One Weird Trick to Get More Facebook Likes for Free

On July 11, 2016
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Unless you have a huge advertising budget, paying for Facebook Likes is nowhere near as valuable as it was five years ago. After all, organic reach on Facebook is pretty much dead, right?

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However, there is still some marginal value in having a large number of page Likes. If nothing else, Likes serve as a form of social proof. More likes make you appear popular to people who are just discovering your brand. And having more followers gives you a small bit of organic reach.

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3 Ways to Run More Effective Client Meetings

On July 8, 2016
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PPC agency life can be hectic – bouncing from tasks, meetings, phone calls, training, blog-reading. Within a given week, I can average 4-7 meetings per day. Sometimes it’s amazing that we can balance getting all of our tactical work done when comparing the time we spend living in conference rooms or enduring hour-long conference calls. How do we keep our sanity?

Hey, it’s what we do! And we’re (hopefully) good at it! But have you ever finished a meeting and found you were asking yourself, “What was the point of this meeting? What did we just accomplish”? Or worse, have you LED meetings where you felt like that at the end? Trust me, we’ve all been there.

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Website Design Inspiration: 8 Sites to Spark Your Creativity

On July 7, 2016
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Thanks to emerging technologies and the growing expectation that we should be able to do almost literally everything online, there’s never been a more exciting time in the field of web design. From huge brands redefining what corporate websites can be to the minimal, elegant work of small boutique design studios, the web has never looked better.

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The Easy 8-Step Checklist for PPC Audits

On July 6, 2016
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When you take over a new PPC account, the original owner has often created and managed the account in their own, unique way. When a someone new takes over, they’ve got a tough job ahead of them. They have to navigate the existing account without fully understanding its historical background.

The best way to overcome this gap is to do an extensive PPC audit anytime you take on an existing AdWords account. Here’s a checklist of the first things I look at in my search campaigns when I dive into a newly acquired account.

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What’s the Most Important CRO Metric? (Hint: Not Conversion Rate)

On July 5, 2016
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There's no shortage of ways to measure the success of your conversion rate optimization (CRO) efforts. But one metric is more important than all the rest.

I know what you're thinking. Conversion rate is the most important CRO metric you should track, right? Duh? Seems like a no-brainer.

Actually, no.

In my opinion, there's an even more important metric you should be paying attention to; Click-through rate (CTR) is THE most important conversion metric.

I’m not crazy. Here are three reasons why.

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Google Maps, Green Ad Tags, and Other Top Stories from June

On July 1, 2016
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Although there weren’t as many major headlines in the world of paid search this month as there were in May, there was still plenty going on in the digital marketing industry. Google shook things up by changing the long-standing yellow color of its AdWords ad tags to green, and marketers were still buzzing about the potentially powerful new ad features coming soon to Google Maps.

 Best of the WordStream blog June 2016

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Customer Match for Shopping Campaigns Now in Open Beta

On June 30, 2016
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By far, one of the biggest announcements Google made in 2015 was the ability to target lists of users via their email addresses with Customer Match. For the past 9 months, our customers have been ecstatic to apply this targeting to the Gmail, YouTube, and RLSA campaigns, often seeing conversion rates from customer match over 3 times as high as their new search visitors!*

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The 10 Greatest Social Media Advertising Tips for Content Marketers

On June 30, 2016
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Let's start with the bad news first. It's tougher than ever to get your content noticed.

Changes to Google's search results pages have further obscured content organically, especially on competitive commercial searches. Meanwhile, paid search CPCs are at all-time highs in established markets.

Organic reach in social media? It's pretty much dead. Half of all content gets zero shares, and less than 0.1 percent will be shared more than 1,000 times. And Facebook just announced that you're even less likely to get your content in front of people who aren't related to you. (Sorry.)

 Social media advertising how content marketing doesn't work

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9 Tips to Write the Best Facebook Ads Ever (with Examples)

On June 29, 2016
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I’m constantly on Facebook, scrolling through my feed reading the news and looking at pics of cute Pomeranians. I’m not alone—the social media platform averages 1.09 billion daily active users.

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Despite talk that Facebook’s reach is waning, it’s pretty clear people love the site more than ever—70% of Facebook users in the U.S. log into Facebook on a daily basis, compared with 59% on Instagram, 38% on Twitter, 27% on Pinterest, and 22% on LinkedIn, according to stats from Pew Research Center.

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