Are your industry competitors on the verge of taking you over? To understand your competitive landscape, consider conducting in-depth search marketing analysis. I’ll show you how to get started in only 5 minutes. [Read more...]
We’ve all come to expect that retailers will flood the search engines during the holiday season with ads containing very strong, compelling offers to purchase. Not only is the holiday season when retailers have the opportunity to end the year in the black, it’s also an incredibly competitive time of year. They need to roll out the big guns if they want to catch their shoppers’ attention.
At The Search Monitor, we decided to turn our attention to the ads retailers were running in their PPC ads during January, and compare it to what we saw during the Black Friday weekend. Our technology crawls the major search engines and monitors the copy used by retailers in their ads in order to help improve marketers’ performance.
The Black Friday shopping weekend was an amazing opportunity to study the different search marketing strategies in play. The Search Monitor decided to look closely at one interesting vertical – toy retailers – and two important search marketing metrics in that vertical: ad rank and ad frequency. We were very curious how the leading toy retailers would balance these two important metrics. [Read more...]
One question we have gotten from our retail clients for years at The Search Monitor is: “How does my ad spend on SEM compare to the average for my retail category, and to other retail categories?” Yes, there is a lot of free data out there that has attempted to answer this question. But it’s free for a reason. It just isn’t precise. If a search marketer wanted the good stuff, the top-shelf accurate data that leads to smart business decisions, it usually required a significant amount of work to find and assemble the data. Then, the question was always: “Can I really trust this?” [Read more...]