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09/08/2021

4 Important Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Google Your Own Ads

These days, one of the best ways that small businesses can increase their discoverability, popularise their brand, and gain more customers is through Google Ads. Google Ads are pay-per-click (PPC) ads that help you get more exposure on Google’s search engine results pages. And one thing we always remind our new clients whenever we set up their ads for them is to: “Never Google your own ads.”

There’s a right way and a wrong way to test and see whether your PPC ads are showing up on Google’s search results. Unfortunately, typing in your search terms and keywords isn’t the best way to do so. And here’s why…

 

1. Your Click-Through Rates Will Go Down

One of the key metrics that Google considers in deciding whether to show your ads, is the click-through rate (CTR). What is click-through rate? Simply put, your CTR refers to the number of impressions your ad receives versus the number of clicks it’s able to gather. If only 10 out of 1000 people who’ve seen your ad click through to your website, for example, that puts your CTR at 10%, which is actually pretty high considering the thousands of blog posts and websites strewn across the internet.

When you Google your own ads but don’t click on it, what you’re doing is adding to the number of impressions and decreasing your overall CTR. Keeping this metric as high as possible is important if you want to keep serving your ad to potential customers. So don’t Google your own ad.

 

2. Your Quality Score will Depreciate

Another key metric that affects your Google ad distribution is the Quality Score. But how, exactly, does Google calculate the Quality Score? Quality Score is a combination of 3 metrics: (1) your expected click-through rate, (2) how relevant your ad is against your target audience, and (3) your overall landing page experience. The Quality Score is a diagnostic tool that helps you give you some clues as to well your ad quality compares to other advertisers.

Keeping your Quality Scores high can have a direct impact on your PPC campaign’s overall efficiency, both in terms of your return on investment and your results. That’s why it’s important to always be working towards keeping your Quality Score as high as possible.

 

3. You’ll End Up Wasting Your Budget

Perhaps the biggest reason you should never try to Google your ads lies in the very nature of PPC. Whenever you run a PPC campaign, you’re charged every time a user clicks on one of your ads. You, the owner of the campaign, are not an exception! You detract points from your CTR and your Quality Score every time you try to Google your ad and don’t click it. On the other hand, if you do click on your own ad, you end up wasting a part of your budget that could have otherwise been spent to capture actual clicks.

Clicking on your ad, and then leaving your website right after a click, also isn’t good, because this then affects your bounce rate. Bounce Rate refers to the times a user has clicked through a link to your website, and then immediately left (or in this case, bounced). It signals to search engines that the user could not find content relevant to their search. Bounce rates can affect your overall rankings and ad distribution.

 

4. Eventually You’ll Stop Seeing Your Ad

Add all these factors up, and eventually, your ad will stop showing up in front of you. This can lead you to believe that your ads have stopped showing up altogether. Of course, that’s not necessarily the case. But because you’ve repeatedly tried searching your ads, and have either not clicked on them, or bounced from your website, this translates to Google’s algorithm that your website isn’t relevant for you, and so will stop serving you the same ad.

 

How to Check On Your Ads the Right Way

Knowing that this is a concern amongst advertisers and digital marketers, Google actually has an existing tool that can help you preview your ads. Google’s Ad Preview and Diagnostics Tool provides a completely safe environment for you to view what ads are begin distributed for each keyword. Using this tool allows you to see more data on which ads are eligible to show up, and which ones might need some adjustments.

Understanding and analysing all that data, however, can be a monumental task, one that requires a lot of time and effort. Thankfully, that’s exactly the service that we offer our clients. If you’re interested in either starting or optimising your PPC campaigns, getting more traffic, and driving more leads and sales, schedule a call with one of our agents! We’re more than happy to help you set up your business for online success!

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27/09/2021

How to Grow Your Brand On A Small Budget

While big brands like Google, Amazon, or Apple continue to dominate the consciousness of many people across the globe. Big companies with big budgets are often difficult to emulate or follow, especially for small businesses. But let’s not forget that there are millions of businesses in Australia and New Zealand that create two-thirds of our jobs.

Get More Traffic primary focus has been to help these small businesses achieve their own successes, often by taking inspiration from some of these bigger names and brands and implementing similar tactics and strategies that better fit the small business model.

In this post, we want to continue to help by taking a deeper dive into 3 ways that you can build your brand without having to spend a huge chunk of your budget on prime time TV commercials, or highway billboards.

 

Step 1: Offer Something Unique and Superior.

Author and marketing expert, Seth Godin often talks about how marketing is all about being remarkable (something worth being made remarks about).

Being remarkable is more than just finding small gimmicks, though. It’s about being different enough and special enough for people to take notice.

A local bag maker might not compare with Louis Vuitton’s marketing budget. However, that same shoemaker can leverage the fact that their products are locally produced from high-quality materials, and are lovingly made by an exceptional artisan. 

Remember, you don’t need to dominate your industry. Instead, focus on serving customers within a niche market. Focus on local buyers who are after premium products. People are more than willing to pay for quality craftsmanship.

Artisan products may be time consuming and may not scale, but having something made by hand with extra love and care creates a sense of authenticity that factory-made products can reproduce. Also, having that item personalised increases its value even more for the customer that’s paying for it.

Being local has some powerful advantages against the larger competitors. In cases like these, it’s important to stress those roots, that authenticity, and intentionally distance your brand away from mass-produced products and rivals.

 

Step 2: Make Yourself a Trusted Expert

Content remains an integral part of every marketing campaign, whether for big brands or small businesses. Creating content (whether a blog, vlog, or podcast) can do wonders for your brand, especially if you position yourself as an expert and make it a point to always be helpful towards your audience.

“How to” content, specifically, has always been popular. Just look at Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a book that was published way back in 1936 and has sold way over 30 million copies worldwide, naming it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Audiences love free tutorials that can help them become pick up new hobbies, or improve certain skill sets. Make sure your content is informative and actionable, relevant and practical while still containing the distinct voice that’s unique to your brand.

If educating others isn’t exactly your jam, you can always simply feature what it is you do, and how well and amazingly you do it. Nick Pedullá is a furniture craftsman based in Sydney who shares videos of how he goes about building and finishing his custom-made furniture to his 18,000 followers on Instagram. Cutting Edge Country has gained a following of over 22,000 on Instagram, sharing the quality of their boots, jeans, hats, and other fashion & giftware items.

 

Step 3: Invest in Online Advertising

What makes digital marketing and advertising worth it is that you’re able to find and target the people that are most likely to be interested in your brand and your products. You can target locally or country-wide, depending on your customer base, and serve ads to only the most engaged audience.

These days, it’s more important than ever to establish a footing online, especially for small-to-medium businesses. We understand, though, that diving into Google Ads, SEO, or social media can take a lot of time and effort. Thankfully, agencies like ours exist.

If you’re interested in taking your business to the next level, increase your brand awareness, and gain more customers, leads, and sales, call us today so that one of our agents can discuss how we can best help you and your business.

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21/09/2021

September Digital Marketing Industry Updates

Google Display Ads Now With More Automation Features!

Automation is becoming increasingly important these days as algorithms continue to learn and develop over time. As a result, Google is helping advertisers maximise that potential by adding more automated options for Display Ads. Advertisers will be able to choose their preferences in terms of the level of automation applied in the bidding process, the creatives, and the choosing of audiences. Advertisers are still promised the best reach and performance even with regards to the automated options, and these automation preferences can be changed at any time without having to create a new campaign. Over time Google is certain that these automated targeting systems will only keep improving, and will continue to deliver the best results for ad campaigns versus those that are setup manually.

Facebook Also Improves on Automation to Counter iOS Update

Apple’s update that allowed users to choose whether they would allow activity tracking on their devices continues to affect marketers and advertisers. To counter the change, Facebook has also been developing automated features for Facebook Ads. One such feature they’ve developed is the Targeting Expansion. Targeting Expansion makes use of Facebook’s algorithm to show your ads to a broader audience than just the ones that you’ve selected for your campaign. The algorithm will diagnose and determine if your ads would receive a better response with targets beyond your scope, and deliver ads to those users based on its diagnosis. With Facebook’s algorithm being as powerful as it is, it should be worth testing to improve Facebook ad results.

Google Confirms it Auto-Generates Titles for Search Results

Google has made a recent change to its search results pages. Before the update, search results titles were based upon the string of words typed into the search bar by the user. Now, with the change, Google is using a system that generates titles based on the page titles and headlines. Google reassured users and content creators that rankings are not affected by the title changes. It’s important to note, however, that because Google is now pulling titles from your <H1> tags, you must optimise them for when they do appear on the search results.

Instagram Testing Out New “Favourites” Feature

Instagram is testing out a new feature internally called “Favourites” to help improve the overall experience of its users. The feature is very similar to Facebook’s, wherein a user gets to choose 30 friends and pages they would like to hear from first before scrolling through the rest of their feed. This “favourites” feature on Instagram is ideal for businesses, influencers, and content creators that are looking to build a dedicated fanbase on Instagram, as it should place your content above the rest of the feed, giving you incrementally more reach and impressions as you build your audience. The feature is still being tested, and there are no clear indications on whether Instagram will roll it out, but it is definitely something to look forward to if it does.

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