Marketing Pilgrim's "Search Marketing" Channel

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Online retailers say paid search is tops for customer acquisition

SOROWhat would you say is the most effective marketing tactics for acquiring new customers?

85% of retailers in the new 2014 Shop.org/Forrester Research Inc. State of Retailing Online study, said paid search.

Only 81 retailers participated in the survey, which was conducted through May and June of 2014, but even if the number was 810 the result likely would have been the same.

Search still works. It’s familiar to both marketers and customers and as long as Google keeps turning out excellent results, paid search will continue to be a blockbuster. Think about all the things you looked for on the internet this week. How many times did that search begin with Google or Bing? I search for a lot of things on eBay and I find that I get better results from Google than on eBay itself. Same for Twitter. It’s simply a more effective way of finding information and we all know it.

Steal from your competitors – 4 ways to make your competitors’ search marketing strategies your own

Search traffic is the main pipeline for online marketers to draw traffic, whether it’s from paid or organic sources. Competition over keywords and SERP real-estate is fierce and constant and you have to adjust yourself to the ongoing changes of algorithms and policies by Google.

In order to be able to stay on top, online marketers are forced to use multiple tools, track competitors and optimize their paid and organic campaigns accordingly. This takes time and money and can be, at times, a bit frustrating. In this article we’ll go over 4 easy actions you can take, using the competitive analytics platform, SimilarWeb PRO, in order to make this process easier, faster and much more productive.

Win a trip to ClickZ Live San Francisco, including flights and accommodation!

Vine Your Way to ClickZ Live San Francisco

ClickZ are offering you the opportunity to win a Platinum ticket to ClickZ Live San Francisco (valid 12-14 August, 2014), and thanks to their friends at Expedia.com, they will also include flights (internal US only) and accommodation for the duration of the event.

Deadline is tomorrow at midnight (PDT) Wednesday, July 16th

Tell them the biggest challenge you’ve faced in digital marketing in a Vine video, using toys (because, being digital types, there must be some toys lying around you’re office somewhere! )

  1. Once you’ve created your Vine, simply Tweet it using the hashtag #DigitalMarketingChallenges.
  2. CZ will be displaying their favorites on the @ClickZLive Twitter feed and on http://www.clickz.com/static/digitalmarketingchallenges
  3. ClickZ Live will select the winner and announce it online on Monday, July 21st!

Improve your SEO impact with powerful competitor intelligence

As SEOs, we all know that keyword analysis can be a major challenge. Using existing data to build a content strategy has become increasingly difficult since Google started hiding most of the keyword information in Analytics behind “not provided.” Another challenge is the fact that Google Analytics only provides statistics on your own search referrals, telling you nothing about competitors.

Google starts removing results for Europeans who wish to be forgotten…kinda

Right to be forgottonThe WSJ is reporting that Google has begun the laborious process of removing those results that individuals have requested under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” law.

Google engineers overnight updated the company’s technical infrastructure to start implementing the removals, and Thursday began sending the first emails to individuals informing them that links they had requested were being taken down. Only a small number of the initial wave of requests has been processed.

“This week we’re starting to take action on the removals requests that we’ve received,” a Google spokesman said. “This is a new process for us. Each request has to be assessed individually, and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue.”

Want to improve your paid search conversions? Buy a Facebook ad.

Paid search not performing as well as you’d like? Facebook has the solution. Buy just the right amount of advertising on the social network and your paid search conversions will rise by 19%. Pretty sweet.

The number comes from a study conducted by Kenshoo on behalf of Facebook. What I find odd is that they only include results from a single advertiser – Experian. While the results make for an interesting case study, they can hardly be considered conclusive.

 

Facebook Paid Ad Conversions

Here’s what they came up with;

  • There was a 19% average increase in total conversions among the people who saw Facebook advertising compared with those who saw just paid search advertising (no Facebook ads)

Retailers believe in online marketing, so why are they still spending offline?

RetailMeNot contacted 200 marketing decision-makers at retailers that sell both online and in physical retail locations and have at least $50 million in annual revenue to find out how they feel about digital advertising.

75% said they believe that digital delivers a higher return on investment than offline advertising. They believe it, but they’re not putting their marketing money where their mouth is.

Digital spend

Looking at the total marketing budget, 51% is going to the digital side, 49% to offline. Why? Old habits and a lack of confidence. Only 27% of those surveyed thought of themselves as advanced digital marketers. Only 19% said they thought their current multi-channel approach was effective. Which means a whole lot of marketers think they could be doing better if they tried harder or had more training.