What ROI goal or KPI is right for your digital marketing program? Join me for this Google Hangout, The Profit Playbook, where I discuss what considerations advertisers should take into account when setting their program goals and what the potential danger is in viewing performance with too narrow a lens.
As part of our ongoing university outreach efforts, we’ve recently developed a paid search retail business case to provide materials for business programs that use the “case method” and/or professors seeking content to drive a quantitatively-based classroom discussion (or team competition!).
Part one of our three-part video series on Google Shopping Campaigns takes you through key differences between Google Shopping Campaigns and legacy PLA campaigns.
Google announced last night that, starting in September, they will no longer respect the intentions of advertisers to have AdWords exact and phrase match function as they have historically. Instead, both match types will now bring in traffic on close variants by mandate.
Discover just how well digital channels performed in Q2 of 2014, along with which factors drove growth the most, in this video from Paid Search VP Rachel Schnorr.
Here’s our take on a new extension for Google Product Listing Ads called Product Ratings. Product Ratings are displayed on a 5-star ranking system based on aggregated data from a variety of sources across the web.
We are happy to announce the release of the RKG Digital Marketing Report for Q2 2014. This quarter’s report offers over 50 charts with insights and analysis on trends in paid search, search engine optimization, social media, product listing ads (PLAs), comparison shopping engines, display advertising and more.
We all get behind in our reading periodically. I still write pretty regularly for Search Engine Land and we don’t republish these on RKG Blog anymore. I thought I’d give a quick synopsis of the posts I’ve written for them recently with links to the full post.
Many marketers have misunderstood the Shopping Campaign priority feature as allowing advertisers to specify that Google serve a particular product or set of products over other relevant products in lower priority campaigns. This is not the case.
With PLAs making up an increasingly significant chunk of advertisers’ paid search programs, the Google Shopping Campaigns transition is understandably a hot topic right now across the industry. Here is a quick overview of some of the enhancements you can expect to see after transitioning to the new Shopping Campaigns, along with our take on how to structure your campaigns for success.
Conventional wisdom at RKG holds that when making strategic decisions, clients should focus on their own paid search goals and performance metrics rather than reacting to competitors’ actions. As a best practice we always follow that piece of advice; however, it can be beneficial to examine your competitive landscape to gain insight into what external factors may be affecting your PPC program. Google’s Auction Insights report is an extremely useful tool that can be used for just such a purpose.
Google’s recently released whitepaper outlining recommendations for the soon to be mandatory Shopping Campaign model offers up best practices for feed optimization, campaign structure, bid management, and mobile strategy. While there’s plenty to dissect in this whitepaper, I found it interesting that Google chose not to mention item ID level targets at all in their structural recommendations.
The reality for many retailers is that the end of Q4 may not be most crucial time of year to drive sales volume. The following ten tips can help you to utilize paid search strategies to achieve a successful non-holiday peak season.
In this video, learn how Google’s Paid and Organic report might not be providing the data you think it is.
The AdWords Paid & Organic report isn’t as useful as it could be because Google doesn’t filter the organic data by the regions being targeted with ads.
Bing Ads is moving closer to Google’s model for Enhanced Campaigns, but will still allow some segmentation of tablet bids. Unfortunately, that won’t be sufficient for many advertisers
Average household income levers, proximity bidding, and betas measuring the in store impact of ads are all powered by the measured location of the user. But how much of an advertiser’s traffic can Google measure at a granular level? We took a look at a few advertisers and found some interesting trends.
In this video, discover the latest on product ads for both Google and Bing. We’ll discuss current and future Google PLA performance trends, detail how Bing’s new product ads – recently out of beta – are stacking up, as well as how we think the new Shopping Campaigns will affect performance.
In this video, discover our latest findings from the 2014 Q1 Digital Marketing Report in the area of mobile devices within paid search, and find out more about Google’s new tool: Estimated Cross-Device Conversions.
As mobile traffic continues to grow, advertisers should take full advantage of Bing Ads’ advanced device targeting capabilities.
In this video, RKG Paid Search Director Paul Koch addresses why Google pulled the trigger on ‘Not Provided’ and what this change means for AdWords advertisers.
Google’s ‘Step Inside AdWords’ presentation at the AdWords Performance Forum delivered several updates for advertisers. Here we’ll take a look at each and what their respective impact on the paid search landscape may be.
Yahoo has started migrating mobile traffic to its new Yahoo Gemini marketplace. What critical pieces of information should advertisers know about this transition?
Google shares dropped 3% in after hours trading Wednesday after a disappointing earnings report, making today an excellent day to buy Google stock.
Google now offers demographic geo-targets for the United States based on average household income (HHI) for advertisers to use in setting bid modifiers based on the wealth of the area users are searching from. At RKG, we’ve fully explored how these income level targets behave, how much traffic is attributed to them in different set ups, and their usefulness in the future of geo-bidding.