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Jim Banks
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Video of my keynote at the +Retail Global event in Las Vegas in September 2016.

Love getting the opportunity to share some of the good and bad things that have happened to me while growing a business.

Thanks +Phil Leahy for giving me the opportunity to share some of the journey with your audience.
 
Our CEO +Jim Banks took to the stage at +Retail Global back in September 2016 and shared epic wins and epic fails along with 20 key learnings that business owners, large and small (that's the business, not the people) should do.

I thought as we wound down towards the Christmas period this might be an opportune moment to share it.

Some interesting stuff and great Steve Jobs quotes in the presentation.

#ecommerce #retailglobal #keynote #speaking
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thanks +Nazim Beltran hope you are well my friend, and we need to catch up some time soon.
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Surely unfollowing a collection is my prerogative?

I only unfollowed three as well. 
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Agreed +Jim Banks. BTW, I was only thinking about you today because you have a very large brain when it comes to SEO! I'm attempting to sit down and update my skills a little more and I was wondering whether you use SEMRush Analytics? I'm trialling a number of tools right now but don't know which one to opt for. I find SEO rather challenging for my creative, 'fluffy' mind and would be grateful for any recommendations! Thanks Jim ;)
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hey +Google Analytics you might want to update page 11 of the guide, it's talking about the behaviour of Right Hand Side ads, and they have all but vanished.
Like sunshine and the beach, or dogs and tennis balls, Google AdWords and Google Analytics are great by themselves but even better together. You'll get high-performance insights into your ads and your website when you link your AdWords and Analytics accounts. Google Analytics does a vital job in ...
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Adwords Editor - New update available globally

Handles true view ads, callout extensions and HTML5

Off to download it now.
 
AdWords Editor 11.3 is now available to all advertisers globally

To help you get more done in less time, AdWords Editor [https://goo.gl/V60KaT] now has bulk support for TrueView video campaigns, callout extensions, and HTML5 ads. Here’s an overview of what’s new:

+ TrueView video campaigns [https://goo.gl/g86dY]: Based on your feedback, you can now use AdWords Editor to create and optimize in-stream and in-display TrueView video campaigns at scale.
+ Callout extensions [https://goo.gl/aqnH9a]: Callout extensions help make your ads more helpful and relevent by providing additional descriptive text. AdWords Editor 11.3 streamlines the creation and editing of callouts with bulk management support.
+ HTML5 ads [https://goo.gl/Mu7tV]: To provide you with additional options and flexibility, AdWords Editor 11.3 now supports HTML5 ads.

Learn more about AdWords Editor 11.3 [https://goo.gl/NcmO7A]

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Paid Search tactics for travel advertisers

I had the pleasure of presenting at Friends of Search #FOS16  in Amsterdam yesterday and said I would share my deck for the attendees.
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Google Analytics Release Notes for January 2016

Every month, GA updates its release notes so you can stay on top of the product. Don't miss the latest updates, including a pair of features for GA Premium:

- Add User ID to Analytics > BigQuery Export
- DDA Models from Default GA Channel Grouping: 
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Facebook Ads information

I'm currently curating via +Pinterest visual items of interest in respect of Facebook Advertising.

Some useful stuff to start off, but I am hoping my Google+ friends can come up with some interesting additions.

Full credit to the finder and the source, just trying to do a bit more on Pinterest and thought it would be a useful experiment to try.
 
Facebook Ads Infographics

Have you seen any helpful infographics about Facebook Ads?

If you have, then please send them over, we are curating a #pinterest board on the subject.

Thanks in advance for your help, you are awesome!
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LinkedIn tips on how you can make your profile more endorseable (if that is even a word).

My first Google+ post back using +Spades Media and also my first YouTube video.

Planning to do a lot of how-to videos.

Love to know in the comments what you'd like to know how to do.
 
LinkedIn Tips

Learn how you can get more endorsements, faster using these tips and using Linkclump.

Be interested to know if there are other methods you use to generate more endorsements for your profile.

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Announcing my new role as Director of Paid Media at Groove

Excited to be working with such an amazing group of people, serving top notch clients with best-in-class Enterprise Ecommerce, creative marketing and kick ass #ppc  
It is our goal to be in front of a growing field by providing best-in-class Paid Media services. To fulfill this goal, we welcome Jim Banks.
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congrats
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8 Important Google Analytics Reports for Social Media Management

"Google Analytics helps marketers dive deeper and really understand who their target audience is, where how their target audience finds the website, how they use the website and how helpful the website is.

If you’re not using Google Analytics simultaneously with social media metrics, then you’re missing a big piece of what makes up your complete inbound marketing picture. Here are eight Google Analytics reports that can show you critical information to enhance social media marketing efforts.
Google Analytics helps you to understand who your target audience is. Here are 8 Google Analytics reports to help to enhance social media marketing efforts.
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At the basic level it's deciding what to measure. It's not that mathematical for the layman or lay woman 
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How To Add Google Analytics to AMP Pages in Wordpress

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If you have implemented the official AMP plugin for WordPress, you have probably discovered that the plugin strips out the Google Analytics code from all AMP pages. But even though the plugin strips it out, AMP pages will still validate with Google Analytics code, but you need to add it manually. First, make sure your …
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One of the key people behind Google search moving on to the next phase.

We all have jobs in digital marketing because the likes of Amit kept Google honest and moving forward with unbridled belief in their core value. ...
 
The Journey Continues…

Dear Friends,

My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person.

As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I've been asking myself the question, "what would you want to do for the next fifteen?" The answer has overwhelmingly been: give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints--but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.

Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.

It fills me with pride to see what we have built in the last fifteen years. Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Our mission of empowering people with information and the impact it has had on this world cannot be overstated. When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined.

I love Google. It is a company that believes in doing the right thing, a company that believes in doing good in the world, a company… that cares. I look back at my time here with a profound sense of gratitude that I was a part of building this. Now, with pride, gratitude, and joy in my heart, I need to define my next fifteen years. I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically, and of course, to spend more time with my family--especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.

Feb 26 will be my last day at Google. My relationships are the most important thing I’ve accumulated in life and I’d love for that to continue. Please do drop me a line occasionally and we can have a cup of tea.

As Chief Si’ahl said “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” I am taking so many fond memories with me, and hopefully I’ve left a small footprint here.

With Love,
Amit
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Introduction

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CEO of digital marketing agency Spades Media.

I am a keynote speaker at digital marketing industry events around the world, including Pubcon, SAScon, Retail Global and Marketing Festival.


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I live in the suburbs of Surrey in a village called Sunbury-on-Thames.

Bragging rights
Self-funded, grew and sold three companies since 2006.
Education
  • Island School, Hong Kong
Work
Occupation
CEO
Skills
PPC, Affiliate Marketing, Display Advertising, Retargeting
Employment
  • Spades Media
    CEO, 2009 - present
    As CEO of Spades Media I am responsible for leading the company to deliver great results for all clients in paid search (PPC), paid social (Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads) and programmatic display. We work on a performance based model where you only pay for results.
  • Web Diversity
    CEO, 2000 - 2008
  • Think Partnership
    President, 2006 - 2008
  • Global Direct Media
    CEO, 2008 - 2009
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Sunbury-on-Thames
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Hong Kong - Lapta, Cyprus - Glasgow, Scotland