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Crucial selects NetBooster to drive its global SEO strategy

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible) a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, today announces a new partnership and contract win with Crucial, part of Micron Group.

NetBooster has been selected to develop and manage Crucial’s global SEO strategy in the USA, UK, Italy, Germany and France. This new partnership represents a key milestone for NetBooster, as it’s the first time the European Agency has been appointed by a US company to manage a global SEO strategy including the US.

NetBooster is working in partnership with the Crucial marketing teams, product specialists and website developers to deliver a comprehensive SEO campaign to drive increased organic visibility in the target markets. The project includes technical SEO, multi-language content marketing, data analysis, outreach & influencer marketing as well as providing SEO and search marketing training to Crucial’s stakeholders. This will be managed out of NetBooster’s SEO competence hub in Cornwall, with the support of the local NetBooster offices in the target countries.

Crucial specialisesin computer memory and storage, with over 6500 engineers on staff, more than 25 000 patents and products available in 209 countries around the world.

Tim Ringel, CEO of NetBooster, says– “We are proud that Crucial chose NetBooster to develop and implement their SEO strategy both in the US and in Europe. Crucial is our first client in the semi-conductor industry and international, making this an important win for us, putting into place our development plans in the US and our ambition to grow our international footprint as the largest independent digital performance agency.

We’re excited to be working with NetBooster for our SEO needs,” said Fabrice Sabo, E-Commerce Marketing Manager, Crucial. “Their broad experience within the SEO industry combined with their knowledge of regional e-commerce models will help us take our digital marketing to the next level.”

About NetBooster Group |
NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.). Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

In February 2016, NetBooster and PM Digital, a US-based independent leading full-service integrated marketing agency, announced their strategic relationship to form one of the biggest independent performance networks in the world, with a combined international presence of over 25 Offices, 800 employees, and 250 leading brands.

About Crucial |

Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial solid state drives (SSDs) and memory (DRAM) upgrades are compatible with over 100,000 new and old desktops, laptops, workstations, and servers. Available worldwide at leading retail and e-tail stores, commercial resellers, and system integrators, Crucial products enhance system performance and user productivity. Learn more at

Alexia Cassini (Group Communication Manager)
NetBooster S.A.
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 40 40 27 00

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Google Ad Layout Update

What the changes mean for businesses

What exactly happened?

On Friday 19th February, Google announced that it will no longer show sponsored adverts on the right-hand side of a desktop search results page.  Instead, the page will display a maximum of four adverts at the top of the search engine result page (SERP), above the natural listing, as well as three adverts at the bottom of the page.

A Google spokesperson has confirmed that the change will be put into effect immediately in all languages worldwide.



As a result, adverts will not appear on the right-hand- side of desktop search results, with two exceptions:

  • Product Listing Ad (PLA) boxes, which show either above or to the right of search results 
  • Ads in the Knowledge Panel

The elimination of right-hand-side adverts will impact all desktop searches worldwide; the addition of the fourth advert above the search results will be for “highly commercial queries”, for example if the consumer was searching for a hotel or car insurance.  The changes mean that Google now has a similar desktop User Experience to that of a mobile device where you can only see the adverts at the top or bottom of any search results page, meaning the User Experience is consistent across both channels.

Important changes to note:  

  • The changes to the Google search results page will be effective immediately
  •  Adverts will now only appear at the top and/or bottom of the results page. This will be split so that there are a maximum 4 adverts at the top of the page and a maximum of 3 at the bottom
  • Organic results will be pushed further down the SERPs

What is the impact for advertisers?

  • The change in SERPs will instigate a new ‘click behavioural’ pattern from the consumer that will need to be evaluated and addressed accordingly
  • A position 4 regarding “highly sales-driven keywords” can show a better CTR in the future. Ad texts with a position >4 will show significantly lower CTR, because from now on they will be displayed below the fold

  • Google Shopping results might possibly obtain a higher CTR
  • Increased competition at top positions can lead to higher CPCs on desktop device
  • Advertisers targeting positions > 7 on generic keywords will see a drop in impressions
  • Increased competition for top positions can lead to higher cost-per-clicks (CPCs) on desktop devices, lowering the cost effectiveness of this channel
  • Any advertisers targeting a position higher than 7 on generic keywords will see a drop in impressions
  • Advertisers with ads in in position 5-7 (bottom of the page) could suffer from lower CTR, the same number of impressions, lower quality scores and therefore higher CPCs
  • Brands with a high level of competition for their own brand terms might be forced to be more aggressive in protecting their brand space as a result of organic listings being pushed further down the rankings
  • Retailers will need to pay particular attention to their product feeds to ensure that they can make the most of the Google Shopping ads still appearing on the right hand side of the SERP
  • Businesses could see a potential loss of traffic from organic searches as a consequence of these natural listings being pushed down. Ranking will become less and less ‘the key factor’ to consider when evaluating SEO performance, so marketers will need to put more emphasis on looking beyond that metric alone.

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  • At NetBooster we have seen a drop in impressions in the UK, French and German markets
  • Our data shows CTR is generally stronger, with the exception of our French campaigns. This is no surprise considering the positions with the lowest CTR, i.e. 8-11, are not available anymore
  • We are also seeing slight increases in CPC, but no dramatic change here

What should marketers focus on going forward?

Back in 2013, the launch of Google’s Enhanced Campaigns forced businesses to re-evaluate their entire approach to paid search, from account structure to bid management and device strategy. In 2016, Google is now forcing businesses not only to re-evaluate their search strategy once again, but also re-examine their entire approach to digital. With the number of ads visible going from 10-11 down to 4, businesses will need to carefully evaluate their bid management strategy and see if it is commercially worth appearing in top positions and how other activities (i.e. remarketing, outreach, conversion rate optimisation and so on) can help brands to maximise their advertising spend  with a healthier Conversion Rate and more cost effective traffic.

Being smarter at engaging with consumers has never played such a key role in digital advertising. As such, marketers will need to bear some fundamental lessons in mind:

  • Simply increasing the bids in order to maintain the same level of impressions and clicks will not deliver the desired result.  You need to re-evaluate the way you think about digital and broaden your field of action in order to bring traffic in at more cost efficient levels and convert at a higher rate
  • Paid search is not the only effective channel to bring in relevant traffic and performance. Companies should diversify what they do and put new emphasis on activities that might have been underestimated to date, such as conversion rate optimisation (CRO), outreach, remarketing
  • Now that the mobile and desktop SERPs are similar, learning from desktop devices’ click behavioural patterns can help you to further optimise your mobile marketing strategy and approach. Mobile traffic and transactions keep  increasing, so this area can no longer be ignored, even if does not generate direct conversions
  • Make a bigger effort to move from traditional ‘silo’ thinking to proper cross-channel strategy. Consumers shop to find a solution to their problems. They do not mind whether they find it on Paid Search, through a Social Ad, or a remarketing ad; they just want to find it
  • On average, websites tend to convert at a 2%-4% rate, which means that 98% to 96% of users leave the site without buying anything.  Why should you bring these users back to the site through search when you could do it via remarketing at a fraction of the Paid Search cost? It’s a better idea to start remarketing and make sure your approach is as personalised as possible

What will NetBooster do next?

At NetBooster, we will analyse the effect of these changes on CTRs and CPCs over the coming months and produce a follow-up article with comprehensive results and a summary of how advertisers can best approach the new rules. These results will also showcase how well adverts in the new format are performing.

If you wish to discuss how these changes will affect your digital marketing strategy, please get in touch.   



NetBooster og PM Digital indgår partnerskab og bliver et af verdens største selvstændige netværk inden for digital performance

Resultatet er en samlet international tilstedeværelse med over 25 afdelinger, 800 medarbejdere, 250 førende brands og administration af et mediebudget på mere end $500 mio.

NetBooster(FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME-berettiget), et af de førende selvstændige bureauer i Europa og Mellemøsten inden for digital performance-markedsføring, og PM Digital, et af de førende selvstændige full service-marketingbureauer i USA, meddeler i dag, at de indgår et nyt strategisk forhold, som skaber muligheden for at de to bureauer kan arbejde sammen om at dele kunder, medarbejdere og teknologi.

Både PM Digital og NetBooster har en stærk baggrund i forhold til at levere markedsføringsløsninger, som hjælper kunder med at skabe synlighed og fremme deres digitale performance. Bureauernes samlede ekspertise vil primært gøre sig gældende inden for områder som PPC, SEO, CRM, displayannoncering/RTB, affiliate marketing, sociale netværk og UX/CRO, der alle understøttes af et stærkt udbud inden for data og analytics samt et kreativt team. Et samlet serviceudbud af denne slags skal gøre det muligt at nå ud til de forskellige brands’ vigtigste målgrupper, uanset hvor disse befinder sig.

NetBooster og PM Digital kan begge fremvise et imponerende generalieblad og besidder desuden et indgående kendskab til data og målgrupper, som de også formår at udnytte i praksis. Dette skaber grundlaget for et omfattende samarbejde i forhold til at levere højeffektive markedsføringsstrategier på tværs af flere kanaler til stærke brands, som ønsker at konsolidere deres position og relevans. Det strategiske partnerskab indgås på et vigtigt tidspunkt, hvor brands og kunder går efter at fremdyrke integrerede globale strategier indeholdende et helt igennem skræddersyet, lokaliseret islæt, samt identificere potentielle kunde- og produktmuligheder på tværs af de forskellige initiativer.

Tim Ringel, CEO hos NetBooster, udtaler: Den performance-baserede tilgang er helt afgørende for vores arbejdsform, der udfolder sig globalt og på tværs af flere kanaler. Takket være PM Digitals dybe rødder i direkte og integreret markedsføring, kombineret med deres exceptionelle kendskab til markedsføringskanaler, vil dette partnerskab give vores kunder en væsentlig konkurrencemæssig fordel. Sammen vil vi styrke forholdet til de vigtigste medieudbydere og markedets allerbedste data- og teknologipartnere. Iværksætterånden hos begge virksomheder er en afgørende drivkraft bag vores plan for global tilstedeværelse, hvor Asien og Stillehavsområdet er næste mål.”

Chris Paradysz, Co-CEO hos PM Digital, udtaler:NetBooster bringer en imponerende digital og vertikal ekspertise til bordet, som vil komplementere vores kombinerede portefølje indeholdende nogle af de førende brands inden for sektorer som detail, turisme og restauration, finans og økonomi, uddannelse, publicering, teknologi, telekommunikation, motorbranchen, nonprofit og B2B. Vores fælles engagement i forhold til kreativitet, innovation og performance vil styrke vores kunders overordnede initiativer og give dem mulighed for at gribe nye muligheder for at være i kontakt med og involvere relevante målgrupper over hele verden.

Om NetBooster Group

NetBooster er et af de førende selvstændige bureauer i Europa inden for digital performance-markedsføring. Bureauet stiller sit omfattende kendskab til digital markedsføring til rådighed for sine kunder med henblik på at give dem det bedst mulige afkast af deres investeringer. Bureauet investerer i teknologi og dækker hele paletten inden for online markedsføring på tværs af dets europæiske netværk, bl.a. søgemaskineoptimering (SEO) og -marketing (SEM), data og analytics (DnA), Ground Control-teknologi, displayannoncering, affiliate marketing, online medier, kreativt arbejde, eCRM og sociale netværk, og kan tilbyde særlig ekspertise inden for fremtidens digitale markedsføring (sociale medier, video, Ad Exchange osv.). Aktier i NetBooster handles på NYSE Alternext Paris.

Om PM Digital

PM Digital er et full service-marketingbureau specialiseret i innovative løsninger inden for betalt søgning (SEM), organisk søgning (SEO), displayannoncering, sociale netværk, indhold, e-mail, direct mail, trykte annoncer og indstik samt kreativ brand- og webudvikling. Med sit virke inden for direkte og digital markedsføring tager PM Digitals kernekompetencer udgangspunkt i en databaseret tilgang til at forstå, sigte efter, fremdyrke, opnå og optimere det, der kan skabe værdi for bureauets kunder. Som del af denne omfattende ekspertise benytter bureauet specialudviklede forsknings- og analyseværktøjer i eget navn, som er nogle af de bedste på markedet, til at hjælpe kunder med at træffe så velbegrundede markedsføringsbeslutninger som overhovedet muligt og styre udfaldet af deres initiativer. Med en kundeportefølje indeholdende nogle af de førende brands inden for vigtige sektorer som detail, finans og økonomi, uddannelse, publicering, teknologi, nonprofit og B2B har PM Digital konsolideret sit ry som værende et bureau med nogle af de vigtigste innovatører og frontfigurer i branchen.

Information | For mere information, kontakt:

Jens Nielsen
Head of Nordics & UK
+45 28 89 47 27

Do clicks in search results affect your rankings?


The statement that organic clicks affect your rankings is a controversial one. If clicks affect the rankings, would that mean that it becomes harder to change the rankings, as the number one placement gets all the clicks? Or that spammers would be able to click-spam their way to the top?

First of all, let me state my source for this statement:

Danny Sullivan’s Twitter Status


What exactly does this mean for SEO?

To start us off, Gary Moyle, Head of SEO at NetBooster, created a whitepaper on rankings and clicks that showed how many more clicks you get for each increased ranking. You can download his white paper “One click curve to rule them all” from our website. The white paper provides insight into what positions are valuable and where you might actually run into a few dips in traffic, even though you’ve gained positions. However, Gary’s curve is a statistical one and there are still ways for a lower position to get more clicks than a higher one. The trick is to create a snippet that is better than all the others, especially the one directly above your placement. For those of you who don’t have a bag of tricks to craft good snippets, I’ll give you few here:

  1. The almighty rich snippet tool – this tool lets you know what special snippets Google’s currently running. My favourite was taken away a while back; it was the author snippet, where I got to show my face or avatar directly in the search result (a real ego boost). But check out the examples supplied by Google!

  2. – If you find a good match for a snippet, you’ll need to visit in order to look-up the schema needed. Remember that the snippet has to match the content of the page; you can’t fool Google. One thing all websites can do is implement a better presentation of their URLs in the search results. Basically, offers information on how-to insert more data into the HTML-code, in a way that allows search engines to read it.

  3. SEOmofo snippet optimizer – This great tool lets you write the title and description of a page and see if you’re within the pixel limits of the snippet. You want to make sure the snippet isn’t cut short because you’ve inserted too much text, for example.

  4. Google Webmaster Tool– Using this tool, you can view your actual click-through-rate (CTR) for a specific page or query. You can also check the CTR for the page you’re optimising and test different titles and descriptions. I usually find that short, and concise, titles and full-length descriptions work best. Try to target the query very specifically, and make sure the user understands the page.

What about spamming and manipulation?

Organic clicks are used as a divider. If the pages are close in value, and one snippet is attracting more clicks, that page will gain a position over the other one. This means you can’t start generating lots of clicks to your site, and bring it up from a position, if it’s further down in the search results. Also Google won’t be deceived, they will use statistics and control groups to make sure the clicks are genuine.

So really, the statement that clicks affect the rankings doesn’t really change much, but it does highlights the importance of spending time crafting good snippets.

NetBooster publishes its first Quarter 2015 Results: EBITDA growth continues

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible), a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, today announces its results for the first quarter of 2015, with an EBIDTA growth continuing successfully.  

In the first three months of 2015, NetBooster recorded an increase in EBITDA at €0.9m, from €0.7m in the same period 2014 (+29%) and a profitability level of 10.7% (8.2% in prior year). NetBooster’s Data & Analytics department starting projects with several new clients in the last months of 2014 supported the growth in EBIDTA during the quarter.

Q1 English

Gross Margin is stable at €8.4m (€8.5m in prior year). The win of new blue chip clients such as Adidas, Estée Lauder, Pierre & Vacances, Merck and Ulla Popken has been absorbed, from a Gross Margin perspective, by reduced budgets of existing clients (for example Bouygues Telecom).

The management has set an EBITDA target of €5.5m to €6.0m for 2015 and continues to be confident that NetBooster is in a good position to achieve record results in the current year.

Tim Ringel, CEO of NetBooster, commented: “Our Q1, 2015 numbers show that NetBooster is delivering solid and consistent financial results paired with new client wins on a monthly basis. NetBooster is ready for expansion and will do so due to new blue chip clients, an overall product strategy and geographical scale. Thanks to the transparent business model with our clients and the involvement in our customer’s digital strategy, we are positioned right next to the big media agencies as the new challenger in the industry.


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About NetBooster Group |

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.).  Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.


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Alexia Cassini (Group Communication Manager)
NetBooster S.A.
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 40 40 27 00

Press Contact
Caroline Carmagnol / Sophie Colin
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 44 54 36 66

NetBooster are nominated for two European Search Awards

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible), a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, has been nominated for two awards at the European Search Awards 2015

The nominations are for NetBooster’s campaign for Scandinavian online fashion retailer

The campaign for, ‘going glocal’, has been nominated for Best PPC Campaign and Best Pan European Campaign, which utilises NetBooster’s 3D strategy, a unique cross channel methodology to target audience segments.

The European Search Awards focuses on search marketing and celebrates the best PPC, SEO and Content Marketing from all over Europe.

Emmanuel Arendarczyk, UK Country Manager at NetBooster, commented “…I am extremely proud of our team’s achievement which is a clear testament to our cross channel and data driven approach that we apply to every client.”

The European Search Awards 2015 ceremony is being held in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday 22 April 2015.

Retailers, how not to mess up Christmas

With December just a couple of months away, thoughts will soon turn to buying those festive gifts and stocking fillers. Whilst some customers prepare for the impending high street battles and aisle onslaughts, others will be opting to carry out transactions online where they may discover that the purchasing process is just as tough to navigate.

Christmas shopping

But what is the key to a successful Christmas?

Understanding the challenges for both the consumer and business is vital to designing the perfect digital strategy. This is pivotal in guiding the consumer through the whole gift-buying process and earning their lifetime custom.

From a Consumer perspective , the main challenges are to ensure that customer expectations are managed and all promises are met. Buyers can be lulled into a false sense of security during this peak shopping period, where they will be expecting more out of any business. Typically you want to be able to search quickly for the ideal gift, at the time that is convenient to you and ultimately then be able to locate and receive the selected purchase in a place that is suitable. Customers are always on the move and fully responsive across all devices and channels, there’s no surprise that there’s a cross-section of savvy shoppers sourcing the best value for money for their purchases with high demands.

From a Business perspective, Christmas is a crucial and profitable time of year, yet with so many steps within the delivery chain open to problems, retailers need to be aware of the common pitfalls: Ranging from adverse weather conditions as witnessed last year, through to limited resources and failed opportunities. Disappointed customers are detrimental for any retailer – ensure you can build relationships with your customers based on accurate reliable information, follow their journey and be available to respond to queries in a timely manner when required to do so. In order to achieve success in all these areas, retailers need to make sure that they are communicating efficiently. Your customers show they’re loyal to you – how loyal are you to them?

For those who have no idea what to buy, the most daunting and time consuming part in the gift-giving process can simply be finding the perfect present. It is therefore imperative for retailers to consider how their customers’ purchasing traits can shift during the run up to Christmas. Pick early enough the Christmas trend and you’ll succeed in acquiring the customer at the lowest cost with time to have your supply chain ready.

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