Posts Tagged ‘ Google: AdWords ’

Google is launching automated call extensions in mobile ads on February 6

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In the second update in a week on how phone numbers display in ads, Google has begun alerting some advertisers that call extensions will start generating automatically as of February 6, 2017. The notice, emailed to advertisers that use “landing pages prominently featuring a phone number”, started going out on Monday evening. A copy of the full email is below. Click to enlarge. Though you wouldn’t know from reading this email, call extensions are already set up with the phone number on Continue Reading ...

Amazon begins testing Product Listing Ads on AdWords

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In 2012, Google’s Product Search was transformed from an organic product search tool into a pay-to-play shopping destination. Since the removal of Product Search, Amazon has not participated with Google’s Product Listing Ads. Until now. Merkle discovered Amazon testing PLAs in the wild — something completely new for the world’s largest online retailer. According to Merkle’s Mark Ballard, Amazon appears to be testing (and increasing) its PLA presence. We were able to replicate these Continue Reading ...

How do our biases impact PPC performance?

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I’ve come to believe that the essence of PPC management can be boiled down to two things: Never let one thing (keyword research, bid management, A/B testing ad copy and so on) take up so much of your attention that you let something else slip. What you did yesterday probably needs to be changed, and failing to adapt your methodology is as bad as having an empty “Change History” log. As you gain more experience in PPC, you start to develop patterns and favorite tactics out of necessity. Continue Reading ...

AdWords Price Extensions spotted on desktop

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Google officially launched price extensions for mobile text ads out of beta in July. Not surprisingly, they now appear to be extending to desktop. Initially, price extensions debuted in a list on mobile, as shown in the example from Google below.  As of last week, that format has switched over to a swipeable card format in which price extensions appear in a horizontal strip as shown below. The horizontal layout is what has been spotted on desktop by Conrad O’Connell of Serptests.com in Continue Reading ...

New take on Showcase Shopping ads? Categories of used items showing for retailer outlet queries

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A strange thing happened just now when I was searching to find out whether the promotions extension Google is testing is also showing on mobile (it is). I came across an example of what appears to be a Showcase Shopping ad for the first time in the wild. When Google introduced Showcase ads, the idea was to spotlight retailer collections on broad, non-brand search queries like “summer dresses.” One of the odd things about what I found today is that these examples are all showing on Continue Reading ...

Merkle: After big increases in mobile inventory last year, paid search growth slows a bit in Q3

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Overall, spend growth on paid search dipped in Q3 to 14 percent year over year, down from 15 percent growth seen the previous quarter, according to Merkle’s Q3 Digital Marketing Report, issued this week. Merkle says the slowdown was expected when comparing to the period last year, when Google significantly increased the number of ads displaying on mobile search results. Click volume growth slowed in Q3 to 20 percent year over year. Click growth has been trending down the past two quarters Continue Reading ...

For manufacturers selling in retail chains, Google launches affiliate location ad extensions

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Original manufacturers that sell their goods in retail chains can now begin promoting those locations to nearby consumers within their own AdWords ads. Google announced the launch of affiliate location extensions in AdWords on Thursday, giving manufacturers a new way to support their offline retail distribution efforts on Google. With “near me” searches continuing to increase on mobile, the new extension offers an in-ad where-to-buy option for manufacturers that may or may not sell Continue Reading ...

AdWords rolls out Salesforce account linking for automated conversion imports

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Early this summer, Google announced it was launching, via invite, a way to automatically import Salesforce data into AdWords. That function now appears to be rolling out generally. Salesforce.com is an option available under the Linked accounts menu. This morning was the first time I noticed it, though it may have started rolling out earlier. Once set up, the linking enables the Google Click ID (GCLID) to pass to Salesforce whenever a user completes a conversion action like filling out a Continue Reading ...

PPC + SEO = match made in marketing heaven

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It has been quite a year for the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). We’ve seen numerous algorithm updates, including a final Penguin update and the introduction of Possum. We also saw major changes to the way ads are displayed on desktop SERPs. Google continues to tweak how online consumers receive content through organic and paid listings. In order to meet the demands of today’s search landscape and connect with more qualified consumers, strategists need to create campaigns that treat Continue Reading ...

What’s new and cool at Google from SMX East 2016

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At this year’s SMX East conference, which took place this week in New York City, Search Engine Land reporter Ginny Marvin and contributing editor Greg Sterling hosted a conversation with Google executives Jerry Dischler, the vice president of AdWords (@jdischler) and Babak Pahlavan, the global head of products and director of Google Analytics (@babakph). Dischler shared recent updates and changes to the Google AdWords platform, while Pahlavan covered the same for Google Analytics. [Read the Continue Reading ...