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Does paid search affect organic search engine rankings?

Even if your search engine optimisation strategy is successful it is still important to promote your brand using paid search, according to Susan Minniear at the Official Google CPG Blog.

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Wordtracker launches UK keyword tool for search marketers

WordTracker has launched a UK version of its keyword search tool, allowing marketers access to UK-specific research in order to adjust their keywords to the market.

Wordtracker's UK specific keyword search has been incorporated into the company's subscription service, which is priced at between £4.20 for a day's access to £140 for a year, and is used by many search marketing professionals.

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Epsilon execs discuss email marketing

Ragy Thomas is the president and CTO of interactive services at email marketing company Epsilon , which is ramping up its presence in the UK and Europe.  

We spoke to Ragy and Ted Wham (SVP and GM of EMEA at Epsilon International) about the firm's recent $435m purchase of mail order company Abacus, plans to become a multi-channel agency, making the giant step across the Atlantic, and increasing demands from clients in the email marketing space.

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Spannerworks and iCrossing - search sector in good shape

Some early thoughts from me on our deal with iCrossing.

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US digital agency iCrossing buys Spannerworks

Spannerworks, a leading UK search marketing agency, has been acquired by the US digital agency iCrossing in a deal worth “well in excess” of £10 million, the Spannerworks CEO has told E-consultancy in his first interview about the deal. 

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Search market jumps 62% in North America

Spending by North American advertisers on search rose 62% to $9.4bn last year, according to new figures from the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organisation (SEMPO) .

The group estimates that SEM spending – including paid placement, paid inclusion, SEO and the purchase of technology platforms - will double by 2011, at an aggregate spending total of $18.6bn.

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Property search engine nets funding

Property search engine Zoomf has landed a second round of financing from web investment fund Howzat Media .

The move will see Hugo Burge, Howzat’s co-founder and vice chairman of price comparison site Cheapflights, joining Zoomf’s board.

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Brands fail to bag Myspace domain extensions

Have you bothered to register a personalised URL for your company on Myspace? If not, you’re not on your own.

Major brands such as McDonalds, Cingular, Nike and Pepsi – as well as Myspace itself – appear to have been too slow after the site allowed users to create their own extensions to Myspace.com.

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Google redefines ROI, misleads marketers

Lots and lots of people use Google AdWords, and have more recently layered Google Analytics over the top. But the search giant has confused these users by re-defining a well-defined business metric: 'ROI'. 

This has led to confusion within companies - and at worst, caused Google AdWords users to think their campaigns are more profitable than they are, and thus pump more money into Google while decreasing their own business' profitability.

So has Google 'done evil' this time?

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Vinny Lingham's incuBeta bags funding, eyes USA

Congratulations to Vinny Lingham and the team at incuBeta, the Cape Town-based internet marketing group, which has secured a £1.75m investment from HBD Venture Capital.

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Mobile networks 'mull new-build search engine'

European mobile phone networks could start their own mobile search service as they consider how to increase revenue from search advertising, according to a report.

The companies will use the 3GSM World Congress, the world's largest mobile industry exhibition and conference, in Barcelona next week to consider a joint initiative aimed at replacing lost revenue from falling access costs with that from on-the-move ads.

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Click fraud up in Q4 - ClickForensics

According to figures from US-based firm ClickForensics, click fraud is continuing to rise, reaching 14.2% in the last quarter of 2006, the highest level all year.

Q4 numbers from the Click Fraud Index suggest that the overall industry average click fraud rate was 14.2%, compared with 13.8% for the third quarter, 14.1% for the second and 13.7% for the first.

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