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Netflix vs. Blockbuster Online in PPC Marketing: A Competitive Comparison

Netflix vs. Blockbuster Online in PPC Marketing: A Competitive Comparison

Have you ever wanted to see what your client’s PPC Competitors are doing? How about an inside look at their budgets, Search Terms and even Text Ads and frequency of changes within the Text Ads? Well, you can do all of this and more with SpyFu PPC Competitive Research, and here’s just a little taste of what advertisers can see in SpyFu, including the differences, similarities and potential opportunities for future strategies. Question: Have you ever … Read entire article »

Filed under: Online Strategy, Paid Search in General, PPC Analysis & Case Studies

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

5 Tips on Dealing with a Prospect’s Past “Poor” PPC Agency Experience

5 Tips on Dealing with a Prospect’s Past “Poor” PPC Agency Experience

Many times when I speak with a prospect who is looking to change PPC management vendors, they tell these horror stories of poor management, lost investment, etc… and are afraid to move to another agency because they think all agencies are the same and will “rob them” blind. It is this “up-hill battle” to persuade them to go with you which makes me both “pissed off” and “fortunate” that these agencies are still out there. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Google Adwords, Online Strategy, Paid Search in General

Direct Navigation Becoming Hot Topic in Search Marketing

Direct Navigation Becoming Hot Topic in Search Marketing

Since we live in an online world full of PPC, SEO, Facebook Ads and Social Media, why not add Direct Navigation into the mix. Direct Navigation has been getting a lot of attention lately, especially with the emergence of Mobile Devices and Conversion Tracking Capabilities. It’s obvious that traditional search marketing can be highly effective if executed properly, but with the many different generations of searchers and overall exposure, it’s not a bad idea to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Direct Navigation

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 »

Filed under: SES Conference Coverage

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 »

Filed under: SES Conference Coverage

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

Should PPC Advertisers Monetize Twitter Followers As A Viable Conversion Event?

Should PPC Advertisers Monetize Twitter Followers As A Viable Conversion Event?

In the PPC world, many of us are eager to monetize anything that has to do with either the possibility of a conversion and/or persuasion points leading up to a conversion, where it all leads back to their PPC efforts. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact, it’s just another stage in the evolution of understanding the power of PPC. However, with the adoption and popularity of more and more businesses utilizing Twitter and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Online Strategy, Paid Search in General

How PPC Marketing Has Been Influenced By Traditional TV Advertising

How PPC Marketing Has Been Influenced By Traditional TV Advertising

For some PPC Professionals, after a long day of work analyzing Click-thru Rates, Keyword Matching options, Text Ads, Conversion Reports, etc… watching some TV at night with a glass of a 2005 Australian Shiraz to wind down from the day can sometimes open your eyes and force you to think about the differences and similarities of TV advertising vs. PPC Advertising. Considering this cannot be classified and any type of an epiphany, it does … Read entire article »

Filed under: Google Adwords, Online Strategy, Paid Search in General

Classifying PPC Marketing? Is It An Art Or A Science? Part Deux

Classifying PPC Marketing? Is It An Art Or A Science? Part Deux

In my second and final installment  of “Classifying PPC Marketing? Is It An Art Or A Science?”, I will dig a little deeper into the “weeds” of PPC Geekdom to try and identify which tactics and techniques of PPC should and will always be a Science as well as others that are reserved for the Artist respectfully. However, we all must acknowledge one thing. Regardless of anyone’s biased opinion, there is one constant that everyone … Read entire article »

Filed under: Exclusive Interviews, Paid Search in General