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Google Adwords Experiment Beta (How To)

If you’ve ever wanted an easy way to track a change and see how it effects the performance of your PPC campaigns you’re in luck.  Google has launched Experiment Beta, a way to split test things like new keywords, bids, adgroups, and placements and find out how they effect your traffic, costs, CPC, CPA, & other crucial metrics.

How to Setup Experiment Beta

—–1) If you have a specific keyword or adgroup that you would like to begin a split test you are first going to want to head to your “Settings” Tab

—–2) Then scroll to the bottom of the settings and click  the “+” to expand the settings

—–3) Here you will have some simply settings to setup to get your test started.  Once your settings are the way you want click “Save”

—–4) Now you are going to want to go make some experimental changes to your account.  For this example I’m going to go to my keywords tab

—–5) Now you are going to see your keywords accompanied with a different Icon next to them, this is a reminder that this is currently being experimented with.  Now to actually show your experiment options you need to click on the “Segment” drop down and click on “Experiment”

—–6) Now for this example I’m going to do some bid changes.  Lets take a look at my current stats and figure out what my goals of this experiment are going to be.

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Now with this keyword I’m currently showing at Avg Position of 4.3, conversion rate at 24.72%, and Cost Per Conversion of $1.99.  I want to know whether increasing my bid and the average position will increase my traffic and still convert at the 25% conversion rate that I currently have.

—–7) So now I’m going to edit my experimental bid.  I’ve increased my experiment bid by 40% to $0.84

—–8)Now that the experimental bid is set you are going to want to go back to the “Settings” Tab, scroll to the bottom and click “Start Running Experiment”

Now your all set!  Your experiment will be running and you will be able to view your results as time goes by.  Eventually you will have enough data to see which settings work best.

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Writing Good PPC Ads

Although writing Ads seems natural after doing it so often it is also good to have a quick refresher course on best practices.  Google has put together this short video along with some Tips that you should follow.  Now these are the basics to creating a good Ad, if you’re looking for something more advanced check out my post of making your Ads pop with keyboard characters and my upcoming blog post on how to use the character map to make your Ads unlike any of your competition.

  • Create simple, enticing ads.
    What makes your product or service stand out from your competitors? Highlight these key differentiating points in your ad. Be sure to describe any unique features or promotions you offer.
  • Include prices and promotions.
    The more information about your product that a user can gain from your ad text, the better. For example, if a user sees the price of a product and still clicks the ad, you know they’re interested in a potential purchase at that price. If they don’t like the price, they won’t click your ad, and you save yourself the cost of that click.
  • Use a strong call-to-action.
    Your ad should convey a call-to-action along with the benefits of your product or service. A call-to-action encourages users to click on your ad and ensures they understand exactly what you expect them to do when they reach your landing page. Some call-to-action phrases are Buy, Purchase, Call today, Order, Browse, Sign up, and Get a quote; while ‘find’ and ‘search’ may be accurate verbs, they imply that the user is still in the research mode, and may not encourage the user to perform the action you’d most like them to take.
  • Include one of your keywords in your ad text.
    Find the best performing keyword in your ad group and include it in your ad text, especially in the title. Whenever a user types that keyword and sees your ad, the keyword phrase will appear in bold font within your ad on Google. This helps draw the user’s attention to your ad and shows users that your ad relates to their search.
  • Choose the best destination URL.
    Review the website you’re advertising and find the specific page that has the information or product described in your ad. If users do not find what is promised as soon as they arrive, they are more likely to leave your website. Be sure that any promotions and particular products mentioned in your ad are visible on your landing page.
  • Test multiple ads in each ad group.
    Experiment with different offers and call-to-action phrases to see what’s most effective for your advertising goals. Our system automatically rotates ads within an ad group and shows the better-performing ad more often.

Ad text example

Here are examples of effective and less effective ad text, putting our tips into practice.

Successful ad:
SLR Digital Cameras
SLRs On Sale. 80% Off Most Cameras!
Voted Best After-Sales Service.
www.CameraShopSite.com/SLR

Destination URL:
www.camerashopsite.com/SLR.html

What’s effective?

  1. The headline focuses on the specific product that’s offered and contains a keyword likely to be in that ad group (SLR Digital Cameras).
  2. The description also focuses on the specific product and mentions the benefits offered on the advertiser’s website.
  3. The destination URL leads to a landing page that relates specifically to the product mentioned in the ad (SLR cameras).
Less successful ad:
Online camera store
we sell all the main brands
great prices here
www.camerashopsite.com

Destination URL:
www.camerashopsite.com

What could be better?

  1. The headline broadly describes the company rather than specifically describing one product or one core selling point.
  2. The description is too general and would benefit from focusing on a specific product or service that’s offered on the website. The space can also be used for a call-to-action phrase like “buy online now” or “compare SLR cameras today.”
  3. The destination URL leads to the company’s homepage, rather than a page promoting a specific product or service. A user would have to click around in your website to come to a page where the desired action would occur like a purchase or signup.

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Show your PPC Ads on the iPad

With Apple’s release of the iPad and the 300,000 sold on the first day you might want to consider showing your PPC Ads on this new device.

ppc ads on ipad

Here’s how to make sure your PPC ads are showing in the new iPad.

1) Login to your Adwords Account

2) Click on the Settings tab

3) Under “Networks and Devices” select “Let me choose…”

4) Make sure to check “All mobile devices”

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The only downside is that you are also having to show your Ads on all mobile devices so make sure you website is compatible.  Google is working hard to fix this so you can target only the iPad.

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Adwords on your Phone?

Just in case you didn’t already spend enough time working on your ppc accounts Google has announced Adwords for your mobile device.  You will have access to alerts, statistics, and the ability to make changes on the go!

adwords on cellphone

It’s advised you customize your account before using Adwords on your phone by logging into your account on your computer and choosing specific items you want to monitor closely(budgets, impressions, clicks, etc).

Adwords mobile was created so you can quickly access the essentials of your account so if you need full access you are going to need to switch over to the desktop version.  As of now Adwords Mobile will be used as the default for a select amount of English language advertisers.  If you want to try adwords mobile now make sure to direct your Android, iPhone, or Palm Pre to http://adwords.google.com/dashboard/Dashboard.

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Hitler Gets Slapped by Google

This has absolutely no educational value but it gave me a laugh and I hope it will do the same for you!

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