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There’s a lot to say about mobile! In today’s multi-screen world, mobile is a part of everything we do. And mobile ads are an important part of that conversation… now, more than ever. In this spirit, we will be moving the content of the mobile ads blog to the Inside AdWords one to consolidate our communications with businesses and advertisers.
We’ll continue to provide updates there about mobile-related product developments, findings from our latest research, and successes of advertisers and developers. Going forward, mobile and multi-screen content, can be found at the following links, all of which will be updated frequently.
Inside AdWords Blog – Google’s official blog for news, tips and information on AdWords. This is where the majority of the posts you saw on the mobile ads blog will now live.
Think With Google – The home of all of our content for businesses and digital media experts. The Think website is updated frequently with new articles, research studies, planning tools and more.
Google Ads + Page – The Google Ads Google+ page is a central place for you to learn how Google can help make the web work for you and drive your customers from intent to action.
See you soon on one of these resources.
Posted by Adam Grunewald, Mobile marketing manager
People today are constantly connected. They’re finding directions to stores, shopping, and even comparing prices instantly from their smartphones. In fact, 8 out of 10 smartphone shoppers use their devices to help make shopping decisions while inside physical retail stores. As a result, retailers now must account for new and complex paths to purchase.
Google Trends: With Google Trends, retailers can study how shopping searches are trending over time across different markets and categories, and can also see the fastest growing retail queries.
Creating a multi-screen website: To help retailers create great shopping experiences across devices, we published best practices on making your site work across multiple devices, especially on smartphones.
Search as you type: Retailers can integrate search as you type directly into their sites, tapping into the power of Google instant search results and making it easier for shoppers to find what they’re looking for from their smartphones.
Google Wallet Instant Buy: Retailers can improve their m-commerce experience by implementing Instant Buy into their sites, allowing mobile shoppers to check out in as few as two clicks.
Google+ Sign-In: Retailers that implement Google+ Sign-In enable their site visitors to easily sign in once with their Google account and switch seamlessly between PC and mobile without having to sign in again. This increases online conversions by removing friction from cross-device logins. Retailers can even present a ‘buy now’ button to consumers within G+ posts.
Retail-focused ad formats: Retailers can promote their product inventory with shopping ad formats like product listing ads.
Remarketing: Retailers can also use remarketing to re-engage consumers who have previously expressed interest in a category or brand.
Enhanced campaigns: With enhanced campaigns, retailers can effectively engage today’s constantly connected consumers. Location extensions make it easier for mobile searchers to find a retailer’s store, and proximity-based bidding allows retailers to bid strategically for higher-value searches happening closer to their stores.
Full Value of Mobile: Nearly 3 of 10 mobile searches directly result in a conversion, but they can often be hard to track. Retailers need to create new mobile-specific attribution models to more accurately track how mobile is driving customers to physical and digital stores, so they can invest appropriately. The Full Value of Mobile site and calculator helps estimate the value mobile brings through a retailer’s mobile site and apps, cross-device usage, calls and in-store visits.
In our constantly connected world, people are searching on multiple devices throughout the day for places to go, things to buy, and ways to stay entertained. People often use similar search results in different ways depending on the time of day that they search. For example, if someone is searching for “Hawaii vacations” during the workday, she may just be doing research for an upcoming trip. When she returns home and conducts the same search in the evening, she may be more likely to have all the info she needs to book the flights and hotels.
With this constant connectivity, search marketers can now receive web traffic from across the globe and around the clock. Most businesses can still identify peak days and times when they see better ROI and lower costs. At other times, customer activity might be slower and some businesses may wish to drive additional visits even if the cost is a bit higher.
If your business sees regular cycles of customer behavior and AdWords performance during the week, then using the time bid adjustment feature in AdWords enhanced campaigns may make sense for you. This feature can help you improve results by allowing you to increase or decrease bids by day of the week or time of day.
Getting started with time bid adjustments
Before making any adjustments, it’s important to choose the right level of granularity for analysis. For example, will you adjust bids by day of the week, eight hour increments, or down to the hour? While you may be tempted to optimize down to the hour, it’s important to ensure that you have sufficient data to make decisions for each time period. A general rule would be to have 1,000 clicks and 30 conversions for each time period you’re looking to optimize.
Calculating your time bid adjustments
Once you decide that using time bid adjustments are right for your business, compare the performance of your ads at varying times to your overall performance goal. This will allow you to easily determine the right bid adjustment for each time period.
If you are setting a goal using a cost per action target, your bid adjustment can be calculated as follows:
Time bid adjustment = 100%* (( Campaign Goal ÷ Actual Performance) – 1)
For example, let’s say you are an online retailer who sees better traffic and performance on weekdays as opposed to weekends. You would like to target a $30 cost per acquisition overall, but you are experiencing a $25 cost per acquisition on weekdays and a $40 cost per acquisition on weekends. To meet your performance goal and maximize efficiency you can use a time bid adjustment. Simply adjust your bids on weekdays by +20%, and on weekends by -25%. This allows you to optimize for your goal by bidding more aggressively on weekdays when conversions are more cost effective, and less aggressively on weekends when performance is lower.
Test and Learn
Constant iteration is a key part of the optimization process. To ensure you are optimized over time, check the performance for each time adjustment regularly on the Time subtab in your campaign settings. Raise your bid adjustment where your performance exceeds your goal and lower your bid adjustment where your performance falls short of your goal. This will allow you to optimize your bids and adjust to changing consumer behavior.
You should also take this opportunity to study your internal data to understand when you have peak activity in terms of conversion rates, order size, and overall volume. If you have a physical store or run a call center, you may consider using those hours of operation as guideposts for setting your time bid adjustment. Studying the volume of activity during the times you are open can give you a good sense of when you may wish to raise or lower your bids. For example, if your call center is closed during the night, you may wish to decrease bids during this time to avoid sending customers to unsupported lines. By the same token, if you operate a physical store and see lulls in traffic during certain hours, you may wish to increase bids during this time and run ads with promotional offers to drive more people to your business.
Time bid adjustments are a key part of enhanced campaigns. To use time bid adjustments alongside location and mobile bid adjustments, you’ll need to upgrade your campaigns. Starting on July 22, 2013, we will begin automatically upgrading all campaigns to enhanced campaigns.
Later this week, we’ll dive deeper into ways you can use tools like flexible bid strategies to automate your bid settings based on specific business goals like cost per acquisition.
Posted by Ting Zhang, Global Search Solutions
People are now constantly connected and switching seamlessly between devices. In fact, more than 38% of our daily media interactions occur on mobile1. This presents advertisers with new opportunities to reach customers anytime, anyplace, on any device. At Google, we want to help you capitalize on these opportunities and develop new strategies for your business to win on mobile.
Mobile bid adjustments in AdWords enhanced campaigns give advertisers the power to optimize bids across devices — all from a single campaign. In today’s post, we’ll help you understand how to calculate a mobile bid adjustment that accounts for the total conversion value your mobile ads drive for your business.
Review your current desktop and mobile performance
Before calculating your mobile bid adjustment, you can run an AdWords report to review your current desktop and mobile performance. While online conversions, app downloads, and calls are easy to track in AdWords, other conversions such as in-store visits may be harder to attribute directly to your ads. For those conversions, you may need to estimate their value. The closer you can estimate the value of these conversions, the more optimized your bid will be on mobile.
Calculate your mobile bid adjustment
The key to optimizing your mobile bid adjustment is to identify the ratio of mobile vs desktop (and tablet) conversion value. This is calculated by dividing your value per click on mobile by your value per click on desktop.
We’ll illustrate this calculation using the table below. Let’s say this data belongs to a national retailer with mobile and desktop websites as well as physical stores. In the past month, this retailer saw 10,000 clicks from her mobile ads and 10,000 clicks from her desktop and tablet ads. Her mobile ads drove $900 of revenue from phone calls to her stores, $5,000 from online sales and $5,000 from in-store visits for a total of $10,900. During this same month, her desktop and tablet ads drove $100 of revenue from calls, $10,000 from online sales, and $2,000 from in-store visits for a total of $12,100.
With this information, the retailer calculates the value per click (for mobile and desktop) by dividing the total value (i.e., the total revenue from all conversion types) by the total number of clicks, respectively. In this case, the mobile value per click is $1.09 and the desktop value per click is $1.21.
The retailer’s mobile bid adjustment is the ratio of these two values: she divides the value per click on mobile by the value per click on desktop and then subtracts 1. In this case we have (1.09/1.21) – 1, or a -10% mobile bid adjustment that can be entered into AdWords.
Iterate and test
As with all online marketing techniques, mobile bid adjustments aren’t something you should just “set and forget.” Frequent iteration and testing will help you account for changes in seasonality or business operations. Due to varying screen sizes on mobile, we also recommend that you keep a close eye on your mobile impression share so that your ads show in the top positions.
To use mobile bid adjustments, you’ll need to upgrade your campaigns to enhanced campaigns. Starting on July 22, 2013, we will begin automatically upgrading all campaigns.
Next week, we’ll dive deeper into ways you can use tools like conversion optimizer and eCPC to automate your bid settings based on specific business goals like ROI.
Posted by Andy Miller, Head of Mobile Search Solutions
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Hill Climb Racing has been downloaded in over 145 countries on both iOS and Android. AdMob consistently generates nearly 100% ad fill rates and enables Toni to monetize the game on a global scale. He uses AdMob house ads to promote his app too.
“Hill Climb Racing has over 60 million downloads. About 40% [of the revenue] comes from advertisements, and AdMob is our cornerstone,” says Toni. Hear more about Toni’s story in the video below.
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Posted by Mike Schipper, Product Marketing Manager, AdMob
Your advertising performance almost always varies by location, no matter what kind of business you run. The good news is that if you optimize your bids for different locations, you can increase your sales and ROI.
Optimizing bids for better performance by location
With enhanced campaigns, it’s now much easier to boost bids in locations where your performance is stronger and reduce bids where performance is weaker. Before enhanced campaigns, you’d have to set up and manage an identical campaign for every location where you wanted unique bids. Since this was hard, the most common approach to location optimization has been to cut out underperforming locations using targeting exclusions. But in the long run, this approach can limit your growth and reduce your business competitiveness. So we recommend using bid adjustments rather than location exclusions.
Calculating location bid adjustments
Start by downloading a location performance report. Here’s how, using the AdWords interface:
- Set the date range to the past 30 days (longer if your campaign is on the smaller side).
- Click on the “Location details” button and select “What triggered your ad.”
- Click the View button and select Region.
- Click Download.
To maximize orders or leads at a particular CPA or ROI level, a common best practice for setting bid adjustments is to equalize your target metrics across all locations. As a math formula, it looks like this:
Here’s an example from a campaign with a cost-per-action goal.
|Location||Conversions||Cost||CPA||CPA Goal||Location bid adjustment|
|Florida||100||$800||$8||$10||100% * [(10÷8) - 1] = +25%|
|New York||120||$1080||$9||$10||100% * [(10÷9) - 1] = +11%|
|Ohio||70||$1050||$15||$10||100% * [(10÷15) - 1] = -33%|
|Pennsylvania||85||$850||$10||$10||100% * [(10÷10) - 1] = 0%|
Businesses with local stores or service areas
Closer customers are often more likely to buy from you and less costly to serve. So if your business has local stores or service areas, you should consider optimizing your bids based on customer proximity. For example, you can easily set one location target for customers within 2 miles of your business locations, and a second target for customers within 20 miles of your business locations (directions). Then use the approach described above to calculate your optimum bid adjustment for your two location extension targets.
Tips and reminders
- Maintain a broad location target to cover your entire potential market. Targeting too narrowly can limit your reach, clicks and conversions.
- It’s OK to set overlapping location targets with bid adjustments. We’ll only apply the most specific location bid adjustment. For example, say you have a +10% bid adjustment for Canada and a +20% bid adjustment for Montreal. When someone searches in Montreal, your bid will be increased by 20%. And you’ll see distinct performance stats for Montreal and all of Canada except Montreal on the Locations subtab on the campaign Settings main tab.
- Be careful when you don’t have much data. Otherwise your calculated bid adjustments could end up being too high or too low, and you could end up with worse results instead of better. If you don’t have statistical expertise on hand, we recommend not adjusting bids in locations with fewer than 1000 clicks and 30 conversions, as a general rule of thumb. Lengthening the date range for your reports to the past 90 days or more can help.
- Periodically check performance and increment your bid adjustments. From time to time, check your performance for each location target on the Locations subtab. Incrementally raise your bid adjustment where your performance is above your goal, and lower your bid adjustment where your performance is below your goal. This will allow you to optimize your bids over time and adjust to changing consumer behavior.
Posted by John Sullivan, Global Search Solutions
Posted by Cameron Grace, Display Product Launch Lead