Digital marketing budgets in search engine and social media marketing are continuing to rise despite challenging economic conditions, according to research released today.
The UK Search Engine Benchmark Report, published in association with NetBooster, has for the past five years shown that companies have continuously invested in the opportunities present in SEO, paid search and social media marketing.
One of the trends highlighted in the recently updated SEO Agencies Buyer’s Guide is that client demands are pushing innovation and the development of proprietary technology – both in-house, and at agencies.
These changes are also impacting on the client/agency relationship.
To explore this theme further, I spoke to independent digital consultant Andy Betts, one of the contributors to the guide.
A key trend identified in the new Econsultancy SEO Agencies Buyer’s Guide 2012 is that the boundaries of SEO as a digital discipline are continuing to blur. Historically, the responsibility for natural search has fallen to channel specialists with a deep technical knowledge, but now its importance is increasingly permeating other areas.
Many marketers still find themselves spending hours of time having to review raw query reports with the slight hope that keyword expansion tools might be able to help them identify those key terms that their campaigns are missing.
Adding new keywords and refining match types might be important for optimisation, but it’s not necessarily the fastest way to increase volume. Often, advertisers focused on growing their paid search programs pay too much attention to keyword expansion activities.
This isn’t surprising, especially given the multitude of keyword tools out there such as Wordstream, Trellian, or Adgooroo, each promoting their own version of keyword data.
However, once marketers have built out their core search programs, the process of adding long-tail terms can require a massive expansion and yet only return a slight impact on traffic volumes.
Just three months after it was downgraded as a penalty for alleged 'black hat' link-building techniques, US department store J.C. Penney has recovered its organic search visibility on Google.
How the retailer achieved this provides a good example of how Google penalties work.
The use of search calls to action is becoming increasingly common in offline advertising. Big brands are using mediums such as press and TV in order to push people to search engines by asking them to search for specific keywords rather than visit a website or phone a dedicated number.
Like most marketing techniques there is an argument for and against adopting this approach, and Renault's latest 'Megane Experiment' campaign shows how brands can get it wrong.
Having been at eTail Europe this week, and it has got me thinking about the different challenges etailers face, many of which should have been solved by now. One of the things I've noticed is how seasonality is a key consideration for all retailers. Online marketers are no exception.
We all know that sales tend to be stronger in the run up to Christmas and slower throughout the summer months and the overall impact of seasonality will depend on what type of products you are selling, but it will undoubtedly affect all retailers in some way or another.
In the article below I will highlight some practical ways that retailers can use paid search marketing techniques, including advice on the use of Google Ad Parameters and the Long Tail, to ensure that the seasonality of the market works in your favour.
Google recently announced it would allow limited use of trademarks
in the text of some search ads in the US, even if the trademark owner
While previously brand owners could specify which retailers or affiliates were able to reference their
trademarked brand name, any advertiser who sells
a brand on its website can nowuse that brand name in the text of their
Google’s Trademark policy change in the US
is likely to impact a wide range of advertisers, brand owners,
competitors, and affiliates. However, it is the brand owners who should
be particularly vigilant of the new ramifications.
Running PPC and SEO campaigns in isolation from each other often means many learnings and advanced SEM tactics and techniques are being missed. This post looks at some of the ways your PPC campaign can inform your SEO strategy and vice-versa.