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SmartFinds is a web-marketing agency with over 20+ years experience in the Internet industry. As a full service, broad competency and experience agency we are able to become our client’s strategic partner managing all aspects of the digital presence, technologies and vendors.

Internet advertising is one of the most effective ways for businesses of all sizes to expand their reach, find new customers, and diversify their revenue streams.

Internet advertising is a form of marketing and advertising which uses the Internet to deliver promotional marketing messages to consumers. It includes email marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), social media marketing, many types of display advertising (including web banner advertising), and mobile advertising. Like other advertising media, online advertising frequently involves both a publisher, who integrates advertisements into its online content, and an advertiser, who provides the advertisements to be displayed on the publisher’s content. Other potential participants include advertising agencies who help generate and place the ad copy, an ad server which technologically delivers the ad and tracks statistics, and advertising affiliates who do independent promotional work for the advertiser.

You Can’t Miss The GUESS Brand In Ariana Grande’s New Video

Ariana Grande has a new video on the market titled "Side To Side". It is not hard to miss the video's sponsorship by GUESS. Video sponsorships are not new in the marketing industry. The question is why sponsorships are on the rise? The other question is why is digital advertising not as effective. I don’t think there is any question digital advertising has seen a reduction in effectiveness. The cause is a combination of immunity to banners, lack of trust about the ads, and saturation of ads everywhere. The Meeker 2016 Internet Trends Report shows an increase in advertising spend. Unfortunately, there is an alarming rise in ad blockers at a faster rate than the advertising spend. Based on these changes, advertisers need to find new sources to raise brand awareness. Brands are always looking to overcome these challenges by considering many different digital marketing channels. This includes areas advertisers and media buyers are not used to spending ad budgets. This is because the return on investment may not be as fast as they would like. A part of the new sponsorship areas include native advertising in content marketing areas. You can find native advertising with sponsored content in the [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:23:13+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Articles, Internet Advertising, Internet Marketing, Marketing, New Media, Smartfinds|Comments Off on You Can’t Miss The GUESS Brand In Ariana Grande’s New Video

Google Tag Manager Enhances Website Visitor Tracking With Powerful Functionality

Marketing measurement has changed requiring marketers to be more flexible to gather data and make decisions in nearly real time. The process of measuring the data has also become more sophisticated adding to the methodology of how different campaigns are being managed. If you have different types of tracking codes on your website, then you will want to keep reading to better understand how to best manage and gather information from each of these tracking codes. If you are only using one set of tracking on your website (e.g. Google Analytics for Google Adwords), then you will find this tool equally helpful so you can track different rules tracking your visitors. Let's Define The Word Tag First of all Google is not talking about keyword tags. In my professional opinion the usage of the word “tag” in this case is not well planned by the Google team. The word “tag” is prevalently used in the marketing industry relative to keywords or keyword tags on websites. Considering the tag manager is geared towards marketers one would think a different word or phrase could have been used by Google. Perhaps calling this Google’s Tracking Code Manager I’m sure would be helpful to [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:29+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Articles, Google Analytics, Internet Advertising, Internet Marketing, Smartfinds|Comments Off on Google Tag Manager Enhances Website Visitor Tracking With Powerful Functionality

Google Introduces Adwords Express Mobile App For Local Advertising

Google Introduces Adwords Express Mobile App For Easy Management Of Your Local Advertising Campaign and Budgets. There is never a dull day when it comes to Internet technologies as things change. Sometimes these changes are great and other times it makes you want to pull your hair out. As I tell my clients... Expect Change Accept Change Adapt To The Change Adopt The Change All of this is code for some of your money you spent just went up in smoke. Since the industry will continue to keep going with our without you pulling your hair out, I suggest you get over it, press forward, and let's hope you can do this quickly. By the time the change has proven itself the industry has moved onto something else and you'll be left behind. It's about adopting the new technologies early, take advantage of the marketing tool and be competitive. So, let's not waste any time and get this new Adwords Express app from Google to manage our campaigns and budgets with ease! Local Advertising With Adwords Express We have discussed Adwords Express as a local advertising tool in two previous articles. I encourage you to take a closer look at [...]

Dynamic Sitelinks Improves Your Google Adwords Advertising Performance

Google has introduced a advertising option you won't want to miss! As part of Google's Adwords advertising platform features of ad extensions, Dynamic Sitelinks has been made available to all businesses at no additional charge. Sitelinks help people reach a web page on your site by clicking to the very page specific to what they are searching -- directly from your ad, with just a single click. I discussed ad extensions in March with the article, "Understanding Ad Extensions in Google AdWords" as a means to improve your advertising performance. Ad extensions are advertising features to visually improve your text ads to people searching on a specific topic related to your business. Using ad extensions you maximize your budget, get more clicks, and improve the click-through rate (CTR) of your ads. More clicks means more traffic to your website and improved ad performance means higher keyword quality scores. Better keyword quality scores means lower cost per click, which you can read more about at "High Quality Scores Mean Lower Pay-per-click Costs". Dynamic Sitelinks are automatically generated and appear below your Google ad and will connect potential customers to relevant pages on your website. This is another ad extension feature adding [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:19+00:00 August 25th, 2014|Articles, Internet Advertising, Marketing, Practical Ecommerce, Smartfinds, Web Marketing Today|Comments Off on Dynamic Sitelinks Improves Your Google Adwords Advertising Performance

Improvements To Help Your Paid Search Advertising (PPC) Campaign Budget

Since when do readers want to be insulted or put in a position of feeling stupid? Probably never. As an industry author and owner of a web marketing agency I have to keep up with industry news. For this reason I look over quite a variety of editorials. What I found interesting during the first half of this year are articles titled along the lines of "mistakes you're making" concept. Try searching on any combination of words like "ppc", "paid search advertising", and the word "mistakes". The number of editorials being critical about the readers efforts is quite impressive. The pattern of these articles have been catching my attention. It seems completely unnecessary to put the reader in a position of feeling bad about the work they are currently executing. If the author is meaning to be helpful then it makes sense to educate the reader in a manner that emphasizes curiosity to promote learning. Let's take fresh approach by focusing on recommendations and enhancements based on education. The Complexities of Paid Search Advertising Pay-Per-Click (PPC) is an advertising platform in which you are spending money on clicks every minute of every hour. Your daily budget will generate the return [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:23+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Articles, Education and Learning, Google Adwords Advertising, Internet Advertising, Marketing, Practical Ecommerce, Smartfinds, Web Marketing Today|Comments Off on Improvements To Help Your Paid Search Advertising (PPC) Campaign Budget

LinkedIn Marketing Series: Extending Your LinkedIn Advertising Campaign With More Options

LinkedIn Ads provide a unique ad buying involvement with its own science and discipline. Whether you are looking for buying advertising on impressions or paying for clicks, LinkedIn has evolved into a advertising channel worth considering for the business-to-business community. Last week we discussed LinkedIn sponsored updates as an advertising tool to reach a highly targeted group of people by inserting your company updates into their personal profile feeds. You can read this discussion in the article, "Using LinkedIn’s Sponsored Updates to Promote your Business". This form of advertising allows you to get involvement by LinkedIn members directly with your company updates. As we've learned, LinkedIn is the world’s largest business network with roughly 300 million members in more than 200 countries. This business community is ideal for other advertising options, including LinkedIn Ads where your text ads will show on profile pages, home page, inbox, search results pages within LinkedIn, and inside of Groups. LinkedIn Ads has a wider reach of options within the business community so you can target your audience in other available areas within LinkedIn. Image Source: LinkedIn.com According to LinkedIn, the members are active and influential professionals in their company. The members use LinkedIn to [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2014|Articles, Internet Advertising, LinkedIn Marketing, Marketing, Smartfinds, Social Media Marketing|Comments Off on LinkedIn Marketing Series: Extending Your LinkedIn Advertising Campaign With More Options

Google Adwords Express 101: Hyperlocal Advertising To Reach Local Consumers

We recently discussed "Use Hyperlocal Advertising to Reach Nearby Consumers" in which we mentioned Google Adwords Express as one method of hyperlocal advertising. The response regarding this advertising tool certainly required a more in depth look at how to best use Google Adwords Express. Whether you are a national multi-location brand or a local small business you will need to use a multi-channel approach in trying to be visible to the local consumers. The primary multi-channel options would include would include desktop search, mobile searches, map searches for both organic rankings and to use advertising. Certainly everyone wants to be ranked in the free organic listings such as the websites, maps, videos and images, however, it is not always easy to get ranked. Patience is always a necessity and you never know from one day to the next if your ranking will stay in place. Google's algorithm changes or competitor efforts can always make organic rankings difficult to sustain. In a separate article are we did discuss "5 Reasons to Use PPC Ads for Local Marketing" in which a few things I outlined included: Targeting local consumers by geography Dominating the first page of Google search results Instantly showing up [...]

How Negative Keywords Optimize Your Advertising Campaign Budget

Last week we discussed "High Quality Scores Mean Lower Pay-per-click Costs". This week we are going to continue discussing ways of optimizing your advertising budget for pay-per-click (PPC) ads by understanding negative keywords this week. Unfortunately computers are computers and unless you give them specific instructions, they will run-a-muck with your money. This tends to happen when your ads show for unintended topics making you cringe when you learn how much money you wasted. Let's say you have a key phrase in your ad campaign for "leather shoes" and Google displays the ad for "cheap leather shoes", yet your business is high-end craftsmanship shoes. If your ad shows for "cheap leather shoes" and someone clicks on it to your web page that is anything but cheap, you will have wasted your money on that visitor. The trick is to tell your ad campaign to not display for for searches with the word "cheap" in them. Understanding Negative Keywords The short description of a negative keyword is they prevent your ads from being shown in a word or phrase search. By setting up negative keywords you are telling Google not to show your ads if the conditions match your adwords campaign. [...]

Lower Your Google Adwords Advertising Costs With Higher Quality Scores

Your Google Adwords advertising Quality Score is a weighted average from 0 - 10 based on how relevant your ads, keywords, and landing page are to a person searching and engaging with your ad. The reality is that having a high Quality Score can lead to lower prices and better ad positions. Quality scores are measured per keyword and can be found in your Adwords campaign under keywords and displaying the column. The Quality Score of each keyword is calculated every time your keyword matches a search. The more relevant your ads and landing pages are to the person searching, the higher your Quality Score. Your keyword scores will affect your ad position on the page as well as your prices. Factors Determining Keyword Quality Score: Your expected click-through rate (CTR). The ad relevance of each keyword as it relates to the Ad Groups. The ad relevance as it relates to your text copy. Landing page where people are sent when they click on your ad. The quality, relevance and page experience. Your overall historical AdWords account performance. The keyword scores is evaluated depending on what network your ad appears, meaning that you have a different Quality Score on Search [...]

Understanding Hyperlocal Advertising For Local Store Marketing

"Hyperlocal" has become a term used to describe advertising which is targeted through a web publication towards a specific consumer audience, in a very small geographic area. By using hyperlocal ads, your business can promote products and services to a local audience that is more likely to be interested. Since 2008, the search results have been showing maps and map listings (aka Local Business Listings). Searching no longer requires someone to add a city and state as part of their search term. The search engines know the locale of the person searching and based on that locale, they will display local results first before national results. This not only applies towards the map listings, but it includes websites. Websites identifying themselves for a specific geography will be included in the local results. Something I have discussed in recent years is the concept of "All Business Is Local". Keep in mind this phrase is not only about physical brick and mortar stores, but applies to local results for websites as well. Consumers use the web to research and make a purchase. Depending upon what is being purchased, the purchase may occur on the web or the consumer will go to the [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:28:21+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Articles, Google Adwords Advertising, Internet Advertising, Local Business Marketing, Local Store Marketing, Marketing, Practical Ecommerce, Web Marketing Today|Comments Off on Understanding Hyperlocal Advertising For Local Store Marketing