Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


eBay: Google SEO Changes Hurt Core Business And Revenues

new ebay logo Yesterday, eBay announced second quarter earnings which just beat analysts' expectations. However, revenue fell short of projections. The company earned $0.69 per share (vs. $0.68 expected) against revenue of $4.37 billion (vs. $4.38 billion expected). During the quarter, eBay suffered a major security breach and global password reset. In addition, it faces intensifying competition from Google, Amazon and a host of smaller rivals. The company acknowledged that Google algorithm changes had adversely affected its growth in the quarter. On the earnings call yesterday eBay CFO Bob Swan said [...]


Reports Show Paid Search Spend Is Up Over Last Year

color_graph_going_up_shutterstock Second quarter reports coming out from the large search marketing firms this week point to continued growth in paid search investment in the US and globally. The reports also underscore the increasing influence of mobile and image-based product ads on growth. RKG's analysis of the US search market, based on its client portfolio, which skews retail, showed Q2 spend increased by 23 percent year-over-year, with investments on both Google and Bing rising. Google spend grew 24 percent year-over-year with a 13 percent increase in click volume and CPCs rising by 10 percent. Bing Ads spend rose [...]


The Future Of Paid Search (From A Data Perspective)

future-computer-woman-shutterstock Over the past five years, the media buying world has changed dramatically. The incredible advances in adTech (Advertising Technology) and consumer electronics have opened up the doors for never-before-seen targeting and measurement capabilities. Especially in the field of programmatic and audience-based buying, we have made progress at a rate that has even outpaced consumer behavior. As I've mentioned previously, we know more about our consumers today than we can leverage without creeping them out. So how has this inside knowledge changed marketers' online ad-buying behavior? Histor [...]


Google Launches CookieChoices Site To Help Publishers With EU Cookie Compliance

shutterstock_120614257-cookies Google has launched a new resource named CookieChoices to help publishers understand the European Union's cookie compliance regulations. Bill Hartzer was the first to spot this, noticing Google purchasing the domain a while back and now launching this content on the new domain the other day. The CookieChoices explains the EU requirements as follows: European laws require that digital publishers give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use of cookies and other forms of local storage. In many cases these laws also require that consent be obtained. This site is prod [...]


TrustInAds.org Takes On Weight Loss Scam Ads, Offenders Still Spotted

TrustInAds.org [caption id="attachment_87640" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: TrustInAds.org Bad Ads Trend Alert: False Claims in Online Weight Loss Advertisements[/caption] Lose weight without changing a thing! It's a fantasy crafted and perpetuated by direct marketing minds in the weight loss and diet pill industry. It's also a tactic used by online scammers to pedal bogus products that often have hidden recurring fees. Today, TrustInAds.org, an industry organization dedicated to "keeping people safe from bad online ads" whose members include AOL, Google, Facebook and Twitter, released a tre [...]


How Trademark Worries Block “World Cup” Ads On Google

worldcup The World Cup is one of the most popular events in the world, far surpassing the popularity of the Super Bowl, with millions of fans tuning in throughout the month-long tournament. Soccer (football, to most) fans have already begun turning to Google for World Cup information, and search volume will continue to surge once play gets underway on June 12. Ironically, in what would seem to be a boon for the ad-driven search engine, the large percentage of "World Cup" results on Google.com will show no ads at all. Google's Keyword Tool in AdWords hints at the revenue potential for the sear [...]


TechDirt Threatened With AdSense Closure For Reporting On Racy Videos That YouTube Puts Ads On

YouTube AdSense Another week, another loony story involving Google AdSense. This time, publisher Techdirt has been told to remove ads from a page with content deemed too racy for AdSense -- even though Google itself runs ads against the same exact content.   I'm Too Sexy For My AdSense... Techdirt.com, a long-standing and respected tech publication, wrote on Thursday that it received notice from Google's AdSense team demanding that it take AdSense ads off a news article. The article covered an intellectual property lawsuit where a porn star sued rapper Bow Wow for using video of her pole dancing in [...]


Is AdSense For Mobile Apps Ruining Your Google Display Network Results?

Device-clicks Have you checked your Google Display Network (GDN) campaign placements recently? If the answer is no, then I would take a look ASAP -- chances are, you're appearing on a hell of a lot of apps now, and you might need to make some adjustments to your campaign in order to improve your results. The Issue Eighty percent (80%) of people's time on their mobile device is spent in an app now, and this has caused a significant shift in the traffic available on the Google Display Network via different devices. We all know that there's been a big shift in the amount of time people spend on mobile de [...]


Google Eyes Future For Enhanced Campaigns: Ads On Thermostats, Wearables, Refrigerators And More

google-logo-glow-featured Google is looking ahead to a future in which ads are served up on any number of "smart" devices in your home, in your car and on your body. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission the company makes its case for not breaking out ad revenue performance by mobile devices in part by saying the definition of "mobile" is continually morphing and it could soon include serving ads on any number of devices beyond the smartphone, tablet and desktops of today: We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the mar [...]


Audience Modeling & Customer Lifetime Value 101

shutterstock_184442897-customer-lifetime-value Customer lifetime value (CLV) is at the core of all of our advertising efforts. Being able to distinguish between good customers and bad customers (and all the grey in between) is what enables marketers to build scalable programs without being limited to a direct response. A good CLV model highlights the good and the bad, embracing variance in user behaviors. A bad model assumes a homogenous user -- blurring the lines of actions and events to create an average response, crippling the marketer from ever maximizing opportunity. The foundation of CLV modeling uses a RFM framework. RFM stand [...]


AOL, Google, Facebook, Twitter Launch TrustInAds.org To Take On Ad Scams

TrustInAds.org In an effort to address the plague of deceptive advertising which pocks the online ad industry, several of the biggest players are pooling their resources. Today, AOL, Facebook, Google and Twitter announced the launch of TrustInAds.org to expose and educate consumers about malicious advertising. The organization's aim is to raise awareness among consumers as well as US policymakers about online ad-related scams. TrustInAds.org will publish regular Bad Ads Trend Alerts. It's a follow up on the Ads Integrity Alliance which the major ad sellers formed two years ago but folded after a year. Tru [...]


Smartphones To Reach 90 Pct. In US, UK By 2016 — Forecast

smartphone-shutterstock An analysis by The Guardian, relying on Kantar ComTech data, asserts that the UK market will reach 90 percent smartphone penetration in 2016. The publication cites a separate analysis by Horace Dediu arguing something very similar for the US market: smartphone adoption will reach 90 percent by the end of 2016. These now sound like common sense or even bland predictions. But there was a time a few years ago when they would have sounded quite radical. But costs have come way down for smartphones (especially Android devices), and the culture has changed as well. The future of global interne [...]


Google Courts App Marketers With New AdWords Features For Search, Display, YouTube

App install ad YouTube TrueView ads Today, Google announced new efforts to entice app marketers in a livestream event at the AdWords Performance Forum. Google has offered advertising options for app marketers both through AdWords and its mobile ad network AdMob. Now it is aiming to compete more forcefully for app ad dollars and rely on that growing bank of data it's got stored up in Google Play. Google is unifying ad processes for app marketers with what it calls a "holistic solution" that can be managed within AdWords and adding new formats that allow app marketers to advertise on search, the Google Display Network and  [...]


Google Q1 2014: $15.4B But Misses, Paid Clicks Up, CPCs Down

google-earnings-data-600 Google announced quarterly revenues this afternoon. The company said it had "consolidated revenues" of $15.42 billion (including Motorola), up 19 percent vs. last year. However, neither the topline nor earnings per share beat financial analysts' expectations. Accordingly, the stock is down nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading. Below are some of the highlights from the earnings release and presentation: Total revenues: $15.42 billion (vs. $12.95 billion in Q1 2013) Google sites: $10.47 billion (up 21 percent) Network: $3.40 billion (up 4 percent) Non-US revenue: $8.76 billion [...]


Like Facebook & Twitter, Google Reportedly Teaming With Data Providers To Track In-Store Sales

google-logo Facebook first began partnering with Datalogix to show advertisers how their ads drive offline sales back in 2012. Last year, Twitter introduced its “offline sales impact” tool, developed with Datalogix, to measure the offline sales impact of promoted and organic tweets for consumer packaged goods and automotive advertisers. Now Google is reportedly partnering with the big data providers to track in-store conversions, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is said to be partnering with several firms including Datalogix and Acxiom to measure the offline impact of Google AdWords ad [...]


New: Smart Lists With Google Analytics Automate Remarketing List Management

google-analytics-600 To help simplify the decision making process of creating remarketing lists, Google has introduced "Smart Lists with Google Analytics" which automate the process. Smart Lists rely on the anonymized conversion data gleaned from the millions of websites using Google Analytics that opt-in to share data with Google. The lists are built with machine learning using signals like visit duration, page depth, location, device, referrer, and browser to predict which visitors are most likely to convert upon returning to the site. Then based on those visitors' on-site actions, Analytics can calibrate rem [...]


Google Imparts “Not Provided” On Ad Clicks, A Day Later The Industry Exhales

not-provided-600 After word had been swirling the change was coming, yesterday Google announced it is expanding secure search to cover clicks on paid ads. The move means Google will treat the search query referrer data in ad clicks via secure search the same way they have been for all organic clicks since last year. The actual words people use in their searches will no longer be passed through the URL referrer string after a user clicks on a paid search ad from Google. Many experts agree, though, that the change will not be as cart-rocking for paid search practitioners and software providers as it was for S [...]


Google Analytics Rolling Out New Bulk Linking Feature For Adwords Accounts

google-analytics-featured Google announced today it is launching a new linking process that will allow Adwords account users to link all their accounts at once inside Google Analytics. According to the announcement, the new "linking wizard" will be available for users who have access to an Adwords MCC (client center) with multiple Adwords accounts. From the Google Analytics blogpost announcing the launch: The new account linking wizard allows you to select any of the Adwords accounts in which you have administrative access...Many users want to quickly find unlinked Adwords accounts and link to them, and the new [...]


Advertisers Keep Spending More On Paid Search In Q1, CTRs Jump 23 Percent YoY

Paid Search Spend Trends Q1 2014 IgnitionOne Paid search in the U.S. saw another quarter of positive growth in Q1, rising 8 percent year-over-year according to IgnitionOne's latest quarterly report, which looks at paid search performance of campaigns across its management platform that's used by major brands and agencies. Paid search clicks rose a modest 5 percent and click-through-rates (CTR) were up 23 percent. Impressions fell again -- dropping 15 percent year-over- year. The drop in impressions, according to the report, is due to the increase in mobile searches where there is less ad real estate per query. However, these mobile se [...]


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