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A Defining Moment For Google: Expanded Text Ads and UI Change

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Over the next 12 months Google will finish a product roll out that will define the company for the next decade. With advertising being a $60 billion dollar business in the USA alone and Google making up 50% of that revenue. Any change Google makes to their AdWords has a profound effect on their future growth.

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The two products rollouts are Expanded Text Ads and a major overhaul of their AdWords platform interface. I won’t go into detail on each change as you can follow the links above. Over ten years I’ve seen many changes with AdWords (and even Google Analytics). However, these two changes are a dramatic shift in how Google does business and a North star for the company to be more mobile focused.

If Google makes even a small misstep then that has an impact on their revenue and the moonshot projects they invest in. We are already starting to see early results roll in that Expanded Text Ads are underperforming compared to old AdWords ads. If Google can’t get this under control in the next 3 months then I don’t know if 2017 will be a brighter year for AdWords.

Facebook vs Google: Who Knows More About You Online?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about online identity, advertising and the different ways that Google and Facebook know who we are and know when to serve us an advertisement (aka banner ad).

Google has someone use multiple emails & profiles and has no way to connect them all together. I know Google often plays the long game but even from a short term point of view, I feel this is starting to hurt than help them. If Google doesn’t know all my profiles then how can they get a better understanding of who my whole self is online and what I like or don’t like for that matter.

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[Results] PPC & Performance Marketing Salary Survey 2016

After conceiving of this idea, a PPC salary survey, and launching it within 24 hours. We now have the results less than 6 weeks later. Never launched something this fast and had a watershed of results but when you make something people already want, they’ll come in droves.

Sign Up For Next Year

…to take the survey and see results. We will launch this survey for a second year in Feb 2017. So sign up and make sure you take part. The more data means the more we can make sure we all make a decent and fair wage in our discipline.

I’m Speaking at Hero Conf Philadelphia 2016

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I’m lucky to have been picked to speak at Hero Conf that’s taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year. Last year I attended the event in Portland, Or which was great as it was the first time  I got to see the city and take the train down the West Coast. I digress.

I’m going to talk about attribution for my talk and how to use it to figure out where to spend your money and time within your marketing team. Attribution has been a hot topic. on my blog the last year or so.

Hope to see you in Philadelphia April 25 – 27th, 2016.

I’m Speaking at Google Digital Breakfast 2016

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I’m speaking at a Google Digital Breakfast in Vancouver 24th February 2016. The event is hosted by Titan PPC and fully sponsored by Google. You can check out the schedule for the event, which is actually taking place at night vs the morning. I’m going to talk about AdWords, Quality Score and why those are so important toward helping make more money in 2016…while using landing pages of course.

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