The Carol of PPCChat – A Musical Tribute

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Merry Christmas fellow PPCers! What better way to celebrate two of my favorite things, than creating a mash-up of questionable quality? Here is my musical tribute to the #ppcchat gang on Twitter. I came to PPCChat with basic PPC knowledge, and they have created and refined the monster that is ZATO today. If you do PPC and have not yet …

Is This One Checkbox Killing Your Google Shopping Strategy?

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I’ve been going through Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies in my Netflix queue lately, so the B-horror show is on my mind. What, for a PPCer, is more horrific than doing a lot of work on something and missing one tiny little thing that will change the outcome of all that hard work (ok, possibly losing conversion tracking the Thursday …

Putting the Fun in Ad Schefunduling (PPC Ad Scheduling Basics)

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PPC Ad Scheduling – It’s Not As Boring As You Think! Want to watch a non-PPCer’s eyes start to glaze over and their soul briefly float above their body as they attempt to escape? Start a conversation about ad scheduling. At first blush, it seems like one of those detailed aspects of PPC that is there for the geeks. Like, …

Naming PPC Campaigns – It’s More Important Than You Think

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What’s In a Name? Hi, I’m 10549678. What’s your number? Or perhaps people call you by your barcode? “Attention customers, I have an order ready for BEEEEEP-boop-boop-BOP-beep-BEEP” These notions are silly to you because shortly before or after you were born, you were given a name. That name may be completely unique or it may be shared with 100 million …

The Secret Conflict of MAP Pricing and Google Shopping

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EDIT 8/27/19: Google has addressed the existence of MAP Policy’s and even offered a non-hack way to get products with MAP Policies approved. Read the update here: A Welcome Update to Google Shopping’s MAP Policy   Minimum Advertised Pricing is a controversial subject, unless you’ve never heard of it. In fact, it’s kind of boring unless it affects your business …

Using Questions to Create Doubt in PPC Ads

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What Would You Be Missing If You Didn’t Read This Post? I have gotten to know my father-in-law quite well in the last few years. My father-in-law is possibly the best salesman I have ever met; but the funny thing is if you met him, you would never, ever have guessed that. He is quiet, good-natured, and easy going. He …

Accurately Identifying Cause and Effect in PPC Marketing.

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What is Cause and Effect? You have undoubtedly heard of cause and effect. Cause and effect (or causality) is identifying the relationship between two events, specifically in how the second event is related to the first. Did the first event cause the second, or is there another unknown event involved? Freakonomics: The Cause & Effect of Ice Cream One of …

Dear Google. An Open Letter From A PPC Agency.

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An interesting comment was made on PPCChat this week that embedded itself into the recesses of my brain and kept right on burrowing. The conversation was regarding a blogpost written by Steve Cameron of Advent Communications in which he pleaded with SMB owners to stop listening to Google’s “5 Minute Setup” line and be willing to hire the professionals to …