Bid Simulator Now Available For Google Dynamic Search Ads

adwords bid simulator dynamic search ads If you're running Dynamic Search ad campaigns in AdWords, you may have noticed the recent addition of the bid simulator tool.  Bid simulator offers estimates of the potential impact bid changes would have on clicks, cost, impressions and more. The bid simulator for Dynamic Search ads is available at the campaign, ad group, auto target and subtabs (Dynamic Search ads don't use keywords). Note that if your campaign is "limited by budget", estimates are shown in a pop-up window on the campaigns tab rather than the campaign bid simulator. [...]


3 Key PPC Metrics Are Lying To You. Find Out How

ppc-featured When it comes to PPC, metrics are everything. We consume ourselves in pouring over numbers and analyzing our accounts down to the smallest detail. However, it turns out we are being misled by the data we rely on the most. We're too quick to take our figures at face value without thinking about what we're not seeing. I'm going to explore what I consider to be the three most misleading AdWords metrics (and discuss how we should be thinking about them differently): Click-Through Rate, Average Position and Average Cost-Per-Click. Click-Through Rate (CTR) Click-through rate (CTR) is the lifebl [...]


With New GDN Ad Format, Text Ads Will Compete In Display Auctions

google-adsense-magazine-ad Today, Google unveiled a new ad format on the Google Display Network (GDN) called magazine ads in which text ads are converted to show as "display-like" ads on publisher sites that have opted only to show display ads in their AdSense accounts. The implication for AdWords advertisers is that text ads on the Google Display Network will now compete with display ads in the auctions. A winning text ad will then be converted to the magazine ad format. The company stated on the AdSense blog, "we’ve created a new format allowing text advertisers to increase competition on your display-only ad [...]


India Opens Second Google Antitrust Investigation Over AdWords

google-legal-cash-featured Google is in the midst of an antitrust, anti-competition investigation in India. Not long ago, the company was fined by the  Competition Commission of India (CCI) for not cooperating in that investigation: "not providing information and documents required." Now a separate anti-competition investigation has been opened with the CCI. In that investigation an individual, Vishal Gupta, has complained about suspension of an AdWords account: The complainant had alleged that several remote tech support companies, including his firm, had been suspended from the AdWords programme to promote Goog [...]


7 Conversion Rate Truths That Will Change Your Landing Page Strategy

cro-meme Much of what marketers have learned about landing page conversion is wrong. Worse, the optimizations promoted across industry blogs, courses and at conferences as game changers are really just best practices every marketer should have implemented already. Tweaking headline and body copy, adjusting line spacing, repositioning buttons, playing with fonts and colors – all of these conventional landing page optimization recommendations will bring only small, short-term results at best. We recently analyzed thousands of advertiser accounts to determine just what it is that sets the top conv [...]


Marin Software Adds Support For Google AdWords RLSA

RLSA Options Today, Marin Software announced support for Google AdWords Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA) within its advertising management platform. RLSA allows advertisers to retarget their site visitors with search ads on Google.com and other sites in the Google Search Network. Advertisers can adjust bids, ad text and keywords based on visitors' past behavior on their sites. RLSA is available within Marin's "Audience" tab. Advertisers can import their Google remarketing lists into Marin and then pull first-party data from their CRM through Marin's Audience Connect feature to further define t [...]


Starting A Shopping Campaign In AdWords? Forget All You Know About Keywords!

Shopping Ads Displace Search Ads Now that Shopping Ads and Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are getting more prominent positions on the SERPs (and taking away traffic from search ads); I've started to focus on them more with my clients. I found that working with Google Shopping campaigns is a good deal different from working with traditional keywords and text ads; so over the coming weeks, I'd like to share some of my experiences with this new type of AdWords campaign. The key initial learning for me is that product groups are so different from keywords that you really need to understand how they function before setting up yo [...]


New PLA Test Spotted: Google Ranking Products By Reviews And Ratings

rankings-plas-cpcstrategy The team at CPC Strategy spotted a new test in the Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) last night. In a search for coffee grinders that was qualified with "best", the PLAs were shown in order of a  numerical rankings system that appears to be factoring in the quality and quantity of each item's ratings. In the screenshot above, notice that #2 ranked Cuisinart Supreme has by far the most reviews at 312, but with a rating of 4 stars it loses out to 5-star rated Capresso Infinity which has 169 reviews. However, the Cuisinart Supreme is still able to outrank three items with 4.5 stars (De Longhi [...]


Heated Competition Among Online Flower & Gift Sellers: AdWords Spend Topped $15 Million In Q1

florist-flowers-600 As Mother's Day approaches, Adgooroo is putting the cutthroat reality of paid search in the Flowers and Gifts category on display. The advertising insights firm reports that flowers and gifts advertisers spent more than $15.4 million on Google AdWords ads in the first quarter of 2014 on desktop/tablet alone. The heavy hitters in the category were 1800Flowers.com, ProFlowers.com and FTD.com garnering a total of 50 million impressions. The competition seen on branded keywords underscores the competition in the category, with multiple advertisers bidding on "edible arrangements", "proflowe [...]


Google AdWords Scripts For MCC Accounts Are Here And Ready To Use

new-google-adwords-logo After a beta period that started in March, earlier this week, Google rolled out scripts for AdWords MCC accounts to all users. AdWords scripts can be used to automate account maintenance, changes and reporting. The ability to use scripts in MCC (My Client Center) accounts means users can now get the benefits of automation across multiple accounts. For example, the script for the MCC Keyword Performance Report can be implemented to pull weekly keyword data from multiple accounts into a collection of Google Spreadsheets that include charts related to quality score and average position of ads. [...]


Where SEM Is Concerned, Google+ Appears To Be Alive And Well

google-plus-featured Last week saw a flurry of speculation on the future of Google+ after the head of Google+, Vic Gundotra, announced his departure. The question raised most often is whether Google+ is going away. Although some are reporting that G+ will kill the product side, the platform (in terms of data collection and unique user sign-ins) is sure to stay -- but in what capacity? Several recent changes to Google+ (which don't indicate a dying or ignored product) either have SEM significance or indicate an effort to make G+ more integral to Google's advertising products. Move away from the idea of Goo [...]


Google Injects Google Shopping With Amazon Talent In Rangespan Acquisition

Rangespan acquired by Google Google's ongoing efforts to bolster its product search portal, Google Shopping, and take on Amazon and Ebay has got another boost. The company has acquired Rangespan, a London based start-up that developed backend supply chain management software for online retailers. Founded by Amazon veterans, Rangespan's predictive software helps surface products that are likely to be hits based on real-time analytics as well as simplify inventory and order management. A Google spokesperson confirmed the deal and said the team will be joining Google Shopping to improve services for shoppers and retail [...]


Does Google Want to Cut Out AdWords Middlemen?

google-adwords-featured1 The launch of Google AdWords and its subsequent rapid growth in the early 2000s helped spawn an entire industry around paid search advertising. The ecosystem that arose includes Google and its advertisers, as well as a slew of agencies, consultants, software platforms, data providers, third party tools and various combinations thereof in between them. Almost every change or announcement that Google makes seems to raise the question of which of these middlemen Google may be trying to disintermediate. Is Google Threatening Paid Search Providers? When it was recently announced that Google wo [...]


Google Action Against Pregnancy Center Ads Stirs Confusion, But Does Not Signal Preference Or Policy Change

google logo - basic 570x270 You may have read this week that some paid ads by pro-life oriented crisis pregnancy centers have been removed by Google after pro-choice political advocacy group NARAL claimed credit for getting the ads banned, as reported by the Washington Post. In reaction, outlets on the pro-life side have cried foul with headlines like "Google Bans Ads From Pregnancy Centers After Lobbying From 'Pro-Choice' NARAL" of abortion. Google's official response to the issue has been, "We're constantly reviewing ads to ensure they comply with our AdWords policies, which include strict guidelines related to ad r [...]


How To Gain Additional Reach In AdWords With Similar Audiences

clones-duplicates-copies-600 The "similar audiences" feature has been around for some time now, but this type of audience list is still heavily underused. So, what are similar audiences? Google uses your existing remarketing lists to characterise the types of users within them and then makes its own audience lists based on users that have the same interests and characteristics. This list is made up only of people who have been browsing the Google Display Network (GDN) within the last 30 days. You can then use these lists to show both text and image ads to these audiences across the GDN. How Can You Find Them? You ne [...]


This AdWords MCC Script Will Save You An Hour Every Day!

google-bulb-logo-ceiling-1397043754 If you've kept count of how many of my posts during the past year have touched on AdWords Scripts (6 out of 16), you'll know how useful I believe they can be to streamline repetitive tasks in AdWords. I use them all the time for accounts I manage; and without them, I simply couldn’t be as efficient as I am now. Because I've become so reliant on Scripts, I've secretly been worried that one day they might face the same fate as some other Google products that get cancelled during their annual spring cleaning. So imagine my excitement when I read the announcement from Google that AdWords S [...]


Google Adds New Features To The Keyword Planner Tool

google-adwords-featured Google has added nine new features to the Google Keyword Planner Tool today. Here are the new features in the Keyword Planner tool that you should be able to play with yourself today. The images and descriptions are from Kim Clinkunbroomer's blog. (1) Nice graphical visualizations and estimates for geographics that breaks out locations with volumes. You can change your time views as well. (2) Location breakdowns for geographics of your targeted location. For example, if you are targeting an area such as the United States you have the following options: In blue you will see your Ta [...]


Search Marketers: Keep Calm, Carry On

keep-calm-and-market-on Everybody loves progress, but nobody likes change. This adage is particularly true any time Google announces major upgrades to AdWords. If recent comments on Twitter are any indication, Google this morning was gearing up to pull your hair, throw sand in your face and take your lunch money. None of this is true. The Sky Is NOT Falling For whatever reason, search marketers seem to have some sort of an inferiority complex. A lot of us are always on the lookout for new ways that Google is going to screw us over. Seriously, it’s like a laundry list of insecurities: @bigalittlea K [...]


Google’s “Step Inside AdWords” News: Features For App Ads, More UI Tools, No Wild Surprises

google-adwords-600 Anticipation has been running high among paid search marketers about what today's AdWords announcement -- dubbed "Step Inside AdWords -- might hold, since Google began teasing the news. However, any fears of drastic changes in the vein of last year's move to enhanced campaigns will be quelled -- to a still calm. Google AdWords product management VP, Jerry Dischler, shared several new initiatives with a select set of customers at the AdWords Performance Forum, being shared via livestream at noon Eastern Time today. The new features and tools will be rolling out of beta to all AdWords user [...]


5 Steps To Leverage Those AdWords Bid Simulations For Maximum Return

Coverage Though the basic concepts have remained the same, a lot has changed since Hal Varian released his bidding tutorial back in 2009 (video autoplay), especially with enhanced campaigns and those new mobile and location bid modifiers. One such change is that keyword-level simulations are now available for download in AdWords. For any search marketer interested in marginal cost and revenue numbers -- essentially how diminishing returns affect your paid search program -- those simulations can be a great source of knowledge. Below are some thoughts on how to leverage them. 1. Pull Those AdWords [...]


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