Top 20 Automotive Manuf. Sites drove 11.7 Million Paid Search Clicks in Jan & Feb’14 on US Google Desktop/Tablet

According to an AdGooroo research there were 177 automotive manufacturer sites sponsoring keywords on U.S. Google Desktop/Tablet in January and February this year. Top 20 of this drove 11.7 Million Paid Search Clicks in Jan & Feb’14 out of 14.4 million paid search clicks. This represents 81% of the clicks. Ford.com, chevrolet.com, honda.com & toyota.com are the top share of voice.

As the actin has shifted to mobile in recent years, auto websites are also seeing increased browsing from smartphones. People search for reviews, new cars, parts, service & others on mobile. Chevrolet.com, toyota.com, dodge.com, nissanusa.com & others are the top in mobile share of voice.

Some of the top auto manufactures in paid search are ford.com (#1 on desktop & #7 on mobile), chevrolet.com, honda.com & others.

top auto

top auto

Mobile Ad Market Leaders – Google, Facebook, Twitter & others

With the rapid increase in smartphones & mobile browsing, mobile ad market has become a major cash cow for companies like Google, Facebook & others. Google is the mobile ad industry leader followed by facebook. Even though facebook was a late entrant to the mobile ad market, it has gained a major chunk of the mobile ad market. They are followed by twitter at the 3rd spot. With the prediction of more browsing on mobile than desktop in the coming years, companies are pushing new boundaries to capture the mobile audience.

Infographic: Google and Facebook Dominate Booming Mobile Ad Market | Statista
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How to Make your website work across Multiple Devices and Provide High Customer Satisfaction?

90% of people move between devices to complete a goal on PC, Mobile, Smartphone & others. 86% of people use their smartphone while consuming other media. 75% of customers prefer a mobile friendly site. Sites that work across multiple devices are more enjoyable & successful as well.

These are the main parameters to keep customers happy:

Usability
content
consistency
paths to purchase and
m-commerce

The 3 main ways of delivering them are

Responsive web design
Dynamic serving
Separate sites.

Source: Google Think Insights

Responsive web design

Responsive web design

Facebook & Google’s 2014 Indian Election Tracker Tools – Track Parties, Candidates & others

Google Election Tracker : http://www.google.co.in/elections/ed/in

Facebook Election Tracker : https://www.facebook.com/FacebookIndia/app_526285324152069

Social Media is playing a key role in this year’s General Elections in India. Political parties have embraced facebook, twitter, Google+ & other social media sites to connect with the public. Facebook has launched an App called ‘India Election Tracker’ which tracks parties, candidates & other info related to elections. A poll has been included on the issuses concerned to voters, updates about the parties, Facebook talks & other info. You can view results by previous day & upto last 7 days.

Google has launched a website to track Indian elections & provides information on Parties, states & their campaigns on Youtube. There is a section on how to register to vote & links to various election resources. Youtube election partners are Times Now, HT, NDTV, AajTak, Zee news & others. There is a youtube elections hub which has videos related to Indian elections 2014.

2014 Indian Election Tracker Tools

2014 Indian Election Tracker Tools

Digital Behaviors of Beauty Shoppers & how their Purchase decision is influenced?

In case of users searching for beauty products online, many start their journey undecided on brands. Makeup, Skincare, Fragrance, hair care & others are some of the products users are looking for. Beauty shoppers take action after watching beauty videos on youtube & other leading video properties. Some of the findings from the Google study are

1) 58% buy to replace a product they ran out of, 36% buy to take advantage of promotion, 27% buy to try a new product.

2) Price, Quality & brand are most influential to beauty purchase decisions

3) Almost half of beauty shoppers don’t know which brand they will buy when they start shopping.

4) Beauty shoppers rely on paid search ads while they research

5) Free shipping, speed and convenience move beauty shoppers to buy online

Digital Behaviors of Beauty Shoppers

Digital Behaviors of Beauty Shoppers

How Google’s Click to Call in Organic & Paid Mobile Search Results Influence Purchase Decision? – A Study

Google commissioned Ipsos, an independent market research company, to find out how Click to Call in Organic & Paid Mobile Search Results Influence Purchase Decision. 1500 Mobile searches who made the purchase were used to understand the process. Some of the key findings from the study are

1) A 3rd of mobile searchers need to directly call a business from the search results.
2) Adding a phone number to mobile search ads results in an avg CTR increase of 8%
3) 52% of Mobile searchers find the call button useful
4) 72% of clicks on a mobile search ad call button lasts longer than 30 seconds.
5) on Average 40 million calls are driven by Google ads each month
6) Lack of call button can damage consumer’s perception of business.

Access the Study at Google Think Insights

Google Click to Call

Google Click to Call

Ten Big Social Media Challenges & How to Overcome them

With Social Media becoming a part of Brand’s Marketing activities, there are many challenges while executing the social media activities. Some of it are How to increase the shares of my posts, Time of posting, How to increase follower counts, Increase the amplification/reach/engagement & others. You can measure the social media effectivenesses of your campaigns using analytic tools. Google Analytics, Klout & others are some of the free tools available to measure the metrics. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Youtube, Pinterest & others are some of the top social media networks to use in your marketing activities.

Comparing Facebook-WhatsApp Deal with Other High Profile Tech Deals

The chart below shows how facebook’s Whatsapp acquisition stands compared to other high profile tech acquisition. Facebook’s deal is the biggest one in the recent times followed by Google’s Motorola Deal. Social media space is seeing a lot of acquisitions. Facebook also bought Instagram for $1 Billion & is growing at a very good pace. Google has done many acquisitions recently in the Robotics, Internet of things & other areas.

Whatsapp handles more than 50 billion messages a day, 500 million images & has 450 million users. It has a very good market share of mobile messaging app in countries like India, Brazil & others.

Infographic: WhatsApp Deal Dwarfs Other High-Profile Tech Acquisitions | Statista
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Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand & Apple is the world’s Most Valuable Brand – Brand Finance Global 500

Brand Finance has released the Brand Finance Global 500 which provides the most powerful & most valuable brands globally. Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand. Employee satisfaction, brand finance, loyalty, visual identity & online presence makes it the world’s most powerful brand. Ferrari is one of only 11 brands (including Google, Hermès, Coca-Cola, Disney, Rolex and F1 racing rivals Red Bull) to be awarded an AAA+ brand rating and has the highest overall score.

Apple is the world’s most valuable brand for the 3rd year in a row. Samsung’s brand value has increased from US$20 billion to US$79 billion this year. Facebook has added 76% to its brand value this year & making it to 122nd position. US brands dominate the Brand Finance’s list, with 185 brands of the 500 spots occupied by it.

Brand Finance Global 500

Brand Finance Global 500

How to Create Search Friendly Infinite Scroll? – Recommendations from Google Webmaster Central

If the Infinite scroll is not implemented in search engine friendly way, crawlers find it difficult to crawl & index. Then the content will not surface in search results. Google Webmaster Central has a great article on how to implement the Infinite Scroll in a search engine friendly way.

1) The webpage or the CMS used should produce a paginated series to go along with the infinite scroll.
2) All the individual items are accessible. However, with the normal infinite scroll, crawler can’t discover individual items displayed after the initial page load.
3) Decide how much content to have in each page.
4) The content should be so divided that there is no overlap.
5) Each component page contains a full URL.
6) Use rel=next and rel=prev values in the section to configure pagination.
7) Implement replaceState/pushState on the infinite scroll page.

Infinite Scroll - Google Webmaster Central

Infinite Scroll – Google Webmaster Central