In the world of paid search advertising, Google leads and MSN follows. As a result, MSN campaign development typically follows Google’s campaign structure. If an MSN campaign is created by copying and pasting from a Google campaign, the standard copy operation would also copy Google’s keyword maximum CPC to MSN’s keyword maximum CPC.
If you are an experienced SEM consultant, you know this is not an optimal approach. If you are running campaigns in Google and MSN, the following tips should help you set MSN bid prices for optimal performance.
First of all, it is important to understand that there is a difference of minimum bid price between Google and MSN. Google’s minimum bid is $0.01 while MSN’s minimum bid is $0.05.
Of course, the most important factor in determining bid price is keyword competitiveness of the sponsored search. Imagine a scenario that is not all that uncommon, in which more than 10 advertisers are competing for the same keyword. This level of keyword competition will result in an escalation of the bid price quickly in only a few days.
Another important factor to consider when setting the MSN bid price is whether the campaign is Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C). Google search has a lot more advertisers than that of MSN in the B2B market. MSN has a good search volume and quality audience, as well as Google’s, in the B2C market. In this case, MSN’s bid price is often as high as and sometimes higher than Google’s.
Considering these differences between Google and MSN, my recommendation is to set the MSN initial bid price range from 100% to 25% of Google’s. You can determine the optimal percentage by checking on the number of advertisers between search engine pay per click ads.
If you are managing multiple campaigns on both MSN and Google, a PPC management software tool such as ClickSweeper that allows you to copy campaigns from Google to MSN and set MSN bid price as a ratio, may also be helpful.
Santa Clara, California September 1, 2011 – Varazo, Inc., an innovator in pay per click management software, announced the release of ClickSweeper 3.0 enhanced with campaign management features and report generation.
ClickSweeper’s new campaign management features allow users to easily create new campaigns for both Google and MSN simultaneously. Once a campaign is created, users can edit campaigns directly from the ClickSweeper edit screen.
ClickSweeper 3.0 also provides users the ability to easily copy campaigns within and between accounts, providing significant time savings. With this feature, advertisers can copy Google campaign to MSN in a few minutes along with bid price adjustment. Since MSN’s bid price range is lower than that of Google in B2B market, you can copy Google keyword bid price to a ratio of 1:0.75 or 1:0.5 to MSN’s.
Another use of Copy campaign is copying Google campaign to another Google account. This feature is useful for agencies that manage many accounts in the same market.
If the reason for using the tool is to save time in managing multiple vendors, then this release adds a reason to use ClickSweeper. We offer a product training and demo for new features. Call us or email us to sign up for training.
Google has recently rolled out its Product Listing Ads to all US advertisers. This is good news to advertisers as, according to Google, people are twice as likely to click on a Product Listing Ad as a standard text ad in the same location. Product Listing Ads makes it easy to show the most relevant products from your Google Merchant Center account to potential customers searching on Google.com. Below is an example of how Product Listing Ads are displayed.
If you are an e-merchant who utilizes AdWords but don’t yet have Google Merchant Center account, we think it is it is worth serious consideration. A Google Merchant Center account is essentially a shopping comparison site, with the important advantage that it can be a great resource for generating quality traffic for free. You can create a Google Merchant Center account at http://www.google.com/merchants/.
Entrepreneur Magazine highlights the benefits of ClickSweeper pay-per-click (PPC) tool in recent review article.
Deciding if you need a pay-per-click (PPC) management tool and then determining which tool is best for your business can be time consuming and frustrating. Luckily there are groups, experts and organizations to help you through the process. Entrepreneur Magazine is one great source of information for businesses on a wide variety of topics. They recently published an article on the challenge of selecting a pay-per-click (PPC) management tool, including a detailed review of three of the most popular tools; ClickSweeper, WordStream, and Clickable. As is true with most products, no one PPC management tool is right for every business. According to the reviewer, ClickSweeper offers flexibility, affordability and a comprehensive bid management tool. Following are the advantages that Entrepreneur Magazine sees with the ClickSweeper tool.
- Supports Google, Yahoo and Microsoft
- Four automated bidding strategies (prioritize keyword bids on cost, ad ranking, number of conversions, or return on investment)
- Analytics (manage bids, ad copy and create performance alerts)
- Reporting functionality (easily track keyword performance)
The author closes by saying ClickSweeper is a logical next step if you are outgrowing Google’s Adwords tools.
In addition to what the Entrepreneur Magazine article had to say, the team at ClickSweeper is constantly listening to their market and customers and responding with new features. Their latest release is due out next month and will include advanced campaign management features giving users the ability to easily set-up, manage and monitor multiple campaigns. To find out if ClickSweeper is right for your business, visit ClickSweeper.com
We’ve all been there. You start a search campaign. After a few days of seeing conversions, you get excited, really excited. You start seeing money jumping out of your PPC management software, and your heart rate goes up. In all of this excitement, a question pops into your mind. What about the display pay per click? Can I jump in?
Well, yes and no. Here are some questions to lead you to the right answer:
Is your search cost/conversion where you want it?
Oftentimes, when first starting a campaign, search cost/conversion is not in its target range. That’s okay and in many cases normal. However, believing that the display network is going to bring down the cost/conversion is a common mistake. Although oftentimes having lower CPCs and more clicks, display advertising (yes, even managed display) usually has much lower quality traffic who are not ready to convert. That means higher cost/conversion and sometimes a very fearful shriek from first time PPC managers.
Do you have a defined goal for the display network?
It is okay if you are a first time user trying out PPC bid management, but display is a different creature than search, which means the way you treat the bidding and the management may be somewhat different. Often times the best bet is to allocate a small budget at first to a campaign with automatic placements. See what happens and then react with optimization.
Are your ad copies ready?
Display means that people aren’t searching for you, so be ready to give away more. The perfect way to do that is with smart ad copy management. Whether that is bigger promotions or more intriguing copy, you have to be ready to lasso in the traffic.
Display shouldn’t be scary, but beware of the greed shark. It can bite the best of us. So, hang out in search so you are ready to dive in to display when you do.
Welcome back for this week’s PPC management round-up. We’ve got a good mix of articles for you today, including some in-depth technical ones on using Excel for PPC and lowering CPA, and some more general interest ones on different Google bid strategies, negatives, and more. Read on for the best of this week’s PPC articles!
To start things off, John Lee at Search Engine Watch looks at Google bid strategies (max CPC, enhanced CPC, and conversion optimizer) and how to transition from one to another and why. He walks us through the basics, starting with the default max CPC setting, and shows us what to watch out for when switching to a different strategy.
Next, Chad Summerhill at PPC Summit offers a detailed tutorial on using Excel formulas for PPC. If you haven’t figured out how to turn Google Adwords Editor and Excel into a powerful duo, it’s time to start moving beyond VLOOKUP.
Next, Tom Demers over at Wordstream gives us five ways to lower CPA. No, not your tax person — your cost per action. We love Tom’s straightforward approach and his emphasis on the bottom line, which businesses overlook with surprising frequency.
Do you have a systematic method of adding negative keywords? If not, it’s worth the time to develop one. Geordie Carswell at PPC Blog offers some of his favorite research tools and strategies for adding negatives, along with some basic advice. Negatives are still a great way to improve the quality of your clicks.
Finally, a post about PPC…and bananas. George Michie at Rimm-Kaufman Group offers a great example of how averages lie and why paying more for top positions doesn’t make financial sense. Read up on the details — great charts and clear explanations — on the blog.
And that wraps it up for this week. Check out ClickSweeper PPC management software for an easy, affordable management solution. Sign up for a free trial today!
Welcome to the Earth Day edition of our weekly PPC management roundup! Pay per click isn’t known for being green, but on the plus side, think of all the paper it’s saved in diverting your budget away from traditional advertising. Now get out there and go for a walk…after you’ve updated your PPC campaigns.
Let’s start with Brad Geddes over at Certified Knowledge. With his usual thorough, analytical style, Brad looks at 3 strategies for organizing your keyword match types. You already know that using broad, phrase, and exact match can have different effects on your campaigns, and that using all of them at the same time can be beneficial. But how do you do it? What’s the best way to structure your campaign to max out on these benefits? You’ll have to click to find out.
Next, some news from both Google and Bing. Matt McGee at Search Engine Land reports that Google is now testing instant previews on PPC ads. When a user mouses over your ad, a preview of your landing page will pop up. More reason than ever to make your landing page look attractive and relevant. We’re watching with great interest to see how it affects your CTR. Bing, on the other hand, has some broad match issues that are negatively affecting traffic. Mark Ballard at Rimm-Kaufman looks at how Bing has difficulty determining when a broad match click will be relevant to an advertiser. We all complain that Google’s broad match is often too broad, but Bing’s strictness in adhering to your broad match terms also negatively affects your traffic — and bottom line.
Want to fight back with more comprehensive keyword lists? This week, Wordstream announced its new keyword research suite with what they claim is the biggest keyword research database on the planet. Test drive it for free. We’d love to know what you think.
Finally, Dan Brandao offers a savvy Facebook PPC strategy to try, warning that “playing by the old rules will see your advertising efforts fall flat.” We agree. Take a look at Dan’s three step process that funnels prospects into increasingly targeted actions.
That’s wraps it up for this week. We hope you found these articles useful in tuning up your campaigns. To get your hands on a smart, affordable PPC management software tool, don’t forget to sign up for your free trial of ClickSweeper!