Branded Keywords: To Bid or Not To Bid?

April 18th, 2013

Search Engine MarketingBy Mandy Lauman

Branded keywords are words or phrases that include your company or brand name, as well as variations of those terms. When it comes to managing search engine marketing (SEM) campaigns, clients often wonder why they should spend their advertising dollars on their own branded keywords – especially when they rank at the top of the page organically for those terms.

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So, You Want to Run a PPC Campaign … What Should You Know About Ad Copy?

January 21st, 2013

by Mandy Lauman

Congratulations! You’ve made an important leap for your business by deciding to invest in a pay-per-click (PPC) campaign. But, this is only the beginning! One of your next important steps is writing ad copy. This can be tricky as you have to write compelling ad copy while making sure to follow the publisher’s guidelines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.).

For today, we’ll just focus on some of the more important tips to get you started:

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Are You Using Ad Extensions in Your SEM Campaigns?

December 21st, 2012

by Mandy Lauman

One easy way to differentiate your ad from the competition is to incorporate ad extensions. Ad extensions add additional information about your business to your search engine marketing (SEM) ads. Not only do these extensions help you stand out from the others by giving you more real estate on the search engine results pages, they also provide useful information for users looking to find out more about your business.

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Intro to Quality Score

December 3rd, 2012

by Daniel Hadaway

Hang around with search marketing geeks for long and you’ll most likely hear the term “Quality Score” mentioned a few times. But what is Quality Score?

Quality Score is a number that Google assigns to each keyword in a PPC campaign that represents how relevant your ad is to a person’s search query. It’s important to remember that Quality Score is merely an estimate of the likelihood of a user finding what they are looking for via your ad. Read the rest of this entry »

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