What Are AdChoices and How Do They Affect Your PPC?

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Data is a godsend for marketers, helping us serve our audience with better, more relevant ads. However, regardless of what we might think, consumers aren’t always fans of data-targeted advertising. According to the Pew Research Center , four in five Americans say the benefits they see from data collection are outweighed by the potential risks, while the same proportion admits they’re concerned about how brands are using their data. Far from being excited about the prospect of seeing ads tailored to their preferences, they feel resigned to having little to no control over how their personal information is used. Theoretically, this is where AdChoices comes in. We’ll cover what AdChoices is all about, discuss its relevance to marketers and consumers, and review the initiative’s benefits and potential drawbacks. What is AdChoices? AdChoices is nothing new. It’s been around since late 2010, and its roots go back even further. To properly understand what it does and why it matters, it’s worth taking a quick detour into the program’s history. Concerned about the implications of advertisers capturing vast quantities of consumer data with no checks or balances in place, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began an investigation into the practice in 2009. This investigation ruled that consumer privacy should be protected through stricter regulation around data collection. However, rather than directly implementing these regulations, the FTC called on the ad industry to regulate itself. As a result, some of the biggest names in advertising joined forces under the Digital Advertising Alliance’s banner to establish the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising, which oversaw the launch of AdChoices in October 2010. Since then, it’s also been rolled out in Canada and across Europe. The idea was that, by giving consumers an easy way to identify when online advertising data is being collected or used, people would feel empowered to manage their data and assume some level of control over the types of ads they see. Back in 2007 (three years before AdChoices was born), market research firm Yankelovich estimated the average city resident saw 5,000 ads every single day, and it’s probably safe to assume that number has grown significantly since then. Many of the ads you see today are part of AdChoices, given that the program’s members include major advertisers and ad networks like: Google AT&T Facebook Microsoft Procter & Gamble Taboola Yahoo! You can identify those behavioral ads by looking …

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What is Geofencing Marketing?

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Imagine you’re walking in a mall and receive a Starbucks coupon on your smartphone. You look up to see a Starbucks shop. This scenario may encourage you to visit the outlet, learn about the promo, and use the coupon . With geofencing marketing, or location-based marketing, this convenient strategy turns into a reality. How can you leverage it? Let’s start by discussing the basics. What Is Geofencing Marketing, and How Is It Used? Geofencing lets businesses advertise to consumers within a specified geographic area. With technologies like GPS and radio frequency identifiers, marketers can specify a perimeter or boundary based on a real-world location. Then, they can create a virtual barrier or “geofence” in the area. As consumers enter the geofence, they’re sent location-based ads on their devices. Consider this geotargeted Uber ad for arriving tourists: Geotargeted ads may be useful when you want to: Boost foot traffic: Brands can …

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20 Secrets to Boost Your Facebook Organic Reach

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Facebook organic reach is down. Way down. In the past, posting a link on your Facebook or Instagram page could drive hundreds of clicks. Not any more. Social media referrals have stagnated around 5 percent of all traffic for years . The average Facebook post will reach just over 5 percent of your followers. The encouraging news is social media reach is still massive. There are more than 3.5 billion active social media users . But reaching that massive audience is harder than ever before. What’s the answer? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in this article. Let’s get started. What Exactly Is Organic Reach On Facebook Organic reach is the number of people who see your content without paid distribution. It includes people who are shown your posts in their own feed or because their friends have interacted with you. Paid reach is the people who see your content as …

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What Data Can You Pull From Cookie Tracking?

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To a non-marketer, cookie tracking sounds like a scavenger hunt for baked goods. Sounds innocent, right? Yet cookies, for all of their sweet-sounding simplicity, have recently come under fire. With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , cookies have taken center stage in the fight for internet privacy. This is just one of the latest legal issues facing online marketers today. Cookies are small text files that collect bits of data about users as they browse the web. Individually, cookies do not track data about who you are as a person; they simply give information about your web browser and trends. But, when bundled with other relevant cookies, they can be used to create an online “persona” that can predict behaviors and seek out trends in browsing. This tactic has been dubbed behavioral advertising , and while it offers marketers incredible insights into consumer habits, it can be problematic …

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What is a Retail Media Network?

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The marketing and advertising industry is a fast-paced industry. With technology evolving rapidly, people have found it more convenient to do their shopping and other transactions online. With digital interactions overtaking in-person activities, this shift in people’s lifestyles means one thing for businesses — they need to pivot fast. Failure to do so can only lead to losing customers. Enter retail media networks. What is a Retail Media Network? With more and more people shopping online, retail media just makes sense. But what exactly is a retail media network? A retail media network is when retailers set up an advertising platform on their website, app, or other digital platforms within their network. This allows the store, and other brands, to advertise to customers on sites like CVS or Walgreens. It’s a form of in-store advertising in a digital format. Here’s an example from CVS’s homepage. Notice the “sponsored” tag in …

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An Introduction to Yelp Ads for Local and e-Commerce Businesses

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If you own a business, you know word of mouth is vital to your success. A glowing review from a handful of customers, or even just one influential somebody , can put your business on the map. And a bad review? Well, that can ruin your reputation. Or at least put a good dent in it. Before you worry about good or bad, you first need a place to get those reviews. Here are a few questions to ponder: How can you, as a local business, stand out among your competitors? How can you attract the customer base you want, while also collecting reviews and ratings in one place? Most importantly, how can you interact with consumer reviews to put your business in the best possible light? Let’s take a closer look at Yelp Ads, Yelp’s various other services, and how they may help. What is Yelp? A crowd-sourced business …

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How to Pull More PPC Ad Data

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We’re losing PPC ad data. While it used to show you almost all terms, Google AdWords now only offers specific keywords that meet a certain volume threshold. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has limited data from European traffic, and more restrictions could be on the way. This lack of visibility makes it harder to know what’s working and what’s not in PPC. Whether you’re seeking increased conversions, more organic traffic, or a surge in referrals, it’s your PPC data that should tell you if you’re on track or if you need to adapt. How can you navigate these limitations and overcome limited data? Doing More With Less: How to Cope With Google’s Changing Data Transparency More than 80% of U.S. consumers are worried about sharing their data. The EU has passed stringent laws regarding what information websites can gather—and what they can do with that data. When you consider this, …

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How Much Do Instagram Ads Cost?

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Instagram is a fast-growing social media platform known for appealing visuals and high-quality photos shared by individuals and companies alike. Instagram ads are paid content that show up with organic content in newsfeeds and stories. How much do Instagram ads cost to run? The answer depends on a few factors that include, of course, the budget you have to spend. Is Instagram advertising suitable for your business? Well, if this platform is popular with your target audience or your business targets the age group that uses it most, Instagram could be a very powerful tool. Statista reports 33 percent of U.S. Instagram users are 25 to 34 years old. This Facebook-owned platform has over 1 billion active monthly users , so it’s certainly worth your consideration. 12 Factors That Affect the Cost of Instagram Ads Ready to move past building your Instagram following and try advertising? You’ll want to understand …

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How to Write Emails That Actually Drive Results

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Every client that I work with has his or her own unique problems, but they all have one thing in common. Can you guess what it is? Regardless of industry, size, or even the person’s position within the company, everyone uses email and wants to know how to write email that customers open. Despite the rise of social media, forums, and mobile chat apps, email remains one of the most popular forms of communication in the world. According to a study from Radicati , there are over 3.7 billion email users worldwide, and that number is steadily rising. If you think that statistic is high, you’ll want to sit down before I tell you the volume of emails being sent. We’re sending and receiving 269 billion emails every day. It seems impossible to stick out in this crowd. Yet email remains one of the most effective channels of marketing , …

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What I Found After Experimenting with Google Discover for Two Months

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Posted by Moberstein I’m completely fascinated by Google’s Discover Feed. Besides the fact that it serves highly-relevant content, it also seems beyond the reach of being gamed. In a way, it almost seems beyond the reach of pure SEO (which makes it downright tantalizing to me). It all made me want to understand what makes the feed tick. So I did what any sensible person would do. I spent the better part of two months running all sorts of queries in all sorts of different ways to see how it impacted my Discover Feed. Here are my ramblings. My approach to analyzing Google’s Discover Feed Let me explain what I did and how I did it, to both give you a better understanding of this analysis and point out its gaping limitations. For five days a week, and over the course of two months, I executed all sorts of user …

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What Are Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA)?

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Have you ever had a customer visit your website repeatedly but never land the sale? Do you sit up at night wondering where those leads go and how you could win them back? Google’s remarketing lists for search ads (RLSAs) may be just what you’re looking for. These engagement-driven remarketing ads allow you to target your ads to your highest-value prospects. That means you can show your ads directly to the customers who are most likely to do business with you. What’s more, you can bid on keywords you don’t generally bid for to attract customers who have been on your website recently. This opens your business up to a broader market of interested buyers you previously couldn’t connect with. Let’s talk about how to get this done. What Are Remarketing Lists For Search Ads? RLSAs are a Google Ads feature allowing you to customize your search campaigns based on …

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