Almost as soon as it was officially launched, the Amazon Text Ads program is being discontinued. According to an email advertisers received this afternoon, Amazon will shut down their text ad program effective October 31st, 2015, the same day that they will discontinue Amazon Product Ads.

Google has announced Customer Match, a program that allows advertisers to segment and target Google search, Gmail and YouTube ads to users via first-party lists of email addresses that the advertiser has collected and that Google can match to its users.

Jet’s Google Shopping impression share in several verticals has steadily increased since their late summer launch. What does this mean for advertisers?

This past Sunday marked what has become an annual company tradition: the Boys & Girls Club of Central VA Cycling Challenge. Most are familiar with the Boys & Girls Club mission to provide at-risk youth with a safe place to learn & grow through a variety of life-enhancing programs. The highlight of the Cycling Challenge […]

In diving into the impact of paid search and your strategy surrounding it, there are two important themes to consider: being present in the different moments your consumers are using their devices, and properly measuring the value driven by ads.

Merkle|RKG’s EVP of Marketing Strategy, Ryan Gibson, moderates a panel with Merkle|RKG clients Harman and Wine Enthusiast as they discuss strategies that help them to stand out in a crowded field of competitors.

Learn how to manipulate Google Search Console URL parameters to get more out of the GSC UI than the standard filters allow.

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 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. is a set of technical SEO topics with examples and tools, to help you make your website technically search engine friendly.   Merkle|RKG is proud to announce the launch of This website, accessible by all, provides information and working examples of technical SEO concepts. Technical SEO is defined by configurations that can be […]

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?