Statistics on search engine marketing usage and adoption to inform your search engine marketing strategies and tactics

Statistics help us turn data into information, allowing us to make informed and rational decisions and that's exactly the purpose of this article. We're huge fans of search engine marketing, but not everyone believes in its potential for growing a business, either through search engine optimization or paid search marketing - which means a Google Ads focus in many countries. This article is aimed at helping you make better-informed decisions about the running of your search marketing and making the business case by modelling the returns from search engine marketing if you're using a search gap analysis to put a quantitative estimate to the returns. [si_blog_banner_cta]

How many searches are made each day?

As of January 2020, there were 4.54 billion internet…

Video is continuing to grow in popularity and importance, which means it's vital to stay on top of the latest advances and statistics in order to create a strong digital video marketing strategy

Video is a highly effective form of content and its popularity has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of social media. Despite the fact that so many of us consume online videos on a daily basis, many marketers still aren’t using video as part of their digital marketing strategy or aren’t seeing the best results. In order to inform your marketing strategy and help you get the best possible ROI from campaigns, we’ve compiled some video marketing statistics that could help you get to grips with video.

92% of marketers say it’s an important part of their marketing strategy

In 2020, 92%…

Chart of the Week: 97% of consumers have abandoned a purchase because the service wasn’t convenient enough, showing that e-commerce needs to compete on more than price.

Convenience is the backbone of e-commerce and a huge reason that online shopping has boomed over the last few years. Shopping online offers the convenience of purchasing items when and where it suits you, via a payment method of your choice while also having your item delivered via a method that suits you. It’s no wonder then that convenience is changing the way people shop and how they view certain shopping options, as the National Retail Federation’s latest research shows. This is why e-commerce brands need to consider more than the quality and price of the products they are offering when it comes to showcasing their proposition.

Inconvenience causes cart abandonment

When it comes to the most important things to consumers when online…

Chart of the Week: 45% of marketers say increasing engagement is the biggest challenge for email strategies and yet this isn’t a primary goal to work toward.

Email marketing has long been a tactic that delivers high ROI, which means there are a lot more marketers and brands utilizing email to engage, convert and retain customers. However, the increase in use means that inboxes have never been so crowded and, as a result, it is getting harder to stand out. Despite the struggle to get opens and clicks becoming very real, marketers still need to deliver tangible results – especially as email has historically performed so well. Email effectiveness may be dwindling but optimizing your strategy ca still ensure you see improvements. [si_blog_banner_cta] However, the question then becomes how you can improve the effectiveness of your email marketing. After all, sticking with the same strategy isn’t going to see things go well during 2020…

51% of marketers believe that influencer marketing helps with quality customer acquisition but how else could it benefit your digital marketing strategy?

While many social media users and consumers are growing tired of influencers, they are still an incredibly effective marketing tactic for brands. In an increasingly digital world that has seen people become immune to more traditional forms of advertising, influencers do exactly what they say on the tin – they influence purchase behaviour. Influencers are trusted to give honest reviews, recommendations and tips to their followers, which means they can make a difference to which product or brands consumers ultimately buy from. The ultimate form of social proof, influencers have a degree of credibility in their niches, which makes them a go-to source for information. Beyond this, influencers do something that many brands still struggle to do – they build relationships with their customers. A large part…

Increasing competition across all industries means that customer experience is more important than ever if you want to stand out for the right reasons

Customer experience (CX) is more important than ever. With competition increasing, the digital world making it easier to make purchases and consumers less likely to be swayed by brand loyalty, CX can make all the difference between a conversion and a lost customer. This is why businesses need to look at and improve the customer experience they offer in line with current consumer expectations. Failing to do so could leave you well behind your competitors, even if your product is more advanced. To better help you understand what CX in 2020 looks like, we’ve gathered some recent statistics from customer experience research. These stats should help you benchmark your performance, better understand current consumer expectations, bear in mind where CX is going in the future and stay one step…

Chart of the week: 77% of online minutes in the UK are spent on mobile, showing that mobile-optimized marketing really is a must

The amount of time people are spending online is on the rise, with most opting to access the web via mobile. The vast majority of individuals across the world are now spending most of their online time on a mobile device, with the ability to be always connected changing people’s browsing habits. According to Comscore’s Global State of Mobile report, the total minutes spent online in from June 2017 to June 2019 increased by 43%, with Canada seeing a 34% rise during the same period. A large proportion of these extra minutes are spent on mobile, with it now being common to check your phone while out and about. [si_blog_banner_cta] So, what does this mean for digital businesses and what do marketers need to bear in mind?…

Chart of the Week: 57% of people in the UK spend most of their time on social media or messenger apps, but Facebook is no longer the favourite app.

Facebook is no longer as indispensable as it once was, with an increasing number of people saying it is the app they most consider quitting. Throughout the last two years, it has fallen from being the most important app in the majority of markets to one that is failing to keep its audience. As well as people getting rid of their accounts as part of a digital detox, younger audiences are turning to new social media platforms rather than Facebook. Although this means more people opting for Facebook-owned apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, it shows just how volatile the world of social media and apps currently is. [si_blog_banner_cta] We’ve taken a look at AudienceProject’s new app and…

Chart of the Week: 43% of organizations are "holding steady" when it comes to the effectiveness of their email marketing

Email remains to be one of the most popular marketing channels, helping marketers to reach a wide audience, convert leads and re-engage existing customers. However, the fact that it is so heavily used by marketers means that it comes with a number of challenges, which are resulting in variations in terms of the results that marketers get. When it comes to marketers’ email marketing effectiveness, 43% reported that their effectiveness is holding steady. Demand Metric and Validity’s the State of Email Marketing 2019 report revealed that more marketers are “holding steady” compared to 2018’s 37%, however, this seems to be because fewer respondents are reporting an increase in the effectiveness of their email marketing. [caption id="attachment_146623" align="aligncenter" width="939"] [Email marketing…

Chart of the Week: 60% of marketers say personalization is a key strategy for improving the quality of leads being generated

Lead generation is an important part of marketing, especially now that many companies are getting rid of the internal silos and sales and marketing are working more closely together. However, it isn’t just the number of leads you need to consider when measuring success; you also need to take lead generation quality into account. The quality of your leads essentially tells you how likely they are to become customers, with high-quality leads being the most sought after. But exactly how do you attract leads that are more likely to convert? [si_guide_block id="116978" title="Download our Business Resource – Lead scoring and profiling guide" description="This guide will introduce you to the different ways you can score your leads and how you can classify them against your ideal buyer profiles."/] While there are a huge number…