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Hero Conference London 2018 Once a year in the UK, some of the worlds leading PPC thinkers, innovators and practitioners gather for Hero Conference, organised by Hanapin Marketing.  This is (we believe) the only 100% focused PPC conference run in the UK (Hanapin also organise a US version each year). It’s 2 days packed with speakers covering everything from hands-on Excel skills to strategic reviews of the best Search Marketing Campaigns being run across Europe right now.  So, what did we learn, and what do business owners / marketers and PPC Managers need to know? PPC is in a really ..
I’ve reviewed so many AdWords accounts for potential clients that I thought I’d pretty much seen it all. Then a couple of weeks ago a prospective client asked me to review their account. They were spending about £5k a month and so I expected to see some level of sophistication in the build. What I found was one campaign, with one AdGroup containing ONE keyword! It’s far more common than I’d like - to see poor quality accounts having been built or managed by other agencies. The most common issues being -  AdGroups filled with hundreds of keywords of varying match types. No one tra..
Unless your agency has multiple PPC staff in place, there are many drawbacks to offering it as a service with only one or even a couple of people in-house. Cost Effectiveness How many PPC accounts do you need to employ a full-time member of staff? Depending on the account sizes, it could be quite a few. If that staff member isn’t working close to capacity, it’s unlikely you are making a profit.   Holidays If you only have one PPC person, who covers for them when they are on holiday? Or do you just let the accounts run without being monitored properly? Staff Retention What if your P..
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 ..
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