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How Microdata Can Help Your E-commerce Site

By | August 7, 2014

You can increase the organic search click-thru rate of your e-commerce site by up to 30% with relatively little extra effort. Nope, that’s not just a fairy tale, a dream you had once or a sales pitch. And it’s easier than you may think.  It comes down to one word: microdata.

Case studies from retail firms around the world have documented up to 30% increases in organic traffic just from adding a few lines of extra HTML code to their sites.… Read the rest

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Avoiding Dynamic Disaster: Google Launches Dynamic Sitelinks

By | August 5, 2014

While I usually welcome Google’s AdWords updates with open arms, its most recent change had me a little worried.  For highly regulated industries like education, finance and insurance, compliance is one of the biggest hurdles we have to face in online marketing. Ads, keywords and copy often must go through an extensive approval process, so having Google dynamically insert something into your ads could get you into a lot of trouble if you’re in education or a similarly monitored industry.… Read the rest

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Laws of Marketing Power: Plan All the Way to the End

By | August 4, 2014

“The ending is everything.”

–Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

Following Greene’s Law 29, “Plan all the way to the end,” should come naturally to marketers. We all are familiar with marketing plans and setting goals, especially in the post-recession world, where tracking and revenue-generation reign supreme. Today the fundamental questions smart people ask about any act of marketing tend to be: What is the goal? and What’s the return on this investment?… Read the rest

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Google Analytics Launches Bot and Spider Filtering

By | August 1, 2014

It has been a long-established (yet misunderstood) given that Google Analytics filters out all of the bot and spider traffic from tracking into our precious reports. In fact, there’s a “Traffic from search engine robots” page in the GA help section that flat out says “robot traffic is not counted in Analytics when using a JavaScript tracking method”. So most users have gone on convinced that GA was excluding all bot and spider traffic, despite the fact that very page features text that states “If the search engine that crawls your site does activate JavaScript… you will receive search engine robot data in your reports.”

As of yesterday, Google is introducing a new option to enable bot and spider filtering more in line with what users already thought was happening!… Read the rest

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