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Search engine marketing (SEM) is a rapidly changing field rife with opportunities, but it takes expertise and experience to run optimal interactive advertising campaigns. When engaging in digital advertising, such as paid search, display media, social media advertising and remarketing, it's extremely important that your efforts are backed by knowledge and strategy. Here, our SEM experts provide the tips and information you can use to improve your campaigns, and your ROI. To stay up to date on our search engine marketing blog, subscribe to our feed.

March 22 2007

GOOGLE LEADS COMSCORE SEARCH ENGINE RANKINGS

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Google sites made up 48.1% of the US search market in February, up 0.6 share points from the month before, maintaining its first place ranking, according to comScore. Followed by Yahoo, capturing 28.1% of US searches, and Microsoft sites that accounted for 10.5%.
March 21 2007

The Google Phone is Coming

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Google has been offering various applications for mobile devices, but it looks like they are about to get much more involved with the mobile industry. For months, there has been speculation that Google will enter the mobile phone arena, and now it looks like a reality — Google Exec confirms phone in the labs

Mobile Maps, Mobile email, and Mobile Search have been gaining traction recently, and Google’s entry into the mobile phone arena should only speed up the adoption of these newer technologies with the masses. In addition, Google will be sure to strike partnerships with mobile carriers, which should help to price the unit affordably.

Google’s decision to develop a mobile phone further validates the huge potential the Mobile Industry offers for online marketers.

March 20 2007

Optimized Landing Pages are not Optional

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There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when optimizing a search engine marketing program. It is never as simple as just building a campaign in Google and turning it on. Yes, a quick-launch campaign will drive traffic to your site — but search engine marketing is about conversions. For those of us who want more than just traffic, we need to be willing to get involved on a deeper level.

This means that we need to be willing to think about where we’re sending that traffic. Getting the right people to click (though a critical task) is only half the battle. The other half involves getting them to fill out your form or purchase your product. Focusing on one half of the process to the exclusion of the other is a common — not to mention costly — mistake.

That’s why the importance of having optimized landing pages for your paid search traffic cannot be overstated. The following are some basic tips that can get you on the path to optimization.

1. Tailor the message on your landing page to reflect the message in your ad copy.
2. Use the keywords that brought searchers to your landing page on your landing page.
3. Keep it brief — less copy equals more conversions.
4. If you’re using a form to generate leads, keep it simple. Too many fields will drive searchers away.

Try to remember that the perfect ad copy attached to the perfect keyword is likely to generate well-qualified clicks — but clicks can’t be deposited into your checking account. Don’t forget the importance of landing pages, and the integral role they play in turning those clicks into cash.

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