#PPCPodcast: Let’s Chat AdWords Bidding Tips with HouseTrip’s Rumyana Miteva

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in #PPCPodcast | One Comment
#PPCPodcast: Let’s Chat AdWords Bidding Tips with HouseTrip’s Rumyana Miteva





Google Adwords is a PPC manager’s double-edged sword. AdWords offers a robust suite of tools to help PPC managers yield impressive campaign results, but this highly competitive auction requires more than just a “shoot from the hip” strategy.

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Running a successful AdWords campaign goes further than simply raising bids. Instead, PPC professionals must understand how to apply a scalable strategy to generate optimal results.  To help explain this further, we sat down this week with Rumyana Miteva and asked her about her thoughts related to ad campaigns, advertising goals, and bidding tips as it it applies to her company.  Originally from Bulgaria, Rumyana currently works out of London, as the Head of Performance Marketing at HouseTrip.

With seventeen plus years of experience, Miteva understands the importance of network expansion. More importantly, she has a wealth of experience under her belt; sharing how crucial it is to track campaign success and stay on top of what it is working and what is not.

In this podcast, she shares insights about the management process of her own company and how to optimize AdWords bidding strategies for advertisers. In addition, she offers valuable tips for generating efficient revenues from ad campaigns. Finally, we learn about her thoughts on newer topic trends and the impact on advertising.

Listen to the full #PPCPodcast and check out some highlights below.

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Things to Keep in Mind with AdWords

  • Getting your tracking setup right is crucial and the first step
  • Competitiveness is high, so be efficient about how allocate your budget towards bidding.
    • For example, bidding on position #1 may deplete your budget too quickly.
  • 
Focus on the metrics that matter:
    • Return on ad spend
    • Conversion rate by destination page

Bidding

  • Track and optimize down to revenue by campaigns
  • Segment out and bid towards device performance
  • Bid different by major geographic locations
  • Test Google’s Flexible Bid strategies
  • Bid to target positions through Google and to outrank competitors

Other strategies to test

  • Take full use of  Google services and policies, which are available to advertisers
  • 
Keep a close eye on what is out there, think of multiple strategies and tools
    • 
Depends on specific objectives and businesses
  • For B2B or B2C companies:
    • 
Keep a good balance between spending vs. revenue → want good return on investment
  • 
Target towards Certified Public Accountants
  • 
Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA): easy to use through Adwords editor, great way to keep people engaged, and interested
    • Tailored ad targeting
    • 
Possibly treat it as something special; build a separate Adwords account for RLSA
    • 
Add target audiences
Continue on existing searching campaigns, build off of what’s there

Interested in learning more AdWords tips like this?

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How Did Google’s Right Side Ads Impact AdTech? Get the Results

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Advertising | 15 Comments
How Did Google’s Right Side Ads Impact AdTech? Get the Results





Earlier this year, Google decided to remove ads from the right side panel of desktop search results page. This left advertisers panicked as they questioned the change’s impact on competition, cost, and impressions. This seemingly radical decision was derived from years of internal studies; the results indicated minimal or no clicks for the right side ad positions. A critical factor in eliminating these ad positions is mobile’s exponential growth, since removing these ads provides a better mobile experience for searchers.

A recent Search Engine Watch article from Jason Tabeling, reveals how this change is already taking effect on the market. Tabeling ran a keyword level report including the Top vs. Other segment and analyzed the last three weeks prior and post Google’s change.

Below are some of his findings:

Impressions are Down

As expected, without ads on the right-hand panel there is less inventory available, resulting in a 19% decrease in total inventory, majority of the reduction coming from the “other” segment.

impressions down google right side ads image 1 via blog.adstage.io

Position Traffic is Changing

The percent of traffic for all positions below organic listings have either increased or decreased due to inventory restrictions. Based on the data below, it appears positions 3 and 4 are gaining more impressions; however, the total % of traffic is on the decline despite positions 1 and 2 showing a major increase in traffic. These results only reaffirms how important it is to be at the highest position possible for a user’s search results.

percent traffic by position google right side ads image 2 via blog.adstage.io

CPCs Are Down, But for How Long?

We’re seeing a 12% increase in click-through rates, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise given more searchers are now seeing more ads. This is a win-win for Google because searchers are responding well to the new layout, and advertiser traffic is increasing. What this also means is your Quality Score (QS) is experiencing a correlative boost for this boost in CTR.

How Google’s algorithms calculate QS will always be a mystery. However, because Google is a for-profit business that charges on cost-per-click (CPC), it’s safe to assume QS is heavily based on CTR. Using that assumption in combination with the lift in CTRs, we’re seeing CPCs drop by 11%. Take this with a grain of salt, this is an early study and need to proceed cautiously when making budget decisions. How long will this pricing be valid? Since more ads are not even qualifying for impressions now, bids will increase and overtime every advertiser’s QS will eventually plateau and may drive the price of CPCs in the long term.

cpc ctr google right side ads image 3 blog.adstage.io

Key Takeaways

These early results are based on a single ad account and offer a fair assessment of the direct impact on the industry, we definitely advise analyzing your own data to identify trends within your own account. Make sure to include your Top vs Other data segments against your KPIs.

  • Are you still receiving impressions for your ads?
  • Are CPCs going up in certain campaigns that have higher competition?
  • Does the delta in CPCs allow or restrict you from spending more in other areas?

Share your early results with us in the comments below!

Learn HTML5 Ads Before It’s Too Late

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Advertising | 4 Comments
Learn HTML5 Ads Before It’s Too Late





If you are still using Flash ads, you have three more months until Google cuts you off. Starting June 30th, 2016 Google will no longer allow Flash in AdWords or DoubleClick. By January 2nd, 2017 Flash will cease to run on their networks.

I’ve collected a few quick and easy resources to get started with rich media ads today.

This ad format has some significant advantages. Your ads will run on desktop, mobile, and tablets. They can be built as responsive, formatting to the width of the device. And since they are responsive you only have to build them once for all devices & screen sizes.

Ads should be designed for mobile first. We are close t0 the point where mobile has completely overtaken desktop with use and screen time. According to a recent GlobalWebIndex study, Smartphones are becoming the primary devices for accessing the Internet. In Asia, the Middle East and Africa, smartphone adoption has already overtaken desktop.

Mobile Device Importance

“If you’re not able to reach your audience through mobile search or display, or you’re not providing a satisfactory mobile experience you will miss out compared to competitors who are.” – Danyl Bosomworth, smartinsights.com

Rich Media Guidelines

HTML5 ads are unique in that they’re built from many files to serve dynamic content, much like a web page. IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) has published guidance for designing HTML5 ads. You can find the documentation on their website at http:/www.iab.com.

Google has also published best practice guidelines you can follow. This ensures that you provide viewers with the best experience possible.

Google outlines those as:

  1. Build ads in HTML5
  2. Design ads with device in mind
  3. Design for both mobile web and mobile applications
  4. Keep broadband speeds in mind when using mobile video

Not only do they provide a great framework for building rich media ads, they also provide all the tools.

Flash to HTML5 Converter

If you already have Flash ads and would like to convert them to HTML5 ads, you can use Swiffy. Upload your files (below 1MB) and Swiffy will convert them for you.

https://developers.google.com/swiffy/convert/upload

There’s also a google-swiffy tag on Stack Overflow. More than likely you will find that someone has already answered your conversion questions.

Build ‘Em Yourself

It’s easy to build HTML5 ads. There are a few apps that allow you to create ads, but Google Web Designer (GWD) is the easiest and cheapest (free) to use.

Google Web Designer Screenshot

Web Designer provides a comprehensive library of ad templates.  The desktop app consists of a simple linear timeline editor and drag and drop editing. You can also access the HTML & CSS to add extra customization.

One of the best features of Web Designer is that you can publish to DoubleClick or AdMob with a single click.

If you are building an animated ad, make sure to follow Google’s policies to ensure your ad gets published.

  • Animation is less than 30 seconds
  • Ads must take up the entire space of the image size
  • Don’t get fancy with upside down or sideways ads
  • Image ads must be relevant to your site or app
  • No strobing or flashing ads!
  • Don’t mimic content, new articles, or text ads
  • All ads must be G-rated and family safe

There can be severe consequences for breaking the rules. Your domain risks suspension from Google’s search results. Or worse you may no longer be allowed to advertise with Google.

Rich Media HTML5 Starter Files

Google provides a starter file generator located on this site. http://bit.ly/1RBkgzp

You can choose your ad format, the size, and open the starter file in GWD with the click of a button. The ad preview is also a cool feature, providing you with an idea of the finished ad.

HTML5 Starter File Screenshot

Buy a Template

Often you may find yourself if need of an ad and you don’t have the time to spend creating one from scratch. Luckily there are many free & paid templates that you can use as a canvas to build your ad.

Codecanyon.net, an Envato Market site, has an entire category of HTML5 ad templates. Most of the templates will cost you $10.00. That seems like an attractive price to time savings ratio to me. Each ad template also includes multiple sizes and is compatible with Google Web Designer, making it easy to change the ad colors, photos, and CTA’s.

CodeCanyon HTML5 Ads

Regardless if you are ready to tackle designing Rich Media ads yourself or want to start with pre-made templates, you should be preparing to switch both Flash and static image ads to responsive HTML5 ads before it’s too late.

 

Webinar Recap: The Most Valuable Google AdWords Features for the PPC Account Manager

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Advertising | One Comment
Webinar Recap: The Most Valuable Google AdWords Features for the PPC Account Manager





Google AdWords has many features useful to any PPC account manager. Experts on the subject, Mike McEuen, Director of Demand Generation at AdStage and Amanda West-Bookwalter, Senior Account Manager at Hanapin, sat down to share with their top ten features, along with useful tips on how to best utilize Google AdWords for your PPC campaigns.

Watch the webinar below to learn more about search query reports, ad extensions, ad rotation and bid settings, and more. Check out the live Q&A session with questions from our viewers for more in-depth tips and tricks.

 

10. Search Query Reports

Running a search query report is any PPC account manager’s baseline. Search query reports are useful to get rid of irrelevant traffic and find additional opportunities to expand. When launching your account, broad match modifiers matches you with your actual searches.

Search query reports matches you with words that you are being paired with. This helps you discover negative terms that don’t lead to conversion, and ensures that you won’t show up for them in the future. When you come across a search term that does lead to conversion, it’s smart to add that keyword to it’s own ad group, along with similar terms, and create new ad copy.

 

9. Ad Extensions

Ad extensions are a useful tool that sometimes get overlooked, and can be seen as an afterthought. By successfully utilizing your ad extensions you can cover more real estate, become more relevant to your audience, and give yourself more opportunities for traffic. With this feature, you can increase click through rates and simultaneously decrease your average cost per click, just by taking advantage of your description area.

 

8. Ad Rotation and Bid Settings

Ad rotation helps you test your ad copy to make sure it’s catering to your end goals. Important features to take note of include optimizing for clicks, optimizing for conversions, or rotating evenly/indefinitely. For brand new campaigns with minimal performance history, you can start optimizing for clicks. With this feature, you can collect the actionable data you need to start A/B testing.

During the testing period, rotating the ad copy is a helpful comparison tool. Once you have enough conversion data and the account is actionable, you can switch to optimizing for conversions where you can choose the best ad to display based on your campaign goals and history.

 

7. Exclusion Targeting on GDN

This feature is helpful for conserving your budget so your ads do not show on irrelevant sites. In addition, you can exclude specific categories, such as mobile apps, which tend to be accidental clicks. By adding sites or mobile apps as negative placements, you rid your account of budget-burning traffic.

 

6. Labels

Labels is a great way to keep your account organized. Michael recommends for new PPC users to “label like a librarian”. In addition, you can get filtered views based on individual labels. With filtered reporting, you have access to quick and in-depth insights on how things are performing. In all, labels helps you keep your account clean and saves you time on reporting.

 

5. Auction Insights

Auction insights gives you important data on your competitors that will really impress your boss or clients. You are able to view your competitors’ impression share, average position, overlap rate, position above rate, and top of page rate for specific keywords. Using an outrank bid strategy, you can stop your competitors’ aggressive strategies that may be hurting your business. Use Auction Insights to inform your bid strategy so you never miss out on impression share.

 

4. Dynamic Search Ads

Finding new keywords is important to your ad campaign. Dynamic search ads is a useful tool for keyword mining, in addition to traditional search query reports. Using your search query report, you can identify keywords that people are searching for that you’re not targeting yet. Dynamic search ads is another useful tool to help expand your keyword portfolio, just be sure to keep a small budget on these campaigns so you don’t overspend.

 

3. Compare Time Periods

Compare time periods provides helpful graphs and metrics to view specific changes. You can check your performance to see if there is a drop in conversion rates and change your course accordingly to optimize your campaign. It’s always important to track progress over time and this feature provides insight into what is or isn’t working well to help you increase conversions.

 

2. Search Audiences

With so many different uses for search audiences, there is something useful for any ad campaign. For example, you can retarget an audience more effectively by increasing bids on more qualified site visitors, use broad keywords, and exclude previous converts. By increasing the bids on qualified buyers, your target audience is more likely to see your ads. Using broad keywords for your ad campaigns are a reminder for customers to come to your site when they aren’t searching specifically for you. Excluding previous converts is especially helpful if a second conversion has no value to you. Search audiences helps you reach out to customers with better precision for better results.

 

1. Scripts

AdWords scripts is a hot topic at any conference – they programmatically control your AdWords data. For example, you can use scripts to forecast how much money you have to explore new advertising opportunities like display campaigns. By automating these difficult tasks in AdWords, your job becomes easier and more efficient.

 

Q&A

Q: In relation to ad rotation and bidding, how is much data is enough data before you should change a rule?

Michael: It all depends on what type of business you are, but typically, about 14 days once trends have developed. If you have a leaner budget, you might want to wait for 60-90 days.

Amanda: I would say, it’s more about volume of data, as opposed to time periods.

 

Q: Do call-only ads bid on the same ad space as mobile text ads with a click-to-call extension?

Michael: Yes, it does go into the same data auction as mobile. However, the experience is a little different. Instead of allowing options, any click leads to ideally dialing.

 

Q:There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to building keyword lists. Build a very large list, and whittle it down as you run your campaign. Or, build a small list, see what works, and build it out from there. Which school would you recommend?

Amanda: That depends on your business goals, and how much funding you have upfront for your marketing. For clients who want quick results and a lot of money to throw at it, I would say, go for the larger keyword set and see what works. In cases of lower funding, you’d want to start at smaller keyword sets.

Michael: I completely agree there, if you go a little too in-depth, you’ll have months of data without actionable insights. Unless you have a large budget, it isn’t very opportunistic to cast a wider net.

 

Q: Which bid strategy would you recommend for AdWords search? I currently use a flexible bid strategy with first page targeting. How does this compare to just manual bidding?

Amanda: I’m employed to do PPC, and I want to be efficient as possible, so I do everything manually. It’s a great idea, if you have the time to do that. If you don’t have the time, this may not be the best strategy for you. You have to be smart about your automations and check back regularly to ensure that it’s profitable.

Michael: I’ve seen enhanced PPC both work phenomenally, and take a nosedive. That’s why it’s very important to check if it’s working. Manually, the best is having a philosophy that manages in a spreadsheet form. If you don’t have the time, a flexible bid strategy could work well, but it’s always important to go back and compare the results over a time period to see the impact.

 

Q: What is your method of consolidating and managing A/B test results and optimization?

Michael: It depends on budget and what you’re looking at. When A/B testing, you want to make sure to isolate your variables and stick to your hypothesis. Labels really help when checking results. You can see how things work in comparison to non-changing variables. Having too many experiments at one time makes it difficult to track impact. I record my expected result, make sure I have the timeline to determine if something works, and then compare results.

Amanda: At Hanapin, we’re super diligent about our ad testing. We have the creative testing cycle, where we follow a step by step process. We take a look at all of your site’s features, then list possible ad tests. We only run one ad test at a time, to ensure that it’s completely A/B. We then wait until it’s significantly relevant to determine what the winners are, and upload a new ad.

 

Q: Is remarketing required to do what you mentioned for search audiences?

Amanda: You don’t have to put remarketing ads on the display network, which is what remarketing is referred to as. But, you do have to place the remarketing code onto your website, and start collecting cookies into different lists.

 

Q: Can you talk about the pros and cons of using existing Google Scripts and having someone write custom ones for you?

Michael: Some of the alert type scripts work very well, allowing you to not be cautious on impact to your account. Looking at the bid modifier scripts, they can get more complex, causing unintended consequences. When finding someone to write them for you, you need to find someone that has the technical skills that also has knowledge of PPC.

 

Q: Any recommendations on how to find the best keywords?

Michael: As far as keyword mining is concerned, there are a lot of tools to help. One of my favorites is Übersuggest.

Amanda: I use the site as an influencer to find keywords that seem valuable. I also use AdWords keyword research tool, Quizio, and a lot of DSA campaigns.

 

Q: What is the rule on pausing keywords?

Michael:  General rule of thumb, if your keywords aren’t creating enough value, pause them. If you aren’t receiving a return on ad spend, and it’s been a considerable amount of time, I’d look to pause.

Amanda: You want to take a look at your funnel as well. You may have a top of the funnel keyword, trickling down and causing conversion. I’d check that out before you pause. I’d also take seasonality into account, some keywords work better certain times of the year.
Have any additional questions for Michael and Amanda regarding PPC ad campaigns or Google AdWords? Ask them in the comments section below, or follow them both on Twitter @Lonohead and @Amanda_WestBrook!

Talking Quality Score with Frederick Vallaeys

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in #PPCPodcast | 3 Comments
Talking Quality Score with Frederick Vallaeys





We’ve been honored to have some amazing guests on PPCPodcast this year. What started out as a fledgling idea, slowly swept over the team. The podcast matured from a dorm-level production grade, to high quality mics, opening music, an incredible roster of industry leaders.

While there were many great moments, the interview with Frederick Vallaeys, CEO of Optimyzer, was my absolute favorite. Among colleagues and industry friends, there’s been a continual debate over which elements influence AdWords Quality Score. “Does account level Quality Score actually exist? How much weight does your landing page affect the calculation of your score?”

It’s fascinating to hear from an early AdWords team member, reveal insights into the thought process and methodology used to formulate one of the most misunderstood AdWords metrics. I find myself relistening to the interview, and catching new takeaways each time. Below, are some of the best snippets from the podcast.

What is Quality Score and how does it work?

It’s one of the 3 factors that goes into determining your ad rank. Fundamentally, Quality Score is click through rate. Back in the day, Google used a simple equation to calculate ad rank:

Max CPC bid x CTR = ad rank

Quality Score is a huge factor in how much you pay and how many clicks you will receive.

What are the most important factors in building a good Quality Score?

There are 3 key factors.

    1.  Historical CTR

On Google Search, when the keyword matches exactly to the query, what is the CTR.

    2. Relevancy factors

Predictive CTR looking at auction time signals. If you have certain factors, how do they correlate with CTR.

Example: If you have advertisers who have a billing address in the United States, but have a searcher’s IP address in Canada, does that affect CTR?

    3. Landing page quality

How many times should the keyword be mentioned in the ad text?

Adding keywords in your ad copy is a good thing, but don’t focus on it too much. Just make sure the ad stands out.

What are some pro-tips to increase your Quality Score?

If you can boost your click through rate, that’s what matters the most. Ultimately, it’s what makes Google money. Essentially, Quality Score is the calculation of different ways that Google can calculate CTR in different situations.

Focus on:

  1. Tightly structured ad groups
  2. Multiple ad texts
  3. No more than 30 keywords in an ad group
  4. Take advantage of all your ad extensions

What doesn’t impact Quality Score?

  • Keyword match types
  • Negative keywords

What’s a good Quality Score?

New keywords start at a Quality Score of 6. If your keyword remains at 6, I’d leave it, if it drops below 6, and you can’t make it better you might want to remove it from your account.

Is there an account level Quality Score?

There is no published number. But Quality Score is a learning algorithm. A learning system needs to rely on bigger signals when it doesn’t have enough data about a specific element. If Google doesn’t know how this ad text will perform against this keyword, they may look at the advertiser across the account and is the performance good or worse than average, and based on that they can set a base level Quality Score.

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17 Free Photoshop Templates for Google Display Ads

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Advertising, How-Tos | 6 Comments
17 Free Photoshop Templates for Google Display Ads





Create Compelling AdWords Display Image Ads

Designing creative image ads is one of the of the most fun parts of being a digital advertiser. It’s where you get to apply the visual side of your brain, creating engaging content that will drive click-throughs.

However, our display ads have been under attack by ad blocking software, and there’s no end in sight.

In fact, according to a study by PageFair, 45 million monthly active users in the United States use ad blockers. Those active users represent a 48% increase in usage between Q2 2014 & Q2 2015.

The stats above should motivate you to create compelling display ads for your audience so you can keep their attention.

Here are a few fundamentals to achieving best results with your display ads.

1. Use the Z-Pattern in your layout design

If you are advertising to viewers in the U.S. or other western countries, most people will read from left to right, top to bottom. In design, this is known as the Z-Pattern. Place your value proposition on the top left side of the ad, and your call-to-action on the bottom right. You have very little time to capture the attention of your audience and viewers will quickly glance to the areas they expect to find the most relevant information.

2. Use the Rule of Thirds

Everyone thinks of Leonardo da Vinci when discussing the Rule of Thirds. And it’s true he used it often in his drawings and paintings. There’s a reason that this technique is used by visual artists and that hasn’t changed in today’s digital world.

Evenly divide your ad horizontally and vertically with four lines. The four points where these lines intersect are your points of interest. Arrange essential elements so they touch one of these points to make your ad copy more engaging.

3. Write a Compelling Call to Action (CTA)

Do not just write “click here.” Let your viewer know why they should click on your ad. For example, if you are selling winter jackets & you show an ad with different color selections, a good CTA may say, “Choose My Color.”

Also, use a contrasting color for the CTA button, so it stands out from the rest of your ad.

The Free Templates

We’ve created a free Adobe Photoshop PSD template that includes 17 popular Google Ad sizes that you can freely use for your ad creations!

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The 17 Google Display Ad Sizes in the Template:

  • Vertical Banner (120×240)
  • Skyscraper (120×600)
  • Wide Skyscraper (160×600)
  • Small Rectangle (180×150)
  • Small Square (200×200)
  • Vertical Rectangle (240×400)
  • Square (250×250)
  • Medium Rectangle* (300×250)
  • Half Page* (300×600)
  • Portrait (300×1050)
  • Mobile Leaderboard (320×50)
  • Large Mobile Banner* (320×100)
  • Large Rectangle* (336×280)
  • Banner (468×60)
  • Leaderboard* (728×90)
  • Large Leaderboard (970×90)
  • Billboard (970×250)

*Top performing ad sizes according to Google

Free Google Display Ad Templates Preview

 

When exporting the file, make sure the image size is no larger than 150 KB. Google will reject anything larger. The file types accepted are JPEG, SWF, GIF, and PNG.

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How to Create Gmail Ads in AdWords

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Advertising | 10 Comments
How to Create Gmail Ads in AdWords





Google recently announced that native Gmail ads are now available for all advertisers in AdWords. Previously in beta, Gmail ads are highlighted text ads with an accompanied logo, that appear on the Promotions tab. If clicked upon, the ad expands to a full page layout, with a lot of realty.

Gmail Ads - Promotions tab

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to setup Gmail ads in AdWords.

Create a Display Campaign

If you’re able to dedicate a modest budget to testing Gmail ads, I suggest creating a dedicated Display Network only campaign. Next, select your marketing objective for the campaign. Marketing objectives allow advertisers to align their campaign settings towards with desired goals, such as a form fill. Performance, ROAS driven marketers should choose from a “drive action” objective.

Google Display - Marketing Objectives

Finish up selecting all your ideal campaign settings.

Select Your Placements

Gmail ads are selected in the ad group’s placements section. To reveal placement options, scroll down to the “choose how to target your ads” section, and select “use a different targeting method”.

Google Display - Placements Setting

Within the placements search bar, submit a query for the web address “mail.google.com”. Then select the domain as a placement.

Gmail placement

Refine with Keywords

Only using placement targeting can open your campaigns up to billions of weekly impressions on Gmail. Hone in on your target audience and conserve budget by adding keyword targeting.

Display keywords are utilized slightly different than search keywords. Where search can be exact and intent based, display keywords are broad match only. Display keywords help guide where an an ad will be shown based on the content of the website and previous user browser history. Contextual targeting is powerful for Gmail, as the page content is generated from users’ emails.

Display Network - Keyword Placements

Often, I’ll adopt a similar ad group structure to my existing search campaigns. Taking the best performing broad search keywords and adding them to display ad groups.

Consider Audience Targeting

When Google allowed single sign-on across all their products, it not only created a better user experience, but also provided Google with connected data on their user profiles. Advertisers can use this data to build custom audiences to target.

Custom affinity audiences is an option worth considering.

Custom Affinity Audiences

Create a custom audience, targeting users who visit specific websites or have long-term interests in certain categories.

Display Network - Custom Audiences

You can learn more about custom affinity audiences in this detailed post.

 

Add Creative

Within an isolated ad group view, visit the ads tab. Pull down the ad tab to reveal “ad gallery”.

Display - Ad Gallery

Choose “Gmail ads” from the gallery options.

Google Display - Ad Gallery

There are 4 types of Gmail ads:

  1. Gmail image template
  2. Gmails single promotion template
  3. Gmail multi-product template
  4. Gmail custom HTML upload

For this walkthrough, let’s explore the Gmail image and single promotion templates.

Gmail Image Template

This option is great for branding, featuring your image across the full page width if a user clicks through.

Image specs

  • Collapsed – 144px by 144px

Gmail Ads - Collapsed Ad

Add your advertiser name, a subject line, and a description. Treat your subject line as if it were an actual email headline – be succinct and to the point. Your description line should follow, by clearly revealing your value proposition.

  • Expanded – 650px by (300px to 1000px)

Google Display - Expanded Ad

Next, let’s explore the benefits of using single promotion templates.

Single Promotion Templates

While a prominent image can be a powerful way to showcase your brand, sometimes it’s not enough to convey your product or service benefits. The promotional template layout includes both a large area for images, and also provides space for a headline and copy.

In addition to the collapsed copy, expanded promotional templates allow for:

  • a large side bar image
  • headline copy
  • body content
  • optional header image

Image specs

  • Side bar – 300px by (200pc to 500px)
  • Header image – 630px by(50px to 200px)

Google Display - Template Expanded Ad

Final Thoughts

With the option to contextually target users by their email content, and lower cost per click averages than Search, Gmail ads provide a promising addition to your AdWords armada. Initial tests have shown click through rates as high as Search, and attractive CPA ranges. Have you tried the new Gmail Ads? We’d love to hear your findings!

#PPCPodcast with David Rothwell

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Advertising, Interviews | No Comments
#PPCPodcast with David Rothwell





In this week’s PPC Podcast, we’ll be joined by guest speaker, David Rothwell of Rothwell Media. David’s expertise lives in the ecommerce vertical and with the winter holidays approaching in Q4, we’re excited to take a deep dive into Google Shopping Campaign strategy.

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We are just weeks away from the biggest holiday shopping season of the year. The time has come to start preparing for the occasion. We’re looking forward to getting David’s perspective on the following topics:

  • The standard structure of a Google Shopping Campaign
  • Suggested latency before seeing success with Shopping campaigns
  • How to account for the removal of Promotional Text
  • Recommendations for advertisers that are new to Google Shopping Campaigns
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As always, we’ll recap the morning’s #ppcchat discussions and discuss the latest news from our “This Week in Ad Tech” blog series.

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Join us for the live #ppcpodcast with David Rothwell on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10am Pacific Time.

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The Top 10 Most Valuable AdWords Features for PPC Managers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Advertising | 2 Comments
The Top 10 Most Valuable AdWords Features for PPC Managers





We are teaming up with Hanapin Marketing to host a webinar that will cover The Most Valuable Google AdWords Features For The PPC Account Manager. As you know, AdWords has tons of reports, targeting options, and optimization tools. But how do you allocate your time to make sure you’re getting the most value from these features?

Register for this webinar to learn expert tips like:

  • Using Auction Insights to find competitors to use outrank bidding strategies on
  • How to receive the ideal conversion volume and cost/converted click at positions 1-3 or lower
  • Utilizing Dynamic Search Ads as a keyword mining tool
  • Increasing bids on qualified, previous site visitors

Join us and our AdWords experts who will walk through their top 10 most valuable AdWords features.

Michael McEuen

Michael McEuen, Director of Demand Generation at AdStage

Amanda West-Bookwalter

Amanda West-Bookwalter, Senior Account Manager at Hanapin Marketing

The webinar is on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 9am Pacific Time. To guarantee a seat in this webinar, register today.

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