September 18, 2023
An Open letter to Google Ads Advertiser
To me, the most important thing when a Google search takes place is to figure out what the user’s “why” is, the intent behind their query. With decades of experience on the front line of search, a trend I have seen consistently is that digital advertisers want nothing to do with irrelevant impressions of their ads and the wasted dollars that can come along with it.
Paid search campaigns will undergo many optimizations over time, depending on the length and budget of a campaign, those optimizations could be slight or major to achieve the goal. Search Query Reports are frequently used to make optimizations, but is the power of these reports underrated? Although they are no secret to advertisers, let’s break down some ways a Search Query Report in Google or Bing can be used to connect the dots for your Paid Search campaigns. Perhaps these ideas will change the frequency in which you review these reports with your marketing team.
When most clients think of paid search conversions, they think of searchers who are using computers and laptops. However, paid search conversions can also come from mobile devices and tablets. It would behoove businesses to do a device assessment of their campaigns to see the true source of conversions.
Most companies are taught to ask which campaigns and keywords are converting and which ones are converting at the best cost/conversion. Yet many should consider asking which devices are bringing in these conversions. This was not a question that companies needed to ask a few years ago, because mobile devices and tablets weren’t as heavily used as they are now. However, times have changed and the results bare witness. Let’s say for example that a particular campaign produced 20 conversions in the month of December at a cost/conversion of $5.00. If the keywords and ad copy have good click through rates it may seem as if that particular campaign is well tuned. However, a deeper analysis may show that 15 of those 20 conversions came from mobile devices. Now what? Break out that one campaign into two separate campaigns. Why? In order to capitalize on the conversions even more.
When a campaign is targeting all media devices, then no one device is truly being tested. However, if you create a version of the campaign that is only targeted to mobile devices and one that is targeted to laptops and computers, it then gives each device an opportunity to show its true potential. One may find that certain campaigns convert better on mobile devices than they do on computers and laptops.
In the world of paid search, it’s all about testing and making adjustments. Take the time to find out how your campaigns perform on mobile devices. It might be an unexpected surprise to find that mobile devices and tablets are giving your company a better bang for your buck.