April 6th, 2013
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. Read the rest of this entry »
April 6th, 2013
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.
April 5th, 2013
‘Optimize your website’ seems to be the top catch phrase for Pay Per Click (PPC) advertisers everywhere. Everyone wants to know how to create the most Google-friendly website that will reward them with higher PageRank and Quality Scores. This, many hope, will lead to lower costs per click and dominance of the Search Engine Results Pages.
Here are three PPC marketing adjustments you can make to your website to increase your Quality Score and get in Google’s good graces.
April 5th, 2013
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.
April 3rd, 2013
Creating a multilingual Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising campaign 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.
March 25th, 2013
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. Read the rest of this entry »
March 19th, 2013
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. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15th, 2013
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.
Recently 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. Read the rest of this entry »
March 14th, 2013
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; Read the rest of this entry »
March 13th, 2013
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?
Mobile 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 to start their mobile campaigns 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 isn’t tuned into mobile advertising, 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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