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Reading some stories produced by mainstream UK media outlets this morning throws up some interesting insights into the world of digital marketing. A story in The Guardian caught our eye, with the news that internet ad spending in the UK topped £10 billion in 2016. The figures, which have been extracted from a report by the Internet Advertising Bureau UK, suggest that there has been a 17% increase in a 12 month period. The Guardian also reports...

Over at Search Engine Land, they have been running an article on what the data tells us about the impact of Google's recent changes to exact match within AdWords. They note that: "From my observations, the update is doing what it’s supposed to do. The reach of exact match terms has been extended, granting new volume you weren’t reaching before. That can be good or bad, depending on the industry, linguistic meanings, double entendres and so on....

Have you ever noticed, when searching on Google, that some retailers have ratings next to their ads? When viewing an ad, it may be indicated that you are looking at a 4-star or 5-star retailer. So, how do these ratings come about? Google's Trusted Store program has been running for some years. The basic idea behind the scheme was fairly simple: any retailer could apply for certification via the scheme, as long as they met certain criteria....

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....

Many digital marketing agency clients seek out a local agency and we find this to be the case with SEO Hampshire requirements. There's a lot of sense to such an approach, since a local agency will often have an understanding of the market, an insight into the competition being faced and the ability to meet face-to-face more easily. We're fortunate to pick up referrals and word of mouth recommendations too, which also tends to mean that businesses...

We're pleased to confirm our continuing support of Circus Starr, with the not-for-profit organisation reaching its 30th anniversary year. Established in 1987, the touring circus provides free seats for disadvantaged, vulnerable or disabled children. The Big Top Tour this year will be returning to Southampton in the Spring. Each year, more than £1.3 million worth of free tickets are distributed to children, their families and to community groups. Additional fund-raising has enabled local charities to benefit from some £900,000 worth...

Understanding latest trends can have a huge impact upon the direction of your business. The ability to identify changes in consumer behaviour at an early stage, for example, may allow you to alter approach before competitors do so. In today’s connected world, it might be argued that data of all sorts has never been more widely available. Yet, those providing reliable sources of data remain very much in demand. In this research piece, we set out to...

Increasing online visibility can have a dramatic impact upon your business, but how should you prioritise the budget that you have available? There are a number of channels that you can seek to use, but may small business owners wonder whether they should focus on paid search or search engine optimisation. We thought that we'd begin the week by taking a closer look at the pros and cons of these two approaches. What's the difference? Paid search refers...

Google have today announced the release of their guide to using Gmail ads. The Best Practice Guide covers a number of elements and we thought that we'd take a look at the key recommendations (so that you don't have to!) - here are our main takeaways: Audience targeting There's some sound advice here that is largely concentrated on: using domain, purchasing intent and keyword targeting; making use of email lists in order to re-engage customers; using similar audiences. This...