An exemplary Google AdWords manual that could easily prevent costly mistakes and help boost profits.



This how-to guide cracks the code of Google AdWords.

Internet maven Marshall (Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising, 2017, etc.) joins with Google AdWords evangelist Rhodes and web specialist Todd, two debut authors, to delve deeply into advertising on the world’s leading search engine. This voluminous fifth edition boasts 37 chapters that manage to address the needs of both novice and advanced users of Google AdWords. For the real pros, the authors serve bonus material online (at that includes extended reports and videos. Keywords are the core of Google AdWords, and this book authoritatively explains how to find profitable ones, implement keyword matching, and use the Google Keyword Planner. The content is more expansive than keywords alone; also included are excellent chapters on writing Google ads, following the company’s editorial guidelines, split testing, conversion tracking, bidding strategies, and more. The manual also goes beyond Google AdWords to cover landing pages, Google’s Display Network, advertising on YouTube, Google Shopping Campaigns, Google Analytics, and remarketing (aka behavioral retargeting), which the authors call “the single most profitable online advertising strategy.” The chapters on marketing are particularly astute. For example, an ode to the 80/20 rule (with material extracted and condensed from Marshall’s book on the subject) takes the popular formula and demonstrates how it can extend to online marketing and “just about everything you can measure in a business.” A smart chapter regarding the use of email marketing offers tips for how to transform clicks generated through Google AdWords into a valuable list that can be used for long-term cultivation. The how-to’s throughout the volume are its greatest strength because the authors not only provide lucid explanations, they often include screenshots that illustrate tactics and techniques as well. Oversize pages enhance the screenshots, and frequent sidebars facilitate readability. In a novel nod to online marketing’s direct marketing roots, the authors include a number of excerpts from the 1923 book Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins. “Uncle Claude,” as this outstanding guide affectionately calls him, pioneered results-driven advertising, so celebrating Hopkins by relating his timeless wisdom to modern-day marketing is a nice touch.

An exemplary Google AdWords manual that could easily prevent costly mistakes and help boost profits.

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-59918-612-2

Page Count: 380

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

Review Posted Online: June 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2018

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Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.


“Quality of life means more than just consumption”: Two MIT economists urge that a smarter, more politically aware economics be brought to bear on social issues.

It’s no secret, write Banerjee and Duflo (co-authors: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way To Fight Global Poverty, 2011), that “we seem to have fallen on hard times.” Immigration, trade, inequality, and taxation problems present themselves daily, and they seem to be intractable. Economics can be put to use in figuring out these big-issue questions. Data can be adduced, for example, to answer the question of whether immigration tends to suppress wages. The answer: “There is no evidence low-skilled migration to rich countries drives wage and employment down for the natives.” In fact, it opens up opportunities for those natives by freeing them to look for better work. The problem becomes thornier when it comes to the matter of free trade; as the authors observe, “left-behind people live in left-behind places,” which explains why regional poverty descended on Appalachia when so many manufacturing jobs left for China in the age of globalism, leaving behind not just left-behind people but also people ripe for exploitation by nationalist politicians. The authors add, interestingly, that the same thing occurred in parts of Germany, Spain, and Norway that fell victim to the “China shock.” In what they call a “slightly technical aside,” they build a case for addressing trade issues not with trade wars but with consumption taxes: “It makes no sense to ask agricultural workers to lose their jobs just so steelworkers can keep theirs, which is what tariffs accomplish.” Policymakers might want to consider such counsel, especially when it is coupled with the observation that free trade benefits workers in poor countries but punishes workers in rich ones.

Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61039-950-0

Page Count: 432

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Review Posted Online: Aug. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2019

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A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.


An exploration of the importance of clarity through calmness in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Austin-based speaker and strategist Holiday (Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, 2018, etc.) believes in downshifting one’s life and activities in order to fully grasp the wonder of stillness. He bolsters this theory with a wide array of perspectives—some based on ancient wisdom (one of the author’s specialties), others more modern—all with the intent to direct readers toward the essential importance of stillness and its “attainable path to enlightenment and excellence, greatness and happiness, performance as well as presence.” Readers will be encouraged by Holiday’s insistence that his methods are within anyone’s grasp. He acknowledges that this rare and coveted calm is already inside each of us, but it’s been worn down by the hustle of busy lives and distractions. Recognizing that this goal requires immense personal discipline, the author draws on the representational histories of John F. Kennedy, Buddha, Tiger Woods, Fred Rogers, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other creative thinkers and scholarly, scientific texts. These examples demonstrate how others have evolved past the noise of modern life and into the solitude of productive thought and cleansing tranquility. Holiday splits his accessible, empowering, and sporadically meandering narrative into a three-part “timeless trinity of mind, body, soul—the head, the heart, the human body.” He juxtaposes Stoic philosopher Seneca’s internal reflection and wisdom against Donald Trump’s egocentric existence, with much of his time spent “in his bathrobe, ranting about the news.” Holiday stresses that while contemporary life is filled with a dizzying variety of “competing priorities and beliefs,” the frenzy can be quelled and serenity maintained through a deliberative calming of the mind and body. The author shows how “stillness is what aims the arrow,” fostering focus, internal harmony, and the kind of holistic self-examination necessary for optimal contentment and mind-body centeredness. Throughout the narrative, he promotes that concept mindfully and convincingly.

A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-53858-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Portfolio

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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