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If W. Edwards Deming Were a Search Engine Marketer…

If W. Edwards Deming Were a Search Engine Marketer…

WITH THE RECENT economic tough times we are facing it has become more and more important to make sure the work you do is profitable. That is not to say that your work should not always be profitable but I believe in times of prosperity it easy to get sloppy and lose focus on doing the right work that adds the most value to your customer. In Paid Search it is easy to get lost … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Featured Articles, Google Adwords, MSN AdCenter, Online Strategy, Paid Search in General, Quality, Systems Thinking

A Systemic Approach to Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising

A Systemic Approach to Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising

ANYONE WHO CLAIMS that paid search advertising is easy is misguided. Sure, at its core, the components that make up a paid search campaign are easy to assemble – campaigns>ad groups>keywords>text ads>landing pages. How to organize a pay-per-click account for Quality Score, conversion growth and cost efficiency is well documented but what is not well documented is the systemic approach that should be taken to achieve pay-per-click and search engine marketing results. Today, pay-per-click platforms like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, MSN AdCenter, Online Strategy, Systems Thinking

A Deeper Look at Trellian’s Direct Search Network

A Deeper Look at Trellian’s Direct Search Network

When Trellian, the parent company of Keyword Discovery, launched their new Direct Search Network, I was a little skeptic at first as I did not truly understand the scope of it. However, as I started to read more into it, I realized that it’s not getting the attention it truly deserves in the PPC Industry. The bottom line is that even though this platform is completely different from traditional PPC, it does provide another outlet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Paid Search in General

AARP Uses Yahoo/Bing PPC To Promote Michael Douglas Cancer Interview

AARP Uses Yahoo/Bing PPC To Promote Michael Douglas Cancer Interview

Even though this is a very sad story to hear that one of our most beloved actors has been diagnosed with cancer, I was a little surprised by the move of AARP to use PPC to drive awareness to an exclusive interview with Douglas’ battle with Stage IV throat cancer. However, I was more surprised they appeared to ignore Google and chose Yahoo/Bing as their search engine of choice. The reason why this is significant, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Paid Search in General

Why PPC Marketers Should Be Passionate About Their Client’s Business

Why PPC Marketers Should Be Passionate About Their Client’s Business

You know, it’s easy to provide good PPC Tactics to any client, but to be honest, the PPC Marketer must take a more passionate role in the client’s business because if they want to move the “performance needle” they need to understand more than their basic products/services. Whether the PPC marketer inherits an existing account or initiates a new one, the discovery phase of the kickoff call must be more than just basic questions, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Paid Search in General

SES NY 2010 Blog Coverage – Search Powered Marketing: Harnessing the Voice of the Consumer

Sponsored Session: Search Powered Marketing: Harnessing the Voice of the Consumer Preview/Summary from SES Website: Search and social media are changing the way brands interact with their consumers, and will be even more influential throughout 2010 and beyond. Consumers find and engage with brands in social media, print, radio, tv, and outdoor ads, which in turn influences what they search for. How should advertisers use integrated search and social media strategies to influence search terms and results, improve overall SEO and drive increases in return on ad spend?… more Speaker: Craig Macdonald, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Covario // … Read entire article »

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Search Engine Strategies Conference SES NY, Coverage – Day 1

Session #1: Digital Asset Optimization Moderator: Richard Zwicky, Founder & CEO , Enquisite Speakers: Mark Knowles, President & CEO, Pixelstick, Inc. Chris Boggs, Director of SEO, Rosetta Lee Odden, SES Advisory Board & CEO, TopRank Online Marketing LIVE Summary: This session started off with Mark Knowles where he talked about opportunities and fear. SERP pages were good in the past, but now with mixed media/blended search. Mark also talks about Google’s Patent and how the patent provides details into this blended search platform. So, with this blended search results, the search engines are striving to provide searchers with “real-time” results. He mentioned other colleagues have been effected by this change in the SERPS, and is forcing everyone to look at SERP more holistically, He also mentions “The Second Click” and that all things Google is not good for … Read entire article »

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Should We Take Google’s “View-Through” Conversion Tracking Seriously?

Should We Take Google’s “View-Through” Conversion Tracking Seriously?

So what is your opinion of Google’s “View-Through” Conversion Tracking? Well, after reading a few blog posts on the subject, the first thing that came into my mind was “how do I effectively convince a client that we should measure this?“. Google interprets these conversions based on our eyes and not with our clicks? Are they trying to monetize something to keep people spending on the Content Network?  Well, after reading up on this, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Google Adwords, Paid Search in General, Web Analytics

An Exclusive Interview with Allen Hammock of LookSmart.com

An Exclusive Interview with Allen Hammock of LookSmart.com

SemGeek.com is proud to present an Exclusive Online Interview with Allen Hammock, Director of Technical Sales for Looksmart.com. This interview is brought to you in cooperation with the Search Engine Strategies’ Pre-SES New York 2010 Blog & Q&A Coverage. Interview Questions Question #1: Can you tell our audience a little more about your role at LookSmart? Answer: I’ve served LookSmart in various sales, marketing and technical roles since 2004, working to help define our leadership position in … Read entire article »

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Why The Client Discovery Phase Is Most Important for PPC Marketers

Why The Client Discovery Phase Is Most Important for PPC Marketers

Many agencies and consultants handle new clients thru different phases in the relationship. These phases can consist of Kickoff/Discovery, Launch, Auditing, Optimization, Expansion, Testing, and I can go on and on. Moreover, in order for the client-agency relationship to get off on the right foot, there needs to be an unequivocal understanding of everything that there is to know about the client, including the past, present, and future. If the PPC agency does not get … Read entire article »

Filed under: Online Strategy, Paid Search in General