Why you should invest in a PPC mobile campaign ASAP

If you’re an online advertiser, it is a fantastic idea to invest in a PPC mobile campaign. While it is not absolutely necessary, doing so can benefit your company greatly.

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Marin software recently released a report stating that mobile devices will drive one third of paid clicks in the US by December 2013. Do you want to potentially increase business by 33.3 percent? Then you should invest in a pay per click mobile campaign.

 

One of the exciting elements of mobile advertising is that you can show a different set of advertisements and set different bids based on the mobile device you are targeting. Like all Google AdWords campaigns, you can also target by location and time.  People use their smartphones constantly, so targeting users on mobile devices is an obvious choice. As smartphones become both cheaper and more advanced, mobile PPC advertising is becoming more important for businesses. (more…)

What makes Google AdWords the best PPC advertising network in the US?

This year, Google AdWords continues to change the game in the world of paid search marketing through its competitive keyword tools, Enhanced Mobile Ad Campaign and Remarketing, thus making it the best PPC advertising network in the US.

dirtbikeCompetitive Keyword Tools

Google AdWords’ research tools pull up keywords with a higher rate of clickability or marketability for campaigns compared to any other PPC tools, as highlighted in the infographic presented by Dr. Pete.

Dr. Pete and his team collected data from 10,000 page one Google SERPs via Google.com both for typical business hours on a particular day and random hours on random days. They turned off the personalization and saw to it that crawlers were logged-out from Chrome browser. They retrieved 500 keywords in 20 different categories through AdWord’s keyword tools and generated the following results: (more…)

How can the PPC Manager improve keyword bidding techniques?

The PPC Manager can improve his or her keyword bidding techniques through these 7 simple ways:

  1. tip-jarPay attention to the users’ queries and bid consequently.

PPC Managers should know when to increase or decrease bids on a particular keyword or ad group to improve their keyword bidding techniques. The Search Query Performance Tool can be really helpful in deciding whether to higher or lower the keyword bids. Paying attention to what the searchers are actually typing aids PPC Managers to choose the perfect keywords they should bid on.

PPC Managers should base his or her decision to bid on freshly retrieved data and this means retrieving words to be use as keywords from actual traffic and actual conversions. The best tip to keep in mind is that searchers’ queries should control the keywords to be bid on rather than bidding blindly on keywords in the hopes that these keywords will drive customers to the site. (more…)

How can you improve the Quality Score of your important keywords?

Quality Score, as we all know by now, is determined by the relevance of your advertisements, keywords and landing page. Quality Score is Google’s way of recognizing, that indeed, your advertisements, keywords and landing pages serve their purpose of being useful to those searching online.

 

new-ideasAs a way of review, Google calculates your Quality Score through the following ways:

 

  • Your keywords’ click-through–rate  which shows the frequency by which your keywords encouraged users to click on your advertisements

  • Your display URL’s past click-through-rate which shows the frequency of clicks already matched to your URL

  • Your account history which shows the overall click-through-rate of your advertisements and keywords

  • Your landing page’s relevance, meaning how user-friendly your page is

  • Your keyword relevance in relation to your advertisements

  • Your keyword relevance in relation to what the searchers are actually looking for

  • Your account’s geographic performance

  • Your advertisment’s performance on a site

  • Your advertisement’s performance on desktops, mobile devices and tablets

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How can the PPC Manager improve keyword bidding techniques?

The market industry evolves constantly. Marketing strategy, to be effective, needs to keep up with the demands of marketing channels that are being discovered from time to time. This is very true with the pay-per-click industry.

 

tip-jar As paid search campaign advertisements expand, the challenge of successfully managing numerous accounts surrounds the PPC Manager. To cope with the fast change, Google AdWords managers explore automated bid optimization platforms in order to improve their keyword bidding techniques.

 

With the majority of PPC managers and marketers alike shifting towards automated bid platforms, Google is making further improvements via the introduction of its Performance Bidding Suite. Google defines the performance Bidding Suite as a tool that allows a marketer to “easily define and optimize to his precise business objectives, and express a unique bid goal for every conversion type. It also offers the option to integrate data, and have this data expressed in bid decisions to ensure that the entirety of your business is usable for bid optimization consideration.” (more…)

What are the main advantages of Local-Mobile advertising via Google AdWords?

According to xAD 2012 year-in-review report almost 95% of advertisers are now using location targeting with their advertisements. The year-in-review presented interesting statistics as follows:

  • Place-based targeting was the most popular form of audience targeting, leveraged in 67% of campaigns.

  • Only 20% of advertisers use behavioral targeting although it grew 212% between Q1 and Q4, faster than any other form.

  • Advertisers’ use of standard geo-targeting (zip, city, DMA) dropped from 64% in Q1 to just 13% in Q4.

  • Advertisers using geo-fencing and geo-specific behavior targeting tripled from 27% to 81%.

Google AdWords is very much aware of these changes with the user behavior and the need for advertisers to have more options when designing local-mobile campaigns. With this, Google launched its AdWords Enhanced Campaigns. (more…)

PPC remarketing campaigns… what are the top three things to consider?

Google Adwords technology offers advertisers the unique opportunity to “remarket” or continue to target individuals who have already visited their website. Skillful remarketing can help your PPC campaign generate more conversions in a number of ways.

In the world of Pay Per Click, impressions (or views of your advertisements) are the foundation of any successful conversion rate. Remarketing is an excellent strategy to increase conversions through repeatedly displaying advertisements to someone who demonstrated interest by visiting your website.

The remarketing feature gives you the power to further connect with an individual who, for whatever reason, did not complete a purchase. Remarketing helps you to share special offers and other relevant advertisements even when they have turned to other websites on the Google Display Network. Potentially, you can even remarket to prospective clients while they browse the website of your stiffest competition (granted they are members of the Google Display Network).

A skillful Pay Per Click advertising expert will create a special series of advertisements just for remarketing campaigns. Quite often they include compelling offers and further encouragement to go back to his or her website and make a purchase.

Read the connecting article about ppc remarketing strategies for more information and advice about running a remarketing campaign before you actually go to launch.

 

3 PPC Marketing Improvements for Your Website that Google Loves

If there’s one common catch phrase you’ll hear from Pay Per Click (PPC) advertisers everywhere, it’s ‘Optimize your Website’. After all, everybody is after the same thing — higher page rank and quality scores. Therefore, creating the kind of website that Google algorithms would love has become one of the most important aspects of PPC. With this said, people are always on the lookout for PPC marketing improvements that could turn their websites around so that they can eventually get lower costs per click and start working towards better rankings on search engine results pages.
 
So do you do all these? What PPC marketing improvements could you apply to help you start meeting your goals? Improving your website to make your PPC campaign work better would mean getting rid of bad links that may possibly be on your pages. This also means updating your website regularly, something you can do by adding fresh content or revamping the old ones. Of course, optimization is always going to be part of the process, and this covers almost everything in your website, from the text on your landing page to the tags that you use.
 
ppc marketing improvementsA more thorough explanation on these PPC marketing improvements can be accessed through this link . These steps would help get you into Google’s good graces and allow you to boost your PPC campaign’s performance.
 

Local and National Pay Per Click campaigns are different because…

When deciding what kind of Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign is best for your business,  whether local or national, it’s critical that you analyze your  target audience. Where are your customers coming from? What is the best platform  that will enable you to engage them?  Is it best to advertise at the district, state or regional level?

Local and national campaigns give paid search experts the room to make these decisions. Local campaigns offer advertisers the option of showing their advertisements  in a narrower geographic area, such as a city.

Where these advertisements are shown is fully determined by the advertisers. National campaigns are PPC campaigns that are shown across the country. These campaigns do not target specific states or regions. Find out more about the differences between local and national pay per click campaigns by reading the article, Important Differences between Local and National PPC Campaigns, on the Webrageous website.

 

Multilingual PPC campaigns: 5 things to avoid!

Creating multilingual ppc campaigns can allow your business to enter new and profitable markets.

However, there are many critical issues to keep in mind when you make the linguistic jump. Read about the top five things to avoid when aiming to run an effective multilingual PPC campaign in the connecting article, 5 Common Errors found in Foreign Language PPC Campaigns, on the Webrageous website.

How does a PPC advertising beginner make good optimization decisions?

The journey into paid search advertising or bidding on display networks can be a little frustrating to many new AdWords users. Beginners keen on making progress in their advertising should focus on several key areas in PPC campaign development.

Below are four tips to help even the most inexperienced PPC advertisers optimize their accounts.

Optimize advertisement text

Though PPC campaigns on the Display Network can also include video and image advertisements, it is the accompanying text that contains the call to action. PPC advertisements should be crafted in a creative way that drives the user towards your website. The words used should be attractive to your ideal customers and unappealing to everyone else. Including prices or descriptive words such as “affordable or premium” can give your audience an idea of whether or not the product or service is suitable for them. This is a fine art, so start practicing your pitch. (more…)

The iPad, the cell phone or the laptop? Which is the best device for your PPC campaign?

While 2013 is considered the Year of the Snake by Chinese astrologers, for Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign managers advertising on the Google Display and Search Networks, it may as well be known as  the Year of the Tablet.

Last year  128 million of these devices were shipped, an increase of 78% since 2011. PPC campaign managers must engage these as well as mobile users in 2013 as they represent a large and promising  slice of potential conversions.

Integration of devices

Google has recognized the importance of the tablet market as well as the similarities between tablets and desktop computers. In both cases, the display settings are quite comparable as website surfing on tablets offers the same look and feel as the desktop computer experience. The similarities also mean that people search the same way on both devices, often utilizing the same type and number of keywords. In the future the two will become one, with tablet bidding merging seamlessly into desktop campaigns. (more…)

3 Ways PPC Campaigns are Destroyed Using Unnatural Links

Advertising on the Google Search Network through Google Adwords can help your business to generate traffic and conversions on your website while building brand power. Google uses an algorithm to determine the PageRank of your website which, among other factors, is determined by the quantity, quality and relevance of the links other websites make to yours.
 
unnatural linksRecently Google announced that it would be streamlining activities it deemed as “unnatural links schemes”. Essentially, this is any behavior that manipulates links to your website or outgoing links from your site. It’s a broad definition but the company clarified by giving users a detailed list of these activities.
 
As expected, practices that were considered unfavorable included exchanging money, services or products for links, using excessive link exchanging or “link to me and I’ll link to you”, linking to spammers or unrelated websites to improve PageRank and utilizing automated programmes to create links to your website.
 
If these links are not removed, your company risks being banned from the Google Search Network and paid search with Google Adwords. Though removing these links can be a challenging process, it is a necessary one if you are to safeguard your PPC campaign. (more…)

Two ways to improve a PPC branding campaign using link-building strategies

Effective Pay Per Click branding campaigns should be supported by what marketers refer to as “link-building”. This is the dynamic process of driving traffic to your website via links from other website sources.

You can create links in many ways. Popular methods include: contributing content to other websites operating in your industry, posting information on online forums and message boards and writing replies in the comment sections of blogs.

The higher the quality, quantity and relevance of links leading to your website, the higher your website’s PageRank or appearance in Google search results. A high PageRank will positively affect your Quality Score and since the success of your PPC branding campaign is in part tied to Quality Score, link-building is just as essential for the PPC manager as it is for the SEO specialist.

PPC campaign benefits of having a high Quality Score include; (more…)

Are mobile advertisements worth it for your PPC campaign?

Google AdWords mobile Pay Per Click advertising campaigns can give your website the push it needs to capitalize on the growing smartphone market. Mobiles offer us previously unknown opportunities to create and consume content, purchase products and utilize services at sometimes lightning-fast speeds. However, should mobile device users be specially targeted through mobile advertisements?
 
mobile advertisementsMobile search is growing at a rapid rate and with it equal opportunities for businesses to break into this highly valuable paid search advertising. Google AdWords Pay Per Click advertising experts are encouraging businesses to get ahead of the competition and start their mobile advertisements immediately. If this were the stock market, the time to buy-in would definitely be now.
 

How is Mobile Search Special?

Currently the market for popular keywords on desktop search is extremely competitive and can be a challenge for less established PPC campaigns. More than likely, a lot of your competition is not yet utilizing mobile advertisements, so why not strike while the iron’s hot? The proof is in the balance sheet — creating mobile PPC campaigns can increase your business’s exposure at a lower cost to you (generally lower CPC rates) while shoring up your return on investment.
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Why do you need Google AdWords Help?

“I get by with a little Google AdWords Help from my friends,” is how the real Beatles hit song goes – a few years into the future that is – and the phrase really couldn’t be truer if it wished to be with the help of a genie and fairy godmother in tow at the same time.
 
Even if you are a real veteran, a real Google AdWords dab hand at managing online campaigns, you still need help and advice when it comes to the management of your Google AdWords Campaigns. We all need help and advice. It is useful and healthy to see things from another’s perspective and to get an objective eye on certain matters whenever possible. Particularly in the world of online marketing, as it changes all the time and new techniques are being developed on a daily basis to make advertising campaigns even more successful.
 

What kind of Google Adwords Help is available?

There are a number of different ways in which you can get your hands on some Google AdWords Help. It is always best to investigate a little into the sources that you come across, but the variety is out there for the taking. (more…)

Where did your Link Building Strategy go?

Do you have a link building strategy or do you simply send a few articles out to other websites every now and then and hope for the best?
 
Link building is one of the best and free ways of building up the strength and credibility of your website. It is also a great way of driving traffic to your site too. However, if you are hoping to generate links without having a real link building strategy in place, which you monitor and update accordingly, you are doing your site a substantial disservice.
 

What should be included in the average link building strategy?

The term “link building strategy” implies a great deal of information in the title alone. “Strategy” signifies that time, thought and real consideration has gone into the development of whatever matter might be at hand. Therefore in order to generate an effective link building strategy, a plan must be put in place. (more…)

The Art of Long Tail Keyword Pay Per Click Management

Most experienced pay per click advertisers know that long tail keywords offer high conversion rates for less money and as such they help to generate a much healthier return on investment at the end of every month.

Experienced pay per click advertisers know this about long tail keywords because they understand that people searching for “cheap hostel accommodation Cusco Peru” has been doing a lot more research than someone who types in “hostel Peru” and is therefore more likely to convert.

Therefore, it is abundantly clear that investing in long tail keywords is an effective step in the right direction for any pay per click advertiser. Long tail keywords should feature in every single pay per click management campaign in some way. The point of focus, however, is to work out how best to incorporate these keywords and how to manage them without letting your keyword lists and ad groups get way out of control. (more…)

Updating the All or Nothing Approach to Conversion Analysis

What do online advertisers want more than anything else? Lots of conversions. When we get conversions, we pat ourselves on the back and add them to the success pile so that we can keep count.
 
As our successful conversion number rises, we feel happier, but conversion analysis should really go a lot deeper than this if we are looking to find ways of making more people convert on a regular basis and turn our happiness into online marketing euphoria.
 
If we only ever measure the amount of successful conversions, we only ever get access to half of the data. This approach to conversion analysis is seriously lacking in so many respects. Analyzing and having access to the amount of “almost conversions” that occur on your site is even more valuable in some ways than knowing how many people have actually converted.
 
Why?
 
If you know how many people almost converted, you can use this data to develop ways of remarketing and making those people follow through to full conversion the next time.

A Deeper Look at Conversion Analysis

Let’s look into conversion analysis even further.
 

1. Why do people “almost convert” on your website?

 
Gathering data on the people that almost convert is actually a lot easy than most people might at first think that it is, which is why it is so strange to think that more people are not focusing on this intermediary information.
 
For example, let’s imagine that you own a business that sells products online and your online customers have the opportunity to buy their products via your website and have them sent directly to their homes.
 
Most people with online businesses in this situation are only gathering data on actual conversions. So, when someone buys something, when money changes hands, this is when their online marketing analysis program (for example, Google Analytics) is set up to record the conversion. But what about all those people who go to your website and add products to the cart, but change their minds just before proceeding to check out? That’s one thing that you conversion analysis might be missing.
 
We have all done this. We have all put something into an online buy basket, made our way to check out and then changed our minds, removing the product from the cart before purchase.
 
There are lots of reasons why this happens. For example:

  1. The internet user puts lots of items in the shopping basket and then realizes that they don’t have enough money to buy everything, so they take out some of the items.
  2. The internet user becomes suspicious as to the safety of the site and therefore doesn’t want to enter in their details.
  3. Some internet users might simply have lost internet connection just before the point of sale and had in fact intended to buy everything in their cart.
  4. Some internet users are affected by their own inner voices, telling them that they don’t need these products or that it might be best to shop around a little more to see if they can get a better price elsewhere before they commit.

The above ideas are just a few of the many reasons why some people might complete an “almost conversion” and it is important to find out when these “almost conversions” are taking place so that we can learn from them and make further improvements to our online marketing campaigns.
 

2. How can you find out how to gather data on the “almost conversions” on your site?

 
Collecting the data is easily done. Set up another conversion marker in your Google Analytics program which records the dropping of a product into the shopping cart as an actual conversion in its own right.
 
You will then be able to clearly see how many people land on your site, how many people get as far as putting things in the shopping cart and then how many people actually complete the entire conversion process and pay for their item. In other words, a more thorough conversion analysis process.
 
It is that simple and the results that you will gather will be invaluable to you and to the analysis of your online advertising campaign as a whole.
 

3. What can you do with the conversion analysis data that you gather on the “almost conversions”?

 
The best thing to do with data that you gather on “almost conversions” as part of your online advertising campaigns is to follow up with a re-marketing campaign that targets those internet users that almost became customers. This shows you if your re-marketing efforts will help to just tip the odds in your favor and get them to convert the second time around.
 
For instance, if the reason why one of your potential customers did not convert lies in the simple fact that the internet connection was lost at a crucial conversion moment, this internet user might have forgotten about the purchase they were going to make.
 
In this scenario, your re-marketing campaign will help to give them a gentle remind to return to your site and finish off the transaction once and for all.
 
If, however, the reason why your potential customer did not fully convert relates to inner doubt and the inner voice of that person telling them that they don’t really need your product, which happens quite regularly, your remarketing campaign will act as the naughty little devil in their other ear, drawing them back to your site and into full conversion.
 
Remember, it is always easier to get a returning internet user, via remarketing strategies, to convert than an internet user visiting your website for the first time. This is why putting emphasis on “almost conversion” data on your conversion analysis is essential. This is why you need to make changes to the way your Google Analytics program records activity on your online advertising campaigns as soon as possible, so that you can get more important data on your conversion analysis.
 
Contact our Director of Marketing for more information about Google AdWords Management and better conversion analysis at any time.
 

Smartphone Paid Search Advertising is The Hottest Holiday Season Campaign

The best Christmas present you can put in your advertising campaign’s stocking this year is a paid search campaign specifically optimized for Smartphone devices.

Internet users and potential customers are going to be locked onto to the Smartphone device from now until 2013. Smart advertisers will start optimizing their Smartphone campaigns today.

Greg Sterling, online marketing expert, explains via the Search Engine Land website how Google anticipates a huge surge in the use of Smartphone devices during the holiday season this year. It is advisable that all online advertisers begin preparing for this shift in online user activity in order to maximize the potential for sales and other kinds of conversions between now and the end of the year.

How do you prepare your campaigns for the increase in Smartphone use during the holidays?

As with any shift in online consumer behavior, it is best to plan ahead and have a strategy in mind. (more…)