Bing ups its search marketing game with LiveRamp integration

We’ve already given you five reasons why Bing shouldn’t be ignored for search marketing, and its latest integration with LiveRamp provides a sixth.

The underappreciated Microsoft search engine, which actually owns close to a fifth of the global search market, has introduced the data onboarder’s identity resolution provider IdentityLink. And while that may not mean much, in simple terms it...

By Mark Jones, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Google announces Shopping tweaks to drive ‘brick and mortar’ sales for retailers

Google has announced a string of new updates to its Google Shopping platform, aimed at attracting online customers to retailer’s offline ‘brick and mortar’ stalls.

Announced at Search Marketing Expo Advanced (SMX Advanced) yesterday (June 12), the search giant claims despite the massive growth of e-commerce driven by the likes of Amazon, when customers want an item right away, 80% will head to the high...

By Mark Jones, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

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, 2 comments. Categories: CRM, Email marketing, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Group of seven dominate holiday paid search advertising

New figures from Kantar Media’s AdGooroo platform show that an elite group of consumer brands dominated the click share in UK paid search advertising in the 2017 holiday season.

The search marketing intelligence platform analysed google Desktop and mobile text ad activity on 990 top retail keywords from 1 November to 11 December. Among the most popular keywords for the period were ‘engagement rings’, ‘fitbit’, ‘washing machines’, ‘xbox one’ and...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 19 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search.

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.

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.

Using curated marketplaces to ensure brand safety in digital ad buys

When Forrest Gump’s mother famously told him that “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” she just as easily could have been talking about digital ad placements purchased programmatically.

Unfortunately, real-time bidding (RTB) is a real problem for advertisers, as the recent boycott of the Google Display Network and YouTube by a slew of frustrated big brands has proven.

By Jeff Finn, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search, Programmatic.

How Bing embraced search intelligence

Technology has immersed itself into all aspects of our lives meaning our digital footprint paints a more detailed picture than ever before.

Brands today have a wealth of different ways they can engage using this understanding but the key to unlocking future realms of engagement boils down to translating the intelligence into meaningful actions, using this to create new world touch points driven by technology.

Marketers continue to lead companies through this digital transformation.

AI - the ability for...

By Steve Sirich, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search.

Retailers spend £8.9 million on iPhone related search terms

The term ‘iPhone 7’ is the top consumer product keyword in the UK, according to analysis by AdGooroo.

The company, which measures paid search activity across over 2.5 billion search results pages, found that British retailers spent £5.6 million on that particular term between June 2016 and May 2017.

This is £3.6 million more than the next highest keyword ‘pandora’ (a popular jewellery brand).

Five iPhone related keywords featured in the top 20, meaning...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Paid Search.

Free suite of tools aims to improve transparency of paid search

A new range of free auditing software has been released by biddible with the aim of increasing transparency of paid search performance.

The tools will also allow companies to efficiently report on the effectiveness of AdWords spend in under 60 seconds.

we believe it may disrupt some major players in our market

The release marks the first time a free suite of tools has been aimed at helping companies accurately judge the efficiency of Google’s main source of online revenue. The...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search.

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.

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.