Articles written in April, 2013

April 26 2013

Google Adds Ad Group Level Mobile Bid Adjustments to Enhanced Campaigns


With Enhanced Campaigns in Google AdWords, advertisers have the ability to automatically adjust bids based on device, location and time of day or week. When Google first released Enhanced Campaigns, advertisers were given the option to increase or decrease bids for mobile devices at the Campaign level.  The screen shot below shows this option with an automatic 30% decrease for mobile devices.

Now Google has announced that in order to provide more control and precision over bids within Enhanced Campaigns, advertisers will be able to automatically adjust bids for mobile devices at the ad group level. Google says that this functionality will be introduced in mid-May.

Ad group level bid adjustments will work well for large pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns with numerous ad groups since there most likely will be a wide range of average cost-per-click (CPC) values throughout a large campaign, especially if there are multiple keyword themes throughout the campaign.

Just a reminder that advertisers must upgrade to Enhanced Campaigns by July 22, 2013 or else Google will automatically migrate your campaigns to Enhanced by that date.

April 25 2013

AdWords Introduces Upgrade Center for Enhanced Campaigns


Earlier this month we announced a forced migration date of July 22, 2013 to Enhanced Campaigns, which means that advertisers must transition their legacy campaigns to Enhanced or else risk the chance of losing device, location or ad scheduling targeting without migrating on their own. Google AdWords has announced its Upgrade Center to make upgrading easier for advertisers with many campaigns. The new Upgrade Center will be rolled out to all Google AdWords accounts over the next few weeks.

Google says that with the upgrade center, advertisers can upgrade several campaigns at a time as well as merge campaigns together in a few easy steps. This new Upgrade Center will be available in the left-hand navigation tab within the Campaigns tab, where the Shared Library is located.

The bulk upgrade option gives advertisers a way to upgrade multiple campaigns that don’t require merging campaigns. This is a great option for easily upgrading a campaign to Enhanced and only adjusting bids for mobile devices.

On the other hand, if you have campaigns that have similar keywords and geo-targeting, the Upgrade Center will automatically identify these campaigns to be merged together. Next, advertisers will be able to preview and assess the recommended campaign settings, ad groups and even ad extensions for the new merged campaign. Google will automatically combine ad groups and budgets. In addition, Google says that other campaign level settings and extensions in the Primary campaign will be used over the Secondary campaign that was merged.

Google recommends upgrading Display-only campaigns rather than merging existing Display-only campaigns together as the Upgrade Center does not support the ability to merge imaged ads, audience targeting and other display-specific targeting options.

April 16 2013

Bing Officially Announces Product Ads Coming in Q3 2013


Last month we spotted Product ads on and the advertising platform has officially announced this week that they are planning to add a new search format for ads in the United States called Product Ads. Bing says that Product Ads will allow retail advertisers to include product details such as image, price, description and merchant information within the ad. In addition, these ad formats will be pulled from inventory from an advertiser’s real-time product catalog that will create the new rich ad format which is intended to deliver key product information to a user before making a decision of which link to click.

Bing is suggesting that advertisers prepare for the release of Product ads early this summer with a code ready date of June 1st so that advertisers are able to support their customers and Product Ads as soon as it is available.

Bing Product Ads are similar to Google AdWords Product Listing Ads, which was introduced to advertisers approximately one year ago.

Below is a screen shot Bing provided of what Product Ads will look like on a search engine results page (SERP).

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