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Digital Advertising Benchmarks Q2 2016

Posted in advertising, Analytics, Attribution, interactive advertising, mobile, online marketing, PPC, search engines, SEM, social media, tablet on June 30, 2016 by gadler

“Vital search, social, and display performance data by device.”

Marin’s methodology was to sample the Marin Global Online Advertising Index (over $7.8B in the Marin Platform). The Index consisted primarily of “enterprise clients” (larger clients or agencies) that spend $1MM+ annually on paid search, display, and/or social.

Read the report here: wp222_Q2-2016-benchmark-report_us_w_050516

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Google AdWords to soon break up desktop and tablet – enable mobile base bidding

Posted in advertising, AdWords, Google, interactive advertising, mobile, PPC, search engines, SEM, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 24, 2016 by gadler

“Google has announced a significant change that will give advertisers more control over device-level bidding in AdWords. The news came during Google Performance Summit in San Francisco, at which Google also said it now handles trillions of searches globally — up from the hundreds of billions most recently stated — with more than half of those searches starting on mobile devices.”

Read Search Engine Land’s Ginny Marvin’s article here: Google AdWords to enable mobile base bidding

Google removes right hand sidebar ads

Posted in AdWords, digital media, Google, interactive advertising, PPC, search engines, SEM on February 19, 2016 by gadler

“Google has officially started rolling out an update to its paid search layout. Starting today, Google will begin phasing out the right hand gutter (sidebar) ads. Instead, Google will only show 1 – 4 ads above the fold and force the rest to the bottom of the results page.”

Learn more here.

Google Smart Goals For Advertisers Lacking Conversion Tracking

Posted in AdWords, Analytics, Campaigns, Google with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2015 by gadler

For businesses without a way to measure conversions and optimize AdWords campaigns, Smart Goals powered by Google Analytics might give marketers a leg up. Google introduced the feature Thursday.

Google Smart Goals For Advertisers Lacking Conversion Tracking 12/11/2015

B2B Marketers Focus on SEO and PPC

Posted in interactive advertising, internet, PPC, SEO on February 22, 2012 by gadler

The New Google Analytics: Events Goals

Posted in advertising, digital media, Google, interactive advertising, online marketing, PPC, search engines, SEM, SEO with tags , on April 6, 2011 by gadler

This is part of our series of posts highlighting the new Google Analytics. The new version of Google Analytics is currently available in beta to a number of Analytics users. We’ll be giving access to even more users soon. Sign up for early access. And follow Google Analytics on Twitter for the latest updates.
Real Analytics ninjas use goals. Google Analytics has always had URL Goals (when a visitor reaches a specific page). In 2009, we added Engagement Goals to track success metrics around visit depth and time on site. With the new version of Google Analytics, we’ve added one more: Event Goals. This was one of our most requested features, and it gives you even more reason to use event tracking.
A brief intro to Event TrackingYou can use Event Tracking in Google Analytics to track visitor actions that don’t correspond directly to pageviews. It’s a great fit for tracking things like:
* Downloads of a PDF or other file
* Interaction with dynamic or AJAX sites
* Interaction with Adobe Flash objects, embedded videos, and other media
* Number of errors users get when attempting to checkout
* How long a video was watched on your site

Events are defined using a set of Categories, Actions, Labels, and Values. Here’s how you might set up event tracking for tracking downloads of whitepapers and presentations.

These interactions all have potential business impact, but until now you couldn’t track them as goals in Google Analytics. Let’s look at three ways you might use Event Goals on your site.
Tracking DownloadsSuppose you run a business to business (B2B) website and offer whitepapers (as a PDF download) in order to attract leads. You drive traffic to this page through advertising. You can track the number of downloads using event tracking. For example, we can use the category to designate the click was of type “download”. We can use the action to designate the download was a “whitepaper” and we can use the label to identify the actual whitepaper that was downloaded.
With the new Google Analytics, configuring this as a goal is easy. We simply match any event with the category of “download” and the action of “whitepaper”. Finally we set the goal value as 20.

Tracking Time SpentEvent tracking is powerful because you can track values, along with the category, action, and label. Going back to our B2B website, suppose you have a embedded product demo video on your page. With a little JavaScript, you can track the time a user spends watching the video and send that number back to Google Analytics as an event value.
With Event Goals, you can now set up a goal based on this value. In this example, we’ve configured a goal when a user spends over 180 seconds watching the product demo.

Using The Event Value As The Conversion ValueTraditionally, the only way to set goal values was when creating the goal in Google Analytics, or from the tracking code using ecommerce tracking. With Event Goals, you have another option: using the event value as the goal value.
Again putting yourself in the shoes of a B2B website owner, you realize not all your whitepapers bring in the same quality of lead. The lead value associated with downloading a certain whitepaper is $20, but the lead value from a different whitepaper is $35. Rather than creating a separate goal for each, you can pass the values 20 and 35 as the Event Value, and then set up the goal to use the actual Event Value:

Now when a goal is matched, the value passed in the event will be used as the goal value.
These are just a few examples of how you can take advantage of Event Goals in the new Google Analytics. You can read more on how to implement Event Tracking on Google Code and how to set up goals in the new Analytics. We’re constantly giving more of you access to the new version. If you don’t have the new version yet, you can sign up for earlier access.
Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics TeamThis is part of our series of posts highlighting the new Google Analytics. The new version of Google Analytics is currently available in beta to a number of Analytics users. We’ll be giving access to even more users soon. Sign up for early access. And follow Google Analytics on Twitter for the latest updates.
Real Analytics ninjas use goals. Google Analytics has always had URL Goals (when a visitor reaches a specific page). In 2009, we added Engagement Goals to track success metrics around visit depth and time on site. With the new version of Google Analytics, we’ve added one more: Event Goals. This was one of our most requested features, and it gives you even more reason to use event tracking.
A brief intro to Event TrackingYou can use Event Tracking in Google Analytics to track visitor actions that don’t correspond directly to pageviews. It’s a great fit for tracking things like:
* Downloads of a PDF or other file
* Interaction with dynamic or AJAX sites
* Interaction with Adobe Flash objects, embedded videos, and other media
* Number of errors users get when attempting to checkout
* How long a video was watched on your site

Events are defined using a set of Categories, Actions, Labels, and Values. Here’s how you might set up event tracking for tracking downloads of whitepapers and presentations.

These interactions all have potential business impact, but until now you couldn’t track them as goals in Google Analytics. Let’s look at three ways you might use Event Goals on your site.
Tracking DownloadsSuppose you run a business to business (B2B) website and offer whitepapers (as a PDF download) in order to attract leads. You drive traffic to this page through advertising. You can track the number of downloads using event tracking. For example, we can use the category to designate the click was of type “download”. We can use the action to designate the download was a “whitepaper” and we can use the label to identify the actual whitepaper that was downloaded.
With the new Google Analytics, configuring this as a goal is easy. We simply match any event with the category of “download” and the action of “whitepaper”. Finally we set the goal value as 20.

Tracking Time SpentEvent tracking is powerful because you can track values, along with the category, action, and label. Going back to our B2B website, suppose you have a embedded product demo video on your page. With a little JavaScript, you can track the time a user spends watching the video and send that number back to Google Analytics as an event value.
With Event Goals, you can now set up a goal based on this value. In this example, we’ve configured a goal when a user spends over 180 seconds watching the product demo.

Using The Event Value As The Conversion ValueTraditionally, the only way to set goal values was when creating the goal in Google Analytics, or from the tracking code using ecommerce tracking. With Event Goals, you have another option: using the event value as the goal value.
Again putting yourself in the shoes of a B2B website owner, you realize not all your whitepapers bring in the same quality of lead. The lead value associated with downloading a certain whitepaper is $20, but the lead value from a different whitepaper is $35. Rather than creating a separate goal for each, you can pass the values 20 and 35 as the Event Value, and then set up the goal to use the actual Event Value:

Now when a goal is matched, the value passed in the event will be used as the goal value.
These are just a few examples of how you can take advantage of Event Goals in the new Google Analytics. You can read more on how to implement Event Tracking on Google Code and how to set up goals in the new Analytics. We’re constantly giving more of you access to the new version. If you don’t have the new version yet, you can sign up for earlier access

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