Facebook Said Politicians Can Lie In Ads. It's Taking Down Ads From Warren, Biden, And Trump For Other Reasons.

RYAN MAC | October 15, 2019

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A BuzzFeed News examination found that in the first half of October, the social network has canned more than 160 ads from Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer, and Trump for breaking rules around profanity and fake buttons. Last week, Facebook announced that it would allow political candidates to lie in ads posted to its platform, but it’s haphazardly enforcing a number of other advertising policies that have led to the takedowns of paid content from at least five US presidential candidates.

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How to adjust your PPC strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic

Article | April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the world like never before. Businesses have been hit hard, institutions have been shut down, and people are being made to stay indoors in an effort to slow down the spread of novel Coronavirus. Nearly all businesses have been dealing with a lot of difficulties right now and the world of PPC advertising is no exception. As the world grapples with the pandemic unfolding in real-time, they turn to online searches and news to find answers to their questions. This extreme change in people’s behavior has also impacted the change in their online search behavior. While some industries were well prepared for this shift, many are not. Table of Contents Has Covid-19 affected your PPC accounts? Impact of COVID-19 on PPC advertising - Industries with increased performance - Industries with mixed performance - Industries hit the hardest Ways to adjust your PPC according to the new search volumes Has COVID-19 affected your PPC accounts? As of today, the COVID-19 related searches are ranking the most on Google, beating other searches related to news, weather, politics, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. To help track these emerging searches along with other breakout searches that users are looking at, Google has released the Google Trends Coronavirus Hub to offer more insights. For some advertisers, these new searches have drawn more visitors to their sites, bringing in new customers. For others, however, the results have not been so great. Wordstream notes that Google search ad impressions have declined by 7% over the last week, which is not uncommon during the holidays. But advertisers certainly weren’t expecting it to happen all so suddenly. Conversion rates have dropped by an average of 21% since the COVID-19 became an epidemic. Advertisers who acknowledge these changes need to be able to adjust their PPC strategies to keep their businesses agile during these uncertain times. Learn more: Teesside web advertising firm makes journey into glasgow Impact of COVID-19 on PPC advertising Google trends shows that the COVID-19 is on top of mind for most people, especially in the early morning and late at night. Many of us who aren’t fighting the pandemic head-on, often look to some other distractions online or try to carry on with our days as usual. Advertisers can review these searches and prepare to adjust their campaigns to avoid wasting their spend online. Industries with increased performance Healthcare and medical Ever since the outbreak, most of us have turned to search to protect ourselves and the community. In the wake of social distancing and a worldwide lockdown, we’re relying on Google SERP to purchase over-the-counter as well as vital medications. As a result, medical advertisers are seeing a strong spike in their sale of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies with increased ad clicks and higher conversion rates than usual. Non-profit and charity The non-profit organization is another sector that’s having a dramatically increased impact due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Charities, non-profits, and social enterprises are working the hardest to help communities fight the COVID-19 crisis. Since the epidemic, this sector has seen • A 10% surge in search ad impressions • A 23% surge in search ad conversions • A 20% surge in search ad conversion rates Luckily, Google’s ad grants program is working with more than 35,000 organizations to help non-profit use AdWords. Live-streaming and on-demand media The phrase, “Netflix and chill”, “Quarantine and chill”, couldn’t be more true and relatable right now. With people practicing social distancing at their homes, we’re consuming more entertainment than ever. This has led to a spike in the entertainment advertisers’ conversion rates, bringing in more viewers. Safe to say it’s not a bad time for the entertainment industry, as the demand for live-streaming media has skyrocketed and seen a dramatic hike in its conversion since the last few weeks. Learn more: How COVID-19 Has Impacted Google Ads Results for 21 Industries Industries with mixed performance Real Estate According to Wordstream, there’s no significant change in the search volumes or conversion rates in the industry yet. But there could be some shifts down the road. Consumers are more hesitant in attending open houses and more reliant on professional agents to schedule an appointment instead. Despite the +15% CPC increase in real estate listings and real estate agent searches in the last month, there has been a -25% decline in the conversion rates. Agents and brokers, however, have seen a 30% increase. Moving and relocation services have seen an 11% increase in search volume, maintaining a stable CTR, CPR, and CPR. Both property development and construction industries are seeing a decline in their conversion rates by -53% and -7%, as well as lower search volumes. This could lead up to a decline in real estate supply in the future. Automotive The automotive industry appears to have taken a hit. It has shown a noticeable decline of 30% in the industry with average conversion rates over the past few weeks. Although this can’t all be due to the pandemic, advertisers are seeing a lot of shifts in searchers’ preferences in the automotive market. Job and education There has been an increased demand in e-learning and training due to schools and colleges being shut down for at least a couple of weeks. Given the college application rush over and the upcoming SAT in June (yet to be canceled), prospective students’ behavior on the SERP remain the same. There’s also an increase in paid search traffic for new career opportunities and vocational training since the last couple of weeks. Industries that have been hit the hardest Travel and tourism It’s not at all surprising to see that fewer people are booking for travel these days. With business, consumers, and government avoiding unnecessary travels, advertisers are finding it hard to convert new searches on their sites. Searches for flight cancellations, delays and restrictions are also at an all-time high, leaving ads more exposed to curious searchers. To address this problem, advertisers should: • Add new negatives keywords for COVID-19, advisory, and cancellation related searches. • Promote cheaper fares and easy cancellations and adjustments for future travel. • Suggest travel insurance to your customers to ease concerns while increasing your average sale price. Live entertainment Search volumes for live entertainment have also reduced by 24%, with a dip in conversion rates by 30%. The need for public safety and social distancing has caused consumers as well as performers to cancel their live shows all across the globe. Ways to adjust your PPC strategy according to the new search volumes Unprecedented times call for unprecedented solutions. Here are some of the ways that you can adjust your PPC strategies according to the rising challenges: It’s important to understand what traffic your ads are getting and add new negative keywords add new negative keywords quickly to prevent your campaigns from reaching irrelevant panicked searchers. • Closely follow COVID-19 related searches to understand how people are searching online. Leverage Google Trends to see what’s trending the most. The Google Trend Coronavirus Hub is a great place for advertisers to find out users’ priorities and search interests in response to the changing news. • The flipside to users spending more time online is that you can easily find them while they’re browsing the web. Consider remarketing to your previous customers and website visitors, bring them back to your site and keep your brand in their minds. This way they will be more likely to convert. Conclusion While times are uncertain at the moment, it is important to keep a positive mindset and be safe. Make sure to stay in the lookout for any new disruptions caused by the COVID-19 and keep adjusting your PPC campaigns consistently.

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4 Secrets to Revolutionize Your Facebook Advertising Campaign’s ROI in 2020

Article | February 19, 2020

Digital marketing is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, if you have a business and you’re not utilizing digital marketing by now, it’s essential that you get on board. One of digital marketing’s best tools is the good old social media ad. Yep, 2020 is seeing a resurgence of Facebook Ads and you’re going to want to jump on this train before it leaves the station with your target market on it. You may be rolling your eyes, thinking about the trouble or lack of success that you’ve had with Facebook Advertising in the past. Don’t worry. We’re here to show you the ropes and help you put forth the absolute best Facebook Ads that will bring you tons of traffic and increase your conversions

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How to Use Forced Bold Text in Google Search Ads

Article | March 18, 2020

This does not appear to be an officially supported feature, use at your own risk. To enable it, simply enter your text into AdTools.org and paste the output into your search ad. Keep in mind that each bold letter will now occupy 4-character spaces of traditional ad text. As you can see, it is pretty simple to enable, but what can it accomplish? I delivered a statistically significant amount of ads in direct A/B tests to determine this. In these tests, I ran identical copy, and landing pages against each other with bold text in one version, and not the other variation. I set ad rotation to distribute evenly and used manual CPC bidding without enabling Enhanced CPC bidding. This delivered an 11.3% overall increase in click-through rate and no measurable impact on conversion rate.

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Digital Billboard Brand Marketing Budget & Strategy

Article | April 6, 2020

Starting first with the budget: What do you want to invest on a daily basis in your brand? My recommendation here in a local area is going to be $20 per day per brand channel. So what that means is, if you want to be on a digital billboard on a highway, that’s $20. If you want to be on Facebook for the day, that’s $20. On Instagram is $20. If you want to be on YouTube, that’s another $20. And so you can quickly get to where your budget is roughly anywhere from $60 to $100 a day, whether you’re on anywhere three to five different channels. I definitely recommend multi-channel, that’s going to build trust. Because if somebody sees you in all these different places, every time they see you, it’s just another element of trust (which would avoid questions like: “Is dropshipping legal?” or “Is dropshipping dead?”). You’re covering all areas. Digital billboards on the highway are extremely powerful because it makes you instantly think, like this business is on a little bit higher level than the other businesses.

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