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Isn’t that special: Google introduces AdWords Callout Extensions

What is it that makes your business standout from the competition? Award-winning? Open 24 hours? Only local ingredients? Free Shipping on All Orders? Whatever it is, Google is giving you a chance to tell the world with the new AdWords Callout Extensions.

Adwords Call outs

Callouts create an additional line of descriptive text underneath your existing ad. A callout must be less than 25 characters but you can create up to four per ad. You can’t use “gimmicky” symbols such as hearts and smiles (Do advertisers really use hearts and smiles on their ads?) and you can’t duplicate callouts – meaning you can’t just write “free shipping” four times.

For general campaigns, Google recommends words such as “special discounts” or “price-matcing.”

You can pay and pay but organic search still wins

BrightEdge sent over a new report called “Cracking the Content Code” and since I’m all about content, I had to share it with you.

To come up with the numbers, BrightEdge tapped into their giant Data Cube repository which contains information about billions of pieces of content from all over the web. Sounds like a machine that could take over the world. Luckily it’s on our side. . . for now.

The Data Cube sliced and diced to find out which was the most effective driver of traffic; organic search, paid, display /email or social. Want to guess which one came out on top? If you paid attention to the title of this post then you already know but I’ll make a dramatic reveal anyway.

 

Ode to a Search Engine: A look at Google’s 10 biggest search milestones

Google, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you for your intuition and how you know what I’m thinking when even I’m not so sure. I love you for your image search that helps me find a name for the thing I just bought at the thrift shop.  I love you for your inventive and amusing Google Doodles. (Doctor Who returns on Saturday!)

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But mostly, I love the way you serve my content to millions of people on a daily basis absolutely free of charge.

Google tests ‘listen now’ ads for music searches

Have a sudden craving for some Monkees music. Google has you covered. Simply type the band’s name into the Google search box and you’ll be presented with three online options. Google Play, where you can buy individual songs for $1.29 each or streaming through Rhapsody or Beats.

Music ads

I don’t listen to a lot of music online, so I wasn’t familiar with Beats. Turns out it’s a new streaming service from the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone folks. Inexplicably, Apple bought the service this past May for $3 billion dollars. The move does give Apple control of two large streaming services; iTunes Radio and the commercial-free, trendy Beats. Apple says they’ll continue to operate the two as separate companies which makes sense because they each satisfy a different audience. iTunes Radio is good for the casual listener while Beats pulls in those who are serious about their music.

Just 27% of digital marketers give their clients the very best results [infographic]

If there’s one thing that marketers are known for, it’s our ability to exaggerate and embellish. So, it’s somewhat surprising that in a recent SEMPO survey, just 27% of digital marketing agencies claim to be “very successful” in their efforts.

As if that isn’t bad enough, their ability to measure ROI from their efforts had dropped across all channels since 2012!

Measuring Digital Marketing Infographic

Three stars for Google’s new Product Listing Ad rating system

File this one under: you mean that wasn’t there yesterday?

I would have sworn that Google sponsored results always had star ratings on them but apparently not – because Google just introduced the star rating system as if it were a brand new product.

Sofia the First

Tada! Product Listing Ads will now have happy stars underneath each qualified item. (Note that one retailer has no stars. . . why is that. . . let’s investigate. . . )

First, the facts. Star ratings and review counts will appear on both Google searches and on Google.com/shopping.

The data is aggregated from multiple sources including “merchants, third party aggregators, editorial sites and users.”

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.