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5 Reasons to Invest More in Google Shopping Than Text Ads

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Google Shopping is more popular among shoppers — and marketers — than ever. In 2016, retail marketers spent 12% more on Google Shopping ads than on text ads, according to Sidecar customer data. This accounts for a 30% year-over-year spend increase in Google Shopping.

Why the shift in spend to Google Shopping ads? Marketers are seeing more value in them. And with recent updates that devote a larger share of SERP real estate to Shopping ads, Google is placing these ads squarely in front of your potential customers.

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eTail West 2017 Preview: Win at Data-Driven Marketing

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Sunshine, palm trees, warm temps, and…no winter coats. Finally!

Coming from the chilly east coast in the middle of winter, it’s pretty easy to get me jazzed about the trip to Palm Springs to attend eTail West, being held Feb. 27 – March 1.

I’m looking forward to getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D to last me until spring, but I’m most excited to take part in discussions on e-commerce and data-driven retail marketing at the event.

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Tips & Tricks

4 Ways Great Content Boosts E-commerce Sales and Customer Loyalty

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If you invest serious time and money in paid advertising efforts to market your products (we’re pretty sure you do), but you’re not completely sold on the value of content in e-commerce, here are a few reasons to reconsider: 

One reason is increased conversions. Sites that employ content marketing convert nearly 6X better than sites that don’t.

Another is the competitive online retail space. 81% of customers research online before purchase. The more quality content you create, the higher your site ranks in organic search, and the more often consumers discover and engage with your products.

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Tips & Tricks

4 High-Impact, Underused AdWords Features You Should Be Using

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AdWords offers a seemingly endless array of levers to manage and optimize your Google Shopping performance. No matter how well versed you are in campaign management, it’s easy to find yourself sticking to familiar AdWords features and using the platform to less than its full potential. Knowing what works is important, but expanding your toolset in this channel is essential to getting the most from your investment.

We’re here to break routine and explore a few high-impact, underused features in AdWords to boost returns in Google Shopping.

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E-Commerce Trends

2017: The Year Ahead in Social Commerce

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From dynamic ads to buy buttons, social media platforms of many sizes and stripes have gradually rolled out e-commerce features.

How have they fared so far? And which ones will get a page in the playbooks of e-commerce marketers in 2017? Here we recap and explore recent developments in social commerce, and look ahead to what social media has in store for online retailers in 2017.

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E-Commerce Trends

Customer Experience: The #1 Focus of E-commerce Marketers in 2017

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The big Cyber Weekend shopping push is behind us, holiday shopping is in full swing, and 2016 will soon be in the books. As we look to 2017, we can count on e-commerce growing more competitive (and crowded) than ever, and e-commerce marketers needing to be ever-more sophisticated to drive returns.

Now that the dust has settled around emerging e-commerce channels, we predict that top performing online retailers will start tuning in much more closely to customer needs. With renewed focus on the customer experience, marketers will prioritize discovering key moments in customer journeys, influencing purchase decisions during those key moments, and providing positive experiences that bring shoppers back for more.

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Tips & Tricks

4 Ways Google Analytics Can Improve Your Google Shopping Campaigns

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If you’re like a lot of marketers using Google Shopping (myself included) you probably spend an inordinate amount of time glued to AdWords.

AdWords is where a lot of the magic happens in Google Shopping. With so much critical data right at your fingertips, you might not think to venture elsewhere when analyzing and adjusting your campaigns.

But AdWords data tells an even better story when paired with insights from Google Analytics. Here are four to get you started:

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E-Commerce Trends

What Instagram Shop Tags Mean for E-commerce

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Last week, Facebook-owned Instagram launched its beta test of shop tags within photo posts to explore whether inspiring visual content coupled with ease of purchase can transform casual scrolling into real e-commerce opportunity.

With Instagram making its platform more friendly to retail brands looking to sell products, rather than build communities, where are the future opportunities for e-commerce marketers? How much potential is there to drive sales from this channel? Here we unfold the possibilities of Instagram’s latest foray into social commerce.

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Tips & Tricks

Power Up: 6 E-commerce Tips for Electronics Retailers

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Winning the e-commerce game in consumer electronics retail is about as tough as it gets. Shoppers in the market for laptops, tablets, and cameras are laser-focused on price and steeped in research about products on their wish lists. They follow the hype before an item launch, study product reviews to learn about features, and consult the experts on where to get the best deal.

So what does it take to compete in the fierce e-commerce electronics world? Here are some tips you can use make sure your Google Shopping campaigns and website are optimized for the preferences and behaviors of your audience.

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Last Minute E-commerce Checklist for Holiday

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During the holiday shopping season, an e-commerce marketer’s job is never quite finished. With online sales projected to reach $117 billion this season, retailers are keen to snag the biggest slice of holiday pie within their reach.

By now, you’ve got a plan in place for each e-commerce marketing channel and you’re feeling ready to tackle Holiday 2016. If you’re making last minute adjustments and wondering what else to do to get your campaigns into tip-top shape, we’ve got you covered. Tie a big bow around your holiday tactics and check these items off your list.

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