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The death of exact match?

The death of exact match?

Ok, I might've chosen a slightly dramatic headline, but it’s certainly not the exact match we had when I first started in search all those years ago. For those who haven’t heard the news, Google announced on Friday that it’s ‘expanding close variant matching to include additional rewording and reordering for exact match keywords’.

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Of ads and storytelling

Of ads and storytelling

We’ve managed to skip some ads with tactical tea breaks in the past, but our ability to trim the fat has developed. The rise of ad blocking in the past few years has allowed us to only view what we want – and with services such as Netflix, we pay not to see ads at all. Even when exposed to less advertising, it’s still advertising we don’t want. However, in today’s digital age, others have blossomed. The John Lewis Christmas adverts are anticipated with glee, shared enthusiastically, and critiqued like food, fine wine and works of art. People want to consume the advert and they want to copy it, creating memes and spoofs left, right and centre.

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Paid Search Do's And Don'ts: A Guide To Navigating Account Management At Christmas

Paid Search Do's And Don'ts: A Guide To Navigating Account Management At Christmas

For online retailers, Christmas is peak season with spending increasing year-on-year and sales last year hitting a whopping £24bn in the UK alone. We know that the demand is there, and so your marketing strategy must adapt in order for you to capitalise on each and every individual sale.Whilst most businesses have been planning key products, stock levels and Christmas logistics since the beginning of the year, marketing budgets and paid search strategy can often be an afterthought and rushed.

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Retargeting: Don't Overspend This Christmas

Retargeting: Don't Overspend This Christmas

Our Senior Media Trader gives his best practice tips on how to re-engage with audiences that have visited your site to help ensure this holiday season is your most successful.

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Getting Your Shopping Campaigns Right For Christmas

Getting Your Shopping Campaigns Right For Christmas

Google Shopping has experienced rapid growth over the last few years, seeing the channel establish itself as the predominant revenue driver for many retailers. The holiday period – which actually begins a lot earlier than you would assume, with 48% of holiday shoppers admitting that they did the majority of their shopping on or before Black Friday - places a strong emphasis on preparing a foolproof plan for Shopping campaigns.

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How to make your audience feel connected to your content

How to make your audience feel connected to your content

During the run up to Christmas, everyone anticipates the launch of the John Lewis ad. This year, the retailer made the decision to make the ad more lighthearted due to the politically heavy year that 2016 has been with Buster the Boxer. John Lewis’s customer director Craig Inglis states: “You could say 2016 has certainly been quite a year, so we hope our advert will make people smile. It really embraces a sense of fun and magic, reminding everyone what it feels to give the perfect gift at Christmas.”

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Five tips for marketing at Christmas

Five tips for marketing at Christmas

With more than half of annual retail sales occurring during the three months leading up to Christmas in the UK, and a large proportion of these happening between Black Friday and Boxing Day, the festive season can quite literally make or break brands.

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