Deciding what to measure on Google Ads as a conversion has significant impact for your account performance. This is especially true when it comes to automated bidding.
For example, if you include page views in your conversions, you may skew results for any bidding algorithms you may use in the future.
When I manage an account, I look to include sales, completed web forms, and website phone calls as conversions. Other items that I may consider important depending on the client and what they are selling may be page views, whitepaper downloads, opening of the chat form. Typically I will consider those lower value actions in the “all conversion” category but not in the “conversion” category.
Doing so allows me to tell the bidding AI what conversions I really consider of value. Although I can add both sets of conversions to my reports, most decisions as to strategy should be based only on the high value conversions.
If you are not sure which and what you are tracking, click the wrench at the top right of your Google Ads account, then go to conversions. Take a look to see what data you are considering important and click on those specific actions to add or remove them from your reports.
You do not lose any data, it is simply whether those actions will be shown in the conversions column or the all conversions column.
Help Google bid smarter for you by only including “conversions” to give you better performance.
Many webmasters, web designers, and even marketing agencies can hang out their shingle and advertise that they can help with Google Ads account management, but it is the certification and Google Partner status, or lack there of, that is the real difference.
A Google Partner is a Certified Individual who runs an advertising agency – and works with clients in volume. Although being a Google Ads Certified Professional is important, being a Google Partner means that you are seriously in business providing Google Ads services to clients – not working Google Ads as a part time gig or managing one or two clients.
Google Partners, as part of their certification and maintenance of certification of Partner status, have to show and prove to Google that they are client responsive, knowledgeable via certifications, are transparent in advertising of their services and transparent in account management. We even have to supply to Google a copy of the reports we send to clients and have our website copy vetted.
A Google Partner is held to a higher standard by Google and so you can trust that you are working with true professionals that are knowledgeable of the Google Ads interface and manage a number of client accounts effectively.
There is a difference in quality and knowledge between those that are Google Ads Certified and those that are not. Make the right choice for your needs.
As more businesses feel pressure to squeeze every cent from Google Ads advertisements, one area that you should not skimp on is the quality of your Google Ads account manager.
Most Google Ads account management services and account managers will charge about 10% of your scheduled ad spend to manage your account. If your ad budget is $7,000 for clicks this turns into $700 for your manager to make changes and monitor your account.
My firm takes a different approach, we bill by the hour for our time. To make it easy to understand our services, we have a grid showing estimated time to manage your program based on ad spend or number of running ad groups. You then buy a certain amount of hours from us monthly and we use this time to manage your account, perform analysis, to provide reporting and to strategize with you as needed on performance and improvements.
For the client with a $7,000 ad spend that would have paid $700 for account management, our fee would have been $450. That is 36% less than the typical account manager.
When does it make sense to advertise on Google Ads? If you have an ad spend budget of $300 to $500 a month you are a great candidate for Google Ads Express – a slimmed down easy to use version of Google Ads.
If your ad spend budget is $500 and up, the traditional high powered version of Google Ads will give better control over activity and boost website sales and leads.
The difference between Google Ads Express and Regular Google Ads is as follows.
Google Ads allows you to add your own keywords, multiple versions of ad text and run multiple campaigns and ad groups. Google Ads Express allows you to run one campaign and one ad group and Google selects the keywords that will show your ads.
Google Ads has many advanced features: conversion tracking, ad extensions like sitelinks and call extensions. Google Ads Express does not have those features.
Google Ads will allow for targeting to countries, states, cities, and multiple radius locations. Google Ads Express will only show ads locally and you cannot choose national or state level ad display.
Google Ads Express is the entry level relatively low budget tool to help users get exposed to Google Ads. It is not uncommon for a client to start out in Google Ads Express, like the results they get and migrate into the Standard Google Ads interface.
If you need help deciding where you should start, just complete our online form to schedule a free evaluation phone call.
With over 10 years of experience in professional management of AdWords account, I wanted to share tips on an often overlooked yet important item in conversion tracking – attribution.
First to see what I am talking,(in the old interface) about go to Tools > Conversions. Click one of the names of the conversions you have set up. Look to the bottom to Attribution Model. If you’ve done nothing it has defaulted to Last Click. Click Edit and change your conversion model to Position Based.
Position Based is my preferred attribution model. Over time you will be able to see keywords in your account that you might have pause that are actually a part of the conversion path.
The first click and last click will be weighted to 40% each and the middle clicks will split the remaining 20%. What happens is important for your keyword monitoring. You will start to see keywords that previously in the last click model may not be driving as many conversions as you had thought.
Your data drives your decisions in AdWords, put your data to work for you by changing your Attribution Model to the right one for you.
Just because you want to target website visitors in the search results using Google Ads remarketing for search (RLSA) – you may not be able to.
Google sets a threshold of needing over 1,000 remarketing cookie sets in a 30 day period to show remarketing for search ads. For many advertisers this bar is just too high. You will only need 100 cookie sets in a 30 day period to show remarketing ads in the Google Ads display network, but the bar is much, much higher for search ads.
I recommend that you try to lengthen the period of your cookie set from 30 days to 90 days to see if this will make a difference in your ability to use RLSA.
RLSA ads can be a great way to target in search results advertising shopping cart abandoners and other site visitors. Consider bidding a minimum of +30% to get action if you do have enough cookies.
Consider setting up a separate program for RLSA and use general keywords so your ads will appear on more queries, set the bid low, but boost up with a bid adjustment, and consider a -100% bid adjustment for mobile to start to keep your costs low until you know the program will generate a return for your needs.
Showing ads to people who have visited your website already using a target and bid strategy can be very good to add conversions to your monthly plan.
For more information on our services for Google Ads advertisers please visit our website at www.mccordweb.com.