SEM

Most people click on organic results and they have highest CTR

Methodology of organic CTR vs paid CTR

– reviewing dozens of Google Analytics sites has shown that traffic from organic results is far greater than traffic from paid ads on search engines; roughly 75 – 85% of the traffic is from the organic side while 15 – 25% come from the paid side

Click through rate of organic results

– click through rates on the organic side were derived from analyzing dozens of client sites via webmaster tools. The click through rate of organic results is defined as number of clicks divided by number of impressions in organic search result pages.

– average click through rates from paid search are well published and well known from dozens of sources published online over the years.

organic has higher clicks and click through rates and are free

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 analytics, digital, digital strategy, SEM, SEO No Comments

Search and Display can reinforce each other

search ads and display ads can work together

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 digital, display advertising, SEM No Comments

Search and Social Media in Regulated Industries #SESNY

Search and Social Media in Regulated Industries – Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance.

http://sesconference.com/newyork/agenda-day2.php#search-social-regulated-industries

 

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 digital strategy, SEM, SEO, Social media No Comments

Um, Google’s “Search, Plus Your World” Sucks So Far

Google’s “Search, Plus Your World” launched with some fanfare and with jilted partner, Twitter, crying foul.  But the real proof is in the “pudding” and so far, from my own taste testing, the “puddin’s not all that good.” In fact, it’s downright spoiled.

In theory, returning results based on my own activities, photos, shares, etc. plus the social sharing activities of my circles of friends seems to make sense. After all, my friends should share similar interests, etc. However, in reality, this appears to be far from the truth.

Either my friends all suck at what they are sharing OR what I search for has very little to do with (or very little overlap with) what I and my friends are sharing. And I think the latter is more likely the case, because my friends are all awesome and I usually find what they share to be super informative and I always learn something new from them and the insightful curation they do.

So what is wrong with Google’s new personalized search, flavored with +1? And will it ever get better with time and more usage?

My current hypothesis is NO .. it won’t get better with time.  Here are a few reasons why I think so:

– what I search for (what I need at this moment) is not necessarily what I share (what I think my followers would be interested in)

– news items and other cool information that is shared are things I “discover” through the curation of my circles of friends and I like to browse these things to learn; this contrasts with things that I search for at any moment in time, which could include things that I need now, gifts for other people, research for clients in other industries that I am not in. What this means is that those search terms and the sites that I visit don’t necessarily have any bearing on any future searches and what I am interested in.

– finally, among all my friends, I would probably only ask 1 or 2 of them for restaurant recommendations (in New York) because they live here and are known for their expertise in food; I would ask different friends for advice on digital cameras (@designerguy), keyword research platforms (@glenngabe), ad networks (@jonathanmendez), etc. you get the idea. So canvassing my entire social graph for keyword based ways to personalize search results is actually making the results worse (see examples below).

Search ( photos )

[Redacted] – I don’t need to see my own photos from my own Picasa, which I already know is there.

Search  ( italian restaurants in New York  – no quotes )

 

 

Search ( spend polarization – no quotes )

spend polarization search results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 SEM, SEO, social networks No Comments

Digital Orchestration

digital orchestration means helping clients orchestrate and coordinate the activities of agencies that have particular specialties — search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), website design and build, analytics, social marketing, etc. Too often, clients are not comfortable asking about digital or don’t know enough to tell if the agency specialists are recommending the correct strategy or tactic.

search consultants typically help individual clients find individual agencies that are good at a particular area — e.g. TV agency, digital agency, SEO agency, etc.  Today, this is no longer as effective because the different disciplines and specialities need to work closely together and feed off of each other to work properly.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 digital, integrated marketing, SEM, SEO No Comments

small company kicking big brands’ butt with SEO and SEM

almost 10X the search keywords driving traffic; 52,200 pages indexed by Google, and nearly 13X the monthly unique visitors.  And they started in Mar 2007. 

Top Keywords Driving Traffic to:
• dailymakeover.com
 
see all 1,335 keywords
• covergirl.com
 
see all 230 keywords
• maybelline.com
 
see all 189 keywords

 

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Date: 01/2009 People Month Δ   Year Δ   What is this?
 dailymakeover.com 3,888,546 1.9% N/A The number of people visiting a site.
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 covergirl.com 303,846 27.2% 34.2%
 maybelline.com 70,669 -27.1% -37.8%
 makeoversolutions.com 9,717 -49.7% -99.3%

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 integrated marketing, marketing, SEM, SEO No Comments

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