If you're struggling with increasing your impression share in Google AdWords, your not alone. Running ppc campaigns is it's own ball game with in the world of digital marketing which can require much, research and knowledge.Here are some tips to help you boost your impression share in Google AdWords.
Tip 1: Are You Maxing Out Your Daily Budget Too Early in the Day?
If you are running ads with a low daily budget, you may hit your daily budget too early in the day, resulting in your ads not showing until the following day.
Some ways around this would be to of course increase your daily budget, but first, take look at your keyword bids. You may be bidding too high and paying too much per click.
If the traffic is there, you can try lowering your bids so you can ultimately pay a lower cost per click, allowing you to squeeze more clicks out of your current budget without increasing your spend.
Tip 2: Check Your Ad Position
Having a low ad position does not necessarily mean you will have a lower impression share, but it can definitely be used as an indicator.
If your impression share is lower than 80% and you have lower than desired ad positions, then it's time to bump up your bids. Make sure you have enough budget to last the day as well.
Tip 3: Check Your Keyword List
Some advertisers may be running several keywords in one adgroup and in some cases, an advertiser will have a low impression share at the adgroup level or campaign level. Digging into your adgroups to scan through your keyword lists is a good way to find keywords that may be making a dent in your impression share.
In your adgroup, at the keyword level, be sure to include the impression share column.
This will allow you to quickly see which keywords have the lowest and highest impression shares. If you do find a keyword with a very low impression share, decide whether it's performing and worth keeping or not.
If it is, try putting the term in it's own adgroup for better management.
Tip 4: Check Your Quality Score
Quality score, quality score, quality score. If your new to the PPC game, you'll get to know this term pretty well. There is a lot of hype around the term and maybe there should be in most cases.
Google's foremost objective is to deliver it's users the ultimate searching experience, and that means high quality search results.
As an advertiser, if you have low quality scores such as 1/10 - 4/10, then your account may suffer lower impression shares.
The reason being is that if Google does not believe that your ad is highly relevant, then your ad will be limited to the amount of users who get to see your ad, thus your ad and key term receiving a lower impression share.
To fix this, make sure your keyword, ad and landing page are highly relevant and make sure to keep a solid ad position to achieve a good click-through rate.
Tip 5: Bump Up Your Bids
By now, you probably see the pattern and how many of these aspects of AdWords all work together; Bids, ad position, impression share, CTR, etc.
If your impression share is low, trying increasing your bids to achieve a higher ad position.
This will let the AdWords system know you would like to be competitive and more aggressive.
Tip 6: Use Ad Extensions
This tip is a bit like having a low ad position. If doesn't necessarily mean you will have a lower impression share simply by not utilizing ad extensions, however not using ad extensions may effect your quality score, and we now know that in some cases, if you have a lower quality score, your ad may be shown less and will result in having a low impression share.
Well there you have it, 6 tips to boosting your impression share in Google AdWords.
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