Top 5 Considerations When Choosing A SEM Partner

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Markets are full of SEM providers and it can be really tricky to decide who to pick. However, how extensively have you considered the differences between a SEM provider and a partner? We have gathered for you a few points that you should consider when choosing a professional SEM partner who will be responsible for your search engine advertising projects.

Marketing managers who deal with SEM often have this problem when choosing an agency for search engine advertising. Here are our top 5 considerations for what you should look for in an ideal SEM partner, one who will not only help to improve the effectiveness of your search engine advertising projects but also help to drive your business further:

1. Do they provide support in defining the correct targets based on your business goals?

It’s essential that you have defined clear targets for your digital marketing actions, which are focused around your overall business goals. A partner can assist you in setting up and analysing the correct digital marketing goals, for measuring the success of search engine advertising actions. This work includes setting up the goals on web-analytics tools. In your digital marketing actions, you should be tracking both micro conversions, which are conversions that are in the earlier stage in the customer path such as newsletter sign-ups or account creations and macro conversions that measure direct responses such as sales.

Based on the client’s overall business goals and the more specific search engine advertising goals, a partner continually adjusts and makes changes to the marketing actions as well as providing development ideas to the client for the future.

2. They’re interested in developing your business, not merely campaigns

Once a partner understands the client’s business and their business goals, it is essential to have a holistic approach to the digital world. A partner is involved in developing your business, not solely creating and optimising specific campaigns. Creating and optimising a campaign can only help you to a certain degree but utilising all the available data gained from campaigns can also help to develop your business further. A good partner will be involved in analysing how to support the whole customer journey in the digital world, rather than only concentrating on the last click sales or getting stuck with consulting you on solely one channel.

3. Are they always active, and never satisfied with the status quo?

In this constantly changing and evolving search marketing world, you can’t afford to stay still. A good partner will not be satisfied with the current state but is frequently reporting on the results of the campaign as well as constantly providing suggestions for developing your business in the digital world and testing new features.

4. Are they willing to challenge the clients and their decisions?

Even though, you as the client, should always be right, the right search partner is willing to question your decisions and say ”No” to your ideas, if indeed the budget would be better spent elsewhere. For example, in situations when campaigns are not expected to be profitable or effective, based on our expertise and analysing previous campaign data, this should be brought up by a partner.

5. In the digital world it is essential to be flexible and impartial

Marketing planning is essential on a yearly and monthly basis, however, if those plans are not flexible, this will create numerous unnecessary issues in the digital world. With a partner, you know budgets are not set in stone but they can, and will be, altered based on previous results and analysis on profitability.

Sometimes with a provider you can be stuck with a process that is unsuitable or ineffective for the way your company works. A partnership is based on agreeing on things together, thus the way of working, reporting and communicating can be tailored to fit the client’s wishes.

There are many factors to consider when choosing an SEM partner for your business and you should remember that there is a big difference between an SEM provider and a partner. It is important to choose a partner that has the time and motivation to serve you and your company’s interests well and who has the dedication to help you to further develop the business.

At NetBooster we are here to help, whether it’s a question of search engine advertising or helping you with your business’ overall digital strategy. As an independent digital agency, we focus on performance driven marketing based on data, to ensure maximum results of any given budget. 

For more information, contact us!

 

Annual General Meeting 2015 (Ordinary and Extraordinary)

NETBOOSTER SA
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Notice of Meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen Shareholders are notified to attend the ordinary and extraordinary Annual General Meeting taking place on the 25th of June 2015, at 10:00 am onwards at Espaces Vocation Paris,  22, rue René Boulanger – 75010 Paris

Link to the Journal Official and agenda (in French) : click here

NetBooster selects ONE by AOL: Video

AOL Platforms’ programmatic video offering provides open platform, extensive inventory and TV focus

NetBooster has selected ONE by AOL: Video to power online programmatic video advertising for its clients in EMEA. The agreement covers France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and will enable private video ad marketplaces, programmatic trading and addressable advertising.

Formerly known as Adap.tv, ONE by AOL: Video is a component of AOL Platform’s open, unified programmatic platform ONE by AOL that enables advertisers to optimise against campaign goals across all screens, formats and inventory types.

ONE by AOL: Video provides NetBooster with extensive, global inventory that includes mobile and an open technology so that advertisers can work with their own data. It also supports in-target audience forecasting, which proves the value and ROI of online video to advertisers, and is the only tool of its kind to offer this.
AOL Platforms’ pilot of the media industry’s first programmatic private marketplace for television with Australia’s major media advertising company, Multi-Channel Network is also critical to the partnership. Working with the company will position Netbooster as a key player as the television industry moves towards programmatic TV and addressable advertising.

“ONE by AOL: Video brings us many highly significant benefits in terms of our client offering,” explains Guillaume Balloy, Head of Paid Media, at NetBooster. “Today it is about the extensive inventory available and access to an open platform that enables choice and flexibility and, very important for NetBooster : transparency for our advertisers. But looking to the future it is critical that we are in the driving seat as the industry moves from linear to programmatic TV. The way to achieve this is by partnering with a global, innovative player that truly understands the market. For us that is AOL Platforms.”

Emmanuel Crego, Business Director France at ONE by AOL: Video, comments: “An innovative agency with its eye on the horizon, NetBooster continually explores new options to deliver returns on its advertisers’ budgets. Programmatic video advertising is another way to offer value to clients, particularly as branding campaigns become more of a focus. Our open platform, global inventory and focus on TV will help it to deliver increasingly targeted campaigns.”


About NetBooster Group | www.netbooster.com
NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.). Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris. 

About AOL Platforms
AOL Platforms enables the world’s top marketers and media brands to reach consumers across desktop, mobile, tablet and TVs with impact through premium experiences, programmatic buying and performance driven campaigns. It is a global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their brands online.

For more information about AOL Platforms, please visit www.aolplatforms.com

 

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Performance Night 2015

metapeople GmbH and its brand metaapes, a subsidiary of NetBooster Group, is organising and hosting the 11th Performance Night on the eve of the dmexco Trade Fair.

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT –PEA-PME eligible) a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, announces that on Tuesday 15th September 2015 the networking event “Performance Night” by metapeople will open its doors again to all digital marketing enthusiasts at the Wolkenburg in Cologne, Germany.

Organised and hosted by metapeople, the “Performance Night” has become, within the last eleven years, the most popular event to be held before “dmexco”, the international digital marketing event in Cologne. The “Performance Night” by metapeople is the ideal exhibition warm-up for the worldwide online marketing industry.

“This year, our networking event is once again expected to provide you with a perfect kick-start to the dmexco”, commented Julius Ewig, the Managing Director of metapeople. “I am looking forward to interesting discussions with clients, market players and vendors.”

Last year, the “Performance Night” gathered more than 1200 attendees coming from over 15 countries, supported by 21 sponsors. The 2014 event was fully booked three weeks prior. This year, more than 1300 participants are expected to attend.

Sponsoring

Companies wishing to feature themselves at the “Performance Night” by metapeople can take advantage of the attractive sponsoring deals and support this popular event. Sponsorship offers and further information regarding the “Performance Night” by metapeople can be found at www.performance-night.com

Key Information

Date: Tuesday, 15th September 2015
Time:  7:00 pm
Location: Wolkenburg, Mauritiussteinweg 59, 50676 Cologne – Germany 


About NetBooster Group | www.netbooster.com

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.).  Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

About metapeople GmbH I www.metapeople.com

As an agency for effective Performance-Marketing metapeople GmbH, cooperating with a network of national and international agencies around the world, offers premium one-stop solutions in the fields of Search-Engine-Marketing, Search-Engine-Optimisation, Affiliate-Marketing, Social-Media, Online-Media, Consulting and Tracking from one source. 

In May 2011, metapeople was acquired by NetBooster Group. This change has allowed metapeople to enhance its international reach and achieve the best possible performance campaigns for its customers by using product synergies throughout all European markets. NetBooster operates 21 Offices worldwide, handling international blue chip clients from around the world deploying digital campaigns and strategies with 450 experts in more than 70 markets around the globe.

For more information please contact:  

metapeople GmbH

Laura Schramm
Manager Corporate Identity
+49 20341050-157
laura.schramm@metapeople.com

NetBooster

Alexia Cassini
Group Communication Manager
+33 ( 0)1 40 40 27 00                                               
acassini@netbooster.com

Do clicks in search results affect your rankings?

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The statement that organic clicks affect your rankings is a controversial one. If clicks affect the rankings, would that mean that it becomes harder to change the rankings, as the number one placement gets all the clicks? Or that spammers would be able to click-spam their way to the top?

First of all, let me state my source for this statement:

Danny Sullivan’s Twitter Status

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What exactly does this mean for SEO?

To start us off, Gary Moyle, Head of SEO at NetBooster, created a whitepaper on rankings and clicks that showed how many more clicks you get for each increased ranking. You can download his white paper “One click curve to rule them all” from our website. The white paper provides insight into what positions are valuable and where you might actually run into a few dips in traffic, even though you’ve gained positions. However, Gary’s curve is a statistical one and there are still ways for a lower position to get more clicks than a higher one. The trick is to create a snippet that is better than all the others, especially the one directly above your placement. For those of you who don’t have a bag of tricks to craft good snippets, I’ll give you few here:

  1. The almighty rich snippet tool – this tool lets you know what special snippets Google’s currently running. My favourite was taken away a while back; it was the author snippet, where I got to show my face or avatar directly in the search result (a real ego boost). But check out the examples supplied by Google!

  2. Schema.org – If you find a good match for a snippet, you’ll need to visit schema.org in order to look-up the schema needed. Remember that the snippet has to match the content of the page; you can’t fool Google. One thing all websites can do is implement a better presentation of their URLs in the search results. Basically, schema.org offers information on how-to insert more data into the HTML-code, in a way that allows search engines to read it.

  3. SEOmofo snippet optimizer – This great tool lets you write the title and description of a page and see if you’re within the pixel limits of the snippet. You want to make sure the snippet isn’t cut short because you’ve inserted too much text, for example.

  4. Google Webmaster Tool– Using this tool, you can view your actual click-through-rate (CTR) for a specific page or query. You can also check the CTR for the page you’re optimising and test different titles and descriptions. I usually find that short, and concise, titles and full-length descriptions work best. Try to target the query very specifically, and make sure the user understands the page.

What about spamming and manipulation?

Organic clicks are used as a divider. If the pages are close in value, and one snippet is attracting more clicks, that page will gain a position over the other one. This means you can’t start generating lots of clicks to your site, and bring it up from a position, if it’s further down in the search results. Also Google won’t be deceived, they will use statistics and control groups to make sure the clicks are genuine.

So really, the statement that clicks affect the rankings doesn’t really change much, but it does highlights the importance of spending time crafting good snippets.

NetBooster publishes its first Quarter 2015 Results: EBITDA growth continues

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible), a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, today announces its results for the first quarter of 2015, with an EBIDTA growth continuing successfully.  

In the first three months of 2015, NetBooster recorded an increase in EBITDA at €0.9m, from €0.7m in the same period 2014 (+29%) and a profitability level of 10.7% (8.2% in prior year). NetBooster’s Data & Analytics department starting projects with several new clients in the last months of 2014 supported the growth in EBIDTA during the quarter.

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Gross Margin is stable at €8.4m (€8.5m in prior year). The win of new blue chip clients such as Adidas, Estée Lauder, Pierre & Vacances, Merck and Ulla Popken has been absorbed, from a Gross Margin perspective, by reduced budgets of existing clients (for example Bouygues Telecom).

OUTLOOK 2015
The management has set an EBITDA target of €5.5m to €6.0m for 2015 and continues to be confident that NetBooster is in a good position to achieve record results in the current year.

Tim Ringel, CEO of NetBooster, commented: “Our Q1, 2015 numbers show that NetBooster is delivering solid and consistent financial results paired with new client wins on a monthly basis. NetBooster is ready for expansion and will do so due to new blue chip clients, an overall product strategy and geographical scale. Thanks to the transparent business model with our clients and the involvement in our customer’s digital strategy, we are positioned right next to the big media agencies as the new challenger in the industry.


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About NetBooster Group | www.netbooster.com

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.).  Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

 

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Alexia Cassini (Group Communication Manager)
NetBooster S.A.
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 40 40 27 00
acassini@netbooster.com

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