Third of ad spend growth to be driven by paid search and social by 2020

One third of all global ad spend growth will be driven by paid search and social media spend within the next two years, according to the latest report by Publicis-owned industry forecaster Zenith.

Annual global ad spend is on track to hit $581bn (£442bn) by the end of 2018, while Zenith raised its predictions for global ad spend growth from 4.1% to 4.5% until 2020, 67% of which will come from investments in paid search and social media ads.

Within that time, paid search will grow by $22bn...

By Mark Jones, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search, Social Media Marketing.

Two-thirds of people don’t know difference between Google paid and organic search results

Nearly two-thirds (60%) of consumers don’t know the difference between paid and organic search results on Google, according to a new study by Varn.

The UK marketing agency approached over 1,000 internet users with the simple question; “Do you know which links on the Google search results page are paid adverts?”

A whole 59.7% of people surveyed claimed to be unaware of the differences between the two types of Google listings, implying that the majority of consumers believe...

By Mark Jones, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Organic Search, Paid Search.

Google bought data on two-billion Mastercard users for offline retail tracking

Google has made no secret of efforts to bridge the world of online marketing and highstreet sales. It has the tech and dominance in droves, and bricks-and-mortar sales still account for over 80% of commerce - you can’t knock the logic.

In recent tweaks to its Shopping ads, the search giant even said it was making it possible for advertisers to...

By Mark Jones, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Commerce, Paid Search.

The new search trends e-commerce marketers should embrace

From search engine algorithm updates, to new technology permanently altering user behaviours, the search marketing landscape is constantly evolving.

These evolutions keep us on our toes and, for savvy marketers, present an opportunity to ensure their clients always have the edge over their competitors. Recently, the biggest disruptor to the industry has almost certainly been the advent of voice and visual search – changing SEO forever.

These new search technologies are particularly pertinent in the...

By Paul Delaney, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Google rolls out rack of machine learning ad tools

Just a week after announcing a wide-scale rebrand of its ad products, Google yesterday (July 10) launched a suite of new ad tools boxed together using its machine-learning tech capabilities.

The updates were announced in a blog post by Jerry Dischler, the ad tech giant’s vice president of product management, who said the tools came as growing consumer demand for “helpful and...

By Mark Jones, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Google to scuttle its AdWords and DoubleClick brands after two decades

Some two decades after launching, Google’s AdWords and DoubleClick brands are about to be sunsetted and rolled in under one of three simple banners.

The search engine says its aim is to streamline its ad products, better representing the solutions it offers and intentions for growth, as well as making it easier for brands to select the tools needed for campaigns.

Google Adwords will become Google Ads

Having launched in 2000 allowing local businesses to buy text ads within its SERPs (search engine...

By Mark Jones, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

What does Amazon’s ‘Alexa For Hospitality’ mean for marketers?

The voice technology revolution is not just occurring within the home. Hotels, restaurants and the wider hospitality industry are rapidly adopting new tools and solutions to keep pace with the demands of modern consumers.  

The Best Western hotel chain, for instance, is expanding its partnership with Watson Ads on a series of artificial intelligence-powered interactive ad units that...

By Jon Buss, 04 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

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%...