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  • You CAN Get Satisfaction
    Mick Jagger sang, "I can't get no satisfaction," and that's apparently how many SEM professionals feel about their efforts these days. A recent report from [x+1] found that even though organizations are still investing as much if not more in SEM during this down economy, they have been somewhat unhappy ... more
  • Top 15 US Websites, July 2009
    Search, social-media, and Web-based email sites feature prominently in the top 15 US websites (among all categories) for July 2009. more
  • Peeling This Doesn't Make You Cry
    In an article at the MarketingProfs website,  Mike Volpe explains that SEO is one of the most effective ways to help your customers find you. He compares SEO to a gigantic onion, noting that "there is always another layer you can peel off." For your site to show up first ... more
  • Slam Dunks and Rebounds
    "At his prime," says Jeff Sexton in an article at FutureNow, "Dennis [Rodman] was pulling down a truly astonishing 18.7 rebounds per game." Impressive indeed, but you'd probably form an entirely different opinion of Rodman's prowess if you looked only at his scoring. "Comparing [his] 8-9 points per game ... more
  • When Bad Buzz Happens to Good Companies
    It seems almost inevitable these days: You run a search on your company's name or product and a negative review, remark or blog post appears in the top listings. What do you do? "Don't  ... lose your cool and try to retaliate," says Internet Marketing Consultant Jeremy Martin in a recent ... more
  • US Wireless-Internet Use Soars
    More than half of Americans—56%—report having used wireless means to gain online access, according to a Pew Research report that examines how Americans are accessing the Internet by wireless means using a range of devices. more
  • $55B in Interactive Marketing Spend in 2014
    Interactive marketing spend is expected to reach nearly $25.6 billion in 2009—and nearly $55.0 billion in 2014, when it will account for 21% of all marketing spend, up from 12% in 2009—according to Forrester. more
  • Make it Short and Sweet
    "If you thought saying something useful in 140 characters on Twitter was hard work," says Nick Usborne in an article at MarketingProfs, "good luck with the 95 characters you have available when writing a Google AdWords ad." So how do you convince someone to click through and visit your landing ... more
  • Put Your Site Search to Work, Part 2: Add Rich Content to the Search Experience
    by Shaun Ryan
    In Part 1 of this series, we discussed leveraging site-search data about the terms your customers use on your site and the items they click on most in your search engine optimization and paid-search efforts, email marketing, and other promotional campaigns. Here, in Part 2, we'll talk about how to put ... more
  • Feeling Left Out? Link Up at Home!
    Does your website feel like a wallflower these days—left out of the online marketing party? Are you seeking in vain those "rich anchor text" links from other websites or blogs that might boost your site into the ranks of the Internet in-crowd? Gaining those much-prized inbound links is an important way to ... more
  • Marketing Budgets Safe for Rest of 2009
    Marketers are optimistic about the economy for the second half of the year. Even in the midst of a recession, 42% of nearly 1,000 global business leaders polled say they plan to increase marketing budgets in 2009, and 43% say they plan to maintain current levels. more
  • Pew Report: Internet Use in the Recession
    Nearly 7 in 10 Americans (69%), or 88% of US Internet users, have used the Internet to cope with the recession, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. more
  • Ads Interesting, Not Influential; TV Ads Most Helpful
    Despite being daily exposed to dozens of ads—including on television, in print, and on the Web—most Americans (55%) say they find advertising to be interesting ("very" or "somewhat"), though fully 41% say it is not interesting, a recent poll found. more
  • Double Your Fun
    In today's challenging economic environment, marketers are seeking better ways to maximize ROI. One way is to leverage insights from both SEM and email to drive greater success across channels. In a recent article at Inside CRM, Ram Krishnamurthy and Brad Neelan offer up five strategies for using such a twin ... more
  • Bada-Bing! Microsoft Scores Search Share
    Google accounted for 74.04% of all US searches conducted in the four weeks ended June 27, followed by Yahoo Search at 16.19%, the recently launched Bing at 5.25%, and Ask.com at 3.15%, Hitwise reports. more
  • Optimize B2B Email for Search, Pt. II
    Last week, we offered Galen de Young's tips for optimizing B2B email content for search engines, just as you would optimize website copy. This week, we offer tips from his B2B Marketing Blog for optimizing internal site links to and from posted email content. Among his tips: Link email marketing ... more
  • Ad Spend Plunge Slows: Recovery in 2010, Growth in 2011
    ZenithOptimedia revised downward its forecast for global ad expenditure growth in 2009 to -8.5%, from its April prediction of -6.9%, after Q1 came in below its predictions, the firm announced this week. more
  • Google's Secret Weapon: Chrome OS for PCs
    "The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we're announcing a new project ... the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be." more
  • Where SEO Yin Meets SM Yang
    "Is your website search- and social-media-friendly?" inquires a recent post at the Online Marketing Blog. According to Lee Odden, search is the most efficient and effective way for consumers to discover content. However, focusing on standard SEO tactics, such as keyword usage and links, is not enough to remain competitive, ... more
  • Is This My Fairest URL of All?
    As of June 13, Facebook has made it possible for users to secure a URL for both their profiles and any Facebook Pages they administer. Why this matters: Facebook is super-juicy SEO-wise. It's rich with content, oft-accessed, and constantly being updated. Securing a vanity URL with your name (for your ... more
  • Optimize B2B Email for Search, Pt. I
    "I get a fairly large number of content marketing emails each week," writes Galen de Young in a post at the B2B Marketing Blog. "I'm surprised how many of them come from companies who do a pretty good job of SEO on their sites, but don't apply the same practices ... more
  • Take a Deep Breath. Do a Brief Test.
    "Do you know what attracts your readers? What headlines they respond to most? Do they respond to pictures? Do they know what your offer is?" asks Peter Da Vanzo in a recent SEObook.com post. Testing will give you answers, but it can be tedious and costly. Da Vanzo offers the following ideas for quick-and-cheap, ... more
  • Five Top Tips on How to Write More-Effective PPC Ads
    by Nick Usborne
    Contextual ads, whether delivered by Google, Yahoo, or any other company, are not standalone ads in the way that a newspaper classified ad is. In fact, your pay-per-click ad is simply the connector between a desired keyword or phrase and a destination landing page. So while you may have some wonderful ... more
  • Serving Up a Perfect SEO Sandwich
    To make an in-house SEO effort successful, you must first gain buy-in from the three main "layers" in most large organizations: executives, management, and everyone else. So says Duane Forrester in a recent post at Search Engine Land. He likens working with these groups to making a layered sandwich. To ... more
  • Be a Pocket Millionaire
    Right in time for the much-anticipated iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update debut on June 17, AdMob has introduced a slew of ad units that will help enterprising advertisers make the most of mobile marketing. Among the cool features to check out:  Mobile social networking, which lets users access your ... more

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