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In case you don’t know, the European Commission ruled earlier this year (and handed out a record $2.7 billion fine) against Google for the way Google Shopping results were perceived to be favoured within Google search results. The ruling went further, requiring Google to make changes to Shopping and provide ‘equal treatment’ to competitors – i.e. Comparison Shopping Engines. The best known examples being Shopzilla and Kelkoo in the UK.   This week Google rolled out some visual changes to comply with the ruling.  In short, they haven’t fundamentally changed the design of Shopping re..
Google AdWords is not straightforward, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The interface and capabilities of the system are now simply phenomenal - so long as you know what you are doing. But keeping on top of the new features is a full-time job.  Unless you are a specialist in AdWords (got the Partner badges, the constant training, the 10,000 hours practice etc) it might be that you are either missing the opportunity to offer AdWords to your clients, or worse, flying by the seat of your pants by OFFERING AdWords but not really having the skillset in-house to make it work.     ..
We posted about these free Google AdWords vouchers some time ago and the response was simply THRILLING, in fact we would go as far as to suggest it was almost borderline enthusiastic. Ok, it was somewhat better than that – but as WE think it’s a GREAT offer we thought it worth mentioning them again. Of course we should also mention that although our aim is to keep EVERYONE happy, some people went away HIGHLY disappointed. Why you ask? Well the answer was simply because they were not eligible for the free vouchers. Who the dickens is eligible you may wonder? Any NEW business to AdW..
We are delighted to announce that Clickspotters has been awarded the top level Google Premier Partner status!   Google offers the Premier Partner badge to recognise leading companies that are higher spending and meet additional certification and performance requirements in AdWords. As well as the Premier Partner status, Clickspotters is recognised as displaying AdWords specialisms in Search, Shopping, Display and Mobile Advertising by Google.   ..
A couple of weeks ago we attended Hero Conference London 2016. This is probably the premiere PPC conference in the world right now and consists of two and half days of non-stop presentations on best-practice PPC tips along with views on the future of PCC. As such, it’s really unmissable in such a fast moving industry. What did we learn? Well trying to compress 2.5 days of PPC into one blog is a fairly tough task! Plus lets face it, there were plenty of new ideas and concepts that perhaps we don’t want to make too public eh?! The Highlights. Larry Kim, founder of Wordpress gave ..
We are delighted that this week Google announced a number of new specialisms for select agencies within its Partner scheme. We've been a badged partner for some time but these specialisms really allow us to stand out, and we are led to believe, are far harder to achieve than simply becoming a partner. As such we thought we should mention it, we are now Google Partner specialised in Search, Mobile and Shopping !     ..
It’s going to be a busy few months ahead for PPC Managers as Google announced several major new features for the platform in the coming months, along with an interface refresh. If you’ve got an hour to spare you can watch the entire presentation here. If you haven’t, then the main takeaways are here – TEXT Ads. With the removal of right hand Ads, Google is increasing text limits on ‘traditional’ text Ads (yep, that’s going to be a big job to update!) The old 25 – 35 – 35 character limit is going to be replaced with TWO 30 character headlines along with a consolidated 80 ..
Google is updating its policy late May, here’s the statement below. In around late May 2016 we'll update our Interest-based policies and no longer allow advertisers to use the following information to target ads to users. Additionally, the content of the ad cannot be related to the following topics: •    Personal hardships related to relationships (example: bereavement products or services) •    Personal hardships related to abuse and trauma (examples: domestic abuse shelters or victim advocate services) •    User identity related to marginalised groups (examples: immigration services ..
Anyone who’s ever had the slightest dealings with PPC (or SEO) will understand the importance of position, or more particularly Ad position. At the moment on Google, an Ad averaging position 1 – 4 will be seen at the top of the page, anything below that is at the bottom of the page. Simple. What about Google Shopping though? It’s not as straight forward. Generally speaking Google shows 5 Ads at the top of the page (yes, sometimes it’s 10 on the right side, but let’s not over-complicate the complicated) but makes no public comment or distinction as to which is position 1 or 5. You’d be incli..
The headline It’s now been confirmed that Google are to remove the right hand paid Ads from all search results* The small print *This only refers to desktop results. Although as mobile don’t show them currently, it sounds as though this is everything. ** This does not include Shopping results. Shopping boxes are, lets face it, now more likely to appear there and doubled up more often (ten Ads, compared to five). What does this mean? For PPC Advertisers it’s going to drive up CPC’s on text-based campaigns, certainly in the short term anyway, as the difference between p3/p4 and p..
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