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Braking the Rules

Braking the Rules

Whether written out in computer code or just rattling around inside people's heads, many PPC account managers like to use rules to help guide their bidding decisions. But it's very easy to create rules that do more harm than good. [...more]

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Betting on the Weak Horse

Betting on the Weak Horse

Osama bin Laden said: "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse." But in sponsored search advertising, betting on the weak horse can sometimes bring a larger payout. [...more]

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Google AdWords Bidding Tutorial’, Part 2

Behind the Scenes of ‘Google AdWords Bidding Tutorial’, Part 2

In part 2 of this post, Bradd provides a simple, visual means for determining your optimal bid from Google’s Bid Simulator. Then, uses some straightforward math to show you how to calculate the optimal bid (and CPA and ROI) for Dr. Varian's example of online retailer selling digital cameras. [...more]

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Optimal Bidding, Part 1: Behind the Scenes of ‘Google AdWords Bidding Tutorial’

Optimal Bidding, Part 1: Behind the Scenes of ‘Google AdWords Bidding Tutorial’

Dr. Hal Varian produced a Google AdWords bidding tutorial in which he outlines a 4-step process for determining your optimal bidding strategy. The video includes a number of best practices for any PPC manager to follow, but also leaves out critical information and makes numerous simplifications. Bradd has identified the best practices and limitations from Dr. Varian's tutorial and translates this insight into actionable tactics to improve your campaign performance. [...more]

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Rounding the CPA Horn

Rounding the CPA Horn

Like the great navies of historic Europe, every manager of a PPC account has the same basic goals: Glory, Profit, Praise and Power. But to get these you need a map and one of the best I know, relative the the amount of work involved, is also one of the simplest. [...more]

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Cost per Acquisition (CPA) is a Funny Beast

Cost per Acquisition (CPA) is a Funny Beast

If you manage bids on search engine ad auctions, you probably spend a lot of time puzzling over spreadsheets looking for opportunities to improve your account's Cost per Acquisition (CPA). But CPA is a funny beast and if you don't know how funny it can act (even in the best of times), you might be wasting some of your effort. [...more]

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Bing Brings More Conversions at Lower Costs

Bing Brings More Conversions at Lower Costs

Three weeks after the launch of Bing, The Search Agency conducted an analysis of our advertisers' key performance metrics on Microsoft's new "Decision Engine." See how conversions, CTR, and CPA are trending on Bing compared to Live Search. [...more]

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