RKG: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs; Smartphones Drove Just 7 Percent Of Spend

RKG Paid Search Spend US Q1 2014 RKG is out with its first quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing US paid search spend increased 17 percent year-over-year. This echoes positive Q1 global growth trends reported by Covario (25 percent) and IgnitionOne (8 percent). Mobile devices and product listing ads (PLAs) both drove growth. Paid search spend growth slowed slightly after the holiday-fueled Q4, which saw 19 percent year-over-year growth. Clicks rose 11 percent, while CPCs were up 6 percent compared to the previous year. Google's growth trends reflect those of the overall market, with year-over-year growth slowi [...]


Google Adds Shopping Campaigns Features, Says Regular PLA Campaigns To Sunset In August 2014

google-shopping-products-featured Google introduced Shopping campaigns to all advertisers running Product Listing Ads (PLAs) in February as a way to simplify PLA set up and management. Today, Google announced some new features that have been rolling out in response to advertiser feedback, and they laid out the succession plan for Shopping campaigns to take over legacy PLA campaigns. Probably the most requested change is the addition of multiple ad groups. When Shopping campaigns debuted, campaigns consisted of just one ad group, which many advertisers found limiting. Retailers can now set up multiple ad groups within a Shoppi [...]


Bing Ads Launches Product Ads In U.S., Mobile Version Now In Beta

bing-ads-600 After months of testing, Product Ads are now available through Bing Ads in the U.S. Like AdWords Product Listing Ads (PLA), Bing's version are powered by merchant product feeds. The ads display on the Yahoo Bing Network for commerce-related searches and feature a product image, title, price and merchant name. Also similar to the Google process, advertisers first set up Bing Merchant Center Store accounts and upload their product catalogs. From there, advertisers can create a Product Ads campaign in Bing Ads. Advertisers already running PLA campaigns on AdWords can use the Import From Goo [...]


Google Testing New Sponsored Shopping Boxes, With 3D View

google-shopping-panel-nest-cropped Google continues to experiment with Google Shopping displays beyond the traditional thumbnail box panel of Product Listing Ads. This latest version is larger than the sponsored result spotted earlier this month for the book "Don't Make Me Think". Found by Twitter user Britney Muller of Pryde Marketing, the sponsored result for "Nest thermostats" -- now owned by Google -- incorporates Google Shopping's 3D product view. The result presents information from Google Shopping including a list of merchants with prices, product details and reviews all in one box in the search result. Clickin [...]


Google Stepping Up Merchant Feed Enforcement

google-police-600 Got some slop in your Google product feed? Now's the time to revisit all those pesky identifiers and tidy things up. Google is upping its enforcement of product feeds in Google Merchant Center again. Google began this process last year by disapproving products without unique product identifiers such as GTIN (which also must be conform to standard specifications), MPN and brand and demoting products with incorrect usage of the identifier_exists attribute. The identifier_exists attribute was added last year for merchants selling custom goods that don't have unique identifiers like brand na [...]


AdWords API For New Google Shopping Campaigns Now Available

Google Shopping Campaigns global launch Google has launched the API for the new Google Shopping Campaign type for managing product listing ads (PLAs). The API is available to agencies and third-party platforms to facilitate large-scale implementations. Google Shopping Campaigns came out of beta last month and are available globally. The new campaign type is meant to make the process of setting up and managing product listing ads easier by giving users more access to the information in Google Merchant product feeds without having to access Google Merchant Center directly. Google has also said a bid simulator is on the horizon f [...]


Go Deep: Product Listing Ad Campaigns That Just Focus On Top Sellers Get Short Changed [Study]

Google shopping PLAs Is there a long tail in PLAs? Does it pay off for retailers to advertise all of their products in their Google product listing ad (PLA) campaigns? Or should they stay focused on top sellers and high margin items? Sitting on a trove of data from large scale Google Shopping campaigns, a team at PLA management platform Adchemy decided to dig in to see if advertisers really do benefit from a long tail effect -- small volume conversions across a large number of products -- when they advertise their entire catalogs in PLAs. What they found: SKUs with just one conversion in Q4 2013 accounted fo [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Marin: 40 Percent Of Google PLA Clicks To Come From Smartphones By Dec 2014

google-shopping-products-featured By now it's clear that retailers made record investments in Google product listing ads (PLAs) in Q4 2013, as reports from Covario, RKG and IgnitionOne have each shown. Today, Marin Software released its own findings which reinforce the general consensus that PLA performance this past holiday season will set the trend for 2014. Marin also sees smartphones playing a greater role in PLA performance in 2014. "As mobile shoppers utilize Google Shopping more in-store and on-the-go, we expect these holiday CTR trends to continue in 2014," Marin projects in the new The State of Google Shopping repo [...]


RKG Report: PLAs Fuel AdWords Growth, Bing Ads Spend Rises Sharply In Q4

Paid Search Growth Q4 2013 RKG RKG has released its Q4 2013 Digital Marketing Report, and as other reports have indicated, paid search saw solid year-over-year growth in the holiday quarter. Paid search spend among RKG's retail-heavy client set rose 23 percent year-over-year. Overall click volume increased 19 percent, and CPCs ticked up just 3 percent.   Google Brand CPCs Fall On Ad Rank Change, Non-Brand CPCs Fueled By PLAs Google paid search spending grew 19 percent year-over-year in Q4, with paid clicks rising 15 percent. Google CPCs also rose just 3 percent. Non-brand CPCs, however, rose 6 percent year [...]


Google PLAs May Be Bigger And Better Than You Think

paid-search-ppc-featured As someone responsible for compiling, analyzing and putting narratives to raw marketing data, I spend a good portion of my time reviewing similar material from other sources in our industry. This is helpful for generating new ideas for analyses and serves as a basic sanity check of the results we are finding at RKG. On occasion, I'll find that the numbers we are seeing on a given issue seem to lie outside the norms, and it can be a challenge to determine exactly why, given the limited context that comes with many industry reports. A prominent example of this has been with Google's Produc [...]


Report: US Search Ad Spend Rises 12 Percent YoY In Q4 2013; Smartphone CPCs Drop

IgnitionOne Tablet Smartphone Performance Q4 2013 IgnitionOne released its fourth quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing that the paid search market in the US continues to grow. Search ad spend rose 12 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013. In part as a result of the later kick-off to the holiday shopping season this year, December ad spending was up a significant 27 percent over 2012. Though overall ad impressions fell 16 percent year-over-year, clicks rose 5 percent and click-through rates jumped 25 percent in Q4.  IgnitionOne posits lower impressions are a result of "top of page innovations" including new ad ext [...]


Report: Google PLAs Deliver 4X Revenue Lift For Retailers In Early Holiday Season

google-shopping-products-featured It's probably not too surprising to hear that retailers have doubled their year-over-year spend on Google product listing ads this holiday season thus far. After all, the paid format of Google Shopping had just rolled out in the fall of 2012. What is stunning, however, is the four-fold increase in revenue that retailers have realized from PLAs versus 2012, according to a holiday retail report from Kenshoo out this week.   ROAS reached $8.62 in the 26 days ending with Cyber Monday that were analyzed for the study. Yes, PLAs delivered a nearly 9 to one return on investment in the [...]


Consumer Watchdog Says Google Shopping Costs Consumers, Complains To FTC

perfume-google-shopping-product-listing-ads Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google's "search monopoly" with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don't pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads "deceptive and unfair", adding that Google Shopping's paid listings are price gouging consumers. In addition to competing shopping engines being shut out of top listings, consumers are "actually being harmed because the featured results from Google Shopping more often than not return higher prices than can be found elsewhere,” w [...]


Google Launches Shopping Campaigns To Ease PLA Management

google shopping While Google's switch to paid Product Listing Ads for Google Shopping has proven wildly successful, growth has likely been hindered by the fact that setting up and managing Product Listing Ad campaigns for Google Shopping has been plagued with complexity. Today, Google announced a new campaign type called Shopping Campaigns designed to  make it easier for advertisers to manage PLAs. The key feature in Shopping campaigns is that feed data will now be visible from within AdWords, rather than being walled off in Google Merchant Center. You'll be able to see attributes in your Google Merchant [...]


Google Launches Expanded AdWords PLAs On Mobile Devices

google-shopping-products-featured Google rolled out product listing ads (PLAs) on mobile devices in March. Now the company has launched an updated display for PLAs on smartphones that allows more products to be displayed from the search results page. Users can swipe to see more PLAs from their smartphones. Google also enlarged the product images and product titles for mobile PLAs. According to Google, early tests of the updated view have shown to drive more traffic to retailers. [...]


Local Google Shopping PLAs And Local Storefronts Roll Out To Limited Set Of Retailers

google-shopping-featured Today, Google is making public what several speakers at SMX East alluded to last week: local availability for Product Listing Ads. The latest iteration of Google's wildly successful Product Listing Ads, which will be referred to simply "Local PLAs" in this article, are currently available to a select set of US based retailers such as REI and Sephora. When users click on a Local PLA, they are taken to a local storefront -- yet another new feature -- which includes product detail and availability, related items available in that location, store hours and directions and other typical Google Pl [...]


A PLA Investigation:The Case Of The Hot Pink Wedge Pump

womens_pumps The takeover of the formerly-free Google Shopping by Product Listing Ads (PLAs) is less than a year old. With any new online marketing channel, you would expect some kinks in the system -- i.e., some idiosyncratic behavior that is unexpected -- and PLAs are no exception. This article delves into a very specific problem within an actual campaign of a marketer that was using Adchemy software to manage their PLA campaigns. (Specific product brands, store name and campaign results have been disguised.) This problem may seem very esoteric at first, but if you look closely, chances are the same [...]


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