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Better Quality Score = Better Results?

by Michael Wiegand 9 Apr, 2013

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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eBay Proves They Can Live Without AdWords

by Elizabeth Marsten 14 Mar, 2013

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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An Easy Way to Automate Your Facebook Reporting Using Pivot Tables

by Kiko Correa 11 Mar, 2013

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

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Confessions of a PPC Control Freak on Enhanced Campaigns

by Elizabeth Marsten 8 Mar, 2013

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

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

by Timothy Johnson 28 Feb, 2013

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

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Testing AdWords Enhanced Campaigns: Tablet CPCs Suffering Thus Far

by Michael Wiegand 22 Feb, 2013

With all the talk about enhanced campaigns results in the last week—on PPC Hero, most notably—we were curious to see how they would fly with a well-known brand, both from a smartphone and tablet perspective. A quick enhanced campaigns case study The methodology: Chose 1 brand campaign, 1 non-brand campaign Established baseline of performance for… Read More

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AdWords Enhanced Campaigns – PPC Hangout

by Michael Wiegand 20 Feb, 2013

Portent PPC Google+ Hangouts This will serve as the pilot for Portent’s ongoing hangout series where we talk about paid search current events and give you our analysis and commentary. Today’s hangout topic: AdWords Enhanced Campaigns A new feature announced just recently by Google. It’s caused quite a hullabaloo in the industry, to say the… Read More

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AdMedia’s Bid4Keywords: Quality Traffic or Scam?

by Timothy Johnson 7 Feb, 2013

Here at Portent, we’re always looking for new advertising platforms to test out. We’ve had our eye on AdMedia’s Bid4Keywords paid search advertising for a while. AdMedia has been offering Bid4Keywords service since 2007, but we had never given it a try, until now. We set up a test to get to know the service… Read More

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Dynamic Search Ads: A Slow and Painful Journey

by Elizabeth Marsten 10 Jan, 2013

Armed once again with intern Tim and a few dollars from Portent’s pocketbook, I decided to take Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs) for a spin using our small business PPC Essentials management package as a test case. I made up my mind pretty quickly and an informal poll of my massive follower list (massive being a… Read More

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PPC Predictions for 2013: Why Not?

by Elizabeth Marsten 18 Dec, 2012

I’ve never done a prediction piece for the Portent blog before but based on the number of times a year I get asked “how much will I make from PPC?” I must have a crystal ball somewhere. (Particularly since when this question is usually asked, it’s been 5 minutes, I haven’t seen the cart funnel,… Read More