There’s never a dull moment when Google has its annual Marketing Next Event.
Google announced Google Attribution and AdWords integrations for Optimize and Surveys 360. And a new cloud-based BigQuery measurement system for YouTube advertisers. And offline conversions are now easier to import into AdWords.
But even then the week wasn’t over — it was only Wednesday. While the rest of the week went by in a blur, here’s what stayed in focus:
That’s what Google’s hoping, at least. Announced last week, Google Attribution is free, requires no additional tagging and integrates with Google Analytics, AdWords and Doubleclick.
AdWords advertisers will be able to adjust bids based on the attribution model of their choosing. However, they must have had 15,000 clicks or more in the past 30 days (and at least 600 conversions).
While we can’t wait to get our hands on it, we’ll have to — Attribution is still in beta, and yet to become widely available.
Nearly half (49%) say it’s on-page SEO, but they also agree it’s one of the easiest tactics to perform. The hardest? Link building, by a New York mile. It may be the third most effective SEO tactic, but it’s much harder to execute than Content Creation (the second most effective tactic).
Brands and their agencies can struggle to agree on which Key Performance Indicators are most important. Both agree they should collaborate in deciding KPIs, but their views on what should be considered important are widely different.
A new study reveals 30% of Google search results have “Featured Snippets”. These are the ANSWERS shown at the top of Google’s search results, often used for Google Voice search results by Google Assistant. Having your website used for a Featured Snippet can drive extra traffic, but what can you do to make that happen? Stone Temple’s report has some answers.
Easier is good. If, like us, you’ve always wanted to make sure that your AdWords campaigns are optimised for consequent offline conversions, Google just made it easier. The import process can now be automated for daily or weekly upload. Oh joy.
The little search engine that could is doing something Google isn’t. With its Business Bot program, Microsoft is providing SMBs with chatbots in local search results. It’s for restaurants only, at this stage, with Australia and 12 other countries (no, not New Zealand) invited to the Bing Places party.
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These search marketing news updates feature articles of interest picked up through the week by the SureFire team.
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New-look Google dials up Search Relevance20 Nov, 2017
Use AdWords to reach Customers with Intent30 Oct, 2017
AdWords Gets a New Competitor02 Oct, 2017
Hasta La Vista Bing!25 Sep, 2017
Who’s accessing your Google Analytics data?11 Sep, 2017
Google Reveals Most Popular How To Searches04 Sep, 2017
Google wants you to stop testing AdWords ads…21 Aug, 2017
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