Category Archives for "Contextual Advertising"

Nov 23

Day before Thanksgiving

By charles kirkland | Contextual Advertising

As a kid I loved the holidays.

I grew up with a very big family and nobody would dare miss Thanksgiving and Christmas at my grandmother’s house.

My grandmother would cook for days getting ready for it, and I would sample everything that came out of the oven. The house would be filled with so many wonderful aromas it was overwhelming.

Fresh baked bread, stuffing, fried chicken, fish, oven roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole...I’m getting hungry now just thinking about it.

She would create a buffet fit for a king and it lasted from lunch until dinner. Then she would pack up leftovers and send them home with the everybody.

Each year I asked my grandmother what she wanted for Christmas, and she always gave me the same answer.

Health for her and the family

Good times with her family and friends making new memories

To be above ground just one more year

Peace of mind to know what the future would hold

None of those things could be bought with money, and as a kid I couldn't understand why she didn’t want more physical things.

I certainly did.

I would create a wishlist a mile long.

But as I have matured I still reflect on her wisdom and appreciate it more and more.

As for health, skip my advice. I’m waiting on results from my blood test last week.

My advice for good times is to know that any day could be your last. Make the most of every second. Overlook the little things and tell someone you love them today. I guarantee it will make somebody's day.

Every day above ground is a good day. And when I’m not, it's still going to be a great day. You have to live every day with happiness, joy and a passion for life. Be truly thankful for what you have.

It's never about what you own, it's about the love you give and receive in return that counts.

As far as peace of mind, I can help you in that department. Let’s face it. The world of online marketing and paid media changes so fast it's crazy.

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In fact, you’ll often be ahead of the curve so you can position yourself to take advantage of changes while everybody else is running in circles screaming the sky is falling.

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Sep 10

Your FaceBook ads aren’t enough

By charles kirkland | Adwords , blog , Contextual Advertising

If you are using FaceBook ads only, you’re missing a large percentage of sales.

Yes, I just said it.

Allocate some of your ad budget to using outside remarketing to catch low-hanging fruit.

It’s Saturday morning so let’s keep the math simple.

If you are spending $1,000 per day to make 9 sales at $100 each, you’re losing money.

Now let’s go from losing money to making a profit in 30 minutes of time.

You need to allocate some of your budget to Google remarketing with text and display ads to target people who went to your shopping cart but didn’t checkout.

Since the typical shopping cart abandonment rate for online retailers varies between 60% and 80%, with an average of 67.91% it wouldn’t take long for you to see a positive ROI.

So on average 7 people out of 10 people never checkout. They leave with stuff still in their cart.

Here are some ideas to get people to come back and finish their purchase.

Offer free shipping.
Give a 5% discount.
Remind them they didn’t checkout.
Tell them you can only hold items in the cart for 24 hours.
Offer a bonus.

That is the 2nd best low-hanging fruit you will ever have.

If that’s the 2nd best, what is the best?

I’m glad you asked.

If you want to harvest the lowest hanging fruit, remarket to buyers who didn’t upgrade in the funnel and to past buyers.

This can be done with Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Bing and FaceBook.

Can you see the impact you can make to the bottom line?

Take some of your marketing budget and spend it on people who didn’t complete the checkout.

These evergreen campaigns take less then 30 minutes to set up in Google, and it’s done.

Plus, you can take it a step further with an abandoned cart email sequence depending on the email system you are using.

Or create an email sequence for people who tried to checkout but had a declined credit card.

But let’s save that for another day.

Now take some time this weekend and create an evergreen cart abandonment campaign, and let me know the results.

If you need help with setting up an evergreen cart abandonment campaign, let me know.

Feb 17

Overview Of More Types of Campaigns

By charles kirkland | blog , Contextual Advertising

After setting up your AdWords account there are a number of Campaigns that you would like to consider and make out. Here are the list of Campaigns that you can consider and make them according to your needs.

NOTE: There is no option in AdWords to create these campaigns. You have make these on your own that is do keyword research, make tightly themed adgroups and make relevant ads.

1. Specific Campaigns

These are the campaigns that target those keywords which are strictly targeted to the services of the client. In these types of campaigns, we strictly remain close to the theme and do not go far off track. The budget is kept tight over here and the Campaign remains under control.

2. Brand Campaign

Band Campaigns help you built up ads for your brand name. We need a brand name since other competitors can use our brand name as a keyword and show up their ads on our brand keyword which will further help them capture the prospects which were searching for your brand name.



As you can see in the screenshot, when we search for GoDaddy we see ads for BigRock which is their competitor. Hence, to save your prospective leads, you have to create a brand campaign. Also the Quality score (we will talk about this in a later checklist) for your brand campaign will remain pretty high.

3. Competitor Campaign

Bidding on competitor keywords and showing your ads on their keywords will help you capture their prospects. This campaign is just the opposite of the brand campaign. We have the authority to bid on any keyword or any trademark, but the only constraint here is that we cannot include the competitor’s name or a trademark in our ads.

NOTE: The campaigns that we will talk about from now on are an option in Google AdWords. You can choose them and work on them.

4. Mobile App Install

This campaign helps you increase your app downloads with ads by sending people directly to the app store link to download your app. You can promote both Apple App Store and Google Play Store apps using this feature.


To start making a Mobile app install Campaign, you need to click on the +CAMPAIGN button and then select Search Network Only from the drop down menu.


After clicking on +Campaign, you will see something like what is shown in the screenshot. Enter the name of the Campaign. After that you need to click on the Mobile App Installs radio button to make a Mobile app installs campaign.


The next step is to give the name of the app that you wish to promote. Click on Select app and then click on Add a new app. After clicking on Add a new app, you will see a dialogue box which is exactly as shown in the above right side screenshot. Here you need to select whether the app is from Apple App Store or from Google Play, then you need to type in the name of the app, click the lookup button and then select your app.

The rest of the setting options remain the same as discussed in the Account-Checklist doc except for the Bid Strategy.


  • Target CPA : Here you can specify how much money you can spend for one install that is cost per acquisition.
  • Target return on Ad Spend: Here you can tell Google that how much return you want from the ad spend.
  • Target search page location: Here the bids are set automatically to place your bid on the top or on the first page whichever you choose.
  • Maximize Clicks: Here you can specify a Maximum bid limit and Google will automatically place the bid(lower than the Maximum bid
  • limit) and will try to fetch you the maximum clicks.
  • Manual CPC: The same model that we use in Search network where you specify a maximum bid for a single click.

After completing all the necessary steps, when you click on Save and Continue, you will be redirected to a page where you can create AdGroups, ads and add keywords just as we did in the Accounts-Checklist.doc.

5. Mobile App Engagement

This campaign will help you re-engage people who use your app with ads that deep link to specific screens within your mobile app. The campaign settings are the same as “Mobile App Installs”. More information about this campaign type can be found here: Mobile App Engagement.

6. Dynamic Search Ads

If you or your client has a website that has a lot of content, perhaps thousands of pages, and you don’t know how to setup their AdWords account, then Dynamic Search Ads (DSA) is there to rescue you. DSA Campaigns work best if you a.) own an eCommerce store, or b.) sell seasonal product lines and have a lot of pages.

Following are the benefits of using DSA campaign:

  1. Saves a lot of time.
  2. Automatic ad creation.
  3. You can tap additional markets.

In DSA instead of keywords, Google uses the content of your pages to target searches. You can choose whether all pages or just specific sections should be used to target your ads by creating Dynamic Ad targets. Dynamic Ad targets can be your whole website or specific sections, such as the following:

  • Pages belonging to specific categories
  • Pages with titles containing certain words
  • Pages with URLs containing certain strings of text
  • Pages containing certain words

Now lets go through the setup process:


Login to your AdWords account and click on the Campaigns Tab. Next, click on +Campaign and select “Search Only”.


On the next page, enter your campaign name and check the “Dynamic Search Ads” radio button.


Scroll down to advanced settings and under Dynamic Search Ads, put in your website name and select the language of the pages of your website. If your website is multilingual, then it is advisable to create separate campaigns for each language. Click on Save & Continue and you will then be redirected to the page where you have to create ad groups for the campaign.


On this page, you have to enter the name of the Ad group. After that, you have to create an ad. In this ad you cannot add a Headline or the Destination URL since it is automatically added by Google. They take into consideration the query searched by a user and the website pages scanned.


Next, you will see a checkbox under Auto targets. Check this box if you want to show ads when a user searches for terms related to any of your webpages. We don’t recommend it, but if yours is a small website which is tightly themed, then this option will work quite well for you. Next, enter in your Default Max. bid for this Ad group.



If you have not checked the button on the previous page, then you will need to add your specific pages for which you want to run ads. Click on +Dynamic Ad Target button under the Auto Targets tab.



Click on the second radio button on the dialogue box that appears. Below the radio buttons, there is a drop down menu which has 4 values:  “CATEGORY”, ”URL”, ”PAGE_TITLE” and ”PAGE_CONTENT”. You can use these values to choose which pages you want to add in this adgroup. For example, if you wish to promote just Red Nike Shoes, you can select PAGE_CONTENT and in the text box put a string which is common in all of the Red Nike Shoes pages. Similar is the case with the other values.


If you want create more ads for the adgroup you can click on the +AD under the Ads tab and create new ads for your adgroup.

7. Call-Only Campaigns


Call-Only campaigns are focused on devices through which calls can be made. It allows you to include your phone number in the ad on which the prospects can click and give you a call. This feature has recently been introduced and is being used widely by many advertisers.

You can take a look at the screenshot to know what a call-only ad looks like. As you see, it has just the phone number, DL1, DL2 and a Display URL.



These are the parameters of a Call-Only ad. The character limits for your Business Name is 25, whereas the character limits for DL1 and DL2 remain the same at 35.


To make a Call-Only campaign, Click on +Campaign under the Campaigns tab and select “Search Network Only” from the drop down menu.


On the next screen, after entering the campaign name, put a check on the Call-only radio button after entering all of the other information on the setting page, which are same as all of the other campaigns. You are now ready to launch a Call-only Campaign.

Every other thing is similar to other campaigns, which are explained above except for the ad format. Below is the screenshot for the ad format of a call-only campaign:


We hope that you are now familiar with all of the ad parameters here. For a verification URL, you can put in the website link. If you want to track phone calls, you can use the Google call forwarding number which will tell you exactly for how many minutes the call lasted and other parameters. Otherwise, you can just click on the “My own phone number” if you want to track the calls on your own.

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Oct 16

Media Buyer Guide To A Successful Paid Traffic Business

By charles kirkland | Adwords , blog , Contextual Advertising , FaceBook

Media Buyer Guide To A Successful Paid Traffic Business

Yesterday I really screwed up big time, and it’s all my fault.

In Ontraport you have to select the from name before you can send a broadcast. I have multiple businesses in 1 Ontraport account and I forgot to select my name.

So when the email went out it had the from name as “On Behalf Of owner” which is super creepy.

Because I don’t want you to think I’ve gone off the deep end I want to give you access to one of my paid products to make up for the email screw up.

It’s called “What Does It Take to Have a Successful Paid Traffic Business” and it walks you through what you need to know in order to scale your traffic.

Just ignore the part where I tell you that you made an excellent purchase.

I’m not charging you for this.