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27 Jan, 2016

PPC Management When Time and Sanity Are Scarce

By Mike Fitterer

I was recently blessed with the birth of my 2nd child. We’re almost 7 weeks in and both mother and child are doing well. And to celebrate this beautiful, life-altering change I’ve pledged to sleep much less and have very little free time for the next few years. Whoo-hoo!!! Since there are sadly still only 24… Read More

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10 Dec, 2015

How to set a PPC budget – 101

By Chad Kearns

“What should my PPC budget be?” How to set a PPC budget is one of those questions I get asked on an extremely regular basis as we start working with new businesses. So much so that I thought it’d be a good time to put the “quick” answer out for general consumption. Depending on how advanced… Read More

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9 Sep, 2015

Should I Use SEM to Promote My Content?

By Timothy Johnson

A lot of time, effort and resources go into creating high quality content for your business. Regardless of format – infographic, blog post, video or something else – you need to create, produce and publish every piece. You’re expending resources: Time, money or both. After making that hefty initial investment you need to get it… Read More

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20 Aug, 2015

Maximize Profitability on Your Branded PPC

By Ryan Moothart

Alternate Title: How I doubled Return on Ad Spend in branded PPC PPC 101 – Branded Search The first rule of PPC is to make sure you bid on your branded search terms.  Actually, scratch that – the first rule of PPC is that all must bow down to Earth’s future overlords, Google.  Or was… Read More

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5 Mar, 2015

PPC at mozCon – Challenge Yourself to Cross Geek Out

By Portent Staff

Last year I received an invitation to speak at one of the biggest search conferences of the year, MozCon. MozCon is put on by Moz (formerly known as SEOmoz) an SEO software/tool company in Seattle and MozCon, in the past, has been more commonly known as an SEO conference. As such, I’ve noticed that those… Read More

PPC

2 Dec, 2014

8 Free Keyword Research Tools for PPC Advertising

By Erica Opsvig

Whether it’s SEO or PPC advertising, search engine marketing campaigns should begin with keyword research. This research is arguably the most important task for the foundation of all SEM efforts. It not only gives marketers insight into the mind of their audience, but helps bridge the gap between potential customers and the products or services… Read More

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6 Nov, 2014

A Big Idea: The International Geek Exchange

By Portent Staff

As a part of our Big Idea series, I wanted to share more detail to a special pilot program that I took part in recently and will be presenting on in Dallas at State of Search later this month. It’s the International Geek Exchange that Toni Voutilainen, a senior PPC specialist of the Tulos Agency… Read More

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21 Oct, 2014

Google to Localize Call Extensions. Hurrah?

By Timothy Johnson

Starting in early November, Google will allow advertisers to use local area codes in their call extensions that utilize Google forwarding numbers.  Previously, you had two options: use your own number and lose the ability to track calls in AdWords, or use an (866) forwarding number randomly assigned to your ads. With this new feature,… Read More

Compete with your biggest competitors PPC

9 Oct, 2014

Six Ways to Win on your Competitor’s Branded Keywords

By Chad Kearns

Occupying your competitor’s SERP space with a pay-per-click ad provides the ability to capture traffic and convert visitors into customers who may have had previous intentions of spending their money elsewhere. While bidding on the branded terms of your competitors is not an innovative practice, poor execution is something we see over and over again.… Read More

PPC

24 Sep, 2014

Pay Per Click Advertising Explained by a Non-PPC Person

By Mike Fitterer

Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC) should be an integral part of every company’s online marketing strategy. Seriously, it’s legit. After all, what marketer wouldn’t like having totally transparent marketing spend and return data available just a few clicks away? Oh, every marketer likes that sort of data? That’s what I thought. Here’s the problem. Most… Read More

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18 Sep, 2014

Make Your Google Shopping Campaigns Multilingual

By Portent Staff

Have you ever stumbled onto a new feature without even realizing it? It just happened to me recently when I told my boss Elizabeth that I had gotten a second, French language, PLA feed going for a client. She looked at me sideways and said “how’d you do that?” Considering she’s covered a PLA base… Read More

PPC

11 Sep, 2014

PPC and SEO — Shouldn’t They Get Along?

By Laura Oden

Both pay-per-click advertising and organic listings vie for your attention when you search, but do the two types of search results always have to be at odds, or can savvy marketers use SEO(Search Engine Optimization) and PPC (Pay-Per-Click) in tandem to dominate the search results? Making Portent history, Laura Oden (PPC Strategist) and Kaitlin McMichael… Read More

PPC

5 Sep, 2014

Getting Started with Mobile Bid Modifiers

By Ryan Moothart

Problem Ever since Google AdWords introduced enhanced campaigns, targeting mobile traffic effectively using mobile bid modifiers has been an important strategy for all PPC managers.  Some of you may have mobile bid modifiers set in your campaigns already, but aren’t seeing very good results from mobile traffic.  Others may have your mobile bid modifiers set… Read More

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17 Aug, 2014

Unexpected Loss of Control: Google AdWords Exact Match Controversy

By Portent Staff

Google AdWords’ recent announcement on the retirement of exact match in favor of the “close variant” default setting not only came as a bit of surprise to me, but definitely garnered the expected outrage from the PPC community, including petitions, Tweets and blog posts like this one. (Strangely enough, we seem to have avoided the… Read More

PPC

7 Aug, 2014

Top Seven Targeting Tactics for the Google Display Network 

By Laura Oden

What is the Google Display Network you might ask? The Google Display Network (GDN) is a collection of websites that partner with Google to display ads on their web pages.  Advertisers can use this channel to find relevant webpages for their message to appear on and increase their marketing reach. Building campaigns on the GDN… Read More

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