5 Inside Tips From a Google AdWords Strategist

Website design By BotEap.comToday I had a missed call from a London phone number and I was like, “Who the hell do I know who would call me from London?” A few hours later my phone rang again and it was the same London phone number so I picked it up. It was Google.

Website design By BotEap.comMore specifically, I was a call center employee named “Google Account Strategist” getting a call about a new AdWords account for a small business I was just starting to run. I get so many calls from people abroad about Google and SEO and how “I can be number 1 on Google by paying a fee” blah blah blah so my first instinct was to say “no thanks” and hang up but he knew the client would be told if he didn’t at least listen to what the account strategist had to say.

Website design By BotEap.comFast forward 30 minutes until the end of the call. In fact, I was impressed with the level of insight and step-by-step detail the account strategist provided for features that don’t cost more to implement. Google AdWords has so many options that setting up a new account can easily take two days, so it was good to go over some strategies I hadn’t learned yet.

Website design By BotEap.comI thought it would be helpful to share these tips with you as well, whether it’s for a refresher or to explore all that AdWords has to offer. I also have a step-by-step guide to getting started with AdWords, Getting Started with Google AdWords, which you should check out first if you’re new to AdWords. The foundation must be correct before exploring the advanced features.

Website design By BotEap.comThese are the 5 Google AdWords strategies that are definitely worth experimenting with.

Website design By BotEap.comAd Extensions

First of all, I’m a big fan of ad extensions because they allow you to include additional information beyond the character limit of your ad text, giving your ad more prominence.

Website design By BotEap.comMy favorite ad extensions are always:

  • rental extension: Show your physical address for hyperlocal marketing.
  • call extension– A good place for value proposition text like “friendly team.”
  • Sitelinks Extension: Since you are only allowed one URL per ad, this type of extension allows you to add other links to cross-sell within the same ad. For example, if you advertise a painting category, within extensions you can also have links to ladders, brushes, and even painting services. Highlighting more of your offering positions you as an attractive one-stop-shop option.
  • call extension– Make it super easy for people to click while on their mobile phone and instantly call your business.
Website design By BotEap.comAd extensions can be applied:

  • At the account level– This option will add the extensions to each ad within the entire account.
  • For specific campaigns– This option allows you to customize the extensions based on the theme of the campaign.
  • For specific ad groups– This option allows you to get even more specific with extensions based on the ad group theme.
Website design By BotEap.comThe more relevant your ad is to what a search engine is looking for, the better it will perform. Going back to the painting example, it’s not a good use of space to also advertise that you sell plants within the same ad. Sure, it will be interesting to some people, but you should have a separate ad group for plants with ads written specifically for people looking for plants.

Website design By BotEap.comThe next two ad extensions have evolved and I will definitely be using them whenever possible.

Website design By BotEap.com1. Structured Snippets

Structured Snippets is an ad extension that allows you to insert another line of words, adding more depth to your ad message.

Website design By BotEap.coma) Click the Ad Extensions tab

Website design By BotEap.comb) Click the dropdown menu and select Structured Snippets

Website design By BotEap.comc) Click the red ‘+extension’ button

Website design By BotEap.comd) Click New Structured Snippet

Website design By BotEap.comyou are restricted to fixed categories, but most will allow up to 10 items. The categories to choose are: amenities, brands, courses, careers, destinations, outstanding hotels, insurance coverage, models, neighborhoods, catalog of services, shows, styles and types.

Website design By BotEap.comAdding additional information can make your ad more attractive and is very useful if your offer is broad.

Website design By BotEap.com2. Price extensions

The price extension is a must if you have a sale or promotion. I don’t think I need to explain why, take a look at the screenshot to see how prominent the ad is. It will certainly stand out!

Website design By BotEap.coma) Click the Ad Extensions tab

Website design By BotEap.comb) Click the dropdown menu and select the price extension

Website design By BotEap.comc) Click the red ‘+extension’ button

Website design By BotEap.comd) Click New Price Extension

Website design By BotEap.comI like that it allows you to choose whether you want to be specific with pricing or keep it general.

Website design By BotEap.coma) Choose the type; brands, events, locations, neighborhoods, product categories, third party products, service categories, third party service or services

Website design By BotEap.comb) Currency

Website design By BotEap.comc) Price qualifier; none, from or to

Website design By BotEap.comd) Header

Website design By BotEap.comd) Description

Website design By BotEap.comf) Price

Website design By BotEap.comg) Units; none, per hour, per day, per week, per month or year

Website design By BotEap.comh) Final URL

Website design By BotEap.com3. Phone Call Conversion Tracking

If you are using the call extension, there are additional steps you need to take to enable call tracking within the account. It’s a must-have metric for judging the performance of your ads. Especially if you don’t have Google Analytics linked (but you really should link to Analytics, so you can monitor behavior once people are on the website. If people click and then leave, you’re wasting your money on those keywords without knowing it).

Website design By BotEap.coma) Click Tools on the top menu, click Conversions and then Phone Calls

Website design By BotEap.comb) Select the first option ‘Calls from ads using call extensions or call-only ads’, fill in the options (change the call duration to 5 seconds and count to ‘every’) and save

Website design By BotEap.comc) Then go to call extensions and click on the red ‘+ extension’ button

Website design By BotEap.comd) Select Campaigns or Ad Groups, add your phone number and click the edit pencil on the right

Website design By BotEap.come) Turn on call report, expand the advanced option: check phone call conversion report and select phone conversion from the list we set above and save.

Website design By BotEap.com4. Shared Library: Bid Strategies

Shared bidding strategies are found in the AdWords Shared Library; you will find it in the menu on the left. Here you’ll find the option to choose from six different flexible bidding strategies: Enhanced CPC, Target Search Page Placement, Target CPA, Target Outranking Percentage, and Maximize Clicks.

Website design By BotEap.comHowever, we are going to focus on the placement of the destination search page.

Website design By BotEap.comIt’s a reality that the first 1-2 ads will get the most clicks, and if that’s your goal, then this is an ideal strategy to try. This option will automatically adjust the bids necessary for your ads to appear at the top of the page or on the first page of search results.

Website design By BotEap.comHere’s a look at the options you can set: Destination Search Page Location

Website design By BotEap.coma) Select ‘Top of First Page’ and ‘automatically’

Website design By BotEap.comb) I recommended that you set a bid limit. Otherwise, you can easily blow your budget. This can defeat the purpose of the strategy, but if you’re not willing to spend $20 per click to get to the top, you should complete this.

Website design By BotEap.com5. Use 3 Variations of Ad Copy

And finally, it’s always a good practice to write 2-3 ad text variations and depending on the result, the ad that generates the most activity will automatically show more. The account strategist recommended this particular structure for each ad group, as the combination appeared to perform well in Google’s tests:

  • Website design By BotEap.comAd Copy 1 – Use your business name in the headline
  • Website design By BotEap.comAd Text 2: Use keyword insertion in the headline to match the keywords the user has typed into Google search. For example, AdWords automatically replaces the code with the keyword that triggered your ad: {KeyWord:House Paint}.
  • Website design By BotEap.comAd Copy 3 – A strong call to action in the headline, eg claim your free paint sample
Website design By BotEap.comSo there you have it, 5 helpful tips straight from a Google account strategist that you can implement into your Google AdWords account right away.

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