Category: Google: Paid search

Google is retiring the AdWords & DoubleClick brands in a major rebranding aimed at simplification

After 18 and 22 years, respectively, the AdWords and DoubleClick brands will soon cease to be. As part of a comprehensive effort to streamline its offerings, Google’s flagship advertising products are getting new names and reorganized to better reflect their...

/ June 28, 2018

Ask the #SMXpert: Smart B2B SEM Tactics

The following is a continuation of the Q&A segment with moderator Brad Geddes from the “B2B SEM: Meeting Specific Challenges With Really Smart Tactics” session held during Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Intro Challenges facing business to business (B2B)...

/ June 20, 2018

How will GDPR affect PPC marketers in the US?

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), search marketers targeting the European Union (EU) have had performance ad capabilities ripped right out from under their feet. Given technical and privacy limitations existing before GDPR, performance marketers may...

/ June 12, 2018

If you’re not updating ROAS and CPA targets frequently, you’re missing out

Our founding CEO, Fred Vallaeys, has written extensively about how the role of PPC experts will change as more of the day-to-day ad management will be done by automated systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). One...

/ June 12, 2018

5 Google Optimize tests to take AdWords to the next level

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising often focuses too much on the click. It sounds crazy. The industry is named after clicks, after all, but what happens after a user comes to your landing page is even more important. That’s why the direct...

/ June 5, 2018

Pause underperforming ads with this updated AdWords script

It’s no secret that split (A/B) testing is an essential part of a successful AdWords campaign. I’m a big advocate of scientific testing, and it is a core part of how my company, Brainlabs, approaches paid search campaigns. Some time...

/ May 18, 2018

Hidden PPC traffic killers

If a pay-per-click (PPC) account and the advertiser’s business model are functioning reasonably well, we often find that a business owner becomes heavily dependent on the PPC channel. “Max the volume!” and “We’re down from last year, I’m very worried”...

/ May 18, 2018

Improving e-commerce text ads with ad customizer data feeds

While shopping ads are arguably the most important form of Google advertising for e-commerce accounts, you’re missing an opportunity if you ignore regular search ads. Text ads for specific product searches still take up a lot of real estate and...

/ May 14, 2018

Look Ma, no keywords! Phrase-free AdWords campaigns are here

Some brick-and-mortar advertisers logged into accounts in late February to find new campaigns named “Local Search Ads Experiment Campaign” populated in AdWords. Google has confirmed that these campaigns are currently running for select advertisers only and promote verified business locations in local search...

/ May 2, 2018

Are your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out.

Standards are high for PPC superheroes, and even the best of us can make a mistake. Luckily, there’s a perfectly easy way to deal with human error: automation! I’d like to share a script that will help you stay on...

/ April 17, 2018