This time last year I scrutinised a number of SEO agency payment models, concluding that many of the pricing structures and commercial arrangements offered by agencies are outdated in the context of today’s organic search landscape.
PPC is generally accepted as an ‘easier buy’ compared to SEO. However, you need only do a search on Google for ‘PPC services’ to be confronted with a baffling array of offers:
Google is continually tweaking its user interface, often most noticeably on search results pages, desktop and mobile.
What motivates these changes? Is every change Google makes motivated by profit, or is this a case of constantly improving the user experience? Or perhaps both?
Here, I'll look at some recent UI changes to search results on mobile and desktop. Please suggest any I may have missed.
Your adverts and their messaging are integral to your PPC success. Like the campaign itself, they need constant optimisation, revision and testing.
Planning is probably the most important part of ad text testing. Without a solid plan you are simply going to stick a load of messages out there and see what comes back.
This can lead to unfair testing practices and ultimately, worse results.
Find out what you should be considering when it comes to ad text testing...
Marketers in the US are continuing to invest heavily in mobile paid search across Google and Bing/Yahoo, with the total spend on tablets and smartphones up 65.9% year-on-year to 28.7% of search budgets.
Taken individually, spend on tablets increased 87.6% compared to Q3 2012, while the increase on smartphone was 118.1% in the same period.
The increased investment is unsurprising considering the consumer shift towards mobile search and the recent roll out of Google’s Enhanced Campaigns.
Data included in our own Mobile Commerce Compendium shows that search is one of the top three most popular smartphone activities behind email and making calls, so it’s inevitable that marketers will begin ramping up their investment in this channel.
Recently I’ve been running a variety of social ads to promote the Festival of Marketing, but due to a glitch in our purchase process, measuring the exact return has been more difficult than usual.
Luckily I’m able to see the silver lining in any cloud, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to talk about how data correlation can help uncover hidden social ROI.
With Christmas make or break for retailers how can they make the most of their paid search budget in the run up to the big day?
In these ultra-competitive times the peak Christmas period can be make or break for retailers. With up to 40% of sales happening around this time, under performance doesn’t just harm your company, it could be fatal to your business.
Paid search is a proven way of delivering buyers to your website, but how do you maximise its impact, while minimising costs?
Based on Kour experience there are six steps to optimising your search engine marketing for Christmas success:
Organic search is pretty vital for any business, PPC ads are increasingly clicked on by a higher proportion of searchers, and with Google Hummingbird, social is likely to become more important for long tail search results.
Anthony Robinson, Head of SEO at Razsor, Auto Trader’s search and web design arm, talked us through how these three disciplines should be seen in the round.
Travel aggregator sites dominate airline brands for both natural and paid Google rankings, according to a new report looking at search visibility.
The analysis by Searchmetrics also found that brands achieving high natural search rankings are taking the opportunity to limit their investment in PPC.
The study is based on analysis of how airline brands performed on Google for the 1,439 most popular search terms relating to flights. It examines results for the US, France and Germany, but for this post I’ll focus on the UK results.
And for more information on this topic, check out the Econsultancy Paid Search Marketing Best Practice Guide or our UK Search Engine Marketing Benchmark Report.
Some of you might have been lucky enough to have escaped work in August. And, while I’m sure you enjoyed lounging at Club Med, there is some interesting Econsultancy content you have missed!
Here is our top 10 posts of the month, from great comment threads to ‘sleepers’ that are too good to be missed.
Google yesterday released a new paid and organic report in AdWords to 'help you better understand how people searching on Google are connecting with your business'.
According to the Big G, the new report is 'the first to let you see and compare your performance for a query when you have either an ad, an organic listing, or both appearing on the search results page'.
Here’s a pic of what the report looks like..