Millions of fake Google Maps listings hurt real business and consumers

Posted in Ad Fraud, advertising, digital media, Google, online marketing, search engines with tags , , , , on June 22, 2019 by gadler

Google Maps carries approximately 11 million illegitimate local listings, with hundreds of thousands more getting created each month, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. These fake listings push real businesses further down the local search results, impacting their ability to reach customers and make unsuspecting users easy targets for scammers.

Google says it is aware of the problem and that it has plans to do more to combat spammers and scammers taking advantage of local listings. It’s not in the company’s interest to jeopardize user trust, yet as many marketers point out, it stands to profit as local businesses turn to paid ads to regain search visibility.

— Read on searchengineland.com/millions-of-fake-google-maps-listings-hurt-real-business-and-consumers-318629

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The North Face booed by SEO community

Posted in digital media, Google, search engines, SEO with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2019 by gadler

“Last week, outdoor clothing brand The North Face and its ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made, came under fire after the agency updated images on Wikipedia pages for popular travel destinations. The efforts were part of a campaign to get The North Face branding at the top of Google image search results when anyone searched for the corresponding travel locations.

The brand initially claimed it collaborated with Wikimedia for the SEO campaign, but later apologized for the campaign after the Wikimedia Foundation published a response saying The North Face had unethically manipulated Wikipedia and risked the trust in Wikipedia’s mission, “for a short-lived marketing stunt.”

Read the full Search Engine Land article here: searchengineland.com/the-north-face-gets-a-thumbs-down-from-seo-community-after-manipulating-google-image-search-results-317747

2019 Google Ad Industry Benchmarks

Posted in advertising, digital media, Google, interactive advertising, online marketing, PPC, Research, SEM with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2019 by gadler

Each year, we dive into our data and look for an answer to one persistent, ubiquitous question for PPC advertisers: what exactly does “average” performance look like? Understanding these benchmarks is key for advertisers to recognize their strengths and weaknesses—and more importantly, how they compare in their industry. 

This year’s Google Ads report will reveal the average performance across the most crucial KPI’s for advertisers, including:

  • Click-through rate
  • Cost per click
  • Conversion rate
  • Cost per acquisition

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What’s wrong with translating keywords?

Posted in AdWords, Google, PPC, search engines, SEM, SEO, voice first with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2019 by gadler

“…As Google, Yandex and Baidu have developed their search engines and added more automation, machine learning, AI and sophisticated systems, today’s guidance should be:

“Whatever you do, whatever robot you use, do not in any circumstances use any kind of system to translate your keywords – or you will be sent straight to jail without passing go.”
— Read on searchengineland.com/whats-wrong-with-translating-keywords-317281

What the numbers tell us about the current voice search opportunity

Posted in advertising, Analytics, Attribution, Google, online marketing, PPC, Research, search engines, SEM, voice first with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2019 by gadler

Despite the rapid growth of voice and virtual assistant adoption, platforms like Google and Amazon have yet to provide businesses with the ability to segment voice interactions from typed interactions in performance reports. This makes it difficult to fully assess the role of voice search and virtual assistants at present, but there are some signals we can use to examine any changes in user behavior and the directional growth of voice interactions.
— Read on searchengineland.com/what-the-numbers-tell-us-about-the-current-voice-search-opportunity-314810

Instagram just took advantage of Amazon’s biggest weakness

Posted in Apps, Consumers, interactive advertising, internet, online marketing, Retail, social media, Uncategorized, world wide web with tags , , , , on March 20, 2019 by gadler

Instagram took a big step on Tuesday in its evolution into an online shopping destination, and for once, Amazon finds itself looking up from a position of weakness.

Instagram announced that users of the photo-sharing app will for the first time be able to start making purchases of some products directly within the app, capping off the social network’s multi-year flirtation with becoming a real player in online shopping. Big-name retailers like Nike and Zara, as well as younger brands like Outdoor Voices and Warby Parker, are among the 20-plus companies participating in the initial rollout.

Instagram has already proven to be a platform — thanks in large part to its visual nature — where the best consumer brands can do what they do best: get new people to discover their products and inspire shoppers to covet their wares.

— Read on www.recode.net/2019/3/20/18271386/instagram-shopping-discovery-amazon-weakness-checkout

Google’s next chapter for metrics to focus on clarity once ‘average position’ is removed

Posted in advertising, AdWords, Google, interactive advertising, online marketing, PPC, search engines, SEM with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2019 by gadler

Fred Vallaeys explains why advertisers need to rethink bidding strategies and position metrics now that Google has announced it will sunset one of its oldest metrics later this year.
— Read on searchengineland.com/googles-next-chapter-for-metrics-to-focus-on-clarity-once-average-position-is-removed-312947

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