The Future of SMB Ecommerce is Non-Unicorn Stability

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I wrote this on Prime Day. That’s right, the day a mega-corporation decided to declare an unofficial holiday by raising prices and then pretending to sell at a discount. Ok, that’s a little unfair, but only slightly. Regardless of how a person may feel personally about Prime Day, they would be laughed out of the room to question Amazon’s position …

How to Scale Google Ads – Tough Talk Time

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It’s not easy. There’s not a one-size fits all formula. There’s not a “hack” for scaling (though, certainly, there can be specific tactics to implement that will work more quickly than others). Did I answer your question already? I kid, I kid. But I’m also trying to front-load a crucial concept as you consider how to scale your Google Ads …

Video: Let’s Talk the Keyword and It’s Future | Marketing MilliMoment

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This video is part of a new series I’m growing on my YouTube Channel (Make sure to subscribe!!) intended to display serious PPC thoughts, in an entertaining fashion. This video was based on a more in-depth article I wrote for Search Engine Land entitled: The Concerning Future of the Resilient Keyword. 👈 Check it out if you want to learn …

Video: Should We Remove the Digital from Digital Marketing? No! Here’s Why

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  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Warning: The humor of the video is DEFINITELY lost reading the transcript, so basically it’s here for SEO value. Please don’t actually read the transcript… watch the video! Hey, it’s PPC Kirk and welcome to another episode of The Marketing MilliMoment where we take a look at random marketing stuff with a healthy does of stupid dad …

FLoC? Privacy Sandbox? Google Ads Privacy Changes Kinda Explained – ZATO Marketing Moment

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Have you seen Google’s announcement about no longer tracking third party cookies? It’s pretty confusing, isn’t it? Here is my lighthearted attempt to shed some light on what’s happening, and have a little fun doing so. Enjoy!     VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Warning: The humor of the video is DEFINITELY lost reading the transcript, so basically it’s here for SEO value. …

Google Ads Drops BMM Match Type: PPCKirk Ponderings

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Search Engine Land recently asked me to comment on the BMM changes, and summarized those in this article: Google’s updated phrase match simplifies keywords and worries advertisers I had been thinking on this a bit over the weekend, and wanted to share my long-form thoughts to their questions. Enjoy! As always, comment your disagreements or thoughts on the socials, PPCKirk. …

Listen as Kirk, Mike, Isaac, and Patrick Discuss Smart Shopping, Automation, and More!

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In the world of Smart Shopping Campaigns, some of the most vocal PPCers on this topic have been myself, Mike Ryan of SMEC, and Patrick Gilbert of AdVenture Media Group. We’ve laughed, cried, argued, hugged about this new campaign type.. not really, but in the early days, we did engage in thoughtful debate in the blogosphere (to steal a phrase …

Read This Before Using New Customer Acquisition Goals in Google Smart Shopping Campaigns

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Let’s talk Smart Shopping New Customer Acquisition conversion goals. I can hear your heart beating faster already from the anticipation of that first sentence. What joys and excitement must lie ahead of us with such an opening! Self-teasing aside, as I have written previously, it is alarming that Smart Shopping campaigns (SSC) do not reveal how much traffic they are …

Review Kirk’s PPC Book, Get Free Stuff!

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Ponder and Review Are you picking up a copy of Kirk Williams new book, Ponderings of a PPC Professional? Do you like Coffee as much as Baby-Yoda? via GIPHY   Be one of the first 25 people in the US* to (legitimately) submit our form below, and we will give you one of these super-awesome-breathtaking-amazing-stunning-astounding-awe-inspring-unbelivable-only for PPC Professionals-Mug (for your …

Buy PPCKirk’s Book Now – Ponderings of a PPCer

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It’s here! The book everybody, and nobody, is talking about is finally here! Now is your chance to pick up a paperback or kindle copy of Ponderings of a PPCer, in which I discuss everything from attribution & cows, to PPC Pricing models. You can see more details, along with chapter names and reviews on the book page here: PPC …

Kill Budget-Wasting Ads to Children’s YouTube Channels With This One Checkbox

If you run ads on YouTube, you have likely wished for an easy “exclude” option to avoid three year old fat finger clicks while watching Blippi spray ketchup on a pickup truck. Well, rejoice advertisers in love with non-wasted spend, because there is an option to exclude “Content suitable for families” from your account level settings. This will prevent your …

Book Release & Giveaway: Ponderings of a PPC Professional

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Not All Who Ponder Are Lost – Book & Mug Giveaway Do you follow @ppckirk on Twitter? Are you a ZATO client? Or maybe you’re just a person that’s into Digital Marketing and PPC? Then you may have heard, the owner of ZATO is releasing his very own PPC book later this month. October 31st to be exact. This is …

Finding eCommerce Success on the Display Network and YouTube

Is It Possible to Find eCommerce Success on Display?   Working as a rep for Google, one of my responsibilities was to pitch Display to the agencies I worked with as a channel for performance marketing.  Truthfully, many of the conversations I had with these agencies would turn out one of two ways:  either the agency had been burned in …

The PPC Ascending Seesaw of Scaling Awesomeness

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“We want you to 6X our revenue at the same ROAS, by next month. We have a lot of opportunity in our space!” Have you ever heard this request by a client (or prospective client)?  It can be very common, especially in spaces where a smaller startup company sees opportunity to disrupt a major industry. You want to “disrupt” the …

Does Google Shopping Query Filtering Still Work in 2020?

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Nearly 6 years ago, I watched a video of Martin Roettgerding (who would later become my friend) giving a presentation on a brilliant strategy he had devised to better control Google Shopping campaigns. I tested this in our ZATO accounts, developed my own process for building it out and managing it, and then recorded my walk-through on Search Engine Land …

No Long-Term PPC Contracts Required? Then How Do ZATO Clients Stay?!

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I wanted to pause for a minute in my normal Ecommerce PPC and Shopping Ads writing, to discuss a little family business. That is, how does ZATO maintain clients if we don’t require long-term commitments? I thought it would be good to share my beliefs from a marketing and business perspective, as well as give you insights into how we …

How to Track Surfaces Across Google (Free Shopping Ads) Revenue in Google Analytics

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Have you seen the new free Google Shopping Ads (named, Surfaces Across Google, by… well, Google) yet in your Google Merchant Center account? One of the frustrations with the report in Google Merchant Center is that it only shows clicks. Clicks give us some information, it’s interesting to see what percentage of traffic is being sent between paid and free. …