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Lets Turn My #MozCon Talk Into A Hands-On Workshop at SXSW 2016: Creating Delightful Remarketing

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After a successful #MozCon 2015 talk last month (notes). I’ve taken all the feedback and ideas and would love to turn my talk into a hands-on workshop at SXSW 2016:

What Is Delightful Remarketing: How You Can Do It [PLEASE VOTE]

I will expand on my #MozCon talk and includes more data around shopping behaviour and areas of my talk that I cut to make sure I come in under my allotted time including the 4 major areas of remarketing: Google Display Network, Facebook, Twitter and Google Analytics and what makes each area unique and how you can use them to creating delightful remarketing experiences.

Plus I want to end the workshop working with 4 – 6 people in the room and help generate ideas and how they can use remarketing for their specific brand and company.

5 Questions To Ask Your Next Programmatic Vendor

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Programmatic… the act of planning and buying media without talking to a human being…is still misunderstood by the advertising world. Many people mix up programmatic with real-time bidding, which is in fact a subset of programmatic. There are three main areas of programmatic you’ll come across:

Real-Time Bidding is buying advertising (display/banner ads) in real time. Most advertising platforms (Quantcast, AreaOne & Adgorithms) will go into an auction and bid to compete & win  inventory to serve your customers with an advertisement. If you win the auction, your ad is served which hopefully means your customers will convert and buy something on your site. The auction process is very similar to Google AdWords.

Programmatic Direct is not done in real time but advertising is often bought months in advance. You could make it programmatic by showing advertisers what’s available in your inventory, cost and what creative they need to upload to launch a campaign. The advertiser picks what they want, uploads creative and charges their credit card for the purchase. I could also see TV, digital out of home and digital screens in malls or bars as a direct buy. These would all be done in advance too.

Programmatic Premium could be done in real-time. However, it usually seems to related to a private advertising exchange connecting a premium publisher(s) and a premium advertiser(s) to make a sale happen. You’d be working at a FMCG brand to get access to this advertising exchange is my impression.

Now if you work in-house like I do and you don’t plan to hire an outside agency to run your programmatic. Than you need to do some research on all the different platforms and ask the right questions. Most platforms offer the following:

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How Do You Create Delightful Remarketing In 2015?

I had the honour and pleasure of speaking at MozCon this past week. My topic was Delightful Remarketing and how you can do it too. It was very well received by the crowd based on feedback and the number of people I spoke to over the next 72 hours. Notes for each slide blow.Slide 1
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Remarketing is about connecting with visitors to your website who may not have made an immediate purchase. By targeting ads in front of a defined audience that had previously visited your website.Now when I explain remarking to most people. I get this reaction…Slide 3
A lot of people find remarketing creepy and weird. They don’t get why they are seeing those ads around the internet…. let alone how to make them stop. I don’t think that has to be the case, delightful remarketing.

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How To: A Beginners Guide to Adwords Scripts

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I’ve to admit I’m not a coder and I don’t plan to become one. I know HTML but that’s pretty basic and doesn’t qualify as coding skills as much as it did a decade ago when I was in college. However, after a year of many failed attempts and re-reading all I could on AdWords scripts, I finally got three to run successfully yesterday.

AdWords scripts are little pieces of software that you add to your AdWords account (or My Client Centre MCC) and help automatic tedious tasks for you that you want to take off your plate and free up your time. Most run behind the scenes and you’d never know they are there. Think of them as little Christmas helper elves. You should watch the video on the AdWords scripts homepage to get started.  You can check out the solution gallery but I wanted to focus on the two scripts that I feel any AdWords advertisers can run: Link Checker and Keywords Performance Report.

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AdWords Cross Account Conversions for My Client Centre (MCC)

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This isn’t a new feature, though it seems Google AdWords is starting to promote some of its lesser known features they think advertisers can use to make managing multiple AdWords accounts easier. Just a few weeks ago they reannounced Data Drive Attribution at Google I/Q and now I got a note for Cross-Account Conversions (set-up) in my account.

The idea behind AdWords Cross Account Conversions is that you’ll have one conversion tag for tracking your conversions across all your AdWords accounts instead of having a unique tag for each AdWords account you manage, which is great as I’ve 15 accounts broken down by country and one tag is better than 15.

You need to create your conversion tag(s) as you’d normally do (in your MCC) and then upload it to your site. Once you pass your look back window (default 30 days) for your old tags, you can remove the old tags and just keep the new one up. The reason you don’t want to remove the old conversion tags right away after putting the new ones up is you might miss out on conversions from people who came to your site in the last few weeks.

As a side note, you should look into getting Google Tag Manager setup, if you’re not currently using it.

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