Whether you’re the type of person to binge watch eight episodes of reality TV or the type to stand in line for eight hours for the new iPhone release, we all have strong personal interests that make us who we are. These interests and personality traits also manifest themselves through our online activity and digital footprint, creating a virtual persona of our real selves. Our digital doppelgangers are neatly classified in Google Analytics as Affinity Categories and In-Market Audiences, as well as in the various audience insights tools in the backend of social media channels. This data that we leave behind in the form of browser history and online behavior influences what ads we see and when we see them. Paid search and paid social specialists utilize this information every day to target ads, and in theory, cater to our personal interests and needs (even if we don’t really need that new pair of sneakers, per se). But this data isn’t just meant for … [Read more...] about Catering to Your Audience’s Interests Through Tangential Content
Video is easier to digest than ever before. High speed wired and wi-fi services, iPhones, and other video-enabled mobile devices are helping hungry users scarf down a smorgasbord of video treats. And publishers are going back to the kitchen to serve up more and more. How do publishers scale their operations to meet this seemingly insatiable appetite? And, how do they bake search engine friendliness into every serving? A common approach for large publishers is to purchase or license an enterprise-level video publishing and distribution platform. Publishers can choose from well-regarded solutions like Brightcove, Anystream, The Platform, and Flip Factory. These tools provide scale to publishing, delivering, and monetizing video assets; however, they provide only limited assistance to search engine optimization. One of the major national news networks has put an effective process in place to address the issue of scale. A project manager I spoke with said, “We looked at turnkey … [Read more...] about Video Search Engine Optimization: Catering To The Masses
High keyword rankings are the most sought-after achievement in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). Small businesses and brands alike strive to obtain the first organic listing in search results because of the lucrative traffic and lead opportunities that are associated with this position. But with the evolution of paid advertising and expansion of universal search, as well as Google’s continuous efforts to provide consumers with content that resolves their demands directly in search results, the opportunities attached to traditional keyword rankings are diminishing at an alarming rate. In today’s search landscape, SEOs and digital marketing specialists have to consider whether it’s worth the amount of time and resources it takes to achieve premier organic rankings, considering the click-through rates (CTR) associated with organic rankings that are positioned under PLAs, local results and other forms of content. Keyword rankings aren’t the only way to … [Read more...] about Do organic keyword rankings matter anymore?
The one thing that’s remained constant in AdWords over the past 15 years is the good ol’ 25-35-35 character rule we worked with in text ads. And we’ve become pretty good at it. But in May, it was announced that the old way of doing things would be changing to cater to the multiscreen world we live in. And on July 26, AdWords rolled out new character limits that change the way text ads display content. The new character count is 30-30-80, and consists of: two headlines of up to 30 characters of text; and one condensed description line of up to 80 characters. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the numbers 25-35-35 out of my brain. I feel like Hurley from Lost. — Kirk Williams (@PPCKirk) July 22, 2016 As we’re in uncharted territory, there’s sure to be lots of testing to come. In the announcement over at Google, it was reported that tests have shown that “some advertisers have reported increases in click-through rates of up to 20 … [Read more...] about So we have 45 more characters in AdWords text ads… Now what?
The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.Sun Tzu, The Art of War The Art of War is a book written around 500 BCE in ancient China. The author, Sun Tzu, was a military general, strategist and philosopher. As popular history would have it, the book has influenced many military operations and conquests over the years — from Japanese Samurai to France’s Napoleon Bonaparte. Today, the book continues to hold influence in various spheres of modern life. A quick Google search will reveal many tales of the book’s use in the business world. One story that sticks out is when the fledgling Snapchat resisted an acquisition by Facebook, and the CEO, Evan Spiegel, gave all of his staff copies of The Art of War as inspiration to finish the fight. Can lessons from military strategy really be used to inform our marketing and business … [Read more...] about Local SEO & The Art of War