Will Google Plus +Post ads be Effective for Average Brands?

Google Plus +Post ads Tested & Evaluated

Testing Google+ +Post ads in the Wild Two weeks ago Google+ finally moved its +Post ads product out of beta and made it available to any Google+ brand page with at least 1000 followers. Stone Temple Consulting immediately launched a series of test ads to see how +Post ads would perform for us. This article will present our initial findings. What are +Post ads? Google+ +Post ads are a new type of advertising via Google's AdWords advertising platform. Inside of AdWords, these ads are called "Engagement ... Read More >

Using Google Analytics to Increase AdWords ROI With Google’s Justin Cutroni

Are you using Google AdWords and Google Analytics to their full potential? In this interview, Google Analytics Advocate Justin Cutroni discusses how to make the most of Analytics and AdWords integration, from the most basic set up techniques to advanced reporting features that you may not have been aware of. Key Points Analytics and AdWords are made to be used together. While AdWords helps advertisers measure ads and their performance, Analytics helps you understand what happens to traffic when it ... Read More >

AdWords Spam Fighting Methods with Google's David Baker

Key Points In 2011 Google had billions of ads that were submitted. Of these, roughly 130 million ads and 800,000 advertiser accounts were disapproved/suspended for violations of policy. Some of the spam problem is handled algorithmically while some is assisted with manual review. The system is constantly under work and revision. One of the biggest areas of bad ads is counterfeit. In 2011, of the 800,000 advertisers, 150,000 were for counterfeit violations. Of the counterfeit removals, 95% were ... Read More >

AdWords Expanding Phrase and Exact Matching Technology

AdWords has started releasing a feature that will expand the matching technology for Phrase and Exact Match Types.  Essentially, Phrase and Exact Match Types will begin matching closely related search terms, when Google's technology is able to establish that the search intent is the same.  The opt-out functionality is live today; All Advertisers are auto-opted into this feature as a new Advanced Campaign Setting.  The matching technology will not actually change until mid-May.  Advertisers can begin ... Read More >

Power Adwords Tools with Google's Frederick Vallaeys

online essay serviceKey Points from Interview with Frederick Vallaeys ValueTrack is the AdWords feature that allows advertisers to tag their URLs with parameters. The resulting URL can then be used within the advertiser's own tracking systems. Too many advertisers settle for global level reporting and do not look further. Even if your top level metrics are OK, you can still get great gains in overall campaign performance by digging into more detailed reports. Segmentation is the biggest power ... Read More >

Cool New Quality Score Metrics from AdCenter

Creating a Historic Quality Score Report

adobe creative suite 6Briefing with Ping Jen Ping Jen and I connected for a call last week and reviewed some of the current developments with Microsoft adCenter. Today's post will review the main items we talked about and what they mean for adCenter advertisers. New Quality Score Data Provided 1. Historic Quality Score History: adCenter now allows you to monitor the Quality Score of a keyword over time. One reason this is important is that the most common question that the adCenter team gets is: ... Read More >

Real Time Quality Score Defined, with Google's Frederick Vallaeys

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Key Points Hoo boy! I went through this interview to try and extract the most important points made, and I will do the best I can here. However, if you are a serious AdWords professional, I'd suggest you read the entire interview from end to end. The main thing you will get from this interview is that the Quality Score you see in your Google AdWords account differs significantly from the Real Time Quality Score that Google uses to determine how your ad ranks. There is definitely a strong ... Read More >

adCenter Quality Score Defined, with Bing's Ping Jen

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A couple of weeks back I interviewed Frederick Vallaeys, who is a Senior Product Specialist for Google AdWords. We covered a wide range of topics, with a review of some recent product announcements, and also some tips and tricks. In this post, I will summarize the main points of the interview, but do read the full interview if you want the details. Universal Search for AdWords: The AdWords team is actively looking at the types of things that have worked in the organic search results. Clearly the ... Read More >

Latest Interview – Omniture’s Chris Zaharias – Comment Here

This week's interview is with Chris Zaharias of Omniture. Part of the reason I ended up speaking with Chris is because at SES Chicago in December I enjoyed watching Josh James' (Omniture's CEO) keynote speech. His presentation focused on the role that the search marketer needs to play in quarterbacking all aspects of marketing. So I contacted Omniture and arranged an interview with Chris. In the discussion we touched on a lot of aspects of the intergration between search marketing, online marketing in ... Read More >