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5 Improvements Responsive Web Design Desperately Needs

5 Improvements Responsive Web Design Desperately Needs

If you’ve never been to London, you should make time to go. It’s a great town. Recently, I was fortunate enough to take my own trip across the pond to speak at the 2014 Technology for Marketing and Advertising conference held at the National Hall. The event rakes in over 11,000 attendees and is a great place to find out about what’s the latest and greatest in the industry. My presentation was on the future of web design and the various advancements that will entail. (more…)

New Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns Update Makes Mobile a Must For Small Business Advertising

New Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns Update Makes Mobile a Must For Small Business Advertising

If you haven’t heard the news already, Google is making some big changes to their widely used search engine marketing (SEM) advertising platform AdWords, which will come into effect starting July 22. Enhanced Campaigns, the upgraded version of AdWords, will have a big impact on how advertisers will need to think about their advertising strategies. In this blog post, we want to help you understand what’s changing and provide some tips on how to take advantage of the new program, as well as what to watch out for.

In a nutshell, using Enhanced Campaigns allows businesses to manage bids seamlessly across locations, times, and, most importantly, device types. You will now also be able to target consumers by optimizing ads for varying uses. All of this means there will be some substantial changes to how the AdWords platform operates. For example, the old AdWords environment allowed you to choose if you wanted 100% of your advertising budget to be devoted to desktop search, or if you wanted to mix it up, such as a 50% desktop and 50% smartphone split. In the new environment, Enhanced Campaigns will choose for you. Simply put, your advertising campaigns will be running on mobile and tablet devices, whether you know it or not!

The design was built to respond to the growing trend in mobile internet usage. “Roughly one in seven searches are happening on a mobile phone, but how many of you are putting one seventh of your resources into mobile,” says Jason Spero, Director of Mobile Advertising at Google. “Your customer is trying to engage you… it would be like not doing business with your customers on Thursdays.”

Here are some of the major points we believe businesses should know before fully enhancing their legacy campaigns.

Mobile-friendly landing pages for ads on smartphones need to be created.
The rise in mobile advertising means advertisers urgently need to create mobile-specific landing pages for ads being featured on smartphones. We’ve all heard that statistically 61% of customers simply leave a site that is not mobile optimized. And when you’re paying to advertise and drive traffic to your website, it’s doubly important that you give those visitors a great experience and do everything possible to convert them into a paying customer. For those who don’t have the time or money to start building their sites using responsive design, Duda is the easiest way for businesses to create an amazing mobile website targeted specifically for these mobile users.

Advertisers can no longer target individual devices.
Tablets and desktops are now being grouped into the same category on the basis that people constantly switch between the two devices while at home. Mobile bids are set based on a percentage adjustment relative to desktop and tablet bids. Consequently, you can no longer separately manage bids for different devices and need to be able to cater to each individual user.

Advertisers can; however, target users based on location and time.
Enhanced Campaigns is no longer device-specific, but the model allows businesses to be more sensitive to the context of users. This means you can increase or decrease ad buys for prospective customers when they are within a certain distance of a store or if it’s past business operating hours.

Campaigns, whether desktop, tablet, or mobile, are all merged into one platform.
For users who already have two separate campaigns where one targets desktop and tablets, and the other targets mobile, Enhanced Campaigns is now merging all campaigns that share the same attributes. You will need to adjust ad groups, keyword lists, and budgets accordingly to accommodate the new campaign model.

These new changes in AdWords and digital advertising are reshaping how you acquire and engage customers. Businesses must be well equipped and ready to respond to the growing need for mobile solutions. If you don’t already provide people a mobile solution to your desktop website, you run the serious risk of losing opportunities to raise brand awareness, engage customers, and drive sales. Now ask yourself this: can you really afford to lose a day’s worth of business every week?

Photo Credits: Wordstream, Google

Duda Data: Mobile Ads Drive Customers & Calls to Sites

Duda Data: Mobile Ads Drive Customers & Calls to Sites

This past year we launched our newest addition to DudaMobile – Mobile Advertising Solutions! With it’s booming success, we’ve been able to connect the on-the-go customer with businesses through mobile ads. At a lower cost than desktop advertising, mobile ads have a higher call through rate which helps new business build a clientele, quickly.

We’ve started to notice a trend in our campaigns – The more urgent the service, the better the ad performance. The business categories that have benefitted the most from our campaigns are plumbers, attorneys, tow truck drivers and dentists.

Plumber

People searching for a plumber from their mobile phone usually have a catastrophic emergency to deal with.  They will most likely click on the first listing they see, and make a call. We have one plumber who has over a 50% call through rate!

Attorney

Generating leads and phone calls for attorneys can be tricky because it’s one of the most competitive categories. Some advertisers spend $100 per call for desktop advertising.  It can be worthwhile since a legal case can bring the attorney thousands of dollars in fees.  We’ve seen that a carefully managed mobile search campaign can result in a cost per call as low as $20.

Tow Truck Driver

It’s easy to understand why towing is such a hot mobile category.  Imagine being stuck on the side of the road, broken down. You’re not in front of your computer and you probably aren’t lugging around the yellow pages.  So you whip our your cell phone and you see three towing companies right at the top of the screen.  You don’t need to learn about them, or do research.  You just want help now.

Dentist

Many categories like doctors and dentists will perform very well, especially based on the lifetime value of the patient.  When someone has a throbbing toothache, they use their mobile phone to find a new dentist and make an emergency appointment.  Once they are set up as a new patient for their regular check ups, they bring in their family and friends.  Dentists we spoke with claim to be spending $120+ for a new patient through desktop campaigns.  We’ve seen new patients cost as little as $40-$60 on a mobile campaign.

People now search on their phone while sitting in front of the family or a work computer because their intention is to call a business. For many businesses, mobile search advertising can generate calls the same day we launch the campaign, where SEO can take weeks or months to generate calls. Drive more on-the-go customers to your mobile website with mobile advertising.

 Watch DudaMobile on Fox Business News this Sunday, Nov. 18th

Watch DudaMobile on Fox Business News this Sunday, Nov. 18th

This Sunday, November 18th at 11:30am PST, DudaMobile will be featured on the Fox Business News channel. The episode aims to highlight how mobile websites built on DudaMobile are making an impact within the restaurant industry. With over 30% of all restaurant searches done on mobile devices, mobile websites are becoming an important way restaurants are reaching new customers.

Tune in on Sunday to learn more about the trends that are impacting the restaurant industry. (View Fox Business show schedule).