AdWords Mobile App Download Campaigns Get Deeper Reporting In Google Analytics

adwords mobile app download ad This week, Google added new reporting available for mobile app campaigns in Google Analytics. By linking AdWords and Google Analytics accounts and enabling auto-tagging, mobile app advertisers will be able to access more detailed performance reports about their campaigns in Google Analytics. New reports on mobile app campaign performance include day parts, destination URLs and keyword positions. They'll be found in Google Analytics under the Acquisition menu for Google Analytics App Views over the next few days. The reporting applies to both display and search campaigns. Advertisers wil [...]


Google AdWords Smart Annotations Test Continues To Roll Out

new-google-adwords-logo Google has been expanding testing for the new Smart Annotations over the past few weeks. Smart Annotations automatically pull information from an advertiser's landing page in an additional line of text in their ads. Google hasn't made an official announcement, but AdWords reps have been reaching out to notify their clients of the roll-out. Nilaye Tharkar, head of search at Performics Canada, received a heads up at the end of January about Smart Annotations testing. Here's an excerpt from that email: While this added line is not clickable, we saw an average CTR improvement of 9% in our pilo [...]


The Real Reason AdWords Isn’t Working For Many Small Businesses

shutterstock_137150018-babycrying By now, you’ve probably read the New York Times piece that’s been making the rounds lately. If not, here's the upshot: it concludes that Google AdWords isn’t practical for small businesses. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time the Gray Lady has gone after AdWords, nor is it the first time that the paid search community has responded so vigorously in its defense. The real tragedy of the latest piece isn’t that AdWords has been singled out – it’s that the Times (and the business owners it interviewed) have once again missed the point. I Get It Before I go into how the ar [...]


AdWords Flexible Conversion Counting Officially Launched, Welcome “Converted Clicks” and “Conversions”

adwords-sales-customers-600 Earlier this month, we covered Google's news to select advertisers that it would be rolling out new options for tracking conversions in AdWords. The company officially announced the launch of Flexible Conversion Counting, and advertisers will see new columns in AdWords. In reporting terms, the change means the Conversions (One-Per-Click) will be replaced with "Converted Clicks," and Conversions (Many-Per-Click) will be replaced by "Conversions." Advertisers can think of the newly named columns this way: Converted Clicks = Unique Customers. This is "the number of clicks that convert wi [...]


Google Shares Performance Stats On Search Network With Display Select Campaigns

new-google-adwords-logo Last fall, Google rolled out a new campaign type called Search Network with Display Select. The option was designed to make it easier for advertisers constrained by management resources to run both search and display ads, while shedding the waste advertisers typically saw when they combined search and all of the display network in the same campaign. Display ads are served based on a new algorithm designed to show ads in the best places, drive better ROI and take the heavy lifting of display campaign management off smaller advertisers. Today, Google released some case study performance re [...]


6 Tasks To Automate In AdWords Without Scripts Or Tools

google-adwords-square-logo When we think about automation in PPC, our minds tend to jump to expensive tools like Marin, Kenshoo and Acquisio or advanced algorithms and Google Scripts. However, you shouldn't let the word "automation" scare you into forgetting the simple things that make it great: speed and consistency. Today, I'm going to take you through six common PPC tasks you can do yourself for free in AdWords through the magic and wonder of automation. Search Query Reports Working with multiple clients, there are certain tasks I want to do at least once a month -- things that can be fairly time consuming and a [...]


DoubleClick Search Adds Integration With Channel Intelligence For Product Feed Management

DoubleClick logo Google announced Monday that Channel Intelligence's feed management and optimization capabilities will integrate with the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite. Performics is piloting the integration for "a major retail client". "We're really excited to team with Channel Intelligence and DoubleClick Search to optimize and fully integrate the search experience for our retail brands,” says Eric Papczun, President US of Performics. “The integration is greater than the sum of its parts, and we feel that these combined technologies will give our clients a clear competitive edge in the marketplac [...]


AdWords Top Movers Report Update: Now With Conversion Stats, Device-Level Segmentation

new-google-adwords-logo The Top Movers report debuted in AdWords last June to help advertisers quickly see performance changes in their accounts. It was helpful, but somewhat rudimentary with reporting on just clicks and cost changes. Today, Google announced that conversion data will begin appearing in the Top Movers report as well as device-specific insights. Note that the report shown on the Home screen still includes just Cost and Clicks data, you'll need to click on the "see full report" link or navigate to the Dimensions tab on the Campaigns screen to see the conversion data. The Top Mover detail below [...]


How To Use AdWords Scripts Efficiently In Agencies And Enterprise SEM

google-adwords-square-logo I'm a big fan of all the things you can automate using AdWords Scripts -- from calculating account-level Quality Score, to creating ads from a spreadsheet, to optimizing keywords using data from the Search Terms report. When using scripts to manage a single account, it's well worth the effort to install and tweak them because of the amount of time you'll save down the road. But when it comes to managing enterprise-level AdWords, or managing multiple accounts as an agency, the truth is that a lot of the time saved ends up wasted in the minutiae of keeping everything organized and running. Ad [...]


Google Shopping Campaigns Are Now Live — How To Get Started

google-shopping-products-featured Yesterday morning, Google announced the Google Shopping campaign program is now available to all online merchants. Google Shopping campaigns, which have been in beta since October, are a new version of PLAs which change how ads are created. They make creating PLAs more transparent within AdWords and give advertisers more control, allowing them to view more product information with less involvement with the data feed and an intuitive product group break-out structure.  Google Shopping Campaigns 101 Here are three of the major elements of Google Shopping campaigns: Layering Structur [...]


Google Testing More Ads On Knowledge Graph Panels: Google Play Gets The Spotlight

Ads Google Knowledge Graph Movie Streaming In December, we reported that Google is testing ads on Knowledge Graph panels. The example then was an ad for local car dealership appearing on the car knowledge graph. We're now seeing ads on the knowledge graph for movie streaming rentals that give Google Play the VIP treatment. Below is a screenshot showing the ads that appear on the knowledge panel for the movie "Megamind". In all the examples we've seen so far, Google Play is featured first with a sort of enhanced listing that includes the brand icon and "Watch" call-to-action. An "Also available from" ad listing appears below the feat [...]


Out Of Beta: Google Shopping Campaigns For PLAs Now Available Globally

google-shopping-products-featured Google began testing Shopping campaigns with a limited set of advertisers last year with the aim of streamlining the often cumbersome task of Product Listing Ad management. Today, after just over a 3-month beta period, Google is rolling out Shopping campaigns to all users globally. Google Shopping campaigns give users access to inventory and product feed information directly in AdWords. Based on feedback during the beta period, Google has added the ability to bulk edit product groups at scale. API support and a bid simulator will be coming soon. Rich Brown, Head of PPC at Farfetch, s [...]


A Paid Search First? Olympic Sponsor Visa Opts To Advertise Its Tumblr On Google, Bing and Yahoo

visa-tumblr-featured YouTube and Facebook have long been the favored social accounts promoted by brands in paid search ads. Visa is cracking the mold. In what may be a first for a major brand, the Olympic sponsor is using paid search to drive visitors to its Tumblr account. The ads are appearing on both Google and the Yahoo Bing Network. Visa also appears to be the only major Olympic sponsor to have made Tumblr its Olympic content hub. From its Tumblr account, Visa links to all of its other social channels and features video and other content assets that are distributed across the other networks, including Face [...]


Advanced SEO Analysis – Part 1: SEO Research & Wisdom Of The Crowd

Wisdom_of_the_Crowd A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle on the topic of SEO and competitive intelligence. It is an area of SEO I'm passionate about, not only because it is one of the most difficult things in SEO to scale and do right,  but also because it is one of the foundations of a good SEO program. Before I dive into outlining one of the advanced approaches to SEO analysis that I shared at the conference, it's important to understand the genesis of the approach. Before I was building the machine-learning algorithms behind our Enterprise SEO platform, [...]


Official: Google’s Sridhar Ramaswamy Takes Over Ads & Commerce, As Wojcicki Heads To YouTube

Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google head of ads and commerce With today's news that Google ads veteran Susan Wojcicki has is now heading YouTube, Google tells Search Engine Land that Sridhar Ramaswamy will lead the ads and commerce team. Ramaswamy and Wojcicki, who've both shared the title of SVP, Ads & Commerce, have been jointly running the ads division for the last year. The transition from being co-leader to sole leader of the team should be a smooth one for Ramaswamy. A graduate of Brown University, Ramaswamy joined Google in 2003 as a software engineer and has been involved on the ads side throughout his decade-long tenor. He’s bee [...]


Google AdWords To Roll Out Flexible Conversion Counting, Says Goodbye To 1 Per-Click, Many-Per-Click

new-google-adwords-logo This morning, Google announced in an email to a number of advertisers that upcoming changes will give advertisers more flexibility in how they track conversions in AdWords. With the update comes a semantic change that ushers in new names for the Conversions one per-click and Conversions many-per-click columns. With the change, advertisers will be able to choose one of the following conversion settings for each conversion action being tracked (including goals imported from Google Analytics): All conversions setting: With the All conversions setting each sale or conversion action that occ [...]


Google’s DoubleClick Search Ramps Focus On PLAs And Ecommerce With New Commerce Suite

DoubleClick logo In a sign of where its focus lies and the growing importance of PLAs in the search ecosystem, today Google is introducing the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite, what it calls "a smarter, faster, product-centric layer to search management". The Commerce Suite is comprised of two new capabilities: 1. Dynamic Product Listing Ads creation is an extension of inventory-aware campaigns, which launched in June of last year, as an update of its inventory management solution. Advertisers can automatically create ad group, keywords and ads based on their Google Merchant Center feeds. Dynamic Produc [...]


Start The New Year With A PPC Health Check: Part 2

health-computer-keyboard-featured Welcome to Part 2 of my PPC Health Check series! In part 1, I covered account structure, settings, conversion tracking and budgets. Today's piece will help you understand the areas you need to be checking with regard to keywords, ads and performance. Reviewing a campaign properly isn't something that is done in 20 minutes -- you'll need to spend hours checking these things over in detail, depending on how large your account is. Please keep this in mind when checking over your own accounts. [caption id="attachment_183260" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Click to enlarge.[/caption] As [...]


Google Brings Search Funnels Attribution Modeling Tool To AdWords

funnel-leads-attribution-featured Google announced it is adding a Search Funnels Attribution Modeling Tool to AdWords to help marketers better understand how AdWords campaigns are part of the sales funnel. Advertisers can look at five different attribution models in AdWords and compare up to three attribution models simultaneously to analyze keywords, ad groups and campaigns that are contributing to the funnel, but aren't represented in last click conversions. The five attribution models in the new tool are: Last click: Gives all credit for the conversion to the last-clicked keyword First click: Gives all credit [...]


Are You Ready For The New Google Shopping Campaigns?

google-shopping-products-featured This past October, Google announced a new campaign type for Google Shopping which fundamentally changes campaign management for Product Listing Ads (PLAs). Google Shopping Campaigns are currently in beta (you can request to sign up here), but are likely to become the main campaign structure for Google. This will revolutionize how you create Google product ads. So, how can you avoid getting burned by the New Google Shopping campaigns? Read on to find out. 1. Choose Your Product Groups Wisely Google has emphasized that the new campaign structure for PLAs is designed to make managing P [...]


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