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5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Client Is About to Jump Ship

On April 15, 2016
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Getting broken up with sucks—especially when you’re completely blindsided by the news. Oftentimes, when you look back on the situation months later, you realize that there were actually plenty of warning signs that things were on the rocks. Maybe you ignored them, hoping things would get better with time. Maybe you even denied them, avoiding the subject altogether.

5 tell-tale signs that your client is about to jump ship

Either way, I bet we can agree that, had you identified and dealt with these issues head on, you may have been able to repair the relationship or at least end on better terms.

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7 Super-Creative, Crazy-Effective Retargeting Ad Ideas

On April 13, 2016
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There’s no doubt about it, remarketing is pretty darn impactful. It gives you the opportunity to show ads to a perfectly primed audience—people who have already visited your site—and nurture them into completing a conversion or coming back to make another purchase. On average, retargeting ads are 76% more likely to be clicked on than a regular old display ad.

That said, I’ve noticed that far too many advertisers are failing to make the most of this unique opportunity. Rather than simply reusing eye-catching image ads that you’ve designed for your standard display campaigns, you should go the extra mile to craft ads to connect specifically with your remarketing audience.

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5 Deadly Landing Page Mistakes Sabotaging Your Results

On April 12, 2016
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Did you know that 44% of B2B clicks are directed to a home page, instead of a dedicated landing page?

That’s a big problem, because landing page relevance and performance is a key ingredient in your Quality Score (the single biggest factor in determining your results and costs).

Deadly landing page mistakes

Sending paid traffic to unoptimized landing pages is like scarfing down a Big Mac on your way to the gym. You’re undermining your own efforts, forcing yourself to work twice as hard (or spend twice as much) just to see a miniscule return.

But if you can fix these five common landing page mistakes, you can stop these problems dead in their tracks and start seeing the results you deserve.

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5 Keyword Search Tools All Online Advertisers Should Be Using

On April 11, 2016
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Earlier this year, I teamed up with one of our brilliant in-house PPCers, Nic D’Amato, to create a guide to help account managers dominate e-commerce keyword research. A few readers responded saying that they appreciated the tips, but needed broader tactics to apply to non-retail sites. Ask and ye shall receive! Here are five super-reliable keyword research tools and tactics that will help you get the job done for just about any vertical you’re working with.

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Google Changes Impact of Ad Formats in Ad Rank

On April 8, 2016
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For the last decade, ad extensions have been served at Google’s mercy, using a secret, unpublished formula. If an ad had extensions enabled and ranked in one of the top three positions, it was eligible to be shown with a single extension, multiple extensions and sometimes even no extension.

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Pretty dismal situation for Topshop.com, who nailed position 1.

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11 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Bounce Rate

On April 7, 2016
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Accepting that your site has a high bounce rate is a little like accepting that maybe, just maybe, your child isn’t the best-looking kid in the schoolyard. Sure, you think your precious little angel is just adorable (and just so we’re clear, we’re talking about your website now), yet when you head into Google Analytics to check the numbers, your bounce rate tells a different story.

It’s hard to come to terms with. After all, you love your website, so why doesn’t everybody else?

 How to reduce bounce rate

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5 Ways to Optimize a Small Marketing Budget

On April 6, 2016
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In the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn I was the Marketing Manager for a 250-storefront buying and marketing group of independent in-car electronics and accessories retailers. We learned a crucial lesson from the recession and its eventual recovery: Don’t stop promoting your business. Ever. Don’t stop, even when your resources are low.

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16 Ways to Optimize Your Product Landing Pages

On April 5, 2016
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If you’re in the e-commerce business and looking to increase your conversion rates, you’re in the right place. In this article you’ll learn 16 tips for optimizing your e-commerce product pages and the mindset you need to achieve explosive business growth.

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AdWords Benchmark Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Other Top Stories From March

On April 1, 2016
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Whenever Google makes a major change to the SERPs, it’s big news – and March was certainly no exception. Google’s decision to scrap ads from the right-hand side of the SERP was the topic of discussion among the digital marketing community, and for good reason. It’s one of the biggest changes Google has made to its results pages in several years, and advertisers and marketers alike immediately began speculating what the change would mean for them.

Best of the WordStream blog March

Of course, although the banishment of ads from the right-hand side of the SERPs dominated much of the conversation, it was far from the only news in digital marketing. Here are the top posts from the WordStream blog from March, so if you missed any, grab a coffee and catch up.

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Facebook Unveils Miss Takes, The Digital Assistant For Drunks

On April 1, 2016
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Ever had a few too may drinks on a Friday night and posted an inappropriate Facebook status update (perhaps on your ex's page) or a bleary-eyed duck-faced selfie from your local ER with a bottle of Tennessee whiskey in hand? Hey, we've all been there.

Facebook has been watching it all. Do you have any idea how many servers they've dedicated just for all the wild pictures and late-night posts drunken people have uploaded in the past 10 years? 

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