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Paid search for retailers: three fundamental principles

 

Times are challenging for retailers. The high street is diminishing; ecommerce is growing; Amazon is looming. There are an exceptional few who can make it without a digital presence, but the majority will most certainly need to double down on their online investment.

There’s a lot to think about in terms of digital strategy, but before delving into anything else, you […]

Brainlabs shortlisted for Campaign Agency of the Year Awards 2018

You read it here first: in 2019, Brainlabs will be rubbing shoulders with the stars! 🏆

Campaign’s Agency of the Year awards are a celebration of some of the very best British agencies, highlighting remarkable work and talent in the industry.

And we just so happen to be shortlisted for the Digital Innovation category this year. Innovating in the digital space is something […]

The Battle For The Future of Media

 

Naming things isn’t easy in this industry, from what you call yourself as a company to the way you describe your services. Brainlabs currently calls itself a ‘performance marketing agency’; not too long ago it was a ‘PPC agency’, and before that it was once an ‘innovator in paid media’.  

Still, at least we’ll never be called a ‘cagency’. For […]

Businesses need to adapt to automation before it’s too late. Here’s how.

 

I often get asked why we took on a robot receptionist. Doesn’t that scare our human employees? Am I trying to induce the robocalypse?

The main thing to remember about increased automation is that it’s synonymous with increased productivity. In other words, business growth. Which leads to more employment, by the way. This has been true for Brainlabs, and it has […]

The Anatomy of In-Housing

 

Biddable media is moving in-house and the agency is dead! Or is it?

There has been chatter about advertisers building in-house capabilities forever. The most recent development relates to biddable media, where the advent of companies like Google and Facebook have enabled advertisers to deal directly with media owners with little friction. The growth of biddable media – paid search, programmatic […]

The Importance of Personalisation in Digital Marketing

Last month we came together to discuss the importance of personalisation for paid media advertising. Our fantastic speakers included Oliver Marlow Thomas, Founder & CEO of Ad Lib. John Sills, Managing Director at The Foundation, and John Dirk Morrison, Growth Marketer at Thread. Check out some of the highlights!

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Back to School: Dealing with the Digital Skills Gap

Kick-starting a new season of PPC Chat Live, our September edition took us back to school, with three fantastic speakers discussing how to deal with the digital skills gap. Harry Davies, Head of Marketing Measurement and Attribution at Google, had some troubling statistics to share. Have a listen:

 

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How to integrate online and offline for the best overall result

Digital marketers are big supporters of online advertising, as you might expect, but offline — TV, print, and out of home — still has a major role to play in today’s campaigns. After all, even though digital is growing massively, global online spend isn’t projected to catch up with offline until 2020. […]

Find anomalies in your campaign spending with this Google Ads script

Have you ever had a campaign spend a touch more than expected and taken a too long to spot it? No one likes to catch their campaigns underspending, let alone overspending, but even pay-per-click (PPC) superheroes aren’t entirely infallible. If a change or issue pops up, it’s best to be warned about it sooner rather than later! […]

Here’s why you should crowdsource your programmatic creatives

It’s not often that marketers get to kick back and relax while customers do their job for them, but when you adopt user-generated content (UGC) as your creative, that’s how it works. Coca Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign is a famous example where sales rose by more than 2% in the US after people began posting images of personalized Coke […]