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Initially this seemed like a tragic new update. One that takes more control away from the marketers’ hands and passes it over to Google. The more I read into it though, the more I’m starting to realise that it’s not such a bad thing.
We had a target to achieve as a company – by the end of March 2011 everyone working on PPC accounts was to have taken both the AdWords Fundamentals Exam and the AdWords Advanced Exam. In addition to this, I was also aiming to take the Google Analytics Individual Qualification. I’m very pleased to report that we all took the exams and passed, but this post is here to go in a bit more detail than that.
We now have 9 AdWords Qualified staff who work on clients PPC accounts and we also have me – a Google Analytics Qualified Individual to help the team out with all things analytical; although I have to admit they’re all pretty good without me, I’m just the one who gets excited about it and in to the really techy bits. I wanted to write this blog post to explain my experiences with the two exams – one was easier and the other harder than anticipated.
Whether you’re a marketing manager, a marketing executive or an agency assistant, if you’re thinking about starting up a Pay per Click (PPC) campaign then you are likely to be asked most of the following questions, before the powers that be can approve it.
Google have hardly been subtle in the changes they’ve made in recent times, nor have they been apologetic. From major algorithm updates to tweaks in the colouration and complexity of sponsored ads (integration within maps, site links and even images for instance); the face of results pages has changed drastically. However, some might argue that this is more of an effort to please stakeholders, rather than users or advertisers.
Google AdWords is a tried and tested method of getting qualified leads to a website. So when you invest heavily into the advertising platform and fail to achieve conversions, it can be incredibly disappointing and frustrating.
AdWords Remarketing is now even more useful and targeted than ever before. This post covers some useful remarketing tactics that are now available, and briefly touches on some tips for optimising your campaigns. Read more
What are the most common errors we see with PPC accounts? Having worked in the Online Marketing game for a few years now, I have seen many attempts at setting up an AdWords account at home. While there are some things that pop up occasionally, there are other errors that I see time and time again.
The value of having a strong Quality Score has increased in recent times, with an article from Larry Kim suggesting that the Cost per Click savings as a result of having a high Quality Score are even greater than they used to be (200% more valuable to be precise!). The only problem is that it has become increasingly more challenging to achieve a high Quality Score compared to past years.
Imagine if you could tailor your search campaigns to bid more (or less) for people who have already visited a particular page on your website? Or only target search campaigns to users who have already visited your site and who are searching with the keywords you are targeting? Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSAs) make this possible.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at how Google’s PPC compares against other paid advertising options.