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7 Jun, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Ad Extensions

By Timothy Johnson

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. We’re in week five of our six-part blog series in which Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson lay down the knowledge on best practices for achieving PPC success. Follow along… Read More

Old PLA Dashboard PPC

4 Jun, 2013

New Product Listing Ads Dashboard

By Michael Wiegand

Last October before the big Product Listing Ads (PLA) transition, in my panicked wisdom, I crafted a PLA Dashboard. It wasn’t pretty, and there wasn’t much to it, but it did help me keep a better eye on my PLA campaigns and improve them short-term. The dashboard looked like this: Since then, Google Analytics has introduced a… Read More

Stock photo of apples in line PPC

31 May, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Crafting Engaging Ads

By Timothy Johnson

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. We’re in week four of our six-part blog series in which Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson lay down the knowledge on best practices for achieving PPC success. Follow along… Read More

Man looking through telescope PPC

24 May, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Keywords

By Timothy Johnson

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. We’re in week three of our six-part blog series in which Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson  lay down the knowledge on best practices for achieving PPC success. Follow… Read More

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23 May, 2013

Meet the PPC Team (Star Trek: TNG Style)

By Ryan Moothart

Here at Portent, we have many Internet marketing teams: SEO, content, and design, just to name a few. But the best team, objectively speaking*, is the PPC team. *This is completely subjective as I am a member of the PPC team.  That does not mean what I say is not the truth. We are a… Read More

Hand checking boxes PPC

17 May, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Understand your Campaign Settings

By Chad Kearns

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. Over the course of the next six weeks, Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson will be laying down the knowledge in a six-part blog series detailing… Read More

Man Working on a Building Structure PPC

10 May, 2013

Building Successful Low Budget PPC: Account Structure

By Chad Kearns

In charge of building your first PPC account? Don’t have a lot of time or money to spend within AdWords? Well you came to the right place. Over the course of the next six weeks, Portent PPC Strategists Chad Kearns and Tim Johnson will be laying down the knowledge in a six-part blog series detailing… Read More

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19 Apr, 2013

Why Re-Organizing Your AdWords Account Can Fail in the Beginning

By Ryan Moothart

If you have ever re-organized an inherited AdWords account to get in line with best practices by moving keywords into new campaigns and creating new ad copy, you may have noticed how you don’t immediately get the results you were expecting. In fact, you may have concluded that all of the work just made your… Read More

Twitter logo PPC

17 Apr, 2013

Twitter Ads Introduces Keyword Targeting

By Timothy Johnson

Twitter took a large leap forward with their advertising platform Wednesday morning by introducing a new advanced interface that allows for keyword targeting. Twitter sent out a mass email to existing Twitter Ads users stating: “You can reach users at the right time and in the right context based on keywords in their Tweets and… Read More

sears-featured-image PPC

15 Apr, 2013

So You Think You’re Buying from Sears

By Elizabeth Marsten

You might not be. I was poking around in Google Shopping results the other day and found that there are some merchants who have partnered with major brands that are essentially “piggy backing” off their name through the Google Shopping Feed. At first, I thought NewEgg was being just really clever/sneaky by changing their store… Read More

A squirrel comparing a nut to an abacus. PPC

9 Apr, 2013

Better Quality Score = Better Results?

By Michael Wiegand

A study of 27 small business accounts Professionals who’ve spent any time in paid search – at an agency or in-house – can tell you how much of a big deal Quality Score (QS) is to us in the industry. We base our strategies on it. We lie awake at night wondering how to improve… Read More

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14 Mar, 2013

eBay Proves They Can Live Without AdWords

By Elizabeth Marsten

Duh. eBay commissioned a 26 page study through their research lab with one of their researchers and some reputable sources (a Univ. of Chicago Assistant Professor & UC Berkeley Associate Professor), citing some reputable resources (like Google Chief Economist Hal Varian), doing some pretty in depth research and even formulating their own algebraic equation to… Read More

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11 Mar, 2013

An Easy Way to Automate Your Facebook Reporting Using Pivot Tables

By Kiko Correa

I hate doing things twice. I also hate doing things by hand. When it comes to PPC reporting, there is nothing quite as cumbersome as recreating reports from scratch month after month. Thankfully we have the tools available to us to make easy and effective automated reports a cinch. Assuming you have Excel, you’re pretty… Read More

Photo of the Andromeda Galaxy PPC

8 Mar, 2013

Confessions of a PPC Control Freak on Enhanced Campaigns

By Elizabeth Marsten

We’ve discussed it, talked about it, webinar-ed, convened around the water cooler, blogged and tweeted. Opinions are hot, high, frequent and mixed. One thing is for sure, it’s not going away. Each time it seems as if the proverbial dust has settled, more about EC is announced. Each week a Google webinar reveals a few… Read More

Adroll's FBx image PPC

28 Feb, 2013

How Facebook Exchange Worked for Us and Why It Could Work for You

By Timothy Johnson

What is Facebook Exchange anyway? The Facebook Ads service got a lot more advanced these last few months with the introduction of a fancy new feature, Facebook Exchange (FBx), that expands the reach and custom targeting of their ads. FBx allows you to run real-time bidding and remarketing Facebook ads through one of their partner… Read More