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15 Tools For SEM Competitive Analysis

Competitive Analysis

Competitive analysis is a crucial part of a successful SEM strategy. Below are 15 tools that can help you gain insights on your competitors SEM efforts.

Adbeat Competitve Analysis

www.adbeat.com

Adbeat provides sets of dashboards and reports for competitive analysis with focus on contextual advertising.

Features: www.adbeat.com

Highlights:

  • Covers Google Display Network, MSN Content Network, Doubleclick, Adsonar, Pulse360 and 20+ more networks
  • Provides dashboards on competing advertisers with trend lines, ad network activity, ad type breakdown, and the list of top publishers
  • Provides an ability to see image, text, flash, and text-image creatives for an advertiser

Pricing: From $99/month. 30 day money back guarantee. Pricing details.

AdGooRoo Competive Research

www.adgooroo.com
AdGooroo SEM Insight offers visibility into the day-to-day paid search landscape, including data on top competitors’ keywords, spend, cost-per-clicks, clickthrough rates, ad copy, landing pages, product listing ads, and more

Features: www.adgooroo.com/solutions/products-services/sem-insight/
Highlights:

  • Helps estimate competitors’ budgets, traffic volume and clickthrough rates
  • Provides view of competitors’ landing pages
  • Provides an ability to identify competitors’ keywords

Pricing: Contact to request demo and pricing details

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Bing Ads Campaign Planner

planner.bingads.microsoft.com

Campaign Planner provides insights into industry benchmarks and competitors based on data collected from Yahoo and Bing.

Features: Details in this blogpost

Highlights:

  • Shows industry benchmarks and competitors
  • Provides an ability to review competitors’ ad coverage
  • Provides data on competitors’ average ad position

Pricing: Free

AdWords

Google AdWords Auction Insights Report

adwords.google.com à Tab “Keywords” à Button “Details” à Auction Insights

Auction Insights report provides an ability to compare your performance with other advertisers who participating in the same auctions that you are.

Features: Details in this article

Highlights:

  • Provides a list of competitors participating in the same auction
  • Shows data on impression share, average ad position, and overlap rate for you and your competitors
  • Provides an ability to segment reporting data by device type and time

Pricing: Free

AdWords

Google AdWords Keyword Planner

adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner

While Keyword Planner is mainly focused on finding keyword ideas for new campaigns, this tool also provides an ability to estimate completion level and average cost-per-clicks for selected keywords.

Features: Details in this blog post

Highlights:

  • Provides data on competition level and average cost-per-clicks for keywords
  • Provides an ability to estimate traffic volume based on your keyword plan

Pricing: Free

AdWords

Google AdWords Ad Preview and Diagnosis Tool

adwords.google.com/d/AdPreview

While Ad Preview and Diagnosis tool is mainly focused on checking the status of your own ads, it provides an ability to analyze ads of your competitors in different geographical locations.

Features: Details in this article.

Highlights:

  • Shows your competitors’ ads triggered by particular keywords in specified geographical locations
  • Provides an ability to see your ad position compared to competitors

Pricing: Free

GoogleAnalytics

Google Analytics – Benchmarking reports

www.google.com/analytics à Reporting à Audience à Benchmarking

Benchmarking reports allow you compare your performance with aggregated industry data from other companies. Using different segments (for example, “Paid Traffic”) allows focusing on particular traffic channels.

Features: Details in this article.

Highlights:

  • Provides an ability to see benchmarking data at channel, location and device level
  • Shows a variety of metrics including volume of sessions, average session duration, bounce rate, etc.

Pricing: Free

iSpionage

www.ispionage.com

iSpionage provides a set of reports for competitive landscape analysis in organic and paid search.

Features: www.ispionage.com/Product/competitiveintelligence.aspx .

Highlights:

  • Provides an ability to track benchmarking data over period of time
  • Shows competitors’ paid search keywords including cost-per-click, average search volume, average position, etc.
  • Helps analyze competitors’ ads and landing pages

Pricing: From $49/month. Pricing details.

KeywordCompetitor

www.keywordcompetitor.com

KeywordCompetitor offers and ability to discover and monitor your competitors’ activities in organic and paid search.

Features: http://www.keywordcompetitor.com/KeywordResearchTool.aspx

Highlights:

  • Provides an ability to discover competitors’ keywords, ads and landing pages
  • Helps track daily changes in ads and landing pages

Pricing: From $29/month. Free 30 day trial is available. Pricing details.

KeywordSpy

www.keywordspy.com

KeywordSpy offers and ability to research and track your competitors’ activities in organic and paid search.

Features: www.keywordspy.com

Highlights:

  • Provides an ability to discover competitors’ keywords, ads and landing pages
  • Provides advertiser’s gap analysis
  • Helps generate new keywords based on competitive keyword analysis

Pricing: From $89.95/month. Free 30 day trial is available. Pricing details.

MixRank

mixrank.com

MixRank offers real-time intelligence on display campaigns and mobile apps.

Features: mixrank.com/display-intelligence

Highlights:

  • Helps find new placements for contextual and banner ads
  • Helps analyze competitors’ creative, ad copy and landing pages
  • Provides an ability to identify related advertisers based on campaign similarities

Pricing: Contact to request demo and pricing details.

SEMRush

www.semrush.com

SEMrush offers analytics reports and tools to discover competitors’ strategies in organic search, paid search, and display advertising.

Features: www.semrush.com/features

Highlights:

  • Provides an ability to discover competitors’ keywords, ad copies and advertising budgets
  • Helps analyze competitors’ display ads across different devices
  • Helps identify new publishers in display advertising

Pricing: From $69.95/month. 7 day money back guarantee. Pricing details.

SimilarWeb

www.similarweb.com

SimilarWeb offers a variety of reports to understand competitors’ activity across their websites and mobile apps.

Features: www.similarweb.com/web-analytics

Highlights:

  • Uncovers traffic sources from both desktop and mobile
  • Shows trending organic and paid search keywords
  • Analyzes top performing pages

Pricing: From $199/month. Pricing details.

SpyFu

www.spyfu.com

SpyFu provides historical data on competitors’ keywords, paid search ad variations and organic search rankings.

Features: www.spyfu.com

Highlights:

  • Uncovers competitors’ keywords across organic and paid search
  • Shows competitors’ ad copy
  • Helps eliminate low performing keywords based on historical data

Pricing: From $79/month. Limited free access is available. Pricing details.

WhatRunsWhere

www.whatrunswhere.com

WhatRunsWhere provides data for competitive analysis with focus on display and mobile advertising.

Features: www.whatrunswhere.com/features.php

Highlights:

  • Provides historical data (over 4 years) with daily updates
  • Provides data from 150,000 display publishers, from 90+ ad networks, from 15 different countries
  • Helps analyze competitors’ ad copy

Pricing: From $150/month. $1 trial is available. Pricing details.

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