Yesterday on the Official AdWords Blog, Google announced a few new features targeted directly to the fast-growing mobile search arena. I’ll give you my 2 cents and then you can go and read full post.
Target by Device & Target by Carrier
You want granular, you got it! Targeting by device will allow PPC advertisers to customize copy, landing pages and offers specifically to the device. If you’re running serious mobile campaigns this is going to be a boon. And can’t you just hear the mobile execs pulling their hair out because of carrier-specific targeting? Yep, now Verizon can run ads that only target AT&T users and vice versa. There is already a price war brewing and Google just handed both parties a bazooka.
Direct App Downloads
Have an app to sell? This will make your life so much easier. If you’re advertising for iPhone or Android apps just use the URL for the app store and Google will automatically put a “Download App” link. No more worrying about losing people on a landing page. Just 1 step and they’ve got your app in their hot little hands.
To fully paint the picture, imagine this scenario:
Your company develops iPhone apps and you just developed and app that increases your gas mileage (everyone is gonna want this). For the US you can set your device targeting to iPhone/iPod Touch to prevent bogus impressions and clicks from lowly Android and Palm OS users. You then target AT&T and Boom! Each click is going straight to the App Store so you’ll get insane conversion rates.
How else could this be used? I’d especially encourage any international ramifications if you’re out of the US.