Search is in a constant state of evolution. But that doesn’t mean the evolution is green. For search marketers on the paid (PPC) side of the spectrum, campaign spending can still be costly and satisfactory returns are often hard to quantify. But does it have to be so difficult? Not necessarily.
To get the most from your search campaign spending make sure you consider the benefits of calculating Quality Score. Quality Score measures relevance. It helps customers find sites relevant to their search and it enables advertisers to benefit from creating relevant ads.
Click-through rates (CTRs), as well as ad text and landing page relevancy, are key factors in calculating Quality Score. By generating a high-scoring ad (10 being the cream of the crop) you are essentially telling Google that your website is a relevancy star. How does relevancy stardom translate into lower paid search costs? Let’s briefly analyze the three key factors in determining Quality Score. (more…)
In the online advertising ecosystem, mobile has become the star. Developed nations are becoming mobile-first societies. Some people consider their smartphones as vital as the air they breathe. And brands are tripping over themselves to prove they have the coolest mobile-optimized site.
But one thing is conspicuously missing from this scenario: a mobile customer acquisition strategy.
For many companies, mobile marketing often stops at branding. They build a slick mobile site, position their brand in front of a wide swathe of consumers, and call it a day.
Mobile marketing campaigns that don’t produce a consumer action—leads, sales, downloads, etc.—are a pointless endeavor. In an era of fleeting consumer attention, companies need to focus on what really matters in online advertising: customer acquisition.
Marissa Mayer’s choices have been under the microscope ever since she left Google to head its major rival, Yahoo. Despite criticism over some of Mayer’s major decisions concerning Yahoo’s operations, I find her strategic moves both smart and interesting. She appears to be repositioning Yahoo as an online media buyer’s dream – a company that places a greater focus on ad-tech investment and development while still delivering a huge number of quality impressions, something that has always been a core strength at Yahoo.
Mayer initiated her grand plan to change the tech behemoth’s image as a slow, out-of-date Internet giant when she lead the company’s partnership with arch-rival Google (her former employer) for display advertising.
But she took the change-now, change-big plan one step further last month with the surprise announcement of Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr. By acquiring the most influential microblogging site in the United States (Tumblr hosts more than 112 million blogs and almost 60 billion posts per month), Mayer laid down the future of Yahoo. It’s a future built around smart online advertising opportunities and digital content.
So what does the acquisition mean for Yahoo? (more…)
MediaWhiz Senior Vice President of Media Services Peter Klein is a fount of information about performance marketing. Especially affiliate marketing. The guy loves affiliate marketing. The good kind, of course. Not the fraud-based affiliate marketing of the past. That kind of junk pains him. It
It’s with this perspective in mind that I recently sat down with Pete, who oversees MediaWhiz’s affiliate marketing business, to discuss a topic that he is particularly passionate about: launching performance marketing campaigns. damages the industry’s reputation, he says, and makes it harder for reputable affiliate networks, such as MonetizeIt, the MediaWhiz affiliate network, to earn the trust and business of today’s digitally savvy CMO.
Every good marketer knows that to generate leads, they need a robust database. And a good call-to-action. And a means of reaching the potential customers in their database in a timely and efficient manner.
While those ingredients alone won’t necessarily improve your lead-generation campaigns, they will set the stage for the one tool that is a must in any online marketer’s arsenal: email.
But how do you ensure your emails stand out from the crowd? In an age when consumers and business prospects receive hundreds of emails — some great, some OK and many just plain awful — the standard prospecting email won’t cut it anymore.
What you need is great email creative. It’s what helps turn an immediate delete into a potential prospect.
When developing your email creative, keep in mind that not all lists are the same. (more…)
The release this week of a major report on the growth of the online performance marketing (OPM) industry in the United Kingdom represents a seminal moment for this young industry. The facts and figures it provides are evidence enough that performance marketing is here to stay; that it is a mature, growing online marketing channel that provides significant value to advertisers and publishers.
As Chris Johnson of A4U details in an excellent analysis of the IAB / PwC OPM study, the affiliate marketing industry in the U.K. has been valued (alongside lead generation) as a £9 billion ($1.43 billion) revenue generating industry.
There are c. 3,000-4,000 advertisers and c. 10,000 publishers actively engaged in Online Performance Marketing in the U.K. (in this instance — Affiliate & Lead Generation).
Advertisers expected to spend (through commissions, management fees, bonuses and other marketing spend) £814 million on Online Performance Marketing in 2012, generating c. £9 billion of sales for advertisers.
This spend was achieved through at least c.100 million transactions and an additional c. 70 million leads generated.
This is equivalent for c. 7-9% of U.K. digital marketing spend, and drives c. 5-6% of retail e-commerce in the U.K.
The largest end-sectors include Finance, Retail, Telecoms & Media, Travel & Leisure.
Market growth of c. 14% p.a (2008-11) and c. 7% p.a in 2012 (expected).
Cashback, voucher, loyalty and price comparison websites are the leading publisher types.
Sites designed specifically for mobile and tablet account for c. 4-5% of advertiser spend on Online Performance Marketing. (more…)
With the holiday marketing season closing, many performance marketers have already turned their attention to 2013. Inevitably, their thoughts turn to what they should do to finish the current year on a strong note and ensure the new year is an equal success. Here’s a checklist of what you should do:
Finish Q4 2012strong. Lead-generation marketers must ensure their budgets have enough leeway to meet seasonal offers for the holidays. The holidays are the best-performing season for cash-advance offers. It’s important to keep existing clients happy, as they will undoubtedly present additional budgets at the last minute. Lead-gen marketers need to do their best to meet clients’ year-end demands to ensure inclusion in advertisers’ 2013 budgets.
Assessstaff and optimize processes. As the year closes, and more people tend to take time off, now is the time to ensure your org chart and process are maximized. If you are able to move the business forward without some of your employees, then you need to cut ties or upgrade their positions. If you can’t succeed and are inundated with tactical maneuvers, then it’s time to get job specs together for the positions you need and seek out the right staffing level. (more…)
Editor’s note: This is the first post in a two-part series on predictions in performance marketing in 2013.
The performance marketing industry has undergone massive changes in 2012.
The list of challenges the industry weathered over the past year is long and varied. It includes news of several long-standing affiliate networks going out of business; email delivery getting more difficult; Facebook and Google all but banning affiliate marketing; the federal government becoming more involved in the cash advance and “for-profit” education verticals; the rise of real-time bidding (RTB); data management platforms (DMPs) becoming critical in display advertising; and mobile marketing efforts gaining prevalence among marketers’ digital strategies.
While performance marketers shift priorities and tactics on the fly, the good news is that money continues to pour into performance marketing for its scalability, ROI focus and measurable results.
With all that in mind, 2013 looks to be a significant growth year for the companies that continue to survive in performance marketing. Further advancing the industry’s prospects will be the increasing influence of Online Darwinism — a term I coined to describe the natural evolution of the performance marketing industry, particularly its ability to rid itself of rogue marketers and agencies. (more…)
The performance marketing industry continues to grow. And with that growth comes significant opportunities — and challenges — for digital marketers looking to tap into performance marketing’s core strengths: data, technology and accountable results. Recently, I sat down with Peter Klein, MediaWhiz’s senior vice president of media services and head of MonetizeIt, the agency’s affiliate network, to discuss the state of performance marketing and his predictions for the industry’s future.
You can read a full transcript of the interview here.
When considering major trends that will impact SEO in 2013 it’s clear that AuthorRank will play an increasingly important role in marketers’ search and SEO strategies.
PageRank has long been the standard high-level metric used to identify the relative quality of a Web page. There is arguably limited value in using PageRank as a quality metric over the last few years, but it can still be meaningful in conjunction with other quality metrics (i.e. domain authority, page authority, etc.)
In 2013 a new quality metric will take the spotlight when it comes to page quality and search engine ranking. This metric is affectionately known as AuthorRank (or Agent Rank, according to Google’s patent).
Here’s why AuthorRank will help reshape SEO in 2013:
AuthorRank: A Brief Overview Content quality, as measured by search engines, is no longer based solely on the authority of a domain or Web page. It is increasingly based on the reputation and authority of the individual that authored the content. This reputational score grades authors on the Web and used that grade when ordering natural search engine results.
How is AuthorRank Established? The standard method for an author on the Web to be credited by Google with the content they produce is to tie pages they have written to their Google Plus profiles. This is done using rich snippets. Authors are then ranked based on the engagement factors of the content they produce. These factors include: social endorsements (tweets, +1’s, shares, likes); the influence and relevancy of those providing the social endorsements; comments on social networks (such as Yelp); the influence and relevancy of those commenting; and the quality and relevancy of inbound links pointing to the content. The more an author writes on a topic, and the more engagement with that content, the higher that author’s rank will be for a specific topic. (more…)