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Mark Ballard

Vice President, Research
Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard is the Vice President of Research at Merkle. He has a monthly column at Search Engine Land and manages the popular digital marketing section of the Merkle Blog. He also heads the production of Merkle's quarterly Digital Marketing Reports and Merkle’s biannual Dossier publication. Mark's time at Merkle has included building and managing paid search programs for clients in the retail, finance, B2B and automotive sectors.

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Merkle Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report Released

The latest edition of the Merkle Digital Marketing Report is now available for download, complete with insights on all of the most important digital trends taking shape in Q2 2019.

Merkle’s Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report Webinar

Since its launch in 2011, Merkle's quarterly Digital Marketing Report (DMR) has become one of the most highly regarded and frequently cited reports in the digital marketing industry. Providing benchmark data for paid search, SEO, display, social media, and comparison shopping, the DMR has developed a reputation for its accuracy in conveying the larger trends underlying performance for Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Bing and for breaking major developments with special in-depth analyses.

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Google AdWords to Ditch Traditional Exact and Phrase Match

Google announced last night that, starting in September, they will no longer respect the intentions of advertisers to have AdWords exact and phrase match function as they have historically. Instead, both match types will now bring in traffic on close variants by mandate.
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RKG Digital Marketing Report: Q1 2014 Released

RKG released our latest Digital Marketing Report today, covering Q1 2014. As always, the report spans a wide breadth of the digital marketing industry including paid and organic search, social, mobile, comparison shopping engines and display advertising.