Google Shopping for fashion brands: The things you need to be doing right now

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Google Shopping for fashion brands: The things you need to be doing right now

As a retailer-only digital marketing agency, we need to be aware of the latest marketing trends to help our clients to stay ahead of the competition. And with some world leading fashion brands as clients, who are constantly updating their wares to sell to their savvy customer bases, we need to stay ahead of the crowd.

One of the most powerful tools at our disposal for this is Google Shopping. Although Google Shopping has been around longer than just a summer season, it has been one of the ways retailers have seen an incredible boost on sales & C/R in recent times.

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How to keep your client’s ads on-brand

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How to keep your client’s ads on-brand

Companies spend an incredible amount of time and money creating their brands. In 2016, Pampers spent a whopping $8.3bn on its brand advertising alone. In many cases it can be a selling point in its own right - just consider how you think of a pair of Calvin Klein jeans versus an unbranded pair and you begin to understand brand power.

As a digital marketing agency specialising in retail, where branding is paramount, we understand the intricacies, best practices and key steps required to ensure everything we do represents them in the right way. So we thought we’d share some of the key areas we keep in mind when considering brand advertising.

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Advertising on Naver: How is it different to Google?

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Advertising on Naver: How is it different to Google?

Globally, Google is the dominant force in search with a market share of more than 90%. In China, Russia or South Korea this is not the case. Each country has their own respective market leader: Baidu, Yandex, and Naver.

At Genie we occasionally get asked about the paid search offerings on each of these native search engines by our retail clients who are looking to extend their international reach. Each platform has its own nuances you should be aware of and potential obstacles to international advertisers, so let’s explore them - today focusing on South Korea’s Naver.

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Holiday AdWord Budgeting: Doing it Right

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Holiday AdWord Budgeting: Doing it Right

Many retail businesses rely on seasonal sale periods throughout the year to boost profits. The Christmas period of 2015, for example, generated 21% of yearly e-comm spend.

While we always recommend avoiding strict budgets, and aim instead to generate as much profit as possible at a target return on investment, we also know that many businesses need to create marketing budgets for the year in order to forecast performance. Below we’ve outlined our approach to budgeting during holiday and peak periods so you’re able to remain competitive and, more importantly, profitable.

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My totally nuts take on growing an agency in possibly the most crowded space I’ve ever seen.

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My totally nuts take on growing an agency in possibly the most crowded space I’ve ever seen.

Imagine this: You own two businesses, one marketing and business development consultancy and one graphic design agency. They’re small but profitable and provide a good lifestyle business.

One day you get the offer to join, as an employee, a new digital marketing agency which at the time has only one client. They have no track record, no sales or marketing team, your salary is the marketing budget and you have six months to prove there’s potential to grow the agency in a very crowded market. Naturally... you decide to sell your businesses.

Imagine your first day at work. How do you feel? Where do you start?

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The history - and future - of PPC

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The history - and future - of PPC

PPC is a global force in advertising, accounting for almost 70% of Google’s total revenue in 2015 and a 16% increase in revenue year-over-year for Bing. If their history is any indication, the search engine giants are continually looking for ways to increase their revenue, in part by making their search engine and advertising platforms more user-friendly for both searchers and advertisers. I’ll be exploring the impact of changes in PPC in this blog and using them to predict its future.

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Sitelink Extensions Best Practices

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Sitelink Extensions Best Practices

To most AdWords users, sitelinks are the bread and butter of making expanded text ads stand out from the crowd. They’re an integral factor when it comes to the ranking of your ad, whilst also portraying value and trust to customers browsing to make a purchase. With Google suggesting sitelink usage can boost CTR on an ad by 10-20% (or even up to 50% when searched on a branded term), spending that little bit of extra time on your ads is time well spent.

Sitelink extensions allow advertisers to easily link to specific pages on a client’s website beneath the main text of the ad, giving a clearer view of what the website offers at a glance. In September 2016, Google released the option of using account level sitelinks - giving your ads the best possible chance of increasing CTR. 

So, how can you take advantage of sitelink extensions?

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Best practice for translating ad copy - Tipps zum Übersetzen von online anzeigen

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Best practice for translating ad copy - Tipps zum Übersetzen von online anzeigen

When translating ad copy for international clients, it’s easy to get ‘lost in translation’. This results in your copy not using the words you meant to, saying things in the wrong way, or worse, insulting your target audience. At the very least, any of these will result in a lower click through rate (CTR) and almost certainly worse outcomes.

Here at Genie we have 11 different native in-house languages and even more nationalities. We have found this to be the only way to really ensure we can consistently get the correct phrasing in each language for our target group and the market: it’s the only way we can ever guarantee that translation is done properly.

As a native-speaking German PPC strategist, I see mistakes every day that can be solved by being aware of common mistakes when it comes to translating ad copy. So what are the things you should look out for - and the best practices for solving them? 

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Your first year as a PPC marketer: Three things to help you through

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Your first year as a PPC marketer: Three things to help you through

I just celebrated my first year as a PPC Executive. While a great opportunity to celebrate, I thought I would also reflect on the past year for the benefit of anyone starting on their own PPC journey.

I was completely new to the PPC advertising world when I signed my contract to be Dutch PPC Executive at Genie Goals. I’ve picked up a few tricks in my first year, found a few indispensable resources, and combined it with good guidance and always being open to learn

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