AdWords Optimization Checkpoints
Some of the below could help maintain high quality management. The key piece of advice to note is – planning means everything:
Campaigns managed with User Interface & API Access belong the to the end-client.
Competitors can and should examine existing campaigns potential clients own and could use your bad management as a sales tool
Optimize accounts regularly, build your AdWords reputation from consistent results
When You Know An Agency Is Not So Good
Claims fixed CPC prices (exc. reservations)
Claims ownership of campaign preventing end client from gaining access to account
Don’t make Advertiser Guide available on their website when they have to
Have multiple clients in a single AdWords CID for no reason and don’t use an MCC
Claim they are from Google when they are not
Sets up a messy campaign, does not monitor and only ever checks performance when client calls to say they are not getting any results
Has no idea how to set up campaign or optimise to try ‘wing it’
My Opinion On The Better Agency
Does not focus on getting ‘you’ to top of the Google page and converts the most users for the lowest cost
Knows clients goals and designs a strategy before building a campaign. Implements strategy well with test/re-test methods
Does not hide campaign or prevent end client from access. No deceptive billing practices.
No guarantee in results, knows self-ability, understands marketing tools and never over promises or set false expectations
Optimize Using Range Of Tools
Display Campaign Optimizer – Finds placements at the right price
Cost-Per- Acquisition – Finds clicks at the right price to meet conversion cost goals
Custom Schedule – Control when ads display
Advanced Location Target – Control whether ad can be found when users search about or are in target location
Dimensions Tab – Find tons of performance data about location, time of day and more
Segment Button – Segment stats to compare which match type is best, whether ad performs better on top or right hand side of Google and more
Sitelink Descriptions – Add descriptions to four extra pages of your site
Know How Quality Score & New Ad Rank Work
Quality score leverages bid power – helps enter ad auctions, decreases costs and ‘top of the page’ estimates
Increase Q.S & Be Relevant
Ensure keywords are grouped in specific themes across all campaigns
Create clear, dedicated adverts for each keyword list
Use landing page most relevant to your goals and advert when selecting destination URL
Optimise regularly and design campaign to collect meaningful stats. Create optimisation schedules and mini experiments
Check campaign day after going live to make sure it is not under review, disapproved and getting clicks impressions
Check for campaign specific negatives keywords or placements
If you notice too many clicks and impressions on single target method, refine it or move to dedicated campaign to control budget allocation whilst increasing data to understand the volume
If you notice too many clicks and no conversions, check the code is verified then direct users to more specific landing page
Week Two Onwards
Wait for data before making changes to reinforce educated decisions
Wait till you have five or more conversions and 100 clicks
Set checkpoints based on any metric of your choice (impressions, CTR, CPA)
Monitor where clicks are coming from, what people are typing in, time of day and conversion paths to focus budget on what works best
During Build Of Campaign
Ensure keywords are in-line with marketing goals
Ensure ads are rotated evenly to compare CTR, costs and conversions at later date
Ensure advanced campaign settings are used to control stats
Make sure you know what you will be checking regularly before the campaign is built.
Do not wait till you have thousands of clicks/impressions and stats manipulated by automated settings to then decide what to do next – you won’t know.
Before Data Analysis
If you write an advert focused on the price, another focused on quality of service and both used the same keywords in the same month, which one will get a better result?
If you target broad match keywords, will they trigger better variations or synonyms or perform better on a segmented match type?
If you target a placements which type of advert will perform better, text or image?
If you use as many ad extensions as possible, will it increase CTR?
During Data Analysis
If you enable above fold targeting on display, will this increase CTR across sites?
If you enable CPA bidding will Google be able to find more conversions at a better cost?
If you enabled Google Partner Sites, did they perform in line with Google Search?
If you targeted the whole country, did specific geographical regions show a lower ad rank then others?
If you scheduled 24/7, does your CPC go up at particular hours of the day?
Is a specific target method (or agroup) preventing me from gathering data on the whole campaign?
Is my target to broad and irrelevant and causing drop in CTR?
Is my CTR too high because of irrelevant clicks and placements?
Is my ad rank too low and preventing me from entering ad auction?
Is my advert directing users to the wrong page?
Is my budget depleted to early in a day?
Is one user location depleting my budget or receiving more conversions than another?
Regular Performance Checks
Week Two Onwards
Should I change the keyword match type to increase CTR?
Are there keywords in search terms report that I should be blocking or adding?
Am I turning enough impressions into clicks?
Is my quality score dropping?
Have I created new ads to see if I can get better result?
How does my campaign stack up against others listed in auction insights?
Have I segmented stats to understand detailed metrics?
Have I checked dimensions tab or search funnels to understand where my conversions are coming from?
How Do You Get Better?
Learning Centre – Teach yourself about AdWords and best practices
AdWords Terms – Read them before you breach and get permanently suspended
Google Partners – Join and become a GCP
Contact Google – Find a agency account manager who will help you learn optimisation
Google Third Party Policy – Understand rules, it is difficult to get away with deceptive practices or treating clients improperly
Advertiser Guide – Check if it is compulsory for you to share the document – if you don’t a competitor might show you up for trying to hide something a doc made for clients
How Do You Stay Ahead?
Think Insights – Sign up for Google Insights
Google Blog – Subscribe and stay ahead with updates
Inside AdWords – Subscribe to AdWords specific news
Insight Finder – Learn how to use wide range of campaign research tools
AdWords Communities – try to read online troubleshooting posts, have mental store of solutions before experiencing similar issues