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How to Optimize a “Limited by Budget” Campaign

November 23rd, 2015

Whether you have been running AdWords campaigns for a while or you are new to PPC, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ve seen that bright orange “limited by budget” notification on your AdWords dashboard. But what you might not realize is that you can use these budget notifications to your advantage to keep your PPC campaigns running smoothly. Here’s what you need to know about “limited by budget” campaigns and how you can adjust them to maximize their performance and optimize your ad spend.

What does “Limited by Budget” Mean?

Google AdWords campaigns may receive “limited by budget” designation whenever your budget is lower than Google’s recommended budget daily budget for a given set of keywords. This could mean that your budget is too low to serve your ads at all, or that it is too low to serve your ads more than a few times per day. While it’s easy to assume that Google is simply trying to convince advertisers to spend more money on advertising, these notifications can be a helpful performance indicator for your campaigns. For instance, if you’ve set your budget for a campaign to $200 per day and the CPC for one of the most popular keywords in that campaign is $50, you might be maxing out your budget each day after only four clicks. And unless your conversion rate is incredibly high, you probably won’t see great results from that campaign.

Optimizing Your “Limited By Budget” Campaigns

You can still run successful campaigns that are technically limited by budget. However, using these built-in notifications can be a useful technique in your advertising toolbox. By using “limited by budget” notifications as indicators of campaigns that need may need some tweaking, you can optimize your ad spend and improve your campaigns overall.

In some cases, the quickest and easiest fix for “limited by budget” campaigns is simply to increase your budget allocation for that campaign. However, most of us don’t have an unlimited ad spend, so making the most of our budgets is a priority. Here’s how to optimize your campaigns to ensure you’re getting great results within your existing budget.

Use Metrics to Cultivate Your Keyword Strategy

One of the first things you should do with “limited by budget” campaigns is to investigate why your campaigns are hitting budget limitations. Determine if there are a few keywords that are sucking up most of your budget. Some industries — especially the legal and insurance industries — can have extremely expensive keywords that might be eating up your entire daily budget after just a few clicks.

Once you’ve found the keyword culprits, you can take action to keep them from derailing your PPC campaigns. If they aren’t performing up to par, determine why; are they so expensive that you max out your budget after just a few clicks? Or are you getting plenty of clicks, but for keywords that aren’t relevant enough to your services to lead to a conversion? You may want to adjust your bid or pause keywords that take up a lot of impressions, especially if they aren’t converting well.

Break Budget-Hogging Keywords Out of Campaigns

Sometimes budget limitations are caused by poorly segmented campaigns. High-ticket keywords can bring your business valuable potential customers, but oftentimes they take attention away from cheaper keywords with relatively lower traffic, such as long-tail keywords, that might be just as important for driving a healthy lead flow. Consider creating separate campaigns for these “budget hogs.” This also helps to ensure that your ads also get some airtime for less expensive keywords that may be a better fit for your advertising goals.

Build and Manage Your Negative Keyword List

Building a healthy negative keyword list is another important aspect of optimizing “limited by budget” campaigns. By cultivating a list of keywords that you don’t want to target, you can ensure that when your ads are served, they’re reaching the right audience. Making sure that your ads are a good fit for the viewers that AdWords serves them to can help decrease your average CPC and improve your conversion rate overall.

Be sure to revisit your negative keyword list on a regular basis to make sure that it is comprehensive and accurate. Consumer search behaviors can change over time, so you may need to add or remove negative keywords from your list over time.

Use Ad Scheduling to Stretch Your Budget

Another data set to examine on your “limited by budget” campaigns is when you are maxing out your daily budget. For some high-traffic keywords, you may be hitting your budget limit early in the morning. This may negatively impact your campaign’s efficacy because in some cases PPC ads demonstrate better performance at specific times of the day. Additionally certain times of day may be more competitive, driving up the cost of ads. By scheduling your ads to run during time periods that are less expensive, you can stretch your existing budget further. This can be a useful tactic if you are running call only ad campaigns, especially if you have a specific time range in which you would like prospects to call your business.

Optimizing Your PPC Campaigns with Webrageous

Managing successful PPC campaigns isn’t always a quick and easy process, but it can bring great returns if you can devote time and resources to running your campaigns well. Whether you have limited time or a limited budget, effective, affordable PPC campaigns do not have to be out of reach for your business. Webrageous can help optimize your campaigns to perform well with the budget that you have, and ensure that you’re getting the best results possible from your PPC efforts. Contact us today to learn more about how our experience and expertise can help you reach your PPC advertising goals.

Best Practices of Placing Your Call To Action on Your Mobile Landing Page

November 9th, 2015

No matter what industry you’re in, mobile advertising is most likely becoming one of the best ways to reach the optimal audience for your business. According to Google, as many as 93% of consumers use mobile devices to research or make purchases. If you’re not running mobile PPC campaigns, you’re probably not reaching your advertising dollar’s potential. But for those mobile PPC ads to perform well you have to have a strong, well-placed call to action.

Your call to action, or CTA, represents the “Do or Die” moment for your advertising campaigns. A well-written, well-placed CTA can help spur conversions and improve ad performance. However, a poorly executed CTA can deter otherwise willing prospects from converting when they reach your landing page. Here are 5 best practices for making sure that your mobile landing pages are optimized for conversion.

Make Your Ads Thumb-Friendly

A significant but often overlooked aspect of mobile marketing is recognizing that your audience is viewing ads in a different format than desktop browsers. Text sizes and links that fit just fine on desktop screens can be frustratingly tiny on mobile screens. Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines recommend touchscreen targets, such as CTA buttons, of at least 44×44 pixels, although a study at MIT found that the average mobile device user needs at least 45-57 pixel-wide targets to comfortable click buttons on touch screens.

Whether you measure your CTA buttons down to the last pixel or not, optimizing your CTA buttons for mobile users is critical to their performance. One of the easiest ways to gauge how user-friendly your ads are is to pull them up on a smartphone and test them yourself; if you have trouble pressing your call to action button, you can be sure that at least a portion of your target audience will have trouble as well.

Design Your Landing Page Around Your CTA

Your call to action has no business being shy — it is the focal point of a well-designed landing page, and it should be as easy to find and as clear as possible. On mobile ads, this often means big, bold text or a button, and (usually) above-the-fold placement. Test your page to make sure that it loads correctly and quickly. Over half of mobile users will abandon web pages that take longer than 3 seconds to load, so ensuring that your landing page isn’t cluttered up with slow-loading or visually distracting elements can help keep your audience’s focus where you want it to be. And remember: stick to only one call to action per landing page. A single, easy-to-recognize CTA that draws the eye should be effective enough on its own. Multiple CTAs will only distract and decrease the chances of a viewer taking action overall.

Keep Your Copy Short, Simple, and Specific

Small screens also mean you need to get your message across faster and more concisely than ever. Short, pithy copy is a must-have for your mobile call to action. Most consumers have seen generic CTAs thousands of times over, and these uninspired CTAs don’t provide any real incentive for readers to act. Focus on crafting your call to actions to be dynamic and action-focused to help boost your CTR. Alternatives to the tired “Click Here” and “Download” include phrases like “Shop Our Collection Now,” “Start Your Free Trial” or “Download Your Coupon Here.” If you cut down your text to the minimum needed to get your message across while keeping your language specific, you can make your intent clear to your audience.

Stay Above the Fold…Probably

When they first load your landing pages, what do your viewers see? Is there a clear focus and intention to the page, and an easy-to-find call to action? If your CTA isn’t visible from the moment your landing page loads, you might want to consider redesigning it. Users spend as much as 80% of their on-page time above the fold. If you want to guarantee that your call to action will have maximum viewing time, placing it above the fold is a fairly safe bet. However, although conventional wisdom holds that CTAs should be above the fold, many companies are finding that that isn’t always the case. As mobile device users become more accustomed to seeing long, scrolling web pages, the fold becomes a less significant barrier. The best way to find the best placement for your CTA is to test variations. Which leads us to the next best practice for placing CTAs…

Test, Test, Test!

We’ve discussed in previous posts how A/B testing is one of the best ways to improve your ad conversion rates. Everything from the color of your text to placement to buttons and links can impact how well your landing page performs overall. Testing variations of copy, layout, and other aspects of your landing page can help you hone in on what style, messaging, and CTA placement will resonate most with your customers. Advertisers who used a large number of landing pages variations generated as many as 12 times more leads than those who maintained only a few landing pages. And you don’t have to start churning out dozens of new landing pages to reap the benefits of A/B testing. Testing how simple changes to the placement of your CTA can have a big impact in the overall quality of your campaigns and can help boost your conversion rate significantly.

Make Your Call to Action Click with Webrageous

Mobile PPC advertising is still a young and evolving segment of online advertising, and it’s not uncommon for advertisers to make mistakes with their mobile campaigns as they venture into this lucrative space. Webrageous has been managing mobile PPC results since mobile advertising became available to marketers, and we’ve been honing our digitical advertising strategies over the years to help our clients get the best possible results from their campaigns. If you’re interested in learning how Webrageous can help you improve and maintain your mobile PPC campaigns and boost your business, contact us today for a consultation.

Ad Blocking Software is on the Rise– Here’s What Advertisers Need to Know

October 26th, 2015

You’ve identified your audience, researched keywords and written great ad copy — but are your PPC ads really reaching your audience? As advertising space takes up a larger and larger chunk of online real estate, software such as AdBlock and AdBlock Plus, which are designed to block display and search ads from displaying in browsers, is becoming increasingly popular among consumers.

But as you might have guessed, ad blocking comes at a steep price for advertisers. Ad blocking software costs companies that run PPC advertising campaigns up to $21.8 billion a year. With new mobile ad blocking applications on the horizon as well, it’s absolutely critical for advertisers to understand why ad blocking software is becoming so pervasive, how it affects their campaigns and what they can do to minimize its impact on their ad spend.

Why Ad Blocking is Bad for PPC Campaigns

The negative impact of ad blocking software on PPC campaigns is self-evident: if people aren’t seeing your ads, your ads can’t bring you any business. Ad blocking software renders PPC campaigns ineffective because browsers never see you ads.

Fortunately for advertisers, there is a bright side; since ad blocking software prevents the ads from ever being downloaded at all, rather than simply hiding them, advertisers generally do not pay for impressions. Additionally, as of late 2014 only about 5% of all Internet users were using ad blocking software on a regular basis. While this number has continued to grow, the majority of people still see PPC ads regularly. While the popularity of ad blocking should be a serious concern for advertisers, PPC advertising is still a viable and effective way to reach most consumers.

Low-Quality Ad Practices: The Root of the Problem

To understand why ad blocking has become such a popular practice, let’s look at why ad blocking software exists. Consumers opt to block advertisements for a number of reasons. Some simply aren’t interested in the ads they are served and find cluttered, flashy and sometimes noisy ads annoying. In other cases, consumers fear being tracked and targeted by advertisers, and try to find ways to prevent advertisers from following them online. Many consumers also find that web pages load significantly faster when they use ad blocking software, especially on sites glutted with advertisements.

Ultimately, consumers are reacting to a culture of bad advertising practices. They are getting fed up with the low quality of ads they see on many sites, and they’re taking action. In a recent TechCrunch article on the impact and future of ad blocking, CEO Harry Kargman of mobile ad company Kargo, discussed how advertising metrics need to be updated to reflect the reality of how advertisers and consumers behave:

“[How we measure PPC campaigns] really should reflect the quality of the environment the ad runs in, how brand safe it is, the quality of the content on the page, how well the ad is integrated onto the page and, obviously, how much the consumer engages with the ad.”

By making a more concerted effort to serve high-quality, relevant ads, rather than simply trying to optimize for impressions and clicks, advertisers are less likely to experience a backlash from consumers. As an added benefit, consumer-conscious ad display methods are more likely to garner the returns that advertisers are really interested in, such as conversions and sales.

Working with Ad Blocking Software Providers to Find a Solution

Unfortunately, there’s no magic button to unblock your ads for viewers. However, some ad blocking software providers have recognized the fact that advertising is an important part of the digital economy and are working to provide a solution. AdBlock Plus, one of the most popular ad blocking applications, introduced an “Acceptable Ads” program in 2011 for advertisers. By meeting specific criteria for quality with their ads, advertisers can have some of their ads whitelisted so that they will still be displayed to viewers who opt into the Acceptable Ads program.

AdWords users also have some good news — Google is one of the major advertisers working with AdBlock Plus to allow Google search ads to be displayed through this Acceptable Ads program. While it’s not a perfect solution, and browsers who use different ad blocking software are still out of reach for many advertisers, the concessions made by AdBlock Plus in favor of advertisers show that the relationship between consumers and online advertisers is still evolving.

What PPC Advertisers Can Do to Combat Ad Blocking

In truth, there’s not much you can do to reach consumers who are using ad blocking software. In many cases, the best defense against the growing popularity of ad blocking software is a good offense. Committing to high-quality, well-targeted advertising materials isn’t just best practices for PPC advertisers — it’s also an effective way to show consumers that advertising can be interesting, relevant, and relatively unobtrusive. Advertisers need to ensure that they’re doing all they can to provide ads that are useful and relevant, without being annoying to consumers. By sticking to less disruptive ad formats, such as text ads, advertisers can help combat conceptions that ads are annoying, malicious and detrimental to the browsing experience.

Remarketing is another area where advertisers can control audience perceptions of advertising. If you adhere to best practices for remarketing, you’re less likely to come across as annoying or invasive. For example, putting frequency caps on your remarketing campaigns is an important practice that will help keep your campaigns from flooding your viewers with your ads.

Developing High-Quality PPC Campaigns with Webrageous

It can take a good amount of experience and knowledge to develop PPC campaigns that consumers respond well to. By partnering with Webrageous, you’ll be able to leverage our years of PPC advertising expertise to create more nuanced, effective advertising campaigns. While ad blocking software isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, by running high-quality PPC campaigns, you can still see great results from your online advertising endeavors. Contact Webrageous today and we’ll show you how we can help you improve your PPC campaign performance.

What To Do When Your PPC Campaigns Stop Getting Results

October 19th, 2015

Love it or hate it, PPC advertising is a continuously changing landscape. Ads that converted well last month might flop this month, and it isn’t uncommon for previously successful campaigns to start to degrade as time goes on. Active maintenance is your best bet against poor PPC performance. If your PPC campaigns have stopped getting results, there are several strategies you can use to boost your conversion rate and revitalize your campaigns.

Strengthen Your CTAs

A common problem with underperforming ads is that they don’t include a strong call to action. Make sure that your CTA is strong, clear and specific. Getting specific with your CTAs is can make a huge difference; ad viewers are used to seeing (and ignoring) the same generic ads over and over again, so your ads must provide something unique to get attention.

For example, simple CTAs such as “Click Here” and “Download” are short and concise, but they don’t compel readers to take action. The best CTAs help the reader understand what they’re getting when they click. “Download Free Whitepaper” or “Sign Up Now” are examples of stronger CTAs that that will resonate with readers.

Test New Ad Copy Regularly

Even ad copy that once performed well can lose its luster over time. It’s a good idea to keep testing new ads continuously, even if your existing ads are performing well. Studies have shown that companies with many different landing page versions generate up to 12 times more leads than their competitors with only a few landing pages. The reason? More personalized landing pages have greater appeal to viewers across a wide audience, and allow businesses to test many different messages to find the ones that work the best.

To capture this high conversion rate, try diversifying your ad copy and testing new versions on a regular basis. You’ll be able to target your campaigns for a wider audience, and get a better idea of what messaging works best overall.

Run or Optimize Your Mobile PPC Campaigns

In the past, we’ve advocated for mobile PPC campaigns as an effective way to get the best performance out of your PPC ad spend. As mobile devices take up a larger market share and buyers make the shift from desktop to mobile browsing, it’s more important than ever to activate and optimize your mobile PPC campaigns. If your PPC campaigns are starting to lag, turning on mobile can help you reach a larger audience and connect with prospects that you might have been missing out on.

If you are already running mobile PPC campaigns and aren’t seeing the results you want, you might want to check to make sure that your campaigns are optimized for mobile performance. From writing mobile-specific ad copy to leveraging mobile ad extensions for better conversion rates, learning the nuances of mobile PPC management ensures that your campaigns yield the best results possible.

Adjust Your Keyword Match Strategy

Broad keyword match can be a great tool for reaching a wide audience, but that wide audience can also encompass viewers who aren’t a good fit for your business. If you’re relying heavily on broad keyword match but don’t have a high CTR, explore other keyword match options to help you hone in on a more precise audience.

Using broad keyword modifier match and leveraging negative keyword lists are two ways to make broad keyword match campaigns work more efficiently. These keyword match methods help your ads reach a more tailored set of viewers. As a result, you’ll waste less of your ad spend on viewers that aren’t interested in your business at all.

Optimize Your Ad Positions

Research has shown that the drop-off between the top three ad positions on Google AdWords is significant. In many cases, the conversion rate below the third position can drop to nearly 0%. If you’re not monitoring your average ad ranking closely, you might be paying for ad positions that don’t get any play. Because the performance of lower ranking spots can be dramatically less than the performance of top spots, ensuring that your average ad position stays in the top three positions is critical to having a high CTR.

Make sure that you adjust your bids to keep your ads in the highest positions possible, without overreaching your budget. Finding a balance between the right price point and the right amount of exposure can take some practice, but it pays off in the long run.

Review Google SEO Updates

Algorithm updates from Google can have a huge impact on the performance of your AdWords campaigns. Keeping up with Google’s near-constant updates to how their algorithm measures the overall quality of web pages can be a frustrating challenge when it comes to perfecting your SEO strategy, but it can also influence PPC ad campaigns since those algorithm changes can affect your Quality Score.

If you’ve experienced a sudden drop in PPC performance and a decrease in SEO ranking, it might be worthwhile to check to see if you’ve missed a recent Google update and adjust your SEO and PPC strategies accordingly. As a general rule, keeping tabs on what changes Google is making to their search network can help you stay ahead of the game.

Partner with Webrageous to Keep PPC Campaigns Active and Stay Ahead

Ultimately, strong, healthy PPC campaigns require regular maintenance to keep them performing at their peak. By keeping a watchful eye on your campaigns, you’ll be able to learn the signs of a lagging campaign and make adjustments to bring your conversion rates back up to the levels you want.

The PPC management experts at Webrageous have years of experience working with successful PPC campaigns. We dedicate time and resources to our clients campaigns to give them great advertising results without having to spend hours managing their own campaigns. If you’re still stumped on how you can jumpstart your PPC campaigns, call us for a consultation — we can show you how our PPC campaign management services can help you achieve optimal results for your advertising efforts.

How to Create Lead Conversions

September 21st, 2015

Inbound marketing is a relatively new term in the marketing community and marketers are still fine-tuning their systems to fully use it to their advantage. The most essential element of the inbound marketing toolkit is the lead conversion process.

The conversion process is the bread and butter of any inbound marketing program. Without a seamless and fully-integrated conversion process you are basically wasting your time and money on efforts that will never convert into revenue. So it is essential that you take the time to convert those leads that you work so hard to bring to your landing pages. Once you get them to the web page that you want them on, this brings them to the conversion process so you can capture those lead conversions.

There are various methods you can utilize to bring your prospects to your desired landing pages prior to getting them to complete the conversion. You will want to subscribe to this blog as I will go in depth on each marketing channel in the weeks to come. For now, let’s make sure you understand how to complete the conversion process so you can capture those leads when they visit your landing page!

  1. Create an offer that is relevant to your contacts. Pay attention to where your contacts are in the funnel. Are they cold contacts? Then an eBook would be good to gain interest. Are they a current customer that you are trying to upsell? A relevant checklist would be good. Have they already showed interest in your product offerings? Offer them a demo or a coupon for enrollment!
  2. Host that offer on a thank you page and/or with a follow-up email. You must deliver the promised content once they submit their information to you. You can host your content on a thank you page or deliver it in a follow-up email. You could also deliver the content upon conversion by including a content link in the associated form in step 3.
  3. Create the landing page with an integrated form. There are many programs that you can create a landing page with, but the most important part is to integrate a form with the landing page that will capture those submissions! This submission form will direct the contact to the content whether it is hosted on a thank you page, delivered automatically through a content link, or delivered in an automated email.
  4. Then you will want to segment your acquired lead lists for email marketing purposes!

Now that you have completed and refined your conversion process you are ready to begin driving traffic to your website to generate those leads you worked so hard to convert. Webrageous can help you maximize campaign performance and avoid wasting your ad spend on ineffective keyword techniques. Our team of search marketing experts stay continually up to date on the latest advancements with both Google AdWords and Bing Ads, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best results possible from your ad campaigns under our management. Contact us today for a consultation to see how you can grow your PPC advertising efforts successfully.

Should Ecommerce Merchants Opt for Shopping Ads Over Text Ads?

September 21st, 2015

While many companies use online advertising to promote products and increase sales, ecommerce merchants have the advantage of being able to sell directly to consumers online, adding another dimension to their digital advertising goals. If you’re an ecommerce merchant placing PPC ads via Google Adwords, you might not be taking full advantage of your digital advertising options. If you haven’t considered incorporating shopping ads (PLA) into your Adwords PPC campaigns, it’s time to reconsider your online advertising strategy.

Understanding the Ecommerce PPC Landscape

The two main digital advertising spaces that ecommerce merchants should be concerned with are text ads and shopping ads. You can manage both from your Google Adwords account, but they serve different purposes and are different in some key ways.

Text Ads – Text ads are the conventional text-only PPC ads you see with search marketing advertising campaigns. They include a link to your website or landing page, a few lines of copy, and perhaps a few other perks in the case of mobile ads. Text ads give you more precise, granular control over when your ads show up, but for many industries they can be highly competitive, and they don’t always stand out well in the sea of text people see in their search results.


Shopping Ads – Shopping Ads, also known as product listing ads (PLA), are a type of ad tailored towards online merchants. They include a product image and are driven by products and product categories, rather than keywords. For serious online merchants, this one of the best means of getting your products in front of people who are looking to buy them.

Text ads vs Shopping Ads Search


Do Shopping Ads or Text Ads Perform Better?

To get a better sense of how each type of ad performs, we pulled the numbers from one of our long-running campaigns for a client in the ecommerce space. The results are a fairly good representation of how most similarly structured campaigns perform. We found that the CTR was better for text ads, most likely because text ads give advertisers greater control over the keyword matching, so they were more likely to be a good fit with the search terms used by consumers. However, our client saw better conversion rate, conversion cost, and CPC with Shopping Ads compared to text search ads. The bottom line is that shopping ads perform very well for ecommerce.

These results line up with the digital marketing activities of some of the biggest online retailers. Walmart puts over 70% of their digital ad spend into PLAs, and companies like Best Buy, Staples and follow suit with PLA-heavy online advertising budgets. The question is, why are these shopping ads performing so much better than text-based PPC campaigns?

Why Shopping Ads Click for Ecommerce Ad Campaigns


1. Better Brand Recognition with PLA

Shopping ads win out when it comes to leveraging brand name searches. A recent case study for Heal’s furniture showed the benefits of leveraging your branding to get conversions. Heal’s, a well-established furniture brand, spent years sinking their digital ad spend into text ad campaigns that weren’t converting. Heal’s study showed that conversion rates for brand related searches are as much as 26% higher for shopping ads than for text ads. By focusing their advertising efforts on product listing ads, Heal’s was able to leverage their brand name to drive more sales. For merchants looking to leverage branded products to increase sales, PLA is a better option.

2. Spread Your Ad Spend Across the Buying Cycle

As purchasing decisions get more complex and expensive, consumers tend to spend more time researching and reviewing their options before making a decision. Oftentimes text ads land in front of searchers who are still in the early stages of the buying cycle, and who may not be ready to make a purchase yet. Since the people who are served PLAs tend to already be looking to purchase items, rather than just researching them and looking for information, they are a better bet when it comes to actually making a purchase.

3. A Picture’s Worth…

The benefit of the more visually appealing shopping ad format shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies show that people are 40% more likely to engage with visual content than text-only content, leading to a higher conversion rate for visually appealing ads. Another downside of text ads for ecommerce is that merchants have limited character space to describe their product. By providing shoppers with an eye-catching photo of your product, you can boost your descriptive power and compensate for having minimal text space.

Getting the Best Results from Your Ecommerce Ad Campaigns

Don’t start canceling your text ad campaigns quite yet. They’re a powerful, flexible way to reach buyers and still perform well when managed correctly. While many successful retailers are turning to shopping ads,, another huge online retailer, puts all their stock in text ads. Text ads are still a high-performing way to reach customers. Furthermore, if you move a very low volume each month, shopping ads aren’t always a great fit.

Text Ads vs Shopping Ads

However, for many ecommerce merchants, the importance of diversifying your PPC spend with shopping ads can’t be understated. Product listing ads provide a straightforward way for merchants to reach customers, and they can give your ad campaigns a big performance boost. Many large retailers have some level of a mix between the two form of ads in order to take advantage of both spaces.

The strongest solution for a healthy ecommerce PPC strategy is to employ a mix of shopping ads and text ads. Text ads give you more control over your audience, while shopping ads help you hone in on searchers who are ready to make a purchase. Balancing your advertising efforts between the two advertising methods can help you maximize your PPC results. By playing around with your ad spend for both PLA and text-based ads, you can find the right mix of each ad type to get the best overall returns for your advertising dollar.

Building Shopping Ads into Your PPC Strategy with Webrageous

Webrageous has extensive experience managing both PLA shopping and text ad campaigns for clients in a number of industries. If you’re interested in exploring product listing advertising options, we can help you determine whether shopping ads are a good fit for your company, and how you can incorporate them into your existing web advertising campaigns. With Webrageous you can find the right balance between shopping ads and text ads to make sure that your ecommerce business can stay competitive in the digital advertising market. Contact us today to see what our expertise can bring to your PPC campaigns.


Why Running Broad Keywords on Bing Ads is a Bad Idea

September 14th, 2015

For many advertisers, their PPC efforts begin and end with Google AdWords. But as the most popular search advertising platform, AdWords can end up being costly and time-consuming, especially in competitive markets like the legal and insurance industries. With up to 20% of U.S. search traffic coming from Bing Search, savvy marketers know that diversifying your PPC campaigns to serve ads on different browsers other than Google can help you reach an untapped segment of the market.

Running search ads with Bing Ads isn’t just a matter of recreating your Google AdWords strategy on a different platform, but many advertisers make the mistake of treating the platforms as interchangeable. By gaining a better understanding of how Bing Ads differs from Google AdWords when it comes keyword matching, you can help compensate for some of Bing’s shortcomings and improve your Bing campaigns.

Keyword Matching 101: Know Your Type

Let’s back up and review the different keyword matching types available on both Google and Bing’s PPC platforms. Knowing how the various keyword matching options work and how you can best use them is an important step in developing a comprehensive PPC strategy.

  • Broad Match: Broad match allows you to show ads to the widest group of searchers; when you use broad match, your ads can show up anytime someone searches that keyword, regardless of phrasing of his search. Casting a wide net can be a powerful tool, but it can also backfire by serving your ads to people who aren’t really interested.
  • Broad Match Modifier: True to its name, broad match modifier is a slightly more precise version of broad match. It serves your ads for people who searched for a close, but not necessarily exact, match to your keywords. This could mean matching “run” to “running” and “runners.” Broad match modifiers give users the benefit of the scope of broad keywords, but can also help to eliminate some of the inaccurate matches.
  • Exact Match: In the cast of exact match, the search query must exactly match of your keyword phrase, which is great when you’re targeting long-tail keywords and honing in on very specific keywords. However, because there are usually many variations on how people search for products and services, relying too heavily on exact match can prevent your ads from showing up when they should.
  • Phrase Match: As with exact match, phrase match requires your exact keyword to appear in the search query, but will also show up for searches that include your keyword with words before or after it. For example, your keyword “children’s books” would match with “buy children’s books” and “children’s books for sale” but not “children’s science books.”
  • Negative Match: Negative match prevents your ads from showing up when people search certain keywords. It’s commonly used to help hone search results by telling the ad platform know when it shouldn’t show your ads.  

The Downside of Broad Keywords

Broad keyword matching is the default keyword match type, and the type that reaches the largest, most diverse audience. This method of keyword matching allows you to reach a wide audience regardless of the exact phrase they use in their search, which lets you save time building lengthy keyword lists and trying to figure out how people might try to find your business. For instance, your keyword “dog food” won’t just get you results for people who search “dog food,” but also “puppy food” and “dog kibble.” However, you can also get inappropriate airtime for your ads — “dog sitting” and “Italian food” could also potentially come up when you use broad match keywords.

Fortunately for Google AdWords users, Google has a solution. When you run broad keyword matches, Google’s algorithm is smart enough to recognize when search query and ad combinations are a bad fit, then refines where your ads show up accordingly. Eventually, AdWords can stop those bad matches before they occur, so your ads are less likely to be served to people who were searching for something else entirely. It’s not 100% accurate, but, in general you can trust the broad keywords match tool on Google to still provide you with a lot of relevant matches.

Why Broad Keyword Match on Bing Ads Performs Poorly

Unfortunately for advertisers on Bing, the Bing Ads algorithm is not as advanced as Google’s. When you run broad keywords on Bing, you’ll still “match” with a large number of highly irrelevant search terms. While your ads might be getting a lot of impressions on Bing Ads, you might end up showing ads to people who aren’t interested at all in your product or services. On Bing, running broad match keywords can disastrous; you can easily burn through your ad spend on bad matches if you only use broad keyword matching.

Alternatives on to Broad Keyword Match

Running ads on Bing has a lot of advantages. It’s a less competitive market so you’re more likely to score better ad placement for less, and Bing’s platform gives advertisers a little more transparency and control in ways that Google doesn’t. The trick is finding strategies that leverage Bing’s strengths to your advantage, while compensating for its weak points.

While broad keyword match is the default keyword matching method, and in some ways the most straightforward PPC option for inexperienced managers, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only option you have as an advertiser. The most effective PPC campaigns use a combination of several keyword matching methods to ensure that your ads reach not only a wide audience, but an audience that is interested in your product or services.

Using alternative keyword matching methods to supplement or replace broad match can be a much more effective way of honing your campaigns and reaching the right audience with search advertising. However, because they are somewhat more complex and specific than broad keyword match, they can require a little more finesse and a stronger understanding of keyword performance to be used successfully.

Getting Better Results from Bing Ads

Running ads on Bing can be a great way to round out your PPC campaigns and reach a wider audience than with Google AdWords alone. Just as with Google AdWords, running successful Bing Ads requires a strong understanding of the nuances of the Bing Ads algorithm. No matter which platform you use for PPC, it’s important to remember that the algorithms are continuously changing and improving, so what works well right now might not hold true by next year.

Webrageous can help you maximize campaign performance on Bing and avoid wasting your ad spend on ineffective keyword techniques. Our team of search marketing experts stays continually up to date on the latest advancements with both Google AdWords and Bing Ads, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best results possible from your ad campaigns under our management. Contact us today for a consultation to see how you can effectively leverage Bing Ads to grow your PPC advertising efforts successfully.

Is Bing’s Syndicated Traffic Hurting Your PPC Campaign?

April 22nd, 2014

Let’s talk about Bing Ads for a spell; they have some nuances that warrant a closer investigation.


If you’re suffering from some underperforming Bing ads, there are many potential culprits. First, make sure you have executed the following:


  • Targeting that is appropriate for your business and demographic
  • Targeted terms
  • substantial list of negative keywords

There is another default setting in Bing, however, that may be causing your underperformance and overspending issues. This is the “Bing syndicated partners” setting, a controversial little option that often causes more harm than good. Curious about how it may be affecting you? Keep reading for details.


The Purpose of Bing’s Syndicated Partners Setting

PPC advertising works because of one simple premise: if people are actively looking for the goods and services you provide, you absolutely want to connect with them. This is highly targeted, very valuable advertising, and can move the needle quickly in your world of acquisition.


The Bing syndicated partners setting, then, actually acts counterintuitively to this goal. As a default, it is pre-selected, and this means your ads will be posted on Bing and Yahoo’s ad partners. These are NOT search engines, they are pre-selected websites that have a relationship with Bing. This means traffic can be far less targeted and motivated, and therefore may cause your campaigns to appear as though they aren’t knocking it out of the park.


By disabling this feature, you can accurately test if your ads are having success in the search engine world. This can single handedly take a failing campaign into one with smashing results.


Find Out if You’re Paying for Advertising on Partner Sites

To discover if your ads are appearing in places you never intended, do the following:


  • Select the reports page inside the Bing Ads UI
  • Select the Website URL (publisher) – this will generate a list of each ad placement, and where exactly they have appeared
  • Click the Accounts/Campaigns that you would like to target
  • Run the report

The report will reveal the list of places your ad(s) have appeared. If you see sites that you know aren’t appropriate for your targeting, it’s time to disable that setting.


How to Disable the Bing Syndicated Partners Feature

To turn off this setting in your Bing Ads user interface, do the following:


  • Access your group settings
  • Click Advanced Settings
  • Select Ad Distribution
  • Click Bing and Yahoo! (Owned and Operated) Only – this will limit your ad postings to the search engines only, not partner sites

Remember that you’ll need to do this for each group of ads you operate.

To turn off the settings via the Bing Ads Editor, follow these steps:


  • Click the ad groups tab
  • Select All
  • Click Network Distribution
  • Check Only Bing and Yahoo! websites

Your ads will now only appear on Bing and Yahoo’s search results.


When to Enable the Bing Syndicated Partners Feature

It isn’t always a given that this syndicated partners option should be turned off. If you’re launching a contextual campaign, leave this enabled so that you can segregate and accurately monitor each ad. If you’re using generic terms, it also makes sense to go broad. Remember that this feature widens your audience to a more mainstream level; so if your campaign is not at all niche-focused, syndicated partners can help a bundle.


Need some help navigating the complicated space of Bing and Google PPC? Reach out to us anytime; we are the PPC experts and we’d love to assist!


Why It’s Time to Go Mobile with Your PPC Campaigns

April 3rd, 2014

Mobile devices may be small, but there’s no doubt about it: they are mighty. Last year, for the first time ever, desktop ad spending dropped .8 percent, thanks to the small screen surge, and this year it’s expected to dip over 9 percent – that’s a hefty $1.4 billion dollar decline.


There’s simply no denying it any longer: your need to take your PPC campaigns to the small screen, and stat. Desktop ad spending is declining because traffic keeps dropping off – advertisers always know to go where the people are. And people are picking up small devices in droves. The exciting news is that prices for mobile ads still rank about 2/3 less than their desktop counterparts, so if you jump in quickly, bargains await. It’s time to be cutting edge and thrifty. A rare opportunity for marketers indeed!


Mobile By the Numbers


Mobile ad spending is expected to go up 82.3 percent this year – an astronomical jump that equates to over $4 billion in spending. If you’re not in on this trend, you’re literally behind the curve. Emarketer reports that for Google alone, desktop search ad revenue will decline by roughly $770 million, while mobile ad revenues will jump $1.76 billion. Since Google still maintains about 95 percent of mobile searches, there numbers reflect the industry as a whole in total.


For straight searches, the numbers are similar. Last year, desktop searches declined for the first time ever, down just over 3 percent. During the same period, mobile searches spiked over 19 percent. The mobile eagle has landed – there’s no denying the popularity. In fact, users sitting at their desktop are now commonly reaching for their cell phones to trigger a search, showing a preference for the small screen is just around the bend.


Mobile Tips for Your PPC Campaigns


Before you go head first into converting your desktop PPC spending into a mobile market, consider the following tips so your transition is a successful one:


1) Diversify Calls-to-Action

The most popular method of PPC clicks are linked straight to a web page. But don’t forget about the often highly effective click-to-call technique either. Depending on your business focus, click-to-call actions can yield far more positive results, and can often help you save on robust mobile sites. For example, if you don’t yet have a mobile-friendly website, there’s no excuse not to enter into the mobile PPC game with a click-to-call campaign.


2) Utilize the “Site Links” Feature

“Site links” are an add-on for PPC ads that enable marketers to include different links to their websites, placed below the standard ad copy. This means you can link to your homepage or key landing page in the main headline, but promote other category or product pages in the lines below. This allows you to present more details about your brand and offering, and diversify the calls to action here as well. This is a great place to list promotions, special deals, or key features of what you’re offering. Let these links answer core questions you perceive your demographic will have about your company, saving them the effort of clicking through to your site for more info.


3) Measure the Mobile Reach in Your Industry

Mobile may be sweeping the general web audience, but it might not be a hot commodity in your niche. Before you spend the time and resources to launch a mobile campaign, weigh the impact of small screens in your industry to guarantee you aren’t wasting time and resources.


4) Focus on Broad Keyword Matches

When you set up a PPC campaign, you have the option of locking in exact matches to your keywords, such as “red high heel shoes”. Remember, however, that mobile users have efficiency in mind, and often do not type lengthy searches. Instead, set up your campaigns to for broad matches, meaning that searches akin to “red high heel shoes”, not just those with the exact phrasing, are included in your campaign.


There’s just no arguing that mobile usage is a phenomenon that marketers must successfully deal with, or else they risk being lost in the conversion from desktop to small screen. PPC for mobile is in many ways a different animal to tame, so studying the nuances of this space is crucial to success. If you’re ready to dive into mobile campaigns but need some guidance and expertise, contact the folks at Webrageous anytime for assistance. We specialize in PPC campaigns on screens of all sizes, and can help you demystify the world of paid search, across the board. Regardless, don’t let yourself get left behind. Mobile is here to stay; join the trend, and let your PPC strategies stand the test of time.

PPC and Social Media: The Dynamic Duo

March 21st, 2014

At the heart of every PPC (pay per click) and social media campaign is a marketer’s desire to increase traffic, brand awareness, conversions, and profit margins. Once considered mutually exclusive, paid search and social media are now accepted as partners in marketing movements.


There are two schools of thought in the integration of these two tactics:


  1. Using social media to dramatically boost PPC campaigns
  2. The advent of “social PPC”, or paid search campaigns on social sites like Facebook

Whether one or both are viable strategies for your branding efforts remains a very personal decision. Dive into these robust definitions and see if either tactic matches your efforts.


Intelligent Ways to Merge Social Media with PPC Campaigns


Almost every company could benefit from smartly executed social media campaigns that help support their PPC ads. To do this with aplomb and professionalism, employ these five tried and tested tips:


1) Consistency


Use the same messaging, tone, and sentiments in both PPC and social spaces to create a cohesive brand identity for your viewers. If a visitor sees a social campaign that then matches a PPC ad spied later, that kind of reinforcement can be just enough to entice a closer look.


2)    Variety


Yes, consistency and variety go together! Variety, in this case, refers to the social media platforms you select. It’s incredibly easy to fall into a social rut; marketers often remain true to sites like Twitter or Facebook out of sheer habit. If you find your campaigns just aren’t gaining the traction you had hoped, venture off to sites like LinkedIn or Pinterest; whatever fits your brand best, and houses the best potential to reach your selected demographic.


3)    Engagement


As you stream folks from your PPC campaigns to your landing pages, make sure it’s easy to become a follower of your social profiles too. The more you leverage each approach to support each other, the more powerful both strategies become.


4)    Analytics


PPC campaigns reveal loads about who your audience really is. Study the metrics carefully to determine your core demographic. Likewise, the messages that garner the most clicks in the paid search world are obviously golden for social media campaigns too. This emphasizes the need for consistency discussed above; if it works on one channel, it may be equally strong on the other. Don’t be afraid to duplicate your successes wherever it makes sense.


Mastering the World of Social PPC


Social PPC is a specialized form of paid search that involves ads on social platforms, specifically for a CPC or CPM basis. The main metrics that are essential are click throughs, conversions, and impression counts.


There are a slew of excellent sites to choose from if you’re venturing into social PPC – obvious go-to’s like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn reign supreme. But don’t count out lesser-known but powerful options like FourSquare and Reddit; if your audience is active on these tier 2 social sites, there’s less competition and clutter, which can mean a veritable windfall if you execute properly.


To determine if a social PPC campaign is truly working, you’ll want to focus on measuring the following parameters:


  • ROAS (Return on Ad Spend) – a more traditional metric to follow, but don’t forget to log it carefully.
  • Watch things like Likes, Follows, and Fans; these metrics should trigger additional actions for your social campaigns that celebrate successes. Don’t just monitor sales and leads, as the social space has a lot more data to utilize.
  • CPC (Cost Per Click) – You will likely find that some tactics bring folks to your social sites for less; leverage those to the hilt.
  • Setting goals is also essential, for analytics like sales, leads, and engagement. Without a clear benchmark to aim for, your efforts can feel misguided and lacking direction or clarity.

As you can see, creating separation in social and paid search spaces is no longer smart or efficient. By wisely merging the two efforts, you’ll eliminate duplications and better your changes to make each channel more effective and powerful.