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.