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PPC for beginners - the seven levels of campaign tracking

Getting to grips with PPC measurement?

Search campaign tracking can often be unsophisticated, working on a last click model, measuring revenue, transactions, ROI etc.

However, some more advanced marketers measure a bigger variety of variables, including profit margin, lifetime value and phone contacts.

Let's look at the different levels of PPC campaign tracking.

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Top 10 digital marketing stats of the week

Stats on a Thursday? Have you lost it, Simpson? Do you need a lie down and a hot Lemsip? Should we contact your next of kin and tell them to prepare for the worst?

No, you silly rabbits. It’s Easter weekend. Which means, in the words of the ever-culturally relevant Rebecca Black: 

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Digital marketing in Singapore: 101

As brands look to diversify, South-East Asia offers compelling markets for companies to build demand and increase sales.

But as the markets in the region are relatively small and quite diverse, it can be hard for marketers to know where they should put their efforts. Search engines, social networks, and ecommerce players are all different in each country.

To help you get started, we have put together a short guide for the countries in the region, starting this week with Singapore.

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Maximising content-led organic traffic with free Google tools: A comprehensive guide

How do you drive more organic traffic by efficiently enhancing your content strategy using only free tools?

Here's a 2,500 word how-to guide.

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Millennials open to pharma ads, but pharma not delivering on UX

They're often claimed to be one of the hardest groups to advertise to, but according to the sixth annual Makovsky/Kelton Pulse of Online Search survey, millennials are "by far the most receptive to pharmaceutical marketing."

How receptive? According to the survey (PDF), which polled more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 18, 51% of millennials indicated that they would be motivated by a digital, television or print ad to visit a pharma-sponsored website.

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PPC: a beginners' guide to KPIs, budgets & agencies

There's a lot to know about paid search advertising.

To mark the release of Econsultancy's newly updated PPC Best Practice Guide, I've pulled together a brief intro to KPIs, budgets and resourcing for paid search.

The full guide is more than 350-pages long and includes the basics of setting up a campaign, to more involved cross-channel strategy.

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Google's got it right: Instead of bribing bloggers, sort out your website

On Friday, Google explicitly stated what it expects from bloggers who receive free products (read the blog post here).

In a nutshell: a prominent clarification of a commercial relationship, a no-follow link and content that isn't suspiciously hotchpotch.

We already knew this, so why has it peeved some SEOs?

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How brands celebrated International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day has developed into a truly global celebration of gender equality and female empowerment with Tuesday’s event proving to be the biggest yet.

Social media was abuzz with conversations around this year’s theme of #PledgeForParity and there were over 1.1m mentions of the other official hashtag #IWD2016 on the day via Twitter alone.

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How charities are suffering since Google removed right-hand PPC ads

We recently ran a piece around Google killing right hand side ads in SERPs, and the impact that might have on PPC activity. 

But the discussion so far has predominantly been around companies and agencies that are likely to have some level of flexibility within their display budgets. 

One group that will be impacted in a very different way is the charity sector, particularly those who rely on Google’s Ad Grants programme, which limits bids to just $2.

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The social strategy behind Kim Kardashian’s #InternationalWomensDay nude tweets

Yep, that was a legitimate strategy and depending on your perspective on Mrs Kardashian-West, its performance may surprise you.

In case you were not aware Kim has spent 48 hours giving a masterclass in leveraging social media and getting a significant return on her investment. 

In a time where marketers are more than over “trendjacking”, Kim Kardashian seemingly "by accident" proved that it can still be done, if executed correctly.

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Why content marketing isn’t SEO – and why SEO isn’t just content

SEO is all about content, it’s all about audiences and it’s all about engagement. Stop me if you’ve heard something like that before.

But have marketers lost sight of the foundations that search, and digital, are built on? 

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How O2 achieves creativity through data

Some people seem slightly alarmed by the rise of automation in marketing.

Is it the first step towards all of us being replaced by robots that will eventually enslave humankind and force us to oil their joints until the end of time?

While that might have been a lame attempt at a joke, it is actually very relevant to the Creative Programmatic event I attended yesterday, which was all about how this largely automated channel needn’t spell the end of human creativity in marketing. 

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