More Mobile and Your Paid Search Campaigns

August 15th, 2016 by Jeff Kramer

BLOG-mobile-and-your-paid-search-campaigns-take-2Mobile has long been emphasized and data is increasingly showing the importance of mobile in the conversion process.

2015 proved to be a big year in that mobile has surpassed desktops as the primary device for searches. Mobile has changed consumer behaviors and the use of mobile phones is different than PCs. Data shows that mobile is used heavily in the research and evaluation process while PCs are used to complete transactions. That means bounce rate on desktop is dropping, as is number of pages visited, while conversions are going up. Simply stated, if you do not see conversions attributed to mobile devices, it does not mean mobile has not played a critical role in the conversion process. Looking at device conversions only could cause you to miss the importance of mobile in the decision process.

What steps can you take with mobile to help with conversions?

Have a mobile friendly site. Follow best practices such as having calls-to-action front and center, keeping menus short and sweet, and making sure site search is visible will make for a better mobile experience. You can read all 25 principles of mobile site design based on research done by Google and AnswerLab.

Have a fast site. The average impact of a one-second delay means a 7% reduction in conversion. Pages that load in three and five seconds compared to pages that load in one second converted 22% and 38% less respectively. The bottom line is the speed of your mobile site is important, even more than a slow desktop site, as it directly relates to higher conversions.

As an example, for an ecommerce site that earns $100,000/day, a one second delay in site loading equals $2.5 million in lost revenue for the year. Just one second. For Amazon, having pages load 100ms faster equals 1% more revenue, and their 1% can equal billions of dollars.

Optimize your Google AdWords and Bing Ads campaigns for mobile. Call extensions, mobile bid adjustments, mobile optimized ads and making sure your ads are pointing to mobile-friendly landing pages are factors to consider while optimizing your campaigns.

If you do not have a mobile strategy in place, you should strongly consider a plan to get you there. A path to converting may start on a mobile phone, jump to a tablet, then over to a PC, back to a phone and finally converting on a PC. The point being that providing a great experience with all devices is important to success and conversions. Do not ignore the importance of your mobile presence even if you are not seeing conversions directly tied to mobile devices.

Google AdWords and Call Tracking

May 11th, 2015 by Jeff Kramer

BLOG-AdWords-and-Call-TrackingThe importance of tracking call activity in the PPC world has long been understood. However, with the number of options available today, knowing the difference between them all can be confusing. In this blog post we will review options available for call tracking with Google.

At the most basic level, call extensions can be enabled to have your phone number display alongside ads. There are two options that can be enabled through the AdWords interface called Call Extensions: “My Own Phone Number” and “Google Forwarding Phone Number”.  The third option, “Website Call Conversions”, requires additional work of placing code snippets on your business’s website.

Call Extensions

“My Own Phone Number” will use your business phone number alongside ads. You may consider this option if you have branded your phone number and wish to maintain it as part of your AdWords campaign. “My Own Phone Number” does not allow for tracking or analytics to be associated with the number.

Enabling “Google Forwarding Phone Number” will insert a unique phone number alongside your ad to allow for basic tracking and analytics. Details such as area code, time the call was placed, how long the call lasted and if the call was connected are all tracked. Although the number is forwarded, the number on caller ID still appears as the originating phone number.

Adding phone numbers through call extensions is easy and should be enabled in most campaigns.  Both features can be enabled through the AdWords interface.

Website Call Conversions

“Website Call Conversions” is a feature that leverages the benefits of “Google Forwarding Phone Number” but carries the number to the website. A snippet of code is placed on your website which allows a unique Google Forwarding number to display on your site.

If the number is called from the website, this would be tracked the same as Google Forwarding number with the same analytics available. The benefit of having Website Call Conversions is that it allows for calls made from your website phone number to be tracked too.

Google provides some good options for including and tracking calls. The limitation is that tracking is exclusive to Google advertising and does not provide a means for tracking phone calls that fall outside of this advertising medium. To have a complete phone tracking solution you need to consider a third-party solution such as JumpFly Call Tracking.

JumpFly Call Tracking and other third-party services offer more complete solutions that allow for phone tracking regardless of advertising platform.

Third-party tracking is perhaps the best and most hassle free way of monitoring call activity. Independently adding website call tracking to your online advertising strategy will ultimately result in a more dynamic campaign. As with any solution, understanding the pros and cons of each as they relate to your business goals is ultimately going to dictate which option you choose.

Please call the team at JumpFly if you would like to discuss any of these options.