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Have you heard of ‘Search retargeting’?



If you have not yet heard of this new mantra in online advertising it is time for a quick crash course on it.

So first, what is ‘Retargeting’?

Retargeting or ‘’leadback’’ as it is commonly know is when customers who have already shown an interest in a particular product, service etc. are specifically targeted for online advertising. Online advertisers recognize the higher potential of conversion in such customers and therefore specifically identify and target them for future advertising.

For example: As you might have already observed in the past, when you visit a website to shop for something, say clothes, you may not actually purchase anything. The next day you might then observe that when you are going through your usual news pages that the coat or dress you looked up on the shop yesterday magically shows up on your web page along with the online retailers branding. This in turn might prompt you to go back to the shop and buy that coat you checked out yesterday.

This is digital marketing at its best. Effectively this means that a customer’s passing interest in a product, brand etc. has been captured and subsequently converted into a sale. Even when the user / customer does not purchase anything the very next day the online retailer can still target the customer for future advertising, messaging etc. and eventually have a sale.

How does this work?

Technically this is achieved by putting an anonymous cookie on the user’s computer. This is done when they visit and interact with your website or click on your ads. This cookie can later be recognized by the local advertising network or a server and immediately trigger it to place relevant ads on the user’s internet browser.

So what is the ‘Search’ in ‘Search Retargeting’ all about?

When retargeting of a customer is done based on their search activity alone it becomes ‘Search Retargeting’. This is effectively the capture of search keywords used by a user and online advertising based on them.

Search retargeting can be done either through

1. The recognition of users who arrive at your website through a search engine.

2. The recognition of users who searched specific keywords on a search engine.

So how can your online business benefit from this?

Among the raft of online advertising strategies available for digital marketing today search based advertising has proven to be the most effective. However, where it fails to be very effective is when you want to reach really niche yet motivated audiences and specifically target them. Generalized search advertising can be very expensive and in these hard times can put a strain on your already stretched advertising budgets. It is also limited in that you can respond to a user search at the moment of the search with a sponsored ad but are unable to capture the inventory of such users for future targeting.

‘Search retargeting’ ensures exactly this. It allows you to advertising specifically to customers who have an already proven interest your brand, product or service.

The strategy is two pronged.

1. When the user has arrived at your website through a search engine for an initial interaction, search retargeting gives us an opportunity capture this. We can later present ourselves back to them. This allows us to remind the user of the presence of our website and the service we provide in case of further need. This can enhance user recall of our brand and familiarity with our brand can lead to continuation of future interactions as well.

2. While retargeting with the above strategy can be of value the volumes generated through this strategy can be limited. The greater opportunity for search retargeting lies in the retargeting of customers using your targeted keywords. This is because search retargeting in this scenario helps you get your message to users who are already proven to be actively searching and are highly motivated. This is an opportunity which will help increase your presence among active information seekers for your specific target keywords. Only displaying sponsored ads in response to a search where the user click- through and subsequent conversion is limited and subsequently losing the customer is an incomplete strategy when you now have the opportunity to record this customer interest and retarget them with your ads. This will impact your product recall, brand recall, interest and overall generate improved conversions and over a period of time.

So what’s next?

If you are now convinced that search retargeting is the way forward what can you do next?

• Search engines. Both Yahoo and Google offer retargeting through their paid search marketing service. If you are already doing search marketing through either of them you can extend this to include search retargeting or ‘remarketing’ as Google calls it.

• Ad networks. Advertising agencies who usually offer targeting based on demographic and behavioural targeting also offer retargeting and search retargeting services. These agencies usually partner with operators who offer cookie management services and together they can help you get into this digital marketing strategy.

Need some help with this?

If you have not yet started any search engine related marketing or are only doing bits of it contact a reputable Digital Marketing Agency and they should be able to sort this out for you. Even if you are already into search engine marketing but would like to start looking at optimising your online marketing budget get in touch with a good Digital Marketing Agency or Digital Marketing Consultancy. While a Digital Marketing agency can do the whole job for you, a specialist Digital Marketing Consultancy can provide you with an optimal strategy for your objectives which you can in turn implement through your existing in house marketing team if required. You can decide whatever works best for you.

Digital Marketing is a specialist area where technical knowledge and more importantly previous experience count for a lot. It cannot be stressed enough that to optimise the results that you get out of your digital marketing spend go to a qualified Digital Marketing person either in house or externally and move your online business to the next level.

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Bing Deals – A New Digital Marketing Avenue



In March 2011, Microsoft announced that their search engine ‘Bing‘ would soon be offering a ‘Deals’ service on the same lines as Google Offers, Facebook Deals and Yahoo Local Offers.

. Google Offers is a digital marketing service that makes it easy for businesses to attract customers, by posting special offers, across different Google channels. If a company wishes to create a discount, they just need to sign-in to Google Places, click on the ‘Offers’ tab, and fill in details about their digital marketing offer.

. Facebook Deals allows local companies to post information about special offers, which people can view and use through their desktops and mobile phones.

. Yahoo Local Offers is a service that pulls together discounts from various deal aggregating partners, such as Groupon, LivingSocial and

With Google Bing, users in the United States will have access to more than 200,000 special offers, at 14,000 locations across the nation. These offers are mostly placed by companies as part of their digital marketing strategies. Just like Yahoo Local Offer, Bing‘s digital marketing service will also act like a deal aggregator, providing discounts from partners like Groupon and LivingSocial, in its search results.

Instead of creating its own deal program like Google or Groupon, Microsoft has partnered with a service provider called The Dealmap, for Bing Deals. The Dealmap is a leading US based digital marketing website that helps users find and share local deals from all over the country. Andy Chu, the director of product management at Bing Mobile has said that the main mission of Bing is to help consumers “cut through the clutter” on the Internet, and make decisions in a quicker manner.

Bing Deals can be accessed by people living in the United States on their personal computers, as well as through their smartphones, using the iPhone and Android browsers. However, people using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system will not be able to access Bing Deals, because it does not work on HTML5 software. After the US market, Microsoft is expected to launch Bing Deals in various other countries, before it is launched in the United Kingdom.

Bing Deals allows users to search for discounts and special offers, either by location or by category. If a person accesses Bing Deals through a mobile phone, they will also be able to search for deals according to geolocation. People who like a particular deal, can either save it, or share it with a contact through email.

The increasing number of social commerce websites means additional avenues for conducting digital marketing activities. It is vital for digital marketing professionals to ensure visibility of the brands they are promoting on Bing Deals, to garner higher revenues for their clients.

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Online Video – The Future Of Digital Marketing



Some of the leading digital marketing experts have predicted that online video and television are set to become more central to the way users use the Internet. The popularity of various video sharing websites like YouTube, together with the growth of online TV promoted by leading television channels and publications, has led to the development of a new digital marketing avenue through which advertisers can generate sales.

According to Cisco, a leading information technology and networking giant, online video is expected to strongly dominate the web in the future. In June 2010, they had published a white paper called the Cisco Visual Networking Index. This whitepaper predicted that in about four years, different kinds of online video would generate more than 91 percent of worldwide Internet traffic. This video includes content from video sharing websites, as well as video-on-demand and television streaming. In fact, Cisco expects Internet video, by itself, to account for around 57 percent of global consumer traffic.

This white paper presents a strong challenge for digital marketing experts. If they do not become proficient in creating video-related digital marketing campaigns, they will miss out on a whole range of lucrative opportunities. With a whopping amount of traffic for online videos expected to pour in over the next few years, no digital marketing company can afford to ignore such a huge number of visitors, which could potentially convert into massive sales. Hence, it is important that digital marketing professionals develop skills in creating good video advertisements that will captivate viewers, and encourage them to take the desired action.

Another thing which digital marketing professionals need to consider is the device used by a user while viewing an online video. Today, the devices used by users to view online videos have also undergone a change. Instead of desktop computers and laptops, consumers are now using smartphones, tablets, and platforms like Google TV and Apple TV. Google TV is a software platform that can be accessed on Logitech set-top boxes and Sony televisions. It allows people to watch television, rent movies, as well as surf the web and watch online videos at the same time. Apple TV is a competitor of Google TV.

According to a survey by Harris Interactive, a leading US-based digital marketing research agency, customers are displaying a significant amount of enthusiasm for Google TV and Apple TV. While around 51 percent of people polled were excited about Apple TV, around 45 percent of people were excited about Google TV. This is attributed to the fact that these platforms allow users to browse the Internet through their television screens, which generally offer a larger and clearer picture than desktops.

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Incorporating A ‘Brand Embrace’ In Your Digital Marketing Strategy



In the digital marketing sphere, the lines that divide search, display, and social media are not always clear. This blurring of lines becomes even more obvious when paid search is combined with display ad targeting. Many leading digital marketing experts refer to this blend as a ‘brand embrace’.

What is a brand embrace?

A brand embrace is a process that involves the use of paid search to identify various groups of prospective customers who are actively viewing information about particular products or services on your website.

After identifying such customers, the digital marketing company uses retargeted ads that follow the customer around while they continue to search for similar products or services on the Internet. Retargeting ads are served by retargeting networks like Google, BurstMedia and ValueClick. They set cookies on the browsers of visitors, which trigger ads on other websites of their retargeting network, when they are later visited by the particular customer.

Digital marketing companies can use various forms of paid search, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo in their retargeting mix, as well as banners, and direct hits. As paid search gets website visitors who are actively interesting in making a purchase or seeking information, it is generally considered the best retargeting option by most digital marketing experts.

The process of ‘brand embrace’

1. Digital marketing professionals begin by adding retargeting code on their landing pages, which will place a cookie on the visitor’s browser, tagging them as a retargeting candidate.

2. Later, potential buyers are driven to their website through paid search. This sets them apart as people who are actively interested in purchasing the particular product displayed on the landing page. A retargeting cookie is implanted in the browser of each website visitor.

3. As the website visitor continues to surf the Internet, the retargeting network will notice when they visit websites that serve digital marketing ads of the retargeting network. Promptly, they will display your ad so that the customer clicks and returns to your website.

4. After a period of time, your company will be able to generate a long list of repeat customers who are actively interested in your brand.

Are you worried about interested customers who don’t convert through paid search? Perhaps you are running a digital marketing campaign to generate leads for your business. In such cases, a brand embrace will help you to continuously target customers who did not convert on the first paid click, or who are still undecided about making a purchase.

For example, if a particular landing page has a conversion rate of 75 percent, there are 25 percent of people who did not convert. Smart digital marketing specialists do not let this 25 percent walk away easily. Instead, they use retargeting to ensure that these customers come back some time in the future

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