2017 marketing predictions you won't have read elsewhere

Marketers have been frantically planning for 2017 for weeks, if not months, so it may seem a little late in the year to be thinking about what the next 12 months could hold in store.

But even a day is a long time in marketing, and with trends, tech and consumer tastes constantly changing, there are still plenty of opportunities to do things bigger, better and more intelligently, when January comes around.

The challenge, it seems, is knowing which hints and tips to hone in on. Everyone has their marketing...

By Adam Oldfield, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Google pushed Penguin 3.0 live: What you need to know

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On October 19 Google officially confirmed they pushed Penguin 3.0 live. Even though it’s called Penguin 3.0 it’s actually the 6th iteration of the link spam fighting algorithm update.

This is the first time Google has updated Penguin in almost exactly a year, so many site owners have their fingers crossed that the last year of link cleanup and link building is enough to put them on the right side of...

By Nick Stamoulis, 22 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Why Google loves a persona-led approach to content

Google has made it very obvious that in order to succeed at SEO you need to be producing high quality content that is targeted to your audience. One of the best ways to ensure that you are creating this specialist content is to write for a specific persona. Logically speaking, this makes sense as you are writing for a tailored group of people who will be interested in your products and services, but why does Google love it? I’ll explain:

Google’s Affinity Segments

Hang on, what’s this? In plain and...

By Gareth Morgan, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google now includes website security as new ranking signal

It is a well-known fact that the Internet is not always the safest place for people looking to keep their computers or information secure. However, Google being one of the most popular websites in the world does its best to keep those who use it safe when browsing the Internet. Of course, Google cannot guarantee the security of the millions of sites it links to, but the search engine is now being updated to make using Google a more secure experience for everyone.

Base security

By Maciej Fita, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Find the amount of content that’s “just right” for your marketing

We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She sneaks into the house of three bears and tries their porridge, chairs, and beds only finding one of the three in each instance to be “just right”. The options that were “just wrong” were the extremes. The hot and cold porridge. The small and large chairs. The hard and soft beds. When it comes to content creation we recommend that website owners find the amount that’s “just right”. Unfortunately,...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Organic Search.

How SEO and content marketing go hand in hand

Okay, we all know content is important and we all understand SEO is a must, right? Sounds simple but for many the thought of piecing these two puzzle pieces together can be a daunting task. The truth is that content plays a vital role in the way the search engines view a websites authority.

The folks over at Brafton recently put this great infographic together discussing the importance of the two and how they actually go together.

By Maciej Fita, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Even Matt Cutts says backlinks count for something

With all the changes Google has made to the algorithm (Panda and Penguin are just the biggest ones of many) and Webmaster Tools Guidelines in the last two years, many site owners (and more than a few SEOs) are left wondering if link building counts for anything anymore.

In a perfect SEO world, the kind Google wishes we all worked and searched in, no site would actively build links. They would instead focus all their energy on content creation and let links come naturally as people found and shared that...

By Nick Stamoulis, 09 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Do these 10 skills make up the “perfect” SEO Manager?

Last year I promised to dig more into Bubble’s vast wealth of digital job data to try and pin down the latest digital recruitment trends and identify exactly what employers are looking for when recruiting in the digital space… but as avid readers of this blog will know, I’ve not really produced as many blogs as I’d have liked on the topic.

Today I thought I’d change that and shine the spotlight on what employers are looking for when recruiting for a particular candidate – and with

By Amy Edwards, 24 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search.

Google penalises guest blog network MyBlogGuest

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It’s no secret that guest blogging has been on shaky ground for a while now. I first blogged about the potential risks of guest blogging back in July last year and since then, Google has only been getting more and more vocal about how careful you have to be when guest blogging – last year urging SEOs to no=follow any backlinks in guest blogs – and more recently, warning that

By Amy Edwards, 21 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Will big brands automatically win the SEO race?

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More than one small business owner has lamented over the fact that it takes them months of back and forth with Google to recover from a manual action penalty, yet bigger websites/brands seem to recover in just a matter of weeks. Will larger sites automatically win the SEO race simply because they are too big to fail?

Some SEO experts have pointed out, and I...

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Organic Search.

Why not all B2B content should be gated

An important component of a B2B online marketing campaign is sharing informational content with your target audience. Unlike many B2C products that are fairly straightforward in nature, B2B products and services tend to be more complex and in order for target audience members to understand what it is that you offer and how it will help them perform their jobs better, there needs to be an adequate amount of informational content for them to consume. B2Bs often use their content as a form of lead...

By Nick Stamoulis, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.