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In addition to generating brand awareness and website visitors, PPC can serve several other important business functions. You can assess the competition quickly, comparing several players on a single search results page. You can test new messages, learn about prospect demographics, and psychographics,...Read More 

Welcome to the second episode of the Vitruvian On Online Marketing (VOOM) podcast. In this podcast, we share short tips and strategies for improving your online marketing results. In today’s 15-minute episode, Vitruvian CEO Kristie McDonald tells us about keyword match types: what they are, and...Read More 

Welcome to the first episode of the Vitruvian On Online Marketing (VOOM) podcast. In this podcast, we share short tips and strategies for improving your online marketing results. In today’s 13-minute episode, Vitruvian CEO Kristie McDonald tells us about AdWords ad extensions: what they are why...Read More 

When people find out I’m the author of Google AdWords for Dummies, the second most common reaction, after “What’s AdWords?”, is “Oh, I tried AdWords. It didn’t work for me.” I’m biased, certainly, and I understand that AdWords isn’t an appropriate advertising medium...Read More 

My wife and I are just waking up in a small bed and breakfast in Chimney Rock, North Carolina, which is about four hours away from picking up our 14-year-old son from summer camp. We hope he’s had a great time, but since we haven’t received a letter since his second day, we really have no...Read More 

PPC has long been the cheapest, quickest, easiest way to test-market products and services, offers and pricing, positioning and copywriting. But in order to use PPC to ask and answer questions about what the market thinks of your offers, you have to already have a product or service ready to go. Whatever...Read More 

Fifteen years ago, I got a beautiful bound journal. I remember the month and year because the first entry in that journal is dated September 21, 1999. My intention was to journal every day – I’ve heard from many successful people that the journaling habit is a crucial part of their success formula. My...Read More 

Search marketing is often a logical, market-driven endeavor. We can identify our prospects’ wants and needs, survey our competition, tweak and test ads and copy, and iteratively and ploddingly improve our creativity and our results. But sometimes we get stuck. Our tweaks all start looking the same....Read More 

Despite everything we know about diet, exercise and health, most of us don’t eat or work out the way we think we should. An entire industry of wellness programs and lifestyle medicine have arisen to help us turn our bad habits into good ones. A startup client of mine jumped into the nutrition and...Read More 

by Howard Jacobson. In 2011, my family and I spent a year in a remote region of South Africa. My children homeschooled and I was nervous about being their math teacher, until we discovered KhanAcademy.org. Through our experience with their site, I learned valuable gamification tips marketers can use...Read More 

by Howard Jacobson. Every couple of months I get the urge to meditate. Like, to free myself once and for all from the illusion of separation and fully realize my oneness with all creation. Or maybe just to feel virtuous and spiritual. Or to help me avoid distractions so I can focus on important tasks,...Read More 

Howard Jacobson (co-author of Google AdWords For Dummies, 3rd Edition) addresses important key points for anyone using AdWords or thinking about using AdWords for their business. What is the biggest AdWords challenge? Importance of market discovery. Writing target ads for your prospect. Finding the...Read More 


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