Posts Tagged ‘ click through rates ’

Cyber Season Online Shopping Stats

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As the 2014 holiday shopping season is underway let’s look at online sales vs. brick and mortar sales. “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are on a lot of people’s minds so we’ll break down the stats for you with some quick facts: Black Friday brick & mortar sales down In general, consumers are continuing the shift from brick and mortar to online. That’s obvious. Although Black Friday is still a big day for brick and mortar store sales, actual sales from Black Friday are dropping. The National Retail Federation reports 55% of holiday shoppers were in stores and shopping online...

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Google Product Listing Ads: Boost Your Paid Search Campaigns This Holiday Season

Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) can help increase your online sales of auto parts and accessories this holiday season and we’ll tell you why and how to advertise on Google using PLAs. They make your online paid search/pay per click (PPC) campaigns more cost effective. The holidays —­­­­­ the time of the year when online shopping booms and customers seem to spend endless dollars buying more and more products online. But are the customers spending those dollars buying your products? Are they even finding your products online? Here are Google Product Listing Ad methods and strategies to help your...

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What You Should Know About Google’s Quality Score (or, How to Save 50% on AdWords)

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If you’re a Google AdWords advertiser selling car, truck, ATV or motorcycle parts and accessories, you may already know the importance of your Quality Score. You might not know how it affects your bid or how to improve it, so we thought this would be helpful. (Why you should improve it and reduce bid costs is at the bottom of this article.) AdWords Quality Score factors Our diagram at the left shows the factors that determine your Google AdWords Quality Score for keywords. Your QS can run from 1 (bad) to 10 (good). The most important factor is click-through...

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Increase Relevance (and Sales!) with Email Segmentation

Increase Relevance (and Sales!) with Email Segmentation

One of the most popular channels to reach consumers is through email marketing, yet countless marketing messages go ignored and unread. We’re all bombarded with thousands of marketing messages throughout the day, and people run avoidance measures in an effort to escape many of these messages. So how do you keep consumers interested and engaged in your emails? One word: segmentation. Why email segmentation is important Email segmentation lets you cut through the clutter by staying relevant and providing material your audience is interested in. You send email with one type of content to a group of customers, based...

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Trend 20: 6 Ways to Improve Email Deliverability

As an email marketer, it’s important to make sure consumers you send emails to are actually getting them. Blacklists, spam filters and all sorts of other automated technologies can keep email out of the inbox. Don’t panic though, there are steps you can take to ensure emails are delivered, based on our own experience delivering more than 100 million emails in a year. 1). Monitor the returned email server codes from your bounced emails. The three digit error codes that begin with 4 or 5 are sometimes cryptic but will help you understand if any of your emails were...

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Hedges & Company on RSS Ray: Email Marketing Best Practices

Hedges & Company was featured on RSS Ray’s radio show February 9, covering email marketing and email best practices. The landing page on RSS Ray’s site is here and a link to the podcast is available on that page. Topics covered on the RSS Ray show included: Managed email marketing vs. self-serve email marketing: Hedges & Company manages email marketing and customer segmentation for clients, there is no software to buy, no training, no additional employees to hire and no learning curve. Hedges & Company also manages customer databases and is able to provide customer database segmentation. Email marketing...

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When Is The Best Time To Send An Email Campaign?

When Is The Best Time To Send An Email Campaign?

Rising above the clutter and noise in the inbox is your goal. First impressions are critical in email marketing and although the subject line grabs attention, when does it grab attention? If your email is sent at the wrong  time, your message may be buried by emails received after your email. Your prospect may start with the newest emails first, ignoring older emails further down the queue. Here are some examples of what we’ve observed in our email marketing, but all audiences are different and you need to design tests on your customer list to determine what works for...

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Ideas For The Best Email Marketing Subject Lines

Ideas For The Best Email Marketing Subject Lines

Email marketing best practices call for analysis of subject lines which have a huge influence on the open rate. An appropriate subject line also influences the click-through rate. Why is this so important? Let’s say in a year you send 100,000 emails. Improving your open rate from 15% to the industry average of just over 19% means over a year’s time your messages are seen by 4,000 more sets of eyeballs. Clearly the entire email message is important, but the first few words of the subject line, the overall approach and the call to action are just a few...

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