New report assesses content marketing best practices and why “age of infographics is dying”

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Content, content, content; it’s the mantra which every marketing team worth its salt today lives by. Yet focusing on quality over quantity should be the defining factor, according to a new study released by B2B analyst firm Clutch.

Almost 80% of the 300 survey respondents in the report agreed that increasing their company’s online visibility is the main goal of content marketing campaigns compared to the rest who prioritised lead generation. But how much is too much before you...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to create a business case for SEO investment

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SEO has always been a difficult channel to understand in terms of ROI; performance is driven through multiple tactics and trying to attribute sales to strategy is almost impossible.

It has left marketers in a position where they know they need to invest but are unsure how to quantify investment and more importantly forecast growth.

Attribution is made even more difficult due to the fact Google moved to secure search in 2013, resulting in marketers losing valuable keyword...

By Tim Grice, 04 January 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

How will Google’s mobile first indexing impact your SEO campaigns?

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When publishing on the web, it’s not uncommon for marketers to serve different content between their mobile and desktop pages. However, the issue here is that Google ranks websites using a desktop crawl for all of their searches regardless of the device being used.

Whilst this has no effect on those searching the web through a desktop device, it can cause a significant problem for those searching on mobiles and tablets with many users on mobile search selecting results that appear to answer what...

By Simon Schnieders, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

What Google’s upcoming mobile search update means for marketers

From January 2017, Google is set to carry out its newest update to its mobile search algorithm.

The Google Interstitials mobile penalty is the second part to Google’s ‘mobile- friendly’ update and is set to penalise pages on mobile sites that show intrusive interstitials, such as unnecessary popups, that block content and impede the user experience.

With over half of all searches coming from mobile devices, it comes as no surprise that Google prioritises mobile search and wants to make the...

By Simon Schnieders, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

What Google's mobile indexing announcement means for marketers

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An announcement at the most recent PubCon by Google search analyst Gary Illyes set the cat among the digital pigeons.

The news that the search giant is shifting its approach to results accessed through mobile, has created the concern of ‘second class surfing’.

From a SEO perspective, when introduced, this will most definitely create disruption.

Initially, when Google announced they were working on a separate mobile index, many thought that we would end up with two mutually...

By Jonathan Moore, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Search Marketing.

Why your search results are the 'face' of your brand

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Today, due to the ubiquity of smartphones and their impact on consumer decision-making, location marketing is essential to how any business portrays itself to the world.

Nearly every search we do now returns maps and local results powered by diverse types of location data, from menus and product offerings to reviews and hours.

Your local search results are your brand in the eyes of the customer.

What this means is your brand is engaging in location marketing whether you do it...

By Jon Buss, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

How to protect your brand in a growing landscape of cyber threats

Brands of all sizes and across all industries are being affected by the growing threat from cyber criminals.

As the online landscape evolves, cyber criminals are becoming bolder and their methods of attack more sophisticated. As a result, it’s critical for organisations to develop, implement and continually assess a proactive online brand protection strategy.

To understand the level of risk that companies face, you just need to take a look at the latest cybercrime statistics from the Office of National...

By Charlie Abrahams, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

SEO: How to prepare for paid ads in the local pack

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Earlier this year, Google announced that it would begin showing paid ads within the local search pack results during the SMX Advanced Local Workshop.

We’ve since started to see this change ‘in the wild’ as Google rolls out a test phase, and it’s already having an impact on the organic visibility of businesses within the...

By Elliott Kirk, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Businesses are more digitally aware – so why is marketing waste still so high?

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The technology sector’s impact on the digital marketing industry has in the last 10 years dramatically altered how brands engage with consumers. Marketing and advertising spend has continued to skyrocket, with global spend for 2016 set to surpass expectations by growing by 4.4% to $548.2 billion. At the same time, digital marketing understanding has grown. New tools for greater automation continue to emerge. First it was cookies and now...

By Ian O'Rourke, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Search Marketing.

Blog: The Great British Bake Off effect on sales and searches

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It’s a sad day for the country. Our Mary has said goodbye to Bake Off, claiming a fond ‘farewell to soggy bottoms.’

The judge and national treasure has stated that her decision is out of loyalty to the BBC ‘as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one.’

Mary, you’ll never know how much I’ll miss your facial expressions.

This week, I thought I’d take a look at how Bake Off phenomena...

By Olwen Shaw, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Should SEO play a part in your digital marketing strategy?

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As we are continuously driving further and further into the digital age, your marketing strategy and marketing team should be evolving with the times to ensure you aren’t falling behind your competitors or getting stuck in a marketing rut.

Most marketers have embraced digital marketing as an important avenue, but one essential element that is often overlooked due to lack of understanding is SEO.

Wait…isn’t SEO dead?

No.

Every year when

By Lauren Squire, 13 September 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

SEO: How marketers can prepare for the Google Penguin update

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Introduced in 2012, the Penguin update was released to algorithmically penalise sites that were considered to be involved in link schemes. In particular it focused on those that were found to be buying links or obtaining them through networks or link farms designed to essentially boost Google rankings artificially.

Needless to say that Google’s Penguin update has shaped SEO strategies since it was first introduced into the landscape as it removed what it considered to be...

By Simon Schnieders, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Marketing Nuggets: Twitter's new ads, Instagram Stories and more

It's so hard to keep up with the social media giants, as they seem to be releasing a new piece of advertising or marketing functionality every week. This time around, it's Instagram and Twitter that have brought in something new for us to play with, including a new ad format. 

1. Twitter launches conversational ads 

Twitter ads up until now have been pretty standard. Advertisers may be able to target to their hearts content, but getting people to click and engage may be difficult for the unseasoned...

By Rachael Power, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Digital spend highest in seven years, argues IAB

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Digital ad spend grew at the fastest rate for seven years with UK digital ad spend up 16.4% to more than £8.6 billion, according to the latest Internet Advertising Bureau UK Digital Adspend report, conducted by PwC.

The rise is the highest since a 17.1% rise in 2008 and follows a 12% increase in the number of internet-enabled devices in each household. The report claims this now stands to 8.3 per household with connected TVs seeing the biggest rise in ownership at 27%. Smartphones...

New report shows huge increase in social advertising spend

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Social advertising spend is growing rapidly, according to a new report which shows that marketers spent 86% more year on year in the first quarter of 2016. The growth was driven particularly by a 122% rise in mobile ad spend.

An increase in spend on Instagram ads and Facebook Dynamic Product Ads also helped to drive the increase – a trend that goes against the normal seasonal ad buying patterns.

The figures, compiled by Kenshoo, showed that in paid search advertising spend rose 13%...

The positive aspects of a downward marketing spiral

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We nearly always think that a downward spiral is a negative, a downturn, and a disaster. Not always. I disagree and make an exception when it comes to marketing and developing a ‘go to market’ digital cross-media or integrated strategy, selecting the media, and determining when to use that media to support your strategy.

I often explain to clients and students that a useful image to visualise when discussing the development of an integrated marketing program is a...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 05 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Wearables.

Examining eCommerce and the ‘one armed bandit problem’

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There is a perception in eCommerce that a focus on promoting top selling products is a sound strategy.  That is perfectly logical, reasonable – and wrong.

Infact, promoting only top selling products is a complete waste of time, money and effort, which springs from a fundamental misunderstanding of the eCommerce challenge and how it differs from the offline world.

Intelligent exposure

Product promotion via recommendation and search builds on one of retail’s oldest...

By Jakob Bignert, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Search Marketing, Web Analytics.

Half of US small businesses failing to use SEO, survey finds

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It’s one of the most fundamental eCommerce marketing tools in the book and yet a new report finds that half of small businesses’ websites in the US do not engage in SEO, reducing their chances of being found by potential customers. The survey also showed that of those small businesses surveyed only just over half (54%) had a website in the first place.

The report, from a small business digital marketing survey by Clutch, shows that cost was one of the main reasons why...

By Liz Morrell, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Why app owners and brands are missing out on a valuable marketing opportunity

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Brands are missing out on app traffic, engagement and conversions simply by failing to let content from their apps show up in Google’s organic search results.

The claim follows research by search and content performance company Searchmetrics which showed that less than a third of iOS and Android apps are able to support Google app indexing (deep linking).

The company studied 100 of the most visible websites in Google US searches and found that 84% offer an Android app. However only...

By Liz Morrell, 11 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing.

The infographic: A viable marketing tool, or meaningless nonsense?

I first wondered about the future of the infographic over three years ago. Every time I logged onto my preferred social network, I was inundated with facts and figures presented to me in an image based format. It’s fair to say that in its infancy, the infographic was an exciting new way for marketers to capture an audience hungry for visual content. Three years ago it seemed as though brands were transforming any words or facts they could into pictures. Anything could go viral, even if it had no...