Search and Social Media Survey (2011/2012) - Insights into what marketers should be looking for in 2012

Greenlight’s global “Search & Social Survey (2011-2012)” asked 500 people – from students, law enforcement professionals, medical staff, accountants, lawyers to the unemployed, how they engage with online advertising, search engines, and social networks, in order to glean insight into how consumers engage with marketers today, and to formulate views on what the future might hold. The research re

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Product Listing Ads – Best practices and tips for new users

In Q4 2011, Google’s Product Listing Ads (PLAs) – a new type of search ad offering, which enjoyed great success in the US, became available in the UK amid huge excitement. PLAs are effective in delivering both a strong click through rate (CTR) and conversion rate (CR). Here are our best practice tips for new PLA users.

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Should we bother with Facebook Advertising if 44% of us would never click on a sponsored ad?

Following on from Andreas Pouros’ blog, I take one of his closing points: “The good news for Facebook is that it could capture around 22% of that search market by barely breaking a sweat”. Although tiny when compared to Google’s 87% share [Source: Greenlight - Search and Social Survey 2011/2012], the opportunity still presents a greater share when compared to the other big players in the market (Yahoo, Bing etc).

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Google’s new privacy policy – Likely the most transparent it has been from a search engine optimisation perspective

Scheduled to come into effect on March 1, Google’s much publicised new Privacy Policy and terms, which it says will give users better search results, ads and improve their experience overall, have come under scrutiny from the European Union’s (EU) data protection authorities. They have asked for rollout to be delayed in order to fully verify the terms are not in breach of EU data protection laws. From a search engine optimisation (SEO) perspective, Adam Bunn, SEO director at Greenlight, says this likely is the most transparent Google has ever been about how it utilises consumer click through rate (CTR) data in its algorithm. It gives credence to conclusions Greenlight drew from its own research last year which, in Greenlight’s view, showed Google was already doing exactly this.

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