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PPC | PAID SEARCH | Top 5 Ways to Stay Up to Date On Paid Search Trends

Article by Melissa Mackay


Stay on top of crucial updates in paid search. Discover five effective ways to stay informed about the latest trends and changes.


Paid search changes quickly. A single announcement from Google Ads or Microsoft Ads can cause drastic changes in the way advertisers promote their products and services.


Changes can be subtle, like moving functions around in the online user interface. Or they can be massive, like deprecating expanded text ads, launching Performance Max, or dumping Universal Analytics for Google Analytics 4.


It’s imperative that PPC practitioners stay up to date on new developments in the industry. Not only do changes impact performance, but they affect marketing strategy and the way we interact with clients or internal marketing departments.


Staying current on new developments in paid search is so crucial that I always ask potential new hires, “What publications or websites do you read to stay up to date on paid search trends?”


If they can’t answer, or say “Uh, none?” then they don’t move on to the next interview stage.


Here are the top five ways to stay updated on paid search trends.


1. Industry news sites


If you’re reading this article, you’re already reading one of the best news sites for paid search news. Search Engine Land prides itself on sharing the news as it breaks.


The blogs for the major search engines are also important reading for new feature announcements and other important updates. Both the Google Ads blog and the Microsoft Ads blog are excellent sources for new releases and features.


If you are looking for retail-specific news, the Tinuiti blog is a great resource on all things retail ads, especially Amazon.


2. Email newsletters


What better way to get the latest news than to have it delivered to your inbox every morning?


Several news sites and organizations have daily or weekly newsletters that round up all the important PPC news.

  • Search Engine Land has its own newsletter. It’s how I start each weekday.

  • MarTech, also a Third Door Media publication, has a daily newsletter, focused on marketing technology news that’s often relevant for PPC professionals.

  • The Paid Search Association sends out daily news links. Membership to the PSA is free.

  • WordStream, a digital marketing solution, has a newsletter covering PPC and SEO.

  • Doing retail PPC? Check out the Retail Brew newsletter covering all things retail.

  • If you’re looking for general news on a variety of business topics, including the business of advertising and marketing, SmartBrief offers multiple newsletters to which you can subscribe.

  • Interested in AI? Who in paid search isn’t? TLDR offers an AI newsletter.

Most marketing agencies offer newsletters, too, giving their own take on the latest PPC and digital advertising news. There are too many to list here.


3. Online chats


I’ve found the best way to keep up with fast-changing PPC news is by following online chats.


PPCChat, which started on Twitter (now known as X) in 2011 by Matt Umbro and is now run by Julie Bacchini, is one of the most active online chats on paid search.


Follow the #ppcchat hashtag on X to read up-to-the-minute news from PPC professionals.


PPCChat also hosts a weekly chat on a topic every Tuesday at noon Eastern time. The chats have recently moved to Slack due to challenges with X. Anyone can join the lively discussion.


The Paid Search Association also has a Slack channel where PPC news is shared. It’s free to all members of the PSA.


Other X hashtags to follow:


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

Original article by Melissa Mackay on searchengineland.com


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