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Clickable 10 Bad Search Marketing Habits

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Every search marketer, from novices managing their first campaigns to seasoned pros, occasionally falls into bad habits. In this session, we'll review a variety of "Don'ts"—from optimizing for clicks …

Every search marketer, from novices managing their first campaigns to seasoned pros, occasionally falls into bad habits. In this session, we'll review a variety of "Don'ts"—from optimizing for clicks (rather than conversions) to ignoring advanced targeting options (rather than serving your ads at the right place and at the right time).


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    • 1. 10 Bad Search Habits That Are Easy to Fall Into—And Easy to Dump
      August 26, 2010
    • 2. Who We Are
      Introduction
      Clickable is a platform that makes online advertising simple, instant and profitable. Our purpose is to help businesses survive and thrive by simplifying online advertising success.
      Hanny Hindi
      Clickable Search Marketing Guru
      Max Kalehoff
      Clickable Search Marketing Guru & Vice President of Marketing
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    • 3. What is Search Engine Marketing?
      Introduction
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    • 4. Agenda
      Our Goal Today: To outline some of the easiest search marketing bad habits to fall into, and provide strategies for dumping them.
      Beginner: Be Specific, and Optimize for Revenue
      Intermediate: Maximize Opportunities Across Search Networks
      Advanced: Don’t Stop After You’ve Met Your Goals. Find New and Better Opportunities.
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    • 5. Beginning Search Marketers
      Be Specific,
      and Optimize for Revenue
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    • 6. Bad Habit #1 (Beginners)
      Position-One Lust
      Getting in the top position is as tempting — and, usually, as bad a deal — as getting the top draft pick.
      Users glance at the top three ads as a single cluster.
      If your ads are in position one, you’re probably paying too much.
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    • 7. Bad Habit #2 (Beginners)
      Over-Reliance on “Broad Match”
      On Google, “Broad” is the default keyword match type, but it’s probably not the one you want.
      Broad Match keywords are a tool for collecting data, not a reliable way to generate conversions.
      Make Phrase Match your default.
      Phrase Match
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    • 8. Bad Habit #3 (Beginners)
      Optimizing for Click-Through Rates (CTR)
      Clicks and Click-Through Rates (CTRs) are easy to track and easy to understand.
      However, high CTRs don’t help if they aren’t related to high conversion rates.
      3. What you should optimize for is a metric further down the sales funnel: conversions.
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    • 9. Intermediate Search Marketers
      Maximize Opportunities
      Across Search Networks
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    • 10. Bad Habit #4 (Intermediate)
      Using a Fixed Budget, Rather than Budgeting for Performance
      Traditional marketing budgets are fixed line items.
      However, if you’re optimizing for revenue, search marketing isn’t about fixed costs: it’s about a relationship between cost and revenue.
      To get the most out of SEM, set a revenue goal and spend — and earn — as much as you can while meeting it.
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    • 11. Bad Habit #5 (Intermediate)
      “Agooglophobia”: Fear of the Non-Google
      Google’s market share isn’t just high, it’s dominant: somewhere around 65%.
      But, there are so many searches that a small market share, like Bing’s 10%, still represents billions of impressions.
      After hitting your goals on Google, move on to Yahoo Search Marketing and Microsoft adCenter.
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    • 12. Bad Habit #6 (Intermediate)
      Wasting Core Budget on “The Long Tail” (Before Maximizing Top Opportunities)
      Online volumes are so high that a small percentage is still significant.
      Nonetheless, don’t focus on the long tail before optimizing higher-traffic keywords.
      Focus on your most popular terms before spending time on more obscure terms.
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    • 13. Advanced Search Marketers
      Don’t Stop
      After You’ve Met Your Goals
      Find New and Better Opportunities
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    • 14. Bad Habit #7 (Advanced)
      Neglecting “The Long Tail” (After Maximizing Top Opportunities)
      Maximizing revenue on high-traffic keywords is no small task.
      Nonetheless, your work is not finished when you’ve done so.
      Keyword research should never stop: keep adding terms and optimizing them.
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    • 15. Bad Habit #8 (Advanced)
      Not Using Targeting to Improve Quality Scores
      Demographic targets are great ways to filter your online audience.
      They can also be used to maximize Quality Scores.
      Optimize your campaigns with geo-targeting, day-parting and incremental.
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    • 16. Bad Habit #9 (Advanced)
      “ASEMophobia”: Fear of the Non-SEM
      Until now, most new online marketing opportunities have been disappointments.
      Social media (might) represent the first significant new revenue opportunity for online marketers.
      Social Media Advertising and Search Engine Advertising are complimentary: take advantage of both.
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    • 17. Bad Habit #10 (Advanced)
      Desire to “Set It and Forget It”
      With a marketplace as dynamic as online marketing, the work is never done…
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    • 18. Using Clickable Pro to Simplify SEM
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    • 19. Using Clickable Pro to Simplify SEM
      Clickable Pro is an online tool that makes search advertising Simple, Instant and Profitable.
      Manage all of your campaigns, across all search networks, in a single, intuitive interface.
      Take action based on recommendations generated by Clickable’s ActEngine™ (for everything from best practices to bids and budgets).
      Create white-label, customized reports.
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    • 20. How to Sign Up for Clickable
      How to Sign Up
      Simply go to www.clickable.com/signup and try the product free for 15 days.
      If you want more support getting started with search marketing, consider Clickable Assist, our fully-managed solution:
      www.clickable.com/assist
      Or email us: editor@clickable.com
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