Mobile and Paid Search – Why It’s a Big Deal

August 1st, 2016 by Nikki Kuhlman

BLOG-mobile-and-paid-search-why-its-a-big-dealOur Google AdWords reps came to visit us recently, and they brought along a mobile expert. She spoke to us for two hours about the importance of mobile to our clients businesses and shared some very eye-opening statistics.

  • A one second increase in your mobile site load time causes a 7% drop in conversions. For a company that does $100,000 in revenue per day – 1 second leads to $2.5 million in lost revenue per year.
  • A three second increase in page load time on mobile causes a 22% drop in page views, and 50% increase in bounce rate and 22% drop in conversions.
  • Fathead.com made their mobile site 37% faster and saw a 70% increase in mobile revenue per user.

Mobile searches have eclipsed the number of desktop searches in the US as well as in nine other countries world-wide. Mobile is here and it’s affecting your business. I’m seeing desktop impressions decreasing, regardless of increased desktop spend, and I’m seeing mobile increases in the 100% to 200% as the norm. If your business is not doing as well as it did last year, I would look long and hard at how your site is on mobile, because it’s very likely that your site is the cause. There’s a whole slew of data that shows how a poor mobile site experience can turn off a potential customer, not just for the moment but for the long term (see the thinkwithgoogle.com link below for the research).

Wondering how your site stacks up? You can check how your site ranks using two tools:
1. Check how friendly your site is on mobile devices: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

2. See how fast it loads and what is causing issues at Page Speed Insights: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

One more place to get information: Google has launched an entire micro-site dedicated to helping you as business owners and marketing managers understand more about what it is and how it affects your business: http://thinkwithgoogle.com/micromoments

Enhance Your Google Ads with AdWords Structured Snippets

July 12th, 2016 by Cary Goldstein

BLOG-enhance-your-ads-with-adwords-structured-snippets (1)Google introduced an Ad Extension type awhile back, which allows advertisers to include additional content highlighting specific aspects of your products and services. This feature provides the ability to call attention to a variety of data elements that should be applicable to most business models within a number of pre-defined Headers listed below:

  • Amenities
  • Brands
  • Courses
  • Degree Programs
  • Destinations
  • Featured Hotels
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Neighborhoods
  • Service Catalog
  • Shows
  • Styles
  • Types

You have the flexibility to choose which specific customized values to then include under a particular Header such as the individual Brand names of the products you offer, or the styles of clothing, as two examples. In addition, AdWords Structured Snippet extensions allow the flexibility of scheduling options which include specific start and end date, day of the week and hours of the day which can be valuable controls. You also have the ability to produce Mobile preferred snippets, if desired.

These additional insights into your specific products and services can help increase click-through rates in addition to improving the quality of traffic to your website. It’s important to remember that Ad Extensions typically boost the performance of your Ads, and are also a factor in the overall Ad Rank. While Ad Extensions are not always eligible to show, the more you have implemented, the better each auction is able to select the most effective combinations of extensions to help improve overall performance. Adding these new Structured Snippet extensions into the mix provides another opportunity to further enhance the impact of Google AdWords Ad Extensions on your account performance.

Ad Extensions at the Ad Group Level – Google AdWords and Bing Ads

April 11th, 2016 by Molly Rod

BLOG-ad-extensions-at-ad-group-levelThere is no question that ad extensions are critical to the success of any search campaign. Extensions provide additional information about a product or service, capture more real estate on the search engine results page, and set your ad apart from the competition. All too often Google AdWords and Bing Ads PPC accounts include one set of extensions across the entire account and miss the opportunity to get creative with site links, call outs, and structured snippets. Creating these extensions at the ad group level will further tailor your message to the search query and make your ad even more relevant!

Site Link extensions (available on Google AdWords and Bing Ads) offer additional links for customers to click on. While the more general “Contact Us”, “Directions”, and “About Us” site links are necessary to include in the account, more specific ad groups may benefit from the use of tailored site links. For example, an ad group designated to blue sweatshirts could include site links to Men’s, Women’s, and Youth Blue Sweatshirts. Offering these extra links related to the search query could give the searcher more options to find a more relevant page.

Call Out extensions (available on Google AdWords and coming to Bing Ads sometime in 2016) provide an additional line of text and are a great way to reach your customers. Let’s revisit the blue sweatshirts example. While the account may be using more general call outs like “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Free Shipping”, we can get more specific for the blue sweatshirts ad group. “10% Off Blue Sweatshirts”, “15 Different Shades” and “Super Soft & Durable” will give the customer more information about the specific product and may make them more likely to click on your ad.

Structured snippets (available on Google AdWords) are currently only available in a few headings. If applicable to the business, this extension can allow an additional line or two of text to show with your ad. Account wide, you can use a snippet similar to “Types: Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Jackets, Long Sleeve Tops”. However at the ad group level, an ad for blue sweatshirts will not make much sense with such a general snippet. Instead, “Types: Hoodies, Pullovers, Crewnecks, Zip-Ups” would be more relevant to the search query and would increase the effectiveness of your ad.

Image extensions (available on Bing Ads) are a new way to add a visual component to your ads. Showing an image of a blue sweatshirt next to your text ad can really attract attention.

Using site link extensions, call out extensions and structured snippets creatively can increase the impact of your extensions strategy by making your ads more specific to search queries and increasing the relevancy of your ads. Get the most out of this extra space on the SERP and continue setting yourself apart from your competitors!