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Bing makes a visual splash with new Product Ads for search

In case you haven’t noticed, visual imagery is in like Flynn. Pinterest, Instagram, expanded photo options on Twitter and Facebook – it’s a byproduct of our lightening fast, mobile world. If we can see it, we’re more likely to choose it and buy it. So Bing is bringing that idea over to the search page with their new Product Ads.

Bing Product AdThe Product Ad can combine with the traditional text ad as well as an organic text result for a pretty big 1-2-3 punch. In this example, we have fresh flowers from Contoso Floral. Your eye goes right to the beautiful bouquets on the right.

Yahoo and Yelp Partner for a Bigger Search Push

Yelp and YahooYelp is kind of like Facebook. Lots of people complain about the network but millions of people still turn to the site for information. In Q4 2013, Yelp had a monthly average of 120 million unique visitors. By the end of 2013, there were more than 53 million reviews posted to the site and more than 60% of those reviews were four stars or above. (Proof that not everyone uses the site to complain about bad service.)

Yahoo wants a piece of that, so they’re now including data from Yelp in business search results. And Yelp seems just as excited to join their alphabetical mate for this new venture:

New Report Shows Social Media Leads to Coupon Searches

Today, I am Old Mother Hubbard – my cupboard is bare. That means I must make a trip to the grocery store and since I’ve been well-trained by the two chains I visit, I’ll first visit the web to add digital coupons to my loyalty card. I do it so automatically anymore that I forget how new this concept is. A year ago, I was heading to the store with a fist full of not-so-carefully cut bits of paper. Now I click and go.

The newly released Valassis Shopper Marketing Report shows that digital couponing is a growing trend, especially with Millennials. 40% of shoppers surveyed said their coupon usage has increased over the past year. 24% said that their use of a smartphone to get deals has also increased.

Majority of Marketers Say They Don’t Have the Digital Tools They Need to Succeed

Top PrioritiesThe newly released 2014 Digital Trends report from Econsultancy and Adobe shows that both B2B and B2C marketers are making big changes in the way they reach out to their customers. Unfortunetly, only 23% of marketers believe they have the tools they need to succeed.

Marketers said they were concerned about social media curation tools that block business messages. Others worry that we’ve given customers too many ways to buy exactly what they want so competition keeps growing as customer loyalty fades. But the biggest is the speed at which digital marketing keeps changing.

Said one respondent,

“The creative use of technology coming through the generations [is a key trend]. The 40-year-old marketing director doesn’t have the understanding and natural intuitiveness of the digital natives and so can’t imagine what is coming next. The hyper-connected generation and all its baggage is fast on the horizon.”

SES London: The Benefits of Linking Google AdWords with Webmaster Tools [video]

Marketing Pilgrim contributor Gareth Davies was at the recent SES London conference, with video camera in hand.

He sent back 8 short video interviews, which we plan to share over the course of the week. In this video, Gareth asks Samantha Noble of Koozai about the benefits of connecting Google Webmaster Tools with AdWords.

Google to Gain Superhuman Bot Fighting Powers, Thanks to a Spider

Spider.ioFor much of 2012, Marketing Pilgrim was under the “attack” of a rather nasty bot. Not bad enough to take down the site, but it certainly made it difficult to wade through our Google Analytics.

Thanks to the expert research of Spider.io, we were able to finally identify the characteristics of the attack, and block the offending bot browsers. So, unlike many Google acquisitions, that leave us scratching us scratching our heads, its purchase of Spider.io and team makes a lot of sense.

Our immediate priority is to include their fraud detection technology in our video and display ads products, where they will complement our existing efforts. Over the long term, our goal is to improve the metrics that advertisers and publishers use to determine the value of digital media and give all parties a clearer, cleaner picture of what campaigns and media are truly delivering strong results. Also, by including spider.io’s fraud fighting expertise in our products, we can scale our efforts to weed out bad actors and improve the entire digital ecosystem.

Uneducated Australians Enjoy the Highest Online Marketing Salaries

You’ve got to love the awesome data that Moz shares with the interwebz.

Their latest 2014 Industry Survey was already eye-opening, but now they’ve sliced and diced it even further. In fact, thanks to some new findings, we now find that if you want to make the most in internet marketing, you should move to Australia:

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Oh, and don’t bother graduating from high school–self taught marketers are doing just fine, thank you.

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Of course, the cost of living in Australia is roughly 50% higher than in the US, and those that don’t complete high school are likely PHD caliber–they just realized they could make a lot of money versus going to college.