PPC Blog: AdWords

Customize Your Ads With the New AdWords IF Function

Back in the days of AdWords standard text ad format, marketing teams and PPC agencies would commonly create mobile-preferred ads as a way of tailoring messaging for mobile users.

With the rollout of expanded text ads, we lost this “mobile preferred” option. With expanded text ads, messaging is the same across all devices. If we want to tailor our ads to mobile users, the best we can do (in expanded text ads) is assign a separate “mobile” landing page for them.

Outside of expanded text ads, we have a few workaround options, such as device-based ad customizers and building mobile-specific ad groups or campaigns.

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Why You Should Use AdWords Labels in Your PPC Account

As a PPC agency, we’re accustomed to working with all kinds clients, from small family owned businesses to much, much larger international businesses. The biggest challenge for us, and for any PPC agency, is keeping on top of the very largest of these accounts. Some of them run hundreds of campaigns and, if you don’t know what you’re doing, these accounts can quickly get away from you.

In a recent blog post, I talked about some of the tools and strategies we use to manage these “monster” PPC accounts.

Only after that post went live did I realize I’d left out one of the most effective tools we use for keeping big accounts under control.

And that tool is AdWords labels.

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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 Use Expanded PPC Text Ads to Qualify Your B2B Clicks

When Google rolled out AdWords expanded PPC text ads, we immediately recognized the importance of using the expanded ad space strategically.

And one strategy you might consider is using the extra space to qualify your B2B clicks.

Now you might argue that you’re already qualifying your B2B clicks via your choice of keyword—and that’s true. However, most often, keywords alone aren’t enough. You’ll still end up with lots of clicks that don’t convert.

Fortunately, the additional space of expanded text ads gives you the room to get more specific on whom you’re targeting.

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Our PPC Wish List for 2017

Last year, as 2015 drew to a close, we posted a wish list for Google. And this year, we’ve decided to continue the practice—not because we got everything we wished for, but because we’ve compiled a whole new list of wishes!

Before we start, let me state—for the record—that we know we have it pretty good with Google. We’re the first to say AdWords is a solid tool. And the good folks at Google are usually pretty responsive to our inquiries.

But at the same time, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.

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PPC Functions and Tools For Which We Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the many things for which we PPC pros are grateful.

Because while we sometimes long for new product features or complain about annoying trends, the truth is we PPCers have a lot to be grateful for—especially when it comes to PPC account management.

Therefore, in the spirit of gratitude, the team at Group Twenty Seven has compiled a list of the many PPC-related things for which we give thanks.

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How to Make Your Search Ads Stand Out From the Crowd

Even a cursory examination of search ads reveals the obvious: aside from the occasional outlier, most search ads look pretty much the same.

But why is that?

Sure, marketers have to abide by ad structure and text limits as set by AdWords and other advertising services. But that still leaves lots of room for eye-catching strategic messaging.

The secret to taking search ads out of the “this is how we’ve always done it” box is to do some research BEFORE your marketing team puts pen to paper (or, in this case, fingers to keyboard).

In her recent column in Search Engine Land, Pauline Jakober describes how understanding business needs and audience desires can help marketers create stand-out-from-the-crowd search ads.

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What to Do When a Partner Advertises Your Brand Name

Recently, a client called us and pointed out, with some dismay, that a partner was using the client’s branded product name in its PPC advertising.

Understandably, our client wanted to know—is the partner allowed to do that?

And the answer (as it often is in PPC) is this: it depends.

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We’re Big Fans of AdWords New PPC Bid Adjustments—And Here’s Why

If you’re a PPC pro, you’re probably aware of AdWords’ recent changes to PPC bid adjustments. With this change, users can now set up separate bid adjustments for all device types, including mobile, desktop and tablet.

AdWords also upped the max bid adjustment percentage, from +300 percent to +900 percent.

You can read the AdWords announcement here.

From our perspective, this is a big move in the right direction.

Why? Because as PPC pros, we’re always looking for more data and more control. And this change gives us both.

(Cue silent, yet vigorous, fist pump.)

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The AdWords Change That Requires a Text Ad Rethink

If you’ve worked in PPC for any length of time, the combination 25-35-35 holds special meaning.

Why? Because it was the prescribed character limit for AdWords text ads.

But no longer.

In July, Google announced an expanded character count of 30-30-80 for text ads—giving PPC pros a lot more space to work with.

But while your marketing team might be tempted to simply throw in an extra headline and some additional text, your campaigns would benefit from a more considered approach.

In her latest column in Search Engine Land, Pauline Jakober shows us how to use this change to AdWords text ads more strategically.

AdWords text ads

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