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PPC | PAID SEARCH | 5 Hidden Areas of Google Ads You Probably Didn’t Know About

Article by Aric Whiteley


Discover the untapped potential of Google Ads with these lesser-known tools – from dynamic remarketing to seasonality adjustments.


Google Ads has been around for 23 years and is arguably the most complex PPC ad platform within digital marketing.


Over the past few years, there has been a conscious effort to consolidate campaign settings and simplify the available levers within an account.


On the one hand, I think it reduces friction on campaign setup for the less marketing savvy.


However, as someone who has dedicated their professional career to digital marketing, it can cause frustration. In some cases, the tools and features I had before are slowly disappearing.


After using Google Ads for over a decade, there are a few areas that I think most advertisers or agencies don’t utilize enough.


This guide aims to bring light to some of the lesser-known tools and areas of the platform that can pack a big punch when implemented right.


1. Dynamic product remarketing


The first and the most underutilized Google Ads feature is checking a little-known area called “dynamic parameters.”


The premise is that dynamic product marketing is only made possible by making sure you are passing through the right parameters via the Google Tag.


For some reason, there is an expectation that dynamic product remarketing with Performance Max is automatic. But this is only true if your pixel is set up properly.


For ecommerce, we believe it’s a huge miss if you are not dynamically remarketing to your potential customers, specifically when a customer visits a potential product(s) and does not purchase.


The ideal strategy is to allow Google to have visibility into which products each customer looks at.


In a way, it generally does, but to get the best results, you want to ensure that you are passing through the “id” value in your pixel.


This is a critical variable that the Google Ads tag needs visibility into so it can properly remarked.


I dug up the Google help article on Tagging your website for dynamic remarketing. You need to work with your developers to ensure the structured data passes through.

I suggest using the Datalayer checker plugin for Chrome. This will help you and your developers identify the correct variables you want to pass through.


Where to access this in Google Ads

  • Click on Tools and settings > Audience manager > Your data sources > Details.

  • Review the ‘id’ parameter.

    • If you don’t have one, then you’ll need to work with a developer to make sure you’re passing it through.

    • If you see IDs passing through, make sure that they match Google Merchant Center. If they don’t, then dynamic remarketing will not work.

2. Seasonality adjustments


In the age of smart bidding, most marketers rely entirely on the algorithm to do the job.

However, a computer cannot anticipate or understand outside factors in many instances.


If you’re using smart bidding, you will want to know the next hidden setting, seasonality adjustment.


This lesser-known tool within Google Ads allows you to give the smart bidding algorithm a heads up on what’s to come.


This is the most useful if you know definitively that conversion rates will increase or decrease significantly.


By inputting these dates and the expected conversion rate variance, smart bidding will use that in the process.


Where to access this in Google Ads

  • Click on Tools and settings > Bid strategies > Advanced controls.

  • Navigate to Seasonality adjustments, then click on New seasonality adjustment.

3. Data exclusion


In the same area, you'll see my next hidden feature, data exclusion.

This tool lets you exclude specific dates across an account, campaign, or campaign type. As Google states:

“Data exclusions are meant to account for outages or major issues related to conversion tracking. Using them often or for long periods could negatively impact Smart Bidding performance.”

This is extremely useful if you experience a conversion drop or the pixel is over-reporting.

If you can identify the issue, you can remove that data from the algorithm. This can save you a lot of potentially wasteful spend if you encounter a tracking issue.

Where to access this in Google Ads

  • Click on Tools and settings > Bid strategies > Advanced controls.

  • Navigate to Data exclusions, then click on New data exclusion.


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PPC Consultant London, Google AdWords Consultant London, PPC Specialist London, AdWords Specialist London

Original article by Aric Whiteley on searchengineland.com


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