Posts in Search Marketing

rich results

What are rich search results and how can you get them?

Search engines have for some time been making it easier for us to find answers using helpful features on the results page.

Google’s featured snippets provide instant answers to your queries. Map snippets lead you to a physical location such as a shop or restaurant. Google Shopping ads provide all the information you need to make a buying decision. And Google even uses video results to help with ‘how to’ searches.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Grab a tea, coffee, or a comforting beverage of your choice – it’s time for stats.

This week’s roundup includes talk about online sales, search snippets, data privacy and lots more. Be sure to check out the Internet Statistics Compendium too. It’s always jam-packed full of extra info.

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computer and capsules

Will digital phenotyping ever be applied to pharma marketing?

The landscape for pharma marketing is changing rapidly and pharma companies are being forced to rethink how and to whom they market.

For example, it's now reasonable to talk about the possibility of a pharma company shunning sales reps entirely and instead using digital channels to reach healthcare professionals and patients directly – an approach that probably would have seemed unthinkable less than a decade ago.

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lexi mills

Overcoming bias in the SEO & PR industries

I am a PR SEO specialist. In other words, I have one foot in SEO and the other in PR, and this has allowed me to see where the two disciplines intersect—and where they clash.

SEO was/is a male dominated sector; 70% of employees are men. PR, however, is about 70% female. From a gender perspective this has given me the opportunity to be both the minority and the majority simultaneously.

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Only 4% of marketers are taking dark social seriously

Remember the days when you used to have conversations on your friends’ Facebook walls? That was back when writing on someone’s ‘wall’ (for anything other than their birthday) was even a thing.

Now, most conversations take place within the walls of dark social. 

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How digital helped Domino's overtake Pizza Hut

Based on global retail sales, pizza chain Domino's last week achieved the distinction of becoming the "largest pizza company in the world", besting long-time rival Pizza Hut. 

Domino's generated $12.2bn in 2017 sales compared to Pizza Hut's $12.03bn in sales.

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featured snippet

How can financial services companies win featured snippets in search? An investigation

As we know, capturing the magical ‘position zero’ (aka featured snippets) on Google continues to be a hot topic across lots of different industries and sectors.

We’ve also known for some time that not only do featured snippets take up real estate in the search engine results page (SERP), but pop up to steal traffic from your top organic rankings. They're only going to become a more important factor in how we search in the future.

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How to encourage online reviews (and reasons why you should)

There are endless statistics that hammer home the importance of online reviews. 

Today, 85% of people are said to trust online reviews more than they do personal recommendations, while customers are reported to spend 31% more on companies who have excellent reviews.

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Why Nike's 'Nothing Beats a Londoner' ad campaign is so powerful

A quintessentially American company – Nike has a history of creating inspirational global advertising campaigns.

For its latest in the UK, the brand has taken a much more localised approach, honing in on the city of London and its swathes of determined and passionate young athletes.

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wateraid chatbot

Five examples of charity chatbots

Whether used to entertain or as a tool for customer service - a wide range of brands (from a variety of industries) have experimented with chatbot technology. 

When it comes to new innovations in technology, the third sector typically often lags behind others. This is understandable, of course, as with greater financial challenges, investment can be a daunting prospect. 

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amp stories

Google brings the popular Stories format to AMP: is it worth using?

Snapchat pioneered them, Instagram copied them, and now the commodification of Stories continues.

On Tuesday, Google announced a story format for AMP, its Accelerated Mobile Pages project that aims to make the web more mobile-friendly, which is currently available as a developer preview.

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Five things all marketers should know about China in 2018

Once a digital backwater, China has become one of the main online markets for brands trying to drive growth globally in 2018.

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