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Econsultancy.com – a UK-based marketing consultancy firm – recently published a report enumerating the many beneficial effects of personalizing paid search campaigns. The report’s data, gleaned from a survey of some 600 respondents active in paid search in the UK, shows that 48 percent of respondents reported a “major lift” in conversion rates thanks to personalization, with another 43...
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Voice search query volume is rising. This form of search has been waiting in the wings for many years (arguably, it’s been waiting to make its entrance since the 1960s, when Star Trek’s voice-responsive computer serviced the information needs of the Enterprise’s crew). Now that smart, microphone- and speaker-equipped mobile devices are practically ubiquitous, voice search is finally having its...
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The average tenure of a corporate CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) is now just 43 months – less than half of that of a typical CEO. This statistic doesn’t indicate that the CMO class is any less competent than their brethren elsewhere in the organization; in fact, it reflects more on management’s unrealistic expectations that CMOs can miraculously effect turnarounds...
Ahrefs.com recently published an interesting study on Featured Snippets, a type of organic listing that Google may display for selected queries that meet certain criteria. Featured Snippets, Google explains, are “extracted programmatically from what a visitor sees on your web page,” and may be displayed “when we recognize that a query asks a question.” The study validates the general notion that...
A recently released white paper from Forrester Research – in concert with Catalyst and Microsoft – characterizes paid search as “a synergistic amplifier” of other media channels which does not often “receive investment levels commensurate with its potential value.” The study – based on surveys conducted with 300 US-based Business-to-Consumer (B2C) advertisers – acknowledged that search is now the primary...
Acceptance of content marketing among B2B marketers has grown in recent years. According to the Content Marketing Institute, 88 percent of B2Bs now use some kind of content marketing to acquire new business. But content marketing isn’t just a tactic that can bring B2Bs new business. When used intelligently, it can also help them manage, enhance, and deepen relationships with existing...
In the wake of Google's new Hummingbird and Rankbrain algorithms, content marketers are finding it necessary to supplement their traditional, keyword-centric content strategies with additional “conversationally-oriented” words and phrases.  This article will show you where you can begin mining such words and phrases. Before we walk you through the new way of developing words and phrases optimized for Hummingbird and Rankbrain, let’s review...
Email is hardly a new communications channel – in fact, it’s almost 40 years old (the first email message was sent in 1971). But email in 2016 appears to remain a surprisingly strong marketing channel, according to Adobe, whose second annual survey of U.S. based electronic mail usage by white collar professionals was recently published. Here are some report highlights that...
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WordStream.com – a popular digital marketing site -- has published results from a large-scale study on SMB (Small to Medium-Sized Business) paid search and its results are instructive for small businesses thinking of buying clicks from Google and the other engines. Here are some highlights: SMBs do not consistently enable Conversion Tracking on their sites. Conversion tracking closes the marketing loop by...
PPC and SEO initiatives are projects often executed by different teams. In some organizations, SEO is handled in-house, with PPC outsourced to an external agency. In others, SEO and PPC might both be handled in-house, but within different departments with different budgets and supervising personnel. Other organizations might give different agencies each task, believing — for better or worse...

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