How to spend a limited digital marketing budget in 2018/19

It’s an important objective imposed on marketers every single year – how best to squeeze every drop out of the annual budget.

Even industry professionals who, on paper, have more cash to splash, are still pressed to make their spend go further. And then there are those less fortunate of course, who have their budgets cut whilst the targets remain as competitive as ever.

So, whichever scenario you find yourself in, if you’re faced with a ‘limited budget’, what should the focus be...

By Andy McCaul, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Email marketing, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Bing’s marketing predictions for 2018

It’s that time again when we look back at what happened in 2017 and predict how it will shape the year to come.

The world of marketing was certainly a busy one during 2017. We talked a lot about personalisation, and whilst that will remain incredibly important, the next step in 2018 will be marrying it with intelligent search intent data, to deliver true value to consumers.

It was also hard to escape the phrase ‘artificial intelligence’ in 2017 and based on this, next year is set to be...

Content marketing secrets from Google you can’t afford to ignore

Google has spent close to 20 years learning how to serve up the best, most relevant content to searchers. It is constantly fine-tuning its technology and algorithm to improve its ability to seek out and display answers to satisfy the 3.5 billion-plus queries it receive every day.

So it makes perfect sense that marketers should try to tap into that wealth of accumulated knowledge to help make their content marketing more effective. Here are five ways that data and insights from Google can enhance a content...

By Daniel Furch, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Is Bing Ads better value for marketers than AdWords?

Even though it is often maligned, Bing is not as irrelevant in the face of its main competitor as many consumers, and marketers, think.

Microsoft’s search engine holds a 25% market share in the UK, amounting to around 896 million monthly searches. Importantly, the engine has seen a 43% year-on-year market share growth, all of which makes it an important channel for paid search.

New research by MediaVision suggests that Bing could actually offer marketers higher conversion rates and cheaper cost per...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

The seasonal revolution has arrived

Its official – the retail Christmas trading period has arrived, with under 100 days until the big day. In the UK, the trading period generally runs from October to January, and this won’t change any time soon.

But with such a limited key shopping timeframe, many brands are looking to challenge the way the fashion industry works throughout the rest of the year – why focus only on selling cold, wintery clothes when the weather may change imminently?

Ultimately, the elements and weather...

By Hannah Kimuyu, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Paid Search, Programmatic, Search Marketing.

Google registered its domain 20 years ago today

Monday 15 September 1997 probably didn’t seem like a particularly momentous day at the time.

But while everyone was jamming to ‘Honey’ by Mariah Carey and considering going to see cutting-edge thriller ‘The Game’ in the cinema, Larry page and Sergey Brin were registering the Google domain name.

The project, which was originally given the creepy name BackRub, had started a year early while the pair were students at Stanford.

Twenty years later, Google is...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Voice assistants, search and the future of advertising

Over the past few years, voice activated search has come a long way.

When Apple first integrated its voice assistant, Siri, into the iPhone 4S in 2011, it was considered more of a gimmick than anything else. Six years on, and a report by ClickZ and Marin Software reveals that 7% of marketers now mark voice search and digital assistants as top priorities in their marketing plans.

Interestingly,...

By Tom Smith, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

The importance of quality score in paid search

Paid search, or pay per click (PPC), often used in conjunction with SEO, remains an essential marketing element for many businesses, most notably those that want an online presence.

But we are still seeing businesses not effectively implementing PPC campaigns successfully. One of the biggest areas that businesses are failing to address is a low AdWords quality score. In short, if you’re trying to master PPC, you need to understand quality score.

According to Google, “quality score is an estimate...

By Will Haswell, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Believable product reviews build consumer trust for businesses

Imagine you receive an email asking you to leave an online review for a concert you went to a decade ago. Besides being a test of your beer-befuddled memory, it would also ring a few alarm bells, wouldn’t it?

Or maybe you are suddenly requested to leave a review for a restaurant you have never heard of and which on further inspection turns out to be a back-street wheelie bin compound.

Sadly, these are real-life examples of the various ruses that have eroded confidence in online reviews, even though the...

By Matt West, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Search Marketing.

How AI is changing SEO

SEO is a results business. So imagine if you have access to data that tells you precisely what you need to do in order to optimise your website and improve visibility in search engines.

Well, you don’t have to imagine, the technology is already available.

Although AI SEO is still in its infant stages, in the next couple of years it will dominate how digital marketing companies develop SEO strategies.

AI is already being used in digital marketing to gather data on ad targeting, determine the relevancy of...

By Richard Oldale, 30 June 2017, 4 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Strong and Stable vs. The Many – UK election PPC strategies analysed

When Theresa May called for a snap general election to be held on Thursday 8th June 2017, the major UK political parties were left with little time to prepare and implement their campaign strategies.

Whilst each party presented very different manifestos to how they would govern the UK, one thing the two major political parties, Labour and The Conservatives did agree on was to invest in search marketing, competing to get their adverts positioned at the top of search engine results pages (SERP).

Different...

By Ian O'Rourke, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Paid Search, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Consumer reviews - the powerful weapon driving customer acquisition

For consumers, trust matters.

There have been countless surveys that support the notion that online reviews are the number one most trusted source for accurate product information. Whether consumers are looking for bike or a restaurant to eat in, the opinions of other consumers are often the first port of call.  

Love them or hate them, consumer reviews are here to stay and how you manage your reviews strategy can have a significant impact on your brand reputation, customer advocacy and revenue.

In an...

By Jon Buss, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Search Marketing.

The challenges of marketing via voice recognition technology

Digital marketing strategy is transitioning away from a ‘type-only’ search model, fuelled by the proliferation of voice-enabled digital assistants such as Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.  Digital marketers have been responding to the trend by focusing their efforts in areas such as optimising brand visibility in Google snippets to respond to the rise in voice-search question asking.  Brands are now being offered even...

By Huw Morris, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Search Marketing.

Four ways user data can inspire Google-relevant redesigns

It’s not just SEO hype — search is becoming more data-driven, and metrics like goal conversions and user engagement are more important than ever.

All signs point to a shift in how we use search engines to navigate the internet. Google’s Knowledge Graph, Knowledge Vault, and Accelerated Mobile Pages projects, for example, are clearly designed to provide snippets of data to mobile users. This is...

How the digital marketing industry is closing the skills gap

The digital marketing industry has been caught up in the midst of an on-going cross-industry digital skills gap over the last few years. With thousands of extra workers required to fulfil demand it’s imperative that the industry take steps to help close this gap from within.

Last year a Government report highlighted the gulf between the number of skilled workers in Britain compared to both the required sum and the state of the rest of the...

By Michael O' Flynn, 30 May 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

What brands need to know about Google Lens

From what we’ve seen so far from this year’s Google I/O conference, it’s clear that Google is betting big on AI, and connecting different technologies.

As part of this, there’s been a strong focus on phones and the mobile experience, as there has been for the past few years.

One of the key features of any phone is the camera – as Snap put it in their IPO documents, the camera is the starting point for a user on mobile, just as the cursor or search box was for desktop. 

visual...

By Dan Calladine, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

The SEO faux pas in McDonald’s ''that place where Coke tastes so good" campaign

When one of the world's leading companies achieves 4 million hits on YouTube, you can bet that everyone is lovin' it.

Especially the ad agency that came up with the idea of the Hollywood star Mindy Kaling, endorsing another brand, Coca-Cola, and linking it all to Google search.

So why are so many people in the SEO community spluttering on their drinks over the TV and online campaign designed to drive online search? At first glance the ads seem to show a perfect pitch and a nod to all users of modern...

By Simon Schnieders, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Young people happy to share personal data for more intelligent search

New research from Epiphany has delved into the attitudes of different generations when it comes to sharing data and shopping online.

32% of the 18-24 year olds surveyed use social media for research with the intent to purchase, compared to 13% of 45-54 year olds.

25% of 18-24 year olds reported using video content on sites like YouTube for detailed product and service research.

“The research has uncovered some interesting behavioural themes that I expect we’ll see...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Insights are not fit for purpose

Global digital advertising spend hit $178bn last year, according to IPG’s Magna. This year, internet ad spend is even expected to overtake TV ad spending.

Today, around $500bn is being spent on global advertising per year. Yet, fast-forward to a world where all media are digital media, growing fast, and it is not hard to imagine the overall pie growing to a total $1,000bn.

But what if all of this money was not spent but, rather, invested?

What is the difference? Let me explain.

Making sense of it all

Data has always been the fuel...

By Vincent Potier, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Search Marketing.