Google, Marketing

Google Ads – The new updated form of Adwords

Rebranding and it feels so good! Google is creating a new perception with new changes to the Google Adwords platform making it into Google Ads.

The search based ad system was just about to turn 18 too! Bye Adwords!

What does this mean to local Edmonton businesses using Google Adwords? Your YEG marketing campaigns will continue as scheduled, but the new platform will have to be learned.

The DoubleClick is dead! Long live Google Ad Manager!

The products from DoubleClick, the ad network Google bought in 2008, are becoming part of the two other products. The new Google Marketing Platform merges DoubleClick Digital Marketing and the Google Analytics 360 Suite.

The new product will be called Google Marketing Platform, the company is introducing Display & Video 360, which blends features from DoubleClick Bid Manager, Campaign Manager, Studio and Audience Center.

It will be a simpler hub for creative, agency, and media teams to work together on ad campaigns.

Introducing Google’s bouncing new baby – Google Ads, targeting small Edmonton businesses, using the new default Smart campaigns.

Smart Ads and Smart Campaigns can be “created in minutes” on the new platform, driving anything from website visits to phone calls and brick-and-mortar store visits.

According to Google, 90% of small business owners state that their online advertising goals are to get phone calls, store visits, or purchases online.

When creating a new campaign with Smart Ads, you begin by selecting the goals that are most appropriate for your business. You can select multiple, allowing Google to craft a plan for you to reach users on multiple platforms that aid your goals and KPIs. With the new Smart Ads platform that’s in beta testing, one advertiser was able to double their sales in the first 60 days alone.

Google claims the Smart campaigns let YEG based marketers even more quickly design and launch ad campaigns and provide far better audience-targeting features than standard AdWords campaigns.

According to Google, on July 24, Google Ads users will start seeing the new brand name and logo reflected on the platform, website, billing and help center. Instead of logging into AdWords from adwords.google.com, you will log into Google Ads from ads.google.com.

Thankfully, Google made one big thing clear with the release of the new update:

Changes to the Google Ads branding will not impact your campaign performance, navigation, or reporting.”

The new Google Ads experience is going to also release new integrations to Google Docs and Google Sheets, you can create custom reports in just a few minutes.

 

How To Use The Google Sheets plugin

If you aren’t currently using Google Chrome as your browser, you will need it to run the Google Sheets plugin. Though this mode is currently still in Beta, anyone can download it and use it today!

To find it, follow this link: Google Sheets Beta AdWords Integration. Simply install this free plugin to your Google Sheets account, and you can fire up reports in no time.

With the integration in this link, you can:

Create custom reports that pull information directly from your AdWords account(s).
Custom create columns based on the metrics you care about most.
Use the same filters you find on AdWords to get specific data.
Generate a report overview.
Refresh your custom reports to import the latest data. Meaning you don’t have to create new reports every time. You simply refresh them to update the data.
Allow others to edit and collaborate on your reports.

Once you install the Sheets plugin, you should see it located in the “Add-ons” section of your toolbar.

Then select “Google AdWords,” and you have the option to create new reports.

When you create a new report, you can select the report type, columns, and filters that you want to apply:

Each time you log back into your reporting dashboard on Google Sheets using the plugin, you will see key data like:

When your report was last refreshed
What accounts this report is pulling data from
All of your custom report data that you generated last time
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So, why should you use this overgeneralized reporting within AdWords itself?

Two major reasons:

You don’t have to recreate the reports every time.
You don’t have to continually apply filters each time. For example, do you create reports to show how mobile is doing? How about custom filters to see how conversions change by device type and location? You can now create all of these reports in Google Sheets once, keeping them forever. You can then label each report so you know exactly what they show. When you want new data, simply refresh the report, and it populates with your latest data! That saves tons of time!
You can collaborate.
Collaboration is a wonderful feature with Google Docs in general, so why not mesh that with Google AdWords? Allow employees to help you and pull data whenever without giving them direct access to sensitive account information.

Try out the new plugin to start creating better reporting measures for your business today. Don’t waste time every week adding filters and custom reporting measures over and over. Do it once and refresh it with the click of a button.

Smart Ads:

This new “Image Picker” feature allows you to A/B test images automatically. Google will select the best performers to keep running.

New features like this are going to be game changers for small businesses with less time to manage their accounts.

Stay focused on running your local Edmonton business. Sarah Van Marketing can set up and use this product, to make creating advertising easier while assuring those ads end up in front of the right audience.

Google said it will announce additional new campaign types and other solutions at its launch July 24th. I will update this blog after the announcement so stay tuned!….

Thanks for reading!

-SVM

Marketing

Mini Digital Media Guide

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Digital Transformation

How can your business utilize Digital Media as a tool to reach customers? You know Social Media works, you have seen your favourite boutique businesses blossom and become international heavyweights. You want a digital transformation now! How can you leverage these networks to your advantage as a small business owner? Let me show you.

Here is  quick compilation of ways you can make your online presence a success

1.) Custom URLS:

On Social Media sites, make sure your urls match, make it easier for your clients to find you on twitter if they already like you on facebook. Make your urls short and keyword rich.

2.) Market Research:

Know your niche audience, find out who they are, where they live, how they live their life and make purchases. This will help when it comes time for you to figure out how to market to them. Try this free Canadian site – environicsanalytics.ca or try think with Google

3.) Be Authentic:

Remain true to yourself and how you see your brand. It is what makes you different and special from all those same industry businesses. It is the most valuable gift you can give.

4.) Mobile Friendly Website:

Make sure that your images are sized correctly to convert for smartphone users. Have links to call on all your phone numbers. If necessary create a msite, or mobile version of your site that is less complicated. You are reading this on your phone right now aren’t you?

5.) Register on Google:

Create a Google My Business account. If this sounds complicated, it isn’t view my easy how to here: SarahVanMarketing Google My Business!

6.) Beware Bargains:

Are you buying designs on fivver or dealing with your cousin’s nephews girlfriend? Design work is how your customer will view you, your company and your brand. There is no price on the face of your business. I can help with logo or brand design, just email me!

7.) Schedule:

You need to be realistic, you might not have time to post twice a day. So schedule your Social Media posts using a website like Buffer or Hootsuite or Sprout Social. Or just hired someone to do it. I can help come up with a content plan customized for your business.

8.) Use Social networks you like:

Does LinkedIn frustrate you? Do you love the hashtags on Instagram? Pick the Social Networks that are right for you and your brand. Don’t overwhelm yourself at first. Although it is a good idea to lock in the usernames on these sites in case you wish to use them in the future.

9.) Don’t be a robot:

Make your content fun and interesting! Do not come across with a mechanical sales pitch! It is boring and people will unfollow.

10.) Custom Hashtags:

Think of Custom Hashtags for your business that you will always use:

#yourbusinessname #yourcity, #yourbusinessneighbourhood, #yourproducts #yourproductnames

If you need a hand with any of these tips shoot me an email! sarahvanmarketing@gmail.com

SVM