Sam Fields

The Rise of the Pop-Up Ads

Ever since Global Network Navigator created the first clickable web ad in 1993 for Heller, Ehrman White & McAuliffe with a Click Through Rate of 44%, we’ve all developed a love/ hate relationship with Banner/Display/ Image ads on the Internet. I love them, you likely hate them.

You’re probably thinking, “why don’t you marry them, INSERT MYSTERY NAME HERE?” adding, “ner ner nerner ner ner”.

Firstly, we’re not in primary school anymore, so that was a little juvenile, but I get it, you’re letting off steam. And quite rightly, I imagine, after being bombarded by image ads stopping you from all the work or fun you want to do on the Internet, the combination beautifully realised reading this awesome piece of journalism.

Day in day out, they’re there, asking you to buy something, possibly after you’ve already bought that something, more likely after you’ve decided not to buy that something, and even more likely that you have no intention of ever buying, and you’re wondering why they would even show up in your daily travels through the Internetverse ™ (just made that up then).

It always amuses me when I see a text ad pop up on a website I’m viewing asking me if I “Have A Blocked Drain? Call the Sydney Blocked Drain Experts” when I’m in Brisbane and my landlord is my next door neighbour who happens to be a plumber. Entirely irrelevant to my needs, yet somehow this ad is floating on my radar.

Now, people will often point out that the Click Through Rate these days is nowhere near the heights of those original pop-up ads, in fact, they are a fraction of a fraction of what they were at stage one. And Google has admitted that only about half the ads served are actually viewed, in that many that register as an impression (showed on the screen) are actually ‘below the fold’, meaning the user must scroll down in order to see it. If half the ads aren’t being seen, we can effectively double the CTR, but I’m a linguist, not a statistician, so take that with a grain of salt. Also, when we are talking a CTR of 0.03, it’s much of a muchness.

You are probably thinking that this is actually proving your case that Display network marketing is terrible, but you’re wrong and I say this with authority. When Google Display network ads are targeted correctly, they can be a business’ greatest ally! I’m sure you’re aware of Remarketing, which is basically following people around the net with Image ads after they’ve viewed your website, you may not know how targeted they can actually be.

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I had a mate recently tell me how much they despised the fact that they were being ‘followed’ by this company that they bought one product from, with offers on the same product they just purchased! I understand the annoyance and if only that company’s marketing team had created a Remarketing list for people who have purchased in order to sell accessories instead of the product they just bought, the ads may have been less annoying and more enticing.

There are a number of other Pop-Up avenues making a splash that actually do annoy me, such as the Pop-Up to subscribe on a website, or the Pop-Up to add additional food items to my already ridiculously long pizza order (but the annoyance in this case is the lack of willpower in saying no to Chocolate Lava Cakes).

This is the idea of immediate upselling and while it has its place, I find myself, particularly on my phone, becoming frustrated when I click the little ‘x’ to close it and my fat, chocolate-lava-cake-and-pizza-laden fingers accidentally bring up the exact thing I don’t want. This is more of an issue with a site’s mobile optimization, though.

In order to make sure you are not one of those that annoy their clients, you need a strategy. Display ads are not going away anytime soon and I foresee a drastic change to how they are distributed as people become savvier with the features that are already available, and as features are added.

I have several examples of a Display campaign that works that isn’t even a Remarketing campaign. In particular, the targeting of Display ads to individual relevant forums and websites in order to spread awareness of a new product, or a new feature, can result in some of the best conversions a company has ever seen, especially if the product is an innovation of a current, widely used model. These campaigns, while the CTR may still be low, have incredibly high Conversion Rates.

And that’s what it is all about, increasing your Conversion Rate. So speak with us today at Get More Traffic  on 1300 332 256 to see what we can do for you and your business!

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Google Swaps Voice Search On Android

What if you could have your own talking AI without needing to be a billionaire? How much easier would life be for us? And, how much harder would it be for marketers to reach you beyond your AI assistant?

These days, it looks as if AI technology is developing at a rapid pace. What’s more, it also seems that that development is getting an even stronger focus, particularly at Google.

What’s happening at Google?

Changes are happening to voice search on your Android mobile devices. What was once merely a voice-activated search engine is now evolving into AI as Google swaps out its old voice search on Android devices for Google Assistant.

This change hasn’t been rolled out on all devices yet. However, Google did announce a while back that Assistant now resides in at least one billion devices.

For those who’ve noticed the change in the home page of their android phones, the conventional blue and red mic has been swapped out. However, on Chrome for Android, the Google app, and on the Chrome browser for iOS, the mic still seems to be the predominant search tool.

How does this affect SEO and SEM?

One of the main differences between the old voice search and Google Assistant is the type of information provided. Unlike voice search, which usually only provides a list of links and search results, Google Assistant “answers” your queries directly, without needing to provide you with a list of links.

What this means is that it’s a possibility that less traffic will be coming in through mobile searches. Earlier this year, Google also began testing placing ads within the Google Assistant platform, which could mean another channel through which marketers can now source their ads. (as well as yet another revenue channel for Google).

Does this mean that even organic search is going the way of paid advertising? It’s a possibility for mobile devices, as voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant continue to grow more advanced each day.

Adobe recently conducted a survey that concluded that 48% of consumers are currently using voice for “general web searches”. These, of course, don’t cover more in-depth content and research related to searches. But if AI is going to be on the forefront of development, then we can expect the number of voice searches to rise in due time, especially as Google Assistant’s set of skills are improving to the point that you can now book a ride and buy movie tickets through Assistant.

So what do we do now?

Should you start thinking about how to optimise your content for voice search? Should you start putting out audio content that users can easily consume and digest? Well, that’s one possible response for this change in organic and paid search.

Author, speaker, and known marketing expert, Seth Godin, once commented that podcasting is the new blogging. In fact, according to some of the statistics collated by, “51% (144 million) of the US population has listened to a podcast – up from 44% in 2018 (Infinite Dial 19)”. In other words, audio content is gaining ground in informational content.

Google’s John Mueller gave some tips on how to optimise for voice search, detailing what kinds of content fit and didn’t fit voice search optimisation.

One thing he recommended was to start thinking in terms of audio and voice search itself. What does your content sound like when it’s read aloud? How is your content structured and organised? How are the words on the page structured?

In other words, try to start thinking in terms of voice snippets. Think in terms of Q&A’s, and give a direct answer to any questions that potential readers may ask, and make those Q&A snippets obvious in the way your content is structured.

Remember these two things:

1. Structure your content so that it’s easy for voice search to answer queries using the information that you’ve given. Turn your titles or headers into frequently asked questions, and provide the answer in the first paragraph. 

2. Make sure that your content sounds good and cohesive when reading aloud. Try to keep things sounding conversational as much as possible. 

AI Assistants are on the rise, and it might be a good idea to start optimising your content for their eventual takeover.

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Content Curation Tools For Every Skill Level

As with every piece of content that you write, the content you curate must have value. I’m sure we’ve all, at one stage, thought that there has to be an easier way to collecting links and images that may, someday, prove valuable to us. Well there is, and for each skill level, so every marketer should make use of these content curation tools because they will make your brand/business/company more trusted and reputable.

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