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December 6, 2013

The Internet Marketing Conference Calendar: Presenting SMX, SES, Pubcon & All the Rest

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Throughout the year, Internet marketers gather at industry conferences all over the world, from Paris to London to San Francisco to New York. The thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, SMMs and business owners that flock to these conferences will attest that these conferences are whirlwind of information, education and networking … not to mention fun. Where else but an Internet marketing conference can you learn from the like of Matt Cutts, Duane Forrester, Bruce Clay and Matt McGee in a single day?

Which conferences are you attending this year? In an effort to help you plan, Bruce Clay, Inc. presents the Internet Marketing Conference Calendar — it’s your exclusive guide for all the Internet marketing conferences of 2014.

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October 9, 2013

What Is SEM, and Does SEM Include SEO?

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At a recent gathering of marketing professionals and people interested in learning about Internet marketing, I was surprised by the number of people asking me to confirm that their understanding of “SEM” was accurate.

While the term itself seems basic, this question isn’t a bad one as the definition has in fact changed in the dozen or so years since its coining.

SEM is often used to describe paid search marketing initiatives and yet you’ll often see uses that suggest it’s an overarching term for all search marketing efforts, begging the question I’ve heard more than once, “Isn’t SEO a part of ‘search engine marketing,’ too?”

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October 3, 2013

Conversation: Where’s Paid Search Going In 2014? #smx #33A

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But, as all good things come to an end, we’re going to be wrapping up our conference coverage with a long-view look of paid search and online advertising. The session description hints at how many new considerations may increasingly affect advertising online.

“Paid search marketers have a lot of new things to consider:

  • the impact of Google’s Enhanced campaigns,
  • sophisticated new retargeting options,
  • new ad formats and changes in results page layout,
  • and paid inclusion in shopping search.

Join us for this PowerPoint-free discussion on how these significant developments will change PPC campaigns efficiency and effectiveness in the coming year.”

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September 26, 2013

6 Reasons AdWords Campaign Experiments are an ACE in the Hole

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AdWords Campaign Experiments (ACE) have been around for a couple of years and (in my opinion) are one of the platform’s most under-used functions. They remain eternally in beta status and always seem like they might go away, but so far they’ve stuck around. If you aren’t using AdWords Campaign Experiments, you should be — specifically for ad text experiments. Discover how AdWords Campaign Experiments can help you.

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September 25, 2013

#SMX East 2013 Interview Series: PPC Tools & Tips with Elizabeth Marsten

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The countdown to SMX East 2013 continues. The excitement is palpable at BCI — just three days until search marketing madness descends upon on New York City. As part of our SMX East 2013 Interview Series, we’ve been talking with speakers about hot topics on the SMX agenda. Today, the party continues with Elizabeth Marsten.

What’s in My SEM Toolbox will feature Marsten, Andrew Goodman and Frederick Vallaeys. The Tools Track session will explore tips on running, organizing and tracking paid search campaigns; why tools are a necessity, especially when you’re working with thousands of keywords; and the tools favorited by these distinguished speakers.

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September 9, 2013

Pay Per Click Optimization: Don’t Underestimate Assisted Conversions

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Weeding out under-performing PPC keywords isn’t as straight-forward as it may seem; sometimes keywords that look like under-performers according to the stats are actually assisting highly valuable conversions. That’s why a critical component of pay per click optimization is identifying and using these keywords. Read on for further explanation of assisted conversions and how you can make the most of assist keywords.

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September 4, 2013

PPC Optimization: 5 AdWords Features to Strengthen your Campaign

In a recent Learn with Google webinar, Google highlighted five features in AdWords that allow you to examine your PPC campaign from all angles. Learn about the latest functionality within AdWords that allows you hone in on specific dates, or join forces with Google Analytics. Explore reports that give a bird’s eye view of your PPC landscape, allow you to scope out the competition or peruse your customers’ journey before converting.

All five AdWords features are integral to PPC optimization. Discover how to leverage each of them to the benefit of your PPC campaign, with critical insights from Google VIPs and BCI’s Senior SEM Analyst Michael Shore. Explore all the features, or click on a heading to jump around:

1. Time Period Comparisons
2. Top Movers Report
3. Auction Insights Report
4. Search Funnels
5. Google Analytics Columns

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July 3, 2013

A Beginner’s 4-Step Guide: Delicious PPC Tips for Small Businesses

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Are you a small business owner who’s ready to delve into Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising? PPC for small businesses present unique challenges; typically, a small business’ PPC budget is on the smaller side, and therefore their accounts are sometimes best managed in-house rather than through an agency, where fees will most likely eat up too much of their budget.

When embarking on a PPC campaign, following these four basic guidelines will help you create and sustain a successful PPC campaign.

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June 26, 2012

1 Wedding and 4 Search Stories

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I’d never been in a wedding party before this weekend. That I sit here relating the experience of a wedding with search marketing may reveal a lot about my priorities. But it’s no stretch to explore the SEM lessons of a real-life event.

Here’s what went down. This destination wedding between a Texan and a Brazilian was at a campground in Newport Beach. The wedding was Friday and from Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, much of the wedding party stayed at the campground or the Hyatt next door. The best destination wedding ever planned by the best party planner ever had more than a few takeaways for good planning and setting the stage for lively engagement with guests.

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January 26, 2012

16 SEM Predictions, Understand Search + Your World, Guide to Google’s Freshness Score

Our first newsletter of 2012 is packed with search marketing goodness, and we’re giving you a sneak peek into this month’s articles before it hits inboxes everywhere.

If you love this edition, go ahead and subscribe to our SEO Newsletter; it’s a great way to ensure you’re up to date on the industry’s hot topics and provides a deeper glimpse into some of the trends and issues online business faces every month.

So, without further adieux, here are the highlights of January’s SEO Newsletter.

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