BrandVerity® recently examined the brand keywords of over 250 popular, consumer-facing U.S. brands for their Q4 2015 report The State of Branded Keywords in Paid Search. The results show how many brands are targets for trademark infringers who bid on and use brand keywords to lead consumers to their imposter sites through paid search results.
BW_Branded-Keywords-Q4-2015Many of these infringing advertisers do not compete directly with the trademark owner; rather, they move traffic to their own websites where they receive compensation for ads they serve. But any traffic that is diverted from your brand’s website can translate into permanently lost revenue. Only an automated brand monitoring solution can give you a clear picture of how your brand is being targeted on different search terms, search engines, and at different times of day.