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3 Takeaways From The Bing Ads Case Study Featuring JXT Group

BingAds_Accredited_BadgeWe recently partnered with Bing Ads to publish a case study on the benefits we’ve seen from managing client campaigns on Bing Ads. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Utilize Bing Ads great support team. You can contact them via Live Chat, Email or Phone. They are quick to help you solve any problems you may have and provide campaign advice.
  • Import your campaigns directly from Google AdWords. Bing Ads has a very simple tool where you can enter you AdWords login and import all campaigns instantly. This is a great way to get started on Bing Ads with minimal effort.
  • The new Phone Call Ad Extensions are a great way to make your phone ring and bring in more business. This is really great for lead generation.

Read the full Case Study.

STUDY: Win With Text Ads And Product Listing Ads [Infographic]

Google published a study on the use of Text Ads combined with Product Listing Ads. The study shows how you can gain from utilizing both ad types.

From this study, we learned that PLAs can:

  • Increase brand recognition: People who see a brand’s PLAs and text ads are 75% more likely to search for that brand within 30 days than those who only saw text ads.
  • Drive more engagement with your store: People who see both text ads and PLAs are 90% more likely to visit the retailer’s website. They are also more likely to visit product pages, add items to their cart, and click on store locator buttons.
  • Drive more conversions: People who see both text ads and PLAs are 83% more likely to make a purchase than those who only saw text ads.

Check out the infographic below:
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Bing Ads Launches Ability To Edit Keywords Via Excel Web App

A few months back Google Adwords removed the ability to edit keywords via a web based spreadsheet editor. Today, Bing Ads announced the launch of a new feature allowing you to edit keywords via the Excel Web App.

It’s pretty easy to use, just go to the keywords tab, select multiple keywords and click “Edit in Excel.”

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Why We Added Excel

Our ongoing goal is to make it easy for you to manage and optimize your campaigns in Bing Ads. A lot of customers prefer to manage their keywords in Excel and take advantage of Excel’s bulk editing capabilities.

Google AdWords Adds New Campaign Type: Search Network with Display Select

Google AdWords Search Network with Display SelectUntil now, you had the option of showing your AdWords ads on the Search Network, Display Network or both. Google announced a new option called Search Network with Display Select.

The new Search Network with Display Select will allow to show your ads mostly on the Search Network AND some highly targeted pages in the Display Network. According to Google, customer who have tested this campaign type have seen their CTR increase by 35% and their CPA decrease by 35%.

Normally I would caution against the use of the Display Network for eCommerce retailers. However, this sounds like it’s worth testing, but tread carefully… or you’ll waste your budget before you know it.

From Google’s Announcement:

How is this different from the old campaign type?

In addition to extending the reach of search campaigns, this new campaign type offers better results on the display network than the old Search & Display Networks campaign type.

Search Network with Display Select uses improved signals and methods of predicting when and where your ads are likely to perform best, and sets a higher bar for when to show them. That means your ads are more likely to be shown to a smaller number of prospective customers, who are more likely to be interested in your offerings. Compared to the old campaign type, initial tests show that advertisers, on average, could see a 35% higher click-through-rate, and a 35% lower cost-per-customer purchase on the display portion of their Search Network with Display Select campaigns.*

 

The Challenge Of Shopping Cart Abandonment [Infographic]

This infographic comes from SaleCycle. It addresses the challenge of shopping cart abandonment.

Cart abandonment rates fell in Q3 2013 with 1.6% fewer shoppers leaving their purchase at the till compared with the previous quarter. Taken from a consolidation of statistics from 200 global brands, our Quarterly Infographic looks at all the key cart abandonment stats in Q3 2013:

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Does Google Rank PLAs Differently On Google Shopping & Standard SERPs?

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Recently, Hannah, a Google AdWords community manager posted the following question on the AdWords discussion forum:

Is the ranking of PLAs on Google search different to the ranking of products on Google shopping pages?

This question was answered by Kat, a Google employee:

In some circumstances, you may notice differences in how your products are serving or ranking on Google with PLAs versus Google Shopping. For example, you may see your items showing/ranking on the former but not showing/ranking on the latter. This behavior may happen, and could vary, based on several factors. Reasons why this may happen can include:

  • The available real estate is different between the two properties. On Google.com, there is less space to show PLAs while the Shopping property has more space.
  • The auction dynamics can be different between the two properties and, as such, the results may also be slightly different.
  • For some queries, Google Shopping may present results via a catalog (specific product page) instead of individual merchant listings while Google does not display these catalogs.

Improvements are continually being made to the system and, over time, these improvements can help further unify the results between the two properties but, on occasion, differences between results may be seen.

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Google AdWords Now Includes Ad Extensions In Ad Rank Calculation

Google AdWords just updated Ad Rank, the algorithm that decided what position to show your ad. Previously, Ad Rank was calculated by using your max CPC bid and your Quality Score. With this update, Ad Rank will also take into account the expected impact from your ad extensions and formats.

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Here are some notes from Google:

  • Ad extensions and formats can now influence the position of your ad on the search results page. If two competing ads have the same bid and quality, then the ad with the more positive expected impact from extensions will generally appear in a higher position than the other.
  • When estimating the expected impact of extensions and ad formats, we consider such factors as the relevance, clickthrough rates, and the prominence of the extensions or formats on the search results page.
  • Because Ad Rank is now more important in determining whether your ad is shown with extensions and formats, you might need to increase your Quality Score, bid, or both for extensions and formats to appear.
  • In each auction, we’ll generally show your highest performing and most useful combination of extensions and formats among those eligible. So there’s no need to try to guess which extensions will help improve your clickthrough rate the most.
  • You may see lower or higher average CPCs in your account. You may see lower CPCs if your extensions and formats are highly relevant, and we expect a large positive performance impact relative to other competitors in the auction. In other cases, you may see higher CPCs because of an improvement in ad position or increased competition from other ads with a high expected impact from formats.
  • For now, this update only affects search ads appearing on Google Search.

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Google AdWords Announces New Shopping Campaign Type

Ever since Google Shopping transitioned to a paid model, Google has been releasing new features constantly. Yesterday, they announced that a new campaign type will be rolled out called Shopping Campaigns.

The new campaign type will give you the ability to better manage your campaigns from a product and category level. Some of the new features are:

  • Retail-centric way to manage your products
  • Advanced reporting to measure product performance
  • Competitive data to size your opportunity

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Shopping campaigns are currently available to a limited number of advertisers. It will be rolling out gradually in the US, with full global availability by early next year. API support will come in 2014 as well.

How do I get access? Fill out this form to request early access.

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