There’s something new you may have missed in Bing Ads in the extension tab – Structured Snippets.
They are easy to set up and Bing Ads likes to display them under your ad like Callouts. There is no link with the text, but the Snippets give you a chance to quickly let your clients know what else you do or offer.
Here’s how to set them up:
Go to the “Extension” tab.
2. In the drop down select “Structured Snippets”
3. Select your category – I typically use Types.
4. Add up to 20 Snippets.
5. Make sure to click save.
I usually set these up at the campaign level, but you can set them up at the ad group level too.
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I am recertifying for my Bing Ads Certification this month to retain my Bing Partner status. Many businesses only consider advertising on Google AdWords, but for many businesses, Bing Ads should be considered a viable adjunct to AdWords.
For many of my clients (but not all), Bing Ads brings in lower cost conversions than AdWords. For medical professionals, I’ve had good success in most markets in generating conversions at a lower cost (sometimes as much as 50% less) than in Google AdWords.
There are differences between Google AdWords and Bing Ads and many similarities as well.
Here are just a few of the differences:
Bing Ads is best used for US and Canada advertising and not for global coverage. AdWords is great for global advertising.
Bing Ads uses the user’s browser setting to determine language – Google uses the Google.com language setting.
Bing Ads is still using a 30% bid cap when you use eCPC bid settings. Google did away with theirs this last year and so it can sometimes be expensive to let Google adjust your bid to be competitive.
Bing Ads has made it very, very easy to import AdWords programs into Bing Ads. Google has done nothing to make this easy. There are times when a program is performing better in Bing Ads and the only way to get it into AdWords is an Excel import with further tweaking after the load.
In Bing Ads the enhanced site links will only show for keywords that have won the auction and have a high quality score and are to appear in the top ad position on the page.
Bing Ads now has a “get a ride” feature next to directions in the location settings that interface directly with your personal Uber account. The get a ride extension setting is automatic.
As a Bing Partner I must recertify each January to maintain my Bing Partner Status.
As a Google Partner, I must take two exams to recertify my AdWords credentials. I must take the AdWords Fundamentals exam and then one other exam. I typically take the Search Advertising exam as this is what is useful for the bulk of my clients.
This past year I certified in AdWords in Search, Mobile, Display, and Shopping. This year due to my workload I will certify in just the Fundamentals and Search.
The Bing Ads test is fairly easy, but the AdWords exams are typically difficult with the Search exam being the most difficult out of all the exams available. March and April are my AdWords recertification months.
I personally find the training interesting, but time consuming. I do sharpen my skills and I do put into practice the things that I learn in each recertification study period as the information benefits my clients’ account performance. But these exams are not simple and you must study for them as the information is not intuitive rather detailed and the test based on Google’s perspective of value based on the training materials.
The last time I took the Fundamentals exam, the printed documentation of the study guide was over 400 pages. The study guide for the Search exam was another 400 pages.
If you need an Internet Marketing Service professional that knows Google AdWords and Bing Ads, I invite you to find out more about our professional services and the value that a Google Partner brings to your programs.
“Near Me” searches have decreased by 150% over the last 2 years.
Use of a zip code in a search query has declined 30%.
Google data shows that consumers want more useful information, more personalization, and more immediacy.
The reason for the decrease in activity on “near me” and zip code specific searches are that consumers expect the results to be location and self-specific. This change has been driven by the mobile micro-moment, as Google calls it, – the I want to know, I want to buy, I want to go mentality.
One important trend that you can leverage on your website and in Google AdWords due to dynamic keyword insertion is the use of “best” in a search query. Consumers want the “best” toothbrush, “best” web designer, “best” lawyer and so on.
In fact in the research Google states that “best” related keyword search activity has grown by 80% in the past two years.
In addition, consumers are demanding personalized localization – meaning the delivery of results that are uniquely personal and based on their own location. Mobile apps leverage results by GPS location and websites can enhance results by providing location cues and data sortable by location.
In addition to more localization, Google has identified that 50% of all mobile users will typically make an immediate purchase after a successful mobile search.
Google is identifying other important trends and sharing them with Google Partners as we work to leverage this information to help our client’s better market their products and services on Google AdWords.
As a Google Partner and Bing Partner, I feel like I can speak with authority on this topic. In AdWords alone, I manage an actual monthly ad spend for clients of over $120,000 per 30 days or $1,441,776 yearly. As an experienced account manager I have to say that I simply hate broad match.
Don’t get me wrong, I like using broad match modifiers for keywords, but I feel that for most clients broad match is simply a way to bleed cash out of a pay per click account.
Both Google AdWords and Bing Ads (especially Bing Ads) Love, Love, Love broad match keywords. Heavy use of broad match without a reality check on the terms your ads are showing for is lining their pockets with your cash.
If you don’t believe me, click just one of your high click volume broad match keywords and then click the drop down to view search queries. You will be shocked to see what is there.
Even with a huge and extensive negative keyword list, the way both Google and Bing Ads show your ads on synonyms for your broad match keyword would simply not be a good fit for most businesses that are focused on direct action or lead conversions and sales.
I hate to say never, but as click costs rise in an account the first thing I do is move out of broad match, use only broad match modifiers, phrase match and exact match. I end up with a much better cost per conversion and better overall results.
Site Suspension! If you are an AdWords advertiser, know that Google is watching you – very carefully. What you state in your content and the images you show are all reviewed by the Googlebot and flagged for review if you are in the medical, plastic surgery, and dermatology fields of business.
Coolsculpting and Dermatology Advertisers Be Aware
Case in point, if you are promoting Coolsculpting and you state on your website that this treatment provides permanent fat loss, Google will be coming for you – soon. I’ve now crossed paths now with four doctors in different areas of the US that have all received site suspensions in AdWords.
A site suspension simply means that Google will not allow you to promote your business in AdWords, at all! They simply shut down your account. Only the account owner will receive an email about the issue and Google will point to its terms of service and rules. Account Managers will see next to the accounts ads a speech bubble which will state Site Suspension.
What Would Be Noted in a Site Suspension?
I recently saw a site suspension in AdWords for a Dermatologist and Vascular doctor with this information:
Site Suspension due to:
Restricted Medical Content
Restricted Drug Terms
Misleading or unrealistic promotions
I’ve seen several doctors remediate their site, get up and running, and then get a second site suspension. As sometimes the issues take a while to correct and there are numerous communications with the Google team before the site can even be submitted for a higher level review (which is not immediate), I recommend moving your program to Bing Ads while Google is futzing around with your site review to remove the suspension.
Your entire program from AdWords can be picked up and moved to Bing Ads relatively quickly. At least this way you will continue to have a flow of leads while Google does your review and lets you know things that need to be further changed in each communique.
A site suspension is serious business. In two cases it took 6 and up to 8 weeks to remediate the problems. That’s nearly 2 months off of AdWords with no leads coming in. In all cases to remediate the problem, all content had to be updated and images updated. Wording like permanent, immediate, fat loss had to be softened to reduction, over time, and fat reduction.
If you need help resolving a site suspension or moving to Bing Ads while your staff is working to remediate an AdWords site suspension, call us today to get fast help and get rolling on Bing Ads.