Optimize Google Adwords PPC Campaigns by Avoiding These Mistakes:

1. GET THE MAXIMUM BANG FOR YOUR BUCK BY AVOIDING THESE PPC MISTAKES

The holiday season is here. You may have planned it several months in advance. Therefore, it is important to review your PPC campaigns. Make sure that you are not making any silly mistakes. Making those mistakes would be hindering yourself from achieving your Goals.

Neglecting your daily spend

Recently Google has allowed the advertisers to go over their daily spend budget. You can almost double the spending. Although they say that they will even the overspending over a 30 day period, it is not recommended. Closely track the conversion level and spending and avoid exceeding the daily limit.

Using the same ad copy

PPC is all about experimenting. You will have to keep trying something new to get better results. Using the same ad copy, again and again, will make your ads monotonous. That will drastically reduce the click-through rate. Spend time in crafting engaging & original ad copies. Include numbers, geographies and other factors into the ad text.

Landing pages not reflecting the holiday offers

Matching query intent to content is an absolute must. If you notice that your bounce rate is way too high, it is probably because your landing page is not in sync with ad copy. Suppose you are offering a 40% discount on some products and that product is nowhere to be found on your landing page, then the visitor will feel betrayed. Visitor will then leave the site immediately.

Ignoring your Google merchant feed

If you are using product listings ads, make sure to push the latest feed with the most precise product attributes. The price, color, model and everything else should be pitch perfect.

Re-targeting carelessly

Re-targeting is considered one of the most profitable marketing practice. But overdoing it can do more harm then good. People are already bombarded with ads during the holidays season. If you’re not carefully crafting your re-targeting campaign, then you are annoying them instead of convincing them.

2. GOOGLE HOME SERVICES IS NOW GOOGLE LOCAL SERVICES

Google Home Services has been rebranded as Google Local Services. It has been expanded to 17 states. Google has re-branded it for a reason. They are now including businesses that do not come under the “home services” like auto repairs & dentists. They are actively expanding it to other states and adding new categories.

People have witnessed a boost of up to 70% after joining the Google Local Service program. Google has launched a dedicated app using which you can accept bookings, respond to customer questions & track conversions. It also allows you to track calls and manage ad budget.

As of now, the Google Local Services is available in the following 17 cities:

  1. Phoenix
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Riverside
  4. Sacramento
  5. San Diego
  6. San Francisco
  7. San Jose
  8. Miami
  9. Atlanta
  10. Chicago
  11. Boston
  12. Detroit
  13. New York
  14. Philadelphia
  15. Dallas
  16. Seattle
  17. Washington, D.C.

To see if a business is eligible to join, go here. And to get the app, go here. Here’s where you can sign up and go here for Local Services Help.

3. GOOGLE SHOWING KNOWLEDGE GRAPH INFO IN LOCAL PANEL

When you search for any local business on Google Mobile, the first thing you see is a local panel. That will be followed by the company’s website or related websites. Then social media sites. Then the Knowledge Graph. Although when we are searching for McDonald or KFC, we don’t want any info other than the distance and business timings. It is not quite the same case while searching for new places or business.

We want to know more about that place or business. Until now we had to scroll far down the page. However, it seems like soon we will be getting all the info we need at the same place. This is because Google is merging the knowledge graph and local panels in mobile search.

You will be getting all the info at one place. Although they haven’t fully rolled it out, they might in the near future though.

4. TWITTER HAS DOUBLED ITS CHARACTER LIMIT

Ever thought of some hilarious joke and wanted to tweet it? But realized that it can’t be cramped up into 140 characters? Or wanted to share some intellectual thought. Or your opinion on politics. Or wanted to comment on trending topics? But then you had to struggle to fit your thoughts into 140 characters? Most would eventually dropped the whole idea. We have all been there.

The level of frustrations drastically increases when you are handling a company’s Twitter account. This is because you have to convey the message “effectively” and in an “engaging” manner. But only in 140 characters! That requires a lot of skill.

Taking the users frustration into account, Twitter actually did something about it. They have expanded the character limit from 140 to 280. They changed the very format that made Twitter popular in the first place. However, contrary to the expectations, only 5% of tweets were longer than 140 characters. And only 2% over 190. I guess the Twitter users are accustomed to the 140 format. They have already learnt the art of keeping things short.

Instagram is testing a new feature which will allow users to follow specific hashtags, along with profiles. Pippa Akram, a social media consultant, is the first person to report about it. Instagram is testing the new feature and letting some users follow hashtags.

The new feature will help you to view top posts and follow stories of your interest and relevance. All you need to do is follow the specific hashtag of your interest. Then fill your feed with the posts you want to view.

The feature is very useful if you don’t want to bother yourself, searching for relevant content and browsing different profiles every day. For example, imagine you are in search of #fitspo. But don’t know whom to follow to get daily updates or get news sources. Then you just follow the hashtag and get your daily dose in your feed.

This option could help marketers to increase brand visibility. The hashtag option has proven to be the most effective Instagram strategy to boost reach. However, its increasing use has made it difficult to attract the attention of target audiences. This is because it overcrowds similar posts and streams. Hence, marketers are now looking for more niche tags for target audiences. Few of them are creating their own hashtags to promote their brand.

The new feature will serve marketer’s purpose to promote their brand with niche specific hashtags, boost visibility and engagement of their posts.

Currently, only a few users have access to this feature, as it is in a testing mode. But, we think it will be soon rolling out. It truly seems to be very useful for users and marketers both. Still, there is no announcement from Instagram about testing the new feature or launching it anytime soon.