How To Understand Google Adwords

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If you’ve been tasked with managing your business’ Google Adwords Account, you’ve probably discovered by now that it’s no easy feat. In order for your ads to perform well, you need to be able to understand the dashboard. Here is a break down of what the acronyms and terms that appear on it mean, as well as tips to improve your ads’ performance.

Keywords – These are the words or phrases that someone searches in the Google search bar. You bid on keywords so your company can show up at the top of the results.

Clicks – This one is pretty obvious. Clicks represents the amount of times your ad was clicked on. Having a high amount of clicks is always a good thing. After conversion, clicks are the second most important way people should be interacting with your ads. Google Adwords counts clicks even when users don’t go to your website so this may be why your amount of website visitors are different than your clicks.

Impressions – Impressions are the amount of times your ad appeared. While a high volume of impressions may sound impressive, what matters most in terms of an ad’s performance is how many people click on your ads and engage with them.

Impression Share – Impression share regards to how many times your ad is shown against other competitors for the same keyword in search ads. If you have an impression share of 20%, that means you are only showing 2 out of the 10 times that search query happened. Healthy impression shares range from 60-80%.

CTR (click-through rate) – CTR is the number of clicks your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown.

Average CPC (cost-per-click) – Average CPC is the average amount you’ve been charged for a click on your ad. The amount is calculated by dividing the total cost of your clicks by the total number of clicks.

Average Position – This is in relation to the position of your ad and where it is shown in a Google search. Generally, 1-8 lands your ad on the first page of search results, 9-16 lands on the second page of Google search results, and so on. Average positions can be between two whole numbers. For example, an average position of “1.7” means your ad usually appears between positions 1 or 2. Generally speaking, if you are running a Google display campaign, you will always be 1 because there are no “ad positions”. A good average position is generally between 2 – 3.5 since you are at the top but not paying too much to be the first ad showing.

Search Query – This is almost the same as keyword, but there are some differences. It is the actual words someone typed into Google. We could be bidding on the keyword “business start-up” and a search query such as “how to start up a business” would trigger our ads since it contains those keywords.

PPC (pay per click) – The type of advertising when you pay only when your ad is clicked.

Cost Cost deals with how much was spent on the campaign. Remember, you only spend money on your ads when people click on them. You can use Google Adwords Industry Benchmark to find out if what your spending is lower or higher than the average in your industry.

Max CPC – The Max CPC is the highest amount you’re willing to pay for somebody to click on your ad. So if you set a maximum bid of $1.50, you’ll never pay more than $1.50 for each click on your ad. The more money you put down on your Max CPC, the higher positioning your ad will have on a page.

Remarketing – This is another type of display but much more targeted. We track users who visit your site and then show them display ads across the Internet after they leave, enticing those to visit your site and convert.

Search Engine Results Page (SERP) – The pages that appears after someone requests a search from a search engine.

Conversions – Conversions represent how many responded to your ad after clicking on it. Conversions deal with actions and can mean many things. A conversion can be somebody viewing the video you published on the page, a person filling out the contact form on the landing page, a person buying the product advertised, etc.

Cost Per Conversion – Cost/Conversion is the average cost per conversion. This is calculated by dividing the total cost for clicks by the number of conversions. Knowing your Cost Per Conversion is important as it can help you divet up your budget better.  

Conversion Rate – Conversion rates deal with how often cicks resulted in conversions. Some ways you can improve your conversion rate are by switching up your offer, doing A/B testing on your ads, reevaluating your copy so it accurately depicts what you’re offering, and redesigning your landing page.

Want to learn more about Adwords? Call Sperling Interactive to uncover more about Adwords and how we can help you.  

How To Grow Your Email Marketing List

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Having a strategy to grow your email list is crucial as your list decreases 22.5% every year due to people either moving companies, unsubscribing, or deleting their email address. According to research, more than 90% of adults use email and 74% of teenagers have an email address. With that said, it is clear that email marketing can help you effectively reach any age bracket. Here are some steps you can take to get more people on your mailing list.

Use social media to promote offers that require an email address. When doing offers or giveaways for your business, posting about them on social media is always a must. Next time you do this, require people to send you their email address. Make sure you direct people to a landing page where they can fill in their email address instead of having people message you their email address.

Collect email addresses at trade shows. Never attend a trade show without bringing a bowl for people to put their business cards in or a list for people to write their email address down. Now there is a way to always reach out to prospectives you met there.

Include the registration link to your newsletter when you guest blog. Guest blogging is not only a great way to introduce new people to your business, but you can also use it as an opportunity to display links to your social media channels and your newsletter sign up.

Do giveaways. Everyone loves a good giveaway, and this will become a popular way for you to gain more email addresses.

Attend a networking event and/or host one. Networking events are always a great chance to meet new business people, find new business opportunities, as well as grow your list.

Include a subscribe button on your website. Your website is an extension of your business and is a common place for people to join your email list.

Include the registration link in your email signature. Direct people to a landing page where they can sign up.

Need an email template that encapsulates your brand? At Sperling Interactive, not only can we create that template for you but we can also create a stellar email marketing campaign to help you stick out as a unique business in inboxes.

Marketing And Advertising Predictions For B2C Businesses in 2018

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Now that the dust has settled from the holidays, media gurus are getting a better sense of what is going to explode this year in marketing and advertising for B2C businesses.

AMP Story. This trend is for any publishers and news outlets reading this. Google is following in SnapChat and Instagram’s footsteps by hopping on the story train. Unlike SnapChat and Instagram, AMP Story is not an app. It will be featured on both the mobile and desktop versions of the web and will lean heavily on images and visuals to broadcast news. Google hopes publishers and news outlets will use AMP Story to produce new content, not repurpose current content.

Omnichannel Marketing. There are many ways for B2C businesses to connect with their customers. Omnichannel marketing involves looking at your business from your customer’s perspective and providing a strong customer-friendly experience across all channels in which you interact with them, be that through your physical store, website, social media channels, email marketing, etc. Through the omnichannel marketing approach, every channel is inter-connected so the customer views the brand in a positive light. Omnichannel marketing focuses on analyzing data to assist with the customer satisfaction of your brand and so the customer encounters the same experience and messaging everytime they interact with the brand.

According to Emarsays, a leading provider in marketing software, companies that have “well-defined omnichannel customer experience strategies in place achieve a 91% higher year-over-year increase in customer retention rate on average, compared to organizations without omnichannel programs in place.”

Chatbots. Chatbots are getting bigger because artificial intelligence is getting better. They can not only help you answer queries from prospective customers or clients, they can be used in your sales funnel. According to, chatbots can also provide personalized shopping advice to users based on their past shopping history.

Are you a B2C business? At Sperling Interactive, we can design your website, optimize your website for the web, photograph your products, post content to your social media, and rebrand your business.

What does mobile-first indexing mean and how will it affect my business?

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At a webmaster conference in mid-February, Google announced that starting sometime in March it would prioritize indexing the mobile version of a website over the desktop version of a website. What this means is Google is going to start ranking its search listings based off the mobile version of a site.

It  should be noted mobile-first index is an experiment Google is running and the reason they are doing this is because desktop search queries are continuing to drop. As of 2017, 60% of searches are done through a mobile device, a 10% increase from the previous year, making the mobile version of the web the primary search engine people use.

If you don’t have a mobile version for your website, Google said it will still index your site. If you do have a mobile version, Google requests that all of the pages remain the same on both versions. With this new indexing system, Google has stated web pages that are not mobile friendly will not perform well. Now more than ever, it’s important to make your entire website mobile friendly as sites that do have a mobile friendly experience are expected to potentially receive a boost even for searches done on a desktop. In theory, if your content is optimized for mobile, there shouldn’t be any big impacts with how your site performs in search results.

Another factor you should think about before this ranking system rolls out that will affect your ranking is the speed of your mobile version. Google will also take into account your title tags and heading tags when ranking and if your images are optimized for mobile.

Google is planning on only having one indexing system in the future instead of different indexing systems for mobile and desktop. This indexing system will serve both mobile users and desktop users. This indexing system will just focus on mobile content. As Google’s mobile-first indexing  continues to improve, the goal is to make it be the only system used.

At Sperling Interactive, we can not only build you a mobile version of your website, we can also optimize it to perform well in search results too.

How To Market Your Nonprofit

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In today’s world, it’s a lot easier for nonprofits to market themselves. Not only do we have the Internet, but there are certain strategies and programs nonprofits can use that can be advantageous for their organization in the digital space.

Be active on social media. Social media is great for nonprofits because not only do most people have a profile on a social media platform, but they are also free to post content. Aim to post your content every day so it has a greater chance of appearing in your followers’ feeds. You don’t have to have an account on every social network. Consider who your target audience is and where they spend their time scrolling feeds.

Add The ‘Donate Now’ Button To Your Facebook Page + Ads. If there’s one social media platform every nonprofit should be on, it’s Facebook. Facebook draws in users in just about every age bracket. You can put a ‘Donate Now’ button on your nonprofit’s Facebook page and on the ads you design for Facebook. Through Facebook, you can create ads targeted to users based on their location, demographic, and profile. After the ads are created, you can set a budget for each click or thousand impressions you will receive.

Apply for Google Ad Grants. Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit version of AdWords. It is a program by Google that offers $10,000 of free online advertisement each month to nonprofits. The ads can be created to attract donations, recruit volunteers, and share the nonprofit’s story. To apply (, you need a Google account and a TechSoup account.

Create Content That Tells Your Story. Above all, create content that sells your organization’s ‘why’. Always prioritize your ‘why’ over your ‘what’. Your ‘what’ being the services your nonprofit offers and the ‘why’ being the explanation as to why your organization does the work it does. This content will inspire people and will set you apart from other organizations that may offer the same services you do. Some ways you could tell your story are through blog posts, podcast episodes, and a video series.

Sperling Interactive works with a number of nonprofits, and right now we are offering a new service to help nonprofits make the most of their Google Ad Grants campaigns. Call us at (978) 304-1730 or email us at to learn more.

Why You Should Use Bing Ads

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When most people think of search engine marketing, the first thought that generally pops to their head is Google. Google is the most used search engine, but if you’re a business owner or a marketer you shouldn’t forget about the second most used search engine, Bing. In 2017, Bing Ads grew to 19.7% of the US search market share whereas Google’s paid search clicks went down by 11%. Besides the fact it’s growing, Bing Ads also has some features Google Adwords does not. Here are five reasons why you should use Bing Ads if you’re not doing so already.

You can import your campaign from Google Adwords to Bing Ads. Bing has a feature called Bing Ads Editor that can enable you to add your campaigns on Google Adwords to Bing Ads. All you really need is your Adword login information and account number. What a timesaver!

You can run campaigns on Yahoo and Microsoft display networks. Through Bing Ads, you can show up on the third most used search engine, Yahoo, which has 300 million users, and through Microsoft Advertising, you can reach audiences on XBox Live and MSN’s television networks.  

There’s less competition on Bing Ads and it’s generally cheaper than Google Adwords. If there are a lot of companies that offer the same services as yours, Bing Ads might be the route to take since there’s less competition. Less competition means you’ll also be saving your business money. The average Bing Ad cost per lead (CPL) is 6% cheaper than Google Adwords.

You can set different campaigns for different time zones. With Bing Ads you can quickly adjust a setting for a particular group without having to create a brand new campaign to change the ad, a feature Google Adwords doesn’t have.

Bing users make and spend more. One third of Bing users have a household income of $100,000 then or more and they tend to spend 6% more than people who utilize other search engines. If your ideal client or customer is a Bing user, then you can’t ignore Bing Ads.

Through search engine marketing, you can reach new customers who are searching for your products and services. At Sperling Interactive, we  can run campaigns for you on Google Adwords and Bing Ads. Call us at (978) 304-1730 to learn how we can transform the way people find you online. 

Advertising Mistakes To Avoid





Are you about to create an advertising campaign for your business? Whether you choose to advertise online, offline, or through both, there is a general rule of thumb when to comes to advertising as a whole. Here are the biggest mistakes to avoid.

Putting yourself in the ad. Owning a business is hard and every business owner has the right to feel proud of what they’ve accomplished, but if you’re a business owner, don’t include yourself in your advertisement and marketing collaterals. Not to sound harsh, but people don’t care about the sacrifices you’ve made to get your business to where it is today. They care about the quality of your products and/or services. Save your business story for press releases and articles.

Not determining a target audience. Every ad should have a target audience in mind. Do not advertise yourself to everyone, even if your business can serve just about anyone. Advertising to everyone is just going to waste your time and money and will not result in new clients.

Advertising in the wrong places.  This one ties in with having a target audience. By identifying who your target audience is, you’re able to find out where, when, and how to advertise to them. Look at the places online and offline your target audience spends their time and advertise there. Make sure you always ask potential clients how they heard of you so that you can know what marketing strategies are working for you.

Using only one medium. As with content marketing, you should repurpose your advertisement, too. Repurposing your advertisement is when you use a variety of media to advertise your business.

Running only one ad.  Don’t rely on one ad exploding your business. People today are constantly bombarded by advertising. We see approximately 5,000 ads/branding messages per day, which is one every 11.52 seconds. Fortunately, you can control your ads frequency with many ad platforms online such as Facebook Ads and LinkedIn ads.  

Not including copy. Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but you can’t neglect ad copy in your ads. Copy gives people context and additional information. By not having copy, your audience could misconstrue what it is you’re trying to say. Because without copy, your ad is up to interpretation.

At Sperling Interactive, we can help you create efficient print and digital ads for your business or nonprofit.

How To Tell You Have A Bad SEO Strategy

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If you do your business’ SEO work, you’ll probably know by now that it’s complicated because it constantly changes. With that, it can be hard to tell if what you’re doing is helping or harming you. Today we’re covering four tell-tale signs you’re making bad SEO efforts for your business.

You’re not using specific keywords. You may think you know the keywords that apply to your business, but if you are putting in too general of keywords into your content, you’re not going to be found by the people hoping to discover your business. Get specific as possible with who you service and what you offer. Opt for long-tail keywords, which are longer, more specific keyword phrases. Long tail keywords get lower traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion rate as they are more specific. Long tail keywords should be utilized by companies that offer specialized products or services.

You’re applying black hat techniques instead of white hat techniques. Blackhat SEO techniques are techniques that focus on search engines instead of human interest. They include keyword stuffing, spammed blog posts, link farming (the creation of websites just to increase the popularity of a link), hidden content, and duplicate content. Blackhat techniques go against search engine guidelines and should not be practised. Instead, businesses should utilize white hat techniques, which obey search engine guideline and center on human interest. White hat techniques includes back linking, link building, using relevant keywords, and writing content for humans. White hat techniques will also provide users with the best user experience possible.

You’re not utilizing social media. If you haven’t created social media profiles for your business yet, then you need to hop on that now. Everybody is on it today and it can help improve your SEO because when people share your content it backlinks to your site. Additionally, more and more people are using social media to help them find services. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are the most popular social media accounts, but don’t forget to post content to your Google + account as there are numerous opportunities to reach your audience there too.

You expect instant results. To get good SEO results, you need to be patient and evaluate your efforts. Compare your efforts to organic trends every now and then, research what competitors are doing, and analyze your data in Google Analytics and Google Search Console. Above all else, realize SEO  takes time and if you put in the work you will see improvement soon.  

Product Photography Tips

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If you’re a B2C business, investing in product photography is an absolute must. We live in a digital and  visual world, so most people tend to see products through photographs first. With that said, the success of your B2C business can ultimately come down to your photos. To help you out, here are our five biggest tips for snapping great product photography.

Have a vision in mind. It’s always important to have a vision of the final product in mind. Doing so will help you figure out the steps you’re going to need to take to get you the photograph you desire.

Look at Instagram and magazine ads for inspiration. These two are two of the biggest outlets currently for consumer-based businesses to advertise their products. Through them you can find out the trendiest ways to promote your product, what color schemes work and are popular, and what your competitors are doing.

Take photos from various angles. Don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative during a photoshoot. Sometimes the winning photo isn’t the one you thought it would be.

Include seasonal props. Seasonal props are fun way to get your consumer in the mood to buy your product. For fall you may want to add autumnal leaves, or lights during the holiday season.

Use lights. This one goes without saying. You want people to be able to see every detail of your product. Even if you’re shooting your product outside, bring lights as the sun can cause shadows.  

Think about your aperture setting. An aperture is the opening that allows light to come in and is expressed through the f-stops. In photography, f-stop numbers are counter-intuitive. The lower the f-stop number, the larger the opening will be and the more light can pass through. The higher the f-stop number, the smaller the opening is and the less light is able to pass through your camera. A low number aperture means the photograph will focus on one thing and blur the rest of the image. A photograph taken through a high f-stop number is clear and crisp throughout.

WordPress Plugins To Boost Your SEO

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A common question businesses ask us is how they can improve their SEO. Besides posting relevant content to your website often, having a mobile-friendly site, and adding relevant keywords, another way you can boost your SEO is through SEO plugins. Since we primarily create custom websites through the content management system, WordPress, today we will be covering our favorite SEO WordPress plugins.

WordPress SEO by Yoast. This plugin is one of the most downloadable plugins of all time. Through this free plugin, you are able to add an SEO title, meta description, and meta keywords to each post and page of your site. You’re also able to include social sharing information. What’s great about SEO by Yoast is it does an analysis on your focus keywords, checks your word count, and evaluates your meta description, images, slug, links, and page title and you’re able to edit those bits easily.  

All in One SEO Pack. This plugin is the second most used SEO plugin on WordPress. Like Yoast, it is also user-friendly. All in One SEO Pack automatically optimizes the titles of your blog posts for search engines like Google.

Premium SEO Pack. This plugin is terrific with helping websites improve their internal link building as well as optimizing its images. It also has SERP tracker, a tool that tracks the search engine ranking for your keywords in a user-friendly dashboard.

SEO Professor. What makes SEO Professor stick out from the crowd is that it has a keyword research tool that helps you generate keywords for your content. When you are done with a post, it gives you a score. It also checks your images to ensure you have all the right tags and makes suggestions.

SEO Ultimate. SEO Ultimate is another popular SEO WordPress plugin. This plugin is great because it has editing tools like tag rewriter and meta description editor, which are helpful. It also has a nifty 404 monitor that redirects visitors on pages not found.

Have you ever wanted an SEO audit on your website? Call Sperling Interactive for a free audit.