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Our PPC Wish List for 2019

It’s become a December tradition at Group Twenty Seven to compile and share a wish list of things we’d like to see in PPC for the coming year.

Sadly, we didn’t get everything we asked for in our 2017 PPC wish list or 2018 PPC wish list. But who knows… maybe this year will be different!

As usual, most of our wish list items relate to Google. This isn’t because we intend to pick on the company, but because Google so thoroughly dominates the paid search industry.

And for the record, we’d like to say that while our wish list is long, we know things could be a whole lot worse!

PPC wish list for 2019

That said, here are our PPC wishes for 2019:

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3 PPC Changes That Might Scare You

For many PPC newbies (and even PPC pros!) Google Ads can be a scary place. Things can change and catch you by surprise, leaving you thoroughly spooked!

To help you avoid that kind of chilling situation, let me outline three changes that might scare you (and your wallet) if you’re not aware of them. 

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Should You Choose a PPC Agency or In-House PPC Management?

I recently received a call from a prospective client who was looking for temporary assistance with their PPC program. Their in-house marketing manager had resigned and, so far, they had been unable to find a suitable replacement. In the meantime, the CMO was covering the position.

They didn’t want to make a rushed hiring decision just to resolve the issue. But they desperately needed some help.

So they asked if my agency might step in temporarily to bridge the gap — this in spite of the company having a strict “no agency” policy due to past bad experiences. Because my agency doesn’t require long-term contracts, we agreed.

But when we opened the account, we uncovered many issues.

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5 PPC Takeaways That Will Make You a Better Marketer

One of the joys (and challenges) of a career in paid search is the constant state of learning and change. It’s a theme that runs through many of my articles.

But in the busy-ness of our day-to-day PPC activities, it’s easy to simply move from one thing to the next without pausing to learn from what’s in front of us.

What lessons can we draw from our experiences? How can we apply these lessons more broadly?

In that spirit, I will recount some of my team’s top PPC takeaways from the past few months:

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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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4 Common Misconceptions That Lead to Unfortunate PPC Breakups

Relationships are hard. And your company’s relationship with PPC is no different.

You and your marketing team may give PPC your best shot — but still not get the results you expect.

Ultimately, you become frustrated with paid search and decide to break off your on-again, off-again relationship.

But, as with personal relationships, sometimes these breakups are based on misunderstandings. Only after you gain some distance — and more knowledge — do you realize you might have been too hasty in your decision.

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How Your Small Company Can Compete Against Big-Brand Advertisers in PPC

It isn’t easy to compete against big brand advertisers in PPC. They have deep pockets, large in-house marketing teams, and contracts with high-priced ad agencies.

As a smaller competitor, you might conclude that the advertising playing field is simply too uneven to compete.

While you may not be in a position to buy full page print ads in national newspapers or produce commercials for TV, pay-per-click (PPC) marketing is a channel that still allows small advertisers to play on the same field – if they know how.

In this article, I’ll give you some tips on how to compete against big brands in paid search – using one anonymous advertiser as an example.

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5 GDN Optimizations You Won’t Want to Miss

Most PPC pros spend the bulk of their time on the biggest “bang-for-your-buck” PPC campaign elements, such as account setup, settings, ad creative and strategies. And that makes sense.

However, it’s also worth their time to take a second, closer look at more subtle optimizations. These optimizations may not take accounts from “zero to hero,” but they can still add up to significant improvements.

In my August Search Engine Land column, I pointed out some of these smaller optimizations in the Search Network.

More recently, I used my September column to point out a few similar optimizations you can make in the GDN.

Fortunately, many of these optimizations don’t take a ton of time to implement. So when you find yourself with even a few moments to spare, I invite you to dive in!

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