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The RKG PPC mind is unmatched in the industry. Our thought leadership and proprietary knowledge has landed us strong alliances with the search engines and the very best results for clients. RKG analysts blog here about the topics that directly effect the performance of paid search marketing campaigns from user behavior, to lead generation to insights about niche search engines. When we discover new efficiencies, this is the first place we’ll be talking about it.

With iOS 6 obscuring the true volume of Google organic search visits, it is important for us to accurately assess the full impact.

RKG data for the paid search channel shows strong Black Friday sales gains were exceeded on Cyber Monday.

As we’re getting into the meat of the holiday travel season, we want to share our top 10 PPC tips for travel marketers.

With the holidays kicking into full gear this week, we wanted to share a webinar on PLAs that we put together with Google earlier this month.

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just over a week away, there is no time to waste in making sure your paid search program is optimized for the flood of holiday traffic.

As we wade into what is hopefully the feeding frenzy of the ecommerce holiday season, we should take a moment to consider bidding strategies around promotions.

A change with iOS 6 means that a significant and increasing number of organic search visits are being inaccurately classified as direct site visits due to missing referrer information.

Could collusion ever really threaten Google’s AdWords cash cow?

Problems arise when the goals of a marketing program shift, but the metrics used to gauge its success do not.

As Q4 ramps up, complying with search engine editorial policies will be a crucial step in keeping your ads running.

Announcing the RKG Digital Marketing Report for Q3 2012. The latest data and analysis of marketing trends for paid search, SEO, comparison shopping engines, social, attribution and more.

The engines have progressed from serving the same results to everyone, to serving personalized results based on geography, social signals, and past click-through behavior. But couldn’t Google take it a great deal further than that?

A look at changes in PLA traffic trends for select advertisers that occurred due to a policy change during the switch from free to paid shopping listings.

Google has an official policy against one form of arbitrage and generally seems to do a good job enforcing it. However, a new twist on an old strategy appears to fall outside the purview of that policy and could be driving up your click costs.

A technological disconnect between the online and physical worlds is one of the biggest challenges in attribution, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t put systems in place to get a solid idea of how your online efforts are directly affecting offline sales & conversions.

The time delay between marketing exposure and marketing success creates tremendous opportunity for consternation for all paid search managers

Are Product Listing Ads picking up the slack as free Google Product Search clicks decline during the Google Shopping transition?

Advertisers know best about marketing objectives in different geotargets. More bidding controls would help achieve these goals more easily.

Among the scores of data points search marketers have at their disposal, perhaps no other metric is as shrouded by mythology and misconception as ad position.

It’s no secret that Microsoft adCenter has made a number of changes over the last year or two that have brought its search ad product closer in line with “industry standard”, i.e. Google AdWords. Now it appears that adCenter is testing their own version of Google’s Product Listing Ads.

Announcing the RKG Digital Marketing Report for Q2 2012. Google search spend growth slows as it moves to cash in on comparison shopping.

RKG data suggests that Yahoo’s reported paid search revenue gains have been driven by higher CPCs on brand terms.

Many analysts to point the blame at the mobile traffic segment for Google’s recent CPC declines. But does this story really hold water?

Google Shopping is transitioning from being a free CSE to being a 100% paid product.

RKG slices and dices keywords already, but check out how we think Google Labels may be super-handy for advertisers.