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 …

When Netflix Gives a MasterClass on Raising Prices

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Did you see the Netflix price change, announced yesterday? What an interesting business entity to consider.   The Details: Netflix total subscribers: 182.8M Basic plan: unchanged Standard: up $1 (to ($13.99/mo) Premium: up $2 (to $17.99/mo)   Three Observations: Observation #1: Netflix once again prints money with a single email. Consider having a business model where you add, let’s say …

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 …

ZATO Partners with Wee Squeak

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  ZATO is excited to announce a partnership with Wee Squeak Children’s Shoes.  Have a toddler who insists on walking on their tippy toes (my youngest currently does this!), there’s a shoe for that! Wee Squeak makes fun noises children love to hear which encourages correct heel-to-toe walking (and is also just pretty darn cute).  Not only that, but their …

ZATO Welcomes Sarah Vlietstra to the Team

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We couldn’t be happier to welcome Sarah Vlietstra to the ZATO PPC Marketing team. 👏 🎉 💥 Sarah was ZATO’s Google rep for almost 2 years, and we liked working with her so much we decided it made sense to bring her on board the ZATO team! Representing Google for our clients means she already worked with us on numerous …

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. …

Limited Budget? 5 Reasons to Consider ZATO’s SMB Program

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First things first, it’s harder than ever to succeed at Google Ads with a small budget. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but we can’t ignore the fact that it is harder to do than ever before. If you have been seeing your Costs and Cost Per Clicks (CPCs) rising faster than your ability to raise your budget, you’ve likely wondered …

Free Google Shopping Listings?! What It Means for You

Google announced today that they are now offering Free Shopping Ads for retailers and brands. Here is a great article by my friend, Ginny Marvin, announcing it (and where I first heard of it): Google Shopping Opens to Free Listings. When I first started advertising on Google in 2010, I remember free Froogle listings and how bummed we were when …

Keep Presenting Benefits. Or, How Marketing Hasn’t Changed in a Pandemic.

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After being served my umpteenth “QUARANTINED, ALONE, AND DESTITUTE AMIDST CORONAVIRUS? BUY THIS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE.” marketing pitch on Facebook, I decided I needed to scratch the itch of writing and get my thoughts down. Should you discuss the current pandemic in your ads, or not? Should you use the *gasp* coronavirus in marketing efforts at this point? What …

More Free Stuff: The ZATO Microsoft Ads In-Market Audience List

We released our ZATO Google Ads Audience Targeting List FREE to the internet a little over a month ago and one of the questions we kept seeing in various social channels were “can you guys do this with Microsoft Ads?” Well… with the help of our awesome Microsoft Ads friends (thank you SO much John Lee and Christi Olson), we …

Here is A Coronavirus Placement Exclusion List for Google Ads

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After a client requested that we pull their ads off of as many news sites as possible because of the increasing Covid-19 Pandemic, we thought it made sense to cease marketing to these unique web pages as people seek out information about the pandemic. Therefore we compiled this placement list from ZATO clients of various news organizations websites to exclude, …