a summary of the study with more insights, read the full article at eMarketer.com
- 07 Jun
The Latest Google Paid Search Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
It has finally happened. The proportion of clicks on Google AdWords units originating from mobile phones increased significantly in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) compared with the first quarter of 2016. This was according to recent research from iProspect.
The Tide Has Finally Turned – Mobile Search Has Taken The Lead
It seems that some 59% of clicks on Google paid search units in 1Q17 came from mobile phones. This number was up by 24% from 1Q16. In addition the study revealed that 32% of clicks in 1Q17 came from desktop computers, and 10% from tablets.
To see all of the data and to download your own copy of the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 29 Apr
Email’s Little Secret: 18 Words to Do or Die By
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Given the ever-increasing importance of mobile for marketing success, you need to know this. It seems that there are an increasing number of email readers who access their mail accounts on their mobile phones first.
So, What Do They See Then?
We know most people don’t change default settings on their mobile device. And that means we have a pretty good idea of how the email message is being displayed. They see the sender’s name, title, and a snippet of the start of the email, right?
And That’s the punchline . . .
It is in that preview that you’ll find value. With about 18 words displayed in that preview screen, it constitutes the most valuable real estate your email copy occupies. To find out how to do this, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 15 Apr
eMarketer Unveils New Estimates for Mobile App Usage
It seems that Americans are spending more time within mobile apps. And with that, they are spending less time within mobile browsers. However, additionally, the number of apps being used regularly is dropping.
Mobile Gains Focus on Fewer Apps
According to the latest eMarketing.com projections, in 2017, the average US adult will spend 2 hours, 25 minutes per day using mobile apps. This is a jump of 10.3% over last year, and slightly higher than previously forecast.
To see the data and more insights, read the full article at eMarketer.com