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5 Can’t-Miss Sessions at #INBOUND17

On September 22, 2017
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It’s that time of year again, Inbounders!

Between September 25 and 28, marketers of all walks will descend on Boston for HubSpot’s annual celebration of “the human, helpful side of business.” This year’s INBOUND keynotes promise to be unbelievable (again), with speakers as wide ranging as former First Lady Michelle Obama and WWE star John Cena.

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What’s a Good Quality Score for Each Type of Keyword?

On September 19, 2017
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When it comes to Quality Score everyone wants a 10. But for certain types of keywords, that’s about as likely as WordStream doubling my salary to drink bourbon and grill dry-aged ribeyes on a veranda overlooking Lake Winnipesauke. We can dream, but it ain’t gonna happen.

You see, when you add a new keyword to your account, Google automatically assigns it a starting Quality Score of 6. From there, a combination of factors, including expected CTR, ad relevance, and landing page experience, will determine whether that score sinks or skyrockets. But not all keywords are created equal.

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Facebook Relevance Score: 4 Key Facts to Know

On September 14, 2017
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Every decent online ad platform has a metric for measuring ad quality. The better your ad quality, the lower your costs and the more people get to see your ads. For Google AdWords, that metric is Quality Score. For Facebook, that metric is Relevance Score.

As Facebook ads become more prevalent among advertisers of all sizes, so too does the focus on the channel’s proprietary health metric, Relevance Score. Today I’ll dive into Facebook’s Relevance Score, addressing what it is, how it’s calculated, and, most important, what you can do to improve your ads’ performance.

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How to Compete with Big Spenders in AdWords (Without Spending More $)

On September 5, 2017
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By almost every metric, businesses with big budgets are doing better in Google AdWords than lower spenders. Maybe not surprising, but it still hurts. The rich get richer while us little guys get left in the dust.

How do we know? We looked at 18,037 reports from our AdWords Performance Grader and compared performance between advertisers spending more than $50K a month and everyone else. And big spenders really came out ahead.

how to compete with big budgets in adwords

But wait! Don’t leave in despair just yet. The truth is, you can emulate a lot of what those bigger advertisers with deeper pockets are doing, without spending more money. In AdWords, success is often just a matter of getting more active and actually doing more stuff in your account!

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Positive vs. Negative Ads: Which Works Better?

On August 8, 2017
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I am not particularly excitable, and I am by no means sentimental.

I’ve been known to remain even keel amidst, say, a surging comeback from a 28-3 deficit. I can throw out childhood photographs like they were table scraps without batting an eyelash. Commercials depicting the unbreakable bond between man and Clydesdale do not incite even a single tear…

It would appear I am in the minority.

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5 Ways to Use Facebook Ads to Take Down Your Competitors

On August 1, 2017
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I’m willing to wager that at least one of Facebook’s 5 million (and counting) advertisers is your direct competitor. Even if Joe’s HVAC or Asics or exceptionallypungentcatnip.org don’t know what the hell they’re doing, they’re siphoning your share of voice.

What exactly does that mean?

If you’re not advertising on Facebook yet, prospects (Newsflash: Facebook has 2 billion users) are already growing familiar with your competitors’ brands. This doesn’t bode well for the bodies circling the top of your sales funnel, but it’s especially concerning when we consider folks with wallets already in hand.

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