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How To Improve Shopping Ad Performance & Quality Score In AdWords

Google Shopping Ads By late August, Product Listing campaigns in AdWords will be retired in favor of Shopping campaigns, so if you haven’t started migrating, don’t delay much longer. You can run both campaign types start tweaking Shopping campaigns now so that they’ll be performing great by the time PLAs go away later this summer. [caption id="attachment_195905" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Screenshot from Google.com showing Shopping ads generated from Merchant Center feed data.[/caption] In my last two columns, I covered targeting Shopping ads (which is extremely different from keyword targeting) [...]


How To Run Single-Device Only Enhanced Campaigns. It Can Be Done!

shutterstock_122145442-single-device-campaign When I speak about Enhanced Campaigns, I invariably get an audience question like this: "How can I create single-device campaigns? I know it's possible somehow, tell me how!" I recently figured out the answer. Why The Need For Single-Device Campaigns? I am not usually a proponent of AdWords workarounds. I typically encourage businesses to work with the system and concentrate their efforts on making their landing pages and funnel work well within the AdWords targeting criteria limits. However, the device targeting limits of Enhanced Campaigns just inherently don't work for some business [...]


How To Drive PPC And SEO Synergy In Large Enterprises

I recently had a prospect ask me whether it's ideal to have one team handle both the SEO and PPC efforts for an enterprise. To a large degree, that depends on the capabilities of your in-house group or external agency -- world-class PPC and SEO advice seldom coincide with each other, and often one can be better off engaging a firm with deep expertise in a particular channel in order to "move the dial" for that channel. There are some areas where SEO and PPC efforts dovetail nicely; however, this doesn't mean the same person or the same team needs to manage both in order for an enterprise [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Start The New Year With A PPC Health Check: Part 1

health-computer-keyboard-featured As Group Head at a fast growing search agency, I've carried out hundreds of campaign checks over the years. In my contributions here, I'll be sharing my top tips on things to look out for when reviewing your own campaigns. Some of these things are obvious, while others might have slipped past you because you're not up to date on recent changes or are just too close to the day-to-day running of the campaign. It can be easy to just leave your campaign(s) running and not delve into the detail of things such as the settings of your campaign, especially if your campaign is performing well. But a [...]


Case Study: How Should You Be Using RLSAs?

RLSA Set Up If you were paying attention, you might recall that Google launched Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSAs) at the end of June this year. Now that we've had a few months of experimenting with how to best make use of this feature, we've managed to come to some interesting preliminary conclusions. First, let's revisit a couple of the basics: What Are RLSAs? RLSA campaigns use your remarketing lists to remarket to users on the Search Network. In layman's terms, if someone has been to your website before, you can now use RLSA to set up a separate strategy for targeting them on Google.com an [...]


How To Achieve ROI From Your B2B Content Strategy In 60 Days

content marketing cycle B2B firms are natural candidates for inbound marketing and content strategy campaigns. Many entrepreneurs believe that effective inbound marketing efforts require tens of thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and at least a year to get traction in the marketplace. However, with content marketing, it's possible to make a significant impact against specific metrics in a short period of time. Here's a plan that's achievable for any content marketer or entrepreneur at a B2B firm. If you're strategic, you can plan, develop, launch, and begin to reap the benefits of a content marketing campaig [...]


5 More Landing Pages Tests To Improve Performance

BLR Now that you've had a chance to implement 7 Landing Page Tests You Can Run Tomorrow, I have a few more weapons you can add to your SEM testing arsenal to improve landing page performance. 1. Don't Provide Too Many Options In the last 10 years, I've only seen a home page convert better than a specific landing page once. As a general rule of thumb, with PPC advertising, the best conversions come from driving people to very specific pages with limited options. The screenshot below is an example of a page that would lead to poor conversions. This page goes on and on with t-shirt options (for [...]


How to Automate AdWords Ad Creation & Landing Page Checks

Automating AdWords as much as possible is every advertiser’s dream, especially when dealing with the massive accounts we see in enterprise-level SEM. This article provides a few examples of how we at Top Tier Marketing have automated some of the more laborious tasks of running AdWords. Hopefully, these examples will give you some ideas for your own accounts. There’s even a full script that should work by simply copying it into your own account toward the end of this post.  Automate AdWords Ad Creation From Your Catalog [caption id="attachment_158965" align="alignright" width="212"] F [...]


4 Ways To Take Your AdWords Scripts To The Next Level

Last week, I presented at HeroConf in Austin and shared some advanced tips for automating AdWords account management with an audience of PPC account managers. They seemed to like what I had to say; so, I’ll share a few of the more advanced scripting tips with you here. When you manage PPC accounts, you likely experience at least one of these two frustrations: You know exactly what you should be doing, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it done You’ve bought a tool that automates AdWords account management, but you find yourself locked into a cookie-cutter solution t [...]


How Leveraging Data Quality In Google Shopping Can Increase Product Sales

I'm sure many of you are aware that Ad Rank in Google AdWords is derived from the price you are willing to pay (bid price) multiplied by relevance (Quality Score), along with other factors. This is an extremely profitable model for Google as the majority of its income is derived from advertising revenue. Since Google has a history of applying successful strategies to solve different problems, the use of Paid Inclusion was not unexpected when it introduced Google Shopping and Product Listing Ads (PLA). Retailers advertising in Google Shopping should know the definition of Google Product R [...]


How To Use Social Networks To Create Laser-Targeted B2B Advertising Campaigns

The bane of most search marketers’ existence is search query ambiguity. Is a user searching for [one night stand] interested in an illicit affair or a piece of antique oak furniture for his bedroom? Does the query [internet security] reflect the needs of a consumer fed up with viruses or a CIO looking for a $10 million enterprise solution? John Battelle has called a search engine a “database of intentions,” but that database is often fuzzy, to say the least. In many cases, it would be much easier for marketers to know who the user doing the search was, as opposed to for what they w [...]


7 Secrets For Dealing With Quality Score

I’m back to writing my own controversial thoughts this month; although, if you didn’t check out the interview I did last month with Andrew Goodman and Matt van Wagner, you should, those are smart guys. Since I was thinking about PPC and how incredibly mixed up and difficult it has become, it seemed like a good time to write about it. My team and I are trying to figure out ways to look at PPC campaigns differently, finding a way to automate some of the grunt work while still delivering great campaigns. I know everyone and their brother has done this, but we’re convinced we can do it [...]


7 Optimization Strategies For A Limited Daily Search Budget

No matter what level your paid search program is operating at, whether small business or enterprise, inevitably some campaigns will outgrow the daily budgets that were set to sustain them. Aggressive keyword expansion or increasing CPCs due to competition could be two contributing factors. Until these budgets can be expanded, your campaigns will be limited. Optimizing a campaign that’s limited by budget is one of the toughest tasks for a search marketer. A limited budget not only eliminates opportunities to expand on keywords and campaigns, but can hinder the execution of other crucial [...]


Remarketing As A Branding Tool For B2B

Branding in B2B search engine marketing is a constant topic for debate. All B2B marketers realize that online brand awareness and recognition is extremely important, and most marketers already promote their brand via PPC campaigns and organic optimization programs. To increase the effectiveness of your efforts, I also recommend implementing remarketing. A short B2B remarketing success story is given below. First, what is remarketing? Remarketing Defined Remarketing is a search advertising feature that allows business marketers to reach prospects who have previously visited your site, and [...]


Three Free Keyword Research Tools

One of the hardest things to do in keyword research is to uncover related keywords. With that in mind, the tools I’m reviewing today all help identify related keywords that you may want to search in more detail. These tools are not a substitute for detailed keyword research like I talked about in my first series of articles. Rather, they may help to either identify those keywords that are most important to your competitors, or help find obscure opportunities where there may be little search volume, but there is also little competition. All of the tools I reviewed for this article are [...]


Keyword Research Tool Review: Google AdWords

Keywords are important. I've heard from several potential clients recently who have talked to other "professionals" who told them keywords are no longer important for SEO, and that good content is all you really need. Here's the thing. Keywords are language. They'll always be important because words are how we communicate with each other. So until someone invents the microchip that can be implanted in your brain and read your thoughts without using words, you'll need to think about language in marketing. And I can only hope that those potential clients were told this by one seriously mis [...]


How To Use The Keyword Funnel To Understand Searcher Intent

Keyword research can give you great insight into customer problems, needs, desires, and intent.I like to categorize keyword categories themselves into a total of *ten* funnel stages. After performing my initial keyword categorization (sort of into micro-categories), I like to categorize the categories themselves into a total of *ten* funnel stages I’ve developed, which are organized around a “problem/solution” mental model.


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