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The State Of Cross-Channel Paid Search, Part 1: SEM & Social
In this first in a series on cross-channel marketing, columnist Josh Dreller discusses how paid search and paid social can work together to improve overall marketing efforts.
In just about every survey ever conducted on the value of a cross-channel marketing approach, most marketers acknowledge that using coordinated marketing channels has the potential to be more valuable than operating siloed channels individually.
Of course, that’s an easy thing for marketers to theoretically agree with…
Meanwhile, in almost every survey conducted on the current state of cross-channel marketing, a minority of marketers feel that their organizations are armed and ready to coordinate multiple channels.
Paid search has historically been a very siloed channel with its own metrics, processes and tools. It’s almost become its own universe, where even the best-paid search marketers have little understanding of how other marketing channels work.
But when you think about the fact that so many other channels eventually drive consumers to search engines, wouldn’t it be better if search marketers took a stronger position on how and where paid search can play in the cross-channel world?
The truth, search pros, is that your leadership is needed.
What’s Your Cross-Channel Point Of View For SEM?
If you are a paid search marketer who is reading this, what level of understanding do you have of how paid search can drive value to the rest of the channels in the marketing plan?
Put yourself in this hypothetical solution: Your boss (or your client, if you’re at an agency) has called all of the channel managers together for a week-long internal summit to figure out how to better coordinate a holistic marketing plan.
You’re up first. What do you say?
- What’s your point of view on how SEM impacts and influences other channels?
- How do other channels impact and influence SEM?
- If you could make changes to move SEM towards omnichannel nirvana, what would be your plan for the next 12 months?
- What would be the action steps required by your team to accomplish this?
- What would be your “asks” to the other channel managers?
Without question, marketing is headed towards a coordinated, cross-channel approach. There are simply too many dollars on the line, and today’s consumer path-to-purchase is just too complicated to expect siloed marketing channels to have the impact they once did.
What will your place be in the cross-channel world? Over the next several posts, I will outline paid search’s current relationship with the other major marketing channels in order to kick-start your own thinking process and be prepared for the next (inevitable) evolution of this industry.
In the first post of this series, we will explore the relationship between paid search and social advertising.
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