What’s New with AdStage: November

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Product Updates, Reporting, Social | No Comments
What’s New with AdStage: November

November was an exciting month for AdStage. We released an easier way to assign campaigns in Automate, a new KPI progress widget, drag-and-drop widget support, and global date ranges for Report.

Let’s take a look at the new releases below👇.

Automate

New IF Condition: Campaign Name

Easily build an Alert or Rule for the campaigns you care about using Campaign Name contains function.

Select Campaign Name in the IF Condition to make more changes across accounts at scale by quickly including/excluding campaigns. 

Let’s say I want to increase bids for all campaigns containing the campaign name Turkey Day Promotion to boost audience reach for the last 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving day. 

New IF Condition AdStage Automate Product Update via blog.adstage.io

Report

Track KPI Performance Lift

New Progress Widget

Track specific performance goals or KPIs across accounts for a selected time period. Use the new Progress Widget to get a quick view of how certain campaign/account KPIs are performing at any given period.

Let’s say your target budget for the month is $10,000 across your selected campaigns.

The Progress Widget will show how much of your monthly budget you’ve spent, compared to your total target budget. You can see by the 15th, you’ve spent 69.49% of the total monthly budget.

AdStage Report Progress Widget Product Update via blog.adstage.io

From these insights, you might then decide to perform an account audit to see which campaigns you should pause or adjust budgets for.

Your Dashboard Just Got A Whole Lot Faster

Easily Resize Widgets

We wanted to give our customers more control over customizing their PPC reports. Prior to this release, widgets were only available in full-width.

Now you can customize your reports to show performance trends in the same view. With resizable widgets, you can easily resize widgets to ⅓ , ½, ⅔, or full width.

What's New AdStage Report Product Update

Quickly Move Widgets Around

Drag-and-Drop makes rearranging widgets as easy as possible. Simply drag the widget to move widgets around the dashboard quickly.

Drag and Drop PPC Report Widgets via blog.adstage.io

Make Sweeping Date Changes Across Your Dashboards

Edit Date Ranges at the Dashboard Level

Before introducing Dashboard Level Date Ranges, we noticed many of our customers had to painfully edit each widget’s date range within their dashboard to view performance data.

With the ability to edit date ranges at the dashboard level, all your widgets will update with data from the newly selected date range.

Quickly Move Widgets Around Drag-and-Drop AdStage Report Product Update via blog.adstage.io

Coming Soon!

New Report Features

Use Custom Data to Analyze Full-Funnel PPC Performance

Create a unified Report you can easily share, markup, annotate, and customize with the conversion data you’re already collecting in other marketing tools.

Get a full view of which ads are the most valuable and move the needle for your most important business metrics.

Native Facebook Widget

Soon all AdStage Report customers will be able to generate tables, summary, and chart widgets using Facebook data including Demographic, Geographic, Placement, and Page insights.

We always love hearing from our readers😍!

Let us know what you think about the product updates in the comments below.

AdStage Report PPC Reporting via blog.adstage.io

P.S. Want to check out the full product release?

Visit our new release notes portal, where we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest and greatest from the AdStage labs!

[Slideshare] How to Marry Marketing Automation with Social Advertising for B2B

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Advertising, Automation, Reporting | 5 Comments
[Slideshare] How to Marry Marketing Automation with Social Advertising for B2B

Hubspot’s Inbound 2016: Multi-Channel Lead Nurturing

Couldn’t attend HubSpot’s Inbound conference this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

At INBOUND this year our very own – Sahil Jain, AdStage Co-Founder & CEO,  revealed how B2B marketers should integrate social advertising into existing marketing automation campaigns to drive more opportunities and revenue.

We’ve had an overwhelming number of requests to share his deck, so without any further ado…

Why Marketing Automation + Social Advertising = Conversion ❤️

Marketing automation allows you to keep a pulse on your prospects by having additional touch points, moving them into different stages of the lead and customer lifecycle.

For example, you’re all familiar with Hubspot’s Inbound Methodology diagram:

Hubspot Inbound Methodology Marketing Automation B2B via blog.adstage.io

You have a blog to attract visitors, and connect with these visitors through engaging content – eventually they sign up for your blog, which turns them into a lead. You can then use automated emails and drip programs to influence your prospect to becoming a customer. After they become a customer, you have an additional marketing automation track that turns your customers into promoters.

Using marketing automation provides you more insight into how prospects are interacting with your brand and what stage they are at in decision making process. But, there’s one flaw in marketing automation that exists today…

It primarily focuses on email. What about the other channels where your audience is consuming content? Your audience is everywhere. While email is a fantastic medium, your prospects & decision makers are spending a lot of time consuming content and interacting on social channels.

We Are Social recently released their recent study on the state of Digital, Social, and Mobile usage around the world showing that the pace of change shows no signs of slowing. YOY growth remains strong, particularly in the use of mobile social media:

  • +7.6% Internet user growth
  • +8.7% social media user growth
  • +3.4% mobile user growth
  • +23.3% mobile social media growth

Social media usage continues to grow around the world, with global penetration rates now in excess of 30%. Investments in social advertising worldwide are forecasted to nearly double in a two-year time span, going from $16B U.S. dollars in 2014 to nearly $31B U.S. dollars in 2016. 

Investing in social advertising makes sense when you think about how much time users spend on each social network.

Fun Fact #1: Only 2% of cold calls actually turn into a booked appointment (Source: LeapJob)

So we as marketers, have been coming up with new ways to reach decision makers. This presentation is going to cover some new ways social ads are helping overcome this challenge.

Fun Fact #2: A company size that ranges from 150-500 typically have up to 6 or 7 decision makers for a large decision (Source: Cirrus)

The question then, is how do we reach all of these decision makers in a scalable way?

Click through the slideshare below👇 to learn reveal how advertising can better influence top prospects, amplify your existing content distribution channels, and accelerate lead stages and sales cycles through engaging social advertising campaigns.

 

 

9 Easy Ways to Automate Your LinkedIn Ads for Better Results

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Advertising, Automation, Reporting, Social | 11 Comments
9 Easy Ways to Automate Your LinkedIn Ads for Better Results

Why You Should Automate Your LinkedIn Ads

The topic of automation in marketing raises a lot of questions, curiosity, and even a degree of apprehensiveness. For good reason — it can seem scary to give up a portion of control over your ad campaign management over to technology.

In an ideal world, advertisers would have the capacity to monitor and tweak their campaigns around the clock — even on weekends. In reality, dedicated optimization time continues to dwindle under the weight of increased responsibilities, meetings, and unyielding reporting requests. There’s a time and place for automation, and it can have a profound impact on the performance of your ad campaigns, while freeing up marketers to refocus their time on what matters most.

Before we can understand how advertising automation can be used to drive better performance from your LinkedIn Advertising campaigns, let’s take a step back and examine what automation for your advertising campaigns actually means.

What is Ad Automation?

Advertising automation is the process of turning previously manual, often mundane optimization tasks into automated jobs that run in the background using technology. This allows for continual monitoring and optimization of ad accounts, campaigns, and ad creative without taking up a marketer’s precious time.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Automation?

1. It provides marketers with more time to dedicate to high level items:

    • Forming comprehensive campaign strategies
      • In-depth audience & targeting research
      • Estimating budgets & expected return projections
      • Creating thorough, robust new campaigns
    • Crafting more impactful ad creative
      • Creating themed content campaigns
      • Enhancing your product/service positioning that better resonates
      • Testing messaging with variations
    • Optimizing past the click (Conversion Rate Optimization)
      • Improving the landing page experience
        • Such as ensuring your landing page is mobile friendly
      • Testing different calls-to-action
      • Rearranging your forms position and field length

2. It can be used to monitor and improve performance trends in real-time:

    • Observing the pacing of your budget at the account and campaign levels
      • Combating overspend by pausing campaigns that reach budget
      • Increasing the pacing of underspending campaigns with bid optimization
    • Tracking and increasing the performance of your ad accounts, campaigns, and ad creative based on the metrics you care about. Such as:
      • Average CTR increases or decreases
      • Average CPM or CPC increases or decreases
      • Conversion volume trends
      • Cost per conversion trends

What Tasks for LinkedIn Ads Should I Automate?

As a LinkedIn Marketing Solutions partner, here at AdStage, we’re obsessed with creating new automation solutions that provide better campaign performance and save marketers an incredible amount of time. Below are some suggested automated tasks gained from leading LinkedIn advertiser suggestions and analysis of millions in ad spend.

1. Campaign Monitoring & Alerting

Campaign Budget Pacing Alert

Ensure your campaigns don’t overspend past your target budget with a campaign spend alert.

LinkedIn Ads Budget Pacing Alert automation alert

Let’s say you have a campaign with a $800 budget for the course of the month. Instead of needing to check in on the budget pacing for the campaign each weekday, instead set email alerts to fire when campaign spend is close to reaching your total budget.

Campaign Overspend Alert Setup

IF my “LI Conversion Tracking – Blog Post – Engagement” campaign reaches 85% of my budget (spend greater than $650), then I want an email alert sent to my inbox. I want this alert to run everyday before 5am and check on the month-to-date spend of the campaign. Once I receive the alert, I’ll lower the daily budget to pace correctly across the remaining days of the month.

Account Underspend Alert

Advertisers are provided with a budget to aid with company goals. Failing to maximize your total budget limits the number opportunities to make a larger impact for your organization. Monitor the spend pacing closely with an account level alert so you can make adjustments to utilize your total funds.

LinkedIn Ads Automate Alert Account Underspend via blog.adstage.io

Imagine having a total monthly budget of $12,000 to spend on LinkedIn advertising a month. In a 4-week month, you have a budget of $3,000 per week to spend on advertising. Instead of constantly needing to calculate monthly spend pacing in dashboards or spreadsheets, create an alert to monitor rolled up weekly spend across all your campaigns.

Account Underspend Alert Setup

IF my total ad spend last week across all the campaigns in my account is less than $2,500, THEN send me a triggered email alert to prompt me to increase campaign budgets.

2. Optimization Rules

Pause Ads with No Conversions Rule

Continuing to advertise poor performing ad copy has the negative impact of increasing your overall average cost per click, and your average cost per conversion (lead) prices. Pause poor performing Sponsored Content and Text ad creative automatically by setting up a performance rule.

AdStage Automate LinkedIn Ads Automate-Pause Non Converting Ads

Non-Converting Ad Creative Pause Rule Setup

IF any of my ad creative across desired campaigns has historic spend of $120 or more, AND over 500 impressions, BUT has received no conversions, THEN pause those ads in question — using data from the past 14-days, automatically. Run this rule everyday at 5pm and send me an email digest of the campaigns paused.

Increase Bids for Low CPA Campaigns Rule

There’s an old saying in digital advertising: if you find something that works, double down on it. Take advantage of campaigns with great click through rates and attractive cost per conversion trends by increasing their audience reach with bid optimization.

LinkedIn Ads AdStage Automate Rule Increase Campaign Bids

Increase Bids on Campaigns with Low CPAs Rule

IF any of my Text Ads or Sponsored Content campaigns have a CTR of greater than .30% AND an average cost per conversion of less than $150 AND more than one historical conversion over the past 14-days, THEN increase the campaign bid 5%, with a bid ceiling of $18.00. Schedule the rule to run every Monday morning at 5am.

Wrapping Up

Automation doesn’t need to be daunting. Instead view it as a way to automate your most mundane and routine ad optimization steps, freeing you up to think about high level strategy and ad creative. Dabble with email alerts until you feel comfortable with the process, then move into automation rules to drive better campaign performance and more conversions.

New AdWords Cross-Device Reports: 3 Things You Need to Know

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Advertising, Reporting, Search | No Comments
New AdWords Cross-Device Reports: 3 Things You Need to Know

How to Boost ROI with New AdWords Cross-Device Attribution Reports

Over the past decade, the rise of mobile usage has made it extremely difficult to track customers as they switch from one device to another. Even more challenging for today’s digital marketer is analyzing which channels are producing the highest results and how to attribute value to each of the channels a user passed through before converting.  New AdWords Cross-Device Attribution Reports

In an effort to help advertisers measure a consumer’s path to conversion, Google recently released new AdWords cross-device attribution reports. On average, consumers own anywhere from two to five devices, including their mobile phone, desktop, and possible tablet or television. A recent study from March 2016, conducted by Google and Ipsos Connect, showed that 60% of consumers start the purchase process on device and complete it on another. The path to conversion is more complex than ever and anything but linear.

In the past, the traditional marketing funnel was simple and clear: awareness, consideration, purchase. However, with the rapid adoption of mobile tablets and devices, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for marketers and advertisers to measure the impact of their online advertising campaigns. It’s not as simple as a user search, user click, and a user conversion on the same device. The AdWords cross-device attribution reports use device conversion data that now shows device influence throughout conversion paths.

The three AdWords cross-device attribution reports that are now available include:

  • Devices: showing the cross-device activity happening in your AdWords account
  • Assisting Devices: showing what device types assisted conversions on other devices
  • Device Paths: showing the top conversion paths for customers using more than one device to convert

Each of these reports can be found in AdWords in the Tools tab under Attribution as shown in the below screenshot:

New Adwords Cross-Device Reports

 

For savvy advertisers that are obsessive about measurement, these benchmarks come in handy in a few different ways:

Using Different Attribution Models Other Than Last Click

There are 7 main attribution models that you can use for conversion tracking:

  1. Last Click Attribution Model
  2. First Click Attribution Model
  3. Linear Attribution Model
  4. Time Decay Attribution Model
  5. Position-Based Attribution Model
  6. Last Non-Direct Attribution Model
  7. Custom or Algorithmic Attribution Model

With the new AdWords Devices Report, you’re able to quickly identify how customers use different devices on their conversion path and better serve particular ads to your audience based on the cross-device activity.  

For Example:

If you notice a conversion trend across different devices, you may want to use adjust your attribution model to boost a exposure for an ad that was displayed on a mobile, but converted on a tablet.

When choosing a new attribution model be sure to account for cross-device behavior because, unlike the traditional last click attribution model, credit will be assigned across the conversion path. 

Quick Note: AdWords Device Report only includes conversions that had multiple device touch points. 

Updating Your Bid Adjustments for Different Devices

The new Assisting Devices report shows the number of last click conversions and click-assisted conversions broken down by each type of device. With the new Assist Ratio metrics, you can see how many conversions were assisted by impressions or clicks on that particular device compared to the number of actual conversions.

For Example:

Let’s say your Mobile Assist Ratio for a campaign is 2.20, this means for every conversion that is reported from a mobile device, 2.20 conversions on other devices were assisted by mobile impressions or clicks.

This information can help inform your mobile bid adjustment strategy. Going with the same example, if you notice mobile is assisting conversions on other devices by 2.2x, and your tablet assist ratio is only assisting conversions on other devices by 0.25x, you may want to lower your tablet bid adjustments and increase your mobile bid adjustments to maximize value from your mobile ad impressions.

Optimizing Your mobile Strategy

Let’s say you’re analyzing the top conversion path and discover mobile is driving more assists than actual conversions. If that’s the case, you can optimize your mobile campaign strategy to be more educational rather than transactional. Your ad can highlight copy such as ‘Learn More’, as opposed to ‘Buy Now’ or ‘Sign Up Now’. Additionally, the mobile landing page can be optimized to show the most important benefits of your product at the top, rather than the call-to-action of sign up now. For B2B companies, this may occur quite often, as your prospects may hear about your products or services at a conference, conduct a mobile search while they’re on the go, and convert later when they are back in their office on their laptop.

As with any attribution reporting, it’s important to consider how you want to measure conversions and apply credit to each device and ad channel. You can use the Google Analytics Model Comparison Tool to compare the results of up to three different types of attribution models to ensure that the attribution model you’re using reflects your advertising goals and business models.

 

Introducing AdStage Report: Generate Better PPC Reports in a Fraction of the Time

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Product Updates, Reporting, Search, Social | No Comments
Introducing AdStage Report: Generate Better PPC Reports in a Fraction of the Time

AdStage Extends Product Suite From Automate to Report with Consolidated Cross-Channel Reporting

AdStage launches its new product called Report, which lets advertisers and agencies create custom visual reports in multiple formats such as PDF, CSV, and web using data from Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, LinkedIn Ads, Twitter Ads, and more.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — July 26, 2016 — Today, AdStage launches a new product called Report. The former lightweight Report Center that offered offline reporting has been completely rebuilt. It now includes cross-channel reports, dynamic dashboards, report scheduling, whitelabeling, and data visualizations around performance for both micro and macro-level reporting. Report connects marketers to their essential data and metrics from Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, LinkedIn Ads, Twitter Ads, and more, in an efficient, scalable and sharable way.

One View to Check Campaign Health Across All Your Channels

 

AdStage Report Cross-Channel Bar Graph via blog.adstage.ioView and report on all your channel data in one view! Report will save countless hours you previously spent doing manual excel leg-work. Create and save new data views as templates in seconds.

The cross-channel dashboards in AdStage Report offer customizable widgets for advertisers to select not only the data set they wish to report on, but also the visual components of the dashboard, such as tables, metrics, graphs, and charts. Each cross-channel dashboard within Report can be created into multiple formats, such as PDF, csv, and a web link for external stakeholders to review.

Easily Customize Dashboards and Widgets 

 

Customizable Dashboards & Web Reports via blog.adstage.io

Create unique dashboards within Report to better visualize what is going on in your campaigns.

With no limit on the number of dashboards, this product is incredibly powerful for digital agencies with multiple clients. Agencies that had early access to the product have already found value in the ability to create custom dashboards for client-facing reports.

“As an agency, we work with a variety of different clients. Each client has their own KPIs and needs. As requests for specific date ranges or granular reporting arise, the ability to create custom and saved dashboards in AdStage Report has been a blessing. We can easily find, add, or edit the data set we need without having to separately log in to the native networks or run a new report every time we need an updated set of data.” — AJ Wilcox, Owner and CEO at B2Linked.

Schedule PPC Reports When You Need Them

 

AdStage Report Schedule Your Reports via blog.adstage.ioIn Report, advertisers can generate customized reporting schedules and stay on top of their ad campaign maintenance. Once you perfect your ad template, schedule it as a recurring report through email. Add team members and clients easily to send reports daily, weekly, or monthly directly to their inbox.

When comparing AdStage Report to native network reporting and other solutions that only offer csv reports, advertisers reveal a significant time savings on cross-channel reporting.

“It’s a great way to create custom reports and get a quick view on exactly the data that our team needs. It’s giving us more functionality than the native tools inside the same platform we use for campaign management so it’s a huge time saver.” — Lennie Sliwinski, Director of User Acquisition at Hired.

Personalize Your Agency and Client Reports with Whitelabel Support

 

AdStage Report Whitelabel Support via blog.adstage.io

 

Design beautifully branded pdf reports for clients or executives. Simply add your logo, commentary, markup fees, and much more. With AdStage Report you can make comments directly on the report; now you can provide clients with more clarity and context around campaign spend and performance.

Get AdStage Report Risk-Free Today!

Report is connected directly to the AdStage API, which enables the company to add new services to the platform in a modular way. This technology allows AdStage to operate as an open ad management platform that connects third-party marketing technologies together, whether that be a bid algorithm, content management tool, or reporting solution. As part of the roll out with Report, AdStage is also evaluating and working on adding other types of marketing reports in the product, such as marketing automation reports from Marketo and HubSpot, lead reports from LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and CRM data from Salesforce.

“The list of ways you can bridge marketing tools is incredibly long and today, highly manual and reserved for companies that have the most expendable resources. We are building a platform dedicated to efficiently automating processes and helping the Head of Demand Generation be successful.” — Sahil Jain, CEO and Co-founder of AdStage

As marketers evolve and continue to add more tools and complexity to their technology stack, AdStage will be the hub that connects and automates a marketer’s daily interactions with these workflow tools. Today, the Report product supports cross-channel dashboards, pdf and web reports, and multiple chart options for search and social advertising. Eventually, AdStage plans to tie in reports from an entire ecosystem of marketing technologies, not just for online ads.

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Hired Saves 50% of Time Spent on LinkedIn Ad Creation and Cross-Network Reporting with AdStage

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Advertising, Reporting, Search, Social | 2 Comments
Hired Saves 50% of Time Spent on LinkedIn Ad Creation and Cross-Network Reporting with AdStage

Overview

hired logo

Hired, founded in 2012, now runs the largest marketplace for recruiting startup and tech talent. As the company was growing, it saw an opportunity to scale its reach through LinkedIn Ads. Hired primarily ran Text Ads to start, but when Sponsored Updates was released, the small team of two tried to mimic their existing ads into the new format. Unfortunately, working in the native interface created a major time suck with consecutive workflow issues. The team had resorted to building the campaigns offline in a spreadsheet as LinkedIn Ads was difficult to work with and would habitually lock them out as they were setting up a campaign.

Solution

The team selected AdStage as the only available platform that supports both LinkedIn Text Ads and Sponsored Updates. With the ability to duplicate and bulk edit campaign settings, Hired was able to save dozens of hours of time when creating campaigns that required the same target audience. And with only a small marketing team of two, Hired grew their customer base and mass market presence via LinkedIn Ads without expanding their headcount.

AdStage also provided a more holistic view for Hired to analyze cross-network performance. The team was able to monitor important metrics such as spend and conversion metrics in near real-time. This allowed them to allocate their budget more efficiently, justifying increased budgets for the channels that performed better for their business.

cross-network stats

Results

After running ads through the AdStage platform, Hired saw the following results:All LinkedIn Campaigns view

  • Decreased the time spent on creating LinkedIn Ads and cross-network reporting by 50%
  • Spent more time on campaign optimization, ultimately lowering cost per lead by 30% within just one month
  • Successfully scaled its online advertising programs across Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter Ads, without having to hire additional team members.

Today, the Hired marketing team is continuously testing and expanding the company’s advertising initiatives via new channels. They are currently experimenting with Twitter Ads using the AdStage platform.

“Being able to manage LinkedIn Ads in bulk with AdStage gave us the extra time we needed to scale our online advertising efforts. We’re now managing ads at 3x the scale in a fraction of the time.”

— Lennie Sliwinski, Director of User Acquisition, HIRED

 

To learn more about AdStage and start your free trial, visit www.adstage.io.

 

4 Must-have Google Analytics Reports for PPC Advertisers

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Advertising, Reporting, Search | One Comment
4 Must-have Google Analytics Reports for PPC Advertisers

When we started building AdStage 3 years ago, we had a vision for a platform that would house all of your advertising tools in a single solution. With the addition of our Google Analytics integration, we are now giving you access to the world’s most popular analytics tool directly from AdStage. If you’ve successfully linked your Google Analytics account, you have access to customize, schedule, and download your Google Analytics reports from the AdStage Report Center.

Here are four Google Analytics reports, available in AdStage, that PPC advertisers should analyze on a regular basis to check the health of your ad campaigns and take action for better performance.

Google Analytics Report Center

Campaign Performance

This report shows you all of your aggregated statistics at the campaign level. With this data, you can compare variations in performance per campaign. For example, Campaign A has a higher conversion rate than Campaign B. Analyzing this information allows you to know which campaigns need to be optimized further and which campaigns are already performing well.

Geo Performance

The Geo Performance report shows you how your ads are doing in different locations. You can use this information to decide what regions offer the best opportunities for you to grow your business. From there, you can reallocate your budgets to invest more ad spend in the appropriate regions. To find this report in Google Analytics, click the Audience tab, choose the Geo dropdown menu, and select Location.

Goals by Day

This report shows you how many goals you achieved each day. This report can be used to influence how you daypart your PPC ads when optimizing for conversions. If you haven’t already set-up goals in Google Analytics, the below table shows the different goal types that are available.

Google Analytics Goal Types

Search Terms Performance

This report provides detailed information on your website’s top performing search queries. You can use this report to find new high potential keywords and add them to your account. Likewise, you can easily see any poorly converting keywords in your account and immediately take action by either deleting or lowering your bids for them.

To schedule any of these reports in AdStage, first integrate your Google Analytics account and then head to the Report Center to set up your desired data points, frequency, and recipients.

 

AdStage Account Settings

 

If you aren’t currently using AdStage, sign up for your free 14 day trial today. Happy advertising!

 

Introducing the New AdStage Report Center

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in PPC News, Product Updates, Reporting | One Comment
Introducing the New AdStage Report Center

Reporting just got easier.

We’ve just launched the brand new Report Center in AdStage to make creating reports for Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads & LinkedIn Ads even easier.

You can choose from a number of pre-built report templates or create a custom report with the rows and columns you care about most. You can even schedule recurring reports to be delivered right to your inbox. Log in to check out the new Report Center or sign up for AdStage for access.

Log In to the Report Center

 

Browse Reports

Browse dozens of pre-built reports from the new Report Gallery.

Browse Reports

 

Filter Reports

Use real-time search and filters to find the right report, right away.

Report Filter

 

Customize Reports

Create custom reports with the exact data you need.

Custom reports

 

Schedule Reports

Schedule recurring reports to be emailed to you or your colleagues.

schedule reports

 

Manage Reports

Modify, duplicate and delete your scheduled reports easily.

Manage Scheduled Reports

 

What’s Next?

We’re actively working on even more features for the new Report Center. What else would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.

The Top 5 Facebook Reports – and How to Get Them

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Advertising, Reporting, Social | 2 Comments
The Top 5 Facebook Reports – and How to Get Them

This post was originally published at FBPPC.com.

It’s always been easy to create ads in Facebook, but until recently, pulling reports with actionable data had been notoriously difficult. But now that Facebook reports have been completely overhauled, it’s easy to get the data you need to discover improvement opportunities. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Top 5 Facebook Reports along with detailed instructions on how to access them.

1. The Placement Report

The Facebook Placement Report breaks down your account’s performance by placement and device. This helps you discover the most profitable ad placements to optimize for and focus on.

In the example below, the ads placed in the news feed on mobile devices have the highest level of engagement. In light of this, it would make sense for this advertiser to create more ads for the mobile news feed. He/she can set the placement to include the mobile news feed only, upload the ideal images for that placement’s dimensions, and write ad copy and calls to action that take the mobile context into consideration.

Facebook Ads Placement Report

To access the Placement Report:

1. Visit the Reports page from the Ads Manager sidebar
2. Click the Edit Columns button above the table
3. Click Placement under Column Set on the left
4. Make any desired tweaks to the rows (data aggregation) and columns (metrics)
5. Click Save Columns

2. Demographic Report

The Facebook Demographic Report breaks down your ad performance by the age and gender of your audience. This way you can discover the most profitable customer to focus on and optimize for.

In the example below, women between the ages of 25–34 were highly engaged with the ads, while men were less inclined to click. In light of this disparity, it might make sense to separate your ads by their targeted gender in order to craft ads that men would respond better to.

facebook ads demographic report

To access the Demographic Report:

1. Visit the Reports page from the Ads Manager sidebar
2. Click the Edit Columns button above the table
3. Click Demographic under Column Set on the left
4. Make any desired tweaks to the rows (data aggregation) and columns (metrics)
5. Click Save Columns

3. Page Report

The Facebook Page Report includes page engagement metrics to show the impact each of your ads had on your Page. This way you can discover which ads are doing the most for your Facebook Page.

In the example below, the AdStage – Sponsored Stories ad has a lower Cost per Page Like, but with significantly lower volume. The advertiser may want to take steps to increase the volume of AdStage – Sponsored Stories by either raising the bid or expanding the targeted audience with the goal of getting more likes at a Cost per Page Like well below the $0.48 it costs him with the Likes – Ad Tech – PPC Interests ad.

facebook ads page report

To access the Page Report:

1.  Visit the Reports page from the Ads Manager sidebar
2. Click the Edit Columns button above the table
3.  Click Page under Column Set on the left
4. By default, this report shows your Page performance on the campaign level, but you may find it helpful to switch this to the ad level. To see ad level data, click Ad under Data Aggregation
5. Click Save Columns

4. Conversion Report

The Facebook Conversion Report includes conversion metrics to show performance relative to your conversion goals. This way you can discover which ads are helping you reach your goals.

In the example below, the AdStage – Website campaign has a lower Cost per Website Conversion than the AdStage – Likes campaign. The advertiser should compare the ad copy, images, and targeting to see if there is anything that can be done to lower costs in the AdStage – Likes campaign.

facebook ads conversion report

To access the Conversion Report:

1. Visit the Reports page from the Ads Manager sidebar
2. Click the Edit Columns button above the table
3. Click Conversion under Column Set on the left
4. By default, this report shows your conversion performance on the campaign level, but you may find it helpful to switch this to the ad level. To see ad level data, click Ad under Data Aggregation
5. Click Save Columns

5. General Report

The General Report is a great starting point for ad analysis and comes with a slew of performance metrics. You can either take it as it comes, or completely customize it to discover new opportunities.

general-report

To access the General Report:

1. Visit the Reports page from the Ads Manager sidebar
2. Click the Edit Columns button above the table
3. Click General under Column Set on the left
4. Customize this report by adjusting the:

  • Data Aggregation – Choose which levels of your account should be segmented (e.g., by Campaign).
  • Data Breakdown – Choose how the report should be further broken down (e.g., by Country).
  • Metrics – Choose which performance metrics you’d like displayed as columns (e.g., Cost Per Page Like).

5. Click Save Columns

Now that you know how to access and customize the top reports, spend some time analyzing your Facebook ads to see what opportunities you can discover! In digital marketing, every decision should be backed by data and these are precisely the reports can equip you to make data-driven decisions.

Which reports are your favorites? What changes do you like make to the default Facebook reports?

How To Use the Search Terms Report

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Advertising, Reporting | 8 Comments
How To Use the Search Terms Report

The search terms report is one of the most powerful sources of data in your PPC campaign. Tragically, it’s also the best hidden. This report tells you exactly what people who saw your ads were searching for.

Knowing which searches triggered your ads makes it easy to optimize your campaign.

Knowing which search queries triggered your ads and how they performed makes it easy for you to optimize your search campaign and save money by adding new keywords and negative keywords. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps to take in order to pull these reports, analyze them and take action on them.

Accessing the Search Terms Report

The search terms report is notoriously hard to find, so let’s first walk through the process of generating the report for both Google & Bing.

Google AdWords

AdWords Search Terms Report

AdWords Search Terms Report

AdWords can generate a report with all search terms that were used by multiple people and received clicks in the past 30 days. All other search terms, along with those from the last day, will be summed up in the “Other search terms” row.

To generate your AdWords search terms report:

  1. Click the Campaigns tab.
  2. Click the Keywords tab.
  3. Click the Details button.
  4. Select All from the drop-down.
  5. Click the download button to export the data. 

Bing Ads

Bing Search Query Report

Bing Search Terms Report

Bing can generate a report with all search terms that resulted in at least one click during a one-hour reporting period. Because of this, the number of impressions listed in a Bing search terms report might be just a fraction of the total impressions actually generated during a search query.

To generate your Bing Ads search terms report:

  1. Click the Reports tab.
  2. Select Search Terms under Performance from the Report type drop-down.
  3. Include “Delivered match type,” “Keyword” & “Search query” from Choose your columns.

Access Google & Bing from AdStage

AdStage Search Query Report

AdStage Report Center

With AdStage PPC software, you can generate reports for both Google AdWords & Bing Ads from a single place.

To generate your Google AdWords & Bing Ads search terms reports within AdStage:

  1. Click Reports in the sidebar.
  2. Scroll to your desired network.
  3. Select Search Query Report from the Report Type drop-down.

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Find New Keyword Opportunities

The search terms report is full of new keyword opportunities, especially if your campaign is full of broad and phrase matched keywords. You’ll want to look through the report for queries that performed well and aren’t yet in your campaign as exact match keywords.

To find keyword opportunities in your report:

  1. Filter the report so only broad and phrase match keywords are being shown. This way you can skip the exact match keywords that are already in your campaign.
  2. Sort by highest clicks or highest conversions to see which queries are performing best.
  3. Starting from the top, review the search queries in each row. Look at their CTR and conversion rates and compare them to other rows to gauge the quality of the keyword.
  4. Note which keywords are performing well and add them as exact match keywords. This way you can ensure your ads display for these queries in the future.

For other ways to discover keyword opportunities, read our Guide to the Google Keyword Planner.

Find Negative Keyword Opportunities

The search terms report can also reveal negative keyword opportunities, especially if your campaign is full of broad and phrase matched keywords. You’ll want to look through the report for irrelevant queries that you want to avoid advertising on in the future.

Find Negatives to Boost CTR & Quality Score:

  1. Filter the report so only broad and phrase match keywords are being shown. This way you can skip the exact match keywords that are already in your campaign.
  2. Sort by highest impressions to see the most popular queries your ads show up for.
  3. Starting from the top, review the search queries in each row. Look at their CTR, conversions and conversion rate and compare them to other rows to gauge the quality of the keyword.
  4. If the queries are irrelevant and aren’t resulting in conversions, you can add them as negative keywords. When you add negative keywords using this data, you’ll directly improve your CTR and Quality Score.

Find Negatives To Save Money & Lower CPA:

  1. Filter the report so only broad and phrase match keywords are being shown. This way you can skip the exact match keywords that are already in your campaign.
  2. Sort by highest spend to see which keywords are costing you the most money.
  3. Starting from the top, review the search queries in each row. Look at their CTR, conversions and conversion rate and compare them to other rows to gauge the quality of the keyword.
  4. If the queries are irrelevant and aren’t resulting in conversions, you can add them as negative keywords. When you add negative keywords using this data, you’ll save money and directly improve your cost per conversion.

For help with negative keywords, read our Guide to Negative Keywords.