Internet has now become an important part of human life, it has connected individuals worldwide through social media, e-mail and exchange of information. Search engine marketing, commonly referred to by its acronym SEM, is cost effective method of Internet marketing which is often used to gain visibility and traffic on search engines. Basic purpose of SEM is to improve website’s ranking on various search engines such as Google or Bing. SEM is very broad term which refers to number of different activities including search engine optimization (SEO), search retargeting, and social media marketing. During the recent years, SEM has become popular with the rising number of Internet users around the globe and numerous IT and non-IT enterprises aiming to expand their business by strong Internet marketing. SEM helps an organization to gain return over investments (ROI) by enabling proper search engine marketing strategies.
Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Market – Trends and Opportunities
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Although SEM drives the business and creates opportunities for site traffic conversion. SEM results take time, thus delaying the time to get an ROI. Furthermore, lack in control over optimization due to continuous changes made into algorithms affects the ranking, creating need for continuous revision of SEM strategies. For companies with small budgets it is not always possible to formulate new strategies, which is hindering the growth of the search engine marketing (SEM) market.
There are many new features that companies are looking forward to integrate in their SEM strategies. Video advertising, the incorporation of YouTube advertisements in Google AdWords and YouTube shopping advertisements are some of the key trends in SEM. Video advertising is anticipated to stay an important element of SEM during the coming years and interactive advertising, which enables user to test an application or perform another interaction is expected to gain increasing traction during the coming years. Furthermore, mobile is expected to be future of computing, hence website owners have optimized their websites for mobile devices which will give rise in demand for specialized mobile device SEM services during the coming years.