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Comparing Time Periods in Google Adwords

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Compare Time Periods in Google AdwordsIt used to be that if you wanted to compare time periods for your Google Adwords campaign you would have to either;

 

1. Export results for each of them then compare
2. Look at the limited information in Google Analytics
3. Look on Dimensions tab to compare a week to week or month to month.
 

These were all annoying and imperfect solutions, which is why I was so excited about the new date comparison in Google Adwords. No longer will the ‘compare dates’ button only allow you to change the graph, now you can see the comparative data as detailed as the keyword level!

 

You can look at comparative data on the campaign, adgroup, ads or keywords tabs.When choosing your time period, click on ‘Compare Dates’ at the bottom, then choose a time to compare it to.

 

 

Expand any column that has a ‘+’ at the top.

 

This will expand to show you two columns for the periods you are comparing, as well as an absolute change and a percentage change. You can sort by any of these four columns by clicking on the heading of it.
 

Google Adwords new date comparison

Examples of Ways to Use it

 

If a campaign is much more expensive than last week.

 

1. Expand on cost, then click on the latest date range to sort this column by most expensive to least expensive.
2. See which adgroups or keywords have seen the biggest cost changes
3. Look in the Conversions and CPA column – if there are no corresponding increases in conversions, there could be a problem.
4. Look in the CPC and impressions column – are there big changes there? Where is the increase in cost coming from?

 

If a campaign/adgroup is getting a lot less sales than last week

 

1. Expand the conversions column
2. Sort by clicking on the last weeks stats to see where the most sales were last week, and compare to this week.
3. Expand CTR, Average Position and Impression columns to see the changes for those keywords that lost a lot of sales.

 

If a campaign has a lot less traffic than last week

 

1. Expand on the Clicks column and sort by the ‘change’ column to see where the biggest fall was
2. Expand Impressions, CTR and Average Position to see which of these have changed the most
 
These are just a few examples, there are a lot of ways to use this reporting feature, especially to quickly check changes in your campaigns.

 

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Comparing Time Periods in Google Adwords

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Compare Time Periods in Google AdwordsIt used to be that if you wanted to compare time periods for your Google Adwords campaign you would have to either;

 

1. Export results for each of them then compare
2. Look at the limited information in Google Analytics
3. Look on Dimensions tab to compare a week to week or month to month.
 

These were all annoying and imperfect solutions, which is why I was so excited about the new date comparison in Google Adwords. No longer will the ‘compare dates’ button only allow you to change the graph, now you can see the comparative data as detailed as the keyword level!

 

You can look at comparative data on the campaign, adgroup, ads or keywords tabs.When choosing your time period, click on ‘Compare Dates’ at the bottom, then choose a time to compare it to.

 

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Figuring Out the Gender and Age Demographics of Your Site

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Demographics on My Blog
Have you ever wondered what the demographics are of people visiting your site or blog? Marketing is all about segmenting and targeting, so you obviously create your site with a particular target demographic in mind – but how do you know if those people are the ones that end up actually visiting your site?

 

Estimating Demographics on Your Website

There are a few ways you can guesstimate your sites demographics; one is using Facebook’s Insights for Domains, which we’ll go through in a blog post of another day. Another idea is to set up forms on your site to collect submitted data, and hope for the best. If you are really committed, and have a bit of extra cash, you might consider third party solutions. And now there’s another way to estimate the demographic breakdown of visitors to your site, and (hopefully) it’s something you already have access to.

 

Using Remarketing to Find Demographics On Your Site

Of course ad servers always want to know your demographic information so that they can serve you relevant ads – now this is coming around to help blog and website owners discover what demographics are on their site. All you have to do is (sorry) spend a bit of money on those ad servers – read:Google Adwords Remarketing (which you should really be doing already in some capacity. Remarketing is an excellent way to get more out of your PPC, Affiliate, SEO and other online marketing efforts).
 
Google Adwords now shows you Gender and Age breakdown for impressions and clicks from sites on the content network. If you have a remarketing campaign in place, you can use this report to see what the makeup of your remarketing audience is – which can be extrapolated to (kind of guess) the breakdown of visitors to your site with regards to gender and age.
 
This is how it could work…
 
1. A visitor arrives on your site

2. A cookie is placed on their browser

3. They leave to visit other sites

4. Google reports on the impressions and clicks of your ad from these visitors, and at that point will categorise them as male or female.
 
Now, of course this isn’t going to be super exact, but it will give you an estimate – which is a lot considering the fact that you don’t actually want to infringe on peoples privacy here. Simply log into Google Adwords, go to your remarketing campaign, and click on the Display Network tab, then gender or age.
 
Note that you can do this on all display campaigns, not just remarketing- so you can see what demographics are coming in on each campaign/targeting method.
 

How does Google KNOW the visitors age/gender?

 
Well, a few caveats. First of all – we aren’t looking at a persons age/gender. Google can only know the age/gender associated with a particular browser on a particular computer. So for shared computers you’re already getting a bit fuzzy.
 
Then, Google relies on either self reporting (via a social network they have access to, for example, Google Plus), OR they sometimes guesstimate depending on the sites visited by that particular browser.
 
Since behaviour isn’t always conclusive, and some people don’t self report, you will always have a bunch of clicks/impressions with gender/age ‘Unknown’.
 

Extra demographic tips from the new Adwords report

 
By breaking up your remarketing campaigns into products/services/articles/blogs/etc. You can segment your demographics even further to discover the audiences for particular segments of your site, and then deliver relevant content accordingly. This means you will have to use more advanced remarketing, by creating smaller audiences. This is very easily done in Google Adwords Library -> Audiences, so get segmenting now!

Adwords Enhanced Campaigns – The Upgrade Checklist

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Google’s big change in February this year was definitely an example of a double edged sword. On the one hand it will certainly help out advertisers who don’t have a lot of time or expertise to put into managing their campaigns, but on the other hand, it takes away some of the control that those who do have the time and expertise to manage their campaigns enjoy.

 

Google has sold it to us by saying that we need to reach out to mobile consumers, wherever they are – but the more cynical of us might say that it is Google trying to force everyone to buy mobile ads. In any case, mobile is becoming increasingly important, so at the very least, this is a great heads up to all those advertisers who hadn’t previously used mobile. (Note: Expect Mobile CPC’s to increase!)
 
No matter how easy Google has made the process of upgrading to Enhanced campaigns, there are things you need to consider when making the transition to make sure you are still buying the ads that you think you’re buying. Google isn’t going to force the change until June, although you can upgrade any time from now. Here is our checklist of things to consider when you do upgrade:
 
Enhanced Campaigns Devices


1. What percentage do you want to bid on mobile? Your campaigns will be automatically opted in to mobile, so you need to think about it. If you don’t want mobile at all, bid -100%. If you want to be competitive and in the top few positions (essential for an effective mobile campaign), you might even need to bid an increase (e.g. +20%) How much does your business want to invest in mobile?Adwords Enhanced Desktop and Laptop
 
2. Know that you can’t opt out of desktop or tablet – so if you want a mobile only campaign, it isn’t currently possible.
 
3. Check the dimensions tab for your cost and conversion data by geographic area, then consider bidding differently by area Enhanced Campaigns Location Targeting
 
4. You will need to upgrade your sitelinks separately to your campaign. Enhanced Sitelinks
 
5. Note the new features of sitelinks: you will collect more detailed data, and you can have different sitelinks for every adgroup.
 
6. Call extensions will need to be upgraded separately
 
Upgrade call extensions in enhanced campaigns
 
7. Know that the bid multipliers you choose for day-part, location and device can all interact and result in higher or lower than expected bids. Click on this calculator to double check what your overall multiplier will be
 
Google Bid Multiplier Calculator
 
8. Note that you can’t use mobile bid multipliers in any campaign that is using Cost Per Acquisition Bidding.
 
9. Check your budget – if you have opted in to mobile when you hadn’t previously – you might be exhausting your budget sooner than you think
 
10. Remember that your new campaigns will opt in to mobile, and if you want mobile-specific ads, you will have to check this check box when creating new ads
 

 
You have until June to make the move – so there is no real rush to upgrade. In fact, Google might make some changes before then, so if you are unhappy with the new features, you might want to delay the move. For example, if you have some mobile-only campaigns, like I do, you might want to wait and see if any new features get introduced before opting those campaigns in to desktop.
 

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