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3 upcoming trends in paid search
What's on the horizon for paid search? Columnist Mona Elesseily shares her predictions based on current trends in the search marketing world.
Recently, we’ve seen some fairly significant changes on the search engine results pages (SERPs). Right-rail ads have disappeared, and on mobile, we’re seeing more prominent placement of Google Shopping ad units.
In this article, I’ll cover some upcoming trends in paid search and speculate on where the trends will lead. Though I refer mostly to Google, these predictions apply largely to all the major search engines.
The only absolute certainty is that there will be more changes in the paid search landscape!
1. More “shopping” ad units
Google Shopping has been very successful for Google, and retailers’ share of clicks from Google Shopping ads (aka PLAs or Product Listing Ads) continues to grow. In fact, according to data from Merkle, “Across all devices, PLAs overall accounted for 38 percent of retailers’ Google search ad clicks in Q4 , up from 30 percent a year earlier.”
PLA growth stemmed from a couple of very recent changes, the first of which was better visibility of Google Shopping results on mobile devices (especially for local companies). Below is an example of how much space the ad units now occupy in mobile search results.
Recent growth may also stem from Google’s AdSense for Shopping program, which allows retailers to display ads on third-party sites. Most notably, the addition of new search partners like Target and Kohl’s seems to have given PLAs a boost.
The growth of Google Shopping will certainly continue to be a trend moving forward.
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