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Women may like Facebook more than men, as evidence by the fact that approximately 60% of the social network's population is female, but for marketers looking for consumers who like their ads, targeting men may be a more effective and cost-efficient approach.
That's according to a new study conducted by marketing software firm Kenshoo and Resolution Media which looked at 65bn Facebook ad impressions and 20m clicks over the course of the last year.
While mobile is presenting some tough monetization challenges for companies like Facebook, it's increasingly looking like a boon to others.
Thanks to the incredible popularity of the world's social network, soon-to-be-publicly-traded Facebook is top of mind for advertisers both large and small, many of which have been pouring more money into Facebook advertising campaigns.
But how are those Facebook ad campaigns treating advertisers?
Facebook offers a 45% cost-per-click discount for ads that link to another Facebook page rather than an external site, according to research by TBG.
This has led to brands building a presence within Facebook so they can benefit from these lower costs.
Last week, Google (as well as announcing SSL encryption for search) introduced perhaps the most significant changes to its PPC algorithm for some time.
Google has changed the proportion of quality score weighting to make landing page relevancy more important, a moving away slightly from of click through rate (CTR) as the primary metric for an ad's success.
I've been asking some PPC experts about how the changes will affect brands and advertisers...
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.
Recently, Razorfish's Paul Gelb suggested that the spend on mobile ads could soon surpass the spend on television ads, even though television advertising currently has a hundred-billion-dollar-plus lead.
There is, of course, good reason to believe that mobile advertising's best days are ahead. Mobile penetration is significant, and smart phone penetration is growing rapidly.
2010 delivered everything most online retailers could have expected, and then some in many cases. According to the MasterCard SpendingPulse eCommerce Index, online sales rose over 15% year-over-year, and ecommerce accounted for $36.4bn in holiday sales.
Search marketing agency PM Digital says retailers can thank paid search for a good portion of that rise.
Google may generate billions of dollars every year from AdWords, but that doesn't mean that it's idly sitting by and ignoring the monetization potential it has elsewhere in its network. One property with a lot of potential: Google Maps.
Given that potential, it's no surprise that Google is bringing its 'sponsored map icon' experimental ad format for Google Maps to the U.S. market.
There are a lot of reasons that CPM advertising can suck. In a post on TechCrunch this weekend, Shelby Bonnie, the co-founder and former CEO of CNET discusses many of them.
Because of CPM's many faults, he makes the argument that online publishers and advertiser simply need to "kill the CPM". In other words, go cold turkey on selling ads on a CPM basis. What to replace it with? We'll figure that out later.
Evan Saks' hands were tied. As a regional head of advertising for a national franchise, he wasn't allowed to build a better website. So he created a single landing page instead. A deft combination of that one page, a live chat application, and a new keyword management and discovery tool made conversion rates skyrocket -- and resulted in 10X ROI.
We caught up with Evan to ask him how he did it.
When Google reported its Q2 earnings yesterday, it beat analyst expectations. But all the news wasn't good news, at least for Google.
In the area of paid clicks, Google experienced an unhealthy downward trend: total paid clicks declined 2% from Q1 and more importantly, the average cost-per-click (CPC) in the second quarter fell 13% year-over-year.