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Maximize Your Productivity With Google AdWords Editor

Google AdWords Editor

If you are managing many campaigns with hundreds or thousands of keywords, then Google AdWords Editor is for you.

AdWords Editor is great for many things. It’s main function is to allow you to add/edit multiple campaigns/ad groups/ads/keywords in one shot. It is especially useful for creating new campaigns because your work will not be live until you are done and upload it.

In addition Google AdWords Editor is great for creating backups of specific campaigns or even your whole account. This is useful for times that you need to restructure your campaign but would like to have the ability to go back and reverse your changes at a later date. It can also be used to download campaigns for upload into Yahoo! Search Marketing or Microsoft adCenter.

Plug in to the power of AdWords Editor

AdWords Editor is a free Google application for managing your ad campaigns. Use it to download your account, update your campaigns with powerful editing tools, then upload your changes to AdWords.

  • Work offline, then upload your changes any time.
  • Make bulk changes (such as updating bids or adding keywords) in just a few steps.
  • Copy or move items between ad groups and campaigns.
  • Navigate through your account quickly and easily.
  • Circulate proposed changes and get feedback from other users.

Download Google AdWords Editor

How To Use Comparison Shopping Engines To Build Positive Brand Reputation

Five Star Rating

Problem

Most customers that are satisfied with their purchase from your ecommerce store will not go out of their way to review their shopping experience. It’s usually the customer who’s order got messed up who will go and leave you a review on PriceGrabber, ResellerRatings and the like.

Solution

It’s only normal, but what should you do? You need to push your customers aggressively to rate their experience. You can do this by displaying a banner on the order thank you page urging them to leave a review. Most comparison shopping engines provide the code for this.

Tips

If you deal with many shopping engines and don’t want to many banners popping up, you can utilize a script like this to randomly rotate a few of the scripts:

<script type="text/javascript">
	var r_text = new Array ();
	r_text[0] = "PriceGrabberCode";
	r_text[1] = "Shopzilla Code";
	r_text[2] = "Shopping.com Code";
	r_text[3] = "Smarter Code";
	r_text[4] = "NexTag Code";
	r_text[5] = "Yahoo Shopping Code";
	r_text[6] = "Or Any Other Site Code";
	var i = Math.floor(7*Math.random())
	document.write(r_text[i]);
</script>

Code source and explanation: WebDevelopersNotes.com

Aside from a pop-up banner after checkout, it is also a good idea to email all customers once you think they have received their order (3-5 business days from when you ship, or enough time that they will have received the shipment). You can offer them a coupon code or promo for the review, this will help you get more reviews. Just keep in mind that when you offer something in return you cannot offer a promotion for a ‘positive’ review. You can only ask them to rate their experience.

Bottom Line

Your customers love you, but not enough to go through the trouble of finding and reviewing you. Help them, help you.

Track Goals In Google AdWords With Google Analytics Tracking Pixel

As you probably know, you can link your Google Analytics account to your Google AdWords account. Doing this allows you to better track your campaign performance in Analytics with a whole slew of options that are not available in AdWords.

What I did not know, until now, was that you can link your Google Analytics Goals to Google AdWords. What this means is that you don’t need to have two tracking pixels on your order confirmation page. Just install the Google Analytics tracking pixel and it will feed Google AdWords the ecommerce and conversion data from Analytics.

Link Google Analytics & Google AdWords Goal Conversions

Link Google Analytics & Google AdWords Goal Conversions

Did you know you can do this?

Using Google AdWords Cost Per Acquisition Campaigns

Save Money

There are a few requirements to be eligible to use the Google AdWords Cost Per Acquisition model. First, you need to have the AdWords conversion tracking pixel installed on your site and you’ll need 15 conversions tracked through the conversion¬†tracking over the previous 30 days. If you are serious about marketing your site and products, this should be very easy for you to accomplish.

Once you fulfil all the requirements, you can edit your campaign by changing the settings under Bidding and budget > Bidding option from Manual bidding for clicks to Automatic bidding to try to maximize clicks for your target budget.

You will be asked to set a value to the conversions, in other words, how much you’re will to pay per sale. When you enable the Conversion Optimizer for a campaign, you set a maximum CPA bid for each ad group.

Ready, set, go. You’re pretty much done, make sure to check back on it.

Maximize Trust Level By Displaying Affiliated Third Party Logos

Trust Me: Google, Shopzilla, NexTag, PriceGrabber, BillMeLater

Help your customers trust you by displaying logos and badges of third part services that you work with.
If your site is relatively new, chances are people are not familiar with your brand and have no reason to trust you. If you deal with or are certified by brands that people know and trust, display their logo prominently on your site.

Most shopping engines offer their logo for use on retail sites. Anyone who uses these sites regularly will feel slightly more comfortable with placing an order on your site when they see it. If you accept PayPal, Google Checkout, BillMeLater or accept payments through any other trusted channel, display that logo too.

Consumers need to feel like they can trust you. Tell them why they can trust you.

Affiliate Marketing & Use Of Brand Name Keywords

Arbitrage Ad Google AdWords

Some affiliate publishers only advertise your brand name to drive traffic to their/your site. This is generally traffic that you would get anyway, because if someone if searching for you, they’ll find you. In most cases, it’s best to create clear guidelines for the affiliates to follow that will excluded this.

Think of it in terms of what this affiliate brings to the table, what are they bringing you that you couldn’t get yourself? If they are just doing click arbitrage where they buy the click for x and sell it for and keep all the money in between, then it’s not worth it. If it is an established website with tons of their own traffic and they promote you on their own site, then they bring something that you can’t create on your own.

Bottom Line

Clearly analyze the bottom line of your affiliate network guidelines and clearly communicate and enforce them.

Image Credit: mary hodder

Grow Your Email Newletter By Offering A Promo On Signup

Email Newsletter Samples

It’s hard to build your email list properly, but it’s the only way to go. Email Marketing results vary with the size of the list.

A good way to get people to sign up for your newsletter is to offer a discount right after signup. Place a banner ad on your site, above the fold, with a call to action to enter their email address and get $10 off their next purchase.

You will have people sign up just to get the coupon, but you would probably get more out it in the long term. I just used $10 off as an example, you can try anything else that you think may work better in your industry.

Image Courtesy: Jolante

Pay More & Go With A Better Hosting Provider

Hosting Provider Data Center

Your hosting provider is a crucial partner in the success of your business. Make sure to do your due diligence when deciding which host to use.

You will find a lot of fly by night companies offering the best prices possible. It will make you think “look how much I can save”. Think again. The amount you’ll save by using a cheap host instead of a reputable one such as RackSpace is negligible.

With a proper host, you will get a very high level of support. They would go above and beyond what is contractually required of them. When and if there is downtime, how your host handles it defines the quality of their commitment to you. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with some hosting companies. One host had an outage that lasted for 13 hours, during which you couldn’t get through to anyone at their company. Is that worth saving $100 a month? How much business was lost?

Bottom Line

Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for.

Image Credit: Steinar Johnsen

Landing Pages Can Increase Your Conversion Rate By +50%

Never assume your typical consumer will click past the first page (or even scroll down the same page). It is your job to sell the consumer and convince them to click further. Your page needs to have all pertinent information displayed right when the page loads. It should be displayed in a nice easy to digest format.

Landing Pages

If your landing page is selling products from a specific brand, you will want to include the brand name in a large typeface, and specific reasons to shop by you (i.e. Authorized Dealer, 110% Low Price Guarantee, Quick Shipping, Free Shipping etc…).

If your landing page is selling a specific product you should display the product name and the price prominently. The product image should be large and clear with the ability to zoom in for bonus points. The add to cart button should be very big and above the fold. Colors make a big difference as well, generally green and yellow work well but feel free to test different colors.

Good vs Bad

B&H Photo Video Product Landing Page

Good: B&H Photo Video Product Landing Page

Bad: Where Is The 'Add To Cart' Button?

Bad: Where Is The 'Add To Cart' Button?

Get Extra Mileage By Tweaking Your Ad Copy

Ad Serving

Ad Serving

When creating a new campaign, it is always good to create several ads in each ad group. By default Google will serve your best performing ads more often than the others. With a brand new campaign that doesn’t have enough data, I’ve found this to be skewed towards the ads that performed well during the first couple of days. To counteract this, you can set your campaign to display ads evenly for 2-3 weeks so that you can collect a decent amount of data and then switch it back to serve the best performing ads more often.

Ad Copy

You should always put at least three different ad copies in each ad group. Although you know your product the best, you don’t know what people tend to click on. The bottom line is that consumers are hard to predict.

Try using similar ads such as:

Red Shirt – Free Shipping
110% Low Price Guarantee. Order Now.
3 Day Sale. Fast, Free Shipping

BobsWebsite.com/Free

Red Shirt – Free Shipping
110% Low Price Guarantee. Order Now.
3 Day Sale, Huge Selection Of Shirts.

BobsWebsite.com/Free

Red Shirt – Lowest Price
Large Selection, Authorized Distributor.
3 Day Sale. Fast, Free Shipping.

BobsWebsite.com/Free

After a few weeks, see which ads performed better and tweak the others with similar styles. Every few weeks you should rinse and repeat.