Google announces Google Marketing Platform Partners program

The program includes more than 500 companies certified to provide resources or training on using Google Marketing Platform products.

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Following on Tuesday’s announcement that Google is grouping its advertising into three new brands — Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform and Google Ad Manager — the company is consolidating and updating its marketing partner program as well.

Google Marketing Platform combines the DoubleClick advertising products and the Google Analytics 360 Suite into one solution for enterprise advertisers.

The new Google Marketing Platform Partners combines the Google Analytics Certified Partners and DoubleClick Certified Marketing Partners and includes resources across all of the products on the platform. “Whether you’re looking to build skills in-house or partner with a service provider, the program helps ensure the needed skills and resources are readily available,” writes Chip Hall, managing director for media platforms at Google, in the announcement.

There are three partner designations:

  • Certified Individuals: Those who complete certifications for individual products in the Google Marketing Platform.
  • Certified Companies: Firms that have certified individuals on staff to provide consulting, training, implementation, operations and technical support and come with “stellar” customer references.
  • Sales Partners: These firms sell Google Marketing Platform technology on Google’s behalf. They work more closely with Google in providing services and consulting than Certified Companies.

There are more than 500 companies currently in the Google Marketing Platform Partners program. There are resources listed for analytics, Display & Video 360, Campaign Manager, Creative, Search Ads 360, Attribution, Data Studio, Optimize and Tag Manager.

[This article originally appeared on MarTech Today.]

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5 Tips to Choosing Your Winning Business Domain Name

Making a great first impression starts with your domain name.

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Back Rub, Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, DrivUrSelf, Research in Motion, Sound of Music.

Wonder if these big brands had been as successful if they hadn’t chosen to go by Google, Sony, Hertz Rent-A-Car, Blackberry or Best Buy?

Unquestionably, the name of your company is the face of your brand. It’s the first thing your audience sees or hears about you, so choosing a business name that catches their attention and evokes credibility is paramount.

And in our competitive world today, your name online is what matters as much as it does offline. So, it’s critical to take the time to do your research before choosing your company’s domain name. Consider these following five tips to help you find the winning one:

  1. Pick your domain name BEFORE you register your business 

Or do it as soon as possible. Whether you’re scribbling ideas on a napkin, in the early stages of development or a year away from launching a website, register your domain name and hold onto it until you’re ready.

  1. Be open to all options

Be flexible, because you may be surprised at what you’ll find! Evaluate options such as:

  • Localized (bestbakeryinlondon.com)
  • Keyword (consumersafeawards.com)
  • Phrase (keepdreamingup.net)

Just try it. You’ll probably be amazed at what you’ll come up with when your creative juices start flowing!

  1. Assess your long-term goals 

Avoid settling. Or thinking, “Once we make it big, I’ll get the domain name I really want.” Take the time now to create a domain name that doesn’t limit you and can scale as your business grows, especially if you’re looking to branch out in the future.

For example, incorporating the state you do business in makes great sense if you want to stay localized, but will this work if you want to expand overseas? Should you promote the main product you’re selling now, when you may have additional products or services in the future?

  1. Choose your domain extension carefully 

What’s to the right of the dot IS as important as what’s to the left. So be mindful of today’s domain extension du jour. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be trendy, so why not focus on creating that to the left of the dot? And then anchor it with a TLD (top-level domain) that’s tried, tested and trusted, such as a .com or a .net.

  1. Use a domain name suggestion tool

To overcome a creative block, try a domain name suggestion service like NameStudio. Quick and easy to use, NameStudio helps you brainstorm with ease, providing unique and relevant domain name suggestions that help you stand out from the crowd and resonate with your target audience.

You can try NameStudio here.

Bottom line: You only have one shot to make a great first impression. And when you’re online, it starts with your domain name. So don’t treat it as an afterthought. Spend the necessary time it takes to create a winning domain name that will help build your great brand.

Any company, product and service names and logos referenced herein are property of their respective owners and are for identification purposes only. Use of these names and logos does not imply endorsement.

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Google to stop media buyers from using DoubleClick IDs, keeping measurement & attribution within its ‘walled garden’

Marketers say that this move is part of a larger trend by companies like Google to control measurement and attribution metrics.

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Google has told media buyers who use its data transfer service that they will no longer be able to use a DoubleClick ID, multiple sources reported in the past week. Marketers use the IDs to pull cross-platform measurement data from Google’s DoubleClick Campaign Manager (DCM).

Google has told its partners that beginning May 25, DoubleClick will no longer populate the encrypted UserID field that stores the DoubleClick cookie ID and mobile device IDs in DCM and DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM) logs for impressions, clicks and site activities associated with users in the EU.

May 25 is also the deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping set of rules that govern data privacy for members of the European Union.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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