I always love the start of a new year because of the fresh beginning it brings. It gives us a chance to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work and begin anew. Here are the three resolutions I think will get search professionals off on a fresh start in 2018.
Audit Accounts More Frequently
With every account audit I have done, something is amiss -- from incorrect or inconsistent settings to issues with negative keywords (or lack of negative keywords) to one ad per ad group, and one of the bigger issues involves accounts that were transferred directly from Google to Bing without updating the handful of settings that differ between them.Develop An Audience And Remarketing Strategy
Audiences are only becoming more important to augment marketers' keyword targeting. Most companies have pieced their audience strategy together without thinking about how it all ties together holistically. Search marketers need to take a page from their display counterparts to create an audience strategy that encompasses everything from in-market audiences, custom audiences, customer match, and cross-campaign audiences using tracking codes to set-up RLSA targeting, to RLSA campaigns based on actions within the customer journey.Think Conversationally
Voice search and conversational agents have reached the tipping point where they are no longer just used by the hip early adopters. This means we will see an increase in consumers using them to find products and services. Marketers must be prepared.
Finally, as a reminder -- voice search is not monetized yet, but there is no doubt that this will be coming soon.
My search resolutions include being a more prolific reader and writer. While I currently read quite a few industry publications and blogs, I would like to write about what I’m learning and my favorite search and excel hacks and tricks, like three of my favorite paid-search personalities Mel Mackey, Kirk Williams, and Julie Bacchini.
This year, I also plan to step up my AI game and learn how to create an end-to-end stack of AI solutions so I can be more helpful in explaining how search marketers can use AI for automation and testing in 2018.