Podcast: Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Visit our Marketing Nerds archive to listen to other Marketing Nerds podcasts! In this week’s episode of Marketing Nerds, WordStream CTO and Founder, Larry Kim, joins SEJ Executive Editor Kelsey Jones to talk about Google AdWords’ Customer Match. Larry gave an overview of AdWords’ new feature, how businesses can use it, and why it’s better to choose niche PPC audiences over widespread ones. Here are a few of transcribed excerpts from their discussion, but make sure to listen to the Podcast to hear their whole conversation! It’s a fantastic targeting option in AdWords. What’s so interesting about this is you can target individuals, like Kelsey or Larry, with ads. You need to take a step back to understand how crazy this is, in terms of being a game changer. In search advertising, PPC advertising, a search on Google, for example, Google AdWords. You’re buying keywords, but we have no idea who … [Read more...] about #MarketingNerds: Google AdWords Customer Match
This is the wrap-up of the most popular posts and announcements on SEJ over the previous week. Newsletter subscribers are the first to receive this and other updates. 3 Recent Google Updates: What You Should Know Over the past few weeks alone there have been four significant updates to Google search results. Have you been able to keep up with them all? Moreover, have you been able to determine how they will affect your business. How do the recent update impact or affect you and your business? In multiple ways, says SEJ contributor Adam Riemer. One example is if you’ve seen traffic dropping from organic search, as the increase in ads above the fold could mean fewer clicks on your organic listings. In this week’s top post, Reimer goes through a list of steps you can take to ensure your site is prepped and ready to take on this myriad of new updates. Read the full post here. For all the black hat tactics, link penalties, and bad mouthing, backlinks still matter. Experts … [Read more...] about SEJ Wrap-Up: 3 Google Updates You Should Know
Google conspiracy theories aren’t new. Everyone likes to believe their rankings have tanked thanks to something other than poor-quality content or bad linking practices. In reality, a lot of people are guilty of less-than-great SEO. At the same time, it’s hard to ignore the fact that some businesses, no matter how “white hat” their methods, can never seem to gain traction in the SERPs. If you’re having trouble getting the traffic you want, it might just be conspiracy fact. A Small Business Problem: The Adwords Platform Isn’t Very Friendly One of the first nuggets of marketing advice you’re given, as a small business owner, is to market online using Google Adwords. It’s supposed to be a relatively predictable, and affordable, method for generating new leads. But, that train left the station years ago. Google Adwords is expensive, and it’s mostly where large corporations (or super-savvy and experienced marketers) play around with ad … [Read more...] about Does Google Discriminate Against Some Businesses?
Ever since Google Shopping transitioned into a monetized service last year, marketers have been looking for ways to get the most out of it. After all, the service is making quite a name for itself. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2012, Google Shopping sent 96 percent more traffic to sellers compared to Amazon Product Ads. For some marketers, the approach to Google Shopping is to treat it like any other comparison shopping engine (CSE). While Google Shopping is a CSE, it also acts a lot like paid search. This makes sense when you consider how seamlessly consumers can flip back and forth between search, shopping, and product listing ads within Google. It’s not uncommon to see clicks start in one of these channels and then lead to a conversion in another. Because of this close interaction, you can be successful in Google Shopping by applying many of today’s proven paid search strategies, yet not all of them will work. With this in mind, here are three key points to know … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Improve Google Shopping Results
In 1998, PC Magazine wrote: “Google! is a Stanford University project designed to find the most relevant Web pages (those with the most inbound links) and run searches against them. The 25 million pages currently catalogued seem to be good choices; the site has an uncanny knack for returning extremely relevant results.” Note the exclamation mark in that 1998-99 version of Google’s logo, which some say was added to mimic Yahoo’s logo. Yahoo had already been around for about four years when Google launched in 1998. At the time, Yahoo was the one to beat. Google beat Yahoo and everyone else in its path. In fact, Google is now the most used search engine on the web and owns at least 67 percent of search traffic. Over time, Google faced competition, if you can call it that, from Yahoo and Microsoft (which later became Bing), and that was mostly a battle for PPC dollars. Now, Google faces inspired competition from Amazon and Facebook. Neither is trying to simply copy … [Read more...] about Why Amazon and Facebook Are Gaining on Google