What trends will impact the way advertisers run affiliate programs in 2018?
On August 7th, 2017, Bing Ads updated its Relevancy and Quality Policy, adding a new System Quality Policy to “enhance a positive user experience by delivering improved ad and network quality.”
The policy provides Bing Ads the ability to limit or remove keywords and/or ads from its platform that have not shown any performance over a significant period of time. In addition, advertisers subject to the policy may see additional restrictions within ‘sensitive categories,’ including: weapons, pharmaceuticals, gambling, adult, and trademark.
We were excited by Bing Ads’ announcement, particularly the additional protection it provides brand owners against irrelevant trademark use by third-party search advertisers. So, we decided to take a look to see what, if any, impact the policy change had on trademark bidding using the BrandVerity Paid Search Monitoring tool. We’ll talk about the results of that study later in the post.
We used the BrandVerity Paid Search Monitoring tool to look for trademark bidding on some of the most anticipated gifts of this holiday season including Apple Airpods, Amazon Echo, Hatchimals, and Super Mario Odyssey. We monitored branded keywords associated with these well-known products over the extended Thanksgiving weekend and through Cyber Monday.
What we found wasn’t pretty. We’ll go into specific examples later on, but here are some of the general findings:
We don’t need to tell you that the holiday season is the busiest time of year for retailers. Right now you are in the thick of it! Adobe is already forecasting that U.S. online sales will surpass $100 billion this holiday season–a 13.8% increase over last year!
This webinar took place on November 7th and has been recorded. The recording is available here.
Have you noticed anything fishy in your paid search campaigns lately? Unexplainable metrics? Unusual spikes in cost-per-click (CPC)? Or strange dips in click-through rates (CTRs)? You start going back through your PPC reporting to try to figure out what happened. Did you or someone on your team do something by mistake that could have caused a major change in the health of your account? You can’t put your finger on the problem. Frustration and confusion follow.
If you work in paid search, you may have heard about the importance of paid search monitoring. If not, read the first post in this two-part series, where we explain the many reasons why paid search monitoring is a no-brainer for PPC professionals.
There are too many search marketing tool roundups. There, I said it! I know because before writing this post, I researched other ones like it. Paid search tools kept coming up in our recent eBook on Expert PPC Tips, and I figured there must be some centralized resource about the available set of options.