Category: Google: AdWords

Ask the #SMXperts series - Advanced audience targeting

Ask the #SMXperts series – Advanced audience targeting

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The “Ask an #SMXpert” series continues the question-and-answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the Advanced Audience Targeting & Management Tactics session with Jillian Nagle and Ben Wood and introduction from moderator Brad Geddes. Brad Geddes The rise of audience targeting is the biggest change in paid […]

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5 Google Optimize tests to take AdWords to the next level

5 Google Optimize tests to take AdWords to the next level

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Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising often focuses too much on the click. It sounds crazy. The industry is named after clicks, after all, but what happens after a user comes to your landing page is even more important. That’s why the direct integration between AdWords and Google Optimize has me so excited. Landing page optimization is now […]

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Introducing Search Engine Land's 'Guide to PPC'

Introducing Search Engine Land’s ‘Guide to PPC’

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Millions of advertisers spend millions of dollars every day to get their ads to appear in the search results. With so many features and capabilities available in Google AdWords, Bing Ads and Yahoo Gemini, getting (and staying) up to speed with paid search can be a challenge. That can mean a lot of frustration and […]

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Parallel tracking offers a page-speed improvement for AdWords advertisers

Parallel tracking offers a page-speed improvement for AdWords advertisers

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While it’s critical for advertisers to measure and track the traffic driven from their ads, there’s always been something of a tradeoff because the technical processes involved could slow down page-loading time. Now, with this week’s parallel tracking announcement, this tradeoff may no longer be a factor for AdWords advertisers. If your AdWords account leverages […]

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Hidden PPC traffic killers - Marketing Land

Hidden PPC traffic killers – Marketing Land

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If a pay-per-click (PPC) account and the advertiser’s business model are functioning reasonably well, we often find that a business owner becomes heavily dependent on the PPC channel. “Max the volume!” and “We’re down from last year, I’m very worried” are typical (if vague) remits from clients and bosses deep in the thrall of this […]

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Ask the #SMXperts series - B2B SEM: Meeting challenges with smart tactics

Ask the #SMXperts series – B2B SEM: Meeting challenges with smart tactics

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The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the B2B SEM: Meeting Specific Challenges With Really Smart Tactics session with Sana Ansari, Robert Brady and Dave Rigotti.  It features an introduction from moderator Brad Geddes. Brad Geddes […]

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Pause underperforming ads with this updated AdWords script

Pause underperforming ads with this updated AdWords script

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It’s no secret that split (A/B) testing is an essential part of a successful AdWords campaign. I’m a big advocate of scientific testing, and it is a core part of how my company, Brainlabs, approaches paid search campaigns. Some time ago, I shared our A/B testing script, which enables you to set up control and […]

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Driving calls with PPC: 5 mistakes most search marketers make

Driving calls with PPC: 5 mistakes most search marketers make

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Most search marketers want the same thing out of their pay-per-click campaigns: driving conversions up and cost per conversion down. Things get a little more complicated when the goal of your PPC spending is to drive calls to your business. Using PPC to drive calls is a common tactic in any considered purchase category where […]

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Stay sharp and relevant with ongoing PPC training

Stay sharp and relevant with ongoing PPC training

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The paid search world continues to grow and evolve at an extraordinary rate. Machine learning and automation are changing how the paid search professional operates. Account managers must be more customer service- and business-oriented than ever before. Being strategically proficient is no longer a luxury — it’s a requirement. The challenge pay-per-click (PPC) professionals and […]

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IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

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The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) is out with its Q4 and 2017 year-end state of the digital advertising industry report. In a repeat of the past several years, digital advertising revenue is up. There was growth across formats and devices. And while the IAB doesn’t name names, Facebook and Google continue to suck up most […]

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Google announces ads updates for app developers at Google I/O

Google announces ads updates for app developers at Google I/O

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With the kickoff of the annual Google I/O developer conference today, Google announced updates for app developers buying and selling ads via AdWords and AdMob, respectively. Google added that Android users downloaded 94 billion apps from Google Play last year. That’s up from 82 billion apps downloaded in 2016. There are more than 2 billion […]

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Google AdWords new responsive search ads can show 3 headlines

Google AdWords new responsive search ads can show 3 headlines

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We’re finally here. Set up one ad with multiple headlines and a couple of descriptions, and Google will start testing combinations dynamically to serve the combination deemed most likely to achieve the advertiser’s stated goal. Oh, and get more real estate than a standard text ad for giving the new machine learning option a go. […]

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The new Google AdWords interface is coming soon. Are you ready?

The new Google AdWords interface is coming soon. Are you ready?

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Google is gradually rolling out a new AdWords user interface. Word has it this change will be complete and available to everyone sometime in the first half of 2018. Many of us using the new interface have been asking questions like “Have you seen this feature/report/functionality in the new interface?” If you are frustrated by […]

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What's different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

What’s different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

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The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing in the US, with a diverse and exciting startup landscape. And yet, it faces an uphill battle when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and marketing. There are no AdWords or Facebook advertising programs available and no current opportunities to advertise a cannabis company […]

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Giants collide: Google’s impending showdown with Amazon

Giants collide: Google’s impending showdown with Amazon

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Talk in the digital advertising space has traditionally focused on Google and Facebook’s digital duopoly, each fighting for more of your advertising dollars. But for Google, the real competition is coming from elsewhere. Over the last few years, Google has pushed further and further into the retail space. Simultaneously, Amazon expanded its advertising platform. In […]

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Are you ready for the attribution changes coming to Google AdWords?

Are you ready for the attribution changes coming to Google AdWords?

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There is an old saying: the only constant in life is change! Word on the street and from Google is they’ll stop supporting last click attribution sometime this year. This means advertisers will have to opt into one of several other attribution models available in Google. In this article, I’ll provide some general commentary on […]

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4 ways to get more out of Bing Ads

4 ways to get more out of Bing Ads

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Sometimes Bing Ads is the forgotten stepchild of PPC. The reasons probably trace back to when Bing Ads was very hard to manage and provided very little opportunity for the effort invested, but times have changed. With now more market share and easier tools to manage them, Bing Ads can be a lucrative opportunity for […]

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Insights from our 2017 holiday retail survey

Insights from our 2017 holiday retail survey

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By most accounts, the holiday shopping season was an e-commerce success, with final tallies beating analyst estimates. Earlier this month, we asked e-commerce teams about their holiday marketing strategies — planning, budgeting and expectations — and what they did differently this year from last year. Nearly 100 respondents shared their feedback. The majority (57 percent) […]

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3 AdWords features you're probably underutilizing

3 AdWords features you’re probably underutilizing

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The wonderful thing about AdWords is that we all have our favorite ways to utilize it. We PPC practitioners each have our favorite reports and features, and we all have our own personal preferences for how we like to build and manage our campaigns. Unfortunately, this means we’re prone to getting stuck in our ways, […]

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Google’s new custom intent audiences and you

Understanding AdWords keyword match types for manufacturers

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In a previous column, I addressed the challenges paid search advertising can present to industrial manufacturers who sell capabilities versus stock products. Another challenge is the AdWords help files themselves. As an advertising platform, AdWords is geared more to retailers — when a platform uses common retail products to illustrate keyword strategies, it’s often hard […]

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Google Analytics releasing 4 new functions to offer more user-centric insights

Google Analytics releasing 4 new functions to offer more user-centric insights

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Brands are working hard to meet a resounding customer demand for an experience that is relevant and personal to where they are in their engagement with brands. Ninety percent of marketers say understanding how users engage across channels and devices is vital to success. In response, Google Analytics has announced four new features to better […]

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Google’s new custom intent audiences and you

Google’s new custom intent audiences and you

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In mid-November, pre-empting the hellish holiday shopping season, Google unveiled a slew of new features designed to help advertisers maximize their AdWords budgets. While promotion extensions and ad variations are neat and all, the thing I’m most stoked about is the new custom intent audiences feature on Google Display Network (GDN). If you haven’t checked […]

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Is holiday paid search more competitive in 2017 than 2016?

Is holiday paid search more competitive in 2017 than 2016?

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The busy 2017 holiday shopping season is now in full swing, and we’ve already witnessed impressive Y/Y sales growth on key shopping days. As advertisers dig into their own performance, many are taking stock of the competition to get a sense for what other brands are doing. This was a key topic for a #ppcchat […]

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