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September 27, 2016

How to Strengthen Your Retail Presence on Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook & Polyvore

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When it comes to driving retail sales online, Google is the biggest game in town but it isn’t the only game in town.

Revenue is revenue and you’re leaving money on the table if you don’t explore possibilities beyond Google.

SEM pros Chris Humber and Elizabeth Marsten leverage Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook and more to drive traffic and sales. Read on for their ecommerce expertise.

Read How to Strengthen Your Retail Presence on Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook & Polyvore.

Creating Better Ad Copy: PPC Problem-Solving for B2B & B2C

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There are more than 1.2 million advertisers in the Google Search Network. With so many business and brands competing to show up in paid search ads, how can you stand out? Standing out is something search engine marketing leaders Pauline Jakober, Virginia Tonning and Marty Weintraub spend a lot of time thinking about.

From tips to crafting headlines to the results of testing ad copy to the effect of ad extensions, these three shared their insights and tips at SMX East 2016 through case studies and experience. Here’s what they had to say.

Read Creating Better PPC Ad Copy for SEM & Social Media.

July 20, 2016

Looking for an SEM Analyst? 25 PPC Interview Questions You Need to Ask

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Whether you’re doing the asking or the answering, both sides of the desk can use these PPC interview questions to get ready for an upcoming interview.

Need guidance on what to ask to assess a potential SEM analyst’s experience and expertise? I sat down with our PPC analysts and the person in charge of hiring for pay-per-click services roles here at BCI to get the inside track. So you can prepare using our own 25 PPC interview questions!

June 28, 2016

4 Hot Digital Marketing Jobs & Salary Data; Is a Career in Digital Marketing for You?

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I’ll admit it, I’m a millennial.

I value work-life balance.
I expect my job to be more fulfilling than well paying.
I gravitate toward a technical career because I’m always plugged in anyway.

I found a satisfying and challenging career path in digital marketing. If you’re anything like me, digital marketing might be a good fit for you.

Here are the digital marketing salary statistics and job descriptions to help you decide if it’s time to kick-start your career in online advertising, search or social media marketing.

Read 4 Hot Digital Marketing Jobs & Salary Data.

June 20, 2016

VIDEO: WordStream’s Larry Kim on Paid Social ‘Super Remarketing’ — #SocialPro Interview

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Raise your hand if you’d jump on Larry Kim’s pyramid scheme if given the chance. I know I would. I wouldn’t even need to know what it was about to trust that it was a gold mine (and that it probably wasn’t all that scheme-y).

It turns out that the WordStream founder’s pyramid scheme is a real thing, and it’s not even shady! It’s just a memorably scandalous name for a cutting-edge social media advertising tactic. And he’s letting all of us search and social PPC advertisers in on it.

I had a chance to interview Kim in advance of his social hacks presentation at the SocialPro conference taking place today and tomorrow. We jump right in to his uber-powerful paid social advertising tactics that boast 20% to 40% click-through and engagement rates.

This interview is 20 minutes of action-packed insight on how to reach your target market through Facebook and Twitter — where the competition is low, the cost is low and the ROI is high, if done right.

Watch the paid social interview with Larry Kim.

June 13, 2016

Szetela’s Scoop! Microsoft’s LinkedIn News May Imply More than LinkedIn Ad Integration for Bing Advertisers


Microsoft’s announced acquisition of LinkedIn today has already sent ripples through the advertising industry. Marketers are predicting (or hoping) that the LinkedIn ad platform will be merged with Bing Ads, allowing PPC advertisers to run Bing Ads and LinkedIn ad campaigns from the same dashboard.

I think the acquisition could actually be the cornerstone of an important new Bing Ads strategy: the creation and expansion of a Microsoft Display Network.

Read Szetela’s Scoop.

May 26, 2016

Why the Coming Google AdWords Changes Are Mobile Advertising Game-changers

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This week at the Google Performance Summit keynote we were introduced to a “completely re-imagined and rebuilt” AdWords system for a “mobile-first world.”

  • Bigger text ads that get clicked more often
  • Ability to fine-tune your bidding by device type
  • Map ads that draw in mobile searchers near your store
  • New technology that better ties ad clicks to in-store visits
  • Ability to create similar audiences for search ad targeting

That and more is what’s coming to AdWords advertisers following announcements this past Tuesday. For our PPC SEM services clients and others, we’ll walk through the exciting opportunities coming out of Google Performance Summit.
Read more and find out Why the Coming Google AdWords Changes Are Mobile Advertising Game-changers!

May 18, 2016

4 Ridiculously Awesome Ways Search & Social Ads Magnify CRO by 3-5X #ConvCon

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You’re tuned in to Conversion Conference. Larry Kim, founder of WordStream and 2015 Search Personality of the Year, is explaining the situation. A diabolical villain has abducted our conversions and Larry is going to teach us how to bring the conversions back!

April 7, 2016

PPC AMA: Paid Search Ask Me Anything — An Hour of Q&A with David Szetela

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Last Thursday on Reddit, David Szetela offered an AMA to the r/PPC community. An AMA, or “Ask Me Anything,” is just that — an anything goes Q&A with someone of some interest, whether a celebrity, an expert, or someone with a unique role or experience set. David, our VP of Search Marketing Operations and the director of our PPC services, kept it short and sweet, opening the floor to questions for an hour.

Then we talked about highlights on our podcast SEM Synergy this week. Give it a listen or read a transcript-recap here. As David described, it was a conversation marked by diverse PPC topics. Read the question and answers in Paid Search Ask Me Anything — An Hour of Q&A with David Szetela.

March 4, 2016

How to Care for Your Shopping Campaigns #SMX

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Get our liveblog coverage of this SMX West session all about shopping campaign management and optimizations.

Kirk Williams (@PPCKirk) outlines an ideal campaign setup that relies on four essential filters: campaign priority, negative keywords, shared budget and product bids.

Purna Virji (@purnavirji) covers a Paris Hilton inspired trio of shopping campaign optimization: feed optimization, creative optimization and defensive strategy.

Susan Wenograd (@susanedub) offers her tips for controlling the fire hose that is the shopping campaign, via query mapping, negative keywords and custom labels, and evaluating mobile user performance based on distance from physical storefronts.

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