The Tools of A Google AdWords Pro – 4 Steps to Optimize Your AdWords Campaign

In the past week I’ve learned more working for Web1 Syndication (Sister Company to Digital Triggers) than any other place that I’ve worked for!  Once I started my first week I was presented with a few internal training’s on AdWords created by Ben Pate. Previously I’ve used AdWords and learned the basics but I was blown away by what I have learned.

In this post I’ll go in depth on the tools of a Google AdWords Pro. Newbies and business owners will have a lot to learn. If you are already an AdWords professional then you can freshen up your skills a bit.

In this post we’ll cover..

1. Multiple Devices

2. Ad Rotation and How To Do It Right

3. Conversion Tracking and How To Set it Up

4. The Dimensions Tool

 

Do Any Campaigns Have More Than One Device Enabled?

I have seen many Internet marketers make this same mistake numerous times. How important is it? It’s vital!

Here’s why. Let’s just say your landing pages are only setup for desktop viewers. Which is a huge mistake since 40% of searches made for local products and services are local in nature. But let’s just say that is the case here.

If you setup your campaigns for both mobile and desktop you’re not targeting your audience correctly. Now a day’s people want information available to them, fast! Do you really think this person will take the time to sit on your site and zoom in? NOT! Now do you see why this it is so important to make sure you are targeting the right device with the right stuff, your landing page?

Here is how you check for these settings

First, make sure that you are viewing all campaigns by clicking “all online campaigns on left column”. See screenshot below.

Next, click the settings tab to view the settings for all of your campaigns. See screenshot below.

You should see something similar to this (see screenshot below).


Notice the devices column. As you can see all my campaigns are setup to all. This will target mobile, tablet and desktop users. I have made sure that all of my landing pages will show properly regardless of the device my audience uses.

Setting Up Ad Rotation

First off, what is ad rotation? Ad rotation is a preference to determine how your ads distribute when you have multiple ads. Yes, Google gives you the ability to rotate your ads in a manner that will allow you to choose whether you want to optimize your ads for clicks (default setting), optimize for conversions, rotate ads evenly and rotate ads indefinitely.

Here Is Where To Check For This

First make sure that you are checking all of your online campaigns. Start by clicking all online campaigns on left column. (See screenshot below)


Then, you will see a screen like the one below. Click on the settings tab.


This will take you to a screen like below. Notice the settings of all your online campaigns. Next click on the campaign you desire in this instance make sure that you select a campaign that is setup to run on Google Search.


This will bring you to a screen that looks like this. Notice campaign settings on top left. (See screenshot)

 

Next scroll down to the Ad delivery: ad rotation, frequency capping. Your screen will look like this. (See screenshot)

So now that you know where to find it, here are your options and how to use them.

How To Use Ad Rotation

Rotate Ads Evenly

This will give equal preference to all ads within your ad group no matter how well they perform.

Example of when to use: When starting a new campaign you should rotate them evenly to see how well the ads you wrote will perform. If you haven’t changed your ads after 90 days, Google will start to optimize for clicks or conversions depending on whether you have your conversions setup.

Another example of when to use: When split testing your current ad against a new ad. You want Google to distribute both ads evenly so that you can test performance and find the ad that will give you the highest CTR%. Click through rate or CTR is the amount of times Google shows your ad divided by amount of times your ad gets clicked.

Optimize for Clicks

This is Google’s default setting. Google gives preference to the ad the will get the most click and it based on past CTR performance.
Examples of when to use: When no conversion tracking it setup.

Optimize for Conversions

First off, what is a conversion? A conversion is a tool that allows you to see what happens after a customer clicks on your ad. Conversions include a customer successfully submitting your contact form, purchasing a product from your store or a call.

Why is this important?

Here the scenario, you setup your campaigns properly and then a customer clicks your ad. How do you know what happened next? Conversion tracking allows you to see “what happened next”.

Conversion Tracking

First thing you want to do is make sure that your landing page has a form or your products shopping cart is setup properly. I won’t go into the details of how to create a form or how to setup a shopping cart. You can ask your web developer to help you with this. Make sure when doing so that you tell your developer that you need a “thank you page”. A “thank you page” is a page that will show after a customer successfully accomplishes submitting your form or purchasing your product. On the thank you page you will have your developer add a tracking code that will notify you every time this goal is reached.

How To Setup Conversion Tracking

Click tools on top navigation menu.  

Then hover over to conversions and click. (See screenshot below)

           

This is what you should see next. (See screenshot)

 

Click on the + Conversion button.

 

Next, give your conversion a name. Then choose webpage button. (See screenshot below) 

Then click Save and continue.

After that, choose the most accurate conversion category. If you have a form you will select lead or signup depending on your business. If you are selling a product online then you will select Purchase/Sale. Then select HTML language (comes default). Lastly, give your conversion a value. What is this goal worth to you in terms of money? (See screenshot below)


Then save and continue to the next step, your conversion tracking script.

Here’s what this page looks like. Copy and send this code to your developer, they will know what to do with it.


The Dimensions Tool on Google Adwords

Another neat tool that I found out about is the dimensions tab.

Here are some of the things that it can do:

1. Find day of the week that you’re your campaigns perform best.

2. Find the time of the day that your campaign performs best

How to Access the Dimensions Tool 

Start by clicking all online campaigns on the top left column.

 

Then click the dimensions tab towards the right of your screen.

 

Then click view towards the left side of your screen under campaigns tab.

 

Then hover down to Time and then over to day of the week.


 

A Few Examples of What to Look For

  1. Day of the week
  2. CTR (click through rate)
  3. Avg. CPC (Avg. cost per click)
  4. Cost / converted click
  5. Click conversion rate
  6. Est. total conversions

Here’s what you should have in front of you.

 

First sort through the data by clicking on CTR. Like mentioned earlier click through rate us the amount of times a potential customer could ‘ve seen your ads divided by the number of times they clicked on it.(See CTR sorted below)

 

As you can see with the screenshot above Sunday has the highest CTR.

Next, take a look at the AVG. CPC. In this case you want the day that you are spending the least amount of money possible. Click AVG CPC. so that your data is sorted from least to greatest. (See screenshot below)


As you can see from the screenshot above Saturday and Sunday’s are the days with the lowest AVG. CPC.

Then, look at Cost / converted click. Sort your data once again from least to greatest.


As you can see Saturday is the day that your are spending the least amount per conversion. In order to see this data you must have conversion-tracking setup.

Next, look at click conversion rate. Sort your data from highest to lowest. You want the day that click conversion rate is highest.

 

Lastly, look at your Est. total conversions.


As you can see Monday has the highest conversions.

How I would interpret the data based on the last screenshot above?

It seems as if Monday’s are the best in overall performance. Here’s why.

Average cost per click is not the best out of all of our days. But as you can see from the last screenshot it is the day that we are receiving the highest amount of conversions. Most importantly, it is the second best day in terms of cost / converted click, which is ultimately what, we are looking for, conversions at the least amount possible. 

What I would do with this:  For now I would look into each campaign and see which ones perform best on Monday. However we will go further into that on our next blog post.

In conclusion, about ninety percent of what you’ve read in the blog post I learned within the first week of my career at Web 1 Syndication (Sister Company to Digital Triggers). Thanks to Ben Pate I’ve learned about what to look for and what to do next with the data that I gather. I am looking forward to next week and what I’ll learn next.

Hopefully you learned a trick or two.  Let us know which was your favorite to learn about in the comments below!  Think we missed a tool?  Let us know in the comments as well!

 




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