Understanding Sponsored Search

Understanding Sponsored Search : Core Elements of Keyword Advertising

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This book addresses the underlying foundational elements, both theoretical and methodological, of sponsored search. As such, the contents are less affected by the ever-changing implementation aspects of technology. Rather than focusing on the how, this book examines what causes the how. Why do certain keywords work, while others do not? Why does that ad work well, when others that are similar do not? Why does a key phrase cost a given amount? Why do we measure what we do in keyword advertising? This book speaks to that curiosity to understand why we do what we do in sponsored search. The content flows through the major components of any sponsored search effort, regardless of the underlying technology or client or product. The book addresses keywords, ads, consumers, pricing, competitors, analytics, branding, marketing and advertising, integrating these separate components into an incorporated whole. The focus is on the critical elements, with ample illustrations and with enough detail to lead the interested reader to further inquiry.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 304 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 57 b/w illus. 10 tables
  • 1139098470
  • 9781139098472

Table of contents

1. A context for sponsored search; 2. Modeling the process of sponsored search; 3. Understanding the potential customers' intent for keyword selection; 4. Sending signals to the potential customer with ads; 5. Understanding consumer behavior for sponsored search; 6. BAM: branding advertising and marketing for sponsored search; 7. Sponsored search analytics; 8. The serious game of bidding on keywords; 9. Bringing it all together in a framework of sponsored search; 10. The future of sponsored search.
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'With Understanding Sponsored Search, Jansen has delivered an insightful and well-researched exploration of fundamental search advertising principles that bridges the gap between academic study and everyday keyword buying, in an enjoyable book that pushes the boundaries of sponsored search. A definite must-read that ought to be required reading in the sponsored search industry.' Brett Tabke, Founder and CEO of WebmasterWorld.com and Founder and CEO of PubCon 'Wow, finally Jim Jansen shares his insights and helps level the playing field! Professor Jansen and his students have consistently scored in the top 1% of the world's largest search marketing contest, the Google Online Marketing Challenge. If you are serious about keyword advertising, this book merits the number one position on your bookshelf.' Professor Jamie Murphy, Murdoch University and Lead Academic, The Google Online Marketing Challenge
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About Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen is an Associate Professor at the College of Information Science and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 research publications, with articles appearing in a wide range of journals and conferences. He is co-author of the book Web Search: Public Searching of the Web, co-editor of the book Handbook of Research on Weblog Analysis and author of the book Understanding User-Web Interactions Via Web. Jansen is a member of the editorial boards of eight international journals and serves on the research committee for the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO). He has received several awards and honors, including an ACM Research Award and six application development awards, along with other writing, publishing, research, and leadership honors. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center with the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
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