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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We are excited today to announce the release of Merkle|RKG’ s Q1 2015 Digital Marketing Report. Now available for download, this quarter’s report offers data and analyses on the latest trends across paid search, product listing ads, search engine optimization, display advertising and other topics surrounding digital marketing.

Whether it’s the Super Bowl or March Madness, event-based marketing campaigns planned with only the typical KPIs in mind — increases in site or social traffic, follower growth, or revenue — may be limited by short-term thinking. Brands must be better prepared to understand the influx of digital opportunity accompanying a big TV spot.

At Merkle|RKG, we’ve always advocated for using paid search landing pages that match the specificity of users’ queries. However, as is the case with most rules, there are exceptions. Let’s walk through an example of how one advertiser found success using a category level page for some product specific keywords.

Facebook announced this week that advertisers are now able to load product feeds directly into Business Manager for dynamic ad creative. In terms of how this new ad format can help advertisers, there are a couple of key advantages to be aware of.

The Google Webmaster Tools Sitemaps page may be deceiving you if you’ve mistakenly magnified the number of URLs submitted and indexed, which is an easy mistake to make because of how Google deals with sitemaps loaded by themselves and those loaded within a sitemap index.

Across a sample of RKG clients, we see that close variant exact match search terms see a conversion rate of just 48% that of true exact match search terms, while close variant phrase match conversion rate was 86% that of true phrase match.

Hot on the heels of the 2015 Digital Bowl, we’d like to offer marketers a few guidelines for making their television advertisement shine in the digital world.

The traditional idea of Valentine’s Day may not match your company’s offering but plenty of people are looking for non-traditional ways to show they care. Use our Valentine’s checklist to capture some of the gift-giving frenzy and turn it into conversions for your business this year.

We are excited to announce the release of Merkle|RKG’s 2nd Annual Digital Bowl Report. This in-depth review of advertiser performance before, during, and after the Super Bowl highlights digital efforts made across channels including paid search, search engine optimization, display advertising, email and social media.

We’re pleased to announce today’s release of Merkle | RKG’s Q4 2014 Digital Marketing Report for download. The DMR highlights the latest trends in paid search, search engine optimization, display advertising, product listing ads (PLAs), comparison shopping engines, and other topics across the digital marketing spectrum.

While it’s well known that digital marketing is a growing market space for consumer goods, it is also a great resource for nonprofits. With the right management and maintenance, it can help educate and capture qualified donors and volunteers that would otherwise be difficult to reach.

Amazon has been a major competitor in almost every industry over the past few years, expanding its product selection and entering into video streaming and web services. While its presence in paid search has likewise been fairly large, Auction Insights data shows that the e-retail giant is moving up the page with its paid ads, and entering into auctions for more product categories, every day.

We’ve run the numbers on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday paid search performance and find that sales growth was strong at 23% with mobile carrying more weight.

Google recently released their Automatic Item Update tool out of beta for Shopping Campaigns. First introduced back in Q2 2013 for Product Listing Ad (PLA) campaigns and offered as a beta, the Automatic Item Update tool helps advertisers improve the accuracy of their Google Shopping listings by using product data pulled directly from the advertiser’s site.

Learn the most important tactics for getting your display campaigns ready for the holiday season in this video from RKG’s Director of Display Management, Michelle Alfano.