The Down-Low On Generating Leads For Your Business With Google Adwords

There are over one billion websites vying for user attention and the process of getting found online has become a much more complex process than just launching a website and hoping for people to find it. Even in this crowded space, your website can attract qualified leads that turn into customers. Provided B2B companies use pay-per-click advertising tools such as Google AdWords to get their site to land on the first page of Google and appear where prospective leads are hanging out online.

Google AdWords encompasses both search engine ranking results and paid advertising, so campaigns can effectively target the very people that are using search terms specific to your business. No wonder then that the most used pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program available today is Google’s AdWords, with nearly 80% of all companies focusing on Google AdWords for PPC. Roughly about 70% of Google’s revenue is generated from AdWords, which … 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.

Growing up in Wisconsin, one thing I could depend on every year was that if the corn stalks were knee high by the fourth of July, by September there would be no shortage of corn on the cob. Even if the stalks were not knee high in July, I was always confident there would be an abundance of corn on the cob sometime in the fall.

Most people will agree that in order for corn to grow, its seeds need to be planted in fertilized soil and receive an efficient level of sun and water. This knowledge … Continue reading

Google for Success

Google logotype on a keyboard buttonGoogle’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world daily with information. Google features a number of powerful tools that are rich in search engine optimization (SEO), which makes businesses easier to find. Its targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience. Google is building a unified platform of applications and services that communicate with one another to allow brands to better connect with their customers. Small businesses looking to boost their search rankings are realizing that Google is a powerful visibility platform that can help generate more foot traffic to their stores. With Google+ the company identifies and authenticates users across all its services, including search, Gmail and YouTube to help improve those products and serve better advertisements. There are numerous ways you can take advantage of Google to gain more exposure for both your content and your … 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.

What‘s the real reason Google removed the Authorship photos?

While I do believe Google is always making an attempt to improve search results for users, at the end of the day, I think it’s possible that the photos were drawing too much attention. Yes attention. Attention from Google’s Ad platform Adwords (of course this is all speculative).

Adwords may not be as popular as … 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. The QS shouldn’t be looked at as the magic pill that will lower the cost, but as a leading indicator of potential red flags or that you are moving in the right direction. It definitely is important, but shouldn’t be obsessed over.

Before I talk about what you … Continue reading

Pay Less For Your Clicks in Google Adwords

During the last month, we have been talking about The Great Performance Shuffle or key metrics that are true indications of the success of your online marketing efforts. Today, we are going to dive a little deeper into your Adwords campaign and discuss how your Keyword’s Quality Score defines what you pay for clicks and the role keyword bidding strategies play in determining your Quality Score.

Using the appropriate bidding strategy early in a Google Adwords campaign is critical to long-term success. A good bidding strategy will enable keywords within a campaign to achieve a high Quality Score (QS) at a faster rate. On the other hand, an advertiser who does not use keyword strategy best practices risks starting off with a low QS. Once Google assigns a low QS, it is very difficult to improve the QS. Even with aggressive optimizations, it’s a long and tedious process. This would … Continue reading