How to Get the Most Out of Google Adwords Campaigns

Posted by: Chris Marentis

How to Get the Most Out of Google Adwords Campaigns

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Companies are spending more and more on paid search campaigns. They can draw a lot of customers to your business, but if you’re not careful, they can cost you more than they’re worth. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can make your Google AdWords campaigns stronger.

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Use Google’s Customization Tools

When you set up a Google AdWords campaign, by default you’ll have a standard account; however, you’ll have more options—and more success—if you select “All features” under the Settings tab. Although it might seem better to include several variants of the same keyword, you’ll likely get more clicks if you include only one version of each keyword. Instead, include a variety of distinct keywords. Try to think of as many words as you can that relate to your company and what you do.

Also, you can change the ad settings so that all of your ads rotate. That way, web users will see all of your ads, regardless of how they’re performing.

Improve Your Ad Copy

Keep your competition in mind when you write your ad copy. What sets your business apart from theirs? Offer information in your ad that will make you stand out from your competitors, whether it’s an offer, a review or some shocking stats about your company.

Like print ads, billboards, or any other type of advertisement, your paid search ad needs to have some sort of a call to action. Otherwise, it will be much more difficult for people who engage with your ad to make a purchase. Even if it’s something short like “Buy Now” or “Save Now”, a call to action will make your ad much more effective.

Optimize Your Ad For Mobile

As you probably know, a growing number of users are searching the web from their mobile phones. To reach these potential customers, you should change your preferences so that your ad defaults to mobile devices with full browsers. You’ll save money by adjusting your mobile bid, but you’ll need to remember to change your ad copy to fit the mobile format.

Target By Location

As always, we in the local internet marketing industry recommend that businesses target specific locations based on their audience. You can do this with Google AdWords by making adjustments to your custom settings.

Use Data To Improve Your Ads

Make sure you’re using the ad result data that Google provides to make your ads even better. Try to figure out what makes some campaigns wildly successful and others disappointing.

Check out our Google guide to learn how to use Google’s other resources to improve your web marketing.

Like almost anything that’s worthwhile, with Google AdWords, you get out of them what you put into them. With a little extra effort, your AdWords campaign can be a hit for your business.

Chris Marentis

Chris Marentis is a passionate entrepreneur and innovator determined to leave a legacy bigger than himself. Chris grew up in an entrepreneurial family with a father who owned a home contracting HVAC business. When traditional media was disrupted by the online world, empowering consumers to rely less on sales people and advertisements to make decisions, large companies with big budgets could afford to play the game, but the local entrepreneur, like Chris’s father was left behind. This disadvantage inspired Chris to write Surefire Social: the guide for local SMB’s to compete in the digital world. Chris was invited to speak at events and demand grew for ways to implement his ideas. Chris turned his vision into a reality when he started Surefire Social in 2009. Feedback was strong. Businesses began asking for help implementing their digital marketing and Surefire evolved into a SaaS and services business. The company’s dramatic growth came with only 1-2 sales people at any given time and a limited marketing budget, thanks to referrals from rabidly loyal clients. The company’s latest innovation Surepulse, an SMB’s Digital CMO, provides data insights and competitive tactics to marketing novices, giving them complete control over their online marketing activities. Chris has spoken at the following events: SMX, BIA/Kelsey, Hanley Wood International Roofing Show and Contractor Summit, NAILBA National Conference, Tech Summit, CCN, GAF Wealth Builders, Gutter Helmet National Dealer Meeting. Publications Chris contributes to: Street Fight, Search Engine Land, iMedia, Social Media Today, Franchising World‏.

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