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Strategic retailers analyze more than competitors paid search keywords. Learn new ways to to drive growth through data you already have.

Strategic retailers analyze more than competitors paid search keywords. Learn new ways to to drive growth through data you already have.
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  • First, I believe that traditional competitive analysis is flawed. Not useless, not providing insight, but flawed. And that understanding a competitor’s keyword strategy is not essential to success. Those are a couple of bold statements, so let me first define what kind of information about your competitors I think traditional competitive analysis tools can provide. Generally, this includes things like keyword lists, average cost per click, average positions, ad copy, and overall investment. Awesome! That’s a lot of data right at your fingertips about your direct competitors. Now you know some real details about your competitor’s paid search strategy, so let’s go execute on it! However, in my experience, none of this data is essential to your success. Why? First, because consumers respond uniquely to your brand. Second, because your business goals are different.Traditional competitive analysis tools are great at providing you with competitive data such as keyword lists, average CPCs, average positions, and ad copy samples. Great, you’ve got all this information about your competitor. You’re ready to go execute some strategy on your campaigns using this information. So, what now? Well, you’ll have to test every term to see how consumers respond to your ads, landing pages, etc. What is your CTR and CVR compared to your competitor’s? Without this knowledge, you’re missing an essential piece of the competitive puzzle. The assumption here is that if you execute the same strategy, you won’t get the same results.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.
  • Why? Lower cpcs, uncovered markets, etc.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.
  • Why? Lower cpcs, uncovered markets, etc.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.
  • Why? Lower cpcs, uncovered markets, etc.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.
  • QUERY MININGOption #1: Test all keywords in your competitor’s keyword list and see what happens. Use average CPCs to try to bid higher than competitor.Option #2: Analyze your competitor’s consumer experience, not their keywords. Quality score driven approach.
  • Andra example – Google insights to show query volume, charts, etc.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.
  • Andra example – Google insights to show query volume, charts, etc.I am going to take a counter-intuitive approach to this question. I believe that understanding competitor’skeyword strategy is not an essential component to a successful search marketing plan. I believe that eachcompany, its products, and its services are unique, and how a better understanding of the underlyingbusiness metrics is a more essential component for campaign successIf I were to hand you your competitor’s keyword list, you would still need to test every term to see howsearchers responded to your ads, URLs and brand, and what your CTR and CVR are. Therefore I willdiscuss keyword research using Search Queries, Site Search, Site Design, Keyword Lookup Tools(SEMRush, etc.) and how to drive the biggest returns to you and your company.I will also demonstrate specific examples of success, like how I discovered, for a lingerie client, a highdemand for a product that wasn’t being offered. This product ended up driving $1 million in first quartersales before any competitors realized how it was and started selling and advertising it themselves.Traditional competitive analysis would miss opportunities like this.

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  • Paid Search Competitive AnalysisTake your competitive intelligence to the next level. New York | March 19–23
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyTraditional competitive analysis is flawed. Understanding a competitor’s keyword strategy is not essential to success. What can traditional • Keyword lists competitive analysis tools • Average cost per click provide? • Average positions • Ad copy • Overall investment None of this data is essential to your success. Why? 1. Consumers respond uniquely to your brand. 2. Your business goals are different.
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyYour brand is unique. So is your competitor’s. Executing the same strategy will not achieve the same results. Keyword list Consumer response Even with the same keyword lists, the consumer response to your ads, landing pages, and overall brand will be unique. How do consumers respond to the same keyword list? Click Through Total Traffic Volume Conversion Rate Rate Conversions You 100k 2% 4% 80 Competitor 100k 1.5% 10% 150 Your logo here
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyYour business is unique. So is your competitor’s. Executing the same strategy will not achieve the same results. Consumer Paid search response success Even the same consumer response will not lead to success. Your business goals are unique, therefore your metrics for success are unique. What metrics determine success? Total Margin New Customers Conversions You 7% 60 150 Competitor 15% 20 150
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyBe a leader, not a follower. Find out what your competitor isn’t doing, or how you can do it better. Analyze your competitor’s • Ad copy relevancy brand experience. • Landing page relevancy • Product offering • Site design • Promotions Discover new market • Search queries demand trends. • On-site search • Overall search trends • Organic queries • Product sales Your logo here
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyMake your data work for you. The research tools you need are already in your hands. Analyze your competitor’s • Search engines brand experience. • Competitor’s site Discover new market • Search engine reporting demand trends. • Internal analytics: SEO, on-site search, and products • Web demand trend tools (i.e. Google Insights)
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyCase study: Uncovering a million dollar query. Monitor and mine queries to stay ahead of your competitors. • Noticed queries for a new product increase dramatically in late 2010. • Verified the search trend by analyzing Google Insights data. • Suggested to the client that they start to carry the product. Your logo here
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyCase study: Uncovering a million dollar query. Monitor and mine queries to stay ahead of your competitors. Competitors begin carrying and marketing the product. • Paid search sales from the new product alone contributed over $900k in the first six months. • Much later, large retailers noticed the trend and began bidding on the same keywords. Your logo here
  • New York | March 19–23, 2012 | #sesnyRemember this. 3 things to take with you. 1. Executing the same strategy will not achieve the same results. 2. Find out what your competitor isn’t doing, or how you can do it better. 3. The research tools you need are already in your hands. Your logo here