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AdWords auction insights

Google AdWords Ad Auctions Insights lets users run a report (only for individual keywords at the moment) and view half a dozen metrics against other advertisers. These include impression share, verge position, overlap rate, position above rate and top of page percentage.

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AdWords new matching behaviour: for phrase and exact match keywords

If you’ve been managing an AdWords account this week you’ll probably have noticed a pop-up notification about changes to the way AdWords uses Phrase and Exact match: plurals and misspellings will now be included by default. So what does this mean, and when should you use it?

Facebook’s “objectives” targeting: what it means for us

Facebook is testing a new targeting option to reach users ‘more likely’ to complete a certain action. In essence, it allows advertisers to target conversions, rather than users. But these actions are only a measurement of success, and shouldn’t be confused with the actual purpose of the campaign.

Mass Effect 3: Facebook Ads Fail

On this momentous occasion, the European launch of Bioware’s latest instalment in the Mass Effect trilogy, we were disappointed to see an opportunity for promotion so wasted. In fact, we almost didn’t even notice the ad, as Mass Effect 2 has been out for 2 years now.

Facebook ads downfall: more ads and shorter ads

Facebook is going to shorten their ads so they can fit more in. Either this will give users a greater choice of ads and drive up clicks, revenue and general goodness for all (users, advertisers and Facebook) or the current good advertisers will have their ads lost in a blanket of poor ads and users will ignore the wall of ads completely.

enhanced sitelinks: measuring the relevancy

Hot damn! Google has just announced the launch of Enhanced Sitelinks and I am pretty darn impressed. Traditional sitelinks (below) have served a role by encouraging a click on the ad rather than as a selection of alternative landing pages. They provide additional information and real estate on the SERP [...]

The Low Hanging Fruit

the low hanging fruit: why more clicks mean lower conversion rates

The value of different audience groups and search queries can be drawn on a sliding scale from the absolutely, guaranteed, desperate to make a purchase user to the zombified passive browser who coincidentally stumbles across your site. Naturally, most new PPC campaigns will focus on targeting the former, and if not will soon be stripped back to these core terms. We’re playing it safe, picking the low hanging fruit and spending the budget in the areas we’re confident will drive the most sales.

being relevant: do we need to add search queries?

When analysing the search queries which have been activating your ads, it’s easy to become confused by the depth of strange search queries that Google shows your ads to. Why is the search query ‘football fixtures’ every considered relevant to the keyword ‘rugby socks’? The truth is Google doesn’t directly measure relevancy in the semantic way humans do – it’d just be too complex – how would they know that ‘Usain Bolt’ isn’t related to ‘nuts and bolts’, and that ‘Cheryl Cole’ once was, but is no longer, relevant to ‘Simon Cowell’?

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PPC Round-Up: January

Impression Share at Ad Group level
Create even more Automated Rules
New Look to Adwords Help Center
More Facebook ads and below the fold

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LINK: PPC Memes

Not found it on knowyourmeme.com yet, guess they need to wait till their server can manage the massive traffic levels. Until the time when it does go global and the whole world falls to their knees united in raucous laughter, go and check out ppcmemes.tumblr.com for some delightfully geeky laughs.


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