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Demographic audiences deliver twice the reach of narrow interest audiences, according to Facebook

Demographic audiences deliver twice the reach of narrow interest audiences, according to Facebook

Demographic audiences delivered nearly twice the reach (+99%) of interest audiences in campaigns with the same budget when the selected interest audiences were too narrow, according to a study of consumer packaged goods (CPG) campaigns published by Facebook. However, both types of targeting performed comparably when interest audiences were broad enough.

The analysis included 50 CPG campaigns in the EMEA region, measured using Facebook Brand Lift.

Why we care. The big takeaway from Facebook’s analysis is that some interest audiences are too small to generate scale when compared with demographic audiences. Advertisers should assess their interest audiences and decide whether the higher impact is worth potentially diminished reached and higher CPM.

If interest audiences are broad enough, they can perform comparably with demographic audiences. In that case, advertisers should select the strategy that best matches their campaign goals.

While these findings make sense, they’re also convenient for Facebook, since Apple’s App Tracking Transparency doesn’t affect demographic targeting.

Demographic outperforms interest audiences that are too narrow. Interest-based targeting is inherently more limited than demographic-based targeting. To overcome that difference, the campaign with the lower reach needs to compensate with greater efficiency. Interest targeting does deliver greater efficiency, but it’s unlikely to make up the difference.

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“Among the campaigns with significantly reduced reach due to interest targeting, the effectiveness was slightly higher compared to the demographic audiences (+22%),” Facebook said, “However, this increase was slightly below the required threshold and was unlikely to sufficiently compensate for the lower reach. As a result, demographic strategy was 1.6 times more likely to be the winning strategy and drove more cost-efficient brand outcomes compared to the interest strategy in these campaigns.” When interest audiences were too narrow, demographic audiences also delivered 99% more reach than interest audiences on the same budget.

Both demographic- and interest-based targeting can deliver reach. The two strategies achieved comparable reach with the same budget when interest audiences were broad enough to provide sufficient reach. When both could deliver comparable reach — within 20% of the other — for the same budget, Facebook’s analysis showed that they were equally likely to be the winning, cost-effective strategy.

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“This finding implies that some broader interest audiences can generate scale of reach comparable to demographic audiences and marketers can select either of the strategies while maximizing the alignment to the category buyers,” Facebook said.

Your objectives should dictate your strategy. Demographic targeting was the winning strategy 1.6x more often at the top of the funnel, while interest targeting was the winning strategy 2x more often at the bottom of the funnel, according to the analysis.

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This means that interest audiences may be better for lower-funnel objectives, like driving purchase intent and consideration, while demographic audiences might be more likely to drive upper-funnel objectives, such as brand awareness. Advertisers should select the strategy that best matches their campaign’s specific goals. Using both strategies appropriately can enable brands to drive both upper and lower funnel outcomes.

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3 SEO metrics to help secure executive-level buy-in

3 SEO metrics to help secure executive-level buy-in

“When I talk about the metrics that will help you get and secure and keep buy-in, I come to you with a perspective of operations,” said Jessica Bowman, CEO of, in her presentation at SMX Next. “How do we get other people involved in SEO as well?

SEOs are constantly searching for new ways to prove their work’s value to higher-ups. And, many prefer to let the results speak for themselves. But, as Bowman argues, it’s often more effective presenting executives with actionable metrics that get them involved in operations.

Here are three metrics Bowman recommends SEOs hone in on to secure that coveted buy-in so that they can continue to improve the visibility of their brands.

Metrics that can change the conversation

“SEO operations . . . is focusing on how you go about getting the SEO strategies and tactics done,” Bowman said. “Dp that well and you start setting yourself apart from the competition because most companies don’t address SEO operations.”

“Now we can take this framework and kind of shrink it down and make it [into] a strategy scorecard,” she added.

The SEO strategy scorecard framework gives executives and other departments a clear look into your tactics and what they’re designed to achieve. In her version, Bowman links these strategies to one of two categories: those that grow SEO traffic and those that accelerate SEO through operations.

Image: Jessica Bowman

Bowman says you can add more insight by featuring metrics such as estimated revenue. Highlighting these numbers can be pivotal in getting executives talking about SEO’s value.

Metrics that can get executives to recognize SEO’s value

“What I find is that SEO teams spend a lot of time fixing SEO problems that other teams introduced,” said Bowman. “And when you’re working on this stuff, it is time not spent on growing SEO revenue.”

Bowman recommends SEOs start reporting on time spent fixing SEO problems stemming from other departments. The goal should be to get executives to realize that prioritizing SEO training and department accountability will prevent these issues.

The point isn’t to create animosity between departments, but rather to identify roadblocks in SEO operations and show why they’re valuable.

Image: Jessica Bowman

Here are specific issues Bowman suggests SEOs identify:

Changes in core web vitals metrics;Changes in page speed metrics;4xx URLs in tags;3xx URLs in tags; andSchema errors.

Metrics that can forecast SEO success

Executives and other higher-ups want to know your SEO projects are on track to meet specific goals. That’s why Bowman suggests marketers report on the most pertinent metrics — these are the campaign’s critical drivers.

“It is not uncommon for project managers and executives to talk about critical drivers,” Bowman said. “What is uncommon is to report on critical drivers.”

“These are metrics that tell you, and executives, if you even have a chance of reaching the SEO goals,” she added.

Image: Jessica Bowman

As Bowman says, critical drivers are well-known to the leaders of any organization. But when SEOs lay these out in their reporting, it gives decision-makers a clear roadmap and proves their worth that much more.

“The important thing to think about these critical drivers is that they are reports on the activities that must happen to achieve the revenue goals,” she said.

“When you communicate it in this method, this will get executives focusing on the right teams to do what needs to happen to grow SEO,” she added.

Watch the full SMX Next presentation here (registration required).

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Google December 2021 product reviews update rolling out

Google is now rolling out a new search algorithm update named the December 2021 products reviews update. This is the second time Google is pushing out a products reviews update this year, doing one back in April 2021.

This update is “designed to better reward” product reviews that “share in-depth research, rather than thin content that simply summarizes a bunch of products,” a spokesperson told Search Engine Land in April. Reviews that are written in a way that has “insightful analysis and original research” will be rewarded, especially “content written by experts or enthusiasts who know the topic well,” Google said.

What is changing. Google said that if you made changes between now and the last update, you may see improvements to your rankings since the last update. Google wrote “if you have made positive changes to your content, you may see that improvement reflected as part of this latest release.”

Google also said the search company has “received more feedback from users on what type of review content is deemed trustworthy and useful, motivating us to provide additional product review guidance. Users have told us that they trust reviews with evidence of products actually being tested, and prefer to have more options to purchase the product.”

More advice. Google provided two new best practices around this update, one saying to provide more multimedia around your product reviews and the second is to provide links to multiple sellers, not just one. Google posted these two items:

Provide evidence such as visuals, audio, or other links of your own experience with the product, to support your expertise and reinforce the authenticity of your review.Include links to multiple sellers to give the reader the option to purchase from their merchant of choice.

Rolling out now. Google said the update is now rolling out for English-language pages. It will take about three weeks to complete.

Google product reviews update. The Google product reviews update aims to promote review content that is above and beyond much of the templated information you see on the web. Google said it will promote these types of product reviews in its search results rankings.

Google is not directly punishing lower quality product reviews that have “thin content that simply summarizes a bunch of products.” However, if you provide such content and find your rankings demoted because other content is promoted above yours, it will definitely feel like a penalty. Technically, according to Google, this is not a penalty against your content, Google is just rewarding sites with more insightful review content with rankings above yours.

Technically, this update should only impact product review content and not other types of content.

Previous advice on the product reviews update. The “focus overall is on providing users with content that provides insightful analysis and original research, content written by experts or enthusiasts who know the topic well,” Google said about this update. That is similar advice to the core update recommendations mentioned above, but here is a list of “additional useful questions to consider in terms of product reviews.” Google recommends your product reviews cover these areas and answer these questions. Do your product reviews…

Express expert knowledge about products where appropriate?Show what the product is like physically, or how it is used, with unique content beyond what’s provided by the manufacturer?Provide quantitative measurements about how a product measures up in various categories of performance?Explain what sets a product apart from its competitors?Cover comparable products to consider, or explain which products might be best for certain uses or circumstances?Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a particular product, based on research into it?Describe how a product has evolved from previous models or releases to provide improvements, address issues, or otherwise help users in making a purchase decision?Identify key decision-making factors for the product’s category and how the product performs in those areas? For example, a car review might determine that fuel economy, safety, and handling are key decision-making factors and rate performance in those areas.Describe key choices in how a product has been designed and their effect on the users beyond what the manufacturer says?

Google also linked to its blog post from earlier this year named providing better product information for shoppers.

Why we care. If your website offers product review content, you will want to check your rankings to see if you were impacted. Did your Google organic traffic improve, decline or stay the same?

Long term, you are going to want to ensure that going forward, that you put a lot more detail and effort into your product review content so that it is unique and stands out from the competition on the web.

More on Google updates

Other Google updates this year. This year we had a number of confirmed updates from Google and many that were not confirmed . In the most recent order, we had: The July 2021 core updateGoogle MUM rolled out in June for COVID names and was lightly expanded for some features in September (but MUM is unrelated to core updates). Then, the June 28 spam update, the June 23rd spam update, the Google page experience update, the Google predator algorithm update, the June 2021 core update, the July 2021 core update, the July link spam update, and the November spam update rounded ou the confirmed updates.

Previous core updates. The most recent previous core update was the November 2021 core update which rolled out hard and fast, then the July 2021 core update which was quick to roll out (kind of like this one) followed by the June 2021 core update and that update was slow to roll out but a big one. Then we had the December 2020 core update and the December update was very big, bigger than the May 2020 core update, and that update was also big and broad and took a couple of weeks to fully roll out. Before that was the January 2020 core update, we had some analysis on that update over here. The one prior to that was the September 2019 core update. That update felt weaker to many SEOs and webmasters, as many said it didn’t have as big of an impact as previous core updates. Google also released an update in November, but that one was specific to local rankings. You can read more about past Google updates over here.

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Enriching Adobe Campaign Standard Delivery Logs with Custom Data for Reporting

With an increasing amount of customer data available, custom and detailed reporting are essential. Learn how to tailor your data reporting in Adobe Campaign Standard to successfully analyze your marketing campaigns.

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How to Optimize Websites for Search Engines?

How to Optimize Websites for Search Engines?

Author | Ravi Sharma – Founder and CEO of Webomaze Pty Ltd

Bio | Ravi is a digital entrepreneur who has a vision of helping businesses to increase their online presence through websites, mobile applications, and SEO. He is the Founder & CEO of Webomaze Pty Ltd, a one-stop digital agency based in Melbourne.

An optimized website attracts targeted traffic from potential buyers, resulting in increased leads and sales. However, optimizing your content entails much more than merely choosing the proper keywords. So let us discuss in detail what website optimization is, its importance, and essential website optimization strategies for search engines to see results.

Website Optimization

The process of systematically increasing the performance of your website to achieve your business objectives is known as website optimization (or Conversion Rate Optimization). Whether your goal is to generate more leads, sell more products, or reduce customer support calls, website optimization can help you achieve your objectives.

What is the importance of website Optimization?

Website optimization is vital since it aids your visitors in making the most of their time on your site. Every visitor comes to your site wanting to get an answer to a question, solve a problem, or accomplish some sort of activity. When a website is optimized, it is pretty simple for users to complete those tasks. If you have an eCommerce website that sells products, for example, you may optimize your site to boost the number of purchases made by visitors. Conversion rate optimization, which focuses on methodically A/B testing different portions of your website to boost conversion rates, is one way to do this.

Your website becomes more effective for your business when you optimize it. A more successful website can improve revenue for your company by generating new leads while also lowering costs by improving conversion rates on existing SEO campaigns spent by providing more credible information and clarity to visitors who have issues.

Essential Website Optimization Strategies For Search Engines
Mobile-first approach

Since 2018, Google has begun ranking web pages using its mobile-first index. Here’s what you need to do if you haven’t already optimized your site for lower screen sizes:

Make use of a responsive design, in which images and other elements adjust to the size of the screen.

Make your meta titles shorter, so they are simpler to see on smaller displays.

Long-form information should be avoided.

Pop-ups that restrict visitors from seeing your content should be avoided.

If you want to cloak, don’t utilize the mobile version. Make sure that the material that users and search engines see is the same.

The idea is to make your site responsive to all types of devices, including desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

High Page Loads Speed

“No internet is better than slow internet,” as the saying goes. All advertisers should be concerned that individuals would rather give up surfing than surf from a slow connection. Slow page speeds are also frowned upon by Google. They place a high value on page speed and penalize pages that take too long to load. Your load time might also influence how much you pay per click in paid search.

File sizes should be reduced and optimized.

Use a suitable hosting service.

Use as few full-sized films or hero photos as possible.

HTTP calls should be minimized.

Browser caching should be enabled.

Use minimum plugins and redirects to avoid overburdening your site with extra stuff.

Great User Experience

For starters, research reveals that following a bad user experience, 88% of users are less inclined to return to your website. More crucially, for every $1 spent on improving the customer experience, you will receive $100 back, equating to a 9,900 percent return on investment.

The first step is to examine your website for user experience issues. Examine user flow, exit pages, heatmaps, and session recordings, for example. To provide the best user experience, make sure your website is:

It’s simple to use and navigate.

The content is original and meets the needs of the user.

Attractive and creates a strong emotional bond

For a more intuitive experience, the design and navigation are integrated.

It appears to be trustworthy and credible.

Adds value to the visitor’s experience

Optimize Technical SEO

When it comes to SEO, writing amazing content that is based on a good keyword strategy isn’t the only aspect to consider. You must consider and optimize the technical features of your site and how they affect your ranking and user experience. Things you should do specifically:

Google Search Console is where you should submit your XML sitemap.

Google Search Console may be used to check the indexing of your website.

Check to determine if your site is mobile-friendly.

If you detect any status code issues, fix them.

Any broken links should be fixed.

Create a backlink strategy.

Remove any content that isn’t doing well on your website.

Use title and meta tags, but don’t use the same ones twice.

Core Web Vitals

Google plans to rank websites using a combination of Core Web Vitals and its new Page Experience algorithm. This is a Google algorithm that assesses the health of a website, and it was launched in 2020. The ultimate goal is to assess the site’s ability to provide a good user experience. “Loading experience, interactivity, and visual stability of page content” are all factors the algorithm will consider. The good news is that tools like PageSpeed Insights, Lighthouse, and Search Console are available to assist you in evaluating your site’s fundamental web vitals.

Reduce Overall Bounce Rate

The percentage of users who departed your website without visiting more than one page is known as your bounce rate. A bounce occurs when someone reads your blog without reading another. It’s also a bounce if someone looked at your homepage but didn’t look at your services. Your bounce rate should be as minimal as possible. The fact that an optimized website has a low bounce rate is self-evident. How do you go about accomplishing this?

Reduce the number of advertisements on your website.

Blog posts should be linked together.

Keep your content up to date and useful by using anchor links throughout your site’s content.

Increase the speed of your website.

Add links to related articles or case studies at the bottom of articles or case studies.

In your navigation, experiment with an alternative text.

Final Thoughts

It is not sufficient to simply have a website for your company. You must design and optimize it for search engines, your ideal customers, and other things in mind. To speed up the process, make sure you use the correct tactics. Even if you only achieve in one area, it can significantly influence your bottom line. You can hire a professional SEO company to leverage SEO, CRO, and UX improvements to alter your business if you want to experiment and test over time continuously. 

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