701pages Decreases Time Spent on Creative Testing by 30% with MixRank

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701pages.com is the leading online search directory in Malaysia.  They provide coupons for local goods and services and free unbiased community reviews for over 100,000 merchants.  In 2012, they selected clickTRUE to manage and scale its online advertising campaigns.

 

After running campaigns for several months, 701pages and clickTRUE started seeing a decline in click-through rates.  To ensure their existing campaigns did not suffer further, they decided to refresh these campaigns with a new creative direction.  As they started launching new creatives to test, they encountered a roadblock. The trial and error period required a significant amount of time, preventing them from rapidly scaling their campaigns.

 

To increase efficiency, 701pages and clickTRUE turned to MixRank’s search engine for ads to gain insight into successful ads from similar industry advertisers.  MixRank’s data showed the contextual and banner ads from leading brands, the number of times the ads were shown, and the length of time the campaign ran for.  Ads with a higher frequency over a longer period of time indicated the ad performed well for the advertiser.

 

With these insights, 701pages and clickTRUE modeled their ad creatives based on what worked for other advertisers in the same industry, cutting their time to launch a campaign by 30%.  As a result, MixRank’s intelligent data allowed 701pages to scale their display campaigns more profitably at a rapid pace.

 

“When launching new campaigns, a quick glance at the banner ads indexed on MixRank offered my team remarkable perspectives.  We saved a substantial amount of time spent on testing new creative ads.”

 

— Jereme Wong, COO of clickTRUE Pte Ltd

 

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clickTRUE Pte Ltd was founded in 2008 and has quickly become one of Southeast Asia’s leading online marketing agencies for SEO, SEM, integrated PPC management, social media marketing, web development, web analytics, and conversion rate optimization.  clickTRUE manages over $10 million in online ad spend annually across a client list that includes leading brands such as Clinique, DKNY, HSBC Bank, Men’s Health and Panasonic. clickTRUE has since streamlined its creative testing process using MixRank as its strategic data source for successful ad creatives across a variety of verticals.

 

 

CornerBlue Increases Mobile Conversions by 19% Using MixRank

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Founded in 2006, CornerBlue, Inc. has quickly become a leading mobile marketing agency that specializes in performance-based mobile campaigns.  CornerBlue now manages millions of dollars in mobile advertising annually across multiple verticals including education, insurance, and finance.

 

With their growing list of clients, CornerBlue’s team experienced increased pressure to rapidly launch mobile ads in verticals they had not tested before.  In order to efficiently and strategically drive their campaigns, the agency sought insights from real-time industry data.  They needed a solution that delivered proven ad copy and profitable placements to alleviate the time of testing each creative and website.

 

For reliable data, CornerBlue adopted MixRank’s solution because of its abundant amount of indexed ads across every industry.  MixRank offered CornerBlue verified advertising strategies that they used to kickoff new campaigns.  With MixRank, CornerBlue consistently found relevant contextual ad copy and traffic sources for a variety of verticals including the education and finance verticals. 

 

As a result, the intelligent search engine saved the CornerBlue team 25% of their time to set up campaigns, allowing them to focus on other optimization strategies such as researching negative keywords and setting appropriate keyword bids. Since deploying MixRank, CornerBlue’s mobile campaigns have increased daily conversions by 19%.

 

“Our team has found MixRank tremendously useful for our mobile ad campaigns. We use MixRank regularly. The ad copies and traffic sources allow us to jumpstart new campaigns and hit the ground running.”

— Arthur Chaparyan, CEO of CornerBlue

 

Beckertime Increases Daily Traffic by 8%

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Founded in 1998 by father-son watch enthusiasts, Beckertime is one of the largest providers of pre-owned luxury brand watches generating over $1 million in monthly sales revenue.  In 2011, the online retailer turned to KOMI Marketing to manage its digital marketing efforts.

 

As Beckertime and KOMI Marketing sought to expand its online presence, they faced a bottleneck when trying to build high quality links.  The process of researching and finding relevant high-traffic websites for link building was taking a significant amount of time, preventing them from engaging in other search engine optimization (SEO) strategies like content generation and social media.

 

In order to improve the link building research process, Beckertime and KOMI Marketing leveraged MixRank’s intelligent search engine to find quality traffic sources in seconds.  Using MixRank, KOMI Marketing instantly uncovered over 50 websites relevant to Beckertime and started building links at a constant pace.

 

With MixRank’s easy-to-find data, KOMI Marketing and Beckertime saved 90% of the time on its research for link building, freeing them up to focus on other SEO strategies and marketing campaigns.  Additionally, by building links on these websites, Beckertime and KOMI Marketing have seen a steady 8% increase in unique visitors every day.

 

“MixRank’s traffic sources for related ads are really awesome for link building. Without PPC, I’ve seen a significant boost in unique visitors every day from these backlinks.”

 

— Joseph Chambers, CEO of KOMI Marketing

 

Founded as a search engine marketing agency in 2009, KOMI Marketing has since grown into an online marketing company that provides SEO, web development, and social media services.  In addition to working with Beckertime, KOMI Marketing builds and manages integrated online marketing programs for clients in a variety of verticals, including apparel, jewelry, and furniture.  KOMI Marketing has standardized with MixRank as its primary search engine for link building research.

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Cut Your Costs 90% by Scaling Laterally Across Audiences

Say you have a campaign that’s been moderately successful for some time. Your creatives and targeting are relevant to your audience, and you’re getting a steady flow of conversions profitably. But, after some time, your campaign will invariably being to saturate the market. You’ll see conversion rates begin to drop and costs slowly rise, while traffic remains flat. This happens to everyone. Online marketing wouldn’t be much fun if we could just throw up a single successful campaign and sit on our asses collecting checks for the rest of our dats.

How do you scale the campaign up to more traffic and stop the regression to lower profits?

One way might be to expand your ad groups or targeting and find more keywords that will do as well as your existing ad groups.

Finding lateral keywords(keywords that describe the same term in a different way)  has been a well documented and successful strategy, especially in the early days of search marketing, when a marketer armed with a thesaurus and a good imagination could build massive campaigns.

But adding more keywords to a campaign is merely a band-aid, a short term fix that won’t solve the core problem of an audience that has gotten tired of what you’re selling.

I’d like to describe a new strategy that I have used very successfully to grow new campaigns as well as breathe new life into stagnant old ones. I call this strategy scaling to lateral audiences.

Just as lateral keywords are closely semantically related to the original keyword (i.e “meet single women” and “online dating sites”), lateral audiences are closely related based on their core attributes- their fundamental needs, desires, and problems.

In other words, if your product solves a problem for a specific group of people, thinking in terms of laterally related audiences would help you find more people like them, that also have a need for your product.

To illustrate the power of lateral audiences, we’re going to walk through an example using a free MixRank account.

Just to take a random example I made up, let’s pretend we’re a company selling gold coins- a growing industry in this economy. This is a very competitive space with lots of advertisers, so we’re going to have to get creative if we want to take some of their traffic for ourselves.

Google’s Traffic Estimator shows that the keyword “buy gold coins” has a very high average CPC for position 1 of $10.10. To get this data, I set the average CPC in the Traffic Estimator to an absurdly high number like $1000 to make sure I get the absolute highest bid for this keyword.

Let’s find a way to get a similar audience, one who’s interested in buying gold, less expensively. All we have to do to start is initiate a search from the MixRank home page and find a relevant advertiser whose strategies we can study. Let’s just search for our keyword and click on the first suggestion:

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The search results will show us a few ads that are highly relevant to the keyword we searched for. I can already see one lateral audience here- several of the ads say “Buy silver coins”.

It’s important to be mindful of the distinction between keywords and audiences here. Lateral keywords for this theme would be phrases like “buy gold bullion” or “buy gold bars”. In other words, they describe the same product in a different way. “Buy silver coins” describes a different product but targets a lateral audience that has similar fundamental desires- in this case the desire to own precious metal. This desire could further be reduced to a core drive for security, financial stability, greed, etc.

The keyword “buy silver coins” has an average CPC of $4.92. Still high, but a significant improvement in targeting the same audience.

Let’s find out which core desire it is based on the current advertising strategies of the market’s leaders. From the search results page, I’m going to pick what looks to be the current leader in this space, “goldine.com”. I can see more data about them by clicking on that domain in the “Advertiser” column on the far right.

The Advertiser Report for goldine.com will show me their highest performing ads and traffic sources. You can also reach this report simply by typing their domain, “goldline.com” into any search box.

Looking through their text ads, I’m noticing a common phrase that’s consistent across all of their split tests: “Free Investor Kit”:

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They’ve probably tested many different positioning strategies and found that presenting gold as an investment is the strongest appeal. Here’s another lateral niche audience: people who are looking to buy gold as an investment (as opposed to collectors seeking gold for numismatic purposes, etc). Google Traffic Estimator shows that the keyword “invest in gold” has a max CPC of $8.87. This high number is encouraging, because it means that this is a valuable, high converting audience.

$8.87 is a bit rich for us- if we were running a campaign targeting this theme, I would probably see my margins plummet as I get squeezed out by competitors with bigger budgets.

But remember our other, related audience of silver buyers? “buy silver coins” was significantly cheaper than “buy gold coins”, so I would expect this pattern to hold across other, related keywords centered around buying silver.

Indeed, “invest in silver” has a maximum CPC of $3.71, which is a huge 58% discount from the gold keyword, yet targeting an audience that’s closely related to the original keyword, and one we can be reasonably sure will convert just as well, because they’re interested in buying precious metals as an investment.

But let’s keep going and see if we can cut our traffic costs even further using MixRank’s database of millions of ads.

MixRank’s ad search uses sophisticated matching algorithms that go beyond simply looking for the appearance of keywords in ad copy or landing pages and identifies campaigns that are thematically relevant to the query. For a great example of this, let’s search for our new keyword that we derived from the ad copy we saw goldline.com running- “investing in gold”.

Our goal with these searches is to identify keywords and audiences that don’t match our search query exactly, but are somehow related.

There’s one result that jumps out at me immediately.

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Of course! Some people that are interested in investing in gold are part of the small, but lucrative niche audience of people stocking up for an impending economic collapse. The Ron Paul audience, if you will. Analyzing the ads of advertisers like this one will give us great insight into this market. Let’s make the assumption that people anticipating an economic collapse are highly motivated to turn their paper dollars into gold, which we will be happy to sell to them.

The keyword “economic collapse”, which features prominently in these ads, has a suggested max CPC of $1.02, a 90% discount on our original keyword of “buy gold coins”, which cost over $10 a click.

An inexperienced marketer will suggest that “economic collapse” is a bad keyword to target, because it doesn’t show intent and is not a “buying keyword”, so it will not convert as well. But remember, we’re getting this traffic 10 times cheaper!

Let’s say you have a stagnant campaign based around the “buy gold coins” theme that’s barely breaking even. If you target the “economic collapse” keyword, all you have to do is achieve 1/10th your current conversion rate from this audience to get a huge bump in traffic and profits.

“Prepare for impending economic collapse- buy gold!”. The ads practically write themselves.

No thesaurus or keyword tool will tell us that new main keyword, “economic collapse”, is strongly correlated with the keyword we started with, “buy gold coins”. But by using MixRank to pull relevant keywords out of ad copy and searching for thematically relevant ads matching those new keywords, we can quickly identify pockets of opportunity that advertisers without the benefit of this data will miss.

In a later post, I’ll show you how to delve even deeper to identify even less expensive, high converting audiences and leveraging them for a flood of massive traffic. But following the strategy outlined above should be enough to get you started scaling your campaigns across lateral audiences very quickly.