By Marc Purtell | Director, SEO
Editor’s note: This is the first post in a 13-part series on the newest search marketing strategies that will enhance your brand’s search strategy. All 10 search strategies, including 3 bonus search strategies, can be downloaded in our new report, “10 New Ideas for Enhancing Your Brand’s Search Strategy “. Download here.
The search marketing landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Gone are the days of a walled garden between a company’s organic and paid search programs and the rest of its online marketing strategy. Now, there is a recognition by marketers that search, like any form of marketing, must be engaged in a holistic, interconnected manner. It must create measurable results that tie into the whole of a company’s marketing campaign, rather than being off in its own universe.
With that being said, here are five trends from the modern search landscape that will help enhance your brand’s search strategy.
- Search is not just for online retailers; it’s for everyone. Online searches influence offline purchases. Forrester Research estimates that more than $1.1 trillion of retail sales in 2011 were “Web influenced” versus $173 billion of actual online sales. This is especially true for considered purchases such as autos, financial services, education, furniture, etc. For example, JD Power estimates 90 percent of potential car purchasers research their purchase online before going to a dealer.
- Search means more than Google. It is important to diversify your company’s paid search (PPC) efforts. Google attracts the majority of paid search but Bing and Yahoo are gaining share. Similarly, Facebook appears intent on charging into the search market. But search audiences at Bing and Yahoo differ from Google. In 2012, click-through rates for small and medium sized businesses grew 109 percent for Bing, 123 percent for Yahoo, but only 32 percent for Google. As Facebook emerges, targeting and response rates will likely vary from the other providers. Search success will require the ability to manage all four platforms successfully. (more…)