1 PPC Campaign Automation For the rest of us State of Search Dallas Nov. 18, 2013 Andrew Goodman
3 How did we get here (and where is here)? Stabby-Finger Steve = account management?
4 Sometimes I get scared (I admit it) We don t need this many people to watch machines make ketchup.
5 Eisenbergs: 80% of PPC Pros Redundant!?!
6 But software vendors have plenty to fear, too. 1. Consolidation. 2. Google. While not quite winner-take-all, the sector cries out for leadership. - Me, 4.5 years ago.
7 How are marketing automation vendors doing? In general, great. SaaS scales and can transform outdated practices. But is the tech good? And are they also de facto agencies? How relevant are they to your situation? In Q3 2013, Marin Software had 610 customers, up from 502 in Q Accumulated deficit: $105 million.
8 PPC bid management: Unemotional baggage? First bid management software was invented to fix a single problem: bid gaps. With a single feature change in the auction (bid discounter), such software became obsolete. Pain of managing multiple PPC engines gave way to a Google first world These third party solutions were often byzantine and proprietary; best they run it for you. Now you ve picked them as your agency.
9 But for the most part, for most of us, more automation is long overdue. (Me talking to myself:) I am lazy? I am smart I am impetuous & driven by peer pressure Clients are impatient I am hard-working (just the flip-side to lazy?) I am susceptible to cognitive load and ego depletion I am susceptible to the narrative fallacy, hindsight bias, etc. etc. etc. As smart as I am I am not fully RATIONAL
10 The storyteller s paradox
11 Narratives contaminate computation ANTI-NARRATIVE: Human tendency to err by fabricating stories about everything we see. Nonperforming segments are naughty : we overreact (pause, spend less, etc.) Morality: click fraud vs. well-priced clicks / market Past performance is just that: past. Is it the best predictor? Vanity: Getting too caught up in hoping one s ad creative is the best Action for its own sake, because you are the hero in all of your narratives: dayparting will fix it! (Sometimes, it will. Prove it.)
12 Complexity has increased. Has your level of innovation? Proliferation of new account settings Murky automation options: enhanced CPC? Match type evolution Enhanced campaigns Improved attribution / shifting attribution Improved Google Analytics overall Improved machine learning (keyword queries) Quality Score Are you data-driven enough? Do you use the appropriate workflow to the task? Do you make your own rules?
13 Be the Michelangelo of Rules
14 How automated and how transparent?
15 Workflow? Generating big GA reports, pondering them, making appropriate changes: valuable but slow Eyeballing segments and fixing obvious problems: surprisingly effective, but highly unscientific Rebidding 1,000 s of keywords as seasons or auction conditions change: unsustainable Consider and build rules, then act in bulk on rules. In AdWords, 2 methods Third party tools Not counting black box tools (inside & outside AdWords)
16 OK, so let s start with the t-shirt people. Let s make some rules.
17 Wait a minute doesn t AdWords now have an Automate button?
18 Using AdWords filters to bid and more (why & how)
19 Filter #1: Quality Score as Wise Tea Leaves Clicks > 4 Sort campaign in order of Quality Score low to high Pause duds Or bid up, down, or no change, based on: Judgment of likely commercial intent or bleeder Assumption that Quality Score is currently wrong Wish to increase impressions to give keyword a fair shot Wish to decrease impressions to avoid saddling the account with a poor QS history
20 Filter #2: Scapegoating Broad Match!
21 Filter #3: Keyword intent myth-buster
22 Filter #3A: Check SQR by theme
23 Filter #4: Breathe life into sleepy keywords Jackpot! 82 keywords found drifted off radar Big enough to move the needle, small enough to decide on one by one Over 60 of these needed to be bumped up
24 Filter #5: Poor Engagement Long Tail: avg. visit less than 15 secs.
25 Custom alerts sunsetted; instead, accomplish same using Automate
26 Which KPI? When is test won?
27 Machine learning to hack display auction tendencies, and to target better than Google admetrica works with granular grid of campaigns, ad groups, & placements, with rapid testing & iteration
28 Save time reporting? SaaS Drives Profitable Business Models in Most Professions Today (Mktg Agencies Included) Sales Forces: Salesforce Architectural / Design Software Legal Practice Management: Clio Small Business Accounting: Wave Accounting Acquisio: I Hate Doing This Shit reports (custom) The key is not just our time or profitability, it s improved communications and forcing ourselves to better understand data and follow long term strategies.
29 The black box makes you fragile? The case against Conversion Optimizer After removing CPA bidding (Conversion Optimizer), note how many ad positions are 1.1 or 1.0 Only you re biased in favor of you winning Check SQR. Note extent to which CPA bidding achieves its goals by cannibalizing across ad groups & campaigns, borrowing conversion from brand kw s. This type of bidding scheme helps more if you have very weak campaign organization, or are particularly lazy. Sadly, it trains you not to look inside the box.
30 Special topic: labels vs. campaigns How to handle seasonality? Constantly chase bids, rebidding based on recent behavior. Is this the best way to do it? That might work well in conjunction with labels as you can include labels in filters and and automation and will be included in a future release of the AdWords API Bid proactively based on known seasonality Proactive bid factors could be achieved using either the ad scheduler or the country or region factors in Enhanced campaigns These are set at the campaign level Does poor campaign structure hinder seasonal strategy?
31 The long tail of international customers: geobidding to 100+ countries International sales have risen from 35% to 42.5% in the past year; formerly a loss, now a profit center.
32 Never-ending evolution in automation: what about geo-seasonality? Manual bid factor adjustments are OK for now for mobile and geo segments At some point we ll need help (automation) This shouldn t just be for high end advertisers Example: travel client UK is strong in most campaigns Then performance falls apart Same goes for Australia want to take certain trips during their winter but not their summer There is constant flux in behavior, and it goes beyond just keywords
33 There s lots of stuff to worry about. Obsolescence, risk, Google bosses competitors scared yet?
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