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7 Oct, 2016

5 New AdWords Features You Should Be Using

By Paul Mosiychuk

Google has been rolling out a lot of new features lately. Here is a quick recap of a few of the more significant changes that you should be keeping an eye on. Expanded text ads Google recently launched a new search text ad format that allows advertisers more text per ad as well as a… Read More

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30 Sep, 2016

13 Places to Look on Your Next Google AdWords Account Audit

By Chad Kearns

Auditing your Google AdWords account on a quarterly or semi-annual basis is a great way to step back from the day-in, day-out management grind to find gaps in performance or areas for expansion to help boost overall performance. While some marketing managers and business owners know the importance of stepping back to review an AdWords… Read More

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27 Sep, 2016

6 Questions to Ask [Yourself] Before Hiring a PPC Agency

By Mike Fitterer

If there’s one thing most marketers dread, it’s hiring vendors. Signing on the dotted line with a new partner offers high risks and potentially catastrophic outcomes if you make a poor decision. But hiring a PPC agency doesn’t have to be a fingernails-dragged-slowly-across-a-blackboard event. I swear! If you have a few fundamental business questions answered… Read More

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23 Sep, 2016

Introduction to Amazon Ads Strategy

By Timothy Johnson

Amazon is a no-brainer for most E-commerce sellers. Potential customers look to Amazon more often than ever and listing your products there is a quick way to boost sales. Getting visibility for your products isn’t always easy, though. Amazon is a search engine just like Google and just like Google it helps to pay-to-play. Amazon Seller… Read More

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16 Sep, 2016

Top 5 Most Common PPC Mistakes Beginners Make

By Paul Mosiychuk

I work with a lot of small businesses either just getting started in PPC or who simply just don’t have a lot of experience managing PPC accounts. With that said, I see a lot of the same mistakes being made over and over again. Here are the top five mistakes you should be careful of.… Read More

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12 Aug, 2016

How to Increase Productivity with Google AdWords Editor

By Paul Mosiychuk

AdWords Editor is a fantastic tool created by Google that allows you to quickly create and edit campaigns, ad groups and keywords on a mass scale. Personally, for the accounts I work on I’ve found it to be at least a 50% time savings for things like building new accounts compared to using the standard… Read More

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22 Jul, 2016

Product Feed Optimization for Google Shopping

By Timothy Johnson

Most commonly, advertisers starting off with a paid search platform such as AdWords reach their respective audience through keyword targeting. However, with Google Shopping (or product listing ads), e-commerce businesses utilize a product feed as the main targeting tool. The feed contains information about your products such as price, availability, brand, etc. The better the… Read More

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15 Jul, 2016

Why Can’t I See My PPC Ads?

By Chad Kearns

One of the most common questions our clients ask us when starting a new PPC campaign is “Where are my ads? I searched for my keywords and didn’t see my ad.” This is a reasonable question. They are paying for clicks. So how come they can’t trigger ads themselves? It’s important to understand the internal… Read More

What Are Call Extensions and Why Do you Need Them PPC

1 Jul, 2016

AdWords Call Extensions and When to Use Them

By Erica Opsvig

Google AdWords call extensions are ad extensions that let you display your business phone number directly in the search results. On smartphones, a clickable ‘Call’ button is displayed with the ad, making it particularly engaging for people on the go. Call extensions should be utilized for any businesses that place value on receiving phone calls.… Read More


30 Jun, 2016

AdWords Changes in 2016: What You Should Care About

By Ryan Moothart

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

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24 Jun, 2016

What are AdWords Location Extensions?

By Erica Opsvig

Google AdWords location extensions are ad extensions that allow advertisers to show their physical business address and phone number with their standard Search Network text ads. These extensions are eligible to show on all devices but when they show on a mobile phone, they include a clickable link so customers can easily get directions to… Read More

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17 Jun, 2016

5 Effective Ways to Use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner

By Erica Opsvig

The Google AdWords Keyword Planner is a free tool provided as an aid to help build out your Search Network keyword lists. Here are five ways you can use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner and have a healthy account: 1. Get keyword ideas Are you struggling to build a keyword list that is relevant to… Read More

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17 Jun, 2016

The Dangers of Putting PPC in a Silo

By Timothy Johnson

One of the seemingly wonderful things about PPC is that in many cases it can be an almost stand-alone channel. Ready to go at a moment’s notice, self-contained between ad and landing page, with immediate feedback and optimization through built-in analytics. That said, putting PPC in a silo is tempting, but dangerous. As someone who… Read More


10 Jun, 2016

AdWords Location Setting Tips For Your Small Business

By Paul Mosiychuk

Location, location, location Location settings are often overlooked after the initial campaign setup. It’s easy to set up targeting, but we forget about leveraging these settings to work for us. There are many different ways to utilize location targeting features, but in this article, I will discuss location setting tips for the two most common… Read More

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3 Jun, 2016

Improve Quality Score in 5 Easy Steps

By Erica Opsvig

Quality Score is a metric used by major PPC platforms like Google AdWords, Bing Ads and others that helps determine the eligibility of an advertisement being shown in the search results, its ad position, and the cost the advertiser will be charged for that ad position. The higher the Quality Score (QS), the less an advertiser… Read More

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