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How to Do Location Targeting in 2018

I’m sitting here thinking about location targeting, and I’m getting nostalgic. (As one tends to do when one thinks about location targeting, am I right?) Okay, so maybe it’s just me. Definitely, it’s just me. But I want to tell you about location targeting and how to make the most of it. And in order […]

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Hey Boss, Let’s Use Supermetrics

Convincing Your Boss to Use Supermetrics At my first agency, my coworkers and I spent a crazy amount of our work week doing routine, time-consuming tasks. At least 80% of my time went to repetitive tasks like: Generating Reports Managing Budget Pacing Documents Analyzing Account Performance With a background in development, it seemed insane to […]

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The Power of Supermetrics

At Paid Search Magic, we’re big fans of Supermetrics. It’s allowed us to streamline reporting across different channels so that everything – pacing, performance, spend, forecasting, etc is all in one place. As we’ve implemented Supermetrics, we’ve let go of different paid reporting and tracking solutions, saving us (and our clients) a lot of money. This […]

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ELI5: How does Paid Search Marketing work?

I was recently asked for a good, basic ELI5-style answer to the question “How does paid search marketing work?” If you’re not familiar, ELI5 (“Explain Like I’m Five”) is a popular subreddit where people request responses that are “friendly, simplified and layman-accessible explanations – not responses aimed at literal five-year-olds.”  Here’s my attempt at a clear, […]

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How Important is History in AdWords?

A lot of people are afraid of deleting or even changing elements of their PPC campaigns for one simple reason: They don’t want to lose their history. It’s such a common concern that people are guided by it without even thinking about it. In this article, we’re going to think about it. Just how important […]

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What the Heck is a Conversion?

When I meet with clients, I always like to explain that instead of focusing on secondary metrics (like impressions or clicks), it’s better to look at business goals – primary metrics such as conversions. Problem is, most people don’t know what that means. “Conversion” can mean many things I’ve been speaking the language of “PPC” for […]

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How to Target Household Income in AdWords

In my opinion, targeting household income in AdWords is one of the ultimate easter eggs. It’s not hard to do, but it’s very, very hidden (under the Location targeting in Settings). Adding household income data does not actually create new targeting in your account, it just creates a new segment you can take action on, […]

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The Myth of the 20-Minute PPC Workweek

The first time I saw a tutorial promising a 20-minute workweek for PPC management, I took notes. Even though I had several years experience running AdWords accounts (in retrospect, I probably had more experience than the guys doing the training), I’m a sucker for a codified instruction guide for paid search. A typical 20 minute […]

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