There is no doubt that the holiday shopping season will look different this year. COVID-19 has caused a major shift in how consumers purchase their everyday necessities, let alone retail items. Between safety concerns and store closures, there has been a shift to online buying. According to eMarketer, analysts predict approximately 150 million new shoppers worldwide will be buying online in 2020. What does this mean for the 2020 holiday season? How should you shift your marketing strategy to capture the increased search volume and make this your best holiday season yet? Let’s find out.
In September we announced that Google enhanced its Sitelinks by including up to four text ads as additional links for paid search ads on Google.com. Now the search engine has released ad formats that show Location Extensions and Sitelinks together.
Google says that the location extensions can now be shown alongside one-line sitelinks in text ads and will continue to show with two-line and three-line sitelinks on desktop and laptop computers. The ad below shows the Location Extension highlighted in red with the three-line sitelink extensions highlighted in green.
In order for your ad to be eligible to show these added links, your AdWords campaign must have both Location Extensions and Sitelinks currently enabled. To implement these add-ons, go to the Ad Extensions tab within the advertising platform.
In addition, Google is now showing larger maps from the Location Extensions links on both desktop and laptop computers. When a user clicks on a Location Extension, a larger map will appear on the right-hand side of the search engine results page (SERP).
Below is a screenshot of the expanded map when a Location Extension was clicked on from a paid search ad.
These new enhancements are just in time for the holiday season so that online advertisers can reach more customers within targeted locations.
The most wonderful time of year will be here before you know it, and ahead of writing your wish list to Santa, I recommend you plan your Holiday PPC campaign first. Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, is the kickoff of the online holiday shopping season and your PPC campaign should be ready for all of the online shoppers. Here are some tips to maximize your online holiday sales:
Happy Holiday PPC building!