Google Beefs Up AdWords Location Extension Reporting And Targeting

google-adwords-local-map-featured Google has rolled out a couple of enhancements for paid search advertisers with brick-and-mortar locations. A new distance report for ads with location extensions show performance broken out by distance from your businesses, ranging from 0.7 miles to over 40 miles. The distance report is located from the Dimensions tab. Separate Settings For Location Extensions Within A Campaign Instead of having every every location extension within a campaign restricted to using the same setting, now location extensions can have different radius settings for targeting and bidding. For example, s [...]


Google Analytics Now Separates Brand And Non-Brand PPC Traffic

google-analytics-600 Brand and non-brand paid search terms typically perform very differently and most paid search teams analyze these sets of keywords separately. To make this task easier, Google has added a handy feature to Analytics that automatically segments brand and non-brand, or generic, paid search terms into distinct channels. No more building custom segments or filter strings. Analytics makes assumptions about which keywords are brand terms based on factors such as click-through rate, text string and domain name and buckets them in the Brand Paid Search channel. Non-brand terms are grouped under [...]


Remarketing Lists For Search Ads Can Now Use Conversion-Based Automated Bid Strategies In AdWords

google-adwords-600 Now when you enable AdWords conversion-based automated bid strategies in your Remarketing Lists For Search Ads campaigns, the predicted conversion performance of those remarketing lists will influence the bidding. Google announced on its Google+ page that remarketing list performance is now among the real-time signals such as location, browser, time of day that affect automated bid strategies in AdWords. Conversion Optimizer, target CPA and target ROAS automated bid strategies will each take into consideration the conversion performance of your RLSA lists and modify the bids when vis [...]


Now You Can Apply AdWords Conversion Settings To Goals Imported From Analytics

new-google-adwords-logo The ability to import goals from Google Analytics into AdWords just got even more useful. Now you can tailor them to your paid search objectives by adjusting the conversion settings on each imported Analytics goal and transaction within AdWords. Flexible conversion counting, customized conversion window and editable conversion values can now be applied to any goals and transactions imported from Analytics. Conversion windows can be set between 7 to 90 days. Flexible conversion counting gives advertisers the option to count unique conversions only or every conversion action that occurs [...]


Why AdWords Dynamic Search Ads Work Better Than You Think

google-adwords-600 I have a confession: I used to hate Dynamic Search Ads. I'm sure some of you still do. For my part, I had used them unsuccessfully in a couple of accounts and decided they were no good. It wasn't until a few months ago, when I saw this awesome presentation from Matt Umbro at SMX West, that I decided to give them another shot. Let me say this: Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs) are not only a lot better than they used to be, they can also perform extremely well when optimized properly. Let's take a look at how to run a successful DSA campaign. What Are Dynamic Search Ads? Think of DSAs as [...]


Google Updates Its AdWords Auction And Ad Rank Video For The First Time Since Revising The Key Formula

ad-rank-video-screenshot Along with a overview on Quality Score factors, this week, Google released an updated video on the AdWords auction and Ad Rank, the scoring system used in each auction that determines the order in which ads appear. Chief Economist at Google, Hal Varian, who has been starring in these videos since at least 2009, is back. This is the first new video on the AdWords auction since Google changed up the Ad Rank formula to factor in the use of ad extensions and formats. Varian's Ad Rank formula visual now includes "Format Impact". Varian walks through the factors that go into Ad Rank, how it is [...]


Google Releases AdWords Quality Score Primer Aimed At Dispelling Misconceptions

google-adwords-600 There has always been a healthy amount of debate over the importance of Quality Score as an indicator of Google AdWords success and the amount of focus that should be devoted to it. Today, Google issued a whitepaper called "Settling the (Quality) Score" to help advertisers use Quality Score to guide optimizations. Will it settle the debate? Maybe not, in fact it may just spark more conversation, but if you're involved in paid search at all, you'll want to check it out. Google describes Quality Score being like a "warning light in a car's engine" as opposed to being a "detailed metric [...]


The Impact Of Google Display Network Magazine Ads

questions-shutterstock In May, Google officially launched a new format for text ads on the Google Display Network (GDN) called magazine ads. Have you taken the chance yet to analyse what has happened to your text ads traffic since? Here's what they look like: I've looked into a few accounts to spot what key differences we're seeing now that this new format has been out for a month. The Impact On Click-Through Rate One of the placements I've been analysing is Devour, a video content site that came up as a placement for a Travel client targeting the USA. You can see from the image below that the text a [...]


eBay’s “Paid Search Is Ineffective” Study Gains Buzz And Skeptics, Again

Ebay jan 2012 bad ads pink roses in a vase By claiming that paid search is largely ineffective, eBay has attracted a lot of attention and buzz with media outlets repeating the findings. Anyone who isn't familiar with eBay's history of throw-it-at-the-wall-and-watch-what-happens paid search advertising strategy may be able to take the company's final release of a report that first made the rounds last year at face value. Those familiar with eBay's paid search efforts (i.e., "Bid on Cancer now") have taken the study with a grain of salt, if not discounted it outright. The problem isn't with the research or testing, it's the fact th [...]


Google Issues Best Practices For Shopping Campaigns Ahead Of This Summer’s Big Transition

google-shopping-600 With Shopping Campaigns becoming the default campaign type for running Product Listing Ads on Google by the end of August, the search giant has issued a best practices whitepaper to help marketers make the transition. The main points the paper dives into are product feed optimization and updates, Shopping campaign structure, bidding and mobile recommendations. Much of the best practices haven't necessarily changed from the original PLA recommendations -- use relevant titles and high-quality images -- but there are good baseline reminders such as limiting title length to 50 characters to [...]


New Google Product Feed Specs Going Live Sept. 30, Including A Mobile Landing Page Attribute

Google Shopping Logo If you're running Google Product Listing Ads, it's time to revisit your feed. Google has updated the feed requirements for Google Shopping with several new attributes as well as some changes to existing content requirements. A new 'mobile link' attribute has been added to ensure users are taken to mobile landing pages from their smartphones. Advertisers can now enter a separate mobile landing page URL via this attribute. Additional updates included: Merchant-defined custom bundles, such as a camera with additional case and lens, must now be identified as such in order to be displayed [...]


Remarketing Tips Born Of Years Of Experience

Add to Cart Retargeting is an awesome way to reengage traffic that hasn't converted. Over the years, it's evolved, and the tools have become more robust. With this development, we've uncovered some effective remarketing strategies. In this article, I'll cover some ideas related to engaging returning customers, obtaining new customers and remarketing related to specific search term queries. But before getting started, below are some general tips to remember: Tip #1: Don't Creep Your Prospects Out With Constant Ad Bombardment Don't show retargeted ads to everyone and their dog. Take the time [...]


Does Google’s “Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness” Study Mean What It Says?

Google's search ads lift brand metrics study Google is touting a new study this week that concludes "Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness." What the study should be titled, though, is "The Top Search Ad Lifts Brand Awareness". This was a meta-study in which several studies were conducted by Google and Ipsos MediaCT across a set of verticals including CPG and automotive. A total of 800 US consumers were asked to search for a category specific keyword. The results showed that the test brands across the verticals saw a lift in awareness: When respondents were asked what brand first came to mind when thinking about a specific category keyword [...]


SEO Plus PPC Equals SERP Real Estate, Content Glue & ROI

hairy_ideas Most marketers would agree that to be competitive, we do not operate in an either/or environment. It’s not a choice between either SEO or social, or SEO and PPC. It’s a requirement that we understand how these channels work together to impact one another, and a website’s ability to stay afloat in the growing search results. The surge in content marketing, including the focus on organic content and social media as a pair has perhaps taken some focus away from the synergy that SEO and PPC have together. The numbers don’t lie. Brands are still heavily investing in PPC – and man [...]


Up Close @ SMX Advanced: Amazing Paid Search Tactics

Paid search continues to get exceedingly complicated, but the expert panel, the last session of this year’s SMX Advanced, blew the audience away with understandable and valuable tips.  Amazing Paid Search Tactics & Tools featured four expert speakers, and it was the first time I’ve ever heard cheers and whistles after a PPC session.  “I’m A Freakin’ Google Analytics Leprechaun” Heather Cooan of Clix Marketing kept the crowd rolling with her hilarious quote. She also blew everyone away with her incredible Google Analytics tips. After walking through the benefits of imp [...]


Google Previews New AdWords Policy Center, Will Go Live September

new-google-adwords-logo A new Policy Center will be coming to AdWords this September. Google says that policies will be streamlined and that there will be more transparency into why policies exist and what advertisers should do to comply. A preview of the updated Policy Center is live now. While most advertisers likely won't be affected by the change, Google points out that there will be some new restrictions relating to weapons, tobacco and fireworks in a new Dangerous Content policy. The new policies are designed to clarify areas of misinterpretation. For example, knife manufacturers and retailers have ofte [...]


AdWords Best Practices Resource Center Opens for Digital Marketers

google-adwords-square-logo We are pleased to announce the new Google-sponsored AdWords Best Practices Center on Search Engine Land. This page provides best practices that are authored and curated by the search company – including checklists, guides, white papers, and webinars – all geared toward improving proficiency with AdWords. In addition to best practices that have been extensively verified by Google teams and supported by internal data, the AdWords Best Practices Center will also provide timely guidance on new AdWords features. We invite you to check out the resources in categories such as Quality Score, [...]


Optmyzr Launches Bid Management Solution For Google Shopping Campaigns

black-shoes-google-shopping Google's new Shopping Campaigns offer many benefits over traditional PLA campaigns, including granular performance benchmarks, but bid optimization can still be cumbersome. Optmyzr, the company that provides automation tools for Google AdWords management, has launched a new tool to help streamline and speed-up bid management on Google Shopping Campaigns. Shopping Bidder is designed particularly for companies managing large Shopping Campaigns with thousands of products. The tool gives paid search managers a view of all biddable items in their accounts on a single page. Filters then allow [...]


How To Manage Bids For AdWords Shopping Ads

google-shopping-600 Last month, I covered the basics of how Shopping campaigns in AdWords differ from Search campaigns. The key finding I had was that, with Search, you have to add keywords to target more queries. In Shopping, all queries that match your products are targeted by default, and one of the main reasons to divide products into Product Groups is to get more control over bids. This month, I'd like to share what I've learned about managing bids for AdWords Shopping ads. Bidding In Shopping Campaigns All bidding in Shopping Campaigns is done at the lowest Product Group level -- so while ad grou [...]


A Defense Of Broad Match For SEM

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat is a renowned work of art that currently sits in the Art Institute of Chicago. You’ve probably seen it at some point or another. It’s known for its size (almost seven feet tall and over ten feet wide) and its style (pointillism). Pointillism, a style of art that Seurat himself invented, involves making colorful dots coalesce into a picture. If you look at some of Seurat’s works close enough, all you’ll see is a bunch of dots. [caption id="attachment_193543" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A Sunday Afternoon [...]


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