Last week, Google announced improvements to the AdWords system: more frequent updates of account data! Google has stated that clicks and conversions are usually reported in fewer than three hours, though other data may take six hours or more.
This is a fantastic change for search marketers and advertisers alike! In the past, it’s taken days or even weeks to get certain critical types of data from your Google AdWords reporting—most notably search query data. After this change, search marketing professionals will be able to build negative keyword lists more quickly, which enables more efficient search query optimization. Long story short, your ads can now be served for more relevant searches faster than ever!
Keep in mind, some data is still only calculated once per day. This includes impression share, auction insights, and top movers data. Also, some data may update after the fact to adjust for invalid clicks or if a conversion is logged after a delay from the initial click.
To determine what time of the day you may expect to see updates for different metrics in your time zone, consult Google’s support article on the subject here.
This industry exists because many—if not most—small businesses have neither the time nor expertise to cultivate their own optimized Pay Per Click campaigns. There’s no shame in it: hiring an expert is a cost-effective means of increasing your incoming business so you can focus your efforts on making profit! Unfortunately, many small businesses have been let down by disreputable agencies and individuals in the past who promise you the moon, and have a harder time trusting someone to do better by them. Before hiring an agency, it is always important to educate yourself and learn how to vet your options to avoid scams and subpar service.
Above anything else, the most important qualification for an agency is Google Partner status. Earning this status has stiff requirements. To quote Google, “your business is healthy, your clients are happy, and you follow Google best practices.” Google Partners are held to the highest standard and have access to resources that small businesses running their own AdWords campaigns do not.
You can view Ideal Positions’ own Google Partner page here.
Google has stated clearly that no one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google. Beware any business that claims they can put you in the first position 24/7! Reputable agencies need not rely on empty promises, and skilled agencies will practice strategic bidding over “ego-bidding” to get the highest return on investment. (Which is why Ideal Positions has a team of dedicated Campaign Strategists whose goal is to maximize your profits!)
If an agency is anything less than transparent with you, that is a red flag: take your business elsewhere! The unique brilliance of digital advertising is that every ad viewed, every link clicked, and every dollar of ad budget spent is accounted for. Pay per click is precision marketing, and any good business will share data with you so that you know your funds are being used wisely.
For further in-depth advice from Google on vetting third-party partners, we strongly recommend you look here.
When determining which agency to work with, you need to ask the hard questions: Are your account managers individually certified? Will my account have a dedicated manager? Are your accounts structured to adapt to seasonality? Do you implement call-tracking and lead attribution in Google Analytics? Do you offer website development and consulting services to your clients to maximize conversions? An established agency should be able to answer all these questions with a resounding, “Yes!” At Ideal Positions, of course, we offer these value-added services and many more besides.
Lastly, Google recommends going with experienced companies. Ideal Positions, for example, has been managing Pay Per Click campaigns for over ten years, and our team of Google AdWords Qualified Individuals have over sixty years of combined experience. Many agencies are faceless and impersonal. Not so with Ideal Positions. On our Staff profile pages, you can view every individual staff member’s Google badges and, while you’re there, you can get to know us a little better! We are a people-oriented business, and we really want you to know both who we are and what we’re all about.
If you have any questions about our company, we would love nothing more than to demonstrate what we can do for you and earn your patronage! To read what other clients have written about us, please give our Testimonials directory a look here!
Many digital marketing agencies outsource the human element to automation software to cheaply build and manage their Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns. This hasty philosophy deprives campaigns of well-needed human expertise and insight. Advertising is, above all, a psychological effort: a handcrafted campaign is a smartcampaign.
Automated bidding systems regularly fail to discern search intent from queries. Because they can’t keep abreast of current events and the by-the-day changes search engines implement to their algorithms, “set-it-and-forget-it” campaigns are more susceptible to unexpected shifts in the search ecosystem. One sea change can end up drowning your advertising dollar!
At Ideal Positions, our campaigns are steered by seasoned, qualified professionals who work closely together to bring multiple perspectives to every account. Three distinct departments are deeply involved in every account: Customer Service Representatives, Campaign Strategists, and SEM Team Members.
Your relationship with our account management teams begins when you are first contacted by one of our Customer Service Representatives, who introduce our service and demonstrate how crucial it is to work with a trustworthy and experienced digital advertising agency. Our CSRs research the businesses we work with to determine whether you are an ideal fit for our services, and they have the expertise to determine an optimum advertising package for your needs.
When we enter into a business relationship, we introduce you to your own assigned Campaign Strategist. Members of this department maintain close consultant-client relationships, building on the value established by our sales team. Your Campaign Strategist is your new best friend, your go-to contact at Ideal Positions, the person in your corner who will come to know your business’ needs and how we might best exceed your expectations. Together, we develop and implement powerful Internet marketing strategies unique to your business!
Finally, our SEM Team Members work behind the scenes as technicians—essentially, our grease-monkeys!—attentively minding the nitty-gritty of accounts, tweaking and torquing campaigns to maximize the profitability we deliver to our clientèle. Every member of the Campaign Strategist and Search Engine Marketing Teams are Google AdWords Qualified Individuals and Bing Ads Accredited Professionals, and they bring that knowledge to the worktable so that we will continue to earn your business each month!
PPC advertising is both an art and a science. With the combined artistry and technical know-how of our diverse staff, we are certain to have greater success in navigating the turbulent sea of internet marketing together.