Category Archives: Pay Per Click

Adwords: The Holy Trinity of Search Advertising

Haukur Jarl KristjanssonLast week, State of Search posted the article “8 Ways to Increase Your AdWords CTR”.

CTR or Click-Through-Rate (%CTR) is a way of measuring the success of your online campaigns and is one of the key factors advertisers need to monitor; it plays a key role in quality score calculations and is, in general, a big part of an accounts eco system.

The article was written by Haukur Jarl Kristjansson – our inhouse Adwords and PPC team lead – who is a spokesperson for what he calls “the holy trinity of search advertising”, which in simple terms is creating campaigns with a high correlation between keywords, ad copy and landing pages. He wanted to contribute to the world of SEM by creating an article that is “aimed towards PPC practitioners that are new to the game but of course everyone can benefit from them”.

You can read the article here: www.stateofsearch.com/8-ways-to-increase-your-ctr

From the Archive – Inspired by Iceland Case Study

Found this as I was going through my slides, this is from a session I did at SES New York called “Search, PR and the Social Butterfly ”.

Problem: Iceland is hit by a Volcano that halts most flight traffic and threatens tourism at a critical moment.
Solution: A multilingual multichannel strategy was created focusing on Google Universal. YouTube/Vimeo Videos were created, Facebook Fan and Like Pages and ad campaigns based on selected demographics, on top of that Twitter bursts and blog posts. The strategy among other was to attach Iceland to high profile brands and names such as John Lennon, Lonely Planet, CNN and general search phrases like music festival, travel destination and so on. Targeted phrases had close to ten million monthly searches. Read more »

Quality Score – Fair and Just

I recently read a book about Quality Score entitled Quality Score in High Resolution by Craig Danuloff. The book really shed light upon the different factors that influence Quality Score calculations. This made me realize that there are currently an endless number of amature and professional blog posts that have created a lot of confusion in this area. This confusion appears to have led account managers, amatures and experts, to the conclusion that Quality Score is the enemy; however, this is not the case.

Quality Score is Google‘s way of helping the good and punishing the bad. It serves as a motivation for advertisers to create well organized and honest PPC campaigns, ensuring that there is more to online auctions than just over bidding. Read more »

Is Organic Search Cannibalized by Paid Ads?

I was reading an interesting article the other day on why companies advertise their own brand items when they are already ranked no.1 for those items. It is during the course of my reading that I finally got some insight on whether paid search advertisements cannibalize traffic from their corresponding organic listings for the very same keywords. Read more »

Google has longer text ads for targeting Eastern Europe and Asia

If you’re only targeting certain countries in Eastern Europe and Asia this might come as a great news, you can create a longer text ad in Google now. These longer text ads are supported when targeting countries like Russia, Japan and China.

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • South Korea
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
Earlier settings New settings
Title 25 letters / 12 characters 30 letters / 15 characters
Ad copy line one 35 letters / 12 characters 35 letters / 12 characters
Ad copy line two 35 letters / 12 characters 35 letters / 12 characters
Display URL 25 letters

Longer text ads can contain up to 30 characters in the title and 76 characters in the rest of the ad text. For the display URL, standard character limits still apply.

You can create a longer text ad from the Ads tab if if you target only locations listed above.

Successful PPC campaign for a small Car Rental

The Nordic eMarketing team recently launched a new Pay Per Click campaign for the family-owned Icelandic car rental agency, Glacier Car Rental; which has already proven to be a huge success for both parties.

“We had to make those travelling to Iceland aware of us, instantly. And with Nordic eMarketing, this is exactly what happened,” said Hallfreður Emilsson, Co-owner and Marketing Manager at Glacier Car Rental.

Through Google Adwords, Glacier was able to penetrate the online marketing space within several hours, “Google boosted orders through our website by over 90%, and there is still visible growth,” commented Hallferður.

“We are really happy with the results of this campaign,” explained Haukur Jarl Kristjánsson, Project Manager and PPC Specialist at Nordic eMarketing. “Especially because this is a small, local car rental agency with very personal services, and does not have the power of the big brands behind it.”

Click on the following link to see this PPC  case study on successfull PPC campaigns and to view other successful PPC campaigns with Google AdWords click here

Twitter to start an advertising program this spring

Twitter social chart-tweets-per-day3_x460networking and blogging messages are known as tweets messages.  These tweets posts are text based statements consisting of up to 140 characters, displaying related searches on Twitter.

Twitter users are twitting on news, education, political campaigns and simple daily things one wants to share with others. Twitter usage is on the rise with around 74.000.000 users in January 2010 worldwide; a sharp 8% rise from December 2009.

Just saw Paulo Maranhao from Microsoft do a great presentation on the MSN PPC tool

Just saw Paulo from Microsoft do a great presentation on the MSN PPC tool, the tool as before intergrades beutifully into Excel 2007 (not 2010 beta) and in minutes he gathered over 1000 very valuable keywords regarding flowers. Fantastic tool that can be found at letsearchmakeyousmarter.com (Microsoft Advertising Intelligence). Speaking at this session beside me are:

Thomas Bindl, SES Advisory Board & Founder & CEO, Refined Labs GmbH
Constance “Connie” Stack, VP, Sales & Marketing, WordStream
Paulo Maranhao, Search Media Strategist, Microsoft

The session was firmly moderated by Andrew Goodman, SES Advisory Board & Principal, Page Zero Media.

for more information on SES London goto their page

Next stop Search Engine Strategies New York

When should you use PPC as a part of a PR strategy?

Air France Google Trends

Air France Google Trends

One of the most dynamic ways of communicating to the masses ASAP is through Google PPC, a great sample of that is the crash of the Air France Airbus plane flying from Brazil to France. The plane goes down after 300 KM and news start to spread.

As a part of an PR crisis strategy Air France should have gone out and paid for customized message for their brand search, dealing with questions like; Is it safe to fly with Air France’ and/or How can I find information about the crash?

Using the same method, Airbus could have dealt with people frighten to fly with Airbus planes, answering questions like is flying with Airbus planes save?

As one of those that fly frequantly but are not comfortable flying I was one of the first looking for anwers like the above and I do belive that I was not the only person. Check Google Trends http://www.google.com/trends?q=air+france&ctab=0&geo=all&date=mtd&sort=0 to back my case.

Why it is important not just to open a PPC campaign

We recently worked for a client that wanted us to do a PPC campaign at Google for 3000 pounds, thee campaigns with several ad groups and run it for three or four weeks . The problem was that the campaign was actually not the three campaigns and couple of ad groups, this was four campaigns and some 20 ad groups with all its related keyword clusters. Read more »

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