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With the launch of instant previews for natural search results in November last year, and previews now being shown for paid search results (reported in March 2011: Page Previews in AdWords – Quality is Key) Google have now introduced a neat little tool held within your Webmaster Tools account.
The Instant Previews Tool allows you to see how your page will look in a preview state and any errors.
The tool can be found under the ‘Labs’ section of your Webmaster Tools account. Here you enter the page you want to check, and click Compare. The tool will then render the page as it would appear as an Instant Preview.
Underneath the previews Google will report on any errors experienced with previewing the page.
The primary advantage of this is that you’ll get to see any potential errors before searchers do. Therefore if Google can’t read a particular element on the page, rendering the preview ineffective, you can make the necessary adjustments. This is particularly true of Flash type images, which may make you think twice about using these – certainly excessively.
We tested it for some of our clients and what we saw in the tool was slightly different from the actual search results page previews – it would appear the actual page previews show better than the Labs diagnostic tool!
Has anyone been using this tool with any success? It has been interesting to get some insight in to what the Googlebot reports back on pages.
In today’s multichannel world, there are mountains of data which provide insights into how users have interacted with your business and their path to conversion (or non-conversion). It is important to understand performance with multichannel marketing, which can be achieved through attribution modelling. Attribution refers to assigning credit to something (a channel, touchpoint, etc.) for the role it played in the final conversion. An attribution model is a rule, or set of rules, that assigns this credit correctly to the right channel or touchpoint.
For a long time, Bing, the UK’s second-largest search engine, has been underappreciated and, in some instances, even ignored. Often regarded as the inferior search engine to market leader Google, Bing has historically struggled to appeal to many in the digital world. Most PPC analysts would give justified reasons for neglecting Bing for so long; these include the volume of traffic and the user experience just not matching up to Google. However, the validity of these assessments is now diminishing. Bing has grown and improved rapidly in the last couple of years; if you are not integrating it into your comprehensive digital marketing plan, you run the risk of missing out on a large portion of your chosen market and significant revenue.