PPC Blog: B2C

Images in GDN Display Ads: Recent Findings

Like most other PPC pros, we’re continuing to test and experiment with the GDN as we come to grips with changes, such as the elimination of standard text ads and the roll out of responsive ads.

Some of these tests are planned. But some emerge organically as our clients put forth new ideas or new challenges arise.

This happened recently when one of our clients developed a new set of GDN display ads.

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4 PPC Metrics That Get More Attention Than They Deserve

It’s not uncommon for people new to paid search to get overly focused on certain PPC metrics.

While I applaud their interest, I often find that those metrics—in isolation—aren’t terribly useful.

At the same time, I can understand the fascination with certain numbers. After all, it’s easier to focus on one or two highly visible numbers than more complex metrics that are harder to nail down.

And, sometimes, I think these metrics become a way to avoid taking a broader perspective and asking tougher questions.

Therefore, I’m going to use this post to describe a few metrics that get more attention than they deserve—and what you might want to focus on instead.

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Your PPC Resolution for 2018: Keep Learning!

Paid search advertising is always changing. (Which is one of the things I love about it.) It takes a concerted effort to keep up with the times.

Paid search changes at such a rapid rate, in fact, that you have to look extra carefully at work experience. For example, if someone says, “I’ve worked in paid search advertising for 12 years,” that doesn’t tell me much. Sure, they might have excellent management experience and good contextual understanding of PPC advertising, but if they haven’t touch an AdWords account in the last two years, they would be woefully unprepared to directly manage an account.

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Our PPC Wish List for 2018

As has become our tradition at this time of year, we like to compile a wish list of the things we’d love to see in paid search in the new year.

Do we make this annual wish list because all our wishes come true? Sadly, no. But we haven’t given up hope that things will be different this year. (And we’re secretly hoping that Google someone will see our list and recognize the brilliancy of our ideas.)

So now, without further delay, here’s our wish list for 2018!

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PPC Functions and Tools We’re Grateful for in 2017

It’s hard to believe, but November is already here—and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As has become our tradition at this time of year, we’d like to give thanks for some of the PPC functions and tools that make our job much easier—and garners better results for our clients.

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The Problem With Programmatic Advertising

I was interested to see a recent article in MarTech Today about how some major brands (Procter & Gamble in particular) are pushing back against programmatic advertising.

As stated in the article:

In the past year, major brands have called into question the notion that mass marketing necessitates a scattershot approach to digital advertising. Programmatic’s promise to deliver huge scale at cheap prices has brought to the forefront the tension between scale and vetted quality and transparency. Now stories of brands pulling back on programmatic with little to no downside for their businesses add a greater sense of urgency to addressing issues that have long plagued the ad tech industry.

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It’s 10 o’clock… Do You Know Where Your Online Ads Are?

Not long ago, one of my clients asked me to make sure their paid search ads weren’t displaying on sites featuring hate, fake news or extremist views.

This is an entirely reasonable request, of course. Most advertisers don’t want their brand, products or services to be associated with these sites, especially in our current overheated political environment.

But actually, fulfilling such a request is not so easy.

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Make It a Double! With Two Lines of AdWords Structured Snippets

When you’re knee deep in paid search advertising, you get pretty familiar with the many different ad types and variations out there. But occasionally, something will pop up that surprises me or (more often) reminds me of a particular ad “flavor” that I had forgotten about.

This happened to me recently when I was doing some work for a client and up popped a competitor ad with a double structured snippet.

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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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Online Ad Blocking Finally Gets Serious

For as long as online advertising has been with us, people have complained about its impact on user experience. Granted, ads have come a long way since the internet’s early days and aren’t nearly as obnoxious as they used to be (for the most part). But that said, you don’t have to look hard to find examples of bad online advertising.

What do I mean by bad online advertising? The industry group Coalition for Better Ads lists some of the most egregious examples:

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