- Understanding Impact with Earned Actions in AdWords for video
For many video advertisers, the benefit of TrueView only begins with the first view. Just as an Honest Trailers link
pinged to a friend can lead to several other video views, we see this viewership pattern with paid ad views as well – the initial view can catalyze a long chain of engagement with a brand.
Since these earned views are a major benefit of advertising on YouTube and the Google Display Network, we’re bringing new capabilities to AdWords for video to help you better measure viewer actions following your video ads. Formerly known as Follow-on Actions, these new reporting columns will show your Earned views, Earned view rate, Earned subscribers, Earned playlist additions, Earned likes and Earned shares, with additional columns rolling out over the next few weeks. So if you're an advertiser, you can see how many people stayed on your channel to watch more videos, subscribed to your channel, added your video to a playlist, or shared your video with a friend after watching a TrueView ad.
From looking at the last six months, we’ve seen over 6,000 campaigns generate at least one earned view as a result of every two paid views. And we know the YouTube audience isn’t shy about sharing brand content: 3 in 4 YouTube users agree “If there is a brand I love, I tend to tell everyone about it.” (Source: YouTube Insights Oct 2013
Check out this video to see how Earned Action reporting helps you better understand the impact of your video advertising:
We have also simplified the Account Linking flow to make it easier to join an AdWords for video account with a YouTube channel and see the effect of TrueView advertising on growing your audience, through Earned subscribers and Earned shares.
So link your AdWords for video account with your YouTube channel, and take advantage of these new reporting columns today.Posted by Luke Segars, Product Manager, YouTube Ad Effectiveness
- 3 Ways to Measure More Conversions Using Estimated Total Conversions
In October, we announced Estimated Total Conversions
as a first step to providing you with a more holistic view of the conversions driven by AdWords. It is available to all advertisers who use AdWords conversion tracking. Estimated Total Conversions includes conversions you see today, such as online sales, as well as new conversion types like cross-device conversions and calls. Learn more
These insights are particularly important to understand because consumers are now constantly connected, using multiple devices throughout the day. In the next few weeks, this will be even more pronounced as people shop for holiday gifts. A recent holiday study
shows that 84% of consumers who are likely to use a mobile or tablet device while shopping this holiday season, will start shopping on one device and finish on another.
We’re making it easier for advertisers to understand these consumer behaviors with new insights that are part of Estimated Total Conversions, a new column in AdWords.
Estimated Total Conversions includes cross-device conversions
, which are also shown in a separate column to highlight their importance.3 ways to use Estimated Total Conversions to improve business results1. Take another look at your desktop/tablet bid.
Once you see more conversions that can be attributed to AdWords, your total ROI from AdWords will change. Re-calculate your desktop/tablet cost-per-acquisition (CPA) based on these cross-device conversions. If your CPA has improved using this measure, you might want to look for opportunities where you may be able to increase position and volume by increasing your bids.2. Capture the full value of mobile.
Many experienced search marketers are already using this data to make business decisions, by starting a test on campaigns that previously did not show on mobile. Within a few weeks of showing ads on mobile devices, these advertisers started to see conversions they could not before -- those that started on a mobile phone and ended on another device. These insights led to important business decisions like adjusting mobile bids or shifting budget to reflect the new ROI of their keywords.
Amber Yeray, Digital Marketing Manager at EXPRESS, a national fashion retailer, has been working with her agency partner, RKG, to understand the new insights offered by Estimated Total Conversions.
“Cross-device conversions have shown that total estimated conversions are up 7%, with a 17% lift from mobile-initiated conversions. EXPRESS and search marketing agency partner, RKG, are now able to increase mobile bids for areas of the account that show the most impact from mobile -- driving more volume while remaining efficient.”3. Spend only the most profitable dollar.
The total value of your AdWords investment might change once you’re able to see more conversions. Whether it’s AdWords, other digital channels or offline media, think about investing your dollar into the most profitable channel possible.
Estimated Total Conversions provides new insights that may help you optimize bids and budgets to improve performance. Amit Shah, Vice President of Online, Mobile & Social at 1-800-Flowers, used the new insights that he gained to make more informed budget allocation decisions.
“After measuring cross-device conversions that began on a mobile device, we saw a 4% increase in total conversions measured in AdWords. With the full view offered by Estimated Total Conversions, we can correctly understand attribution across channels and make better decisions on achieving marginal spend optimization.”
These are just a few of the tips that we will continue to share as we hear feedback from you. Check out these best practices along with a walkthrough of Estimated Total Conversions in a recent webinar
we hosted.Posted by Jason Spero, Director of Global Performance Solutions
- Boost Your CTR for the Holidays by Picking Your Best Creative
Testing is a great thing, but it’s also important to know when and how to pick a winner and reap the benefits of your hard work.
Choose strategic moments to remove your worse performing ads and apply the lessons that you’ve learned. There are times, such as the holiday shopping season when user search interest reaches its peak, when it’s in your best interest to run with your best performing creative.
Testing sacrifices some short term efficiency to ultimately improve your account in the long run. For that reason, there is an opportunity cost to leaving your tests running longer than they need to. Take a look at this example:
Ad A and Ad B have minor differences in performance, but Ad A still generates two more leads at a cheaper rate. Here’s what the account would look like running Ad A all by itself:
Even with the small differences in the example, there is a tangible benefit to reallocating your impressions to the absolute best creative. Imagine what could happen if all of those impressions in your account (where the differences in CPC, CTR and conversion rate might be much bigger than this example) are going to the best possible creative.
There are a number of different processes that you can follow (depending on your rotation settings
) to get your best ads to show for those valuable holiday impressions.
If your campaign is using auto-optimization, we’ll automatically bias impressions toward the ads that are statistically likely to perform better. While poorly performing ads are already being shown infrequently, it might also be time to cut out the fat.
Starting with your highest volume ad groups, identify the worst performing ads and delete them. You’ll be able to spot them quickly based on relatively poor performance and low impressions compared to the top performers in their ad group.
If your ads are set to rotate evenly (or indefinitely), start with high volume ad groups where ads have had enough impressions with which you can confidently make a decision.
When manually optimizing, you’ll have to decide which metric is most important to you. Consider creating your own metrics, such as conversions/thousand impressions or revenue/thousand impressions.
As your tests are concluded, don’t restart them during your heavy season. Let your top ads shine throughout your peak season, but keep track of ad groups that are no longer testing (via labels) so that you can easily restart your tests once things settle down.Two things to remember for either of these processes:
What if your ad tests don’t have enough data?
- Make sure to look at your mobile-preferred ads separately from your desktop ads, as these will likely perform differently than their desktop counterparts.
- It's possible that certain keywords within an ad group perform best with ads other than the top performer. This might happen in an ad group comprised of disparately themed keywords (check your new-and-improved opportunities tab for places this may be happening in your account). You can see the performance of each ad against each keyword by segmenting your ad report by keyword. One solution might be to separate such keywords into their own ad group, so they can serve against the ad with which they perform the best.
This happens all the time, particularly with smaller ad groups and campaigns. You’ll have three options to end these tests:
Directional: Pick the ad that is in the lead at this moment. It couldn’t pass through any peer-reviewed scientific journals, but you’re still basing your decision on recent performance.
Referential: Look for trends in messaging within your high volume ad groups. If it’s the same basic test across both ad groups (i.e. one main benefit against another), you can reasonably infer that the ads will perform similarly. Ensure that whatever significant tests you refer to are similar enough to make sense. You wouldn’t want your successful messaging about shoes to decide how you’ll sell vacation plans. Boots, however, could potentially apply the lessons from shoe ads.
Indeterminate: Continue to wait until your tests get more information, possibly enabling auto-optimization for your ads. Not acting is a defensible decision, but it won’t improve your performance immediately. Low volume ad groups are almost always going to continue being low volume, so the sooner you get comfortable making decisions with limited information on those ad groups, the sooner you could start to see performance improve.
Whichever route you decide to take, you should still end up with two ads in each of your ad groups - one for desktop and one for mobile-preferred.
If you’re merely pausing your ads (since you don’t have enough traffic yet), make sure that you’re labelling them intelligently and clearly so that tests can be resumed once the time is right.
Ending tests doesn’t mean you’re against testing. Testing is a great thing that leads to a healthy account and a well-informed, data-driven advertiser. Ending a test is a little like pushing your car into the red - you do it when you need to, but if you do it all the time you’re going to eventually stall out.
This holiday season, treat your account right by cleaning out your low performing ad copy. Then, when things slow down and you have a nice, clean account to work with, you can restart your testing with something new from our Creatives That Clicks
whitepaper.Posted by Matt Lawson, Director, Performance Ads Marketing
- Google Partners Goes Global: Empowering agencies with new leads, new tools, new opportunities
Google is committed to making the web work for you. That’s why we’re proud to announce the worldwide launch of Google Partners
– a platform for the digital marketing community that helps businesses and agencies grow and thrive together.
Google Partners replaces Agency Edge, Google Certification Program, and Engage for Agencies by taking the best they had to offer and adding a new suite of powerful resources – all in a cleaner, simpler interface. And it allows you to build a closer relationship with your clients.
With Google Partners, you can:
- Earn leads: Connect with potential clients through Google Partner Search
- Get certified: Take certification exams – for free – on an improved, more intuitive platform
- Learn and develop: Gain insights tailored to your agency and its needs
- Use offers: Receive offers that you can use to introduce clients to AdWords
- Demonstrate credibility: Distinguish yourself in the marketplace by earning the Google Partner badge
Google Partners isn’t simply a new platform – it’s a better
And it’s one that rewards your hard work by helping your business grow. By demonstrating that you’ve mastered best practices, you can earn the Google Partner badge – proof that we trust you and your clients should, too. We’ll provide you with customized tips every step of the way, so your company can get the badge and both you and your clients can shine. Because that’s how true partnership works.
To join Google Partners, please visit www.google.com/partners Posted by the Google Partners Team
- Making a List, Checking It Twice: The Essential Paid Search Holiday Checklist
The holiday season is about giving. And, of course, buying. You know this, and your holiday paid search plan is almost definitely in place by now - but is there anything that could have slipped through the cracks? We want to help you get every drop of retail goodness out of the busy weeks ahead, so we put together this checklist
to ensure that your plan accounts for everything it should.
Does your plan account for all of those little things that may get overlooked?
- Efficient communication with your team
- Driving performance with the right strategies and messaging
- Contingency plans if things don’t go as you imagined they would
Regardless of what your account and account team looks like, it’s never a bad idea to double check that the pieces to your master plan are all in place.
With every day during the holiday season being critically important, decisions can get magnified. So make the right decisions and amplify your success. Download the Essential Paid Search Holiday Checklist
today. Your team (and your account) can thank you once things settle down after the Last Day to Ship Before Christmas has come and gone.Posted by Matt Lawson, Director, Performance Ads Marketing