Improving our agency’s posture with Asana

Just a week after their public launch, Asana quickly became the hot new thing at our agency. We had been searching for a simple solution to manage client emails, and so far Asana has delivered that and more. What Asana Does A project management tool with emphasis on task tracking, Asana allows us to create multiple…

A recap on the effects of ad position

We talk about ad position quite a bit with our clients. Since it is somewhat misunderstood, we thought we would remind you what ad position does and does not do for your advertising. Does ad position affect click-through rates (CTR)? Yes. Does ad position affect your campaign’s cost? Yes. Do ads in the top ad…

AdWords releases a small new feature with big time savings

Earlier this week, we noticed a new feature in Google AdWords. It might seem relatively minor (if you even caught it all), but not only does it save us time it also happens to be a product feature we requested a while back. Needless to say, we’re pretty stoked about this cool little addition. In…

Expanding Match Types with adCenter Desktop is a Breeze

About a month ago, Microsoft’s GM for adCenter, David Pann, said, “I have a motto — adCenter needs to enable advertisers to do in 15 minutes what they do on Google in 45 minutes.” We stumbled upon one of those improvements and thought we’d share it with you. In adCenter Desktop, when you have a…

Our AdWords Wishlist, Part 2

Part 2 in our series of suggestions for an improved Google AdWords user interface: show a row for aggregate totals on the Segments / Time View. As indicated in our screenshot below the interface should include a row for aggregate totals at the top of the page (e.g. so you can see the by-week, by-ad group or by-campaign data,…

Keyword Match Types, Keyword Bids, & the Google AdWords Auction

A current client of ours asked a great question around search queries, bids, and match types. We thought we’d share an edited version of this Q & A. Client: My understanding is that in general, exact match keywords are the most efficient match types in terms of average CPCs and impression share. Thus, in general,…

Our AdWords Wishlist, Part 1

Part 1 in our suggestions for an improved Google AdWords user interface: show totals on the dimensions tab! We have actually spoken to the AdWords product folks at Google about this and thought we would share it with you, too. We honestly cannot figure out why Google omitted this feature. Can you?

PPC Advice from the Google AdWords Agency Team (sucks)

As an SEM agency we have a team at Google that supports us. They are cheerful and oftentimes helpful, but when it comes to any kind of PPC analysis, their suggestions are less than useful. Here are excerpts of our feedback on their latest advice relating to one of our clients (to be unnamed). While…

SEM for CMOs (and those who work with them)

I just submitted a rather hastily-written pitch for SMX East, the session title of which is ‘Search Engine Marketing for CMOs’. Here is the pitch! SEM has grown very fast in terms of click spend and sophistication for several years running. The Google AdWords interface (both web and AE) continues to get more jam-packed with…