Getting Started with Automated Rules

Posted by Dan Friedman, Inside AdWords crew

Earlier this year, we launched Automated Rules, a feature that lets you save time by scheduling automatic changes to your account based on criteria that you specify. Since then, tens of thousands of advertisers have created rules to manage their accounts more effectively and even deploy more advanced strategies.

Whether you’re new to Automated Rules or already an expert, we wanted to share with you some of the most popular examples of rules that AdWords users have created. We hope that these examples can help you take better advantage of the feature.

Click here for details on how to set up these types of rules. You’ll need to adjust them to meet your business needs and goals. Let us know what you think of these examples, and send us your favorite rules.

Scheduling ads

  • Turning on/off special ads for a promotional event
  • Turning on/off certain ads on a repeating basis (e.g., every weekend)
  • Turning on/off a special ad campaign for a promotional event

Pausing low-performing ads or keywords

  • Pausing low-performing keywords based on success metrics (e.g., high cost per conversion)
  • Pausing low-performing ads based on success metrics (e.g., low CTR)

Bids and bid scheduling

  • Adjusting bids for keywords based on cost per conversion
  • Changing bids to reach a desired average position
  • Raising bids to ensure ads show on the first page
  • Bid scheduling (e.g., a higher bid during certain hours of the day)

Controlling budgets and cost

  • Increasing budget for campaigns that convert well (using cost per conversion)
  • Budget scheduling (e.g., higher budget on certain days of the week)
  • Pausing campaigns that have spent a certain amount partway through the month
  • Pausing campaigns that have received a certain number of clicks partway through the day

General examples

  • Understanding how to make a rule work on one, several or all campaigns
  • Excluding keywords from a rule

To learn more about Automated Rules, please visit Ad Innovations. Happy automating!

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Studies show search ads drive 89% incremental traffic

Posted by Lauren Barbato, Inside AdWords crew

Advertisers often wonder whether search ads cannibalize their organic traffic. If search ads were paused, would clicks on organic results increase and make up for the loss in paid traffic? Google statisticians recently ran over 400 studies on paused accounts to answer this question.

In what we call “Search Ads Pause Studies,” our group of researchers observed organic click volume in the absence of search ads. Then they built a statistical model to predict click volume for given levels of ad spend. This model generates estimates for the incremental clicks attributable to search ads or, in other words, the percentage of paid clicks that are not made up for by organic clicks when search ads are paused.

On average, the incremental ad clicks (IAC) percentage across verticals is 89%. This means that a full 89% of the traffic generated by search ads is not replaced by organic clicks when ads are paused. This number was consistently high across verticals. You can find a video on the study here. The full study can be found on research.google.com.

 

Posted by Lauren Barbato, Inside AdWords crew

“Mobile”-ize your business with Google Sites

Posted by Dan Friedman, Inside AdWords crew

A poor mobile web experience can negatively shape a consumer’s opinion of your brand or your company altogether. In a recent study, we found that 61% of users are unlikely to return to a mobile site that they had trouble accessing from their phone, and 40% go to a competitor’s. By the end of this year, more than half of all Americans will own a smartphone. Your customers are mobile—are you?

Today, we’re excited to announce a brand new tool to help your business get “mobile”-ized: Google Sites mobile landing pages. With Google Sites mobile landing pages, you can build yourself a professional mobile landing page in minutes for free—and without any coding experience.

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Why use Google Sites mobile landing pages?

  • It’s easy. Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there’s no markup language for you to learn—just get started.
  • It’s free. Google Sites is one of many free products offered by Google.
  • It’s measurable. One-click Google Analytics integration allows you to monitor your site’s traffic.
  • It’s fast. Create your mobile landing page in minutes by starting from one of five pre-loaded templates. You can also start from scratch with the custom template.

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Watch the videobelow to see how “small” businessman, Bob, transformed his business using Google Sites:

Visit sites.google.com/mobilize to get started today!

Posted by Dan Friedman, Inside AdWords crew

Add +1 to help your ads stand out

Posted by Nathania Lozada, Inside AdWords crew

People make choices about your website many times each day–whenever your pages appear in Google search results. What if the people who love your site could help their friends and other users find your great content right at the moment of decision?

That’s why we introduced the +1 button on Google search in March. +1 annotations show your customers which pages people they trust have found and enjoyed first, making it easier to find content they’re likely to care about.

Since we announced +1, we’ve gotten requests from Google search users and advertisers alike for +1 buttons in more places than just search results. That’s why today we’re making the +1 button available to sites across the web. Sometimes you want to recommend a web page after you’ve visited it. After all, how do you know you want to suggest that great hotel deal in Madrid if you haven’t checked it out yet?

We’ve partnered with a few sites where you’ll see +1 buttons over the coming days:


You’ll also start to see +1 buttons on other Google properties such as Android Market, Blogger, Product Search and YouTube.

Adding +1 buttons to your pages is a great way to help your ads stand out on Google. By giving your visitors more chances to +1 your pages, your search ads and organic results might appear with +1 annotations more often. This could lead to more–and better qualified–traffic to your site.


To get started, visit the +1 button tool on Google Webmaster Central, where you’ll configure small snippets of JavaScript to add to the pages where you want +1 buttons to appear. You can pick from a few different button sizes and styles, so choose the +1 button that best matches your site’s layout.

When a user clicks +1, that +1 applies to the URL of the page they’re on. There are some easy ways to ensure your +1s apply as often as possible to the pages appearing in Google search results.

To stay current on updates to the +1 button large and small, please subscribe to the Google Publisher Button Announce Group. For advanced tips and tricks, check our Google Code site. For information about how the +1 button affects your search ads, check out the AdWords Help Center.

If your site primarily caters to users outside of the US and Canada, you can install the +1 button code now; the +1 button is already supported in 44 languages. However, keep in mind that +1 annotations currently only appear for English search results on Google.com. We’re working on releasing +1 to other domains in the future.

If you have customers who love your content (and we bet you do), encourage them to spread the word! Add the +1 button to help your ads stand out with a personal recommendation right at the moment of decision, on Google search.

Smartphone User Study Shows Mobile Movement Under Way

by  Inside AdWords
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 10:33 AM

Smartphone User Study Shows Mobile Movement Under Way

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Cross posted from the Google Mobile Ads Blog:

71% of smartphone users search because of an ad they’ve seen either online or offline; 82% of smartphone users notice mobile ads, 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase as a result of using their smartphones to help with shopping, and 88% of those who look for local information on their smartphones take action within a day.

 

  • 81% browse the Internet, 77% search, 68% use an app, and 48% watch videos on their smartphone
  • 72% use their smartphones while consuming other media, with a third while watching TV
  • 93% of smartphone owners use their smartphones while at home
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  • Search engine websites are the most visited websites with 77% of smartphone users citing this, followed by social networking, retail and video sharing websites
  • Nine out of ten smartphone searches results in an action (purchasing, visiting a business, etc.)
  • 24% recommended a brand or product to others as a result of a smartphone search
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  • 95% of smartphone users have looked for local information
  • 88% of these users take action within a day, indicating these are immediate information needs
  • 77% have contacted a business, with 61% calling and 59% visiting the local business
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  • 79% of smartphone consumers use their phones to help with shopping, from comparing prices, finding more product info to locating a retailer
  • 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase, whether online, in-store, or on their phones
  • 70% use their smartphones while in the store, reflecting varied purchase paths that often begin online or on their phones and brings consumers to the store
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  • 71% search on their phones because of an ad exposure, whether from traditional media (68%) to online ads (18%) to mobile ads (27%)
  • 82% notice mobile ads, especially mobile display ads and a third notice mobile search ads
  • Half of those who see a mobile ad take action, with 35% visiting a website and 49% making a purchase

The findings of the study have strong implications for businesses and mobile advertisers. Make sure you can be found via mobile search as consumers regularly use their phones to find and act on information. Incorporate location based products and services and make it easy for mobile customers to reach you because local information seeking is common among smartphone users. Develop a comprehensive cross-channel strategy as mobile shoppers use their phones in-store, online and via mobile website and apps to research and make purchase decisions. Last, implement an integrated marketing strategy with mobile advertising that takes advantage of the knowledge that people are using their smartphones while consuming other media and are influenced by it.

 

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your AdWords Performance

Posted by Dan Friedman, Inside AdWords crew

With the recent international launches of the Ad Innovations site, we want to take a minute to call out a few simple things you can do to quickly improve the performance of your AdWords ads. Give the tips below a try and see how our Ad Innovations can improve your performance.

  1. Enable Ad Sitelinks
  2. Ad Sitelinks allow you to extend the value of your existing AdWords ads by providing additional links to specific, relevant content deeper within your site. Rather than sending all users to the same landing page, Ad Sitelinks will display up to four additional destination URLs for users to choose from. On average, advertisers see a 30% increase in clickthrough rate (CTR) for the same ads with Ad Sitelinks.

  3. Optimize your ad text for longer headlines
  4. We recently made a change to top ads that allows you to display more information where it’s most likely to be noticed–in the headline. By taking information from the first description line and moving it to the headline, we found that we’re able to create a better user experience and improve advertiser performance. In fact, ads with longer headlines receive a 6% average increase in CTR compared to the same ads with a standard headline and description. To increase the chances that your ad will appear with the longer headline, make sure that description line 1 is a complete phrase or sentence and ends in punctuation (e.g., a period or question mark). Before: After:

  5. Link a Google Places account to a campaign to show location extensions
  6. Location extensions allow you to extend your AdWords campaigns by dynamically attaching your business address to your ads. In addition to the description lines and URL that appear in your ad text, your ad can also display your business name, address, and phone number. This helps promote your business brand, products, and services and associates your business with a specific location of interest to the user.

    By linking a Google Places account to your AdWords ads, you can quickly and easily make sure all your location information is available when it’s most relevant.

  7. Get reviewed to show Seller Rating Extensions
  8. Seller rating extensions make it easier for potential customers to identify highly-rated merchants when they’re searching on Google.com by attaching your merchant star rating from Google Product Search to your AdWords ads. These star ratings, aggregated from review sites all around the web, allow people to find merchants that are highly recommended by online shoppers like them. On average, ads with Seller Ratings get a 17% higher CTR than the same ads without ratings.

    If your online store is rated in Google Product Search, you have four or more stars, and you have at least thirty reviews, you’ll automatically get seller ratings with your ads. If you have high customer satisfaction, then make sure we know about it:

  • Regularly ask your users for reviews (e.g., in confirmation emails after purchases)
  • Make it easy for users to review you–include links to your site’s page on the third-party review sites used by Seller Rating Extensions.

  • Link a Merchant Center account to a campaign to show product extensions
  • Product extensions are a way for you to enrich your existing AdWords ads with more relevant and specific information about your retail merchandise. Product extensions allow you to use your existing Google Merchant Center account to highlight your products directly in your search ads.

    With product extensions, you’re charged the same cost-per-click (CPC) whether a user clicks on your main text ad or any of the offers within the product extensions plusbox.
    Of course, you can always learn about the many additional AdWords innovations by visiting the Ad Innovations website and subscribing for the latest updates.

    Introducing free phone support for Google AdWords advertisers

    Posted by Francoise Brougher, VP, Global Advertising and Product Operations

    We’ve worked hard to keep in touch with our AdWords customers and we’re always looking for new ways to support you. Currently we offer email and online support, and today we’re launching free phone support for all of our U.S. and Canada-based AdWords customers. When you have a question about your account or advertising campaigns, you can now call an AdWords specialist if you prefer.

    We’re adding phone support for a simple reason: you asked for it! You told us that while you appreciate online resources like our AdWords Help Center, you also want the option to get live, expert support when you need it. We heard you, and got to work assembling a team of AdWords experts to answer your calls.

    The new phone option is one of many tools that can help you succeed with AdWords—and (most importantly!) find even more customers. You can also email us, or learn from other advertisers in the AdWords Help Forum. Our AdWords Online Classroom offers free online courses on a wide variety of AdWords topics, from the basics to great tips to take your account to the next level.

    To speak to one of our specialists, give us a call at 1-866-2-Google between Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Eastern Time. This number is for current AdWords advertisers only, so please make sure you have your customer ID ready. We look forward to speaking to you and learning more about your business.

    We will roll phone support out to international advertisers in the coming months.

    A new way to contextually target your ads on the Google Display Network

    Posted by Lisa Shieh, Inside AdWords crew

    Take your ads to new heights with Blimp Ads

    Posted by Nathania Lozada, Inside AdWords crew

    For more than ten years, AdWords has been at the forefront of the advertising world. From text ads to video ads, we’ve been constantly innovating and redefining the advertising ecosystem. Starting today, you can be one of the first to experience the next generation of advertising: Google Blimp Ads.

    Imagine this: a baseball stadium, packed with thousands of fans. A home run flies through the air, and as the crowd looks up, they see your ad, bigger than ever, hand-painted on the side of a majestic blimp. Blimp Ads can make this a reality.

     


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    With your text ads on our brand new fleet of gBlimps, you can reach an even wider audience and capitalize on many new targeting options, including blimp height and location. You can even target special events like football games, outdoor concerts, meteor showers, and more. The possibilities are endless!

    Over the past few months, we’ve privately tested Blimp Ads and found that they performed even better than expected. Now you have the opportunity to boost your ad performance by participating in our free public beta testing program.

    Check out our product site to learn more and sign up now. Join us as we continue to push the boundaries of advertising.

    Location targeting on AdWords: Now with more advanced controls

    from Inside AdWords

    Location targeting on AdWords: Now with more advanced controls

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | 10:09 AM

     

    • Targeting method: Target using physical location
      Let’s say you run a furniture store in Chicago and you want to advertise only to people located near your store. With the existing location targeting in AdWords, you can only specify the location you wish to target, Chicago. However, your ad might be shown not only to people in Chicago, but also to people elsewhere in the US whose searches include one of your keywords along with the word “Chicago”.With the new settings, you can now target Chicago “using physical location” only. As a result, the ad will only be shown to users based in Chicago who search for keywords that are part of the campaign. Someone in, say, Milwaukee who searches for “chicago furniture stores” will not see your ad. Similarly, someone who’s in Chicago whose search indicated they’re interested in a different region will not see your ad. For example, a Chicago-based user searching for “pennsylvania amish furniture” will not see your ad. This is the case even if your campaign includes that exact keyword.

    • Exclusion method: Exclude by physical location and search intent
      This time, let’s assume that you run a vacation rental company and are advertising properties in California, and you don’t want to advertise to people who are based in Florida or interested in Florida properties. You can opt for a more restrictive exclusion method by choosing “exclude by physical location and search intent,” as shown below. As a result, your ads won’t be shown to people based in Florida or to those who include a Florida location in their search queries.

    • If you happen to own a restaurant in New York City, you may want to advertise special deals only to people planning a visit to the city but not to those who live there. Previously, if you excluded New York City from location targeting in AdWords, your ads wouldn’t be shown to people in the city nor to those searching for places in New York. With the new default settings, your ads won’t be shown to people who are in the city, but people outside the city can see these ads if they specify “New York City” in their search queries.