Author Archive: Joseph Vivolo

Joe Vivolo Joe Vivolo is the Director of Search Engine Advertising for KoMarketing.

November 20, 2014: Click-through rate (CTR), very simply, is the number of clicks your ads have received divided by the number of total impressions. Specific keywords as well as ad creative variations will all have individual click-through rates.

Evolution of Google's Search Results Pages & Effects on User Behaviour

The Benefits of Having a High CTR:

Click-through rate is one of the most important factors in Google’s Ad Rank formula. This means that CTR is key in determining your Quality Score. This, in turn, affects several things:

  • Your ad position is determined by your maximum cost-per-click (CPC) bid and by Quality Score – exclusively.

June 5, 2014: Google AdWordsValueTrack is an easy-to-use AdWords URL-tagging feature. ValueTrack works with Google Analytics or your own tracking solution to provide detailed, useful data about each click on your paid search ad. You can use this information to fine-tune your campaigns and settings for better performance.

In order to use ValueTrack, you first need to add a special tag to your ad’s destination URL. Then, when a customer clicks your ad and visits your website, ValueTrack records certain details about the ad in the URL. Details can include the site where the visitor clicked your ad, the specific ad that was shown, the keyword that caused the ad to appear, and more.

April 7, 2014: There are a number of ways B2B companies can make their advertisements more effective.  Sitelinks, for example, is a tool that can help advertisers gain additional presence on the main page (see example below) when they are in one of the top advertising positions.

AdWords PPC Sitelink Example

In the above, “Current Mortgage Rates,” “First Time Home Buyer,” etc. are examples of sitelinks, additional hyperlinked text that goes to a separate landing page from the main text link above it. Think of it as a smaller sitemap that’s displayed on the search engine results page.

February 3, 2014: Google Shopping is one of the more underutilized PPC strategies for B2B companies, especially those that have an e-commerce component to their online marketing strategy.  Why?  Because many B2B marketers fail to realize that Google Shopping is now integrated with AdWords, putting this area of prime real estate in search results in optimal paid advertising position.

Shopping Results in Paid Listings

Because the Google Shopping results utilize photos, they tend to draw more attention than the other text ads on the page. Google Shopping results also send searchers directly to product listings, arguably making the path to conversion easier.

November 19, 2013: Last month, we wrote a blog post on retargeting, including best practices, and why retargeting (or remarketing) was an important tool for B2B marketers. Given that less than 2% of online visitors (according to Optify’s B2B Marketing Benchmark Report) convert to customers, retargeting can become a complementary tool for bringing back potential lead opportunities that did not “convert” in a first visit.

While there are many remarketing/retargeting services, we often get asked how to choose one over another. In other words, why should B2B marketers use a retargeting solution other than Google AdWords?

In my opinion there are three critical factors B2B marketers need to evaluate when choosing a remarketing vendor. The objective of this post is to look at these factors in greater depth and identify why you might choose Google Remarketing (over a competitive vendor).

October 7, 2013: B2B Marketing Budget Spending by ChannelAccording to research from American Business Media, B2B marketers are set to make increasing investments in digital advertising, specifically through search engine and mobile advertising, in the coming year, as detailed in a recent article from eMarketer.

A critical reason search engine advertising in particular is attractive for B2B marketers is because of the immediacy in performance measurement. Cost per lead, cost per acquisition, or cost per sale can easily be defined with PPC.

As these digital channels help pave the way for marketing initiatives in the coming year, B2B marketers need to consider options for investing their advertising dollars in the most effective tactics even within search advertising.

Retargeting (or Remarketing) is one such related option. This blog post will specifically explore retargeting as a tactical initiative for B2B marketers, including background, myths and misconceptions, and best practices.

June 27, 2013: There are many of us that have the unique position of having to write hundreds or thousands of lines of creative for the B2B audience (or god forbid, other marketers).   For this exercise let’s assume that all ads are created equally and they all are exactly as compelling to the average B2B buyer.  In that case, we must take important strides to do what we can to make sure our ads stand out in a sea of similar advertisements.

We can do this by maximizing geography and ensuring visibility.

May 30, 2013: Getting listed on Google AdWords Seller Ratings can have a host of benefits for the B2B ecommerce vendor; however this isn’t the easiest or most transparent of processes. You cannot opt in to Seller Ratings and it is not a readily available social extension through the AdWords interface. Instead, Seller Ratings consist of reviews from a select set of shopping and merchant portals across the web. Only these specific sites are recognized by Google merchant program and allow for their ratings to be shown in search results.

AdWords Seller Ratings

April 23, 2013: A recent study released by eBay, “Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment” refutes the value of paid search and claims an overall ineffectiveness both of branded and non-branded keyword ads.

Over a specified test period, eBay conducted a series of SEM campaign experiments that stopped running paid queries for brand based keyword strings in search results to determine if organic results picked up the clicks of the forgone advertisements. In addition, eBay selected a group of test cities in the US to cease all non-branded keyword advertisements as well, their tests initially found that in these areas revenue was not affected by the cessation of paid ads.

May 24, 2012: Retargeting (also called remarketing) is the act of serving display advertisements to users who have viewed specific pages on your web site as they browse other sites across display networks on the web.  It is an extremely effective and valuable method for interacting with your customer base.

So why aren’t more B2B advertisers utilizing it?

Problem: You are a specialized consulting firm and your site only averages about 10,000 unique visitors every month.

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