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Help, Viral Searches Killed My PPC! 5 Tips for Detecting Unrelated Search Queries Early

In the past, Erin covered how celebrity-related keywords can screw up your traffic: Help, My Search Query Report Has Bieber Fever! Now I would like to talk about new queries which can appear instantly because of new viral content and interfere with your existing PPC campaigns.Last year, a Denham Springs woman set up a “middle finger” made of Christmas lights on her roof to upset neighbors.

(NSFW?!) Of course the media attention as well as the offensive Christmas lights disappointed some residents in Denham Springs, but companies who sell Christmas lights and run PPC campaigns on Google and Bing were furious about unrelated queries popping up during the busiest time of the year.Those advertisers who worked hard on their negative keywords weren’t able to predict a query like “middle ... > Read more

April 23, 2013     |   Written by: Sergey Rusak   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 5

What PPC Account Managers Say They Do vs. What They Really Do

Over 10 years ago I fell in love with PPC because it was the most measurable and optimizable marketing channel.If a keyword wasn’t working out, no problem! I could change the ad, or optimize the bids, or chose entirely different keywords. I could measure and optimize anything and everything, which enabled me to create very sophisticated and profitable paid search campaigns.

Yet as PPC has become more and powerful and thus more optimizable, sadly, the average AdWords account manager is optimizing less stuff in their account – to the point where I believe that today, most AdWords accounts are dying of neglect.Very low PPC account optimization activity means that many advertisers are missing out on what I believe to be the best part of PPC. Should you be concerned?Exhibit A: Self-Reported ... > Read more

April 11, 2013     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 4

What's the Best Ad Position in PPC? (Hint: Not Always #1)

#1 Is the Best Ad Position! … Or Is It?A common assumption about paid search is that position #1 is the ultimate goal. Advertisers clamber over each other to ensure their ads make it into the top position, because they think that’s what’s necessary to be successful for their campaigns.However, I’d like to go on the record and make a bold statement: Position #1 isn’t always going to be the best ad position for your business.

Yes, while position #1 certainly can’t hurt from an impression/visibility standpoint, it might not be the optimal position from a conversion/ROI standpoint. Google’s bid auction ensures that the higher you bid, the more likely you are to appear in a higher position. (Notice I said more likely, not guaranteed – the Quality Score system offers discounts fo... > Read more

April 10, 2013     |   Written by: Billy McCaffrey   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 5

Mobile Ad Format Pros and Cons: Where to Invest a Limited Ad Budget

As new digital ad formats surface in the industry, advertisers must adapt to the trends and evaluate new media channels to work into their budgets. The biggest issue with this is, what if there is no increase in budget quarter over quarter, year over year? Is there a way to still capture profitable traffic without breaking the bank?Mobile ads already have a handful of ad formats that can be tested out, but can they be optimized? How will mobile search ads perform over mobile display ads? Mobile in-app ad inventory is widely available, but will they work for your audience? How will mobile run video ad networks? How will an offer wall perform compared to an in-app banner ad?With so many mobile ad options to choose from, this blog post will focus on which mobile ad formats are best used for l... > Read more

April 03, 2013     |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 0

The PPC Toolbox, Part 2: Competitive Research, Landing Page Creation, & Other Helpful Tools

Yesterday, I shared a number of different PPC tools that will help with building and tracking performance in your account. This time around, I have a few new tools and sites that will help you check some performance statistics of your competition and see how you compare to them. I am also sharing a few tools that I have found myself needing quite a bit when managing my accounts and working with various clients.

PPC Competitor AnalysisSpyFu: SpyFu allows you to do in-depth research on competitors and see what keywords they are bidding on, as well as ad history, average position, and potential daily spend ranges. Whether you want to do in-depth research on a specific competitor or to see everyone that’s bidding on your top keywords, SpyFu lets you do it all. It offers a free version which a... > Read more

March 26, 2013     |   Written by: Randi Lucius   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 4

Five Reasons to Bid on Branded Terms in PPC

 Anyone who manages a PPC account is perpetually on the lookout for a “secret weapon” to boost their performance. As a Customer Success Rep at WordStream, I have consulted for (what feels like) almost every type of account imaginable. Usually, my suggestions differ based on each individual client, but there is one foolproof recommendation that benefits just about everyone: bid on your branded terms.

OK, I know it sounds crazy. You’re probably thinking, why bother spending money on branded terms that are already triggering organic listings? (That’s what eBay recently decided, but we’re not sure their SEM managers are quite up to snuff...) Or you may be worried that paid search ads will cannibalize your organic traffic. However, Google has conducted studies that show this isn... > Read more

March 19, 2013     |   Written by: Erin Sagin   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 10

Why Your Click-Through Rates Suck

“Awesome! I have 300,000 impressions …. why is my CTR so low?”OK, the title of this post is a little harsh, but the importance of click-through rates to CPC campaigns has been well documented. So take a second and look at your account. Do you see that you have thousands of impressions and a few clicks with great conversion rates? I can assure you that you are not alone.

There are a few things you can do that can help you turn that frown upside down. :DSeparate Search vs. DisplayThe first thing I always look for when diagnosing why a campaign has a low CTR is network targeting. It is always a best practice to separate your campaigns by network. That means having one campaign set to search (and search partners) while having another set to target only display. I won’t go into detail o... > Read more

March 13, 2013     |   Written by: Ben Cohen   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 3

Five Big Ongoing/Upcoming Shifts in Paid Search for 2013

 As a paid search account manager, you try to stay as ahead of the curve as much as possible. For full-time account managers, the fast-paced environment of paid search can be exciting, but for many people it can be exhausting trying to keep up. That being said, I wanted to share with you what I believe are five big upcoming changes in paid search in the upcoming year.

Shopping FeedsGoogle Shopping, originally known as Froogle, has taken on many updates since its inception in 2002, when Google began allowing e-commerce advertisers to link their database of inventory in an online marketplace alongside other advertisers. Froogle’s rise was swift as it was the first major comparison shopping network to offer placement for free. Froogle’s growth continued alongside Google AdWords until ... > Read more

March 12, 2013     |   Written by: Nick Weidman   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 5

Keep it Simple, Stupid Part 2: Simplifying PPC Management for Multiple Accounts

Recently Randi talked about the importance of keeping your landing pages clean and simple. She opened with a quote from her geometry teacher.I guess everyone had a high school teacher whose favorite motto was KISS, because one day in sophomore biology Mr. Burton stopped the class after not getting the answer he wanted from five consecutive students and decided to lecture us on keeping it simple.

Now, I don’t really remember what we spoke about that day—or much biology for that matter—but after he repeatedly drilled “Keep it simple (stupid)” into our heads, it has remained a staple in all aspects of everything I do—especially paid search.Simplifying Day-to-Day PPC Task ManagementThe first thing I do every day is prioritize my task list. Whether you’re managing multiple account... > Read more

March 11, 2013     |   Written by: Rich Griffin   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 8

I’m Speaking at SMX West!

What’s better than learning the latest search marketing strategies and insider tips on WordStream’s online blog? Hearing it all live, in person! If you’re getting goose bumps at the thought, it’s time to book your plane ticket.I’ll be speaking at the Search Marketing Expo West in San Jose, CA.

The event runs from March 11-13, 2013, and will be packed with over 50 panels and discussions detailing everything you ever wanted to know about search marketing.My session will be in a debate about pay-per-click marketing, entitled: “Forget What You Know About PPC – Best Practices Debate.” Speakers will engage in lively discourse over the value of Quality Score, the legitimacy of narrowly targeted landing pages, and much more. The truth is out there. At SMX West.I’ll also be the Q&... > Read more

February 14, 2013     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 0
 
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