Google AdWords Dynamic Remarketing

July 29th, 2014 by Krystal Kukuk

Dynamic RemarketingDo you love your current Google AdWords remarketing campaign, but are looking for a new way to grab consumers’ attention? Now with dynamic remarketing ads and proper PPC management you can deliver tailored ads to each consumer who has visited your site. Ads can show a variety of different products that are in your merchant feed based on the actions consumers took when visiting your site.

So how will Google decide which of your products to show? The type of products your ad shows will be based on one of four remarketing lists. You can pick and choose which of these lists you would like to advertise to:

  • General visitors to your site will be shown the most popular products on your site.
  • People who viewed specific products will be shown the products that they viewed in addition to recommended products.
  • People who abandoned the shopping cart will be shown the items they added to cart. They will also be shown recommended products and other items they viewed.
  • Purchasers will be shown your most popular products and items that generally get purchased together.

You can read more about how Google determines what products to show in your dynamic ads here.

There are a wide variety of ad layouts that you can choose from or just enter your logo and let Google choose your layouts. Below is an example of a Dynamic Display ad:

Google Dynamic Shopping Ad

There a few things you’ll need to do before you can create your campaign (while they can be time-consuming to setup, the good thing is you shouldn’t have to go through these steps again). You’ll first need to create a Google Merchant feed following a specific format and including things like price, title, description, image URLs and some other attributes. Next you will add a dynamic remarketing tag to each page of the website, which ties the webpage back to specific page type, category or product in your feed. Once those steps are completed, you’ll create your campaign and ads.


Google AdWords Review Extensions – Powerful Stuff

June 30th, 2014 by Jack ODonnell

BLOG-reviewextensionsRicher information about your business can help potential customers understand why your product or service is right for them. Advertisers have long found it valuable to show positive reviews, awards, or accolades in their ads. Today, we’re bringing this capability to your search ads. With review extensions, you can show accolades from reputable third parties right in your search ads.” – Inside AdWords

Use Google AdWords Review Extensions to give new potential customers an extra level of comfort doing business with your company.

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To implement AdWords Review Extensions, navigate to the Ad Extensions tab then select View: Review Extensions in the drop-down box. Create your new Review Extension by supplying the appropriate review text, the source of the review and a link where users can verify the review as being genuine.

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The Review must come from a reputable third-party source, so you cannot just throw up your Aunt Sally’s stellar quote from her personal blog. For more detailed information on using Review Extensions, visit here to read more about Google’s advertising policy regarding the usage of review extensions. For further assistance, you can always contact a qualified PPC management company.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts from Google’s support page noted above:

  • Do use accurate and current reviews.
  • Do use a quote or paraphrase that represents a current source.
  • Do link to a page where the content of the review should be apparent and easily visible on the source page.
  • Do use ellipses if you cannot fit the entire review and need to truncate a portion of it, to show missing words or phrases.
  • Do link to the original source, not your website.
  • Do not link to press releases or a second-hand report.
  • Do not link to aggregate ranking or user-review websites.
  • Do not use links to individual’s reviews.

Great reviews are incredibly powerful. If you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em!


Tablet-Friendly Websites and PPC Advertising

May 20th, 2014 by Nikki Kuhlman

BLOG-tabfriendlyMy husband was trying to buy Blue Man Group tickets recently from his iPad. Blue Man Group uses Ticketmaster for processing and buying the tickets, but Ticketmaster requires Flash to pick the seats he wanted. After a large amount of frustration and multiple attempts, he had to pull out his laptop, and start all over.

I had something similar happen – I was on my iPad and buying a magazine subscription as a gift for a friend. I entered my billing information, but needed to click a link in order to change name and address for the recipient. I’d click the link, and a window would flash for a second and disappear. I ended up having to pick up the phone and call the company and place my order over the phone. I told the rep the problem I was having and she asked me if I was on an iPad, as it was known issue.

The point of these two stories is that both of these sites were not iPad-friendly. (I’ve talked to friends with Android tablets, and they’ve ran into similar instances where sites didn’t work properly so this is not isolated to iOS devices.) Both these companies spend a lot of money marketing to people, bringing people to their websites hoping they will buy, yet their sites aren’t optimized to work well, regardless of the device a visitor is on. How many people get frustrated and don’t pick up the phone? How many just say heck with it and go buy from the competition?

What Does This Have to Do With PPC?

There are two compelling reasons:

  1. As of January 2014, 42% of American adults own a tablet. That’s up from 34% of adults in September.  The rate of adoption is massive. Tablets aren’t just for “youngsters” either – the highest rate of ownership is in the 30-to-49 year-old age range.
  2. Google does not allow you to exclude advertising on tablet devices. While you can prevent Google ads (either search or Display network) from showing on smartphones, Google does not allow for tablet exclusion. That ability went away as of July of 2013 when Google transitioned all accounts to Expanded Campaigns. (Their reasoning is that tablets are very similar to desktops.)

The problem is that tablet and desktop do not always convert the same. I did a quick review of 14 of my largest B-to-C ecommerce clients that also tracked revenue in Google Analytics. Tablet traffic ranged from 10.55% to 26% of overall site traffic. And not one single company had tablet conversion rates that were the same or nearly the same as their desktop traffic. The closest was a difference of 7%, but the majority ranged from 20 to 50% lower conversion rates, and one even had a tablet conversion rate that was 74% lower than their desktop traffic! And only three of them generated nearly the same percentage of revenue as their tablet traffic (for example, one client gets 19.97% of traffic from tablets and earns 20% of their revenue from the same). Most were much less, with the average being around 33% less tablet revenue than their tablet traffic with some as low as 70% less.

This doesn’t just affect PPC management –  it also affects a client’s natural listings, not just from tablets but also mobile devices. (You don’t want to know the statistics of conversion rate on mobile!) JumpFly is not an SEO company, but my point is that this problem affects more than just advertising dollars, it affects overall site revenue. If your sales are declining and you can’t figure out why, it’s very possible a tablet or mobile site user experience. This traffic is coming to your site and you can’t stop it, and it’s only going to increase. (I’m seeing desktop traffic decreasing and tablet and mobile traffic increasing in client after client after client.) Don’t alienate or frustrate your tablet (and mobile) customers. Make sure that your prospective customers the ability to shop on your site, from whatever device they want.