With Super Bowl XLIX kicking off this Sunday, football fans are looking forward to three things: the game, the food, and the commercials.
Whether you stand behind Marshawn’s “I’m here so I don’t get fined” media antics, think Deflate-Gate is the dumbest sports controversy ever, or are simply looking forward to seeing a touching commercial featuring Clydesdales and their lost dog, chances are you’re leaning one way or another on who’s favored to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
Here at Marin, we thought we’d take some of the guess work out of determining which team has more fans on their side headed into kickoff and we did it the best way we know how: according to paid search. In looking at retail clients that sell NFL team apparel, one team came out on top by a landslide… the Seahawks.
In terms of sheer numbers, keywords associated with the Seahawks received 163% more clicks in the month of January over the Patriots. This is accompanied by 128% more impressions and a 15.5% higher click through rate (CTR) throughout the month.
But why the significant favoritism for Seattle in terms of consumer engagement?
All we can do here is speculate. Perhaps more consumers truly believe the Seahawks are the better team. Maybe the casual football fans see Seattle as the “shiny new toy” given that New England and Tom Brady have earned six trips to the big game in his thirteen seasons as their starter. Or could it be as simple as the Seahawks having more bandwagon fans vying to get their hands on branded hats and jerseys prior to Sunday’s game so they fit in with the crowd? It’s anyone’s guess so I encourage you to speculate and leave your thoughts below.
May the best team win, regardless of how many t-shirts they can sell.
Today Marin released its Global Online Advertising Trends Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2012. As with previous quarters, we built this report using the Marin Global Online Advertising Index— for this release, we refreshed our client index data pool to ensure more representative analysis and findings.
The fourth quarter has always proven to be the busiest for marketers—retailers in particular—because of the holiday season. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, advertisers faced increased competition resulting in higher costs per click versus Q3 2012.
As predicted earlier this year, we saw mobile traffic peak at nearly 22% of all paid search clicks on Google in the US; we saw similar mobile traffic levels in the UK and Australia. Most noteworthy in the US was the share of spend on tablets eclipsing that of smartphones at 9% and 8%, respectively.
As Marin’s customer base continues to expand globally, we have committed to expanding our analysis into new verticals and geographies to help provide more granular insights for marketers. In this quarterly report we included insights on paid search performance in Australia as well as industry-specific metrics for the Finance, Retail and Travel verticals in the UK.
At a geographic level, here are some other key findings from the US, UK, Eurozone and Australia:
Read the full report with additional data and trends here.
Marin Software just released our latest global online advertising trends report for Q3 2012. As with previous quarters, we built this report using the Marin Global Online Advertising Index, which includes over 1,800 advertisers and agencies that invest over $4.0 billion annually in biddable media through the Marin platform.
As noted in our mobile report earlier this year, we are seeing staggering growth around the adoption of smartphones and tablets for search advertising. We are well on our way to hitting our prediction that mobile devices will account for 25% of all paid search clicks on Google by December of this year.
There have also been a number of headlines around Facebook enhancing its advertising offerings, including: new ad formats, view-through metrics, mobile-specific targeting and a number of other features. We continue to see a focus on Facebook as marketers begin to explore this social channel further.
In the US, Google continued its search dominance by garnering 81% of US spend share and 79% of US click share while controlling 66.4% of overall US search volumes (according to Comscore). Despite falling behind in overall click share, Yahoo! and Bing are continuing to show solid growth in aggregate click volume.
At a geographic level, here are some other key findings from the US, UK and Eurozone:
Read the full report with additional data and trends here.
Marin is excited to announce the release of our 2012 Q2 online advertising report. This report, which identifies significant year-over-year paid search trends, was compiled using data from over 1,800 advertisers and agencies who invest over $4 billion annually in online advertising through Marin.
At a glance, our study revealed an overall increase in cost-per-click (CPC), with click-through-rate (CTR) remaining relatively consistent year over year. However, in the US, we found a significant increase in clicks and impressions on Google, with CTR increasing by 3%. Some of the key findings in our study include:
So what does all this mean? The 14% increase in year-over-year clicks certainly benefits Yahoo!|Bing from a growth perspective. However, it’s effective monetization that allows Google to capture 81% of total ad spend and 80% of the click share; despite only having 66.7% of the overall US search volume. The 22% year-over-year increase in CPC on Yahoo!|Bing, compared to Google’s 0%, provides some evidence of more effective monetization, and the likely increase in competition amongst a growing number of advertisers.
Device targeting, specifically smart phones and tablets, continues to soar in popularity. This increase in popularity is not only evident year over year, but also quarter over quarter. Click share on tablets increased from 6% to 8%, while desktops dropped from 84% to 82%, based on our Q1 analysis. Increases in click share give evidence of the growth in consumer adoption. With smart phones and tablets showing higher CTRs and lower CPCs compared to desktops, mobile search should continue to be top of mind for advertisers.
Want to see other Q2 industry trends from 2012? Download the full report here.
Last week, Digital Marketing Depot released the second edition of their Market Intelligence Report. This report examines 10 of the industry leading paid search management platforms and highlights what each is doing to integrate Facebook and other social media advertising into their solutions. To prime the discussion, the report provides an overview of several compelling industry trends, including:
Less than 49% of companies now manage their paid search program in-house using Excel and free publisher tools, this is down from 57% in 2009. Digital Marketing Depot’s annual report seeks to help online marketers make an informed decision when abandoning in-house tools in favor of third-party paid search management platforms. Some interesting trends and highlights of the profiled vendors include:
To round out the discussion, the report highlights 15 questions online marketers should ask potential vendors, stressing that the functionality of each toolset within a solution should be considered closely beyond simple campaign and bid management.