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December 29, 2015

Internet Marketing Highlight Reel: SEO, PPC & SMM

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Dear marketing director, business owner, and digital marketing client: It’s been a pleasure working to make your website a well-oiled sales machine and useful resource for your customers this year. We spent time tuning up your website to be in line with established marketing best practices. We also followed the search engine’s announcements and new guidelines along with global marketing trends to make sure your business received every competitive advantage. To share our thoughts on digital marketing’s evolution and productive ways of thinking, we published our findings and recommendations on our blog for all to read.

Looking back on our blog posts of 2015, a story is told – a big picture of Internet marketing today. Let’s look at the story of the last year to remember where we are and what’s expected of your business (and ours) when serving customers and attracting new ones online today.

Here’s our Internet Marketing Highlight Reel.




December 17, 2015

Paid Search Marketing Lessons from 2015: Our PPC Virtual Conference Recap

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Search engine marketing grew up a lot in 2015. Advertisers began looking beyond Google desktop PPC ads to mobile ads across Google, Yahoo and Bing, as well as new sponsored post opportunities on many major social networks. New ad formats targeted the mobile user specifically, and verticals for automotive, hotel, insurance and other industries sprang up, each with its own specific ad types. Remarketing ads (which display to people who previously clicked on an ad or visited a web property but did not convert) became more prevalent; for instance, remarketing in Bing ads became possible for Search and Shopping campaigns.

Our livebloggers captured news and lots of in-depth information from top paid search experts throughout the year. Here we present the four most popular of those to bring search marketers up-to-speed on 2015 developments in pay per click.

Read more of Paid Search Marketing Lessons from 2015: Our PPC Virtual Conference Recap.




December 15, 2015

SEO, PPC & Content Virtual Conference: 2015’s Liveblog Recap

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Here on the BCI blog, we publish updates to keep digital marketers current on new tactics and evolving perspectives. To do so, we send livebloggers to major digital marketing conferences so readers can get the 411 from the industry’s search marketing, content, conversion and advertising experts. This year, Virginia Nussey and I covered more than 85 sessions live from SMX West, SMX Advanced, SMX East, Pubcon, SEJ Summit Santa Monica and BIA/Kelsey NEXT in Local.

As we wrap up the year, we present an early holiday gift. We’re packaging up the most high-impact liveblogged sessions of the year to create a virtual conference you can follow along with each day this week. Or, pick and choose the tracks that interests you. Either way, this virtual conference is your fast track to getting up to speed on what happened in digital marketing in 2015:

• Wednesday, Dec. 16: Content, Social Media & Understanding Your Audience
• Thursday, Dec. 17: Search Engine Marketing, PPC Advertising
• Friday, Dec. 18: SEO Milestones of 2015

Read SEO, PPC & Content Virtual Conference: 2015’s Liveblogged Lessons




December 4, 2015

PPC New Year’s Resolutions: Power-up Your 2016 Paid Search, Display & Social Advertising Campaigns

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It’s that time of year — the time to reevaluate your PPC campaigns in order to improve and strengthen your strategies. In the last quarter of 2015 alone, Yahoo, Bing, Google, Facebook, and Twitter debuted new extensions, features, and targeting abilities that have the potential to spruce up your campaigns well past the New Year. Resolve to read up on the latest advancements to outperform your competitors in 2016.

Read up on your PPC New Year’s Resolutions.




October 7, 2015

Google AdSense AMA Keynote: Ad Blockers, Accelerated Mobile Pages and EU Cookies

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Good morning from Las Vegas! Brett Tabke, Pubcon’s founder and this morning’s moderator, says this is only the second time that AdSense has been chosen as a Pubcon keynote topic. This is an Ask Me Anything style format and these questions came up from different forums and places including WebmasterWorld forum. The topics in this quick Q&A range from how Google is trying to solve the problem with ad blockers to the just announced Accelerated Mobile Pages project and EU cookie issues.

Our distinguished Googlers, Product Manager Richard Zippel and Head of Publisher Policy Communications John Brown, introduce themselves …

Read the full liveblog.




Major AdWords Mistakes and How to Prevent Them – #Pubcon Liveblog

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Our own David Szetela takes the stage along with Mona Elesseily to share insights on mistakes that search engine advertisers commonly make. This Pubcon Las Vegas session targeting the paid search crowd is titled “The Top Major AdWords Mistakes and How to Prevent Them.” Take in these veteran PPC pros’ advice and you may avoid the PPC mistakes that even the most savvy search marketers sometimes make!

Read the full liveblog.




October 1, 2015

Fresh Tips on Designing Ad Images, for Non-Designers (aka Digital Marketers) – #SMX Liveblog

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Full disclosure: I am pretty excited for this session, “Getting Images Right in Paid Search.” The content team here at Bruce Clay, Inc. makes a lot of images for search and social, both for content marketing and ads. We test a lot of tools, sites and tactics when it comes to designing images. We’re pretty good at what we do, but there’s always room to learn more — especially from a first class designer like Dustin Stout, the CMO at Weal Media in Los Angeles. Stout does not disappoint.

“Let’s put design talk into real world talk. This is for people who are not designers, but use visuals in their marketing,” Stout says. Then he proceeds to teach us:

  • 3 facts about modern visual advertising
  • What are the visual indicators of trust
  • How to achieve visual trust in your images
  • Many recommended sites for free photos, design tools and more

Read the full liveblog!




September 30, 2015

Winning at Mobile PPC Advertising – SMX Liveblog

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This SMX East session titled “Winning At Mobile PPC (Beyond mCommerce)” promises to take us beyond the “why you have to be on mobile” rhetoric, since that’s now a given. Speakers Aaron Levy, Amy Bishop and John Busby will share from their experience (they’re all senior-level ad managers) to help advertisers take advantage of mobile user behavior to drive ecommerce. They ask (and answer):

  • Why mobile doesn’t convert like desktop.
  • Four types of mobile users and what they want.
  • How to adjust ad radius to increase activity.
  • What Google AdWords tools help you track conversions from phone calls or other.

Read the full liveblog.




Google Keynote Announces AdWords Changes & New Way to Think about Ads at #SMX East

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Brad Bender, vice president of product management at Google Display Network, delivered a keynote at SMX East 2015. Google VIPs often use the SMX stage to share big announcements, and today was no exception!

Read the full liveblog to find out Google Display Network’s announcements and how to use new programmatic advertising capabilities to reach your perfect audience.




August 25, 2015

Danny Sullivan & Ginny Marvin Video Speed Interview: What’s Trending at SMX

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Yesterday morning, Danny Sullivan — a key SMX conference organizer and founding editor of Search Engine Land — shared his thoughts on SEO, the digital marketing industry, and how he keeps SMX at the top of its game. With his fellow Search Engine Land editor Ginny Marvin, they talk about the top things digital marketers must be paying attention to through the close of 2015, including mobile website experience, Yahoo Gemini, new tools and reporting, and direct answers. This rare opportunity to hear why SMX matters and what the year’s SEO trends are from Danny himself is not to be missed!

Check out the 18-minute video interview and read the transcript in What’s Trending at SMX: Danny Sullivan & Ginny Marvin Video Speed Interview.




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