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The world of Google AdWords has seen some pretty big changes in the past few years. The system has certainly become more complex over time, meaning that specialist insight has become increasingly valuable. At present, Google are shouting loudly about the emergence of two new tools. We've taken a closer look. The headline news here is that integrations with both Google Optimize and Google Surveys 360 are on their way for Google AdWords advertisers, but what will...

I was putting together a piece the other day, where I mentioned Google's original shopping comparison platform: Froogle. Do you remember Froogle? For some, there may be a distant memory. Others may not have any recollection of it at all. But Froogle formed the basis of what has now become Google Shopping, a tool that seems to be going from strength to strength. Today, we're putting Google Shopping under the microscope. What's the current situation? Google operates in...

We've seen a lot of AdWords accounts over the years and we've seen a lot of problems too! In this article, we take a look at some of the most frequently observed pitfalls. When clients approach us to manage a Google AdWords account, it's typically due to one of a few scenarios: They are going to be using AdWords for the first time and wisely want the account set-up and optimised by someone who knows what they're...

Merkle produce a quarterly digital marketing report, examining the state of the industry and identifying benchmarks. The report for the first quarter of 2017 runs to 28 pages. We’ve read it, so that you don’t have to! Here’s our summary: Google AdWords spend increased by 21% in the first quarter of 2017 on a year-on-year basis, representing a slightly faster rate of increase than was seen in the first quarter of 2016. As we’ve reported elsewhere, the...

The first step when launching a new Google AdWords campaign is to decide on the core settings. In this blog post, we take a closer look at each of the individual settings in turn, offering guidance on selections that are right for your particular campaign. Campaign types The campaign type that you choose should reflect your marketing goals. If you are looking to target those individuals who are searching for your products or services, then the best option...

For those running retail operations, UK Bank Holidays can be a big deal. But those who aren't involved in retail know this to be true too: just try visiting a DIY superstore or a garden centre this Bank Holiday weekend! Information from Google on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend of 2015 demonstrates this pretty well: But such increases aren't only useful if you can take advantage of them. So how can you make the most of...

Bing has annouced the rollout of three new features shopping campaigns this week, as reported over at Search Engine Land. These updates are as follows: Inventory update feeds Probably the most useful of the three, this new functionality means it will no longer be necessary to update the entire Bing shopping feed every time a product goes out of stock, or you make a price change. Instead, it will be possible to make supplemental feeds available, either via...

If you're looking to run a Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign in Southampton, then there are various options available to you. Let's take a closer look at the platforms that you can use, together with the best approaches for delivering results that are tailored to the needs of your business? PPC advertising explained We all know that an increasing number of purchases are being made online, meaning that visibility in this area is critical for most businesses. When...

2017 appears to be the year of fake news, with the phenomenon capturing numerous news headlines during the first few months of the new year. Google, the search engine giant, have found themselves caught up in the midst of this particular story. With some larger brands pulling advertising and policy-makers taking aim at those publishing content that is seen to be false, or particularly unpleasant, many of the world’s leading search engines, social media companies and publishers...

Do you want your business to be the next Coca Cola or Google? We love it when clients think big, but we’re also endlessly encountering businesses that are finding success targeting sectors that appear to be small. Creating a leading search engine, or an incredibly popular soft drink that can be sold to the masses, certainly provides one route to success. But there’s a lot to be said for being a big fish in a small pond....