Google AdWords Express is Now Part of Google Ads

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Google is notifying advertisers that AdWords Express has joined the Google Ads platform.

AdWords Express campaigns are now available in Google Ads as ‘Smart’ campaigns.

Previously, AdWords Express was a standalone solution, designed to be a lower maintenance option for small businesses.

Now, Smart campaigns still have all the same benefits as AdWords Express campaigns, but with improved features.

Google highlights the following benefits: – Read more

Google Ad Impressions on Connected TVs Up by Over 80%

Google’s efforts to expand advertising to TV screens led to an 80% increase in impressions in 2018.

To build on this momentum, Google has announced a number of initiatives planned for 2019 to further the convergence of TV and digital advertising.

Google Ads During Commercial Breaks

Google will continue to work with its TV partners to build new solutions for delivering ads during commercial breaks.

Google’s TV partners can currently use Ad Manager’s dynamic ad insertion capabilities to serve ads during live events on connected TVs.

Ad impressions during live events have more than doubled over the past year, Google says.

Google Ad Manager also offers a feature called ‘smarter ad breaks’ which allows advertisers to optimize for yield while honoring TV business rules for a more personalized ad experience. – Read more

Inside Google Marketing: 3 ways we think about SEO

My Post (16).jpgWe as a company spend a lot of time thinking about search engine optimization, or SEO. No small wonder, given that search is at the core of our business.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to drive traffic to your website. Paid media, social posts, and display advertising are just a few. But, when done well, SEO can provide an important — and cost-effective — strategy for organic growth. In fact, the latest research from web analytics company Parse.ly shows Google Search accounted for around half of external referrals to the publishers in its network this past year.

To really get the most out of SEO, though, it’s important to stay on top of the latest Google Search updates. That’s no different for us internally. We at Google own 7,000 websites that are managed by hundreds of product and marketing teams all over the world. Over 200 changes are made to these websites every single day, all of which could potentially affect a site’s SEO. When it comes to how Google sites appear in Search, they receive the same treatment as any other site on the web, and our teams follow the same external guidelines provided to webmasters. – Read more

Inside Google Marketing: 4 ways we’re planning for an automated future

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For years marketers have been promised that technologies like programmatic will unlock efficiencies, freeing them up to focus on more creative work. Google’s Michael Bailey explains how his team is making that promise a reality.

Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes made a bold prediction for the not-so-distant future: thanks to technological advancements and the resulting productivity gains, we’d all be working 15 hours a week. Almost 90 years later, the average American is working more than double those hours.

Does that sound familiar to any marketers? For years now, we’ve been told that marketing automation technologies like programmatic will unlock efficiencies, freeing us up to focus on more creative work. That vision has also yet to materialize.

So a short while back, my colleagues and I at the Google Media Lab — the team that manages the media strategy for Google’s advertising campaigns — laid out and started enacting a plan that we think will make that vision a reality. – Read More

Google emphasizes ‘Message this business’ in new local search test

My Post.jpgTake notice, Google is testing a more prominent look for the messaging feature in the local search results. Is your business ready to manage text messages from your customers?

Google is testing a bigger push for the messaging option within the local panel. Google launched messaging within Google My Business in July 2017. Google is now testing a way to promote messaging more to searchers in the local panel by using a larger message button.

What it looks like. Local SEO and Search Engine Land columnist Joy Hawkins posted a screen shot on Twitter of the test. – Read more

How long does it take for AdWords conversions

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A marketer relies on AdWords conversion tracking to optimize the performance.

Trying to make the best possible decision for AdWords conversions the majority of the people stuck their heads arguing about low performing keywords with the clients. At the end the decision based on conversion data that is inside Google Analytics. For making it easier, some people switched to AdWords conversion in Google Analytics.

When a conversion triggered from AdWords, it might take up to 24 hours to show it up in Google Analytics. However, if some import goals in google conversion it can take up to 24-72 hours. This first step is to point out all the errors; the next is to eliminate those errors by using error-killing tools for google analytics mistakes.

The AdWords conversion in google analytics might take a day or two to show up properly in google analytics.This can be a bit difficult if you might have more than transactions. The best way to setup, an Ad word is to link a google analytics goal to Ad Word as a conversion. Then the next step is to confirm that if tracking is working properly for Google Analytics or not.

For having a check on it, a person visited your website from an Ad came back in 30 days period, this conversion recorded in AdWords on the day when a person first clicked on the link. Moreover, it depends on how you set goals in analytics you might be able to see it on an actualday. – Read more

Google’s mobile-first indexing now powers over half of Google’s search results

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Google issued an update on the status of its mobile-first indexing initiative.

Google announced Wednesday that over half of the pages shown in search results globally are from Google indexing that content using mobile-first indexing procedure. That means that it is more likely that the pages you visit from a Google search are based on how Google crawled and indexed that content based on the mobile version of that page.

What is mobile-first indexing? Mobile-first indexing is simply how Google crawls and indexes the web. Instead of looking at the desktop version of the page, Google looks at the mobile version of the page. In more simple terms, Google is crawling and indexing your web page based on how it renders on a mobile phone versus a desktop computer.

Where can I learn more? We have many stories and articles about mobile-first indexing on this site. Here are some of the more important stories:

  • Google makes some clarifications related to mobile-first indexing
  • Google begins rolling out mobile-first indexing to more sites
  • FAQ: All about the Google mobile-first index
  • Google begins mobile-first indexing, using mobile content for all search rankings

You can also learn more from this Google help document and more articles on this site.

More advice. Google will typically notify you when your site has moved to mobile-first indexing within Google Search Console. So make sure to check your messages in the Google Search Console. Google will also label your site as last crawled by the Googlebot smartphone useragent in the URL inspection tool as another signal that your site has moved over.

Google says you should pay attention to your structured data and alt-text for images on mobile pages with this change. – Read more

Google Launches First-Ever Game Based on Google Search Trends

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How much do you know about this year’s top search trends?

Test your knowledge of Google Search in 2018 by taking the new ‘Game of the Year’ quiz.

Every year Google releases a roundup of top search trends, but this is the first time the company has developed a game based on search data.

The way it works is simple:

  • Answer a series of questions about this year’s trending searches
  • Collect points for correct answers
  • Unlock harder questions by progressing through the game
  • A special bonus round at the end ups the difficulty even more
  • After three wrong answers, it’s game over

I played it a few times and it’s actually pretty challenging. I managed to finish it with a high score of 603 points. – Read more

New call-to-action extension available for video ads

My Post605.jpgMaking videos interactive with features like end screens and a call-to-action helps viewers learn about your brand or service and take relevant actions.

In an effort to simplify our interactivity features across video ad formats, we will sunset the YouTube call-to-action overlay in January 2019 and introduce a new call-to-action extension.

When your primary objective is driving conversions or clicks to your website, we recommend using TrueView for action, our ad format that comes with built-in features like a call-to-action displayed while your ad runs and after it ends. It’s a great example of how interactive elements can enhance viewer engagement and help you better achieve your marketing goals. – Read more

Connected TV Device Targeting, Reporting, & Management

My Post603.jpgStarting on Jan 8, 2019 you will be able to target and generate reports for a new device category via the AdWords API – connected TV.

The connected TV platform, (or “TV screens,” as it’s referred to in the new Google Ads experience), is a new Platform type similar to desktop, tablet, and mobile. It targets devices such as smart TVs, gaming consoles and standalone connected devices including Chromecast, Roku, and AppleTV.

Since connected TV shares the same functionality as the three existing platforms, you can target or exclude it using bid modifiers for Display/Video ad campaigns; the new criterion will have a platformName of “ConnectedTv” and an ID of 30004. You can also isolate it in reports using a Device segment named CONNECTED_TV. Note that even though bidding will only be supported for Display and Video ads, some residual traffic may appear in other kinds of reports so you should still pull the new segment for non Display/Video ad reports. – Read more