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PPC Forensic Files: Conversion Rate Problems You Can Solve At Your End

Low conversion rates are the bane of paid media campaigns. The simple math dictates that if you pay for nonperforming media, your ROI will be poor, and profit elusive. The targeting we rely on as PPC account managers is the driving force behind surgical efforts to show advertising to consumers (or business prospects) with high purchase intent. Sometimes, we make judgment calls to go “higher...

Should You Narrow Your Sights for Geotargeting? How Google Ads Makes it Easy

As the industry chatter – driven by relentless messaging from Google – revolves increasingly around Smart Bidding options that take bid adjustment levers out of your hands, Google nonetheless continues to layer in more precision in some aspects of the Google Ads interface (and the associated API environment). To continue beating the drum on this subject, Smart Bidding: Doesn’t seem nimble; often...

What’s in a Name? The Impacts of Domain Names on PPC Performance

Similar to SOPPC 37, this week’s installment applies as much to broader business strategy as it does to close-up PPC execution. But company names – or even more specifically, domain names for company websites – do have a direct impact on a user’s cognition, trust, psychology in general, etc., over potentially millions of discrete interactions per year. So although this “naming thing” sounds like...

Target ROAS for You, Inefficient Spend for the Hoi Polloi: What to Expect as Google Collapses Bidding Strategies

In SOPPC 21 and 22, I wrote about the various automated “Smart” bidding strategies offered by Google to advertisers who have clear goals and who are looking to save a bit of time managing bids and underlying bid adjustments. Earlier I also wrote about the prerequisites for this type of bidding to result in positive business results. I must continue to stress: there is no “retire to a spacious...

Nurturing Newborns: Vigilance is a Must for New PPC Accounts

Hello again! Sports analogies are still my lazy brain’s way to kick off a piece or to reinforce a point. Why stop now? I’m on a hot streak. Put me in, coach. Ever hear of a rookie major-league pitcher doing well the first time through the league, but once professional hitters have caught onto his “stuff,” and what initially fooled them no longer does, because they’re professionals that have...

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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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