Search Engine Marketing is Legion

Biznology

I just discovered that Search Engine Marketing (SEM) isn’t just a rebrand of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a marketing discipline that is almost universally damned as being shifty, black-hat, and more than just a little shady.

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. So how can search engine marketers maximize their click-through rate (CTR) and conversions from paid search?

Search Engine Marketing and Optimization

QuanticMind

That got me thinking creatively about how we manage our keywords. If you are a performance marketer (like me) you would agree that we often pay too much attention to our set of top keywords. This eBook – SEM Optimization Techniques: Are You Overpaying Google?

Optimize Your Keyword Research and Rankings with SEMRush

Act-On

Learn how to use the popular SEO tool SEMRush to perform valuable keyword research. AdWords SEO keyword strategy keywords Search engine marketing search engine optimization Search Engine traffic SEM

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Best Practices

Webbiquity

Search engine marketing (SEM) can be a powerful lead generation source, or a complete waste of money. B2B marketers often get less from their SEM programs than possible by overlooking basic but critical steps. Optimize your keyword bids.

The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

Despite some misleading chatter to the contrary, SEO is not dead , and keywords still matter. 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.

The Ultimate Guide to SEM (Search Engine Marketing)

Hubspot

Search Engine Marketing, or SEM, is one of the most effective ways to grow your business and reach new customers. However, their paid "Summer Shoes" ad, circled above, ranks as the first search result overall. What is SEM? Best SEM tools.

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. Discover the answers to these questions and others here in seven noteworthy search engine marketing guides from the past year.

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.

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What to Know About Real Search Engine Optimization Experts

KEO Marketing

Search engine optimization “experts” seem to be a dime a dozen in today’s overcrowded digital marketing space. A good SEO expert also understands how search engines work. They should also be able to keep up with major search engine algorithm changes or updates.

SEO 101: Best Practices from a Search Engine Optimization Agency

KEO Marketing

SEO 101: Best Practices from a Search Engine Optimization Agency. Things are always changing in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engines drive as many as 70% of all business to business leads. Stay Relevant with Ongoing Keyword Research.

The SEM Guide to Researching and Selecting Keywords

Spiralytics

People are searching the internet by the second. billion searches every day. For searchers, their ability to identify the relevant keywords makes it possible to find the content that they need fast. Meanwhile, marketers and advertisers can leverage search to get their messages in front of consumers through search engine marketing (SEM). SEM KeywordsStatistics say that Google alone processes about 3.5

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Best Search Engine Marketing Tips of 2009, Part 2

Webbiquity

While more than 80% of companies now use paid search in some form (primarily AdWords), many of these programs are under-optimized and not delivering the results they could be. How can search marketers use techniques like testing and keyword match types to improve results? How important are branded terms in paid search? Get the answers to these questions and many others here in more of the best articles and blog posts on search engine marketing (SEM) from the past year.

Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?

Biznology

Over the course of the podcast, David wondered out loud why more marketers don’t consult keyword data when writing and editing content. Even the tech people are confounded by the sheer variety of data they need to integrate to take full advantage of keyword data in marketing activities.

SEM Optimization Techniques: Are You Overpaying Google? [eBook]

QuanticMind

In paid search programs, the levers you can pull to improve results come in many forms: landing page optimization , ad copy testing , program structure efficiency, automated workflow, and reporting functionality. The most powerful tool, though, is unquestionably keyword bids.

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You’ve Discovered SEO Keywords, But What’s Next?

Webbiquity

Most digital marketers have a general SEO strategy such as tracking keyword performance and incorporating search terms into their blog posts. Believe it or not, SEO keywords are way more valuable than SEO itself. Group Your Keywords. Act on Keywords.

Best Search Engine Marketing Tips of 2009, Part 1

Webbiquity

What’s the real optimal cost per lead for your SEM program? Keep your search marketing program growing? Discover the answers to these questions and others here in some of the best posts on search engine marketing of last year. Finding The Optimal Cost-Per-Lead by Search Engine Land. 9 things you MUST know before you start any conversion rate optimization by Search Engine People.

The Difference Between SEO & SEM

Cody Ward

For those of you just starting to dabble in online marketing, we wanted to provide a quick explanation as to the difference between SEO and SEM. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it refers to the process of increasing your website’s search engine ranking for a specific keyword or set of keywords. So then what is SEM? Search engine…? Search engine marketing includes the tactic SEO and the tactic Paid Search.

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Build or Buy? SEM Agencies vs. In-House SEM Campaigns

QuanticMind

For the past decade or more, in-house SEM campaigns have taken a back seat to SEM agencies for most small, medium and large businesses. Admittedly, going with SEM agencies proved a good solution for many companies over the years who enjoyed handing off their marketing efforts to knowledgeable professionals in lieu of building their own teams. A Common Misconception: SEM Is Where the Customer Experience Lies.

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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.

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Balancing SEO and PPC to Maximize Search Results

Webbiquity

Great SEO can get sites to the top of organic search rankings, provide valuable traffic from long-tail or high-traffic keywords and play a crucial role in driving growth to your company. That pitfall is paid search. With pretty minimal effort and investment, competitors can start driving traffic from the same keywords you spent months attempting to rank for. If competitors are paying for keywords, it is likely that they have determined that those keywords have value.

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How to Launch a Successful SEM Campaign for Higher Education

QuanticMind

Search Engine Marketing for Higher Education: Everything You Need to Know. For universities looking to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment, more and more the answer to that question is search engine marketing (SEM). Why Use SEM for Higher Education?

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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

Five SEM Highlights of 2018

QuanticMind

Without a doubt, 2018 has been quite a year for PPC advertisers and the SEM industry as a whole. Perhaps not surprisingly, many developments in the SEM space are related to significant changes around personal data — including new, stringent global privacy regulations, the onslaught of consumer information, hyperpersonalization and a slew of resulting data privacy issues. Or that voice capabilities are well on their way to becoming a mainstay of paid search.

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4 Tips for Increasing SEM Spend Without Sacrificing Performance

QuanticMind

In this article, we list four tips for increasing SEM spend without taking a hit, ensuring your performance stays profitable. Keyword Expansion. The first step to increasing campaign spend is to expand your keyword focus.

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Keyword Research: How To

The Lead Agency

What is a Keyword? Keywords are phrases or ideas that relate to your business’ products or services. They will be used organically throughout your content to give users, and search engines a short cut in terms of what your webpage is about. Why are Keywords Important?

Why At-Scale SEM Programs Need Bid Optimization Technology

QuanticMind

Search Engine Marketing is a complex strategy that will only grow more challenging in the future. This approach, though, comes with some major drawbacks that make it difficult for SEM programs to scale beyond their initial capacity. Keyword Analysis and Valuation.

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Choosing your keywords for SEO

Cody Ward

Before you start making radical changes on your website, in an effort to rank higher in the search engines, you first need to decide what keywords you’re going to rank for. There are two types of keywords. Short-tail and long-tail keywords.

The Characteristics of Portfolio Versus Keyword-Level Bidding

QuanticMind

What you may not yet know are some of the intrinsics of Portfolio Bidding, and how this bidding strategy differs from the traditional Keyword-based approach. What is Portfolio Bidding, and how is it different to Keyword-Level Bidding?

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.

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The importance of knowing what competitors spend on SEM

Biznology

Somehow, it always seems to be analytics season in the world of search marketing. One of the most useful metrics our Search Monitor clients use when it’s time to dive into AdWords or AdCenter is competitive ad spend.

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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.

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Utilizing Revenue-per-Click to Calculate PPC Keyword Value

QuanticMind

How do you determine a search keyword’s value? Are you making data-driven bid optimization decisions based on keyword data? Should you be focused on keyword revenue-per-click in your PPC campaigns? Search keywords. PPC Keyword Value.

SEM for B2B – Best Practices and Ad Types to Use in SEM for B2B

QuanticMind

?SEM for B2B is a different space than consumer marketing. Here, we’ll discuss some of the tactics and ad types you can use today in SEM for B2B. SEM for B2B (business-to-business companies) is a bit different than what marketers normally think about when they discuss search engine marketing. Specifically, many marketers consider SEM to primarily be a B2C (business-to-consumer) space. The difference between SEM for B2B vs. B2C.

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National vs. Local Geo-Targeting: Which SEM Strategy is Best for Your Business?

QuanticMind

Effectively geo-targeting SEM campaigns is one of those arcane questions with an answer that never satisfies. The ever-unsatisfying answer to the question of how best to geo-target your SEM campaigns? Example campaign: “The_Tacks_Company|Search|BrassTacks|Mobile”.

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SMX West 2017 Top 3 PPC Takeaways: Attribution, Local Search Engine Marketing, Audience Targeting

QuanticMind

The biggest search engine marketing conference of Q1 is behind us. Let’s review the three biggest PPC trends and insights from SMX West 2017 on attribution, targeting and local search. Join our webinar for even more actionable local search tactics.

Black Friday 2013: which toy retailers topped the rank vs. frequency chart in SEM?

Biznology

The Black Friday shopping weekend was an amazing opportunity to study the different search marketing strategies in play. This might have been a strategic decision if toy-related keywords are not that important to their business. The Search Monitor would love to hear your thoughts!