How to build a stronger, more effective PPC team

I’ve been doing pay-per-click (PPC) since 1998, when virtually every setting was manual. While it was painful to manage everything by hand, it forced me to learn the ins and outs of PPC, and that helped me build a successful career. 
Today, with automation playing an ever-more-important role in PPC, new account managers don’t have to learn all the fundamentals because tools handle the details. 
But as humans learn how to co-manage accounts with artificial intelligence, I believe that those with the strongest fundamentals will have the best opportunities for career advancement.
Automation erodes expertise
Remember the days when photography was an expensive hobby? Before digital, every time you clicked the shutter, you used another frame of film. To see the result, you’d spend more money to get the roll of film developed and printed. And not only was it expensive, it was also slow, with most labs taking an hour or more to turn the film into a print.

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Google adds keyword functionality to the AdWords app

We haven’t heard much about development on the AdWords app lately, but there’s a new update out today that makes the app more useful.
Advertisers can now add, edit and remove keywords from their campaigns using the AdWords app.

You can now add, edit or remove keywords on the go using the AdWords app. Learn more: https://t.co/CHjsn1uZHr pic.twitter.com/ZhMzM6IaiL
— Google AdWords (@adwords) January 18, 2018

To add a keyword, simply click the new round blue “plus” button that appears in the bottom right corner of the various Keyword views in the app.
To delete existing keywords, click on the keyword you want to delete and then on the trash can icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
From that same specific keyword screen, advertisers can edit the word itself or change the match type. That’s also where advertisers can pause or enable a keyword and change manually set bids.

For full instructions, see the help center page.
The AdWords app can be downloaded

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AdWords Editor update supports Shopping Showcase Ads

AdWords Editor version 12.1 is now available, with support added for several features, including Shopping showcase ads and expanded dynamic search ads.
Showcase ads feature three product images from a retailer that are related to the search query and link to a Google-hosted landing page of products the advertiser groups together. Google first introduced showcase ads in July 2016, but they continue to gain visibility.

To set up Showcase ads in Shopping campaign ad group, select “Showcase” from the “Ad group type” drop-down.
Showcase ads is available as an ad type option in the left navigation. Advertisers can upload a header image (the main image that represents the product category or brand) right in Editor.

The latest version of AdWords Editor is now available for download.
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Google Attribution: What search marketers need to know

One of the biggest announcements to come out of Google Marketing Next, held in San Francisco last week, was the release of Google Attribution. The new, free solution can pull in data from Google Analytics, AdWords or DoubleClick Search to provide a more holistic view of conversion actions across channels and devices for attribution modeling and bidding information.
Here’s a look at what this new solution means for search marketers.
What is Google Attribution?
Google Attribution is the simplified version of Attribution 360, the enterprise-level offering that came out of Google’s 2014 acquisition of multichannel attribution solution Adometry. It integrates with Google Analytics, Google AdWords and DoubleClick Search and doesn’t require any additional site tagging.
Marketers link a Google Analytics view that’s already associated with a Google AdWords or DoubleClick Search account. Once the account is set up, Attribution is populated with the channel performance data from the connected Analytics view.
Marketers can then assign an attribution model to their conversion events. And as in Analytics, it’s possible to

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Bing Ads Editor gets Review Extension support, better keyword import & more

A slew of helpful new changes have made their way into Bing Ads Editor’s new release, version v11.10. The changes enhance functionality, add features and alleviate issues within the Bing platform.
Support of Review Extensions
Thankfully, the new version of Bing Ads Editor supports Review Extensions and will be a godsend for paid search managers everywhere. No longer will advertisers be relegated to the web version for review extensions. The upgrade will allow for managing of the third-party reviews, along with implementing shared Review Extensions that can be added to multiple campaigns and ad groups.

Reviews will now be able to be easily copied/pasted, edited or associated between accounts. Advertisers will also be able to see columns within Ads Editor that show the associated campaigns and ad groups to help with insight and troubleshooting.
Smarter keyword import
One of the more annoying complications with Bing Ads Editor has been the inability for the software to differentiate between match types on a keyword list

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Bing Ads Editor now supports Enhanced CPC, exports to create expanded text ads

The latest version of Bing Ads Editor is out. Version 11.9 offers support for Enhanced CPC bidding and the ability to export standard text ads to a spreadsheet formatted for enhanced text ads.
If you’re not importing expanded text ads from AdWords, you can convert Bing Ads standard text ads to enhanced text ads (ETA) via Editor by selecting “Export as expanded text ads” from the Export tab in the Ads view. You’ll need to manually add a column titled “Title Part 2” to the Excel sheet. Once you update the ads to fit the ETA framework, import them back into Bing Ads Editor as Expanded Text Ads.

At the ad group or keyword level, you can select Enhanced CPC from the Bid Strategy drop-down in Editor instead of Manual CPC. Enhanced CPC adds an element of dynamic bidding in which bids may be increased automatically by up to 30 percent higher for searches deemed more likely to convert and up to

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A review of free PPC reporting solutions from Google

Doing PPC reporting right often involves some trade-offs between time and money. The perfect report takes a lot of time to build — time that could have been spent improving the performance of an account. A quick and repeatable report, on the other hand, is usually generated through a tool that costs money. So the arrival of Data Studio, which offers very customizable reporting, and now does so at a cost of $0, warrants an investigation to determine how it can help account managers.
Because the tool suite of my company, Optmyzr, also includes PPC reporting, spending the time to evaluate Data Studio made sense to me. So if you’re overworked and can’t really spare a few hours to look at Data Studio yourself, get my take on it here in a quick 10-minute read. I’ll even share a handful of cool reports you can make.
Why trust my opinion? Because my personal credibility in this industry hinges on

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Google adds forecasting and trend data for existing keywords in Keyword Planner

Advertisers can now get forecasts for their existing keywords, in addition to campaigns, in Keyword Planner. If you haven’t checked out this feature in Keyword Planner, it’s worth taking a look.

After clicking on the “Select from account” button shown above, there is an option to select Campaign or Keyword from a drop-down. After making your selections, the tool offers performance forecasting and various looks at search volume trends.
In the performance forecast screen, you can see how changes in bids could affect performance for the campaigns or keywords selected. A quality indicator is based on the amount of data already available in the account.

The search volume trends screen shows overall average monthly searches, as well as search volume trends broken out by device and location. If there is competitive domain data available, Google will also show that trend data at the bottom of this view.

You can also see the forecasted impact of adding new keywords. After adding keywords by clicking on

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AdWords rolls out Salesforce account linking for automated conversion imports

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Early this summer, Google announced it was launching, via invite, a way to automatically import Salesforce data into AdWords. That function now appears to be rolling out generally.
Salesforce.com is an option available under the Linked accounts menu. This morning was the first time I noticed it, though it may have started rolling out earlier.

 
Once set up, the linking enables the Google Click ID (GCLID) to pass to Salesforce whenever a user completes a conversion action like filling out a lead or downloading a whitepaper after clicking on an ad. Marketers select the milestone events in Salesforce they want to pass back into AdWords. AdWords then automatically checcks Salesforce on a regular basis to import those milestones and log them as corresponding conversion events at the keyword level.
To make this work, marketers will need to have a GCLID field in Salesforce, ensure their lead forms capture the GCLID, and save the GCLID in a cookie on their websites.
More details are

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Updating your SEM toolbox with new, shiny tools –- SMX East 2016

Ask any PPC manager how they do their job well, and, aside from their skill set, they’ll name the tools that give them the data they need and the time in their day to drive strategy.
In this session from SMX East 2016: “Updating Your SEM Toolbox with New, Shiny Tools,” Moderator Matt Van Wagner of Find Me Faster was joined by speakers Brad Geddes (@bgTheory) of AdAlysis, Daniel Gilbert (@dangilbertppc) of Brainlabs and Sahil Jain (@sahilio) of AdStage to share what SEM tools they rely on, and what shiny new tools they are most excited about.
Secrets of PPC productivity
First up was Brad Geddes with the secrets of PPC productivity, and he contends that time management is the key to good PPC management. There are so many tools out there, he says, and success is often determined not by what you use but when you use them.
Geddes believes that collaboration tools should be considered PPC tools — this includes things like

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