As a digital marketer, you are told that Google ads or PPC (pay per click) campaigns are essential to marketing efforts. Social media ads are a great tool to market to newer potential audiences. SEO is a great way to make sure you are optimized for higher search engine rankings. SEM or Search Engine Marketing targets users who already have intent. Needless to say, Google Ad campaigns are some of the most competitive marketing spaces there are. Effective management of Google ads is needed now more than ever. It is something that, when done right, can elevate your marketing efforts.
Since Covid-19 grabbed hold of the world, the possibilities in the digital space have boomed up to a whole new level. This means E-commerce, online selling of content and experiences and everything else requires digital marketing in tandem. This also, however, means that the competition in an already competitive environment has increased as well. So in such competitive times, it’s best to have some tricks up your sleeve and optimize your campaign.
1. Focus on Long-Tail Keywords
When you talk about your PPC campaign, the keywords are the most important thing. Google ads offer various means to target keywords based on intent, variations, and additions. The best way to make the best of your budget is to make sure you target long-tail keywords! Long-tail keywords are phrases with more words than a simple inquiry.
Long keywords are generally more specific, and people who are searching for them have really high intent. Instead of wasting your budget on many keywords with a lot of competition, use an “exact match” setting on some long-tail keywords. You have to look for keywords that perform well and have a high search volume. But you have to balance it out with specificity related to your goals.
2. Remove Low Performing Keywords
If you have to get the best results for your campaign, you must keep optimizing it every step of the way. After you’ve already improved the exact match keywords, you have to remove every keyword that is not performing. If you believe that those keywords are important, they should’ve worked in the first place. A big part of digital marketing is letting go of expectations and working with the facts and stats in front of you.
To spot which keywords to remove, you must look at impressions and clicks. Separate them by low impressions and low clicks. See the ones that you think still might have potential, and delete the rest from the list.
3. Adding Negative Keywords
Google ads have a really cool feature that allows you to add negative keywords. For a successful campaign, you need to ensure that your ad isn’t triggered for the wrong query. That negatively impacts the overall performance and strays you further from achieving your goals. Your budget is used unwisely every time your ads are triggered for the wrong keyword or an irrelevant keyword. Finding negative keywords is a part of the keyword generation process. You must carefully pick and choose the keywords that are similar but irrelevant to your goals.
4. Use Ad Extensions to Optimize Ad Value
Ad extensions are a very useful feature, especially when you’re running an awareness campaign. These ads have multiple CTAs, strengthening the value of the ad copy. You can gain more visibility with ad extensions since you cover more real estate at the SERP. You also open up more possibilities for traffic since you can target people interested in different things. There are different types of Ad extensions that you can use, like site link extensions, call-out extensions etc.
5. Write Good Ad Copies
The role of good content writing can never be appreciated enough. Writing an interesting ad copy is of paramount importance for a successful campaign. The copy needs to be engaging, informative, and worth the attention of a busy user. A lot of users tend to ignore search results that are marked “ad”. That being considered, you have to heavily rely on the words you put on the screens.
********This blog has been compiled by Divyanshu Gupta********