UK Google Adwords – Your best route to new customers.
Google dominates the UK search market more completely than the US or the rest of the world.
Market share in January ’12 was measured at 91% by Experian Hitwise.
We have never seen a webserver log show less than 90% of search traffic from Google, (see right.)
Google have not only succeeded in creating the best search engine they’ve also produced the best pay-per-click advertising channel.
Google were first to put the most relevant adverts for every search top. Using a quality score that includes the ads click-through-rate searchers vote the better ads up.
More relevant ads have taught us all to click on the right-hand-side, the sponsored links.
Google showed that many 10p clicks can pass a few £5 clicks and their $ billions have kept them on top.
Google’s choice of ten, four-line text, sponsored links was selected after extensive testing.
This format worked best.
Google also encouraged their clients to split-test their messages.
Put up two of more messages and Google rotates them to find the winner.
The three way test used identical Ad copy except for the display URL or domain name
and was set to show the ads evenly.
This was a test to prove the power of keywords in the domain name.
The second test measuring the difference between .co.uk and .com in the UK has under-recorded the impact by having ‘UK Installation’ in the text.
(Google has since stopped Ad groups having Ads that land on more than one domain name.
Rob has supervised a student who used another way to do this in 2011.)
Google also deploys your changes quickly and have provided a whole raft of alerts, reports, and tools you you to track your campaign’s performance. Do you use Adwords with only one Ad? Get your free Adwords Audit without obligation.
Gather Marketing Intelligence & Test-market your New Product Ideas
Google Adwords has been used to gather market intelligence data, to test the market for new products before spending all the development budget and even to test for the best title for a book!
Test Market Your New Ideas Fast with Adwords. Contact Rob to access Research-Proven Consultancy
Rob’s article on Adwords as a test tool discusses this in detail.
Here are some examples:
- Impressions can predict demand based on natural or seasonal changes.
- Test market new brands and online domain names.
- Split test titles for books and multimedia releases.
- Verify interest in products and services before spending your development budget.
- You will need an offer, white paper or the like on your landing page.
Google Adwords can track your Return on Investment with Conversion Tracking
We recommend adding the little bits of tracking code to help see how your Ads are converting in your Google’s Adwords account. For real optimisation of your conversion of your website’s visitors to leads and sales you need to use a stats package or
Google Analytics. The discussion about Conversion Tracking continues on the Can you Afford Adwords? page.