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21 Feb Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns: What You Need To Know

Google AdWordsGoogle has recently announced major changes to AdWords. The new enhanced campaigns will see the integration of mobile search and desktop search. This is Google’s first step in helping advertisers manage their ad campaigns in a multi-device world.

A recent study found that 90% of multi-device consumers move between several different devices to accomplish a task. AdWords has previously been used to target mainly desktops devices, but with the advancement of new devices, such as tablets and smartphones the new enhanced campaigns will target both desktop devices and mobile devices in one campaign.

The enhanced campaigns will be optional for all advertisers, until late June, when all campaigns will automatically be upgraded.

The new enhanced campaigns have three major features:

Management of Campaign and Budget: With smartphones constantly coming down in price, it’s no wonder that nearly half of all searches are performed using smartphones, and this will only increase over the next few years. Google has taken note of this data to help advertisers target customers more relevantly. With bid adjustments, using just a single campaign, advertisers will be able manage their bids for different devices, locations and time of day.

Example: A cafe serving breakfast may want to target people nearby searching for “Breakfast” on a smartphone. With bid adjustments, advertisers have the ability to bid higher for people located nearby, and for those using smartphones. The cafe could also choose to bid lower after they stop serving breakfast.

Bid adjustments will be found in the campaigns settings tab.

Context Based Ads: People using a smartphone may be looking for something different, than if they were using a desktop computer. Context based ads allows you to show ads across different devices with the correct text, sitelink or app. This can all be achieved with just one campaign – rather than having to edit each campaign for different locations, times of day and devices.

Example: Certain companies may have both a physical store and a website. With the new enhanced campaigns, the company could show ads with click-to-call and apps downloads for people searching with a smartphone. The company could then choose to display an ad for their website for customers searching with a PC.

Ads based on context will be a type of ad selection in AdWords.

New conversion types: Before enhanced campaigns, advertisers have been unable to easily measure mobile campaigns. With the new AdWords reports, advertisers will now be able to determine how many times an ad has converted into an app download or phone call.

Example: Click-to-call phones calls of 60 seconds or more will be counted as a conversion in the new AdWords reports. This can then be used to compare against other conversions, such as sales and downloads.

This feature will be an additional column as a conversion in reporting.

Cross device tracking, a new feature from Google, will allow advertisers to see how mobile searchers drive desktop searches, downloads, purchases, etc. It will also show how desktop searchers drive mobile searches.

Will the New Enhanced Campaigns Affect your Current Campaigns?

Most likely, yes. Firstly, the new mobile changes coming to Google’s mobile search will no longer make tablet targeting optional. You will still have the option to not appear on mobile by setting mobile bids to -100% of the desktop bids.

Your upgrade path will vary depending on how you currently run your campaign:

  • If you’ve yet to separate your desktop and mobile advertising, then the only thing you’ll need to do is set your mobile bid adjustment factor
  • If your campaign is currently desktop-only, then it will automatically be upgraded to run on both desktop and mobile devices
  • If your campaign is currently mobile-only, then it will automatically be upgraded to run on both desktop and mobile devices
  • If you have made copies of the same campaign, to run on both desktop and mobile, you’ll need to merge these back together

The new enhanced campaigns should make AdWords easier to target users. The complexity of managing several different campaigns should now be easier to manage, as all changes will be made from just one campaign.

Google’s new enhanced campaigns will be available to advertisers in the next few weeks and are optional until the end of June, after that time all campaigns will automatically be upgraded.

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20 Aug Are You Addicted to AdWords?

Growing up I always knew that technology could be addicting. My mom would often kick us off the Sega and tell us to go play outside. Over time the games became more and more immersing. My freshman year of college I had a friend who would stay up all night (even right before big tests) playing Starcraft. Then there were the Golden Eye tournaments in my hall and eventually Halo came on the scene.

My aunt was convinced that Halo was the devil of games. She had seen “good kids” who stopped being productive with their lives and just played Halo instead. However, in talking to gamers, the ultimate in online addiction is World of Warcraft. Where Halo is the nicotine of online gaming, World of Warcraft is the crack cocaine. So how does this relate to online advertising? Let me explain.

AdWords Is A Drug

Caution: This statement has not been reviewed by the FDA.

  1. The first time is free – If you haven’t seen a free $50 or $25 AdWords offer online you must have been hiding under a rock. You’ve probably even tried it haven’t you?
  2. The high is immediate – As soon as you turn it on you start getting traffic. Immediate gratification at its finest.
  3. You keep wanting more – You get a few clicks that generates a sale or two. Now you need more clicks to keep the sales coming.
  4. If you stop, you crash – Think you can stop anytime? Go ahead … and watch your traffic and sales plummet.

So how addicted are you? Take this poll to find out:

If you said that over 60% of your traffic is from AdWords, you’re a hardcore addict. 41-60% makes you a heavy user. 21-40%, you could quit, but it would be tough. 0-20%, you’re still in the gateway stages.

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23 Jul Small Business PPC – Content Network (Part I)

Content Network Black Hole
Nothing strikes fear into the heart of PPC newbies quite like the content network – a mystical black hole that sucks in all advertisers who dare pass too closely. While true that many an advertiser has lost hundreds or thousands of dollars in the content network, if properly used the content network can provide cheaper clicks and cheaper conversions for your business.

Divide and Conquer

Step 1 for the beginning AdWords user is to create separate campaigns for the content network. There are three main reasons for this:

  1. Keywords: The content network is contextually-targeted. Ads are not triggered by the exact keywords you have in the campaign. Ads are triggered if Google feels the intent or context is similar to your keywords. Therefore, for content campaigns you should feel free to use competitive head terms like weight loss or divorce lawyer (whereas in your search campaigns you are likely using more specific terms like “weight loss after pregnancy” or “Los Angeles divorce lawyer”). This will get you loads of impressions, and hopefully clicks, quickly.
  2. Ad Copy: Ads showing in Google’s content network are alongside articles, blogs, etc. In search the user is looking for you. In the content network they are doing something else and you need to entice them to click on your ads. This important difference is why you should use different ad copy. For the content network you need more compelling copy that draws attention.
  3. Stats: Users aren’t looking for ads in the content network. Therefore you will get lower CTR in the content network. Don’t be alarmed, but keeping content and search separate will help you know just how big the difference is. The low CTR shouldn’t scare you though. The content network will get you far more impressions to make up for the low CTR and you should be able to convert the traffic as well, or better, than your search campaigns.

Now you know the basics for getting started, but how do you control the beast? That will be the topic of my next post. Tune in next Tuesday!

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21 Jul Top PPC Mistakes (via Twitter)

After reading the most recent State of the Twittersphere report I realized that I’m kind of a big deal (compared to the average Twitter user). Therefore, I asked my awesome followers to share their wisdom and asked “What is the #1 AdWords mistake made by small businesses?”

My contribution to the list would be the following:

Not testing on a consistent basis

Thank you to these guys for helping me out and if you take these points to heart you’ll avoid a lot of mistakes. Anything we missed?

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