• Google’s Machine Learning Works And It Makes No Sense

    We had a problem. A client’s best performing campaign targeting competitor keywords hit the skids. Impressions tanked, and despite increasing bids and improving position, we could not get our impressions back. We looked at impression share and keyword auction insights – no clear change. We reached out to our Google reps, and they suggested the […]

  • Proactive Negative Keyword Targeting

    Wasted spend is infuriating. No one enjoys opening up a search terms report and seeing hundreds of dollars spent on irrelevant keywords. Who knew so many folks were searching for “u pull it software” when you set out targeting “IT software”? While regularly reviewing search term reports at the keyword level will help address much […]

  • Agency v Consultant v In-House

    Taking an Agency Engagement In-House Agency vs in-house discussions have recently resurfaced after Uber successfully re-branded using an in-house design team. Like creative agencies, we work with clients who consider taking lead gen programs fully in-house. Clients weigh managing their paid search, paid social, SEO, and content syndication programs under their own roof. In theory, […]

  • Expanded Text Ads – A Signal Alphabet Plans to Acquire Twitter?

    In July, Google increased the length of their text ads to 140 characters, a number seemingly synonymous with Twitter. While Twitter’s 140 limit stems from an obscure typewriter experiment by Friedhelm Hillebrand, Google’s choice in character count is suspect. Why choose 140 characters as opposed to, say, the 160 characters the German initially suggested and […]

  • Competitor Campaigns Crush It

    Massively Higher Conversion Rate Obility recently compared client campaign performance versus the industry benchmark for B2B companies. In no surprise, Obility clients’ campaigns significantly outperform standard B2B paid search campaigns. But, not all campaigns are the same. Obility intentionally separates and categorizes campaigns as part of its TACO strategy. In this post, we dig into […]

  • Microsoft’s Acquisition of LinkedIn a Possible Boon for Display Advertising

    Microsoft has announced its plans to acquire LinkedIn, and the immediate question in the office becomes “will it work”. To answer this, look to experts. A June 2016 Harvard Business Review article highlighted “companies who focus more on giving than on taking do better than those who focus on maximizing their own position.” How LinkedIn […]