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  • Deciphering the Vendor Mating Call
    "Finding a good search engine marketing vendor is a bit like finding a compatible mate," writes Katie Deatsch in a recent Internet Retailer article. To be successful, marketers "first need to know what they want, and second, need to make sure their choice can provide it," she says. After establishing ... more
  • Put Your Site Search to Work and Improve Your Targeted Marketing, Part 1
    by Shaun Ryan
    If you're like most online marketers, you may not realize that some of the technologies that power your website can be critical tools for improving the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. For example, did you know that you can use data from your site-search solution to create emails with lists of ... more
  • Meet the SEO Royal Family
    We all know that content is king in search engine optimization, but in a recent Search Engine Land post, Daniel Waisberg reminds us that "usability is queen." According to Waisberg, the synergy between content and usability design can be a powerful generator of website conversion rates. To help search marketers optimize ... more
  • Seeing the Light on Conversions
    Getting the most out of your website? As a B2B marketer in the IT world, you likely have a key objective for your site: generating leads and moving prospects to your offline sales department. While most online marketers live and breathe their conversion rates, this approach, according to a post ... more
  • Wow! Look Who Just Stopped by!
    Careful: You just missed out on a great lead when you analyzed that B2B conversion rate. That's what Todd Michiels says, anyway, in a recent article at Miechiels.com. All too often, Miechiels says, B2B marketers decide to "spend either more or less money based solely on the conversion rate of how ... more
  • Basic Tips for Fighting Click Fraud
    Click Forensics has released statistics for the first quarter of 2009 revealing that 13.8 percent of clicks are a result of fraudulent behavior. Although that figure is down from 17.1 percent in Q4 2008, it's still too high for search marketers' comfort as they watch every penny spent and earned. ... more
  • New Brain in Town
    There's a new thinker in town, and its name is Wolfram Alpha—a "computational knowledge engine." It can handle some complex searches, and it's quite different from how Google functions. more
  • Spend Less, Get More
    Sad fact: Even if you have an unlimited budget to spend on paid search, you may not always get the number of Google ad impressions you seek. Why? Because, no matter how much money you have, "you're not the only advertiser in the world, and Google is trying to show ... more
  • In Content (and Google) We Trust
    Welcome to the inaugural issue of the High-Tech Marketing & Sales Get to the Po!nt newsletter from MarketingProfs. This once-a-week guide is specifically intended for marketing and sales staff in the high-tech field. If you wish to opt out, just click on the link below. But if you like what you read ... more
  • Google: New Media Meets Old Media
    Google has always been considered a giant in the online world—it's even been said it rules the Internet. But one medium it hasn't ventured into is television. Until now, that is. more
  • Five Stages of the Purchase Cycle
    Occasionally people may buy on impulse. Often, however, they go through a recognizable purchase cycle. "By targeting specific cycle stages, advertisers can increase relevancy by delivering appropriate messages at the right time," says Page Zero Media's Mona Elesseily in an article at Search Engine Land. Here are her definitions of the five ... more
  • Case Study: How a Single Modification to a Web Site's Functionality Significantly Upped Natural Search Traffic, Sales
    by Kimberly Smith
    Customer reviews are powerful, held in high regard by consumers—and search engines, which love keyword-rich content. But the technology that serves up reviews on a product page makes them all but invisible to those engines. By getting around that conundrum, Diapers.com scored big. more
  • Friends Help Friends Boost Rankings
    "I get by with a little help from my friends." The words of that old Beatles song could well be applied to today's search marketers. After all, there's nothing like a good link-back among friends to boost search rankings. And in a recent guest post at the MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog, ... more
  • Have Goals, Can Measure
    You closely monitor the results of your paid-search efforts. Shouldn't you do the same for your natural-search program? In a recent MarketingProfs article, Netconcepts' John Thielmann says measuring your natural search performance is not only a good idea, it's imperative if you're reporting progress to higher-ups. So, where to begin? By establishing ... more
  • Opportunity Rocks: Establishing Your Natural-Search Goals
    by John Thielmann
    Measuring your natural-search performance is definitely a good idea. However, establishing goals for your natural-search program is what will help communicate direction for the program and serve as a guide for measuring overall success. The challenge lies in establishing realistic goals in an achievable timeframe. more
  • It's OK to Repeat Yourself
    The news is out: consumers are changing their buying—and search—habits. SearchIgnite reports that users are taking longer to make purchase decisions online: the average time between when they click on an ad and convert on a marketer's website increased by 32.4% in Q1 2009 compared with Q1 2008. Ouch. In addition, ... more
  • Paid-Search Prescription
    Is your paid-search campaign on life support? "Perhaps your spending has spiraled out of control and your conversions haven't budged," says William Leake in an article at MarketingProfs. "Or, like many of us, maybe your performance is fine but your budgets have been slashed, forcing you to produce the same ... more
  • Case Study: How a Little Sweet Talkin' on a Company Blog Led to Increased Search Engine Rankings, Sales
    by Kimberly Smith
    Fairytale Brownies cooked up a win-win strategy to satisfy both its bottom line and its costumers' preferences. It created magic with a brownie blog optimized for search and attuned to customers' deepest dessert desires. The result? Some very happy endings. more
  • Try Analytics the Natural Way
    Let's face it. The Web analytics process can quickly turn complex and frustrating. But a recent post at Marketing Jive suggests it doesn't have to be that way—at least for organic search. "There are a number of simple ways to filter through the numbers each month when you are measuring ... more
  • Lead That Search Party!
    According to an iProspect and JupiterResearch study released last year, search users prefer "blended" search results—in which results are potpourried with videos and other media—over standard (slightly boring) text-only search results. Blended results (Google's term is "universal search") work like this: If you've got a restaurant, a search on your restaurant's ... more
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find Our Event
    When you plan an event, you pull out all the stops. So, too, should it be with your event promotions. Apogee Search's Brian Combs suggests in a recent MarketingProfs article to add paid-search marketing to your event promo mix. "With almost half of all Internet users now using search engines ... more
  • Seven Tips for Marketing Events With Paid Search
    by Brian Combs
    Marketing events with paid search campaigns can be a great source for additional traffic and, with these tips, can also be an efficient promotion channel. more
  • Tag, You're It!
    When the spiders come crawling through your Web pages, will they find what they need to index the pages properly? They will if you're using meta commands, or tags, correctly. Meta commands are used on individual Web pages to "modify how search engine spiders behave," says Medium Blue's Scott Buresh ... more
  • Up, Up, and Away!
    We may be in a recession, but that isn't stopping marketers from spending on search. According to the new 2008 annual survey and forecast from the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO), spending on search engine marketing in North America is expected to hit $26 billion by 2013, up from $13.5 ... more
  • Words, Words, and More Words
    A new trend uncovered by Hitwise reveals that search queries on all major search engines are starting to get longer and longer. In a recent study, the measurement firm found that searchers are typing four or more words at an increasing rate to find what they're looking for. Searches using ... more

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