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“This year is the year of mobile!” … said every PPC strategist 3 years ago. It’s no longer “the year of mobile” – mobile traffic has already become the fastest growing–and possibly most significant–segment of paid SEM traffic. It’s time to take a fresh, actionable look at your mobile PPC strategy for both quick wins and any overdue capital improvement projects.
Last month, Google announced some changes coming to AdWords this year, which gives advertisers some additional tools to work with. Unlike some major changes in the past (e.g. enhanced campaigns), you have very little reason to panic over these announcements. Are these changes revolutionary or paradigm shifting? No. Will they have an impact on performance? Probably, yes.
Local PPC is a topic seldom discussed in the digital marketing sphere, and that’s a problem. There are many businesses which depend on potential customers among the local population to physically enter a specific location and spend money; restaurants and service shops are two of the most prominent examples.
Google recently announced it is eliminating text ad impressions on the right-hand side of its results pages. Previously, upwards of 10 or 11 total ads were eligible to show on the first results page with a majority showing up on the right-hand side. Going forward, there will now be a maximum of 7 total ads eligible to show above and below the organic results in the middle.
The first rule of PPC is make sure you bid on your branded search terms. Actually, scratch that – the first rule of PPC is all must bow down to Earth’s future overlords, Google. But, after that, bidding on branded search terms is at the top of the list. The reason is simple: you don’t want competitors bidding on your brand name and showing ads for their products before yours.
Problem Ever since Google AdWords introduced enhanced campaigns, targeting mobile traffic effectively using mobile bid modifiers has been an important strategy for all PPC managers. Some of you may have mobile bid modifiers set in your campaigns already, but aren’t seeing very good results from mobile traffic.
Are you using attribution modeling or assisted conversion data in your PPC reports? If you’re not, you’re missing out on some golden opportunities to leverage data to your advantage. We all know the LNDC model (last non-direct click model—the default used by Google Analytics) is not comprehensive enough for us to see the big picture.