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7 Major Paid Search Lessons Retailers Learned in 2013

December 18, 2013

title-slide.png2013 was a pivotal year in paid search for retailers. Some experts estimate over 1,000 changes in AdWords alone! From a complete platform upgrade on AdWords to tons of new features on Bing, ecommerce retailers can easily lose track of all the changes. However, with each of these changes came lessons on how to adjust for improved profits in 2014.

June AdWords Round Up

July 1, 2013


"Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity" -Henry Hartman

Google has had no shortage of announcements and new features as they prepare to roll out Enhanced Campaigns. In our June AdWords Round Up we will highlight some of the changes, announcements, and new features from Google. June has been a dynamic month for retailers using AdWords including new reports, more changes to extensions, and new bidding strategies.

R.I.P - The Loss of 2 AdWords Ad Extensions

May 24, 2013

As enhanced campaigns continue to roll out over the next couple of months, Google is quietly making some changes to the availability of certain ad extensions - Product extensions & Social extensions. One extension has been consumed by the almighty Google Shopping machine and the other has become automated for those using the Google+ social platform. So, what does this mean for retailers using AdWords?

Layering on Location Targeting in Enhanced Campaigns

May 15, 2013

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Arguably one of the most powerful upgrades with Google's new AdWords platform, Enhanced Campaigns, is the ability to target locations more granularly within a single campaign. Under the old structure, retailers looking to target a specific geo-region would have to duplicate a campaign then target the copied campaign to the specific state, city, or zip code. This was tedious and cumbersome - especially for large accounts.

The Full Value of Mobile - Mobile Justified?

May 8, 2013

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Enhanced Campaigns have magnified the impact of mobile on paid search. Advertisers are seriously evaluating how profitable mobile searches are to their industry. Those who once opted out of targeting mobile devices must now decide what percent (if any) of their budget to allocate to mobile searches. Some may even opt out completely because mobile doesn't convert well for them.

PayPal Express Checkout is Making Mobile Payments Easier for Retailers

March 7, 2013

logo_paypal_106x29.pngThere is no doubt smartphone and tablet shopping is thriving. If you are skeptical, just look at the trends from 2012. Sales from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices grew 81% in 2012, accounting for 11% of total e-commerce sales.

Top 10 Most Popular Topics of 2012

January 7, 2013

Top 10.jpg "The Year of Big Changes" is one way to describe e-commerce in 2012. Social media networks, like Pinterest and Google+, gave retailers more ways to become visible to consumers while edifying consumer relevance in search. The shift to Google Shopping really changed the rules of the game and brought us Google Trusted Stores, which proves to be of great benefit to participating retailers. Plus, new strategies for remarketing are extending seasonality for retailers. All of these changes to paid search in the last 12 months are affecting how retailers approach and optimize their paid search campaigns.

Google Trusted Stores in Product Listing Ads

November 7, 2012

google-store-checkSince the announcement of Google Shopping, online retailers have been scrambling to make sense of the changes and adapt for a successful Q4. On October 17th, Adwords' Product Listing Ads officially power all of Google Shopping. As the rollout has happened over the last few months, Google has been adding features to their system to help retailers get an added lift for this year's holiday season. One program in particular is Google Trusted Stores.

Retail Promotions on Google Properties

October 24, 2012

google-store-checkOnline retailers know that shoppers are always looking for a stellar deal. The 2012 holiday season is no different. With the lines of offline and online blurring, the undiscerning consumer is using all methods to compare prices and find a bargain. As online shoppers flock to Google looking for money saving deals on their holiday shopping lists, Google is introducing a new way for retailers to incorporate trackable promotional codes in ads across various Google properties - Google Shopping, Google Maps, and the Google Offers app.

Making Mobile Paid Search Work for You

October 1, 2012


Did you know that 66% of smartphone users access the Internet daily?

Mobile has quickly become one of the most versatile marketing channels. As mobile usage continues to rise, so do mobile product searches. Consumers are researching products, performing in-store shopping comparisons, and making purchases from their mobile devices. A recent survey from IBM estimates that mobile sales for the 2012 holiday season will reach 20% of total online shopping sales.

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