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Google AdWords’ recent announcement on the retirement of exact match in favor of the “close variant” default setting not only came as a bit of surprise to me, but definitely garnered the expected outrage from the PPC community, including petitions, Tweets and blog posts like this one. (Strangely enough, we seem to have avoided the obligatory Robin Williams anecdote in all of them.
… A few months ago Bryant Garvin wrote an interesting post arguing how phrase match keywords have negligible use in Google AdWords campaigns, and how exact and modified broad match keywords should instead provide sufficient opportunity for most Google AdWords advertisers to maximise value from their campaigns. The following reasons were cited…