One of Marin Software’s big value propositions is our cross-publisher capabilities and our robust support for the world’s leading publishers. We work closely with Google, Yahoo, Yahoo Japan, Bing, Baidu, and Yandex to ensure we’re providing the latest features from each one, and that customers can easily see and compare performance across publishers within our platform. As an example, Marin was first to launch support for Yahoo! Gemini earlier this year. Now, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking our relationship to the next level as a Gemini Preferred Partner.
The Gemini Preferred Partner Program was created to bring advertisers, agencies, and technology partners together to find and develop innovative digital marketing solutions. According to Alex Mrazek, Senior Director, Partner Development, Yahoo, “Through a higher standard of Gemini product integration and client services, this program will drive advertiser performance, scale, and ROI.” Check out Yahoo’s new page for the program: https://advertising.yahoo.com/partners/Partners/Marin-Software/index.htm.
Yahoo selected Marin as a launching member of the Gemini Preferred Partner Program, as Marin is an established industry leader and is equipped to offer Gemini advertisers a top of the line solution. As a Gemini Preferred Partner, Marin is committed to delivering the highest standard of technology integration with Yahoo and client services. Customers can count on Marin to provide the latest updates from Gemini, and offer the best in class service that we’re known for to help address any questions or issues.
An example of how Marin helps customers with Gemini is our recent launch of Cloner for Gemini. With Cloner, you can easily copy objects from your Google accounts into Yahoo Gemini, resulting in faster and easier onboarding. For more information on Cloner and other Gemini features, please contact us here: http://www.marinsoftware.com/contact-us.
To learn more about the Gemini Preferred Partner Program, read Yahoo’s blog post on the program’s launch: https://advertising.yahoo.com/Blog/SHOP-FOR-TECH-PARTNERS.html.
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to enhance our Support Center making it better than ever before. This Friday, July 10th, you’ll be able to discover the countless improvements for yourself first-hand as we launch the new design and interface! Want a sneak peek? Watch the video below for more information about how the new Support Center makes it easier to learn about new features, find answers quickly, and truly help you to make the most of the Marin platform.
Many Search advertisers are growing their audience reach by advertising on multiple publishers. While Google may still be the dominant force in the market, Bing is quickly growing. An April 2015 study conducted by Merkle | RKG shows that spend in Bing for Q1 2015 grew 36%, compared to Google’s 13%.
As many savvy advertisers already know, by diversifying your advertising spend across multiple publishers, you’re not only reaching new audiences – you’re achieving lower CPCs from decreased competition. Thankfully, it’s not too late to take advantage of these benefits, as it’s now easier – and faster – than ever to incorporate new publishers into your Search advertising efforts. All it takes is enhanced ad campaign management and a firm understanding of each publisher’s unique value proposition.
You most likely have established objects (accounts, campaigns, groups, etc.) in Google – now, you may want to run the same tried and true objects on other publishers. But, the thought of having to recreate every single campaign again from scratch is enough to cause you to cling to Google, instead of moving above and beyond.
Thankfully, there are tools available today to help simplify a potentially overwhelming workflow. Platforms like Marin with Smart Sync allow you to pair objects in Google with other advertisers such as Bing. By selecting an object to pair, Smart Sync automatically copies the parent object in Google into Bing (the child object) – with a simple click of a button. Additionally, any changes that get made to the parent object in Google are automatically synced with the child object. This way, you’re essentially only managing the parent object in Google, but getting the added benefit of advertising on multiple publishers.
When considering integrating another publisher into your advertising strategy, it’s important to include how the publisher is going to help you achieve your business goals. Certain publishers, like Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia, offer regional strengths. With strong local language support and more culturally relevant search results, they’ve steadily been holding onto the number one spot in Search in their respective countries.
Other publishers, like Bing, are partnered with Yahoo to offer an impressive expansive audience reach, with the ability to have ads displayed across the web properties of both publishers. Yahoo also has their Gemini offering, which allows advertisers to easily integrate Native advertising – the newest advertising format that’s gaining buzz in the digital advertising industry – into their search strategy. Additionally, Bing has grown its search share from 8% to 20% in just six years – making it an increasingly popular choice among advertisers. Understanding which publishers fit into your goals will help you reap the maximum benefits of advertising across multiple publishers.
Tools like Smart Sync make it easier than ever for advertisers to incorporate multiple publishers into their search advertising strategy. As John Cosley, Bing Ads Director of Brand and Digital Marketing, states, “We’re excited that Smart Sync will now make it easier for advertisers to create, manage and optimize their Bing Ads campaigns. Today Bing powers one in three searches in the US, and with Bing being integrated in the upcoming release of Windows 10, we expect our market share to continue to grow. With Smart Sync, advertisers now have an easier way to tap into Bing Ads’ growing audience while applying the freshest campaign strategies.”
If you’ve ever considered expanding your search advertising efforts beyond Google, now’s the time to give it a shot. With all the benefits that different publishers have to offer, and the alleviation of all the complexities of managing campaigns across them thanks to tools like Smart Sync, this is the moment to see what other publishers can do for you!
Nothing makes us more proud than having the privilege of taking home the European Search Award for Best PPC Management Software Suite, as we did this week in Berlin. But what makes this win extra sweet is that it represents the finishing touch in a successive streak of Search Award victories across the USA, UK and Europe, solidifying Marin’s position as the global leader in the search marketing industry.
To add a special touch to this PPC love story, we’ve also had the honor of sharing several of these triumphs with our clients. MoneySuperMarket.com took home the most recent Dadi award for Best Use of Paid Search, and proved themselves a force to be reckoned with again on Wednesday securing the European Search Award for Best PPC Campaign. Confused.com was also recognized at the EU Search Awards for Best In-House Team – an accolade that acknowledges a truly outstanding group that consistently exhibits unparalleled understanding and use of search as a digital marketing revenue driver.
This most recent Search Award win represents Marin’s seventh in the last five years, showing our unprecedented momentum since opening up shop in 2009. We look forward to many more years of growth and innovation supporting our clients in their cross-channel digital advertising efforts – and are currently having another shelf built as we strive for future award wins.
Today we announced our agreement to acquire the #1 social advertising platform in Europe, SocialMoov.
Social is now the fastest-growing category in the digital advertising space and a vital part of any marketing mix. Acquiring SocialMoov propels our social offering forward, and fulfills our vision of providing the industry’s most powerful cross-channel advertising cloud.
With the addition of SocialMoov, we are excited to provide:
We are thrilled to have the social experts at SocialMoov join Marin as we offer our customers a best-in-class search, display and social toolset. To better understand the powerful results possible when integrating your social advertising with your search intent data, please get your copy of the best practice guide The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Ads.
Since 2011, SocialMoov has grown to become an innovative social advertising platform boasting several accomplishments that can’t be overlooked. SocialMoov is a top-five global Facebook PMD, was the first European platform to develop Twitter support, and is the first to synchronize social advertising with TV ads – all undeniable achievements.
Marin customers will now be able to combine social campaign data with complementary data sets from their search and display campaigns, allowing advertisers to more accurately create, target, and convert audience segments across the web.
We are excited to continue to provide marketers a unified platform through which they can leverage the latest technological advancements in search, display and social advertising. If you want to learn more about how Marin can help you find and convert your highest value audiences across channels and devices, contact us.
As marketers have increasingly taken an audience-centric approach to marketing, cross-device targeting has become an essential part of their marketing strategy. The promise of delivering a consistent and cohesive experience to customers across channels and devices is a key part of the value proposition.
In this post, we’ll go through some of the basics of cross-device targeting: What is it? How does it work? In subsequent posts, we’ll discuss the importance of ad delivery and also cover some best practices.
You can break cross-device targeting into two distinct functions:
1. The first function is the “cross-device” piece – the ability to match data and identify a single user across multiple devices. The desktop-to-mobile scenario is one of the more popular use cases, but cross-device can also encompass desktop-to-desktop, mobile-to-mobile, and mobile-to-desktop (not to mention non-desktop/mobile devices, like TVs).
2. The second function represents the “targeting” aspect – the ability to deliver a targeted ad to that user across their different devices.
In this post, we’ll focus on the cross-device matching piece.
Accurately matching users across different devices is challenging. For example, a user accesses her phone from a coffeeshop in Hoboken on Monday, her office computer from Manhattan on Tuesday, and her tablet while on the road from an airport in Duluth on Wednesday. How can an advertiser know these three instances all reflect a single user?
There are two models for figuring this out:
1. The first method relies on identity data like login information or device IDs. This is known as deterministic matching. For example, if a user signs onto Facebook on their computer and their phone, an advertiser can be assured that both devices belong to the same the user.
2. The second method relies on statistical modeling to piece together a single identity based on multiple non-personally identifiable data points such as cookies, device data or browser data. This is known as probabilistic matching.
While deterministic matching is more accurate than probabilistic matching, it comes at the cost of data ownership, as the major owners of that login data – Facebook and Google – prevent advertisers from using it outside of their ecosystems. In contrast, while probabilistic matching trades off on some accuracy, advertisers can leverage their proprietary data however they want.
In practice, advertisers have to use a combination of both approaches to balance scale, performance and control.
In the next post, we’ll focus on the “targeting” part of the “cross-device targeting” equation, and how ad exchanges play an essential role in the process.
Do you spend your days managing keywords, creative, and bids for paid search campaigns? Are you caught up on the latest best practices and trends to gain that competitive edge? If so, you may be our next Biggest Search Geek!
Today, Marin Software and Search Marketing Expo are excited to announce the 7th Annual SMX Biggest Search Geek Contest, the popular quiz-based contest that tests your paid search industry knowledge. The contestant who answers the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time will win a round trip for 2 to SMX West, an award presented onstage at the show, and their choice of an Apple iPad Mini, Playstation 4, or Xbox One.
What are you waiting for? Test your search IQ now and find out if you’re the geek to beat!
Marin Software’s team in the UK has had a good start to October. The big news was our victory at The Dadi awards run by The Drum on October 1st. We were delighted to partner up with our client, MoneySupermarket, and win the award for “Use of Paid Search (PPC)”. The entry highlighted how MoneySupermarket took advantage of Marin’s open platform to integrate best-of-breed platforms and optimize search marketing using audience data, as described in this case study.
This is the second time this work has been recognized after it was awarded the “Best Use of Search – Finance” award at the European Search Awards earlier this year; the team at MoneySupermarket and the Marin Software team who worked on the account should be very proud! Congratulations to all our clients who also won at the Dadi’s. On top of this awards win, we also picked up a nomination for “Best PPC Management Software” at the UK Search Awards, which will take place later this year, cementing Marin Software’s position as a leader in the UK market.
Finally, we also spent a great couple of days over in Istanbul, Turkey where we were speaking and exhibiting at Webit Congress, a leading tech and online advertising summit in Eastern Europe. It was great to be there along with our new partner, Yandex, and a number of other leaders in the online advertising space exploring the trends in the Eastern European online advertising market. There are a number of thriving ecommerce brands and digital advertising agencies using online advertising in very interesting ways.
Jon Myers from Marin Software presented his thoughts on search and social integration from our white paper during the conference, and with Turkey having Europe’s highest Facebook penetration in terms of the percentage of the population with an account there was a lot of interest in the topic. We also spoke to a lot of advertisers interested in integrating Customer Lifetime Value into their online advertising optimization and shared some of the thoughts from our recent white paper on the topic. All in all, it was a very well organized conference with some great speakers so congratulations to the team at Webit!
If you’re in the business of gaining traffic and attention for your company through the likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites then…
…WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU!
We’re on a quest to find the Biggest Social Geek – someone who lives and breathes social media advertising and is a speedy test-taker to boot. Sound like you or someone you know? Then try your hand at Marin Software and Search Marketing Expo’s inaugural SMX Biggest Social Geek Contest, which launches today.
If you prove to be the social media smarty-pants to out-geek them all, answering the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time, you’ll win a trip for 2 to SMX Social in Las Vegas, an award presented onstage by Marin’s CMO Matt Ackley, and your choice of an Apple iPad Mini, Sony PlayStation 4, or an Xbox One.
Think you have what it takes? Test your social IQ now and find out if you’re the geek to beat!
It’s that time of year again! DMEXCO, Europe’s largest online marketing trade show and conference, kicks off in Cologne, Germany on September 10th & 11th, 2014. Over these two days, experts from around the world will come together to discuss the latest trends and topics in the industry.
Of course, Marin Software will be present with a full-blown schedule. Come say hello!
Remember, you’re always more than welcome to drop by our stand for a refreshing drink or coffee during the day and don’t forget to try your luck to win tickets for THE party during DMEXCO.
We’re looking forward to your visit,
Your DMEXCO Team from Marin Software
PS: Don’t forget to try your luck and win some exclusive party tickets!