Google comparison ads

Google drops ads, Scoble to speak at SAScon, Yahoo starts sale process, AMP arrives and Foursquare gets smart – AWD

Ok, so Google hasn’t dropped all its ads but it is dropping text ads from the right-handed side of the SERPs and they are killing off comparison ads. The company is clearly making too much money and need to slow down the revenues ūüėČ In all serious this appears to be a fairly dramatic move, […]

SAScon 2016

SAScon keynotes – pure self-indulgence

SAScon will celebrate seven years this June and we’ve been lucky to have brought bucket loads of great speakers together, including some amazing keynotes. We’ve just announced that, renowned futurist, Robert Scoble will Keynote this year, alongside the inimitable Marty Weintraub and the legendary Jim Banks,¬†so the 2016 line-up is looking damn good. So how […]

Real time ads from Google

Real time ads from Google, ASA hits out at native ads, love for Twitter, and SAScon 2016 – AWD

Yet another busy week in digital and here are the articles that caught my attention. As the battle for “moments” and “micro-moments” continues, Google unveiled its latest ad product innovation in the form of Real Time Ads. Designed to tie ad messages with, events, such as the lucrative Superbowl, the platform will let advertisers push […]

Amazon bookshop, Facebook earnings, SAScon BETA and, yup, more adblocking – AWD

A slightly quieter week in the digital marketing world this week (if you exclude all the fuss over Twitter Hearts)¬†but what has been worth reading about? After years of speculation, Amazon finally opened a physical bookstore! It’s fascinating to see how they’re bridging the online and offline experience by including online ratings and prices. I’d […]

Why preparing a structure for a roundtable is a waste of time.

Before the SAScon event started last Friday, I had the pleasure of chairing a roundtable with some exceptional individuals from the digital world. You can see a snippet from the session below, and the full version will be published shortly. Give the early start to the event, and the calibre of the people taking part, […]

Tomorrow sees the start of the third year of SAScon!

Jesus, time flies in this industry. It only seems like yesterday when I was sat in a pub with some fellow Search Marketers from Manchester, bemoaning our constant trips to digital conferences in London. It lead to the classic question: “How hard would it be to run a large digital conference in Manchester?” Turns out […]

An afternoon of search in Manchester – SAScon mini conference

It was a pleasure to moderate at the SAScon mini conference yesterday and I’m amazed at the attendance we got for an afternoon event. It gives us a good indication that next years full conference should be the biggest yet! You can find a great round-up of the conference over here¬†and kudos to James Lowery […]

Lesbian Spider Queens from Mars, Goat spanking, Live Rapping and 129 Jäger Bombs Рan alternative look at SAScon 2011

It’s nearly a week since the SAScon event hit Manchester and the cream of the digital world congregated to discuss the key trends in search, analytics and social¬†media, yet still the twitter feed is full of talk and round-ups of the event. This one from FluidCreativity is one of the most impressive. So I have […]