August 20, 2009, 12:00 AM

Search marketing firm offers tips for the holidays

Search marketing firm Impaqt offers tips for a successful holiday season, such as comparing the results of last year`s free-shipping and buy-one-get-one-free promotions.

As the holiday season approaches, search marketing plays a key role as retailers try to capitalize on a peak spending period. Here are some tips for a successful holiday season from search marketing firm Impaqt:

  • Plan smarter for this year’s holiday season by reviewing the successes and failures of last year’s search marketing campaigns.
  • Utilize the power of search marketing data to boost other types of advertising.
  • Pay attention to the year’s data trends – including click-through rate and variations in search vs. purchase cycles – to predict holiday search activity.
  • Assess the individual performance of specific promotions. Does historical data suggest that your “free shipping” promotions outperformed “Buy One Get One Free” promotions?
  • Analyze additional information from search engines to develop a flexible plan. Ensure that you will be able to take advantage of unplanned opportunities by making quick changes to your strategy.
  • Repeatedly test ad copy components to determine what combinations perform the best (i.e., brand name in headline, price or promotion in headline).
  • Use industry research as a guide to top category keywords and competitor traffic keywords.
  • Integrate search marketing with other advertising channels. Take advantage of cross-channel promotion by altering ad copy according to reflect upcoming events.

Additional information on search engine marketing can be found in the Internet Retailer Search Marketing Guide.

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