Google Q1 2014: $15.4B But Misses, Paid Clicks Up, CPCs Down

google-earnings-data-600 Google announced quarterly revenues this afternoon. The company said it had "consolidated revenues" of $15.42 billion (including Motorola), up 19 percent vs. last year. However, neither the topline nor earnings per share beat financial analysts' expectations. Accordingly, the stock is down nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading. Below are some of the highlights from the earnings release and presentation: Total revenues: $15.42 billion (vs. $12.95 billion in Q1 2013) Google sites: $10.47 billion (up 21 percent) Network: $3.40 billion (up 4 percent) Non-US revenue: $8.76 billion [...]


Like Facebook & Twitter, Google Reportedly Teaming With Data Providers To Track In-Store Sales

google-logo Facebook first began partnering with Datalogix to show advertisers how their ads drive offline sales back in 2012. Last year, Twitter introduced its “offline sales impact” tool, developed with Datalogix, to measure the offline sales impact of promoted and organic tweets for consumer packaged goods and automotive advertisers. Now Google is reportedly partnering with the big data providers to track in-store conversions, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is said to be partnering with several firms including Datalogix and Acxiom to measure the offline impact of Google AdWords ad [...]


New: Smart Lists With Google Analytics Automate Remarketing List Management

google-analytics-600 To help simplify the decision making process of creating remarketing lists, Google has introduced "Smart Lists with Google Analytics" which automate the process. Smart Lists rely on the anonymized conversion data gleaned from the millions of websites using Google Analytics that opt-in to share data with Google. The lists are built with machine learning using signals like visit duration, page depth, location, device, referrer, and browser to predict which visitors are most likely to convert upon returning to the site. Then based on those visitors' on-site actions, Analytics can calibrate rem [...]


Google Imparts “Not Provided” On Ad Clicks, A Day Later The Industry Exhales

not-provided-600 After word had been swirling the change was coming, yesterday Google announced it is expanding secure search to cover clicks on paid ads. The move means Google will treat the search query referrer data in ad clicks via secure search the same way they have been for all organic clicks since last year. The actual words people use in their searches will no longer be passed through the URL referrer string after a user clicks on a paid search ad from Google. Many experts agree, though, that the change will not be as cart-rocking for paid search practitioners and software providers as it was for S [...]


Google Analytics Rolling Out New Bulk Linking Feature For Adwords Accounts

google-analytics-featured Google announced today it is launching a new linking process that will allow Adwords account users to link all their accounts at once inside Google Analytics. According to the announcement, the new "linking wizard" will be available for users who have access to an Adwords MCC (client center) with multiple Adwords accounts. From the Google Analytics blogpost announcing the launch: The new account linking wizard allows you to select any of the Adwords accounts in which you have administrative access...Many users want to quickly find unlinked Adwords accounts and link to them, and the new [...]


Advertisers Keep Spending More On Paid Search In Q1, CTRs Jump 23 Percent YoY

Paid Search Spend Trends Q1 2014 IgnitionOne Paid search in the U.S. saw another quarter of positive growth in Q1, rising 8 percent year-over-year according to IgnitionOne's latest quarterly report, which looks at paid search performance of campaigns across its management platform that's used by major brands and agencies. Paid search clicks rose a modest 5 percent and click-through-rates (CTR) were up 23 percent. Impressions fell again -- dropping 15 percent year-over- year. The drop in impressions, according to the report, is due to the increase in mobile searches where there is less ad real estate per query. However, these mobile se [...]


177 Car Maker Sites Vied For Ad Supremacy On Google In Jan & Feb, Driving 14 Million Clicks To Their Sites

car-ads-adwords Paid search is attractive to luxury and economy car manufacturers alike. Jaguarusa.com and Scion.com were among the 177 automotive manufacturer sites that competed for visibility on Google with paid search ads in January and February. The ads drove 14.4 million clicks -- and that's just on desktops and tablets. The new analysis from search marketing intelligence Adgooroo shows similar levels of competition among car makers on mobile devices. If the pie chart below looks like a data-presentation-gone-wrong mess, that's the point. Adgooroo's chart underscores the fragmented reality of the hig [...]


YouTube TrueView Ads Update Coming In April: What You Need To Know

youtube-logo-200 YouTube's TrueView video ads have become a wildly efficient way to reach large audiences at relatively low cost. Google has continued to refine the somewhat confusing options for TrueView ads and is set to make another change starting in April. This latest move is an effort to simplify the buying process while giving advertisers a full set of targeting options. Google already axed the in-slate ads that showed in videos that were ten minutes or longer awhile back. Now, it will reduce the number of ad formats from three to two by rolling up TrueView in-search ads -- the thumbnail ads that displ [...]


Mobile Will Be Primary Channel For Paid Search By End Of 2015 [Study]

mobile-devices-featured Looking at current trends, Marin Software predicts more paid search clicks will come from mobile devices than desktops by the end of next year. By December of 2013, mobile accounted for more than a third of all paid search clicks on Google. By the end of 2015, mobile devices will drive 50 percent of Google's paid search clicks, according to the 2014 mobile search advertising report published by Marin Software today. Smartphone paid search ad clicks nearly doubled throughout 2013 and accounted for just over 20 percent of total click share. The Marin study looks at Google performanc [...]


Advertisers Brace As Google Revisits “Not Provided” Policy To Show Keywords For Ad But Not Organic Clicks

google-security-lock-featured Google managed to stoke the rumor mill twice in the one day this past week with somewhat cryptic announcements, putting search marketers -- many of whom are still weary from last year's roll out of enhanced campaigns -- on edge. First, the company released a statement on Wednesday saying many new updates to AdWords will be announced on April 22 without providing any specifics. Then later that evening, marketers were hit with news of yet another potential change on the horizon. In a keynote discussion at Search Marketing Expo West with Marketing Land's founding editor, Danny Sullivan, Goo [...]


Google Integrates Dynamic Remarketing Campaigns With Google Analytics

Google-AdWords-Dynamic-Retargeting-Ads When Google enabled the ability to develop retargeting lists for AdWords in Google Analytics, advertisers gained a huge opportunity to refine audience targeting by using the wealth of dimensions and metrics available in Analytics. Now Google is bringing this integration to Dynamic Remarketing display campaigns. Launched in June of last year, Dynamic Remarketing campaigns in AdWords are powered by product feeds in Google Merchant Center. Product images are pulled from Merchant Center into ads dynamically based on what a user was browsing on an advertisers' web site. Ads are then served on th [...]


Google Calls It Quits On Brand Banner Ad Test In Search Results

Google Brand Banner Ads test ended Google has ended last fall's test involving large brand banner ads on Google.com. Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, confirmed the experiment was over in his keynote at SMX West in San Jose, California yesterday. Google started the test in October 2013 with roughly 30 brands. The banners ads appeared at the top of brand search results in the U.S. only and for just a small subset of searches. Singhal did not go into detail about what constituted failure in this test, but its possible the click-through rates on the banners were lower than desired. Additionally, when the branded banners di [...]


3 Ways To Leverage Social PPC To Gain More Targeted Customers

ppc-advertising Jacob Baadsgard, CEO of Disruptive Advertising, spent most of his professional life guiding Fortune 100 companies to greater profitability with Pay-Per-Click advertising at Adobe. He was responsible for adding $30M a year to Adobe’s bottom line. That was before he started his own PPC Management firm. Jacob attributes much of his success in PPC to doing proper market research and using all the tools that Google, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter make available to marketers. He also says that social is one of the most underutilized tools in AdWords. (Google allows you to include social extensi [...]


Surprise, Bud Light Is Not The Top Super Bowl Advertiser On Google And Bing

goal posts flickr wisecontrarian Despite appearances, Bud Light is not the number one advertiser on Super Bowl related queries on either Google or Bing. According to new data from search monitoring service BrandVerity, Bud Light, which is advertising all four of its Game Day ads, has been beat out by different advertisers on each of the search engines. The competition is heating up as well, many more advertisers are turning to PPC in these final days to promote their Super Bowl ads than were earlier in the week. To see who's joined the ranks and which advertisers currently claim the top spots in PPC, check out Who’ [...]


Low Hanging Fruit: These Super Bowl Advertisers Are Getting Found For “Super Bowl Ads”

google-bing-football As Super Bowl advertisers rev up the heat on their promotional campaigns ahead of the big game, a handful are turning to paid search on both Google and the Yahoo Bing Network. Thousands of consumers are searching for "super bowl ads" according to Google. The advertisers showing up and paid search show they wisely have a plan in place to compete for this traffic. And, many of the Super Bowl advertisers running paid search ads are using creative tactics to extend the digital impact of their Super Bowl expenditures. For the rundown of 5 trends we're seeing in the paid search ads for Super Bowl [...]


Coming To Google: Click On Ad, Get Free Ride To Merchant Or Restaurant?

Google self-driving car logo The day may be near when AdWords advertisers can offer customers immediate transportation to bring them to their locations right from an ad.  Google has been awarded the patent for "Transportation-aware physical advertising conversions" US 8630897 B1 which essentially allows advertisers to show a sort-of transportation ad extension offering free or discounted travel to their stores. A hair salon could include free or discounted transportation in its ads displayed during lunch hour to nearby office parks. Or as in Google's own example illustrated below, a restaurant could offer a lunch offe [...]


Google Remarketing Ads Broke Canada Privacy Laws, Concedes To Revamp Ad Review System

Google legal Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner has found Google in violation of Canada’s privacy rights for the use of sensitive health history in remarketing campaigns. The finding comes after an investigation spurred by a Canadian man who complained that his private health information was being used by Google to retarget him with ads for sleeep apnea devices after he visited sites with information about those devices. In the process of the investigation, Canada's privacy watchdog also found Google's automated ad review system to have "demonstrable shortcomings". As a result, Google has a [...]


Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Mobile Has Won”

mobile-devices-analytics-featured In an "ask a billionaire" interview with Bloomberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt makes a number of predictions about the coming year and beyond. Among them he says, "Mobile has won." What does he mean? The simple meaning of his remark -- and the one he intends -- is that there are more tablets and smartphones being sold than consumer PCs now. Schmidt also makes the relatively safe assertion that almost all consumers will have smartphones in the near future. This year, 2014, we'll probably see US smartphone penetration hit 75 percent (from 65 percent today). It's possible that [...]


Auto-Generated Vs. Pro-Designed Display Ads: How Much Does Creative Matter?

display-ad-here-featured Can auto-generated, template-based display ads perform as well as professionally designed ads? That's the basis of  a new test by Dispop, a self-serve display platform that enables advertisers to crowdsource display ad creative from graphic designers. The company wanted to see how an ad created by a designer in its network would do compared to a Google Ready Image ad. Google rolled out Google Ready Image Ads in AdWords at the end of September this year. Advertisers enter a URL to get auto-generated display ads built based on images from their websites. It's an easy to use feature for small [...]


Kraft Crushes All Other CPG Brands In Paid Search [Study]

kraft logo In a ranking of the top 50 consumer packaged goods (CPG) advertisers in paid search by ad impressions, Kraft Foods Group overwhelmed the field with more than 20 percent of total CPG ad impressions on Google AdWords with its sites KraftRecipes.com and KraftBrands.com. With Kraft sites as the bellwether, the list of top 10 CPG advertisers in paid search was dominated by sites offering recipes and meal planning ideas. In all, Kraft Foods Group racked up more than 462 million impressions during the study period between August 2012 and July 2103. The study also found that within particul [...]


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