Friday, September 24, 2010

Online Advertising gets Product Extensions - now live in UK!

Google has launched Product Extensions, its new AdWords feature, in the UK, which aims to further enhance ads by including more relevant and specific information.

Product Extensions, first trialled in the US last November, is rolling out to UK advertisers today as an added-value feature which won’t incur any additional charges.

According to Google's official blog, Product Extensions lets advertisers select specific products within their AdWords account that appear within paid ads if triggered by certain keyword searches. These can also include product titles and prices.

Important Take-Away:

The same cost-per-click fee will be charged regardless of whether a user clicks on the main text ad or offers within the plusbox, which in turn will click through to the site. But there’ll be no charge if a user expands the plusbox but doesn’t click through to the advertiser’s site.

So-far results (as seen on the US market):

Google's blog: "Advertisers using product extensions have found that the additional product information has helped improve the performance of their search campaigns. For example,, reported seeing a 9% increase in conversion rates for their ads with product extensions."

How to Set it Up?

First, log in to Google Merchant Center and add your AdWords customer ID to your account. Then, simply log in in to AdWords, select the campaign and navigate to the Ad Extensions tab. To add product extensions to an existing campaign, click the ‘New Extension’ button. No need to create new campaigns or ad groups, update your keywords or change your ad text.

Recent important Updates from Google:

- Earlier this month the search giant launched Google Instant, a function designed to speed up searching by serving natural and paid search results as a user types in their query, prompting suggestions for what they’re looking for.

- Google has also changed its UK policy to let some advertisers use third-party trademarks in their ad copy without necessarily having approval from the trademark owner. This went live on 14 September.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekly Review - Introducing AIType Text Predictor

Hi everyone. I've started a new section aiming at reviewing sites that either I or you stumble upon while browsing the web and find it both handy & entertaining, basically anything you'd consider worth sharing.
I'll start the ball rolling out with AIType - a handy online text predictor for those finding writing texts both challenging and time-consuming.

AIType kicked off as a tool for folks who generally speak and understand a language but aren’t quite secure with some of the rules and conventions:

The tool promises to become very helpful to foreigners who find it often difficult to build up phrases in the context a native speaker would do. Some of its major advantajes:

- Auto-Correction and Auto-Replacement (The Text Predictor will suggest the correct spelling of words);

- Getting Translation to your native language (currently 13 languages are supported). The translation is online, and it helps you pick the right word by looking at the desired translation:


- Suggests words and phrases according to their context The Text Predictor claims to be able to understand the context in which the text is written and suggests accordingly the next word to be written.

Being based on a catalog of phrases, the system searches for the next applicable word and lets you translate that word into your own language, ensuring you mean what you say. To be fair, as any beta-verson t’s not perfect. For example, some words feature more prominently than others in the list, leading to mistakes in word choice.

Nevertheless, tools like AIType are meant to help folks write better. It works like a 3 in 1 "writing kit": a combination of spell check, grammar checker, and Google Scribe. AIType is free and you can download it right now to add its features to almost any Windows application (no OS X support yet).

Hope you found it useful. Also, if you've spotted a nice handy website, offering some tools/add-on benefits - feel free to share!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Google Instant: Why are PPC/SEO Advertisers not happy?

You must have already heard of Google's largely buzzed (already revealed) "streaming" or "real-time" search engine - Google Instant. What it mainly does is that it shows automatically updated results with each letter typed - and that's the big web hit at the moment or, as many regard it: the end of "Search" button.. Would that be the case or not, I'm more interested now in the effect it may have over PPC/SEO tactics the online advertisers are working on.

Firstly, let's see how Google markets their new search revelation:

YouTube Release

Obviously, Google's main rationale behind it is their main USP - relevance, saying that the benefits are:

Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.

Smarter Predictions:
Even when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, predictions help guide your search.

On the other hand - what Google Instant also does - apearantly not by chance:) is drives a lot of traffic for generic terms, and thus, receives more money per each click, which costs are being increased significantly.. So, what is,in fact, Google Instant? A new & extremely smart revenue model?

Definitely! And thus - when Google makes more money - advertisers pay more and thus, they are unhappy for major implied reasons are:

1. Although Google Instant won't affect the methodology behind ads' dispay, the search results - for SEO (and related ads) will now be shown on each new "predicted query".

For example, if someone types "de" into Google, an algorithm predicts that the user is searching for "debenhams" (the predicted query) instead the intended "dell" for instance.That's why the search listings and ads will all be connected to "debenhams" - quite an unexpected volume of traffic for the advertiser,right?

Important: These results will continue to show unless the next letters that the user types lead to a different predicted query.

2. The impressions will now be counted when:

- The user inserts in the search box a particular query by clicking the Search button, pressing Enter or selecting one of the predicted queries;

- The user starts typing a query on Google and clicks anywhere on the page (an ad, a search result, a spell correction, a related search);
And even - when the user stops typing, due to the results are displayed for a minimum of 3 seconds!!

Expected implications?

Firstly - Traffic/Impressions increase, while CTR/QS may drop

Also - There may occur a potential shift from long tail searches i.e. searches for ‘holidays in Ibiza Spain’ being picked up by ‘holidays’;

Last but not least important - CPCs increase since generics will attract high volume of clicks!!

What should be done? A close monitoring of your impressions on key traffic-driving generics, so that you don't end up spending "blindly" all your budget on generics which don't guarrantee high conversions.


Nadya @Digilunch

P.S. I'm very curious of your own thoughts, experiences:)
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Sunday, September 5, 2010


Hi all, let me introduce myself - my name is Nadya and I've been happily doing PR for years, before I realized that working in digital marketing is my next "wanna-be".

I started this blog aiming to be always in the loop of news/trends that are changing traditional PR & marketing and make it further open to the online space. Also, selected news are checked against at least 3 valuable sources (my PR old school:) and I'm always happy to hear for new suggestions/ideas - we can discuss them all here.

Blogging has always been a passion ever since getting the first taste of it some years back and finding that it is just so addictive...Since starting Digital Lunch I blogged about social media, email and mobile marketing, digital reputation (which is truly amazing), new media's evolution in other parts of the world - as China, Russia, Spain etc (anywhere where it's becoming pretty significant)and also gave away some industry tips, which have worked for me and hopefully may be of use to you too - it’s all here ready for you to read:)

I’ve also had the chance to meet other bloggers, made lots of friends, via this and other blogs, also via comments left on this blog and I hope to keep going for as long as possible, so please browse the blog and enjoy.

I’m also proud to announce that Digital Lunch is a G rated blog and is ideal for All Ages:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Some of the other sites I author:

Social Media Marketing
UK Marketing Community and

Some History:

I've crafted my way from PR into the "digital space" by firstly becoming an MSc Marcom graduate at the Uni of Birmingham,UK. In the meantime I found myself tapping into social media alongside Cadbury UK and Jaguar & Land Rover Cars (as their summer PR Intern, witnessing 1st ever worldwide digital launch of a luxury car model) and that's when my "affair" with digital marketing actually took off. My current journey stop is at one of the largest European digital marketing companies, where I'm happily embracing online marketing knowledge working in the retail team for such brands as The Body Shop, Net-A-Porter, Interflora, Gap a.o.

Again, thanks for stopping by and feel free to connect further on, suggest new ideas or contribute as a guest writer (if you have some good ideas/info don't keep it to yourself - make it heard), so that we can all share some "digestible" E-marketing Food for Thought!

You can find me on Li: Nadya Tatarciuc Birca
Twitter: @Digilunch and of course - here:)

Always positive,

Nadya @Digilunch
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Rules for Online Advertisers: PPC & SEO implications

The Online Advertising business will soon slip under a common umbrella of valid regulations for all parties involved: as of 1 March 2011 the online ads will become subject to the same strict advertising rules as traditional media!

The Advertising Standards Authority will be getting enough online power to be able to ban marketing statements on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Moreover,the new rules will apply to adverts and any statement on a commercially-lead website that is intended to sell products or services.

First let's analyze the implications for PPC/SEO marketers:

1. The ASA will be given new sanctions against online ads found to be in breach of its regulations,

2. It will also handle the removal of paid-for search advertising and the right to place its own advertisements highlighting an advertiser's non-compliance. (It could seem pretty harsh and at the same time may potentially raise awareness over online advertising malpractices and thus, may question respective brand's reliability...what do you think?)

3. Although the rules only apply to content that is not editorial or journalistic in nature, - that leaves some confusion for SEO companies:

It becomes obvious from ASA's statement that paid search will be part of the ASA’s remit. What stays unclear is whether the ASA will punish the paid search company or the company being advertised? also, will that imply potentially increased costs for PPC service providers?

4. From an SEO perspective, blog writing doesn’t seem to fall under the new regulations as that’s “editorial” in nature. However, many businesses are covering "corporate blogging" writing about company's products/services – these may be interpreted as commercial in nature and thus - restricted,too?

5. Social Media will fall under ASA's coverage,too - which promissed to remove pieces of advertising or marketing from Facebook and Twitter. The question is: how will ASA decide which piece is advertising and which one is marketing? I guess a set of criteria made public would do the deal, otherwise - it will stir enough confusion..

Finally, some Take-Away Stats:

1. Out of 35 million UK daily online users just 3,500 made official complaints to the ASA, which comprises just 0.01% of all users;

2.75% of the complaints received by the ASA are about misleading content;

Your thoughts are welcome,
Always positive,

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