Video Tech Company Leverages SEM to Drive Enterprise Leads

The Point

In 2015, JW Player piloted a small-scale, in-house SEM program on Google AdWords to gauge the potential efficacy of using search advertising to drive qualified leads for its enterprise video platform. Though that pilot campaign didn’t yield any conversions, the company felt reasonably confident that, with the proper guidance and management, SEM could be a viable demand generation engine for the enterprise business.

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Seven Expert Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Done properly, search engine marketing (a.k.a. SEM, paid search, PPC) is a powerful complement to SEO and an effective tactic on its own. SEM enables enterprises to rank for specific search terms immediately (including terms for which it would difficult to rank organically), target traffic to specific landing pages, test everything (keywords, bid levels, ad copy, landing page design), and precisely quantify ROI based on sales or leads generated.

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26 Awesome Search Engine Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Search engine marketing (SEM) accounts for roughly three out of every eight dollars spent on digital advertising , with Google alone commanding 31% of the market. That share is even larger within the b2b marketing space, and for good reasons: 88% of b2b buyers conduct online research before making business purchasing decisions, and nearly half of b2b tech buyers say they’ve discovered brands they weren’t previously aware of through a search engine.

How to Solve the Biggest New Problem in Search Engine Marketing

QuanticMind

The biggest new problem in search engine marketing is getting bigger by the day…and is expected to cost companies trillions by 2020. How can you solve SEM’s biggest new challenge? Search engine marketing is complicated. All important concerns for day-to-day search-engine marketing. You’re probably also noticing that search engine marketing is getting harder. Search Engine Marketing / SEM bid adjustments Bidding Search

How to Avoid Underspending and Overspending Your SEM Budget

QuanticMind

Balancing your SEM budget is one of the major challenges of marketing management today. It can also frustrate the leaders who put you in charge of SEM in the first place. Numerous factors can contribute to poor SEM budget spend. And even the smallest inefficiencies in your maximum cost per click (CPC), targeting, and overall bid strategy can add up to serious budget management issues down the road. Google Ads technology can help you with forecasting CPC.

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The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

What is true is that search engines have improved their semantic capabilities, meaning they look for the meaning in each block of text rather than just specific phrases. That is, search engine algorithms understand that words like “car,” “motor vehicle” and “automobile” are synonyms. Type in any keyword or phrase and see the top related search terms on Google, Wikipedia, Answers.com, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo!,

Adwords Automation in 2019 – The Best Solutions for Automating SEM

QuanticMind

In this article, we offer a complete overview of the best solutions for automating SEM in 2019. The growing list of Google Adwords automation features advertisers can take advantage of in 2019 include: Responsive Search Ads. Responsive Search Ads, or RSAs, are a major new form of automation Google Ads rolled out in 2018. This allows them to identify what form of content is most closely matched to the search queries your target audience uses.

B2B PPC Optimization: Thought Leadership with Terry Whalen of CPC Search

Marketo

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Terry Whalen, a partner at CPC Search , a full-service SEM agency that optimizes PPC campaigns on behalf of its clients. This interview is focused on search engine marketing as it relates specifically to B2B. Prior to running CPC Search, Terry led marketing initiatives at Citrix’s GoToMyPC, and before that he received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Dreamforce 2009: Search Engine Marketing Junkies

Marketo

This panel of B2B search engine marketers at Dreamforce 2009 talked about how to take your search marketing to the next level, including SEM tips and tricks, landing page strategies, Web site analytics, and more. Terry Whalen, CPC Search; and Lauren Vaccarello, salesforce.com. This session kicked off with a general description of what is search marketing, search engine optimization and PPC. .

SMX East 2016 Day 2 – SEM for Brands, SEM Testing Best Practices, SEM + TV, Beyond Search, Multi-Channel

QuanticMind

As QuanticMind continues its journey into the latest digital advertising trends at SMX East 2016, we invite you to check out the tips, tricks and insights we’ve gleaned from a variety of paid search and social panels. For your perusal, here are the quick hits: Brand SEM insight from “Brands Talk Search Marketing”: Featuring: Daniela de Simone, @erinever , @jknob8 , @simonheseltine , @CJSherman. Olson: “Five voice search tips to think about today:”.

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Simplify Your PPC Campaigns: How to Focus on Efficiency in SEM Account Maintenance

QuanticMind

If you’ve advertised on platforms like Google Ads or Bing Ads, you know by now that they try their hardest to make the SEM account maintenance process as easy as possible. The more time, money and resources your marketing teams invest into SEM account maintenance, the more difficult it is to create enough efficiency and momentum to steadily increase ROI. SEM Account Maintenance = Managing Your Bid Strategy. Conversions (for Search and Display ads).

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9 Ways to Use Inventory and Lead Capacity for More Efficient SEM

QuanticMind

Such is the case when you use both your own inventory and lead capacity to optimize your SEM activities and increase ROI. The combination of the products you have available, along the number of leads you can successfully generate and handle are critical data points that can be leveraged to your advantage — as important indicators regarding the success of your campaign, as well as a foundation from which to make your SEM strategies and campaigns even better.

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Friend or Frenemy: the Synergy Between SEO and PPC

QuanticMind

When it comes to Search Engine Marketing (SEM) programs, the question of the synergy between SEO and PPC eventually comes into play. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO , is the process of getting traffic from the organic (unpaid) search results on search engines.

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Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

As Google’s standard search results page has evolved from displaying ten organic links on the left and eight ads on the right to a more varied page (see example below), featuring more or fewer ads and different media types depending on the nature of the search, the old pattern of organic results receiving 70%-85% of all clicks has also gone by the wayside. That makes AdWords a critical component for any company seeking to dominate the first page of search results.

The Top 3 SEM Takeaways from SMX Advanced 2017 – Social/Mobile, Audience Targeting and Shopping

QuanticMind

What were the top search engine marketing takeways from the paid search experts at SMX Advanced 2017? Review the top PPC insights for social/mobile vs. search, audience targeting and Google Shopping here, and get new martech insights and a free digital copy of the acclaimed martech book “Digital Insights” in our webinar. SMX Advanced 2017 has come and gone, leaving paid search professionals with a wealth of new insights and best practices.

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17 (of the) Best AdWords and SEM Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

Paid search sometimes gets a bad rap, as various studies have shown that (depending on whose numbers you believe), anywhere from 75% to 85% of all clicks are on organic, rather than paid, links. Consider just one category of searches: students conducting research projects. That’s just one entire category of searches that should, rightfully, be removed from any relevant analysis. The best approach is to use organic SEO and paid search (e.g.,

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SMX East 2016 Day 1 – Ad Copy Best Practices, Local SEM, AdWords & Bing Updates, Social

QuanticMind

We close out a jam-packed Day 1 at SMX East 2016 with a variety of SEM insights from every corner of the paid search strategy playbook. The 2016 Search Marketing Expo is underway in New York City, offering a snapshot of digital advertising trends in paid search engine marketing. Here’s are the quick hits: Ad copywriting suggestions from “The Nine Billion Ads of Search”.

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7 Bing PPC Secrets That Expand SEM Beyond Google

QuanticMind

As a marketer, you have access to a popular search platform with desirable and high quality target demographics, accelerating growth rate and profitable long-tail search opportunities. It may be surprising, but Bing is a hugely overlooked opportunity for search engine marketers today. Bing beats out Google in share of long tail search queries. Another major benefit of using Bing for SEM is lower competition. Try Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads.

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Think Beyond PPC, Invest in Revenue-Per-Click Advertising

QuanticMind

SEM practitioners are beginning to recognize that the analytical methods that they once trusted religiously harbor serious limitations, all due to the uncomplicated fact that they don’t directly correlate to business outcomes and bottom line. When viewing ads on search engine results pages, or SERPs, users will often click on an ad with absolutely no inclination to fill out a form, buy a product, or ask for a quote – whatever goal your ad was targeting.

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5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score

The Point

Every keyword in a campaign receives a quality score, ranked on a scale from 1-10, that, in combination with other factors – not all of which Google discloses – helps determine your cost per click (CPC), ad position, and other variables that contribute significantly to the success and cost-effectiveness of your PPC campaign. As most PPC advertisers already know, Google’s Quality Score measures what Google perceives to be the quality of your keyword ads.

SEO vs. SEM: This is a Silly Fight. They Are Both Amazing

Conductor

SEM is also… amazing. SEO stands for search engine optimization. SEO includes anything done to a website for the sake of search rankings, which might include researching keywords and placing them strategically within a page, optimizing a page’s structure,, or using certain redirects in a site’s url hierarchy. The ultimate goal of search engine optimization is to create a consistent flow of traffic from searchers to the pages that address their queries.

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What’s the Difference Between SEO and SEM?

TrustRadius Marketing

SEO stands for search engine optimization , and SEM stands for search engine marketing. SEO experts focus on generating traffic and leads through organic search whereas SEM experts aim to generate traffic and leads through organic and paid search. When it comes to practicing SEO and SEM, it’s not an either/or–SEM actually includes SEO tactics. While social media may not seem connected to search, it absolutely is!

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Marketing Tactics in 2019: A Guide With 200+ Tactics Worth Testing

Ladder.io

Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Search advertising (Google Ads). Search engine optimization (SEO). Create specific groups for high-intent niche search terms. Learn More via Search Engine Land. Ideally you will want to optimize your title for search and social, but never do this at the expense of having it sound clunky. Change around your landing page’s navigation bar to only feature relevant verticals based on search terms.

The Ultimate Guide to Accurate PPC Forecasting

QuanticMind

Most business leaders today know the importance of investing in search engine marketing (SEM) to reach target audiences and desired goals. Whether you’re an independent marketing agency pitching to clients or an in-house SEM manager, you need accurate PPC forecasting to succeed in your role. Google Ads forecasts can also help SEM managers understand the impact of different campaign adjustments on future performance. How to Forecast CPC with Keyword Planner.

How to Use Audience Bid Modifiers to Drive PPC Performance at Scale

QuanticMind

Bid adjustments are a Google Ads feature that can help you optimize performance by displaying ads more or less frequently based on where, when, and how people search. With Google Search Ads, there are several types of bid adjustments you can use: Device – Show your ad more or less frequently for searches on computers, tablets, or mobile devices. Remarketing lists for search ads (RLSA) – Set bid adjustments to show ads to people on your RLSA lists.

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How Landing Page Design Impacts PPC Efficiency

QuanticMind

It’s well established that landing page design impacts many facets of an SEM program’s success. Landing Page Quality Influences Ad Rank and CPC. The rank your ad receives determines whether it will be displayed, what position it will be displayed in, and the cost per click (CPC). While the exact formula is a closely guarded secret, the key inputs include your max CPC, the ad’s Quality Score , search context (e.g.

Baidu Limits PPC Ad Space: What This Means for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

On May 24, Chinese search engine Baidu made significant changes to the configuration of its paid advertising, including limiting the amount of ads that appear on the search engine results page. As a result, the company was criticized for unethical search ranking and ad placements and a public debate ensued over the ethical responsibilities of the search engine giant. Recommendations for Search Engine Marketers.

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An Expert’s Thoughts On How To Scale ‘Single Keyword Ad Groups’ (SKAGs)

Ladder.io

This is an issue because matching the keyword the user searches to the ad they see is important for performance – if multiple keywords are in the same ad group they all get served the same ad, which might not be relevant for what the user searched. “LA weddings” drove 8 conversions (vs 10 for “weddings”) despite 1/5th of the search volume: this is an important keyword that deserves its own ad group.

Start Spying On Your PPC Competitors In 3 Quick Steps

EMagine B2B Blog

Do you know how much your competitors spend on paid search every month? Nowadays there is a long list of competitor research tools that provide insight into paid search activity for any URL. SEM Rush , KeywordSpy , and spyfu.com are a few of my favorites. They all use bid simulators and keyword data to generate estimated monthly spend, keyword lists, and tons of other juicy details about your competitors’ paid search efforts.

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12 Essential LinkedIn Groups for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

Topics such as social, email, search, and mobile are discussed on a daily basis with regular updates from several internet marketing industry thought leaders. Updates shared in this group consist of information about lead generation as it pertains to online marketing, CPC, social media, mobile, direct marketing, etc. SEO SEM Social Media (Digital Search & Internet Marketing) – 61,435 members. Search Engine Marketing Blog

SMX Advanced Day 2 – Branded Keywords, More Audience Targeting, ETAs and Shopping

QuanticMind

QuanticMind has a wrap-up of Day 2’s SEM sessions from SMX Advanced 2017, including more quick hits on branded, audience, ETAs and Shopping: Protecting Your Branded Keywords . It’s estimated that competitors running ads against branded keywords can cost up to a 10% drop in clicks and 20% higher CPC. Be aware that it is possible to file formal complaints with search publishers like Google when competitors use your brand terms in their ad copy and headlines.

SMX East 2017 Day 1 – Online-to-Offline, Shopping, Display

QuanticMind

QuanticMind is covering the latest trends and tactics in paid search and digital marketing at SMX East 2017 from search publishers and expert practitioners. Reporting & Analytics: “Effective Data Storytelling: The Key to Search Reporting” by Michael Barthalow. Reporting & Analytics: “Must-Have Reports for Search Advertisers” by Bradley Giddens. O2O: “Offline Attribution in SEM: Getting From Good To Great” by Aaron Levy.

Why PPC Automation Technology is the Future of Paid Search

QuanticMind

Search engine marketing is constantly changing. That makes it hard to keep up with new ways of approaching SEM every year. They’re a solution that can help advertisers follow the future of paid search without having to reinvent their strategy time after time. We take a deep dive into why it will soon be essential for all search engine advertisers. Google Ads offers automated bidding features for search and shopping advertisers. Dynamic Search Ads.

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Portfolio Bidding: A Breakdown of the PPC Bid Optimization Technique

QuanticMind

But just in case, we’ll go on… Portfolios are groups of assets, and in search engine marketing, these assets are the keywords and “publisher objects” that you can apply bids and bid strategies to. Presently, it helps to describe this SEM bidding optimization technique. Download the eBook SEM Optimization Techniques: Are You Overpaying Google?

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SMX East 2017 Day 2 – Paid search trends, Amazon and Automation

QuanticMind

Day 2 of #SMX East offers new insights on paid search trends, what Amazon is doing in search engine marketing, and SEM automation. Day 2 Keynote: “Search Marketers Are The Trailblazers In The Emerging Martech Era “ by Scott Brinker. Day 2 Keynote – Search Marketers Are The Trailblazers In The Emerging Martech Era. Search marketers will, according to Brinker, “inherit the earth, or at least martech. ”.

How to Solve PPC Keyword Cannibalization

QuanticMind

Optimizing your ROI is a challenging, seemingly endless, process in the highly competitive world of search engine marketing (SEM). Keyword Cannibalization is called such because, in effect, digital marketers are taking a “bite” out of their own results and margins, splitting CTR percentages, links, content, and those all-important conversions between two (sometimes more) pages that should be consolidated into one, while driving up CPC numbers in the process.

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Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEM

WebMarketCentral

Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of the fastest-growing categories in all of advertising, because it is both measurable and logical: present your ads when people are searching for what you're selling. A well-crafted search marketing program can provide not only broad brand exposure at a very reasonable cost (with CPMs of $10 or less), but also high-ROI lead generation. Then he offers advice on how SEM clients and agencies can work most productively together.