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.

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.