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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For the last decade, ad extensions have been served at Google’s mercy, using a secret, unpublished formula.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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6 Ways to Use Video to Increase Conversion Rates

On March 30, 2016
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Are you still watching?

Have you ever been victim to that shaming message that pops up after you’ve binged watched nearly an entire season of House of Cards?

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Many of us have, and luckily we’re not alone.

Video is entertaining, visual, and drastically underused to convert leads. Yet, having a video on your landing page can increase your conversion rate by 80%, according to EyeWideDigital.

Unsure of how to best use video to up conversion rates? Below are 6 full-proof ways to use video to convert leads.

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5 Lazy Tips to Cut Your PPC Budget in Half

On March 29, 2016
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Execution is hard. Tweaking keywords, fine-tuning targeting and upgrading ad copy is tough. Everything else shouldn’t be.

Overcomplicating your life with extraneous activities not only increases confusion, but it also drags you away from the truly important stuff that dictates results.

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Instead, here are five lazy PPC tips to help you stay focused on what truly matters in order to increase results and slash costs.

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3 Unconventional Facebook Advertising Strategies That Work

On March 28, 2016
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Facebook advertising is one of the most effective marketing strategies at your disposal. It’s also one of the most intimidating advertising channels for newcomers. With almost as many ways to target relevant audiences as there are ways to use Facebook in general, figuring out precisely what strategy to adopt can be a challenge for those new to paid social.

Unconventional Facebook advertising strategies

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