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Google Brings Cross-Device Conversion Tracking to Advertisers

Today, Google has made an announcement that could bring us a step closer to understanding the full value of paid search across devices. Google is unveiling a new metric, called Estimated Total Conversions, designed to give marketers more insight into how AdWords is driving conversions beyond the last click. Consumers are increasingly looking to technology […]

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Google Unveils New ‘Hummingbird’ Algorithm

This week, Google unleashed one of its biggest algorithm updates in the company’s 15-year history. Called “Hummingbird,” the revamp will affect 90 percent of search results within Google. How big is it? “Really big,” says Google search exec Amit Singhal (via USA Today). The update allows the engine to more closely align itself with shifting […]

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Not Provided, but Not the End: Keyword Data Loss in Google

The day that search marketers have been anticipating for nearly two years has finally come: Google has officially ceased the sharing of organic keyword referral data to publishers, brands and individuals alike. During a time when Big Data is dominating the industry conversation, this rare loss of data poses new challenges for brands’ natural search […]

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Google Test Puts Brands Front & Center via the Knowledge Graph

Google’s introduction of the Knowledge Graph last year marked a notable shift in the company’s approach toward delivering search results. In addition to simply matching user queries to web pages as it has always done, Google began to show a deeper understanding of entities – the real meaning behind certain words and phrases. At its […]

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Google’s Quality Score Update Highlights the Need for Greater Transparency

Understanding Google Quality Score has been thought of as the Holy Grail of search engine marketing. In simple terms, Quality Score can be defined as a measurement of how relevant a brand’s ads, keywords and landing page are to a searcher. More importantly, higher quality scores lead to lower prices and better ad positions. It is […]