Episode #48: Digital Marketing This Week

This week on “Digital Marketing This Week”, we delve into:

  • The latest changes Facebook advertising has rolled out,
  • The right techniques in search engine marketing, and
  • Google Analytics Reporting Basics

Catch the full episode here or read a quick summary below…

This Week's Episode:


First up…

Facebook ads…

Facebook is trying out new ad formats that they hope to be more immersive and engaging.


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The ads look like normal sponsored posts in the News Feed, but when tapped, they open full screen and allow the viewer to flip and scroll through text, photos, videos and other content. It’s like an alternate version of a brand’s website but will load more quickly and be more interactive because the content is native to Facebook.

Right now, it’s being used by big brands…but eventually, when small businesses start tapping into this ad format, it’s important to remember that…

  • Your ads need to tell a story. Sure these ads are designed to be immersive, but you still need to compel your audience to watch and not hit that skip button.
  • You should keep an eye out for how the big brands are going to utilize this. Take note of what works and what doesn’t.
  • Assuming it does make it's way to direct response marketers, make sure that you still tie the technology back to achieving a result. At the end of the day, it’s still a tool that should help you reach your goals.

Read the entire article here…

Facebook's “Conversion Lift” tool gets updated…

What’s the real value of a Facebook ad? That’s the question that Facebook wanted to answer when they introduced Conversion Lift–”a tool designed to help marketers understand the additional business Facebook Ads drive.

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Recently, they’ve announced a new feature for Conversion Lift that focuses now on understanding how your individual ads are driving towards your objectives.

This means–

  • You get to make better marketing decisions based on metrics you get from your individual ads, which you can now measure against each other.
  • This helps you understand your ROIs on ad spend.
  • You get a more holistic view of ad performance in your marketing mix.

Check out the full article here…

Podcasting Power…

Mashable talks about a new milestone in podcasting…

Digital Marketing This Week - Ep 48 - Podcasting

It has been a breakout year for podcasts, the overnight success that's been a decade in the making. The subscription and RSS-fed audio platform not only enjoyed unprecedented visibility thanks to Serial (a product of Chicago Public Media radio and This American Life), but was in the spotlight again in June when President Barack Obama joined comedian Marc Maron on his popular podcast WTF.

As a marketer, you probably recognize the importance podcasts as an additional channel for interaction and engagement with your audience. Podcasting never really disappeared…but right now, it’s getting the attention that it rightly deserves.

  • With podcast listenership on the rise, now is the best time to start one.
  • Great podcasts don't cater to everyone. Like your website, it should address a specific audience for a specific purpose.
  • When you do decide to start your podcast, here’s my most important tip: be consistent. If you commit to upload a new podcast weekly, a new podcast should be uploaded weekly.

Read the full article from Mashable here…

New to Conversions and Analytics? Start here…

In this article from User Testing, they talk about the five most basic Google Analytics reports than can help get you out of that conversion slump.

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In order to figure out why they’re not converting and how to fix it, first we need to figure out who these people are and where they’re getting stuck on your site.

It may seem pretty basic, but I think it’s a good article that reminds us that…

  • Google Analytics has tools that will help you find the right audience for your content.
  • Depending on what your Google Analytics data reveals, you can tailor your content and take actionable steps towards staying relevant and interesting.
  • You shouldn’t get caught up in all the data…sometimes the simplest ones are what you need. Google Analytics can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it. So start with the basics.

Read the whole article here…

Don’t forget about Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Search Engine Land gives us a 2-part article on the best practices for SEM. The growth of social media marketing sometimes makes us forget that there’s another very important facet to digital marketing–SEM. And his article gives us a very good grasp of the basics…

The goal here is not to try to debunk these best practices — they’re all highly effective methods — but rather to explore a counter view of each to see if there are any interesting insights we may uncover from this exercise.

Digital Marketing This Week - Ep 48 - SEM

It takes a closer look at…

  • The impact of using different creatives for mobile and desktop ads
  • How negative keywords affect marketing campaigns
  • Expanding marketing efforts outside of Google

Read the first half of the article here…

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— Mercer

About The Author


Chris Mercer, who typically goes by "Mercer", has a sales and marketing background that stretches over 20 years. He began his online marketing career in 2009 and has become a sought after analytics & conversions expert, helping other top-marketers to improve their own offers and sales funnels. Now decades of real-world experience are brought to you post-by-post as he delivers Seriously Simple Marketing tips that you can use to build your own business!