ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF PPC

The Science of PPC is a 50-part series by Andrew Goodman of Page Zero Media, with new content published every Thursday. The goal of the series is to expose readers to enough insights, tips, tricks, and examinations of real-world methodologies to walk away with some feeling of mastery and confidence in their own powers of PPC analysis. Learn more

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The Two Things You Must Absolutely Do (or Not Do) to Achieve PPC Success

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda Ol’ Yoda dispensed sage advice, but not for the reasons that amuse most observers. The thing that impresses me is that he included both “do” OR “do not”! A contingent mindset will make you more money than a bland how-to anytime. That’s why this 50-part series is not a bland how-to. The Science of PPC...

Fail to Succeed: Steer Clear of Overconfidence to Win at PPC

In what some readers interpreted as a piece of gentle advice to startup founders, Seth Godin recently took issue with the cocky approach to strategy embodied in the remark: “I don’t see how it could fail.” If you haven’t studied various ways that your product could fail to connect with its target market, then you might not have deep enough insight into how difficult the journey is going to be. If...

Beautiful Snowflakes: The Unique Behaviors of Your Best Customers

Earlier today, Maya the cat (pictured below, foreground) was watching snowflakes out the window. She’s just a cat, so for her, it’s a mild diversion before her next nap. She’s never heard all that oohing and aahing about how every snowflake is unique. Being a marketer, and not a cat, the snowflakes made me think about a report in Google Analytics. Figure 1: Not planning to log...

A Focus Group of One: What Consumers Really Think of Your Google Ads

At the dawn of a new year after a restful holiday, I can’t help but reflect on all the great gifts I enjoyed over the holiday season and throughout the year. This despite it being the most challenging year ever, having lost my wonderful wife, Carolyn, to cancer in April 2019. I refer to family, friends, my Page Zero colleagues, and the many opportunities for growth that lie ahead. Carolyn...

This Hidden Trick in Campaign Experiments Will Blow Your Mind

Remember Deep Blue? In 1997, IBM’s supercomputer beat world chess champ Garry Kasparov in competition. Brute force computing power was starting to reign supreme over human intelligence, at least in a competitive game with a large, but more or less finite, set of possible moves. Computing an optimal single move to do at least as well as an opponent is one thing, but “thinking ten moves ahead”...

5 Suggested PPC Campaign Experiments, from Plain-Jane All the Way to Fancy-Dancy

Last time I enthused about the power of the Google Ads Campaign Drafts and Experiments architectural framework. This week, I’ll suggest five experiments to try. I’d love to hear about your own unique experiments, too! In terms of setup, as alluded to previously, the process will often be about the same. You outline a key change or “big idea” you want to test to see how it...

Google Ads Campaign Experiments: A Controlled Environment to Test Almost Any PPC Campaign Strategy Theory

Note: this series is about ideas. It is not a step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the ever-changing PPC advertising interfaces. Screen shots are employed selectively to elucidate the subject matter, but figuring out the precise order of implementation steps…that’s up to you. What more important topic is there to discuss under the heading of “The Science of PPC” than the design...

Don’t Let the Anchor Sink You! How Google Ads Exploits Cognition to Inflate CPCs

In the behavioral economics literature (for an approachable overview, see Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow; also, Michael Lewis’ vivid biographical account of Daniel Kahneman’s and Amos Tversky’s lifelong intellectual relationship in The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds), Nobel-winning economists fuse psychology and economics to suss out sources of...

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Andrew Goodman is Founder & President of Page Zero Media. His accomplishments include writing the first-ever full-length book about Google AdWords, heading up this Google Ads Premier Partner agency, maintaining a string of 48 consecutive speaking engagements at Search Engine Strategies in North America, co-founding a startup called HomeStars, and wearing the dickens out of a lab coat at the SMX Advanced session called Mad Scientists. His active lifestyle requires increasingly elaborate bowls of yogurt. He works from the Toronto office as well as a home office in Fredericton, NB.

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