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Ryan Moothart

Ryan Moothart

Ryan is a PPC Architect and has been with Portent since 2010. He has over seven years of hands-on PPC experience including large-scale e-commerce, international B2B lead gen, and everything in between. Graduating from Willamette University with a BA in Rhetoric and Media Studies, he became a published author in 2016 with the release of his book, Towards Cascadia, which is a non-fiction exploration of Pacific Northwest identity, bioregionalism, and nationhood. He and his husband, Paul, enjoy traveling and are avid followers of Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer club.

Articles by Ryan Moothart

Mobile PPC Strategy Guide - Portent

Ryan Moothart //  8 May, 2018

Mobile PPC: An Absurdly Easy-to-follow Guide to Get it Right

Part 1 – Introduction to Mobile PPC & Why This Guide Matters Google searches on mobile devices outnumber those made on laptop or desktop computers and that gap continues to grow. This means that you’re likely losing money if you’re not advertising to mobile traffic in your PPC accounts. However, you need to do it… Read More

How to build an AdWords account starting with Account Settings

Ryan Moothart //  27 Apr, 2018

How to Build an AdWords Account – Campaign & Network Settings

If you’re new to paid search (or it’s been a while), how to build an AdWords account from scratch can seem daunting. How do you know you’re doing this “the right way”? What are you missing? Could your campaigns be better? The amount of doubt that can seep into your head when you’re at this… Read More

Mystery International Traffic in AdWords - clicks from Iran and North Korea and Syria

Ryan Moothart //  18 Jan, 2018

Mystery Traffic from AdWords – North Korea, Syria, Iran, Oh My!

It’s like lions, and tigers, and bears, but with tyranny and oppression. But I’m not here to discuss international politics today. The reason for my witty extremely unclever title is because of location targeting. Or, more specifically, the lack of certain negative targets which I never knew I needed until a few months ago. But,… Read More

Remarketing Audiences Every Marketer Should Be Using from Portent

Ryan Moothart //  23 Oct, 2017

9 Remarketing Audiences Every Marketer Should Use for Holiday 2017

Remarketing is an essential strategy for just about every AdWords account imaginable. Targeting ads to users who are already familiar with your site and your brand tends to increase your conversion rates and help retain existing customers. Thankfully, remarketing capabilities have also advanced quite a bit in the past few years. Advertisers now have more… Read More

Funnel Based PPC Account Strategy

Ryan Moothart //  11 Sep, 2017

Funnel-Based PPC Account Strategy – An Overview

Channel Contribution 101: You want your paid search account to drive value and make money. You want to use your paid search account to help reach new customers and grow your business. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as whipping up a campaign, throwing in some keywords, and then watching the revenue come flooding in. You… Read More

AdWords is Changing Exact Match Again Portent

Ryan Moothart //  24 Mar, 2017

AdWords is Changing Exact Match…Again

Exact match is dead; long live exact match! Last Friday, Google announced that it is “expanding close variant matching to include additional rewording and reordering for exact match keywords.” In other words: “exact match” will not exactly be exact match. If you’re not a PPC nerd, exact match types are used for keywords that the… Read More

Audit your Adwords PPC Account - Portent

Ryan Moothart //  1 Feb, 2017

It’s Time to Audit Your AdWords Account

Ah January, another revolution around the sun complete. Yearly budgets are set, resolutions made, and the holidays are still recent enough you can taste the eggnog. I hate to be the guy who brings up that one thing, which causes you to go into a brand-new-year-and-I-already-forgot-about… panic, but: when’s the last time you took a… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  2 Nov, 2016

7 Keys to a Successful Mobile PPC Strategy

“This year is the year of mobile!” … said every PPC strategist 3 years ago. It’s no longer “the year of mobile” – mobile traffic has already become the fastest growing–and possibly most significant–segment of paid SEM traffic. It’s time to take a fresh, actionable look at your mobile PPC strategy for both quick wins… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  30 Jun, 2016

AdWords Changes in 2016: What You Should Care About

Last month, Google announced some changes coming to AdWords this year, which gives advertisers some additional tools to work with. Unlike some major changes in the past (e.g. enhanced campaigns), you have very little reason to panic over these announcements. Are these changes revolutionary or paradigm shifting? No. Will they have an impact on performance?… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  28 Apr, 2016

Executing a Successful Local PPC Strategy

Local PPC is a topic seldom discussed in the digital marketing sphere, and that’s a problem. There are many businesses which depend on potential customers among the local population to physically enter a specific location and spend money; restaurants and service shops are two of the most prominent examples. For many of these businesses investing… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  29 Feb, 2016

What Google’s Elimination of Side-Rail Ads Means for Your PPC Program

Google recently announced it is eliminating text ad impressions on the right-hand side of its results pages. Previously, upwards of 10 or 11 total ads were eligible to show on the first results page with a majority showing up on the right-hand side. Going forward, there will now be a maximum of 7 total ads… Read More

Don't Overspend for your PPC

Ryan Moothart //  20 Aug, 2015

Maximize Profitability on Your Branded PPC

Alternate Title: How I doubled Return on Ad Spend in branded PPC PPC 101 – Branded Search The first rule of PPC is to make sure you bid on your branded search terms.  Actually, scratch that – the first rule of PPC is that all must bow down to Earth’s future overlords, Google.  Or was… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  5 Sep, 2014

Getting Started with Mobile Bid Modifiers

Problem Ever since Google AdWords introduced enhanced campaigns, targeting mobile traffic effectively using mobile bid modifiers has been an important strategy for all PPC managers.  Some of you may have mobile bid modifiers set in your campaigns already, but aren’t seeing very good results from mobile traffic.  Others may have your mobile bid modifiers set… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  28 May, 2014

Leverage Attribution Modeling for PPC

Are you using attribution modeling or assisted conversion data in your PPC reports? If you’re not, you’re missing out on some golden opportunities to leverage data to your advantage. We all know the LNDC model (last non-direct click model—the default used by Google Analytics) is not comprehensive enough for us to see the big picture.… Read More

Ryan Moothart //  6 Feb, 2014

Google Shopping Campaigns Get Results

For the past few months, we at Portent have been trying out Google AdWords’ new Shopping Campaigns format for a couple of our clients. We had been eager to try it out and finally got the opportunity last November when one of our clients was accepted into the beta program. After 2 and half months,… Read More