Posted by: Stacey Cosens

Posted on: April 25, 2013 4:42 pm

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It wasn’t too long ago that AdWords introduced Enhanced Campaigns, allowing marketers to target their campaigns more accordingly. Their aim? For advertisers to be able to target people based on the time of the day, location and device they’re using.

Now they’ve introduced an upgrade centre alongside to make upgrading easier for marketers with lots of campaigns to manage. Users will be able to upgrade several campaigns at a time, or merge campaigns in a few steps.

The new centre will allow marketers two options for using the upgrade centre.

Google explains:

“1. Bulk upgrade

This option provides a fast way to upgrade multiple campaigns that don’t need to be merged. Rather than upgrade campaigns one at a time, you can select several campaigns, choose a mobile bid adjustment, view traffic estimates, and upgrade with fewer clicks.

2. Merge and upgrade

If you have search-only or search+display campaigns that have similar keywords and location targets, the upgrade center automatically identifies them as candidates to merge. You’ll then be able to preview and adjust the proposed campaign settings, ad groups, and extensions for the merged campaign. By default, ad groups and budgets will be combined. Other campaign level settings and extensions in the Primary campaign will override those in the Secondary campaign.”

The introduction should hopefully make managing campaigns far easier for PPC managers and mean that PPC campaigns can be far more easily managed and targeted to the right people – meaning that money and time invested in PPC campaigns will be more worthwhile than ever.

Posted by: Lewis Austin

Posted on: April 2, 2013 1:46 pm

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As a continuation from a post just a few weeks ago, “Google’s Ads Aren’t Numbered”, Google has taken a step further with the use of phone numbers. As of 2 weeks ago, AdWords users were no longer permitted to submit ad text that contained a phone number as this would be disapproved.

This morning, I was welcomed into one of our clients’ accounts with this lovely message:

The learn more link forwards you to this page: http://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/176098?hl=en-GB&rd=1 .

However, the section that we should really be interested in is this:Phone numbers and vanity phone numbers can’t be used anywhere in ad text or in a sitelinks extension because doing so is confusing to users who might be expecting to be led to a call session as opposed to a website. To let customers call you directly from your ad, use call extensions instead.”

So we have been warned and we have just a few weeks to implement the required changes, or we must feel the wrath of Google. Understandably, the use of a number in the ad text as well as using a call extension can seem a little pointless, especially from Google’s perspective. Despite the fact that we marketers think it is a brilliant strategy and really emphasises the user to make a call, this is Google’s own way of ensuring quality listings.

Instead of complaining, it’s important to develop a strategy quickly to prepare for another change in the AdWords horizon. The easiest thing to do would be to use the AdWords editor and replace the phone number with “us now” or “today”. Doing this doesn’t really add much to the ad so maybe it could be worth using dynamic keyword insertion to make the ad more relevant in terms of quality score and directly to the user. For arguments sake, let’s say you are a florist in Manchester. Your ad might now say: “Call Now for Manchester Florists”. In my opinion this looks very compelling and relevant, certainly more so than just “Call Us Now”.

We will be preparing for the new implementations by keeping our ads that have a phone number and introducing are newly revised ads, running them side by side. This will allow us to gather data and compare the two different ad formats, along with what substitution performs the best. Then when Google decides to implement these changes we will be fully prepared and won’t have to make any changes to the account.

 

Posted by: Lewis Austin

Posted on: March 27, 2013 4:28 pm

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Today a couple of members of our PPC Team, more specifically: Evaldas Balcius and Lewis Austin set off to London to attend the Google Engage for Agencies event. All in all it was a really insightful meeting that helped to outline the importance of Google’s latest and greatest developments.

Enhanced Campaigns

A major focus and point of interest for the agencies was the infamous enhanced campaigns. The main benefit of enhanced campaigns was driven by context. This means that a difference in context will result in a difference in behaviour, so to make the most of these moments, we need to be able to provide content that will encourage the user to convert.

Taking the example of Niamh Mahon; if I have a pizza restaurant and someone is searching for “pizza”, on a mobile device whilst in a 1 mile radius of my store at 7PM. It is a pretty safe bet to assume that the searcher is going home and would like to grab a pizza on the way back. This context means that the searcher is very interested in making a purchase as soon as possible. As a business, it is these moments in time that are invaluable to my business and to making a sale. Based on these behaviours, I can use enhanced campaigns to set bid adjustments for: mobile devices, location and even time of day.

YouTube

We were then brought up to speed with YouTube, not so much the stats as we all know that YouTube is the giant in video sharing networks. More so about the advertising opportunities that YouTube can offer. One interesting feature available is road blocking, this is similar to sponsoring a channel, so your ad will show for the majority of a selected channels’ videos. By doing this, you can display your message to an audience who you deem to have an interest in your product. Another good point to remember is that you won’t be charged for your ad if a viewer clicks the skip button on your ad, which will save you a lot of money and, give you 5 seconds of free exposure.

Mobile Devices

The last presentation was an eye opener of how we as consumers use different devices and methods to search. It was interesting to see that you can use Google accounts to have all of your browsing data accessible across all of your devices. This means that if I was in a shop and saw a pair of sneakers that I really liked, but wasn’t 100% about the price, I could run a search using the barcode and compare online prices to what is in store. If I feel that the high tops are a little cheaper online, I could go home and open up my laptop, load up chrome and continue where I left off on my mobile.

I think that we can take a lot away from Google Engage this year, in terms of future developments and how our target market is predicted to evolve technologically in years to come.

Before you all run off to research more about enhanced campaigns; here is a quick snapshot of Google Engage for Agencies this year, our Evaldas Balcius is in there somewhere, can you see him?

Posted by: Lewis Austin

Posted on: March 13, 2013 12:51 pm

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On the fateful day of March 11th , Google released an article about the up and coming access update to Google Analytics. This means that now you can grant access based on property level, as well as the previous situation of profile and account level. Also there are now three different three different levels of account access: view, edit and manage users.

This update is definitely one that will be welcomed with open arms. From an agency point of view, Analytics is about to become a lot more convenient. Previously it was often the case where a client would grant access to the whole account and sometimes clients will have multiple domains which are irrelevant to the services you are providing. This means that your profile list in GA becomes colossal; hopefully this update will help to tidy things up. With regards to the access levels, it looks like some of the inspiration for this has been taken from AdWords. This is a useful feature because now agencies can replicate account access structure into their Analytics.

Businesses will also find benefit from these updates. Data can be a very important thing and a lot of people are not so enthusiastic about simply handing over this information. Now businesses have more control over their data and who can access it.

Google has said that the update will be rolled out over the next few weeks, so some people will be getting this sooner rather than later. However, there is no need to panic about account access levels as if you are currently an admin, you will be upgraded to have full rights.

Posted by: Hannah

Posted on: March 7, 2013 10:12 am

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Since its launch in 2000, AdWords has made a big impression and proven to be one of the most effective advertising tools on the internet. Google’s revenue for 2012 from AdWords alone was $42.5 billion American dollars, an indication of how popular the device is. The short text based adverts consisting of one headline of 25 characters and two additional text lines of 35 characters each are said to reach at least 81 percent of users on search results. Findings like this prove just how important PPC is and how significant it is to get it right. In light of this a new software has been launched which allows PPC to be determined by the weather.

The new WeatherFIT is a cloud based software program that controls your adverts so that they are displayed depending on the weather. The unique platform delivers AdWords adverts based on real time localised climate conditions. The program allows users to set up various campaigns based on various weather conditions. For instance if it is raining in Liverpool, you could have your campaign running for an umbrella company, however, if it is sunny in London your campaign would not run in the Capital. The software is programmed so that adverts will only show if they meet the weather criteria you have set.

Furthermore weather sensitivity analysis by the Met Office allows you to see first- hand the impact of weather on your sales in the past. It is possible to use this knowledge on a real time basis for your PPC strategy giving you the highest amount of potential customers at any relevant time and as a result makes your campaign as cost effective as possible.

Posted by: Lewis Austin

Posted on: March 6, 2013 5:38 pm

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Enhanced campaigns are a fairly new update, about a month old, for Google AdWords. There are some great new features available once you upgrade such as: location targeting and sitelinks. But to get all these great features, you must upgrade to enhanced campaigns.

So how do you go about upgrading? Well, the first step would be to identify whether or not you need to upgrade. If you go into your campaign, you should have a pop up box telling you to get started.

Once you click through you get a lovely new pop up box that explains all of the new features waiting for you in enhanced campaigns.

The next page you’re taken to will ask you to select your mobile bid adjustment. Bear in mind that the “recommended” percentage is based on what other people in your industry have done, so unless you have historical data to base your adjustment on, it is probably safer to stick with the recommended amount.

Just like that, you’ve upgraded.to enhanced. There are loads of great new features available, but we will be releasing a sequel to this tutorial that will outlines the new features and how you can make the most of them.

Google has just recently introduced a new way to manage all tags in one place named as “Google Tag Manager”. Google tag manager is a completely free tool which will save you a lot of time, because you won’t need to upload a lot of different tags such as Google Analytics tracking script, Google Adwords conversion tracking, Google remarketing script on your website pages, this software will allow to manage all of your tracking codes from a web interface. So it means that you’ll just need to insert one Google tag manager script to your website html code and then configure all of your tracking scripts in Google Tag Manager web interface.

Please see below a video introduction to Google Tag manager

To start using Google tag manager click here

In my next tutorial I’ll show you how to start using Google tag manager

Posted by: Evaldas Balcius

Posted on: September 26, 2012 8:45 am

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Google Adwords automated rules is the feature which allows you to make automated changes on you Adwords account based on criteria you specify. You can specify these rules  for campaign, ad group and keyword level:

  • Changing daily budget;
  • Pause / Enable Campaigns;
  • Pause Keywords;
  • Change Max CPC;
  • Raise Bids To First Page Bids;
  • Pause/Enable Ads;
  • Pause/Enable Ad Groups;
  • Change Ad Group default max.
  • (Full list of  all available rules can be found here)

How to start

1. Select the campaigns, ad groups or keywords you want to create automated rules.

2. Then click on the button named as “Automate” and select the rule you want to create.

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3. Then you will see a window with a various settings for new rule creation. Settings will vary on the rule you selected. (Please note that the image provided below is only the example for the rule which will change daily budget)

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You have to make sure that you click on the “Preview Results” before you save.

It is important thing to review automated rules logs periodically and monitor what automated changes has been made for your account.

Posted by: Evaldas Balcius

Posted on: September 12, 2012 1:52 pm

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Google Adwords Shared Budgets is one of the latest Google Adwords features, which allows to replace campaign budget with a budget shared accross multiple campaigns. Please note that this Adwords feature is still in the Beta version, and is not available for all adwords accounts.

Start using shared budgets’ feature

1. Click on the “Shared Library” link (on the left sidebar)

2. Click on the link “Budgets” and then click on “+New Budgets” link

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3.  Enter the budget name, select the campaigns you want assign the budget to and set daily budget amount.

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4. Select delivery method (Standard or Accellerated). Standard is the default delivery method, which is automaticaly selected.

If you want to make changes for the budgets you have already created, you will need to go back to the 2nd step and select a budget from the table.

 

Posted by: Evaldas Balcius

Posted on: September 5, 2012 3:18 pm

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Google Analytics remarketing lists enables you to target your Google Adwords remarketing campaigns to specific type of visitors. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to create remarketing list on Google Analytics and export the list to Google Adwords.

How to create remarketing lists in Google Analytics

1. Login to your Google Analytics account, go the Admin panel and navigate on the tab named as “Remarketing Lists”.

2. Click on the button “+New Remarketing List” to start the creation process of a new list.

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3. In the next window you will see the list options that you need to setup. Make sure that you selected right profile, where the data will be taken from.

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4. Then you have to select the “Remarketing type” you prefer to use. There are 4 remarketing types available:

  • All website visitors;
  • Visitors who visited a specific pages on the site;
  • Visitors who completed a specific goal. You can select from the list of all available goals;
  • Your own remarketing list based on advanced segments data. The first option of “Dimension & Metric Filters” will allow you segment visitors based on visit dimension. And the second option of “Sequence Filter” will allow to create segments based on specific sequential order.

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5. Enter a name of the list and change the number of membership duration.
6. Click on the “Get Estimates” button to get the number of visitors you may reach with that particular remarketing list.
7.  Click on “Save Remarketing List” and these lists will be automatically exported to your Google Adwords account.
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