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Search or Display Ads: Which Paid Advertising Should You Use?

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Feb 18, 2019 8:48:00 AM

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Of course, the answer is “it depends.” You'll need to evaluate your goals, budget, timeline, and a few other factors to ultimately decide. Think of it as trying to choose what type of car to buy. You have to take into consideration what kind of commuting you will be doing, how many people will be riding in your car, and of course, your budget. You certainly wouldn't buy a Toyota Prius if you're going to be driving on snow-covered, unpaved roads during winter hunting trips, or if you have more than three kids you need to drive around. The better bet would be to look at crossovers and SUVs.

As you take into consideration what your advertising needs, before making a decision, let’s quickly review what each paid advertising method allows you to do.

The Power of Shopping Ads

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jan 23, 2019 10:14:00 AM

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First, an extremely brief history of how Google Shopping came to be:

Google Shopping debuted as Froogle, in 2002, as a product price comparison site that used the Google search algorithm and indexing to differentiate itself from other sites that offered the same service. In 2007, Froogle became Google Product Search and then changed names again in 2012 to finally became Google Shopping.

How to Set Pay-Per-Click Budgets & Organize Campaigns

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Oct 18, 2018 9:22:05 AM

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Using pay-per-click is a great way to support your organic search engine marketing efforts and focus on keywords and topics that might be harder to rank for due to competition or if you are trying to attract visitors to a specific offer or event. That being said, it can be downright frustrating to determine how much of your marketing budget you should commit to any specific PPC campaign, because unlike companies like Google, Amazon, or Facebook, chances are, you don't have unlimited funds.

What is the best way to set budgets for ad spend and allocate specific amounts for individual campaigns?

It's easier than you think.

PPC vs SEO - The showdown

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jan 17, 2018 2:38:00 PM

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 "Should my business be using Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads or an organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy?" I get that question all the time. And of course, my answer is, "It depends. What are your goals?"

What? You mean it's not a straight "yes" or "no." Of course not. The answer is significantly dependent on what your company goals are. Are you selling a new product or service? Is there a great deal of education involved in purchasing your product or service? Is there a significant barrier to entry for your product? Are you well-known in your industry? These are just a few of the questions you need to answer before looking at PPC or SEO.

Organizing Your PPC Campaign & Setting Budgets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 23, 2017 11:38:00 AM

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If you have had experience running a Pay Per Click campaign using Google’s platform AdWords, then you know how important it is to organize your campaign properly and allocate the right amount of your ad spend budget to each campaign. The execution and overall success of your advertising campaign will depend on each campaign's targeted locations, demographics, keywords, landing pages, and how all of those relate to each ad group and overall campaign.

There is Not ONE "First Page" of Google

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 8, 2017 9:04:00 AM

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Would you believe me if I told you that the first page of search results for "SEO Services" is different for John Doe in downtown Seattle using a laptop as opposed to someone sitting three miles away searching the same term using a phone? It's true.

That's why I want to smack some sense into any web marketing agency that claims they can get any website on the first page of search engine results. It's a very misleading statement, and simply too vague to be credible.