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April 12 2007

New Color for Google Sponsored Ads

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Starting last week, Google has begun displaying its top Sponsored Ads with a light yellow background. This is a big change from the traditional blue background that we are accustomed to seeing.

“First, we thought it was time for a new look: after months of testing, we decided to switch the background color of the top ads from blue to yellow,” said Daniel Dulitz, Product Manager for the Google.com ads user interface.

There has also been a change to the Top Sponsored Ads box itself. Now, users must click on the actual text link to visit that particular advertiser’s website, rather than clicking anywhere inside of the box.

Dulitz and his team feel that both of these changes will help improve on the quality of clicks, while helping the most relevant ads become more visible.

Google has introduced a change to the top sponsored search ads, a yellow background color. Below is a screenshot of Google’s new background color on the Top Sponsored Ads:

Google Yellow Background

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April 11 2007

If You’re New to Search, Traditional Rules Do Not Apply

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As someone who talks to prospective clients every day, I’m still surprised when marketers want to force rules from other channels into their search campaigns.

If you’re new to search marketing here are a few points to help you with the transition:

1. Your target customers are identified by the keywords they use — not by their titles.

Many times I hear from people that only want to target CTO’s or some other c-level prospect. While that may be an effective approach for a direct mail campaign, it’s not a good fit for search. (Unless, via your other marketing channels, you’ve trained CTO’s to go to Google and type in: “I’m a CTO looking for a CRM consultant.”

In most organizations, various team members are assigned project responsibilities that will lead them to a search engine. If a receptionist is tasked with finding CRM vendors and uses search as a tool, then I think you would want to be found by that receptionist, even though they don’t hold the purse strings or the coveted c-level title.

2. You have more than 5 keywords or key phrases.

A pop in the Midwest is the same mixture of carbonated water and sugar that it is everywhere else but here in South Florida, it’s called a soda. All people think differently and therefore search differently. A broad keyword like CRM has dozens of long tail keyword phrases that may make sense for your business. At the end of the day, these phrases may be more important and in many cases convert better than the original keyword that you thought was so important.

3. Everyone searches differently.

Some people start with a broad search and then refine. Others start with a longer, more descriptive phrase and if they don’t see what they want, pull back to something more general. Still others will start at one engine and will go to another if they don’t like what they see in the SERP. Most importantly, people will skip between Organic and Paid results to find a site that meet their needs.

And, finally, every online effort has to include the implementation of an analytical tool so that you know what keywords, channels and engines convert for your site.

April 10 2007

The Google Revolution Shall be Televised

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Google is becoming a one stop shop for Marketers. Now offering Radio, Print and now TV advertising. But can Google revolutionize the TV commercial industry? “Not likely” says Catherine Holahan from Business Week. Google doesn’t offer in the offline world what it can online. Google online offers the ability to get to a consumer directly and be able to get that consumer to make a purchase or sign up in one sitting. In the offline world Google will be able to service marketers by presenting an ad to the consumer, but how will sales or sign ups be measured offline?
But for me at least Google will offer the opportunity for a marketer to have the ability to do TV advertising along with Radio and Print advertising, not just online adverting. This is really ideal for every marketer and Google is making it easier for everyone. Read more information: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2007/tc20070404_033516.htm
The next article below basically confirms the rumor of Google TV going into beta testing, and the announcement from Google. http://searchengineland.com/070402-210000.php

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