It’s a well-known fact that the click through rate (CTR) for PPC ads is a big factor when it comes to quality score optimization because CTR is a key measurement Google uses to evaluate the continuity between keywords and ads. Basically, it speaks to how many people are actually listening to your offer versus how many are totally ignoring you.
Geico has one of my favorite advertising campaigns of all time. It's not super slick or fancy, but it really gets the job done. 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance. Ever heard that line before? I'm sure you have. It's a line we've all been listening to for at least 10 years or more.
I’ll be the first to admit AdWords can be frustrating. REALLY frustrating. And with all the new features, settings and updates Google’s constantly rolling out, it ain’t getting any easier! Yet, time and time again, I see AdWords advertisers making the same fairly basic mistakes in their campaigns that totally sabotage their efforts.
When most companies start building an Adwords account, they proceed in an intuitive fashion by doing the obvious, but in the process, they ignore thousands of highly profitable keywords, leaving them sitting unused like gold nuggets covered in mud. Even if they know the risk of overusing broad match keywords without a tailored negative keyword list, they'll still proceed with broad match terms for the products and services that are for sale on the site.
With so many do-it-yourself PPC blogs and resources out there on the web, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and even worse, paralyzed, by all the ideas you “should” be using. Some people say that the more time you spend inside your PPC account, the better. If that were true, then something like “going-through-the-motions” or “changing bids” would be a clear cut winner to explain why your competitors are doing better than you.
Did you know that small businesses can easily waste as much as 25% of their PPC (pay-per-click) budgets? That’s an awful lot of money being flushed away with nothing to show for it. The good news is you don’t have to sit, bleary-eyed in front of your computer trying to micromanage every single keyword or bid. By paying attention to these seven leaky holes and taking some proactive steps in managing your PPC account and its features, you can trim a lot of the waste.
When you’re cooking dinner and everything is simmering away perfectly, do you walk away and leave it to cook indefinitely, or do you check on it periodically, to make sure nothing is boiling over, sticking to the bottom of the pot, or charring and burning? It’s common sense to regularly check, stir, turn temperatures up or down, and so on—even when everything is cooking exactly as it’s supposed to.
So, how’s your PPC campaign going? How do you know? What metrics are you using to gauge your campaign’s success? There’s certainly no shortage of PPC metrics you can look at to try to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns. But what’s the MOST important metric to look at?
A few weeks ago, Google AdWords announced that they would be removing advertisers' ability to exclude close variants from phrase and exact match keywords. This changed sparked much confusion and controversy in the industry, and I’d like to help clear up some of the mess. However, before we can look at how Google’s latest change will affect advertisers, we need to really understand the basics of close variants.
This is a question that comes up a lot with new AdWords managers or business owners who are doing PPC for the first time. “Should I bid on my own brand terms in AdWords?” The rationale for not bidding on your own brand terms goes something like this: Most companies already rank #1 in Google for their own brand. With that in mind, should they “waste” any of their precious ad budget on brand terms they already rank #1 for?