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January is the traditional time to take stock of your life, assess what’s missing, and set new goals. Chances are, your PPC account could use the January treatment. The holidays are over, you’re back from vacation, and your AdWords account is probably as messy as your kitchen, or as bloated as … never mind. The point is, it’s time for a PPC audit – you need to benchmark where you’re at so you...
January 07, 2014
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Guide: How to Use Google AdWords for Apartment Marketing

As the marketing director for Rentping Media, a real estate marketing agency that focuses exclusively on the apartment industry, I have had the unique opportunity to optimize our PPC strategy across hundreds of apartment communities in over 20 states for the last couple of years. Through a lot of trial and a lot of error, our agency has honed a very precise strategy for apartment marketing that...
January 06, 2014
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Gmail Advertising Showdown: Gmail Sponsored Promotions vs. Managed Placements

The Gmail platform has been evolving, and Gmail advertising options are no exception. The ongoing Gmail Sponsored Promotions (GSP) beta was rolled out in early 2013, introducing new targeting and display options for advertisers. Previously, search marketers could target an audience on Gmail through managed placements. With GSP, Gmail advertising targeting became much more advanced. Aside from...
January 03, 2014
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Google Engagement Ads – Should Small Businesses Use Them?

What Are Google Engagement Ads? Earlier this year Google released an exciting new feature that they call engagement ads. These engagement ads run on the Google Display Network (GDN) and use the same flexible targeting options as normal display campaigns. Google has also announced additional self-service ad formats, including Cross Device ads, a YouTube Masthead Lightbox to aid in consistent...
January 02, 2014
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Deduping Keywords: How to Identify & Remove Duplicate Keywords from Your PPC Account

Around this time last year, I had a pretty ambitious list of New Year’s resolutions cued up for 2013. I’m ashamed to report that I did not successfully complete a single item during the course of the year. In retrospect, my problem was that I set the bar far too high—I mean really, who loses 20 pounds and masters the Spanish language in only 365 days?—and as a result, I gave up pretty quickly....
December 31, 2013
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WordStream Year in Review: Our Top 25 Posts of 2013

You’ve read our picks for the best articles, guides, and case studies on PPC from around the web in 2013. But what about WordStream? We wrote plenty about pay-per-click marketing, Google AdWords in particular, this year, but some of our most popular posts were about Twitter, Facebook, and social media management. Could it be that small businesses find social media marketing less intimidating...
December 30, 2013
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The Small Business Guide to the DMCA and Copyright Law

Deciding how to handle copyright law in a time where 3D printers are on the rise and online media sharing is the norm is troublesome at best. Many critics admonish movie studios and record labels for their desperate attempts to retain the status quo, rather than embrace and adapt to cultural shifts. This stalwart stubbornness is reflected in the big media industries’ use of the DMCA to levy...
December 26, 2013
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Best of PPC: The Hottest Guides, Case Studies & Articles of the Year!

Over the last year, I’ve spent about 3 hours per day reading about online marketing, and paid search in particular. It’s worked out to somewhere in the neighborhood of 780 hours of staying up to date on the latest case studies, tips, detailed how-to guides, and original research – we’re talking thousands of articles here!  On the off chance you haven’t been keeping up to this extent every day,...
December 23, 2013
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Twitter Introduces Broad Match Keyword Option

This past week, Twitter took a page out of Google’s book and introduced broad match keyword targeting. For AdWords veterans, this concept is nothing new. Twitter’s new match type will extend the reach of promoted tweets to capture an audience that uses terms similar or related to the target keyword. According to Twitter, a broad keyword “matches on tweets containing keywords in any order,...
December 18, 2013
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Quick Guide to Google Grants: Google AdWords for Nonprofits

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about the Google Grant Program, Google’s AdWords program for nonprofit organizations, from how to qualify to ad guidelines. What Is Google Ad Grants? The Google Ad Grants Program gives nonprofits the chance to advertise on Google AdWords at no cost to the nonprofit. This program gives qualified organizations $10,000 per month in AdWords spend...
December 18, 2013
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