Articles written in January, 2007

January 24 2007

Video Game Ads


Google announced this week it’s plan to to stretch it’s muscular arm into a new advertising medium. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Google is in talks with AdScape Media, whose specialty is advertising in video games for consoles like Nintendo, Xbox or PlayStation. According to a article, most new gaming systems offer the option of online game play, which makes this type of advertising possible. Google said “We are always considering new ways to extend Google’s advertising program to benefit our users, advertisers and publishers. In-game advertising offers one such possible extension among many others.” I think that this type of advertising will allow for an interesting edge in putting very targeted advertising in front of a virtually untapped audience, but I’m curious of how success will be tracked. Will this be a CPM project for branding or will players be expected to pause game play to visit a sponsor’s site? I will be very interested to see how this idea unfolds into statistics and conversion rates.

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January 18 2007

Managing Your Search Engine Advertising Budget: How Much is Enough?


So you want to show up in the top results within the search engines? The question is, are you willing to pay for it? Whether you are new to Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or a savvy online advertiser, setting an appropriate budget can be a difficult task without a strategy in place. I have found through experience that many firms setting new Cost per Click (CPC) budgets are simply shooting in the dark.

A common recommendation is to set a testing budget and monitor your results. This flexibility allows you to find the right budget to maximize your ROI. Keep in mind that bidding for first position is not always as profitable as lower priced positions. By using the following tools, you can investigate keywords and bid prices to come up with the right budget for you:

Google Adwords Keyword Tool
Yahoo Bid Tool

I have worked with several companies that found through this testing process, whether increasing their CPC bids or monthly budget, they actually produced a higher return on their investment. Remember there is no perfect solution, and the more flexible you are, the more open you will be to online success.

January 11 2007

Keeping Up With The Constant Changes Is No Easy Task!


If you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes! This saying also applies to the dynamic search industry. If there is one thing that is certain about the future of search engines, it is that they will continue to change frequently. For example, I often find myself discussing a Search Engine Marketing topic with a client and the very next day, the same topic we discussed is completely outdated. It could be something as basic as online market share percentage, to a search engine completely changing who they are partnering with. (see next paragraph for more on this topic) The Search Engine Marketing industry is so completely dynamic and constantly changing, and always keeps me on my toes!

A perfect example of how things rarely stay stagnant for too long, is with the search engine . Miva is one of the search engines we submit many of our clients to. MIVA recently announced that they will be dropping Yahoo and signing on with Google. In more simplistic terms, the search results will no longer be generated from Yahoo’s database; they will come from Google. This change should occur later this month. Being that Google accounts for the majority of the market share, it is not surprising that other engines, such as MIVA, would want to partner with them. Click here to read the entire article (Did I also mention that MIVA was previously called Findwhat?)

Another example of how this industry doesn’t wait for anyone is the constant evolution of Search Engine Algorithms. The top search engines are constantly tweaking their algorithms and filters, and spiders continue to improve. Simple changes to an algorithm can have a noticeable impact on the way your site is positioned within the search results. It is critical to be aware of such changes within the industry, and take a proactive approach.

A great way to keep up with the constant changes is to sign up for newsletters and articles from various publications. They are free and very informative. Here are just a few that I find useful:

The Search Engine Marketing industry is never static, and things will continue to change rapidly, however articles and publications like those mentioned above can certainly provide some insight! Happy reading.

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