AdWords Tips Posts from the Internet Marketing Blog
It’s no big secret that Google has been cracking down on ad disapprovals lately. The search powerhouse is becoming stricter in order to better regulate the quality of ads being shown to users. On the managed services team here at WordStream, we work with many accounts from various industries, and it seems that all industries are being affected.
Google is even digging into paused ads and flagging disapprovals.Why You Should Care About Ad DisapprovalsFor frequent, repeat offenders, Google is entitled to suspend your AdWords account. Obviously a suspended account means that ads are not being shown at all, so your company will see an overall decrease in leads and conversions.On another note, agencies should keep in mind that clients get the disapproval emails too. This can make the agency lo... > Read more
3…2…1...Who doesn’t love a countdown? Countdowns can be used at any time, whether it’s New Year’s Eve, a rocket launch, or you just want to get people excited for something that’s about to happen (unless it’s a choreographed dance you came up with at a family party). You can also tactically set up a countdown whenever you announce a release date for a product/service or an upcoming sale.
If you have set up an AdWords campaign around an upcoming sale – such as a site-wide “50% Off” sale or a holiday sale – and tried to reflect this in your ad copy. Sometimes a deal speaks for itself and you see results right away. But you also want to create a sense of urgency for consumers to purchase your goods. Up-to-date values in ad text can have an amazing impact for consumers whe... > Read more
Starting this blog post on Halloween took me back to the days of wandering up and down the streets of my childhood neighborhood. At the ages of 7,8, and 9 my neighbors and I were perfectly content with collecting Skittles, Starbursts, and giant candy bars from the house on the corner (that lady was the best), but as the years past we yearned for more.
We started branching out to the surrounding neighborhoods, even pleading with our parents to drive us to houses past walking distance. We graduated from small plastic pumpkin bowls to oversized pillow cases to accommodate the massive amount of sugary heaven we anticipated collecting.Image via Andre CThis is typically how advertisers feel when they hit a wall with search. Similar to a child’s need to branch out of their neighborhood on Hallo... > Read more
Many things that seem too good to be true actually are. Candy corn flavored Oreo’s, Pop Rocks martinis, and classifying pizza as a serving of vegetables are a few such things that could make the long list. One more to add to that list would be AdWords Automatic Bidding.I recently shared some tips for switching from automatic bidding to manual bidding.
In this post, I’ll explain why you might want to do that. Some smaller advertisers with severely limited time might find comfort and see moderate results in the “set-it-and-forget-it” characteristics of Automatic Bidding. However, if you’re looking to optimize beyond the basics, there are five specific things to consider before choosing between Automatic vs. Manual Bidding:#1: Impression ShareJust because you’re bidding on a parti... > Read more
New England can be a fabulous home for adventure. A recent weekend included a kayaking excursion on the open ocean, bouncing from island to island off the coast of Portland, Maine. In such an environment, kayaks can be tricky things to control. Abrupt changes in wind, spontaneous large waves from the intersecting boating lanes, and the general instability of the craft can make for a challenging experience.
Yet this tandem craft was equipped with an extra device for control: a rudder. This small feature enabled you to agilely control the entire vessel with the slightest adjustment on its petals. This made it possible to shift quickly for waves approaching the boat, gently banking into the shore, and ultimately getting where we wanted to go in the shortest time.You’ve probably realized at ... > Read more
Google AdWords is a seriously powerful, dynamic online advertising platform, yet few users ever even begin to reach their full potential within the service. Google is constantly updating AdWords, adding new features, killing off ones that don't work, and changing the way features function, thousands of times a year.
It's no wonder marketers can't keep up! Thanks to this ever-changing nature of AdWords, there are some really significant features that hardly get any play at all. However, these underused features can have a serious impact on your PPC performance.If you want to really bury the competition, you have to move beyond the AdWords basics and get creative. I went searching for the AdWords features with the lowest adoption – we're talking under 10% – that have the greatest potentia... > Read more
To be successful in any type of advertising, whether it be digital, radio, or out-of-home, you must keep tabs on your competitors and their tactics. If they are advertising on the subway, chances are you should be too. Likewise, if they are targeting a specific keyword in PPC, so should you.Via PaulThere are a lot of free benchmarks for data available to all AdWords users.
Here are four of my favorite tools for analyzing your AdWords competition.Auction InsightsThe Auction Insights report allows you to look at who else is bidding on your keywords. You can see impression shares, average position, overlap rate, position above rate, and top of page rate that each competitor has on a particular keyword. With this information, you can effectively better manage your own bids in comparison to who... > Read more
When it comes to thought leadership in the digital marketing space, there is certainly no shortage of material out there. Not only are there numerous publications dedicated to providing new insights and guidance to marketers, but most agencies are also generating content. With each of these groups pumping out multiple articles a week, the internet is flooded with AdWords advice.
At this point, it feels as though the web is oversaturated with digital marketers’ blogposts, whitepapers, cheat sheets…the whole nine yards. And what’s worse is that nearly every article holds the promise of a “magical solution” or a “secret sauce” to help you beat out the competition or double your ROI. When I first started working in paid search, I read this content religiously and yes, I drank the ... > Read more
Have you ever noticed that Google loves experimenting with different ad variations in the SERPs? Usually these tests are impromptu and short-lived, but Google recently announced a new mobile ad format that is here to stay. Here are the details you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.The New Mobile Ad Format: What’s Changing?As of last month, Google began displaying ads in the mobile search results pages in which ad extensions are substituted in place of the second line of ad text.
Check out the example that they published below. As you can see, the new mobile ad format lost the second line of text and now includes a location extension in its place.Don’t worry, Google won’t be scrapping their standard mobile text ad format completely – they’ll be serving both versions at their... > Read more
As marketers, we know all too well that not all clicks are created equal. Not every ad impression will truly leave an impression and not all visitors to our site will convert. That’s why it’s important to know your target market and understand how to cater to your key demographics.Advertisers on the Google Display Network have the ability to view their performance by a user’s gender, age range, or, starting recently, parental status.
And while this was great insight into whom we were reaching with our ads, we were limited to view our demographic performance by only one demographic at a time. Complex decisions, like deciding whether you wanted to cater your campaign to target younger mothers (with presumably younger children) or older bachelors, are difficult when you can only view on... > Read more