New Questions on Sport Trivia Challenge

We have added over 100 new questions to Sport Trivia Challenge, our mobile friendly trivia game. A few new categories of questions include AL and NL MVP award winners and AL and NL Cy Young Award winners. The game is free to play and you can qualify for the Perfect Game Hall of Fame by answering 21 of 21 questions correctly.

Remarketing Basics with Google Ads

Remarketing, What?

Remarketing is putting your brand back in front of potential customers, after they have already shown an interest, by having visited your site, or interacting with your mobile app. As opposed to plain social media marketing wherein you buy subscribers and/or likes from themarketingheaven.com, remarketing focuses solely on customers that’ve shown interest in your business. In the realm of digital marketing, this takes many forms.  It can be thought of as a step before you are nurturing a lead, although it can apply equally to prospects, leads, and customers.  One of the beauties of remarketing is that it can lead to brand re-engagement for all these.

Assuming you have remarketing already set up within your Google Ads account, a basic explanation of how remarketing works is:

  1. Prospect visits your website, Google Ads applies a tracking cookie (stored in their browser)
  2. The prospect is added to your Remarketing audience list
  3. When the prospect visits another website with content related to your site, and the site is running Google Display ads, your ad is triggered and appears on the other website. If the prospect clicks the ad, they will be returned to your website.

Remarketing, Why?

The time frame that a remarketing list is active for is typically 30 days (or less) so the brand impression your website originally created is reinforced when they see your ad on a different site. Like all forms of advertising, digital advertising sometimes requires numerous brand impressions raise brand awareness and influence the prospect to form a positive opinion of your brand. Remarketing offers a way to create those additional brand impressions and extends a pathway back to your website.

Remarketing is also a way for you to extend your marketing reach beyond your own website properties at a very economical price point. Often the cost of a click through to your website from a remarketing campaign is only a fraction of the cost of a click through from a search ad.

Remarketing, How?

Creating audience lists (website generic, subject specific), can be complicated process and there are many ways to generate lists. Here’s a bit of very good news for those just starting with remarketing. When you are running Google Ads, Google will automatically create a generic remarketing list consisting of all visitors to your site over a 30 day period. This can be identified in the Audience list as the All Visitors list.

Then you can build a remarketing campaign that displays your brands, your products, on websites within the Google display network. There are hundreds of thousands of sites displaying these ads, in every industry.

Creating ads is also thankfully easy as Google provides a dynamic display ad builder. You simply supply a few creative elements, such as a product image or logo, a tag line, a short description, and the URL on your website to link the ad back to. Google then uses these elements and can generate ads in a number of formats and layouts to conform to the ad spaces available on the display partner websites. This includes ads which are mobile responsive so the same set of ad creative can be used on a desktop banner (which can be as colorful as birthday party decorations and banners), a square button within an article, or a banner ad on a mobile device.

Custom Remarketing Lists

In addition to the All Visitors list, which is automatically created, you can have Google Ads create custom lists based on parameters such as the pages visited. So if your business sell three items, and each has a descriptive page, you can have Google Ads store the page visitors in three separate lists. Then you can build a campaign, including ad creative, specific to that list. Then, when browsing on other websites, they may be shown an ad leading back to your website, for that specific product.

Another smart way to use Google Ads remarketing is to leverage your existing customer list by uploading it to a crate new audience. These uploaded customer lists, are then activated, if the customer is signed into Google and visits a site featuring Google display ads.

Present Custom Offers

You can even use Google Ads remarketing to make a custom offer to lure prospects back and close a sale. A custom list can bring ad traffic back to a page on your site (only available from the ad link) with a discounted offer. This can help turn a non-sale into revenue. Also, a list created based the prospect visiting a specific set of pages can trigger a packaged or bundled offer of products or services at a volume discount.

Rodeo Management – Rodeo Entry

From the contestant side, it all begins with the Rodeo Entry.  We have built the rodeo entry system on the Rodeo Management System to satisfy the needs of both the rodeo entrant as well as the rodeo administrators.  For the contestant, the powerful yet simple to use entry system allows them to enter a rodeo by completing only one form, including all their rodeo buddies and roping partners.  Each entrant and buddy can select from the complete list of rodeo events offered at the particular rodeo.  Once submitted, all entrants are kept together in the same group so when the rodeo draw is generated, they will be placed in the day and performance.

From the administrator side, the rodeo entry often never needs to be touched.  The entrants and the unique group are stored in the database and are available for the rodeo draw assignment as soon as they have paid all entry fees.  The entry process checks for all the important stuff, like any fines owing by the entrants, proper rodeo contestant numbers, and duplicate entries.  If needed, all aspects of the entries can be managed by the admin.

A clean entry and payment system leads to fewer problems down the road and significantly reduces the amount of manual work and intervention required by the rodeo management staff.

See more about the Rodeo Management System at www.RodeoSystem.com.

Partner for Better Service

Partner for Better Service

I recently had a conversation with a customer that led to a project that quite honestly I can’t handle myself.  The technical aspects of the project, yes, I can manage these.  The website design and SEO, sure.  But there is a significant video component and social media integration that I know can be managed better by others.  Did I turn the project down?  Of course not, instead, I brought in the experts to help manage the project and add their particular areas of expertise to the customer’s advantage.  See my page on Partners (in the left hand menu).

I believe strongly in leveraging the strengths of your friends, associates, partners and even competitors when it makes business sense for all of you.  I this case, the people I have brought into the project could all be considered competition to me, as our services certainly overlap.  Any one of us could be the lead on this project.  However, my company is much stronger being able to call on experienced talent such as this.

As I say on the Partners page, the benefit to the client is substantial, and the reward to all of us will be another successful project.  But a word of caution, choose your partners carefully.  Make sure you know the quality of their work, and make sure they understand their role in the project.  If you are the driver, stay in the driver’s seat so that you all follow the same road.