Announced in February 2013, Enhanced Campaigns for AdWords is a next-generation ad system that is especially noteworthy for eliminating mobile bidding options. The articles below have more about the new system.

Optimizing Google Enhanced Campaigns: Success Starts At Migration

In February of this year, Google made headlines with its launch of enhanced campaigns. Since the initial outpouring of both interest and concern, advertisers have been seeking to understand how enhanced campaigns will not only reshape their campaign structures and strategies, but also how this will impact their ability to acquire revenue. With the July 22, 2013 migration deadline fast approaching, the attention has shifted from "why" to "how." How do search marketers efficiently migrate to enhanced campaigns and optimize them to ensure post-migration success? During this critical time pe [...]

Bing Ads Will Copycat Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns With New Bid Adjustments

bing-ads-featured It shouldn't come as a surprise that Microsoft is adjusting the Bing Ads platform to play nicely with AdWords enhanced campaigns. The company said they would be making changes back in early April, and now they are providing specifics. Bing Ads has supported incremental bidding by geo-location, gender, age, day of the week or time of day for several years now. Today, Microsoft announced changes that bring those features in line with the functionality of bid adjustments in enhanced campaigns. The reality is, if advertisers can't easily import their AdWords campaigns, they are much less [...]

Google AdWords Image Extensions Now In Beta

adwords-images-photos-featured Today, Google has announced the official beta for Image Extensions in AdWords. The image extension has been spotted here and there in the wild over the past couple of months. It allows AdWords advertisers to display relevant images with text ads. Google will certainly be experimenting with the visual display, but here is a current example. Google says that one in six searches on Google provides results with visual content. Now, text ads will have the flexibility to reflect the growing importance of image content across the Web. Until now, product image ads were the only way to include im [...]

Will Enhanced Campaigns Drive Mobile CPCs Down?

google-adwords-square-logo There are two pieces of conventional wisdom surrounding Google's Enhanced Campaigns that seem to get tossed around a lot without much thought or examination. The first is that this new campaign model will make it easier for small advertisers to get into the mobile advertising game. The second related piece is that Enhanced Campaigns will likely lead to higher mobile CPCs and that this is one of Google's primary motivations for changing its model. I have personally been guilty of echoing both of these sentiments to varying degrees -- but as we get closer to the mandatory transition in Jul [...]

Welcome To The Mobile Era Of Search

It’s rare when you can pinpoint the moment of a major game changer for an industry to a single day. Usually, these shifts happen over time; and then one day, you look back and realize how momentous a particular event really was. For paid search, there have been many catalysts that have accelerated the industry, most of which were not even specifically search related. For example, the widespread availability of consumer-priced, high-speed Internet access  took years to mature and was the result of multiple global telecoms working in parallel. This development led to more daily time spe [...]

DoubleClick Search Tools To Migrate To Enhanced Campaigns Now Out Of Beta

The custom toolset Google designed to help DoubleClick search users migrate to enhanced campaigns has come out of beta. The tools are designed to guide users in identifying similar campaigns that target different devices and merge them into one enhanced campaign in five steps: Identify campaigns for merging: Analyze your current AdWords campaigns and automatically generate a list of campaigns you should consider merging together into an enhanced campaign. Download and verify merge suggestions: Download the merge suggestions in the UI, and review them to ensure you’re comfort [...]

New AdWords Editor Update For Enhanced Campaigns

Google rolled out a new version of AdWords Editor today. The latest version features more ways to make bulk changes to enhanced campaigns. New capabilities include: Bid adjustments for placements, topics, and audiences Mobile bid adjustments at the ad group level Upgrade campaigns in bulk using CSV import or the Add/update multiple campaigns tool Enter ValueTrack {ifmobile}, {ifnotmobile} parameters In addition, keyword performance metrics in Display Network campaigns are available on the Keywords tab. Performance statistics by targeted location are available in the Locations t [...]

Enhanced Campaigns: “Flexible Bid Strategies” Launching Soon

google-adwords-square-logo Google will be rolling out "flexible bid strategies" in enhanced campaigns in the next couple of weeks. Flexible bid strategies will allow advertisers to override automated bidding and apply manual bidding strategies within a single campaign or across multiple campaigns. The new Bid strategies tool will be located in Shared Library. You can create a flexible bid strategy and then apply it to specific keywords, ad groups, and campaigns. Performance metrics by bidding strategy will be available in Bidding strategies. There will be four types of flexible bid strategies available when th [...]

Google Testing Ads In New Google Maps, Pushes AdWords Location Extensions

google-adwords-local-map-featured If you needed another reason to get your location extensions set up in AdWords, Google has announced its testing new ads in the new Google Maps. AdWords search ads set with location extensions can appear directly below the search box and on the map itself. Ads without location extensions can appear below the search box only and not on the map. The screenshot below shows a Rent-a-champ Cars ad below the search box and an "ad", or sponsored listing, on the map, indicated by a red icon with a white square in it. Google announced the new version of Google Maps at the company's annua [...]

Google: Nearly 2 Million AdWords Campaigns Are Now Enhanced, Early Results Are In

google-adwords-square-logo In an update on the early progress of the transition to enhanced campaigns last night, Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP, Ads and Commerce at Google -- and the lead on enhanced campaigns -- said that close to two million campaigns have been set to enhanced. That's up from 1.5 million Google quoted on the first quarter earnings call on April 18. Results From Early Adopters Based on positive case studies from clothing retailer American Apparel, financial services provider Woodbridge Structured Funding, and an unnamed luxury shopping brand among others, Ramaswamy says early adopters of enhanced campaig [...]

How To Conduct Ad Tests In Enhanced Campaigns

Enhanced campaigns have brought about many changes to AdWords. One of the biggest changes yet to be discussed is the fact that your ad testing methods will have to change. One of the “features” of enhanced campaigns is that your campaign can now run on desktops and mobile devices with different CPCs that are controlled by bid modifiers. However, since your ads can be run on multiple devices at the same time, you need to test your ad metrics by device. This can easily be accomplished with device preference and Excel filters. First, let’s discuss why this change needs to occur, and t [...]

AdWords Ad Group Mobile Bid Adjustments Roll-Out Starts Today

google-adwords-square-logo Google announced that ad group-level mobile bid adjustments will start rolling out today and continue over the next couple of weeks in the Web UI. The added feature went live in the AdWords API last week. Like the elusive Keyword Planner that is rolling out now, ad group mobile bid adjustments are only available in a small number of accounts today. So, be patient and remember it could take two weeks or so to be active in your account. Google made the announcement along with the introduction of the 'Set bid adjustment' button to make bulk edits to location and daypart bid adjustments. [...]

Enhanced Campaigns: New ‘Set Bid Adjustment’ Button Added For Bulk Edits

To make multiple bid adjustments for locations and dayparts without having to click into each target individually, Google has added a new "Set bid adjustments" button to the Web UI. The button is available when you are in the "All online campaigns" view, as well; so, you can make bulk changes across multiple campaigns. [...]

AdWords Campaigns That Don’t Use Advanced Settings Will Be Migrated To Standard Type Campaigns

google-adwords-numbers-featured Over the next few weeks, Google will be migrating AdWords campaigns that don't use any advanced features from "All Features" to "Standard" type campaigns. The change applies only to "Search Network Only" and "Search and Display Networks" campaigns. When Google updated the AdWords campaign setup back in June 2012 to include the "Standard" and "All Features" options, existing campaigns were automatically rolled over to "All Features". In Legacy campaigns, you can still see "not recommended" noted in red next to the Standard option. Now, ahead of the enhanced campaigns switch-over in Ju [...]

Enhanced Campaigns: Ad Group Mobile Bid Adjustments Now In AdWords API

google-adwords-square-logo The roll-out has begun. Earlier this month Google said it would be adding ad group-level mobile bid adjustments to enhanced campaigns. As of yesterday, ad group mobile bid adjustments are available through the AdWords API. The new feature is accessible from all current versions of the API with the new AdGroupBidModifierService. Google has updated the AdWords API guide to include technical aspects of the new release. The addition of ad group-level mobile bids will allow advertisers to have more granular control within their campaigns. Until now mobile bids could only be set and adjusted a [...]

7 Takeaways From The Local Search Association Annual Conference

Earlier this month, local search marketing leaders from the U.S., Canada and 12 other countries gathered in Las Vegas for the Local Search Association’s 2013 annual conference, "Search Starts Here." Over several days, attendees engaged in informative discussions about the numerous opportunities and challenges facing our industry, ranging from the growing importance of original digital content to the rise of mobile and social media. In this month’s column, I will highlight my key takeaways from the LSA conference, which are focused on both the strides I believe local marketers should [...]

The Enhanced Campaigns Waiting Game

Like many of my fellow PPC colleagues, I feel uneasy about the impending move to Enhanced Campaigns and the lurking cutover deadline of July 22nd. Should we convert now and get it over with? Should we run a few tests with our smaller, simpler accounts? Should we abandon tightly-crafted, geo-segmented campaigns in favor of the new geo-bidding options within Enhanced Campaigns? Or, do we wait? Do we keep reading articles like this one, hoping to find guidance, when what we really want to find is some secret AdWords hack that lets us keep targeting tablets and bidding on mobile keywords [...]

New Upgrade Center For Enhanced Campaigns Lets Advertisers Do Bulk Upgrades & More

Google Adwords Enhanced Campaigns Google AdWords is rolling-out a new upgrade center today for advertisers using Enhanced Campaigns. Accessible from the left-hand nav bar on the Campaigns tab, the upgrade center lets advertisers managing several campaigns perform bulk upgrades to multiple campaigns simultaneously and merge selected campaigns in a few simple steps. The bulk upgrade feature allows advertisers to select multiple campaigns, choose a mobile bid adjustment, view traffic estimates and upgrade their Enhanced Campaigns with fewer clicks, making it easy to upgrade individual campaigns all at once. The upgrade cent [...]

Adwords Adds Social Annotations, Targeting For In-App Ads To Enhanced Campaigns

Starting today Google is adding functionality for social annotations and in-app ad targeting to enhanced campaigns. Social annotations, really Google+ annotations, display the number of Google+ followers an advertiser has under the ad text. Here's an example from Home Depot on a search for "dining room chairs" Social extensions have been available for nearly a year and a half. The difference is in enhanced campaigns social annotations can show automatically and don't have to be set up at the campaign level.  Advertisers' Google+ pages must be linked to their websites and display URL [...]

How To Determine Your Hourly Bid Multipliers In AdWords

Since I received some solid feedback on my last column detailing how to determine mobile & geo bid multipliers for enhanced campaigns, I thought I’d share some more actionable stuff this time around. While hourly bid multipliers aren't new, they remain a crucial tactic for optimizing your AdWords campaigns. They work by reducing your ad spend at poor-performing times of the week and increasing your exposure at the best times of the week. Here, I'm going to share the steps you can take (along with a helpful spreadsheet) to determine your hourly bid multipliers for better campaign opt [...]

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