Google and Facebook both have offline attribution. Now, Snap-owned Placed is introducing what it says is the first “media-independent” solution for paid search campaigns. (Multiple companies have offline attribution for display). Here’s the methodology as described by the company: Placed Attribution for Search directly measures the search click through a redirect implemented by the advertiser. This click redirect allows Placed to map keyword clicks to its audience that generates over 140 billion latitudes and longitudes on a monthly basis. Placed’s location platform represents the largest set of active locations in the industry. Using these raw locations, and patented models to identify visits and assign them to places, Placed can directly connect paid search to store visits. To showcase the new paid search attribution offering, Placed released the results of a case study with RetailMeNot. Paid search clicks, for various traditional retailers, went through … [Read more...] about Placed introduces offline attribution for paid search campaigns
These days, there are so many audience possibilities that it can be confusing to figure out where to begin. Not all audiences are created equal, though — so in this article, I’ll discuss several that we like to use to amplify our marketing efforts. Specifically, I’ll cover similar audiences, Google Analytics smart lists, Google Analytics custom audiences and “AdWords optimized” audiences. Before getting started, here are some general pointers: Adding a whole bunch of audiences at once may seem tempting, but doing so can cause problems. For example, there could be issues with inappropriate attribution — it may look like you’re getting traction from your new audience targeting campaigns, but it could be a sale you would have gotten anyway from a regular campaign. Naturally, it sometimes takes visitors a few visits before they decide to convert. Also, you could burn through your budget pretty quickly if you’re not careful. Set appropriate … [Read more...] about Audiences to employ for extra online marketing bang!
Starting this month, Google is making changes to the way it captures and reports on conversions in AdWords in the response to Apple’s coming Safari update. In June, Apple introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention, an initiative aimed at limit third-party trackers from capturing cross-site browsing data, in the next version of Safari, coming out this fall. The move has implications for ad performance tracking for Google and others. On Thursday, Google sent an email to AdWords advertisers outlining changes it is making in response to Intelligent Tracking Prevention. In short, with ITP, third-party cookies that are determined to be able to track users across sites can only be used for 24 hours from the time a user visits a website via Safari. After 24-hours, the third-party cookies can only be used for log-in purposes. The cookies are purged entirely after 30 days. This means that unless a user converts within 24-hours of last visiting an advertiser’s site after … [Read more...] about Google responds to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention with AdWords tracking update
As more site owners have adopted AMP for speeding up mobile pages, measurement has lagged. That’s quickly changing. A visitor who went to an AMP-enabled page and a non-AMP page of a site was being counted as two separate people in Google Analytics. In May, Google fixed the double-counting issue for visitors to publisher domain pages, but visitors to AMP Cache pages have still been counted separately in Analytics. On Tuesday, Google announced a fix for AMP pages served via Google AMP Cache, including from Google search results. Google’s new AMP Client ID API, coupled with Google Analytics, allows pages that are partially served on Google platforms like search and partially on site owner domains to communicate with each other. Google Analytics “can understand if a user on your non-AMP pages had ever visited an AMP page displayed by Google. When true, Google Analytics can help you understand user behavior across these two page types as a single cohesive … [Read more...] about Google Analytics adds feature to unify users to Google AMP Cache pages & non-AMP pages
Today, Adblock and other ad blockers are commonplace and indispensable components of the digital advertising industry. Blockers were created as a response to excessive advertisements on websites; they are specifically designed to prevent intrusive ads from displaying. But ad blockers shouldn’t be viewed as being inherently good or evil. In this article, we look at the many aspects of Adblock and its influence on internet advertising overall, particularly on CPA marketing and CPA tracking. The explosive increase in internet devices, internet users and different ad blocking solutions is driving the adoption of tools that selectively or completely block Internet advertising on users’ screens. At the same time, we also see the continuous development of blockers’ technical features and abilities to filter out intrusive ads, allowing them to selectively exclude unwanted advertisements. And while user demand for blocking intrusive ads drives adblock software development, … [Read more...] about Adblock vs. Cost-Per-Action marketing: cooperation works better than conflict
LocalSEOGuide is releasing a new Google My Business monitoring tool called “Locadium.” It’s conceptually similar to other local listings monitoring services; however it’s exclusively focused on Google My Business (GMB). Yext, Moz, Brandify, Vendasta, BrightLocal, SIMPartners, Chatmeter, among others, also provide local listings scans and monitoring. However, according to LocalSEOGuide founder Andrew Shotland, Locadium is the only tool that will monitor both the “front end” (consumer fields) and “back end” (API) of GMB. It sends alerts when there’s any change on to a company’s listing in any of the data fields. It will be marketed to agencies, multi-location brands and SMBs. Pricing is variable for agencies and brands but for SMBs it costs $5 per month. Similar tools on the market monitor local listings across the internet. However Shotland doesn’t see Locadium evolving into a broad-based listings monitoring service … [Read more...] about Locadium: a new ‘point solution’ to monitor GMB listings changes
How do you know if what you are doing is actually working? Sure, traffic may be going up, but what about after that? Are your new visitors taking actions that lead to real business results? The goal of SEO is not to just drive more traffic — it’s to drive better traffic. And the only way to know if we have hit our goal is to measure how our users are interacting with our site after they’ve arrived. Conversions are usually associated with e-commerce and business transactions. But in truth, there are a number of different types of conversions. Today’s websites have multiple conversion points, from subscribe widgets and phone numbers to pop-ups and chatbots. But the conversion elements are only powerful if you have the right audience interacting with them. Tracking conversions will give you a better understanding of your website’s traffic. By learning what your users are doing after they land on your site, you will be able to know … [Read more...] about How to track conversions like a pro