6 Major Elements Of An Expertly Designed PPC Landing Page

PPC is short for pay-per-click, wherein advertisers have to pay a publisher, like Google, a given fee each time someone clicks on their ad. These ‘Sponsored Ads’ are displayed on the search engine results pages whenever a user does a search for their relevant keyword(s). The idea is to leverage PPC ads to drive targeted search engine traffic to an optimized PPC landing page and prompt an action. These specially designed landing pages have strong call-to-action and inspire the visitor to click on the CTA button to take specific actions such as Buy Now, Subscribe, Email Us, Call Today, etc.

Over 60% of users with the intent of purchasing a product find PPC ads most relevant to their search and are more likely to click on it instead of organic search results. Users reaching your landing page by clicking a paid ad are 50% more likely to click on your … Continue Reading

Rank Higher In Search Engines With Paid Search Advertising

As the web continues to grow, an increasing number of websites compete for the same digital real estate on search engines and they compete using search engine marketing tactics (SEM) that can be either paid or organic. A well optimized website can help your business to rank high in organic searches and appear on the first page of search engine results, but organic search tactics are rigid and you can’t control how far or how fast your website will move up in the rankings. This is why a website can benefit immensely from paid search advertising. It is only through an effective paid search strategy using a variety of tactics, that a website can gain adequate exposure to the right people at the right time with the correct messaging. This is because with paid search you have the flexibility to pivot and make continual changes to impact search results. … Continue Reading

Marketing Definitions 101

Do you experience a certain level of confusion when it comes to the myriad of marketing terms?  How about something as simple as the difference between the term ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising?’

You’re not alone. A good many use various related terms interchangeably. But, although they are similar, they refer to different actions.

It’s a good idea to distinguish the difference in order to communicate effectively with others in your organization and to better comprehend the nuances of your marketing strategies and activities.

While researching, I discovered the perfect analogy for this topic at Free Management Library. There, the writer cited a Reader’s Digest quote, which is the ultimate marketing alchemy and makes this subject very simple. I don’t know about you, but I like simple.

“… if the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying ‘Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday’, that’s advertising. If … Continue Reading

3 Essential Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Corn

I’ll be the first to admit it is almost unfathomable to imagine any lesson can be learned from a corn stalk, yet lessons that could be describes as essential for digital marketers. None the less, it is true. Before, I discuss these three lessons, I will tell you my corn cob story.… Continue Reading

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

It’s no secret that the first step in converting customers is to drive prospects to your website. To do cost effectively through paid ads it is essential for you to ensure your ads are not only relevant to the person’s needs but also that your ads stand out from your competitors.

Historically, the only option available to accomplish this goal was a 70 character written description. Today, the description is not enough. If you perform a query for most any product or service, you will notice that other than promotions, pricing, or years in business, most ads to not contain anything that is truly unique.

Even when companies create ads that offer something unique and valuable to their prospects, this message is often overlooked as the ads themselves blend in with the all the other ads. … Continue Reading

5 Reasons You May Be Falling Behind Your 2014 Revenue Goals

Now that the year is half over, this might be a good time to evaluate your revenue goals against the reality of actual revenue. Are you on track? If not, you are not alone. Every day I talk with executives who not only are not meeting their goals, but month over month are falling further behind.… Continue Reading

Google Authorship Removed… But Why?

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Mark discusses the recent change to Google’s search results.   

What happen to the little photos in the Google search results? Josh Mueller, a Google webmaster rep, announced that Google was doing away with the authorship photos.  In his short post (see here) he reasoned that Google was trying to make search results consistent across devices and photos basically clutter up the search results. Understandable.… Continue Reading

5 TED Talks Every Business Leader, Entrepreneur and Creator Should Watch

Before I ever watched a single TED video (or even knew what it was), I saw huge red and black TED banners, draped on the street lights in Downtown Long Beach.  I was on my way to the gym, and told myself, I’d Google it when I returned home.  Well I forgot about TED and about a month later, a friend sent me a link to TED.com, and told me to check it out. And I’m glad I did. TED in a word is Awesome.

I get to consume the best ideas in the world, ideas that in some cases have taken a lifetime to develop. And I have the opportunity to act on those ideas or build on them and create something new.  This is the stuff businesses are made of. The great business thought leader Peter Drucker once said, “…business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing … Continue Reading

5 Online Marketing Tips | How To Find Your Pot Of Gold

A few weeks ago, my 6 year old daughter came home from school more excited than usual. With wide-eyes and a high pitch tone, she said to me, “Mommy, mommy, I have a great idea!” I stopped what I was doing and gave her my full attention.

She then continued, “If we find a pot of gold, you won’t have to work so hard anymore.” So with sincerity in my voice, I replied, “Where should we look for a pot of gold?”… Continue Reading

Don’t Believe Everything You Read – How Quality Scores Impact Adwords Campaigns. Part 2

In my last article, I talked about the flawed logic regarding Google Adwords Quality Score (QS) that some writers were presenting in articles. To summarize, many writers were stating that the QS was not only unimportant and should be ignored, but that the QS didn’t impact the cost advertisers were paying. I pointed out the errors in their logic and provided you with insight into what exactly QS is and how a higher QS could save you money.

As promised, this article will focus on giving you suggestion on how to increase your QS without you having to obsess over it. … Continue Reading