Disambiguation: Microsoft adCenter was previously branded MSN adCenter. Microsoft has since then combined advertising networks with Yahoo! to form a new advertising platform, Yahoo! Bing Network, to serve Bing Ads.
Microsoft Ad Best Practices
- Ensure a high degree of relevancy between each keyword and its corresponding ad and landing page. The best way to achieve this is by grouping keywords by relevance from the get-go.
- Create small keyword groups (the Microsoft adCenter blog recommends groups of 20 or fewer keywords).
- Do your research: At the very least, use a basic keyword research tool like WordStream's embedded Google keyword tool, so you know you're bidding on relevant terms.
- Include keywords in the titles of your text ads.
- Include several versions of the ad for each ad group for testing; this way you can discover the wording that captures the most clicks.
- Add and update negatives: Strong use of negative keywords means you can employ the broad match type to it best effect.
- Use deep links as your destination URLs; these are more likely to be targeted to specific keywords than a home page or broad index page.
In addition, you should be aware of a few differences between adCenter and other paid search marketing platforms:
- In adCenter, you can increase your bid for certain demographics. For example, you can raise your bid by up to 100% for women between the ages of 50 and 70. Your ad will still display for other demographics, but you may get more impressions and better ad positions for that demographic. This is useful if you determine that a certain demographic is more likely to convert.
- The ad approval process can be more stringent in adCenter, so be sure that your ad is not only highly relevant to the keyword and landing page, but also free of grammar and spelling errors. Don't over-punctuate or use phrases like "Click here!"
- It's been noted that conversion rates on adCenter tend to be higher than for AdWords or YSM. However, total number of impressions and traffic generated may be lower.
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More adCenter Resources
adCenter Learning Tutorial - A step-by-step guide to creating an account on the Yahoo! Bing Network.
Learn How adCenter Quality Score Works - Did you know that adCenter Quality Score doesn't impact your cost per click, ad rank, ad position, or even keyword eligibility?! Find out what you should do when you get a low adCenter Quality Score.
How adCenter Negative Keywords Work - There are nuances between how adCenter treats negative keywords compared to how Google treats negative keywords. If your ads are not showing up properly on the Yahoo! Bing Network, this is one area you will want to look into.
How Match Types Work in adCenter - Unlike its more popular big cousin Google, match types work differently on the Yahoo! Bing Network.
How to Optimize Your adCenter Ads - We've gathered some of the most common ad copy mistakes seen on the the Yahoo! Bing Network.
Exporting in Microsoft adCenter Format - In this tutorial, learn how to export your keywords, ad campaigns, and ad groups from the WordStream system in Microsoft adCenter format so you can quickly push your changes to your adCenter account.
How Bing PPC is Different From Google PPC - On a macro level, there are many differences, and hence opportunities, to advertise on Bing when comparing options to Google PPC.
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