Between automated rules, conversion optimiser, product listing ads, ad rotation settings and now dynamic search ads, some PPC account managers could be forgiven for fearing all this automation threatens to leave them redundant in their job. Some could also be forgiven for championing the belief that this was always Google’s intention – to claim back that 10-20% of the client’s PPC budget that goes to agencies instead of on more clicks.
If you’re managing a small PPC account you may think you’re not using rules to govern how you manage your bids, when actually you use rules every time you change bids. If your keywords are performing well you might raise the bids, if they have a low CTR you may want to investigate the search queries behind them, and if they’ve spent a fair bit of money and not converted you might pause them. Whether they’re automated or not, or you’re aware of them or not, they’re still the rules you’re using to optimise your bids.
Thinking of setting up an AdWords account?! Well check out our top 5 AdWords mistakes to avoid and you won’t regret it… gulp.
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.
Good keyword research is the base for any good SEO or PPC campaign, so here are a few research tools you might find useful.
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