Pulling Ads from Google: Smart Move or PR Stunt?

On March 31, 2017
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Recent headlines and Tweetstorms about Google ads—specifically ads on the Display Network and YouTube—appearing alongside potentially offensive domains or videos have caused an increasing number of globally recognized brands to pull their whole Google advertising budget. Take Pepsi, the latest domino to fall, for example; they “just pulled all ads from Google and YouTube.”

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While this creates the illusion that these brands are doing “the right thing,” it’s little more than an ill-informed, feel-good PR stunt.

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ETA (and More) Coming to Dynamic Search Ads

On March 28, 2017
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Still mourning Exact Match Keywords?

Maybe the changes to Dynamic Search Ads, announced earlier today, will lift your PPC spirits.

While fundamental best practices remain the same (leverage the hell out of negative keywords to avoid cannibalizing search campaigns; combine with RLSA to enrich your remarketing strategy; only bid manually), Google has made three significant alteration to DSA, all of which could have a profound impact on your account performance.

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Google Retiring Converted Clicks – How Will You Measure Conversions Now?

On August 11, 2016
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Google recently announced one more major change – AdWords has outgrown the “converted click” metric it’s been using for the past 15 years and advertisers will not be able to measure converted clicks after September. Advertisers will have to use the more sophisticated, albeit sometimes more confusing “conversions” metric moving forward.

Google justified this change in the important optimization metric by explaining that when converted clicks were introduced in 2001, it was the most rudimentary way to measure if a user had taken any meaningful action after clicking on an ad. As advertisers and Google became more mature and sophisticated with their conversion tracking, the converted clicks metric became increasingly irrelevant and its limitations more noticeable.

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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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A Sneak Preview of the New AdWords Interface

On May 25, 2016
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I was at the Google Performance Summit this week and in addition to learning about all the new changes and features coming to AdWords soon, I got a chance to try out the new AdWords interface coming in 2017, which isn’t even available in beta yet.

At the Summit, Google had it running on a bunch of demo-pods and you could ask the product managers questions. Right now it’s literally about half built – areas like opportunities, the shared library, etc. haven’t been implemented yet (clicking on them triggers a “coming soon” image).

However, there’s enough built to get an overall feel for how the new system works, and in this post I’ll give you a quick overview of the new AdWords interface along with my first impressions.

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5 BIG Changes Coming to AdWords: Everything You Need to Know

On May 24, 2016
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For a few years now Google has been making big announcements in the spring, and they’ve usually revolved around mobile – in 2013, there was the announcement of Enhanced Campaigns, which did away with the old best practice of creating separate desktop and mobile campaigns. Every year since then we’ve gotten more and more mobile ad types and features, and this year is no different.

Google continues to emphasize mobile-first, which means that the look of the SERP is changing in ways that favor the mobile experience. Of course, paid ads need to adapt to the mobile-first world too, and today Google has announced some new and interesting changes to AdWords, rolling out over the next few months, that PPC marketers need to know about.

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