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%...

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.

Early studies show increase in AdWords CTR after Google drops right-side ads

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The change may be relatively new, but research suggests that the CTR of Google Adwords has improved as a result of a repositioning of ads on the platform.

Since mid February Google stopped showing ads on the right hand side of desktop search results, moving instead to showing a fourth ad above the organic search results and up to three ads at the bottom of the page below the organic results.

Analysis from a two-week study of the impact of the change, shows that as a result click through...

By Liz Morrell, 15 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Paid Search, Web Analytics.

Google claims to be winning battle against bad advertising

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Bad advertising comes at a big cost to the marketing industry but the battle against it is being won according to Google. It claims that in 2014 it disabled more than 524 million bad ads and banned more than 214,000 advertisers from its platform.

Of these 7,000 advertisers were banned for promoting counterfeit goods. That was half the number of 2013 and a massive drop on the 82,000 banned in 2012.  It says that its advanced enforcement systems are increasingly difficult...

By Liz Morrell, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Search engine marketing growth analysed in Adobe report

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Search engine marketing spend grew 12% globally year on year according to the latest Global Digital Advertising Report from Adobe, which looks at trends for the last quarter of 2014.

In the US overall search advertisement spend rose 5% year on year, while in Europe, although large at 17% year on year, it had actually slowed on the previous quarter. In the UK spend...

By Liz Morrell, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Marketers risk omni-channel success by overlooking mobile retargeting

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Mobile might be a priority in the social and search marketing channels, but there are still a high proportion of display advertisers choosing to keep it at arm’s length.

In research conducted as part of its State of the Industry: Europe report, AdRoll discovered a 44% demographic of marketers who are still refusing to use retargeted display advertising on mobile.

It is a worrying statistic given the omni-channel opportunities that mobile offers marketers and Michael...

Mobile clicks overtake desktop in UK for the first time

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Consumers are now reported to be clicking more on mobile devices than desktop for the first time in the UK, with mobile impressions, spend and conversions not far off desktop either.

A new study from cross-channel performance advertising cloud Marin Software reveals that mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones, now account for 44.8% of ad impressions, 50% of clicks, 46% of spend and 43% of conversions in the UK.

Tablets continue to be the go-to device for consumers...

Yahoo and Bing make inroads on Google’s US search share, but do advertisers care?

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A spike in Yahoo searches has pushed Google down to its lowest search share in almost six years, the result of a change in tact from Mozilla.

According to web tracker StatCounter, Yahoo’s search share has been buoyed by a deal with Mozilla where it became the default search engine for Firefox 34 users in the US giving company the platform for its highest US share since 2009.

StatCounter has reported that Google grabbed 75.2% of US search referrals in December, whereas its...

By Simon Holland, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Is this the definitive marketing technology landscape graphic?

Lumascape kicked off the trend for bringing an entire industry together on a single graphic while others have followed too, but Scott Brinker’s latest offering adds some vastly improved organisation to this bustling industry.

Brinker’s marketing technology supergraphic manages to incorporate almost 2,000 different companies without ever looking too chaotic. It is no mean feat given how his annual project...

Google gives Adwords an omni-channel injection

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Search company Google has announced that it will soon be rolling out AdWords improvements to better measure in-store visits in the Estimated Total Conversions (ETC) tool.

In an effort to assist marketers with targeting the increasingly complex paths to purchase that consumers take, Google is letting advertisers link AdWords with My Business to get more insights on search campaigns.

When announcing the new AdWords feature on its blog, Google explained how brick and mortar still had a...

Could Google for kids do the marketing industry more harm than good?

The news that Google for Kids is now in the development pipeline for the tech giant has generated quite a bit of controversy today. But Google itself was expecting this.

In effect Google for kids - its plan to develop child specific versions of tools such as search, YouTube and Chrome – will create a whole new marketing demographic and enable website owners to better track who is looking at their sites when.

The information this could, in theory, provide advertisers with is huge. Whether brands would be...

By Liz Morrell, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Paid Search, Personalised Marketing, Search Marketing.

Ten last-minute Cyber Monday preparations for your e-commerce site

Cyber Monday 2013 was a landmark day in online retail and with this year’s event only weeks away, there are a number of last minute preparations e-sellers need to be making right now in order to take full advantage of the benefits headed their way. 

The craziness of the holiday season is just around the corner - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and Boxing Day are only weeks away and Cyber Monday in particular is the day that kick's off many online retailers' golden quarter.

According to...

By Jon Woodall, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Email marketing, Paid Search.

Apple mobile device targeting leads wave of updates to Adobe Marketing Cloud

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Adobe has rolled out support for iBeacon in the latest batch of updates to its Adobe Marketing Cloud product, making it possible for marketers to target content using the location of shoppers.

Media can now be sent across a number of channels to consumers, with marketers being able to deliver a promotional message through a retailer’s app when a shopper is in a specific store.

Using Marketing Cloud, marketers are able to follow the previous action up with an email campaign...

Marketing on the move: How to make m-commerce work for you

There is a storm brewing across the retail sector and the winds of change are leaving no corner of the retail landscape untouched. 

Ten years ago, the transformational storm of the internet gave rise to e-commerce.  Today mobility is at the eye of the storm. In particular, the growing use of internet-enabled mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers to research, compare, review and purchase products and services.

Retailers looking for new ways to drive revenue, secure competitive...

By Timo Ronkainen, 15 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Paid Search, Search Marketing.

How to increase ROI on PPC Facebook ads

A study from TBG Digital has suggested that advertisers can significantly boost ROI on Facebook advertising by incorporating social context into their campaigns.

TBG tested social context ads, which list friend endorsements, detailing which of the users friends ‘like’ the specific Facebook page, group, event, or application that’s advertised, against ads with no social context.

The study revealed that social context resulted in a 29% reduction in CPC for advertisers. The data came from a...

By Matt Henkes, 10 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.