Lots of articles out there will give you an exhaustive list of competitive intelligence tools — 50 or more. But this just adds to the noise and confusion, and doesn’t help you navigate the vast marketing technology landscape. Instead, we’ve chosen to curate a lineup of our favorite competitive intelligence tools for a marketer’s stack. That is, for each use case or purpose, we’ve listed the one tool we recommend, discuss why, and dive into their unique features.
SpyFu is a popular tool for SEO and PPC competitor research, but many people are searching for an alternative. Why? Maybe you want to test a tool with a free trial (or a limited free account), or perhaps you’re looking for deeper insights — including what landing pages competitors are using for each ad or keyword or how long they’ve been bidding on a particular keyword. Maybe you’re simply looking for a fresh perspective on competitor data.
When we started iSpionage in 2008, there weren’t many other tools on the market. These days, there’s a wealth of choices — and customers have a lot of questions about which tool is the best for PPC and SEO competitor research. So, we wanted to put together this guide to compare SEMrush, SpyFu, and iSpionage — from our own perspective.
The vast array of digital marketing tools on the market can be overwhelming. At the last count, the martech landscape consisted of over 7,000 different tools. When you want to do paid search competitor analysis, there are comprehensive tools that build competitor research into their wider functionality, and there are specialist tools that focus solely on PPC competitor data. As a marketer, it can be difficult to know which way to go.
Perfecting local PPC campaigns with Google Ads is the biggest challenge in search engine marketing (SEM). It’s true whether you’re multi-million dollar agency managing ad campaigns for a nationwide health insurance company or an independent hair salon opening your second shop on the other side of town.
Your landing pages are the moneymakers in your PPC campaigns. Or at least they should be. They’re the deal-closers. The sweet-talkers. Your online, 24-hour digital sales force. Even if your PPC ads are driving high-value traffic, you’re wasting money on every click if your landing pages don't convert that traffic into free trials, paid users, or revenue-generating leads High-converting landing page ideas come from many places-- client interviews, customer feedback, your marketing team, and your competitors. At iSpionage, we’re big fans of that last one.
NEWS FLASH: Marketers today are spoiled. That’s right-- I said it. Okay, okay...hold up, before you start spamming my Twitter account…
Lots of people are spending money on Google and Facebook ads, but not everyone knows how to squeeze the maximum profit out of their campaigns. Let me give you an example. I started working with a small eCommerce company a couple months ago that advertises with Facebook and Google ads. They were managing their campaigns themselves but then hired me to see if I could help them get a better return.
No matter how engaging and informative your content is, it’s only worthwhile if people actually see it. Many bloggers and business owners focus on creating great content, but they don’t spend as much time on the amplification process. In today’s busy online world, it’s not enough to just create great content—you also have to develop an effective amplification strategy to ensure that this content reaches your audience.
In this day and age every business owners know that having a digital footprint is a pre-requisite to growing their business. So when you hear the phrase “digital footprint", what comes to mind?