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##Warning!! Not all Adwords Features Are Good for You!

Just because a setting or a feature is there in Adwords does not mean that you have to use it. At Get Found First we have been working with Adwords for quite some time and have seen a lot of features added to it. While it is great to see Google taking care of its golden goose, PPC managers should be cautious before jumping on something new.

I am going to give some examples of features to be cautious of. I’m not saying to never use these features. We use all of them. Just take note of potential problems and make an educated decision.

Examples

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Miscellaneous Monday

Government Shutdown PPC in 2013

The Government Shutdown is not bad for everyone.

These advertisers are getting some exposure because of the government shutdown. I knew it! I knew that if I went to Google to search for ‘Government Shutdown’ I would find advertisers there. Who can blame them? If they have content about the shutdown, they have a right to pay for it to be seen.

Interesting note: Google does not show ads on the first page of the SERPs. You have to go to page 2 in order to see the ads.

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PPC Remarketing Setup: Part 3 – Campaign Creation

Last week I showed you how to identify and create audiences for PPC remarketing. This week I will give you some pointers and a general walkthrough in setting up new remarketing campaigns in Google Adwords.

Let’s get right to it.

Tools You’ll Need

The only thing you’ll need for this process is your Google Adwords account. If however you prefer using Adwords Editor the thought process remains basically the same.

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PPC Remarketing Setup: Part 2 – Audiences

Welcome back readers! Last week I showed you how to set up the needed accounts in order to effectively manage your remarketing tags. Today we will take the next, and probably most important, step in our journey to launching awesome remarketing campaigns.

This next step may be the most critical and possibly the most difficult. If you get it right you may see great success, if you get it wrong- well you’ll spend some money on learning an important lesson.

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Why Landing Pages Matter

Our first stop on the journey through the land of Landing Page, is to take a look at the king of the jungle. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that all the other animals pay homage to the king. Without the king, the circle of life is incomplete.

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Adwords Account Structure – Ad Groups

Last week I discussed the importance of the structure of your adwords account and some tips on how to think about structuring your campaigns. You can go back and read last week’s article here. This week I am going to talk about the roll that adgroups play in the structure of an account.

What are Ad Groups and What are they good for?

Ad groups are simply containers for keywords, negative keywords, and ads. That is the simplest definition that I can come up with.

Ad groups are exclusively organisational units in an adwords account. This is because their purpose is defined by what they contain or by what they are in, rather than by what they are. Unlike campaigns they don’t have a lot of targeting settings and unlike keywords or ads they are are not a forward facing part of the account that interacts with queries or searchers.

However, there is great power in using ad groups effectively that will make your life easier.

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How I Lost My Chance to Work with Omniture’s Founder

This post is about B2B marketing and lead generation. The story of Josh James, Omniture, and my failure help me drive my point home.

Remember Omniture? That little company that sold for roughly $1.8 Billion to Adobe. I always wonder what founders that successfully exit their start up at that level of success do with their lives. The average Joe assumes that they must go buy a small island and disappear into retirement. Well not Josh James!

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PPC Remarketing Setup: Part 1

Last week we learned what PPC remarketing is. Now I’m going to walk you through how to set up remarketing through Adwords.

Prerequisites

In order to re-target effectively you’ll need a Google Adwords account and a Google Analytics account. If you don’t have one or either of these accounts you’ll need to create them. You can easily find how-to articles and instructions online.

However if you do have these accounts I will show you how to link them, a very necessary step in our setup process.

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What’s Your Landing Page Doing For You?

According to some marketers, marketing has changed more in the last 2 years than in the previous 50. *

Only 9% of a recent studies respondents strongly agree with the statement “I know what our marketing is doing.” *

A Journey Through Landing Page

Over the course of the next few weeks I am going to be addressing several issues revolving around landing pages and A/B testing. Consider yourself flying over the continent of “Landing Page” seeing an aerial view of what the geography of “Landing Page” looks like. This land is not unfamiliar to explorers, fact there is a plethora of content available out there on this subject. However, at points along the journey we are going to land and dive deep into a few subjects of study.

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Adwords Account Structure – Campaigns

There is no denying that account structure is super important. There are many accounts that I have worked on where an account restructure has dramatically increased performance. How? Good account structure improves an account in 2 ways.

First, it clearly defines to the advertising platform (Adwords, Bing, etc.) where you want your ads to show. This means that your ads should be serving how you expect them to and your keywords are not competing with each other in the auction. This ultimately should result in showing the right ads to the right people.

Second, it makes it easier to manage. You know where things are and the organization allows you to know what your account optimizations will actually do.

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Blogging for Businesses – It’s Not About Getting Traffic or Customers

Why Do You Blog?

Now before all of you kill me in the comments, I know most of us blog for our businesses or clients because we are trying to get more business or clients. But is that the only reason you do it? I have had some interesting conversations over the last couple of days that has really got me thinking about this topic, so let’s have a conversation and see if you feel the same way about why you blog (or why you should) when we’re done.

Blog Because You Love It!

When somebody is passionate about what they do does it come across? Think about those blogs that really gets your attention. The ones you really love to read, and not because it has “a lot of useful information”. They have a personality, a character about them that goes deeper than the depth of the info you can glean from the pages. They have passion and it shows!

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