10 PPC Hacks Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Time #SMX was originally published on BruceClay.com, home of expert search engine optimization tips.
Kim Thomas, director of Digital Advertising at Wheelhouse Search, is teaching the SMX West 2016 audience how she is making her search campaigns as efficient as possible. Who doesn’t want to learn about that? Let’s dig in.
We can’t ignore the rise of voice search (Siri, Cortana). Try answerthepublic.com – it works off Gogole’s autocomplete and brings in a lot of questions that people are asking. Start by typing in the query and look at the different prepositions and question modifiers (which, who, what, where, when, why, how, are, etc.).
2. Be Aware
Use Google Alerts to be notified about your brand. Have those alerts delivered to your email address or an RSS feed.
3. Be Competitive
You can’t compete where you don’t compare. Compare your brand as well as your ads and offers to others. Use SEMush and SpyFu. But when it comes to display ads, use Moat for competitive display ad comparison.
Constantly chase more leads at cheaper prices. Optimize further down the funnel for opportunity creation.
Take advantage of targeting from display and social campaigns. Repurpose that traffic from other digital advertising channels for remarketing/RLSA. Create Audiences by source, destination URL, etc.
Utilize AdWords labels, AdWords comments and Google Analytics annotations. Modify “cents” bids based on performance to quickly determine change history of keyword.
Create custom columns in AdWords Editor. Create column name and description. Select metrics and create formula. Select segments (network, device, top vs. other, +1 annotations, conversion). Ex. metrics by devices, Google search vs. search partners.
Automate to cut down on time. Automate rules. Use ad scheduling. Use AdWords Editor Quick Reference. Use scripts. Scripts are great — try Google Developers AdWords Scripts and FreeAdWordsScripts.com.
9. Be Efficient
Formula Words in AdWords Editor. It’s a feature that’s been around for awhile and is one of Thomas’ favorites. It is similar to the =SUBSTITUE feature in Excel. Find and replace w/ bracket terms. Does not work w/ “Append” Tool. Combine use of UI’s and desktop editors.
Utilize shared features to cut down on management and admin. Use shared campaign negative keywords, shared campaign placement exclusion, bid strategies, budges and shared sitelinks.