There are lots of digital advertising acronyms to know! The ever expanding list of abbreviations can confuse even the most seasoned professionals. Below are a list of a few terms you should get familiar with.

General Marketing Terms

B2B: Business to Business

One business making a transaction with another business. Whether wholesale products or purchases of services.

B2C: Business to Consumer

The traditional business model of selling directly to consumers.

CX: Customer Experience

Used to describe interactions people have with a company throughout the buying process.

KPI: Key Performance Indicators

A metric to evaluate the success of various marketing strategies and campaign goals by tracking and measuring progress.

MAP: Marketing Automation Platform

A technology that assists marketers in converting prospects to customers by removing high-touch, manually repetitive processes with automated solutions.

ROI: Return on Investment

A ratio between the net profits earned from a campaign and the cost of investing in marketing and advertising.

Digital Advertising & Marketing Terms

BM: Facebook Business Manager

A free integrated tool used on Facebook to manage ad accounts and pages from a single location.

CPC: Cost Per Click

An online advertising model through which advertisers are charged by the publisher (such as Facebook or Google) for each time a user clicks on their ad.

CPL: Cost Per Lead

All the costs associated with generating a lead, including advertising dollars, etc.

CR: Conversion Rate

The number of people who take action on an ad, divided by the number that could have taken action.

CTR: Click Through Rate

The percentage of prospects or visitors who take the next action on an ad, web page or email.

GA: Google Analytics

A data driven Google tool that is used by marketers to track analyze and report website, app and ad traffic to better understand their audience, reach, activity and metrics.

GDN: Google Display Network

Google’s network of over 2 million websites and apps that show display ads on their webpages.

PPC: Pay Per Click

A digital advertising method through which publishers charge advertisers for each action (click) they take on ads. Also see CPC.

PR: Page Rank 

An algorithm used by Google to rank web pages in their search engine results using a numerical weight based on a number of different, confidential and proprietary criteria.

QS: Quality Score

A metric used by Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and Bing that determines both the rank and cost per click of digital ads.

RTB: Real Time Bidding

A method of purchasing unsold ad inventory by CPM through an auction where the highest bid take inventory priority.

SEO: Search Engine Optimization

A technical and creative marketing discipline focused on growing visibility and improve rankings in organic (non-paid) results to increase awareness and drive traffic.

SEM: Search Engine Marketing

The promotion of websites by increasing their visibility in search engine results primarily through PPC (pay-per-click) advertising.

SM: Social Media

Platforms that allow users to post personal and/or business text, image and video content and socially interact. Examples include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat and LinkedIn.

SMM: Social Media Marketing

Using social media platforms to promote businesses through organic and paid campaigns.

UGC: User Generated Content

Content created by users of a blog, social media network or online system or service.

VTR: View Through Rate

A metric used to report a ratio of the number of completed views of a skippable video ad, based on the number of impressions it received.

Website Marketing Terms

BR: Bounce Rate

A bounce rate refers to the action a user takes when they land on a page of your website, and leave to go to another site (i.e. bouncing off of your page). It can also refer to emails that don’t reach an inbox.

CMS: Content Management System

An application that consolidates and facilitates the creation, editing, management, and distribution of content.

IBL: Inbound Link

A hyperlink leading back to your website from a third-party site.

DNS: Domain Name System

A protocol that translates website URLs (which use alphabetic characters) into IP addresses (that use numeric characters).

RSS – Really Simple Syndication

A way for users to keep track of updates to multiple websites (news sites, blogs, and others) in a single place and in an easily-viewable format, as opposed to having to manually check every single site individually.

UV: Unique Visitor

The number of individuals visiting a page on a website during a set period of time.

UX: User Experience

How a user interacts and engages with a website, app or platform (where they click, tap, swipe and visit), which can be shaped by testing different page designs, layouts, CTAs, colors, and content to improve conversion rates.

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