Brad Geddes / PPC Geek
Official Google Ads Seminar Leader.
Author of Advanced Google AdWords.
Co-Founder, Adalysis.
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Last Chance to Register for the Munich Advanced Google Ads Workshop

SMX Munich is quickly approaching. If you want to attend a Google Ads Workshop, you should register soon as we usually sell out the workshops.

This year we’ll be discussing:

The Buyer Journey: We’ll relate this information to each section throughout the day.

Match Types & Organization: With the change to match types, you might need to update your organization. We’ll cover the new match types as well as get into n-grams and Levenshtein distance.

Perfecting your ads & ad testing: From DSA, RSA, ETAs, and more. We’ll go into ad structure and scientific testing so you can pull marketing insights out of your ad tests.

Using Impression Share & Quality Score to Make Smart Decisions: We’ll get into the nuances of quality score and show how to work, graph, and increase yours.

Audience Targeting Strategies: We’ll make sure everyone understands the options, and then look back at the buyer journey to plan out how you use your audiences.

Automating Your Account: We’ll get into what can be automated as well as what should not be automated to make sure you know how to be efficient with your time. By the end of this session, you’ll know when and how to leverage automation for many aspects of your Google Ads account.

In addition, there will be networking opportunities and plenty of time to get into a variety of questions with our Open Q&A session.

If you can’t make it to Munich, here’s where we’ll be this year:

DateLocationInformation
April 1, 2019Munich, GermanyRegistration & Details
May 20, 2019London, UKRegistration & Details
June 3, 2019Seattle, WARegistration & Details
October 2, 2019Berlin, GermanyDetails Coming Soon
November, 2019New York City, NYDetails Coming Soon

You can register here or see the full agenda here: Google Ads Workshop Agenda or see a video of the agenda:

We hope to see you in 2019 🙂

Join Us in Munich for the SMX Workshops (Advanced Google Ads) & Panel Discussions

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SMX Munich is the best PPC conference in all of Germany, and once again, I’ll be there for both panel discussions and running an Advanced Google Ads Workshop.

This year, I’ll be on two different panels:

The Latest & Greatest in Online in Online Ads: Navah Hopkins & myself will be breaking down what makes a great ad these days. We’ll look at the current state of RSAs & ETAs and which is performing best these days as well as some stats comparing these ad formats. In addition, we’ll get into testing, ad extensions, and current trends with Google Ads.

Ask the PPC Experts: It’s always good to get answers to all your questions, and that’s just what we’ll do in this panel. Martin Röttgerding, Frederick Vallaeys, and myself (Brad Geddes) will take on all answers and get into fun discussions as to anything PPC related.

As usual, we’ll kick off SMX Munich with an advanced Google Ads Workshop.

Advanced Google Ads Workshop Agenda

The Buyer Journey: We’ll relate this information to each section throughout the day.

Match Types & Organization: With the change to match types comes a change to your organization. We’ll cover the new match types as well as get into n-grams and Levenshtein distance.

Perfecting your ads & ad testing: From DSA, RSA, ETAs, and more. We’ll go into ad structure and scientific testing so you can pull marketing insights out of your ad tests.

Using Impression Share & Quality Score to Make Smart Decisions: We’ll get into the nuances of quality score and show how to work, graph, and increase yours.

Audience Targeting Strategies: We’ll make sure everyone understands the options, and then look back at the buyer journey to plan out how you use your audiences.

Automating Your Account: We’ll get into what can be automated as well as what should not be automated to make sure you know how to be efficient with your time. By the end of this session, you’ll know when and how to leverage automation for many aspects of your Google Ads account.

In addition, there will be networking opportunities and plenty of time to get into a variety of questions with our Open Q&A session.

If you can’t make it to Munich, here’s where we’ll be this year:

DateLocationInformation
April 1, 2019Munich, GermanyRegistration & Details
May 20, 2019London, UKRegistration & Details
June 3, 2019Seattle, WARegistration & Details
October 2, 2019Berlin, GermanyDetails Coming Soon
November, 2019New York City, NYDetails Coming Soon

You can register here or see the full agenda here: Google Ads Workshop Agenda or see a video of the agenda:

We hope to see you in Munich 🙂

2019 Google Ads Workshop Schedule Released

We have the 2019 Google Ads Workshop scheduled finalized along with the updated agenda.

Here’s our 2019 Schedule:

DateLocationInformation
April 1, 2019Munich, GermanyRegistration & Details
May 20, 2019London, UKRegistration & Details
June 3, 2019Seattle, WARegistration & Details
October 2, 2019Berlin, GermanyDetails Coming Soon
November, 2019New York City, NYDetails Coming Soon

As we do every year, we’ve revamped the agenda. Here’s the highlights for 2019:

The Buyer Journey
We start the day looking at how people search and the overall buying funnel. We will examine funnels for different types of companies. This information helps set the stage for the rest of the day as your keywords, ads, audiences, and attribution models all stem from how people search, research, and buy from your company.

Comprehensive Keyword Usage & Organization:
The absolute center of every Google Ads campaign is keywords. We’ll start this section by correlating keywords to the buying funnel and examining the user intent. While keywords are the lifeblood of PPC, perfecting your match types usage while controlling your negative keywords can drastically increase your overall revenue.

With the recent changes to match types, we’ll dive into how to manage search terms and organizational principles to maintain control of your search terms even though the match type changes.

For the advanced users, we will get into n-gram analysis and levenshtein distance for query management and analysis.

Everything You Need to Know About Creating & Testing Amazing Ads:
There’s a reason it’s called Google Ads, Bing Ads, and Ad Groups. The only part of your account that a searcher sees is your ads. We’ll cover how to:

  • • Create compelling ads
  • • How to use RSAs, ETAs, and 3rd headlines
  • • Scientifically test ads for small to enterprise accounts
  • • Find & use insights from ad testing data

It doesn’t matter if you have 10 ads or 10 million; we will go through how to test individual ad groups, and test at scale so you can pull customer insight data for your account.

Using Impression Share & Quality Score to Make Smart Decisions:
Impression share shows you how often your ads are displayed and gives you wonderful share of voice data. Quality Score is a diagnostic tool that can help you understand improvements that your account needs.

In this section, we will demystify quality score, show you how to analyze and improve it; and then use quality score and impression share data to determine how to increase your account’s effectiveness.

Audience Targeting Strategies:
Audience targeting should be part of your PPC strategies. We’ll examine display remarketing, remarketing list for search ads, customer match, demographic targeting, and other audience options.

We’ll show how to create advertising strategies for your account that combines audience targeting data and other AdWords features together to fine tune your customer acquisition strategy.

We’ll relate these features back to the customer journey so you can fill your funnel with users based upon where your want to increase your funnel size.

Automating Your Account:
There are many tasks to accomplish when managing a successful PPC account. Some of these tasks should be fully automated while others should be semi-automated or even manual. In the era of machine learning and AI; humans need to spend their limited time wisely and leverage automation where appropriate.
In this session, we’ll cover:

  • • The types of automation
  • • How and when to fully automate tasks
  • • What tasks should leverage semi-automation and filters

This section will cover many aspects of Google Ads from bidding to ad testing to search terms management to reporting.

By the end of the session, you will know when and how to leverage automation for many aspects of your Google Ads account.

Networking Opportunities:
Conferences are fantastic places to network and meet fellow practitioners of online marketing. Lunch will be provided so you can spend time getting to know your fellow attendees.

Open Q&A: You will have the opportunity to ask questions as we go throughout the agenda during the day; and we will end the day with an open Q&A session so you can make sure your specific questions are answered.

We hope to see you somewhere in 2019 🙂

A Retrospective of Working in PPC For 20 Years

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On December 4, 1998, I hung up the phone with a representative from GoTo.com and was officially a PPC Marketer. Over the course of 20 years, PPC has changed significantly, and this is a reflection of 20 years of PPC.

The Bidding Years

In the early days of PPC, there was initially GoTo.com, founded as an Idea Labs company by Bill Gross. Every single bid could be seen. Ad position was only determined by bid, and there wasn’t a penalty for not getting clicks.

‘PPC Skills’ meant you understood keyword research, a little bit of ad writing, and be pretty good at math. Those were the three primary skills a PPC marketer needed.

This led to two types of advertisers. The first group was those who were using a CPM model payment, as they bought CPM elsewhere. These people realized that you could buy any non-relevant keyword and it would not get clicked; but you would get the ad impressions. They viewed PPC as a way to get low cost exposure; but of course, hurt GoTo’s revenue as they didn’t want clicks. Then there were the performance advertisers. They would watch bids and make adjustments as necessary.

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Free Webinar: How the Changing Paid Search Landscape Will Impact Marketers

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This Thursday we’re doing a webinar on the future of paid search. What will be the biggest impact?

  • • Machine learning
  • • Voice search & ads
  • • GDPR / Legal compliance & privacy issues
  • • Attribution
  • • Something else?

Come and listen to this wonderful discussion about how the world of regulations, consumer choice, machines, technology, and of course – us wonderful humans – will affect your world.

From this holiday season to the upcoming years, the only consistency is change. Having an idea of what changes will affect you and ensuring you are prepared will make sure your paid search accounts stay successful today and into the future.

Note: if you register and don’t attend, you can listen to the recordings in the future; so, there’s not a good reason not to register.

Please register here to be prepared to the future.

How to Network at a Conference When You’re an Introvert

We’re heading to Pubcon later this year, and one of the benefits of attending any conference is networking. This is an exciting word for an extrovert and a very scary word for an introvert.

In case you’re new to the world of introverts & extroverts, here’s the bullet point definitions:

  • • Extroverts get their energy from others (i.e. social situations) and enjoy going to networking events
  • • Introverts recharge when they are alone and tend to avoid networking events or go to them with trepidation

Based upon various studies; introverts make up 16%-50% of the world’s population. There are many of us (no one seems to know how many); and some are more extreme than others. I’ve been an extreme introvert for years. For those of you who know me, this might seem like a contradiction. I speak all over the world and on a Myers Briggs scale; I’m over 85% introvert.

So how does an introvert become a good networker? Let’s take a look at a few of the secrets.

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We’ve Added One More Advanced Google Ads Workshop for 2018


We added one more workshop from our initial schedule in 2018. This one will take place in New York City on October 23, 2018.

The SMX workshops are one day intensive training session about Google AdWords (or Google Ads depending on the name you’re using right now) and how to extract the most value from your AdWords Account. We have partnered with SMX to bring you this interactive learning experience. You can attend a full day workshop, attend the conference, or do both if you desire.
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(For Beginners) The Skills You Must Develop to be a Digital Marketer

When you’re starting out, the possibilities are endless. However, everyone needs to specialize in a discipline of digital marketing to be great. We believe that you should be great in one thing, and know how the others function so you can communicate well with various teams.

When you are new, what do you want to be? Do you want to be:

  • • Technical SEO Expert
  • • On page SEO consultant
  • • PPC Analyst
  • • Data storyteller
  • • Content Creator
  • • Social Media Guru
  • • Or something else?

Each of these disciplines shares a few required skills; but in most cases, they need different skill sets ranging from hard to soft skills.

Each one of these industries attracts a different type of individual. To find out which one speaks to you, and the skills you need, please see the video we did with Simplilearn examining the necessary skills to develop, especially in a growing AI / Machine Learning world.

I hope you enjoy the video 🙂