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Google’s recent change to the local pack placement is significantly impacting mobile performance. Taking a look at brand organic CTR across a sample of Merkle|RKG clients we found a 34% drop in CTR on mobile devices from early June to last week. Meanwhile, desktop CTR has stayed within 6 percentage points of where it was in early June.

A surprising number of companies remain impatient or stymied by the importance of strategy for their content marketing. Such reservations are usually connected to an apparent lack of measures for success in content marketing, and shouldn’t deter brands from outlining a strategy to effectively create, distribute, and measure the impact of their content.

Learn the basics of locale-adaptive pages and view a simple tutorial on how to assess and/or troubleshoot web pages for internationalization, in this video from Merkle|RKG.

Amazon announced yesterday that they are discontinuing Amazon Product Ads, but launching a new text ad product that will likely supplant Google ads on Amazon.com search results.

For a mature paid search program, it can often be a challenge to find wholly new opportunities for expansion. Targeting browsers with different language settings is one way you can add some truly incremental traffic and order volume to your program.

In this video, George Kamide discusses strategies that brands can implement in order to make their content discoverable on Pinterest, along with examples of how brands have successfully leveraged the platform.

Advertisers saw big movement in Amazon Product Ads traffic and conversion rate surrounding Amazon’s Prime Day. It also appears Prime Day shoppers spilled over to search engines in order to verify that the discounts they were getting really were good deals.

Google Product Listing Ad performance relative to text ads is currently different on mobile than on desktop. The new Purchases on Google and Expandable Shopping Ads features may help to close the gap.

Senior Research Analyst Andy Taylor sits down with Gemma Birch of Webcertain TV at SMX Advanced to talk about mobile paid search, touching on subjects ranging from geographic trends to cross-device estimates to the implications of the just-announced Google buy button.

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Merkle|RKG’s Q2 2015 Digital Marketing Report for download. The report offers data and analyses to highlight trends across paid search, search engine optimization, display ads, comparison shopping engines, and other areas of digital marketing.

Spikes in any metric come with questions. Questions which you, as an SEO expert, need to have answers for (most likely before 9:30am, when your boss looks at the report). Time to put on your detective cap and follow our recommended checklist to troubleshoot your data fluctuations.

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Google gives themselves a little wiggle room in creating longer headlines for DSAs. But what our analysts and others have noticed is that ‘slightly longer’ actually means ‘wayyyyyy longer.’

Learn how to take your Pinterest strategy to the next level in the latest video from the Merkle|RKG social series. Copywriter Price Thomas details why the growing social network is important for brands and some of the best ways to use it to achieve your social goals.

Based on Merkle|RKG data, it seems more likely that the CSE space will condense down to a handful of powerful engines that will continue evolving to compete with Product Listing Ads. This has already started to happen, with Pronto ceasing direct feed operations last year, Facebook purchasing TheFind, and the recent acquisitions of Become and PriceGrabber by Connexity.

In this Google Hangout, Adam Audette speaks with industry experts about how Google has evolved throughout the years to arrive at the current state of JavaScript crawling. Learn recent findings, limitations and best practices for JavaScript as it pertains to SEO.

Google announced a number of changes to the specifications of their feeds for Shopping Campaigns. Here’s our rundown on what you need to know about them.

Google has confirmed long-standing reports that it will deploy a “buy button” for Google Shopping results on phones. What will it mean for advertisers?

We ran a series of tests that verified Google is able to execute and index JavaScript with a multitude of implementations. Here are our findings.

Google recently added the capability to upload Online Product Inventory Update Feeds (OPIU Feeds) to the Google Merchant Center via ftp transfer. This is a great new tool that advertisers should take advantage of.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Merkle|RKG!

While none of the individual announcements were earth-shattering or will impact all advertisers dramatically in the way that Enhanced Campaigns did, there were several announcements that may be big for some specific segments, and the bigger takeaway from these largely incremental changes may be what they said about where Google sees the industry heading and where they want to take it.

In this video, George Kamide discusses new developments with Instagram and shares strategies on how brands can use the platform to capture users’ attention at the level of imagination.

While CVM has certainly not been good for the value of phrase and exact match keywords, the notion that Google has so diluted the meaning of the individual match types that they no longer matter is, in short, just not true. The difference in traffic value between different match types of the same keyword is still significant, and worth launching multiple versions of the same keyword to account for.

In recent years, Pricegrabber and the eBay Commerce Network have moved away from the traditional rate card system, allowing advertisers to submit bids of any amount for their products. The setup on each engine is slightly different but the idea is the same: let advertisers bid each product based on its predicted value.