Paid Search

Improve the effectiveness of your paid search advertising program on Google, Bing, and emerging platforms. In this column, learn about changes in bid management tactics and other trends in paid search and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising – and what they mean for your digital marketing program.

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Estimating the Importance of Google's Conversion Estimator

May 23, 2014 - Google's Conversion Estimator for AdWords gives marketers a better way to understand the way conversions happen in the multi-device, multi-screen marketing environment. Comments

Content Promotion: PPC or Link Building?

content-promotion-bullhorn May 16, 2014 - There are many services out there that promise to promote your content to a broad audience. Here's a rundown of some of the available options. Comments

Can You Hit Google’s Knuckleball?

google-knuckleball May 16, 2014 - While Google does throw many "knuckleballs" at marketers, there are several "fastballs" in there, too, if you know where to look. Comments

5 Steps to a World Cup-Winning PPC Account Structure

worldcup2014 May 13, 2014 - With the World Cup just around the corner, here are five tactics you could apply in your paid search account to create efficiency and scalability. Comments

Agencies Need to Liberate Search From Its "Tactical" Silo

search-marketing-1 May 9, 2014 - Search marketing is undeniably complicated. The good news is that there are some agencies that have not only mastered the details but are prepared to fully embrace search's strategic importance in driving all marketing success today. Comments

What Is a Good Click-Through Rate for PPC?

ppc May 7, 2014 - A look at why people care so much about click-through rates for pay-per-click advertising. Comments

Eye-Tracking Heat Map Study for Mobile Search

all-seing-eye May 1, 2014 - The study sought to find out if mobile ad extensions made a difference in click-through rates on mobile devices. Read on to learn the results. Comments

5 Signs You Should Give Up on PPC Search

PPC Apr 25, 2014 - While pay-per-click (PPC) search can be effective for some, here are five factors you should consider when deciding to invest your time and budget elsewhere. Comments

Using the U.S. Census Data to Power Your Social PPC Efforts

us-census Apr 19, 2014 - Exploring the U.S. Census data can allow you to better target your ads right out of the gate, especially if you are trying to reach people outside of your immediate area. Comments

Canada: A Vast, Unspoiled E-Commerce Frontier?

canadian-flag-1 Apr 18, 2014 - Our neighbors to the north have lots of work to do when it come to capitalizing on the many e-commerce opportunities available to them. Comments

Display Ad Revenue Modest in Yahoo Q1 2014 Earnings

Yahoo Apr 16, 2014 - Search revenue increased by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2014, while display ad revenue saw a modest uptick of 2 percent. Comments

A Tale of Two Cookies

cookies-web Apr 11, 2014 - Although many marketers rely heavily on cookies, they aren't always the best way to measure and manage campaigns. But what will replace the cookie in the marketing ecosystem? Comments

How the Top 5 Brands Are Using Paid Search Ads

ppc Apr 9, 2014 - A look at how five of the world's most valuable brands are utilizing pay-per-click (PPC) search strategies, and what you can learn from their successes and shortcomings. Comments

#CZLNY: 5 Ways to Improve Your Paid Media Campaigns

paid-media Apr 8, 2014 - Here are five tips for optimizing your paid media results, shared by Lisa Raehsler, founder of Big Click Co, at her ClickZ Live New York session. Comments

#CZLNY: 5 Spying Strategies You Can Use Today to Dominate Your Competition

shutterstock-138707504 Apr 3, 2014 - According to panelists at ClickZ Live New York this week, brands must start with keywords first before implementing competitive monitoring. Brands must also figure out who their competition really is, what they care about, how they’re performing, and how they are achieving that performance. Comments

#CZLNY: Smarter Ad Copy Testing: What Makes People Click?

clicks Apr 3, 2014 - Building off the "Mastering the PPC Challenge" session at ClickZ Live New York, a look at what makes people click, big picture decisions that affect ad copy, and how to take action. Comments

Display Media Bots? (5 Ways to Double Down on Search)

robots Mar 28, 2014 - Here are five great ways to deploy budgets to PPC search that are currently allocated to display advertising and may be victim to the bot impression and click traffic. Comments

Ever Wanted to Advertise on Tumblr?

tumblr-adsense Mar 21, 2014 - A look at the advertising options on Tumblr, including working with a Tumblr sales rep or going through the Google Display Network. Comments

Why I Hate Ad Extensions

get-offers-adwords-ad-extension Mar 18, 2014 - Although there are endless touted benefits to ad extensions, here is a look why they may not be all they're cracked up to be, with 11 detailed reasons. Comments

Yahoo Gemini (Plus 6 Reasons Your Mobile Strategy Matters)

yahoogemini Mar 14, 2014 - As Yahoo prepares to launch its Gemini platform, marketers must take the time to revisit their mobile advertising and marketing strategy. Here are six initiatives and strategies to take your business to the next level. Comments

How to Make a Winning PPC Campaign With $1,000 and 3 Hours of Work

PPC Mar 12, 2014 - While I would generally not advocate creating a pay-per-click (PPC) campaign without strategy, research, and planning, sometimes a quick solution is in order. Whether for a small business or a special promo, it may just make sense to get something up and running - and fast! Comments

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