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 [...]

Google Places For Business Rolls Out Review Inbox, Listing Customer Ratings & Reviews All In One Place

google-plus-local According to today's post on the Google and Your Business blog, Google Places for Business is rolling out a new Review feature. Now, businesses with a verified listing can see their customer ratings and reviews all in one place with the new Review Inbox that has been added to the Places for Business dashboard. Google says not only will all of a business's customer reviews and ratings be listed in the inbox, but businesses can respond directly to reviews, as well as encourage customers to leave a review on a Google+ page. From the Google Places for Business blog post: If you feel your b [...]

Google Search “Reunion” Video Goes Viral With More Than 4 Million Views In 5 Days

Video click Google is doing its best to make everyone cry (in a good way) with its latest heartwarming "Reunion" ad for Google Search. The video has gone viral in the last five days with more than four million views on YouTube. It is ranked No. 4 on Unruly Media's Top 20 Viral Video Chart, and has received more than 665,000 Facebook shares and 11,400 Twitter shares. The ad highlights the power of Google Search on desktop and mobile, showing how a granddaughter is able to reunite her grandfather with his long-lost best friend, using only a few details from a story he tells about being a young boy in Lah [...]

Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns Roll-Out, Slowly: Broader CPC Impact Yet To Be Seen

google-adwords-square-logo Google's mandatory rollout of AdWords Enhanced Campaigns began this week as a trickle rather than the bang many had expected. After warning AdWords advertisers for months that the deadline for transitioning campaigns to enhanced was July 22, 2013, Google announced that day that the migration would, like most product launches, take several weeks. This also meant that Monday was much less dramatic than anticipated. The verdict is still out on how enhanced campaigns will affect advertiser costs. Many have predicted enhanced campaigns will increase CPCs as more advertisers add mobile targeting [...]

Study: Email Lands More Customers Than Facebook Or Twitter, But Still Fewer Than Organic Search

email-marketing-featured A new report from marketing software provider Custora found that customer acquisitions gained via email marketing has quadrupled since 2009, with email delivering more customers than Facebook or Twitter. According to the report, email accounted for only .88 percent of online customers acquired in 2009, but that number grew to 6.84 percent by Q2 2013. Facebook and Twitter's combined customer acquisitions have accounted for less than one percent this year. Even after an upswing of nearly seven percent during the last four years, email still falls behind organic search, which has accoun [...]

New Google Analytics Feature Lets Advertisers Import AdWords Cost Data Into Attribution Model Comparison Tool

Google Analytics Google announced today that they will be rolling out a new Google Analytics feature that allows advertisers to import Adwords cost data into the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, offering more insight into Adwords expenditures. Now, advertisers can evaluate Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) within Google Analytics, along with their Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), a metric that, "...compares the value or revenue driven by conversions under different attribution models." By selecting Conversion Value & ROAS within the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, advertisers will be able to compare the perf [...]

Unboxing Google Engage

GoogleEngage-Edited I’ve got big plans for my agency. Apparently, so does Google. While the agency world’s demise has been the subject of quite a bit of opinion over the years, it seems Google is embracing the fact that advertisers often hire professional services firms to help them -- at least for now. Agency “certification” programs are nothing new in search, and the last time I wrote about them back in 2005, they were overwhelmingly engineered to cater to larger advertisers.  The names and target audiences of ambassador programs have changed over the years, but the goal of increasing stable rev [...]

Google Stands In For “The Emerald City” In The Internship Movie

Vaughn Wilson The Internship There's a scene near the climax of the film The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (opening June 7), where they and their team of Google summer interns try to sell a local pizza restaurant on Google advertising (presumably AdWords). Many of the different Google tools and services are paraded out (i.e., search, Google Maps, Google Trends/Insights), while veteran sales guy Vaughn tells the restaurant owner that he, too, was once afraid of change. The scene could be cut out of the move and used as "sales collateral" in Google's effort to bring small businesses into the AdWord [...]

The Internship: A Fun Movie, But Also A Beautiful Google Commercial

internship-movie-featured The Internship is great, a  funny film by director Shawn Levy (screenplay by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern) well-worth seeing by anyone who likes underdog stories. But one thing that wasn't an underdog was Google itself. It won throughout the movie. I got to view the film during a press screening on Thursday. It's easy to imagine that many will come away from the movie thinking that Google is the greatest place to work, produces fantastic products and is focused on making the world better. And if you didn't get that last point, without giving too much away, it'll be stated, at the end. F [...]

Report: Google To Open Stand-Alone Retail Stores In Major Metros

google-store-featured Google has been inching closer to opening its own retail stores for the past three years. It opened a Google schwag store on its own Mountain View campus in 2010. Then it tested a “store within a store” or "pop up store" concept in London, called “The Chromezone,” to sell Chromebooks for holiday 2011. In 2012, Google sent a supply of Chromebooks to BestBuy in the US and Dixon's in the UK to create an offline retail presence for the product. In addition, last year, Google was running a novel promotion with Virgin America at several US airports. Users got to try out Chromebooks on Vir [...]

The #Hashtag Bowl, Game Over: Twitter Mentioned In 50% Of Super Bowl Commercials, Facebook Only 8%, Google+ Shut Out

twitter-football-featured The Baltimore Ravens just beat the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII in a game that came down to the final seconds. But online, the social network showdown belonged to Twitter in a dominating win over Facebook, Google+ and all other social networks. According to my count, Twitter was mentioned in 26 of 52 national TV commercials -- that's 50 percent of the spots that aired during CBS' game coverage. Facebook was mentioned in only four of those commercials -- about eight percent. Google+, which is reportedly the No. 2 social network in the world, wasn't mentioned at all. YouTube [...]

Google Retains #1 Rank In Fortune’s Best Companies To Work For

Fortune-Best-Companies-to-Work-For-2011 Fortune Magazine released their annual best companies to work for list, and Google is number one on the list again, four years running. Google took the number one spot because, as the magazine writes: The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits. Facebook is not on the 100 list but Microsoft is and ranks number [...]

Thanks To Project Glass, Google Is Most Shared Video Brand Of 2012 [Report]

google-glass-featured Google videos were shared nearly 5.9 million times in 2012, making it the most shared video brand of the year according to Unruly Media's 2012 Social Video Share Index. Google ranked seventh in the 2011 index, and Unruly Media credits this year's jump to Google's success with its Project Glass: One day... video, the video that Google released in the spring to introduce how consumers might some day use the Google Glass product. (see below) Google videos were shared almost 200 percent more often this year than in 2011. Nike ranks second on Unruly Media's list with about 5.5 million video s [...]

Don’t Fall Victim To GDN Placement “Exclusion” Overkill

The foundation for every Google Display Network (GDN) strategy is placements. It doesn’t matter what campaign settings you use or how you set your campaigns up (keywords, topics, interest targeting, remarketing, managed placements), you will still optimize and base your success on the relevancy and performance of the placements where Google showed your ads. I have a terrible confession to make. I have never worked with any agency, company or individual that wasn’t using too many placement exclusions. There, I said it. But after today, there will be no more excuses and Google Disp [...]

Google Tag Manager: New Google Product

google-tag-manager Today Google announced a new product to the world: Google Tag Manager. It is an extremely important addition to marketers, as it allows them to add or remove tags used for marketing and measurement without the need to ask from webmasters to change the website code. According to the Google Tag Manager help center: Google Tag Manager allows you to conveniently manage tags (such as tracking and marketing optimization tags) on your site. You can add and update AdWords, Google Analytics, Floodlight and non-Google tags from the Google Tag Manager user interface instead of editing site code. This re [...]

Apple, Google & Microsoft Make Top 5 Brands In 2012 BrandZ Report

Millward Brown has released the 2012 BrandZ Top 100 Brands report and topping the list is Apple, followed by Google at number three and Microsoft at number five. In fact, four of the top five are technology companies, with McDonalds at number four. Facebook is now number 19 on the list, improving 16 positons from last year. Chinese search engine, Baidu jumped four positons to number 25. To learn more about how these top brands are ranked, see their ranking methodology. Here is their infographic: [...]

Google’s Mobile Playbook Aims To Educate, Simplify Mobile For “Busy Executives”

google-mobile-featured Earlier this week Google launched the "Mobile Playbook," a manifesto of sorts that seeks to explain mobile and why it's now critical for all marketers to embrace the channel in earnest. Designed to be succinct but comprehensive the document is full of data, anecdotes and case studies that illustrate why it's so important to have a mobile strategy, website and/or app. Subtitled "The Busy Executive's Guide to Winning with Mobile," the document aims to accelerate the embrace of mobile marketing adoption and optimization among companies that have thus far been slow on the uptake. In ad [...]

Make Love, Not Evil — The New Google Motto?

google-good-evil-featured Google is well-known for its "Don't Be Evil" motto, one that has lately somewhat plagued the company as it has come under fire over privacy, anti-trust and other issues. Was today's public letter from CEO Larry Page an abandonment of that, in favor of a more achievable goal of wanting to be loved? The Problem With "Don't Be Evil" Last February, my On Google & Being “Evil” piece explained how Google's unofficial motto came about and how it effectively positioned Google against other companies, as if those other companies were evil. Indeed, Google did see other companies such [...]

Google Launches Consumer Surveys

Google has announced a new product named Google Consumer Surveys. It is Google's version of offering market research in a "fast, accurate, and affordable" manner. You can create a fast survey and within minutes already get responses from people all over the world. Google works with publishers to embed these surveys on their sites, almost like they do with ads, and pay publishers a percentage of what Google charges the business for the survey. Saturday, I received an email from a friend asking me about an ad they saw on It wasn't an ad, but it seemed to be powered by Google. [...]

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