Search Engine Marketing

Phone Calls Offer Key to Unlocking Google Shopping and Local Inventory Ads
November 11, 2019 at 9:55 am

According to eMarketer, paid search ad spend will grow 22.5 percent to $13.12 billion this year, and retail will account for the largest share of search dollars at nearly one-quarter of the total U.S. search market. Two of the primary draws for that growth are Google Shopping ads and local inventory ads, as Merkle’s Q1…

4 Ways to Improve Google Search Performance This Holiday Shopping Season
October 31, 2019 at 9:52 am

With Google playing a big part in consumers online shopping research, here are four tips to help retailers maximize organic search performance and win seasonal traffic and conversions: 1. Keep holiday content fresh year-round. Some retailers make the mistake of removing their holiday pages from their site at the end of every shopping season. This…

VOLT Lighting Boosts Sales on Amazon With Multichannel Marketing Solution
October 30, 2019 at 2:56 pm

VOLT Lighting is an outdoor lighting retailer specializing in factory-direct, professional-grade landscape lighting. The company advertises on Google, Bing, and Amazon.com, along with Facebook and trade publications. With bandwidth at a premium, VOLT Lighting sought a partner with a multichannel marketing solution that could ease day-to-day operations and improve performance. VOLT Lighting partnered with Sidecar…

How AI Really Works in Amazon Advertising
August 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most prevalent buzzwords of our time. Everyone expects it to change the world, from driving our cars and making our burgers to policing our citizens – even writing surprisingly believable articles called "How AI Will Change Marketing." And what industry could be better suited to an AI revolution…

Stats Retailers Can’t Ignore When Crafting Their Google Ads Strategy
May 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Google is fast at work refining and consolidating its Ads platform. The tech giant has rolled out a number of new features and ad formats that increase automation across channels, improve the mobile experience, and drive in-store shopping. As Google Ads has evolved, so too must retailers’ performance marketing strategies. My employer, Sidecar, a performance…

A Brave New Retail World: New Options for Brands to Drive Traffic to Amazon
April 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Last month, Google changed its sitelink extensions policy, officially allowing brands to link product ads to select store pages they don’t own, starting with Amazon.com and Best Buy. This news represents another milestone in the transformation of e-commerce; another puzzle piece clicking into place for brands building a holistic, multichannel digital strategy. With this sanction,…

In the Company of Genius: Adidas, Starbucks, Walmart Receive ‘Genius’ Distinction
April 10, 2019 at 11:15 am

A question we hear frequently from clients is: “How do I become a digital Genius?” In our research, Genius brands represent the leaders in digital media, e-commerce, product innovation, and organizational structure. For the majority of brands and retailers, particularly those that fall into the “Average” or “Challenged” categories from a digital performance standpoint, the…

3 Ways Retailers Can Align Their Sales Funnel to Digital Strategies
March 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

During the 2018 holiday season, retailers saw stellar e-commerce year-over-year growth of over 15 percent. This upward trend was seen across retail categories, desktop and mobile. Average order values also indicated that even though shoppers took advantage of sale items, they spent their savings and then some on additional items. Of course, some retailers didn't…