PPC Blog: Paid Search Strategy

When Google Automates PPC Branding and Messaging—Should We Worry?

If your clients are like ours, they take branding and messaging seriously. They dedicate a great deal of thought to the characteristics, values and attributes they want to communicate to their audience.

And as their trusted PPC agency, we work hard to make sure that our clients’ branding and messaging decisions are reflected in their paid search advertising.

Which is why two recent Google AdWords initiatives have me worried:

  1. Responsive ads
  1. “Ads by AdWords.”

Both of these initiatives continue Google’s slow march to automating the ad creation process—a march that circumvents the careful control of branding and messaging that our clients rightfully insist on.

Learn more about Google’s troubling move into branding and messaging in my recent Search Engine Land column.

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How to Avoid an International PPC Incident

Nobody said that international diplomacy was easy. And that truth applies not only to politics but also international PPC.

Just when you’ve mastered the PPC campaigns of your U.S. headquartered client account, they give you authorization to implement campaigns for their international divisions.

Which is awesome! But also scary—especially if you haven’t crossed international PPC borders before.

In this post, I’ll give you four potential blunders to watch out for in international PPC—blunders that can unwittingly lead to an international PPC incident.

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PPC Advertising for Universities: What You Need to Know

Over the years, Group Twenty Seven has run PPC advertising campaigns on behalf of several institutions of higher learning. And along the way, we’ve been schooled in the right way (and the wrong way!) of running paid search campaigns in the education vertical.

Whether you’re an in house marketer at a university, college or other education institution—or a PPC marketing agency working on their behalf—you’ll want to check out the many “dos” and “don’ts” of PPC advertising for universities, as detailed in my recent column in Search Engine Land.

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Sitelinks: The Swiss Army Knife of PPC

Behold the marvelous Swiss Army knife! If you’ve ever owned one of these amazing tools, you know how incredibly handy they are. With its many attachments, it’s like having a toolbox in your pocket!

You’re unlikely to ever need a Swiss army knife when marketing your products to consumers. But you’ll be happy to hear there’s a similarly handy tool for solving B2C marketing problems: the ever adaptable sitelinks.

But before we get to the many MacGyver-type uses of sitelinks, let’s quickly review what they are.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Bid on Brand for PPC

Business owners and marketing teams sometimes ask me whether they should bid on their own brand terms as part of their PPC campaigns.

In other words, if you’re Nike, do you only bid on “running shoes” (and similar terms), or do you also bid on “Nike”?

Whenever the question comes up, I have to pause. Not because I’m debating the answer, but because (as someone immersed in PPC) the answer seems so obvious to me that it’s hard to explain.

But at the same time, I get where the question is coming from.

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Propel Your Promos to New Levels With These Six PPC Tactics

Sometimes, PPC clients come to us with something special they want to promote.

It could be a new service they’re launching. Or excess product inventory they need to move. They could be holding a special event, running a contest or providing a limited time product incentive.

Whatever the “something special,” at Group Twenty Seven we’ve identified six PPC tactics that are especially good at garnering attention for these and other kinds of promotions.

In her recent Search Engine Watch article, Pauline Jakober delves into these six PPC tactics in more detail and describes how to apply them.
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Three Areas of Paid Search You Can’t Ignore in 2016

Last year, AdWords and other PPC advertising services rolled out an abundance of new features and methods. So many, in fact, it was sometimes hard to keep up!

But with the New Year upon us, now’s the perfect time to take a broader, second look at some easily overlooked PPC elements to make sure you’re making the most of them. In particular, you might want to draw your attention to your ad messaging strategy, the inclusion of video ads in campaigns and the use of remarketing lists for search ads.

In Pauline Jakober’s recent column in Search Engine Land, she dives into these three paid search areas in detail and explains why they’re so important.

Of course, these are only a small sample of the many avenues you can explore in paid search. If you really want to take your PPC campaigns to a new level this year, Pauline challenges readers to pick at least one new search tactic and test it. Who knows what you’ll discover!

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How’s Your PPC Ad Extension Strategy Holding Up?

Managing online advertising campaigns is non-stop busy. But every once in a while, you have to slow down, step back and take a broader view of what you’re doing. And this is one of those times.

What prompted it? Google’s recent introduction of structured snippet extensions. Unlike dynamic structured snippets, these extensions give advertisers more control—which is what we want! But at the same time, it brings the total number of possible ad extensions to seven. (Seven!)

So instead of slapping up another piece of text and proceeding as usual, it’s time to pause, reevaluate ALL your ad extensions and make sure they’re working together.

Find out more about the introduction of structured snippet extensions, and how they might impact your PPC ad extension strategy, in Pauline Jakober’s Search Engine Land column.

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3 Steps to Promoting Product Upgrades with Paid Search

PPC is often approached as a top-of-the-funnel activity, grabbing searchers (prospective customers) as they look around for product or services. A less popular strategy that’s ripe with opportunity is advertising to current customers through PPC and other paid search methods.

Why would you do that, you ask? Think product upgrades.

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