How SaaS Startups Should Be Using AdWords

On June 15, 2016
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If you run a SaaS startup, Google AdWords could be the greatest customer acquisition platform you’ve never tried.

Buying ad space for SaaS software can seem intimidating. CPC bids for most software-related keywords are expensive – in some cases, as much as $100. As a SaaS startup with limited capital and little data on how much each user is worth to you, it can seem impossible to launch and optimize a profitable AdWords campaign.

AdWords for SaaS startups

Over time, however, AdWords can grow into a seriously powerful customer acquisition tool for your SaaS startup.

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Is Bing Ads Ready for the #GoogleSummit Changes?

On June 14, 2016
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There’s no doubt about it, Bing Ads and AdWords have a tenuous relationship. In some ways, they’re competitors, vying for marketers to pour more advertising dollars into their respective networks. Yet, they’re also partners of sorts, working together to shape the future of digital advertising.

Lucky for SEMs, these ad management platforms have become increasingly similar throughout the past few years, making it easier for us to serve ads through both. In fact, they’re so closely aligned that many advertisers execute the same strategies on both networks. Some even duplicate their AdWords campaigns and upload them directly into the Bing Ads interface.

Of course, when either of these platforms launches a major change, this symbiotic relationship is at risk.expanded text ads

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7 Things Marketers Need to Know About AdWords Store Visit Conversions

On June 14, 2016
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E-commerce sales totaled more than $341 billion in 2015. That's huge. But amazingly, 90 percent of sales still happen in stores, not online, according to Google.

That's why AdWords introduced the in-store visits metric in 2014. The consumer purchase journey is now more complex than ever – and Google wanted to create a way businesses could understand how much in-store foot traffic their location-based PPC ads were driving.

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If you’re a local business, the combination of new Google Maps Local Search ads and in-store conversions will be an absolutely killer combination.

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5 Perilous Mistakes That Will Destroy Your PPC Budget

On June 13, 2016
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5 mistakes that will destroy your budget

If you’re not careful, your PPC budget can disappear at the blink of an eye. Here at WordStream HQ, we’ve inherited hundreds of accounts that have fallen into these perilous, money-wasting traps. Here are the five craziest real-world scenarios our account management team has encountered, with tips on how avoid them in your accounts!

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7 Strategies for High-Converting Landing Pages

On June 10, 2016
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We’ve covered the basics for landing pages many times here at WordStream, from our favorite landing page tips and tricks to the best landing page tools you can use to amplify your landing page performance. However, today I’d like to take a look at some landing page strategies that go beyond the basics, so you can take your landing pages to a new level of conversion power.

These real-world examples should provide a spark that you can employ in your own landing page optimization efforts to get significantly higher conversion rates.

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9 Mistakes that Sabotage Your Ads (And How to Fix Them)

On June 9, 2016
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People tend to believe that their competition is their greatest threat, especially in zero-sum, auction-based online ad platforms where the price is generally driven up by the amount of competition you face.

But that’s not entirely true.

After all, the competition isn’t responsible for your high cost-per-lead. Your ineffective headline is. And your overly general, clichéd copy, your uninspiring images, and your misuse of calls to action.

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Easy Guide to Hero Images: How to Look Good & Get the Clicks

On June 7, 2016
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I have a confession: I fall for clickbait. As I scroll through social media, I fall into the rabbit hole of silly articles— “Have you ever seen a one-day old baby otter?” No, but I’m about to—which always lead to more articles and videos of late-night comedians, small animals, or delicious food.

But I have my limits! When I click through an article, I can tell as soon as I land on the page if I am in no-man’s-land. Looking at the image and copy at the top of the page, I can tell if this is what I really want, and I navigate away immediately if it looks shady.

The importance of that hero image with copy or a call to action is so important! Here I have compiled best practices and examples of how to make your hero images pretty and entice your audience.  

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19 Super-Creative Local Marketing Ideas

On June 6, 2016
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Effective local marketing is a beautiful mix of search engine optimization, pay-per-click marketing, content marketing, and social media advertising.

Local business owners know digital marketing is critical. Unfortunately, many fail because they cannot maintain consistency or because they run out of ideas.

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Regardless of your experience level, this big list of 19 local marketing ideas will take you from local marketing rookie to the local marketing legend your mom always believed you were.

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Learn the Top Social Ads Hacks of All Time with WordStream at SocialPro

On June 3, 2016
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Social advertising is far easier to prove value than organic social, thanks to robust reporting tools. But even so, most marketers are just stuck in the middle of the pack, seeing average results, and unable to make meaningful improvements in their social ad performance.

That’s why I’m sharing my Top 10 Social Media Advertising Hacks of All Time with attendees at Marketing Land’s epic SocialPro conference in Seattle.

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