• Would You Rather Search And Buy Local?
    Smaller businesses are losing opportunities to connect with consumers. They need to compete more on quality and service if they cannot match the price of national brands. It could mean offering mobile services -- after all, half of consumers who perform a local search on a smartphone visit a store within a day, per Google.
  • Marchex Renews YP Deal For Now
    Marchex filed an 8-K this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission to update its status with YP, a spinoff from AT&T. The company said in the filing that it renewed its Pay-for-Call Distribution Agreement with YP through 2016. There's more.
  • Higher Paid-Search Spend Doesn't Always Lead To Better Results, ROI
    Advertisers spent $183 million for the top 1,000 apparel paid-search keywords in the first quarter of this year, according to a report from AdGooroo. More than half were devoted to desktop text ads; 33% or $61 million to desktop product listing ads (PLAs); 10% or 9 million to mobile product listing ads; and 6% or $11 million to mobile text ads. The higher spend doesn't necessarily mean better results.
  • Searching For Meaning: Kantar's Swallen Explains Paid's Rapid Growth
    Following Kantar Media's first ever estimates for paid search -- and some pretty healthy ones at that -- SMD asked Chief Research Officer Jon Swallen to drill down and explain exactly what the medium's 7% growth during the first quarter means, amid a media marketplace that is languishing overall. Among other things, Swallen points out that some of the comparisons are a function of the data that Kantar has access to, but at least for now, we know that the desktop search marketplace is still relatively healthy and vibrant. One would imagine that mobile paid search is even more so, ...
  • The Millennial Kitchen Goes Digital
    Top Fourth of July recipes, summer salads, and thirst-quenching drinks are some of the top searches on mobile devices these days. Some 39% of consumers report having made a purchase of some kind from their kitchen on a mobile device, and 75% of the growth in viewership of food channels on YouTube is coming from mobile devices. How-to content related to food on YouTube had 419 million views last year, and "how to cook that" is one of the top "how-to" searches on YouTube
  • SEO And The Value Of Social Comments, Shares, Likes
    Google+'s influence on search engine optimization across its engine and network of sites and partners will continue to impact content rankings. A content discovery engine Thursday will announce an application program interface integration with the social platform, making it one of a select number to support Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • WPP, Daily Mail, Snapchat Find The 'Rare And Tasty' In Truffle Pig
    Demonstrating the power of images in creative storytelling, news from Cannes suggests that WPP, Daily Mail and Snapchat have jointly launched a joint content marketing venture called Truffle Pig that combines a global agency and newsroom with social media talent. It's a shift that will influence search marketing.
  • Facebook's Experimental Algorithm Identifies Half-Hidden Faces
    Traditional search algorithms are based on queries that pull information from across the Web, but what if we were to redefine the concept and consider not only search query keywords, and "Likes" and "Hides" taps, but characteristics of people in photographs, colors and background images.
  • How Google, BBDO, OMD Worldwide Rethink Storytelling
    Storytellers are familiar with making stories for the big screen and on television, but what happens when the screen shrinks to a size that fits in the palm of a hand? What happens when it becomes a line of text or image? The advertisement doesn't always need to look like an ad for people to remember the brand. It might just look like funny, unexpected content.
  • Netflix Misses Search Opportunity In Father's Day Data
    Search and recommendations -- Netflix offers both. So when Netflix's media relations contacted me with Father's Day statistics from a study they released this week, I couldn't help but take the concept one step further and use the data to build a search and recommendations feature. It reinforces data from Millward Brown suggesting marketers now have the data, but don't know what to do with it.
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