According to Rescuecom’s allegations, when a Google user launches a search for the term ‘Rescuecom’ because the searcher wishes to purchase Rescuecom’s services, links to websites of its competitors will appear on the searcher’s screen in a manner likely to cause the searcher to believe mistakenly that a competitor’s advertisement (and website link) is sponsored by, endorsed by, approved by, or affiliated with Rescuecom.MarketingVOX also is linking to more lawsuits that are on the same topic over at SearchEngineLand. This is what happens when courts, judges, and lawyers who are out of touch with reality decide cases that involve technology that they have never seen or used or understand. This is patently absurd and the courts need to move into the current century.
DMIdeas caveat… SEO works as long as you spend the big $$ on an infrastructure that eliminates human error.The other takeaway from the article is that Search Engine Marketing spending will grow rapidly over the next 5 years as shown in this chart:
“Retailers ratcheted up their e-mail marketing campaigns to aggressively compete for consumers’ dwindling spending dollars,” says Jeff Grau, eMarketer senior analyst and author of the new report, Retail E-Mail: Online Marketing Strategies. “That was due largely to the fact that e-mail is cheap to administer and delivers an ROI far superior to paid search, catalogs and other marketing media.”Still, with all of the increased volume in email marketing, it still only accounts for 1.5% of direct marketing budgets in the US! However, between email marketing and PPC marketing, that is changing rapidly. Spends in both categories so far in 2009 are up versus the same period in 2008. Why, you ask? Because email and PPC marketing are measurable, testable, traceable, more cost effective, and much more customizable than traditional marketing (both brand marketing and direct marketing) and advertisers can do more for less.
In a Yahoo!/MediaVest study, reported in Ad Age, sponsored text ads (Pay-Per-Click) increased BRAND AWARENESS by 160% for consumer packaged goods type products. These search marketing ads had a HUGE impact on brand awareness, etc… EVEN on consumers who DID NOT click!
But, wait, if it works here, why doesn’t it work elsewhere? It does, I would argue, work the same across the board for ALL retail products. Consumers basically ignore most non-targeted display advertising… the traditional method for brand building online, but, search is relevent and targeted, therefore consumers are MUCH MORE aware of the page content than they are on a typicall web page.