Archive for the ‘Google AdWords’ Category
Google AdWords have just introduced a campaign budgeting feature called: Shared Budgets. Its main aim is to assist in setting daily budgets across multiple AdWords campaigns within a single account. Due to the recently introduced flexibility that allows 10,000 campaigns per account, marketers have been getting creative with campaign creation.
Paid search is increasingly becoming the preferred option for businesses that aim to generate sales and leads online. Amazon is currently AdWords’ #1 advertiser with a spend of $51 million in a single quarter! So my guess it that, although you probably don’t have as much as Amazon to spend on your AdWords campaign, you still have a relatively substantial paid search budget you expect a return on your investment from. You also probably want a more stable source of traffic from Google because organic & local search appear to be highly volatile and dependent on Google’s ever changing algorithm and its result pages.
With this in mind, effectively spending and putting every single penny to good use in your AdWords campaign is ever so important! Several businesses choose to manage their Paid Search Campaigns in-house; although this is not usually the best option for medium to large sized organisations. Proactive monitoring of campaigns are absolutely critical elements to successful campaigns. If you insist on managing your business’s AdWords account on your own and do not want to thrown money away, then follow these five tips to help you get the best out of your campaign spend and time (these tips are not only limited to AdWords but also Microsoft AdCenter – which now covers Yahoo and Bing and accounts for 20-30% of search engine traffic). Read More »
Google AdWords have just introduced a major change to the way ads are display in the top positions on Google search (this applies to only top ranking ads, above the organic results and not on the side).
Description line 1 is now displayed along side the headline text in the headline for top ranking ads. This means a total of 60 characters would now be displayed for the top 3 sponsored results i.e. the allowed 25 characters in ad headlines + 35 characters allowed in description line one.
For your ad headlines to display 60 characters, two criteria must be met: Read More »
It is so vital to set goals on your website, to track the effectiveness of all your online marketing efforts & campaigns. This 60 second video sheds more light on Google Analytic’s funnel visualisation report – which shows each step you have defined as part of your conversion process. It is particularly very useful for tracking shopping cart abandonment rates on eCommerce sites.
Over the next couple of weeks, Google will be rolling out a new AdWord reporting section in its analytics package – Google Analytics. It’s intention is to give advertisers more insight into user actions after their AdWords ads have been clicked. In order to fully access the new AdWords reports, your AdWords and Google Analytics accounts must be linked with destination URL auto-tagging enabled in AdWords.
The new reporting feature I’m most looking forward to using is direct access to exact match keywords in Google analytics. Google currently does not share exact match keyword date on Google Analytics (requires a hack to access exact match keywords).
There are also single click common reporting queries in the overview section that automatically generates reports (see image below):
These reports are meant to answer questions marketing experts and site owners ask about:
- Site Usage
- Goal Tracking and Conversions
- AdWords Clicks
- eCommerce activity and
- Revenue metric ROI i.e. revenue per click
All this data would be available in a drill down mode familiar to AdWords users:
Campaign > AdGroups > Keywords
The new analytics reports would also be able to show data by AdWords dimensions at the campaign, adgroup or keyword level like: Match Type, Ad Content (your text ad title), Ad Distribution Network, matched search query, Placement domain, Placement URL, Ad Format, Targeting Type, Display URL, Destination URL and more (see image below):
These new insights on AdWords campaigns in Google Analytics reinforces the need for AdWords experts to have a deep understanding of Google Analytics to manage their campaigns effectively.
Thesaurus’ came in very handy when I was essay writing in Uni and are still very relevant to me as a search marketing professional today. The thesaurus is my number 1 keyword research tool and the perfect resource for finding synonyms or related keywords. The beauty of using a thesaurus is that a bulk of keyword research has been done for you by thesaurus publishers. My favourite online thesaurus site is Thesaurus.com. Visual Thesaurus is also a handy tool if you are after a visual representation of keyword relationships (but it requires an annual subscription of about $20). I’d rather keep things simple by sticking with Thesaurus.com. Better still, thesaurus.com used in combination with the AdWords Keyword Tool is a clincher for your keyword research efforts.
How to Use Thesaurus.com and AdWords Keyword Tool
Type in your keyword in Thesaurus.com (in this example I typed in “architect”) – it should generate a list of results
Copy the URL- I copied ”http://thesaurus.com/browse/architect” for this example
Go the AdWords Keyword Tool – then copy and paste the thesaursus URL in the website text field.
AdWords Keyword tool crawls the specific page on thesaurus.com and returns even more keyword results
This not only helps you leverage two very powerful keyword tools at the same time but also ensures that no stones are left unturned over the course of your keyword research.