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Yesterday saw the latest development in Google's search advertising product.
Shopping ads, or product listing ads (PLAs), are set to appear within Google image searches.
I asked for some initial thoughts from agency search practitioners. Here are a few things to look out for.
How do UK adults consume media? On what devices? And in what frequency?
The Ofcom Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report, published last week, is always an interesting read, showing how habits have changed over the years.
I've picked my highlights for marketers from the survey of 1,841 adults.
Getting to grips with PPC measurement?
Search campaign tracking can often be unsophisticated, working on a last click model, measuring revenue, transactions, ROI etc.
However, some more advanced marketers measure a bigger variety of variables, including profit margin, lifetime value and phone contacts.
Let's look at the different levels of PPC campaign tracking.
There's a lot to know about paid search advertising.
To mark the release of Econsultancy's newly updated PPC Best Practice Guide, I've pulled together a brief intro to KPIs, budgets and resourcing for paid search.
The full guide is more than 350-pages long and includes the basics of setting up a campaign, to more involved cross-channel strategy.
We recently ran a piece around Google killing right hand side ads in SERPs, and the impact that might have on PPC activity.
But the discussion so far has predominantly been around companies and agencies that are likely to have some level of flexibility within their display budgets.
One group that will be impacted in a very different way is the charity sector, particularly those who rely on Google’s Ad Grants programme, which limits bids to just $2.
It’s nearly ‘that time’ of year again. So what are the key things to consider if you’re still putting the final touches to your digital marketing strategy for the holiday shopping season?
Every month Google delivers results for about 50bn mobile searches, and in May the search giant revealed that mobile devices produce more searches than their desktop cousins in 10 countries, including the US and Japan.
So it's no surprise that marketers are paying a lot of attention to mobile search, from ensuring that their sites live up to Google's mobile-friendliness standards to pouring money into mobile paid search.
For the digital marketer, the most interesting event on this day in 2009, was the launch of Bing (not The Crazy Frog about to reach number one)!
Saying you do dynamic ads is like saying you do digital advertising. There are many different types and strategies for each.
In the future, all ads will be dynamic in nature, so you need to know what you're doing and what makes sense for you.
A little used Adwords feature can be an invaluable aid to analysing performance.
When taking over new accounts, one of the features I see used least are the Labels. On the one hand, this is understandable since they don't actually 'do' anything, but this is likely the very reason that such a handy feature is often overlooked.
PPC is complicated.
There are dozens of interrelated on- and off-site metrics. There are hidden factors like Quality Score and competitor activity.
There are unquantifiable, fuzzy influences like user intent and ad quality. And everything varies by time, device, demographic and location.
The past decade has brought with it a massive increase in digital marketing platforms and technologies, giving marketers the ability to focus on multichannel like never before.
This has fundamentally altered the way brands plan and execute marketing strategies and given us new insight into how customers are using those channels.