Sarah Kemp takes us through this week’s most prominent paid search updates, including a major update for GA mobile, new Ad Groups on Twitter, and the testing of a new Ad Label?

AdWords Tests New Coloured Ad Label?

Google AdWords logo

First outlined on 23 April, Google appears to have been testing new colours for its ad label. Though normally yellow, some US users were seeing purple ad labels on both mobile and desktop. With other users spotting a change to green ad labels in mid-April, it appears as though Google may be in a testing phase for variations on their current ad label design.

Major Upgrade for GA Mobile

Mobile users of Google Analytics have benefitted from an updated GA app on both Android and iOS platforms. The version 3.0 upgrade is available in all countries where Google Analytics is offered, and includes a number of significant changes from the previous version. The updates, which do not differ per platform, include:

  • Ability to share reports via text, email and chat
  • Simpler navigation
  • Brand new re-design
  • Ability to change and compare date ranges as well as add segments
  • Scorecard visualisations for metrics and dimensions
  • Ability to customise reports

A Google Analytics Mobile App walkthrough video has also been created to help run users through all the relevant changes.

Google Dominates Paid Search Ad Clicks in First Quarter

A report conducted by Performance Marketing Agency, Merkle, shows Google as the top performer for paid search ad clicks in Q1 of 2016. The success of Google’s product listing ads (PLA’s) – sales from which have increased 164% YoY – has resulted in a 95% share of all paid search ad clicks over the last three months. In comparison, Bing accounted for 3%, while Yahoo just 1%. The success has also been attributed to the introduction of Google’s ad carousel, which allows brands and retailers to pay for product placement in line with relevant search queries.

Steps to Achieve Better In-store Attribution Being Made by Google

store front and AdWords Logo

The difficulty tracking offline conversions is being tackled by Google via a number of different methods, in order to better understand the gap between online and offline sales patterns. With 95% of all retail sales still taking place in physical stores, the importance in tracking the correlation between searching online and buying offline (SOBO) has become increasingly important.

Google Local Inventory Ads (LIAs) pull through both local feeds and product feeds in order to show you the location of your nearest store as well as inventory levels – however the extra data makes it considerably more difficult for Google to analyse.

Google Now in-store cards provide detailed information on relevant stores, including when you are near the store, as well as any relevant sales, closing hours, loyalty card data and more. Google can also notify you when you are near a store that you have recently searched for, as well as the price and product information of recently searched items.

Using a number of features together, Google is attempting to better understand the physical retail landscape in order to shape their online efforts.

New Ad Groups Tool Arrives on Twitter

Twitter Ad Targeting

Twitter has introduced a new Ad Groups feature as part of Twitter Ads. The function’s aim is to encourage more brands to join Twitter’s advertising options, through promoting a number of different targeting criteria options including geo-location, gender, device, language, follower, interest targeting and more. The more focussed targeting options will allow for improved measurement, and aim to improve overall effectiveness of Twitter ads.

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