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Facebook, Instagram, Apple and Google Apps Search Ads Secrets – Make Money From Your Products

A bit about search ads first.

There are billions of Apps and products out there and it is becoming harder and harder to stand out. You don’t want to spend countless of hours developing your dream app or products just to have close to zero sale per month.

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This blog is an aggregate of the best secrets of Apple and Google Apps search ads for successful App developers.

This blog also includes tips and tricks for successful Google Search Ads, Facebook Search Ads and Instagram Search Ads for any product.

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Apple Search Ads uses a Cost-Per-Tap (CPT) model, meaning that advertisers need to pay Apple every time someone “taps” on a Search Ad listing after performing a keyword search. While on other traditional mobile ad networks such as Google UAC or Facebook Ads, the advertiser usually pays per app install (Cost-Per Install model, or CPI) after a user saw or interacted with an ad.

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Apple offers 2 types of search ads – basic and advanced. Which one should you choose?

I guess it depends upon the type of app and installs you want. Basic is CPI based vs Advanced is CPT based. This might make you think that Basic is better because you only pay when you get an install BUT that’s not the best way of looking at it. Basic has a much higher cost per install CPI than the cost per tap CPT you have from the advanced one. So unless your user either buys an IAP or paid app which makes more money than the CPI you paid to acquire that user, you might lose money.

Also, advanced lets your focus on specific keywords whereas Basic is mostly Apple’s own hidden algorithm showing your ads. Focusing on specific keywords is important because you don’t just want user to download the app, you want them to open and use it too. Since we don’t know how Apple will show your ad for basic, you have no clue whether your app is getting perfectly targeted.

So you may or may not be paying more money for the install using Basic vs Advanced as advanced can get you a lot more impressions of the ad (and more downloads if your metadata is on point).

Apple Search Ads is an intent-based channel

This is important in the post-IDFA era because Apple looks at the context of a particular search to target ads based on keywords. By its very nature, ASA does not rely on IDs to target individuals. Attribution models already have an advantage over other channels that rely on IDs for individual behavioural targeting.

With Apple Search Ads, you can tap into user intent signals that match your offerings and attract higher-quality users. That’s why Apple claims such impressive performance numbers, such as 50 percent average conversion rates and 65 percent download rates.

A bit about search ads first.

I personally would never run Basic for a free app (even if it has IAP) as the CPI is very high and unless I have a high conversion rate for the IAP, I would be losing money. For a paid app, it might work well though.

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I have mostly tested Advanced. I did run Basic but the CPI was way too high so I stopped it. For advanced, I would advice:

Start small but not too small. Like don’t set a daily budget of under $5 or over $20. Start with lets say $10 and keep it like that for 1-2 weeks and see how it works. Adjust the keywords in the search ad, adjust your screenshots, icon and other metadata to make it look more attractive if you notice people are clicking on the ad but not tapping the download button etc.

Before running search ads, make sure you have your freemium app monetization and DAU (active users) absolutely down. Like if you only have banner ads in the app and no way for user to buy the in app purchase, don’t bother with search ads yet if your cost per acquisition is too high. For example if your CPA is $2 in an extremely competitive app category, and you spend $2 to acquire a new user or you waste $2 on a user who taps on the ad but doesn’t hit download. You may never make your money back from your ads in the app. Banner ads aren’t even worth it imo unless you have thousands of active users. They hardly make a few pennies per 1000 impressions. Interstitial ads are better and make more money and Rewarded ads are even better. But still, you need to look at numbers to see whether you are at least breaking even.

Apple and Google gives you $100 credit for free to try it out, so use that to test it out and look at numbers, make changes etc.

Set the search ad settings correctly. There is an option for targeting audience – whom would you like to see your ad and options are “People who already have your app“, “People who don’t have your app” etc. Of course you don’t want to select the first option because they already have your app. You want to acquire new users. You can also choose the age of the audience. So for example, if you have an app which you is meant for people who own houses, you don’t want to target people under 25 or even 30 years old because most of them won’t own houses.

If you are getting taps (you spend money per tap) but not conversions (downloads), that means people are finding something on your app store page which they don’t like. This could be bad or missing reviews, bad screenshots, bad metadata etc. So get honest opinion from non-friends to see what they think of your app store page.

Search ads for paid apps OR apps with in app purchases is different than search ads for free apps. You should make sure your paid app OR IAP is priced right so that you can at least break even and preferably make a profit for every cost per acquiring the customer. For example – if your cost per acquisition is $5 (this can be pretty high for paid apps as a lot of people will often click and ad but then decide not to download the app maybe because of the pricing or some other metadata) and you have priced your app at $2.99, you are just burning money. Be intelligent.

Using keywords of other app names in same category might work for you. But I won’t suggest setting keywords for trademarked apps OR of popular apps which have nothing to do with your app category. This can get you called out for IP/Copyright/Trademark violation. This also won’t convert well because when people are search for a specific app (let’s say Facebook) and your calculator app shows up in the ad, no body is going to click on it as the user obviously is only looking to download Facebook.

I personally don’t like running ads in developing countries as – Admob pays very little in those countries, people don’t buy IAP much, people don’t buy paid apps much.

Don’t bid for keywords which have high competition OR very high CPT. Companies with deep pockets will kill you.

I am not a fan of the option “Search Match” (Automatically match my ad to relevant searches) which Apple gives you. I always disable that option.

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Search ads are good if you can afford it and if you have an app which fits the profile. It may or may not work for every app. Always look at numbers.

I’m guessing search ads are the ads you see in the App Store when you are searching for specific apps?

Yes, search ads are for the app store search. So if someone searches for a keyword which you have targeted your ad towards and you win the bidding battle for the ad space for the same keyword against someone else, your app’s ad gets shown.

Is there an average price per click that you pay?

Yes, Apple search ads are CPT based. Cost per tap. So if someone taps your ad, you pay what you won the bid for against some other person’s ads bid. For example – If you bid for a keyword “car” and you have set the maximum CPT at $0.20 and Bob who is also an app developer and is running ads and has set his “car” keyword at a CPT of $0.10, you will pay $0.11 because that’s what it took to win. Of course there are more factors – level of competition for that keyword, higher levels of CPT being bid by others etc which can drive the average CPT higher for you. That’s why you get to set the maximum you are willing to pay per keyword.

How many people searching for apps, see my game as an ad, and click on it per day for $10?

There is no general range of how many people might. You can use the maximum CPT to control the amount you spend per tap and you can also set an optional CPA (cost per acquisition) to ensure you don’t run at a loss. However, the first 2 weeks should usually be experimental and test it out with low budgets.

A very important thing to remember – you pay per tap – NOT per download. So if someone taps your ad and notices your screenshots look like crap and doesn’t download your app, you just lost money. This is why you need the metadata to be perfect and use the CPA field after 2 weeks to make sure you don’t run at loss.

Along with that, do you only pay for clicks? Do you pay more if they download your app after the click?

Yes you pay per click (tap to be technically correct). You don’t pay more if they download.

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I’m assuming you are constantly tracking How many active users you have and how much revenue you are generally getting to be able to ball-park any change in these numbers based off your ads being displayed.

Yes, I always monitor my ad spend and compare it to how many downloads I got (if this is for a paid app) or how many people bought the IAP and how much revenue I am making per day via Admob. I do this every morning. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t seem to let me track how many of those ad conversions converted into buying the in app purchase. So this throws me off a bit.

So, your CPA. Is this your cost for running the ads per download?

Regarding CPA. They let you set an optional CPA goal when running your ad campaign. Determining it is a bit of work. Like when I am starting out, I don’t have any numbers to look at, so I leave the CPA blank or set it as the same price as my IAP or paid app price. Basically I don’t want the cost per acquisition to exceed the IAP or paid app price because that would mean I am burning money and running at a loss instead of profit. However after running the campaign for 1-2 weeks and looking at the numbers for each day, I can guess a better CPA and if I think I definitely don’t want to exceed a certain number because it would make me lose money instead of break even/profit, I will set it. You don’t want to set the CPA too low – at least initially because then you won’t even get any impressions of your ads. For example: Looking at one of my ad campaigns right now, I have default CPT of $0.10 (cost per tap as you pay every time someone taps your ad – doesn’t matter whether they download or not). They let you set CPT on a per keyword basis too which overrides the default CPT. NOTE that CPT is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the tap. This means that if you are at a battle with someone else who also wants the same ad space, you can win the battle if your CPT is even a cent higher. You only pay whatever amount it takes to win the battle, not the highest one which you have set your CPT at. So often, your Average CPT will be lesser than what you set it at which is good. So for this campaign, my default CPT is $0.10 and I have a few keywords with custom CPT of $0.20. After looking at my numbers for the past few weeks, I see that for most of my keywords, I have Average CPT of $0.15, $0.16, $0.19 and average CPA of $0.15, $0.33, $0.29. So if I want, after testing it for couple weeks, I can lower the CPA to $0.50 so that I never run it at a loss.

So if I spend 10 dollars in 1 day and 5 people downloaded the app, that would be a $2 CPA? Yes.

And I will repeat my previous statement: I always monitor my ad spend and compare it to how many downloads I got (if this is for a paid app) or how many people bought the IAP and how much revenue I am making per day via Admob. I compare and set the CPA based off of these. I do this every morning. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t seem to let me track how many of those ad conversions converted into buying the in app purchase. So this throws me off a bit.

Have you been able to verify your numbers and whether or not you are profiting based off these ads? Why not bump your ad spending even higher?

I have made money from certain types of apps and lost money by doing stupid stuff (running ad campaigns for a free with ads app but not having an IAP to remove ads, running ad campaigns for apps with only poverty banner ads and no full screen/interstitial/rewarded video ads which at least make some money, running ad campaigns for apps with generic keywords which are very high competition and gets out-bid by much bigger players with much deeper pockets, running ads where my CPA was higher than the money I was making off of the IAP or Paid app, running ad campaigns with a keyword which was for an app not even in my category which made users tap my ad, lose money and then they won’t download, running campaign with a keyword which was trademarked etc).

Basically, be intelligent, research, start slow and experiment with the $100 credit Apple gives you.

A few people asked me about rewarded ads vs interstitial ads for monetization. This is a bit off topic but I will throw this in.

Rewarded ads have a higher eCPM than regular interstitial ads, meaning you get paid more. Of course how high depends upon the type of app, number of users, placement of ads etc. I use Admob’s rewarded ads to mostly unlock features or number of XXX item usage in the app. There are other companies which offer them too. You can read a few points here for example:

source: reddit

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The high eCPM is good. What’s even better about them than regular interstitial is that they just provide a better user experience and less negative reviews. This is because the user is willingly choosing to watch an ad instead of their game getting randomly interrupted. And in return, the user gets some type of in app reward – more coins, unlock some feature etc. So this is a win win for the developer and the user.

How do you determine your CPA for an app with IAPs? (Like does iTunes Connect tell you this information?)

They let you set an optional CPA goal when running your ad campaign. Determining it is a bit of work. Like when I am starting out, I don’t have any numbers to look at, so I leave the CPA blank or set it as the same price as my IAP or paid app price. Basically I don’t want the cost per acquisition to exceed the IAP or paid app price because that would mean I am burning money and running at a loss instead of profit.

However after running the campaign for 1-2 weeks and looking at the numbers for each day, I can guess a better CPA and if I think I definitely don’t want to exceed a certain number because it would make me lose money instead of break even/profit, I will set it.

You don’t want to set the CPA too low – at least initially because then you won’t even get any impressions of your ads.

For example:

Looking at one of my ad campaigns right now, I have default CPT of $0.10 (cost per tap as you pay every time someone taps your ad – doesn’t matter whether they download or not). They let you set CPT on a per keyword basis too which overrides the default CPT. NOTE that CPT is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the tap. This means that if you are at a battle with someone else who also wants the same ad space, you can win the battle if your CPT is even a cent higher. You only pay whatever amount it takes to win the battle, not the highest one which you have set your CPT at. So often, your Average CPT will be lesser than what you set it at which is good.

So for this campaign, my default CPT is $0.10 and I have a few keywords with custom CPT of $0.20.

After looking at my numbers for the past few weeks, I see that for most of my keywords, I have Average CPT of $0.15, $0.16, $0.19 and average CPA of $0.15, $0.33, $0.29.

So if I want, after testing it for couple weeks, I can lower the CPA to $0.50 so that I never run it at a loss.

So essentially with $2,000 its possible to have 10,000+ people click on your ad? That seems like a solid conversion rate if at least 1/10th of them download the app.

Depending upon the type of app, your CPT can vary. For me most of them have been about 20 cents. So yes, 10000 taps from $2000 is a good estimate. However – these are taps – not downloads. For downloads, you need to make sure your metadata is on point! Also you need to have monetization is place – IAP, paid apps etc to make sure you are actually making money off of these users which you are spending money to acquire.

How long did it take for you to start seeing impressions? We have pretty competitive keywords so i’m using extremely high CPT. $10+ and i’m still not seeing any impressions. It’s been 24 hours.

If you haven’t setup scheduled ads, it should be quick. I had mine within an hour if I remember right. I would suggest trying for less competitive keywords though.

What’s your experience and tips for driving iOS game app downloads via paid ads platforms like Facebook Ads, Apple Search Ads, Youtube ads, etc…?

No experience but as a iPhone user i often see myself downloading apps while browsing instagram. So I’d assume you’ll be spot on with instagram/snapchat/tiktok or maybe even youtube shorts.

App Store search ads keyword match types

Search Ads involve three different types of keyword matches.

They are ways for you to tell Apple whether you want to bid on keywords exactly as you enter them or more broadly. This is influenced by campaign goals and will ultimately determine campaign results. So you must first understand the different types of keyword matches Apple offers.

Broad Match

Broad match is the default keyword match type. By selecting broad match, you are telling Apple that you want to bid on the keywords you select and other keywords that are broadly related to them.

Broad match includes misspellings, plurals, closely related words, synonyms, related searches, related phrases, and translations.

For example, when you type “Friends,” Apple also considers variations of “Friend,” “Amigo,” “Freind,” and more.

Exact match

Exact match helps you narrow your ad bid spread. By choosing exact match, you’re telling Apple that you want to bid exactly as entered for the selected keyword.

Common misspellings and plural forms will also be taken into account.

For example, when you type “friends,” Apple will consider “friends” and “friends.

Search matching

Search matches are best suited for keyword discovery. By selecting Search Match, you allow Apple to use its metadata to automatically match your app to relevant keywords and search terms.

For Search Match to work, your app’s metadata needs to be up to date and optimized. This means that App Store optimizations have been completed and recently updated. In this way, Apple can easily pull information about your app and generate the best and most relevant keywords.

App Store Search campaign types

When creating an account to start keyword bidding, ASA best practice is to split your keywords into four different campaign types: Generic, Branded and Competitor, and Discovery.

Generic Campaigns

Typically set to broad match, generic campaigns use keywords that are relevant to your app. For example, if you have a fitness app, you should include keywords such as “fitness” or “exercise” in this campaign. The purpose of the general campaign is to attract high intent app store visitors.

Branded campaigns

You will want to use a brand campaign to reach a more specific audience searching for your brand in the App Store, drive reinstalls and brand protection. Your keywords in this campaign will be keywords related to your brand name or a variation thereof. By bidding generously on your branded keywords, you ensure that your competitors don’t take this valuable space away from you.

Competitor activity

Set up exact matches, competitor campaigns to target App Store users who are searching for competitors. Keywords for these types of campaigns include your direct competitor’s name or a variation of their name.

Discovery campaigns

You need to set up a discovery campaign to discover new keywords or find alternative keywords that you are not using in other campaigns.

To maximize the effectiveness of a Discovery campaign, new keywords from Discovery should be added as exact match keywords to the other three campaign types, and all keywords from branded, generic, and competitor campaigns should be added as negative keywords in Discovery.

Best practices for using Apple Search Ads

Getting started with Apple Search Ads isn’t a problem. But you need to make sure you adopt some best practices that will ultimately help you make the most of your investment. Here are some App Store advertising best practices you should follow when using Apple Search Ads.

Review app metadata before launching a campaign

Before launching a new campaign, you’ll want to visit App Store Connect and take a closer look at app metadata. The appearance of your ads will be based on your app’s metadata, and you won’t be able to change it later. Keep in mind that the same ad is unlikely to be shown to every user. Some people may get a simple description of the app, while others will see screenshots and preview videos.

USP-based targeted keywords

This is very important for marketers using ASA Advanced. You need to do some research and identify keywords that will increase installs. For example, if you have a fitness tracking app, use keywords like “fitness tracker” or “diet plan” as keywords. You must understand the search patterns of your audience because it can greatly improve your conversion rate.

You can always expect higher competition with general keywords, but if you can find more specific keywords, they will not only be cheaper to bid on, but will also have a higher conversion rate.

Tip: Use the keyword research in your ASO strategy to understand your options and sync your goals!

Use the 80/20 budget allocation method for App Store promotions

When comparing keywords, you must split your keywords between broad match and exact match. 80% of your spend should go to exact match and the remaining 20% should go to broad match. Both will be used primarily for discovery campaigns to identify keywords that perform better than others.

Exact match keywords will allow you to attract and convert interested users. They will be easier to convert and more likely to generate more revenue. They may cost more, but they will also pay off. Ideally, you should allocate an 80/20 budget to get the maximum return. Once you start generating interest, you can also reduce your budget allocation.

How to leverage your app business within ASO and ASA on iOS app store?

The great thing about Apple Search Ads is that you can use the search match feature to identify new keywords. When Search Match is enabled, your ads are automatically matched to new search terms based on metadata in your App Store listings, information about similar apps of the same type, and other available search data.

The ability to check keyword relevancy is an invaluable part of Apple Search Ads. In just a few hours, you can run a small test campaign to collect data and get a complete picture of which keywords to optimize for in your ASO efforts. By analyzing Tap Through Rate (similar to Click Through Rate on the web), in-store conversion rates, and actual downloads, you can begin to develop a more effective ASO strategy. In addition, you can use attribution tools to explore the LTV of each keyword for campaign analysis.

ASA can help you narrow down your ASO strategy, but it’s not a gold mine; ASO is a long-term strategy, and your goal should be to keep increasing natural downloads. A key learning point is to look at ASA data from a longer-term perspective so you can see the true trends and performance of each keyword.

Apple Search Ads only work if you know how to properly target your keywords. To ensure maximum app visibility and download rates, you need to target specific and general keywords and carefully determine how much you are willing to bid for each keyword. An easy way to find keywords is to use a tool that automatically compiles a list of targeted keywords. You should increase your bids until you reach your cost-per-acquisition target and start winning downloads from popular keywords related to your niche.

Unfortunately, simply outbidding your competitors for high-volume keywords isn’t enough to win the number one spot, because Apple also considers the relevance of your app to the keyword. To ensure you always rank #1, you need to combine winning bids with ASO optimization. Factors that affect your ASO include app name, URL, description, reviews, and ratings.

Source: How to Leverage ASA to Boost Your App Visibility?

So, how should you optimize your Search Ads campaigns for profitability?

1. Cost-Per-Acquisition (CPA) Goal:

The first thing you need to determine is how much you can afford to spend for every Search Ads install, so how much your target CPI (Cost-Per-Install) or Cost-Per-Acquisition (CPA) Goal — as Apple names it — should be. Note the difference in naming here: unlike other networks, Apple uses the word “Acquisition” and not “Install” because they actually only measure when users hit download and not when they have actually fully installed the game (we will hear more on that important difference later in this article).

To do this, if you are already running campaigns on other networks, you know your customer LTV (lifetime value), or how much every user will spend on average in your game.

Let’s say your game net LTV is $6 for iOS users in the United States.

On Apple Search Ads, you can either set your bids based on a Max CPT (Cost-Per-Tap) you are willing to pay or choose a CPA Goal, which means Apple will try to display your ads automatically and maximize conversions. But we don’t recommend that option because, while it will make sure you don’t go above your target CPA, it will limit your impressions quite a lot so you will miss out on several opportunities to convert.

So, for Max CPT, we usually apply a 30% ratio of the LTV of the game we’re promoting, because we normally observe an average 30% conversion rate (from taps to installs) on Search Ads.

In that case, we would be using:

Max CPT Bid = $6 x 30% = $2

Source: Medium

 Measuring your ROAS:

Now comes the most important part: What’s the revenue generated from your Search Ads campaigns?

Apple doesn’t track (or share) any detailed activity coming from the Search Ads installs they have provided you. So you will have to use your MMP for that.

Depending on the LTV curve of your game, you’d be looking at your Day 7, 15, 30 etc. ROAS (Return on Ad Spend) on a campaign, ad group or keyword level.

Cohort Reports for Search Ads Campaigns in Adjust

Let’s say you use Day-7 as a goal, you will then be doing this calculation:

Day-7 ROAS = Day-7 MMP Revenue / Search Ads Spend

And then compare that your Day-7 ROAS goal. If it’s above that, that’s a good sign and you should keep your campaigns/ad-groups active but make sure you monitor the retention of these users in the long run to validate their good performance.

If it’s below your goal, let’s say by more than 25%, then you should consider pausing or reducing the spend on these ad groups or campaigns.

That’s the formal way of assigning and reporting revenue coming from Search Ads.

But you have to take into consideration the installs that are not seen by your MMP and which may have also generated revenue.

ROAS = ((Revenue) * (1 + LAT Rate x 50%)) / Search Ads Spend

Bid Optimization:

Once you have launched your campaigns, give it a few days and then look at the performance of the ad groups you have created.

The first thing you need to check is if the keywords you have selected convert to installs. If there are ad groups with a Conversion Rate below 25%-20% it means that the keywords you have chosen are either too broad or not relevant. You should then consider pausing or reducing the bid on these ad groups.

On the contrary, for ad groups and keywords that have a high Conversion Rate, for example anything above 30%, you should increase your bid for as long as it’s aligned with your projected ROAS. In order to know how much is necessary, in the Search Ads interface, Apple suggests a bid range to have an indication of how much you should spend to match or beat your competitors. You should adjust your bids for every keyword that are are below the suggested bid ranges (as long as it stays within your target CPA goals).

Many factors affect how your Apple Search Ads Basic app promotions perform, including relevancy, your maximum cost-per-install (max CPI) amount compared to your competitors, and user response to your ad. The following best practices can help improve your app promotion results.

  • Review your metadata in App Store Connect to ensure it’s the best representation of your app. Your app title, descriptions, and keywords are all considerations Apple Search Ads uses to assess your app’s relevance for specific search queries, so you should take great care in crafting them. Apple Search Ads Basic also uses the app name, subtitle, description, preview videos, and screenshots approved for your App Store product page to create your ad. Take the time to review your app metadata in App Store Connect before you start using Apple Search Ads Basic.

    Review App Store metadata best practices

    Note that if you change your App Store metadata, it can take up to 24 hours to be reflected in the ad preview within your account, and up to two hours to be reflected in your ad on the App Store.
  • Take a look at your ad creative. It can play a key role in your app promotion performance. Because Apple Search Ads uses the app name, subtitle, description, preview videos, and up to the first three screenshots approved for your App Store product page to create your ad, you may want to consider adjusting these assets if your ad isn’t performing well.
  • Consider your product page, too, as it can also help drive installs. With three app previews, 10 screenshots, and new text fields, product pages offer more opportunities to showcase your work.
  • If your ad isn’t delivering results, try raising your max CPI to increase the likelihood of your ad being shown. You can use the suggested max CPI in your dashboard as a guide to help determine the right amount.
  • Consider running your app promotion in all the countries and regions where your app is available. This will give you more opportunities to reach interested customers. Check your monthly budget to make sure you’re reaching as many customers as possible. You may need to increase your budget, especially if you’re running app promotions in multiple countries and regions.
  • Make sure you’re using the right business model. The right business model for your app balances your goals with the expectations of key audiences, and can also affect the performance of your app in App Store search, including with Apple Search Ads. If you’ve tried the above and still aren’t seeing results, it’s a good idea to review App Store best practices. Learn more here…

Google Search Ads Optimization Techniques

Tips for Scaling a performing Google Search Campaign

Don’t dedicate an entire campaign for a top-performing keywords.

How long did you “test[ed] simply raising budget” for? Are we talking about a week, month, multiple months?

Here are some other options for you:

  • Review your Impression Share and top of page rate metrics (Impr. (Top) % and Impr. (Abs. Top) %). Are these trending in the right direction? Are you losing out due to budget on high-performing campaigns? How do your ads perform when you’re placing above organic search results vs below (aka “Other”)?
  • Look at 30-, 60-, and 90-day windows for things like audiences, demographics, and locations. Are there options here that are high-spending but underperforming, and could be excluded? This would allow, moving forward, al of the budget to be spent on better-performing targeting options.
  • Consider testing new ad copy. If you can achieve stronger CTR, this allows you to generate traffic within the existing impression volume.
  • My preferred setup is to group keywords by a shared intent. I have B2B SaaS clients, so the majority of my campaigns are all focused on very high-intent searches that contain both context (around my clients’ services/solutions/vertical) and intent (keywords matching to search terms including “software”, “platform”, “solutions”, etc). To scale traffic, I’ve created a separate campaign that bids on keywords that contain just the contextual terms, but not the software-intent, with lower (manual) bids, using negative keywords to appropriately filter traffic. Considering splitting out your campaigns/ad groups by high-intent vs low-intent keywords, with budget given to higher performers.
  • Example: Let’s say your client offers a software for enterprise businesses to manage their cybersecurity. A high-intent keyword would be something like “enterprise cybersecurity software”, whereas a low-intent keyword would be just “enterprise cybersecurity”. We still require the user to use “enterprise cybersecurity” in some context, but that short-tail keyword does not require any specific intent like looking for a third-party tool/platform.

The keyword “enterprise cybersecurity software” will likely be significantly more expensive, and likely lower search volume/impressions, but has a clear, higher intent. The shorter-tail keyword will get you a larger number of impressions, but has a higher likelihood of leading to potentially lower-quality searches and clicks. I’d recommend starting out with trying to capture the high-intent searches first, but when you’re looking to scale, that’s where I’d add in the low-intent keywords, but separated into their own campaign, or at least a separate ad group.

On average, you spend a good amount of money on Google Ads, but still not worth the money results. So, spending the money without having the proper knowledge is a waste! And spending money with no results hurts, right? Don’t worry! We will tell you how you can get the value of your money. We will discuss tips and tricks to improve your Goggle Ads conversion rates.

Follow the ways below to improve your Google Ads Conversion Rates:

• Lead With an Attractive Offer or Value

The book cover is the Book’s first impression. And, you might have heard- “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, that’s exactly what we all do. We take a look at the book cover if it doesn’t please our eyes, we move on to the next.

Similarly, the headline is the first impression of your content. If it doesn’t please the eyes of your visitor, he/she won’t take an action on it. Hence, use some catchy phrases to create an attractive headline that will lead your content.

• Refine your CTAs

You need to tell your visitors what to do, otherwise, they won’t turn act! Yes, that’s true! It’s you who have to direct your website to take an action by generating a need for it.

Studies show that the most used CTAs by top-notch brands are- “get”, “buy”, and “shop”. Phrases like these, create an urge to take action, and that’s what improves your conversion rate.

• Boost your CTRs

Create content copy that can convince a reader to click right through your product. Write blogs or Ad copies that can convince your visitors to click. And for this, understand your audience. Convince them that they are missing something big and your product can fulfill that crack.

Don’t try to hurry them up to buy your product. Remember, in this step you just have to convince them to walk through your content and not buy your product. Use soft tone phrases like “get a quote”, “get more details”, etc.

• Align your Ad with an Accurate Landing Page

The general mistake we do sometimes is not checking up on our landing page. Whether we aligned our ad to the right landing page or not! Or, is the ad redirecting to the correct landing page or order! If you won’t do this right, you can lose a large audience.

For example, Your ad is about American diamond earrings, but the ad is aligned to a bangles landing page. This is not fulfilling the purpose of your Ad, and you will lose your potential customer here only.

Create a landing page for every segment and align them with the Ad properly.

• Work on your Quality Score

When you create or run a Google Ad, your Ad gets a ranking which is called Quality Score. This score is given based on the performance of your product. How much your Ad is impacting the audience, how it is performing in the market, how effective it is, and what value it’s giving out!

All these factors decide your Ad’s quality score.

According to studies, the more the quality score the lesser the overall CTR cost. This quality score can be improved by three factors- the landing page, the CTR, and Ad relevance.

• Don’t Miss out on your Social Proofs

People trust reviews. They are afraid of being the first one to use or buy anything. They look for the assurance and experience of others to rely on! Hence, putting out your social proofs is very important. Include the brands or firms you have worked with, put their reviews, and that will make you look authentic and preferred. This will attract and convince the visitors to be your potential loyal customers.

• Step-On your Competitors

Sometimes, not getting enough conversions via Google can be a targeting issue. And to sort that, you should focus on the audience’s intent. Like, what they are looking to buy, what is their need, etc. And, a clear way of doing this is branded keyword search.

Branded keyword search is when a person looks for something brand specific.

For example: “dresses on Myntra”, “Sports shoes on Reebok”, etc.

When a person will search the above keywords, he/she will not only get the results for the brands above but the Ads of alternatives too. That’s what stepping on your competitors is! Run your Ads on the brand keyword research of other competitive brands. I know, it’s something that sounds illegal but isn’t!

• Enhance your Landing Page

Optimizing Ads is not just enough! You need to work on everything else. One of the major things is the landing page. By having visitors directed to your landing page, you will have a task to fulfill what a visitor is expecting from you. Your landing page should have all the information needed in an organized manner. Don’t fill it heavily, but keep it on point.

Put product videos or video testimonials of the product or service, they tend to have greater chances to hook your visitors. And, the videos can help you better with conversion rates.

• Run Mobile-Friendly Ads

With the world going mobile, it’s important that you run mobile-friendly Ads. Keep the dimensions of your posters or Ad copies that can fit a mobile screen efficiently. Make it easy to access for the visitors. The only-desktop specific Ads will not look good on the mobile screen, and you might lose a great set of audience as most people access things through their mobiles.

Hence, move with the trend.

• Use Remarketing

We often forget how important remarketing is! Many times, a customer leaves the product in the cart or wishlist and forgets about it! Remarketing can help you catch back such customers. Look for Ads that performed great and are older. Run then again, they will lead your old visitors as well as create new leads as well.

Google Ads can be a whooping asset to convert your visitors into customers. You just need to do things right! If you will implement the above tips in the right manner the Google Ads conversion rate will definitely go up!

If anyone of you bright people has more tips to add, please feel free to add your opinions and suggestions. It’s always great to learn.

Read More: Conversion Rate Optimization Services

Another way to get good quality score on your ads these days is to write really awkward headlines that include the keywords, and then pinning any discounts. Kinda sucks but it’s been working better for me than traditional CTAs.

Quiz1: Jim Has Created A Google Search Ad With A Bid Of $5. Two Other Advertisers In An Auction Have Bids Of $2.50 And $2. How Much Would Jim Pay For The First Spot In The Auction?

Answer1: $2.51

Quiz2: True Or False? Google Audiences Are Updated On Every Impression, So Advertisers Can Reach Only The Most Relevant Consumers On YouTube Answer.

Answer2: True

Quiz3: On which social network should you share content most frequently? Correct Answer

Answer3: Twitter

Quiz4: You Want To Find New, High-Value Customers Using Their Data. Which Audience Solution Should You Use

Answer4: Similar Audiences

Meaning of key terms used in this blog:

Avg CPA: The average amount you’ve been charged for a conversion from your ad. Average cost per action (CPA) is calculated by dividing the total cost of conversions by the total number of conversions. 

  • For example, if your ad receives 2 conversions, one costing $2.00 and one costing $4.00, your average CPA for those conversions is $3.00.
  • Average CPA is based on your actual CPA (the actual amount you’re charged for a conversion from your ad), which might be different than your target CPA (the amount you’ve set as your desired average CPA if using Target CPA bidding).
  • Use performance targets to set an average CPA target for all campaign in a campaign group.

Avg CPT: This is the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for a tap on your ad.

Your default max CPT bid applies across all keywords in your ad group unless you specify a max CPT bid at the keyword level.

When calculating the amount of your max CPT bid:

  1. Decide what amount you can afford to spend on a new customer or action. Let’s say it’s $2.50 (U.S.).
  2. Estimate the percentage of customers who tap your ad and who you think will download your app or take your desired action. In this case, you estimate 40%.
  3. Calculate what you can afford to pay up to 40% of $2.50 (U.S.) — or $1.00 (U.S.) — for each tap. Therefore, set your starting default maximum CPT bid to $1.00 (U.S.).

Avg CPM: Average cost-per-thousand-impressions (CPM) is the average amount you pay per one thousand ad impressions on the App Store.

CR: The conversion rate (CR) is the total number of installs received within a period divided by total number of taps within the same period.

Dimensions: A dimension is an element of your Apple Search Ads campaign that can be included in a custom report. For example, campaign ID or CPT bid. Dimensions appear as rows in your custom reports.

Impression Share: The share of impressions your ad(s) received from the total impressions served on the same search terms or keywords, in the same countries and regions. Impression share is displayed as a percentage range, such as 0-10%, 11-20%, and so on. This metric is only available in predefined Impression Share custom reports and on the Recommendations page.

Impressions: The number of times your ad appeared in App Store search results within the reporting time period.

Installs: The total number of conversions from new downloads and redownloads resulting from an ad within the reporting period. Apple Search Ads installs are attributed within a 30-day tap-through window. Note that total installs may not match totals of LAT Off and LAT On installs, as additional downloads may come from customers using iOS 14 or later.

LAT Off Installs: Downloads from users who are using iOS 13 or earlier and have not enabled Limit Ad Tracking (LAT) on their device.

LAT On Installs: Downloads from users who are using iOS 13 or earlier and have enabled Limit Ad Tracking (LAT) on their device.

Match Source: This identifies whether your impression was the result of Search Match or a bidded keyword.

New Downloads: These represent app downloads from new users who have never before downloaded your app.

Rank: How your app ranks in terms of impression share compared to other apps in the same countries and regions. Rank is displayed as numbers from 1 to 5 or >5, with 1 being the highest rank. This metric is only available in predefined Impression Share reports and on the Recommendations page.

Redownloads: Redownloads occur when a user downloads your app, deletes it, and downloads the same app again following a tap on an ad on the App Store, or downloads the same app on an additional device.

Search Popularity: The popularity of a keyword, based on App Store searches. Search popularity is displayed as numbers from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most popular.

Search Term: Search terms are keywords and phrases that people have used to find the particular type of app they’re looking for.

Spend: The sum of the cost of each customer tap on your ad over the period of time set for your reporting.

Taps: The number of times your ad was tapped by users within the reporting time period.

TTR: The tap-through rate (TTR) is the number of times your ad was tapped by customers divided by the total impressions your ad received.

Keywords: Keywords are relevant words or terms someone may use when searching for an app like yours on the App Store. With Apple Search Ads Advanced, you bid on keywords to trigger and include your ad within relevant App Store search results — so when an App Store customer types in a search query that uses one of your keywords, your ad could appear.

Apple Search Ads knows a lot about your app and its genre, and will provide a list of keyword recommendations to save you time when you add keywords to a search results ad group. You can also add keywords of your own, and Apple Search Ads will suggest a further set of keywords related to the ones you’ve provided. To add any of them to your ad group, simply click the plus sign next to them.

I’ve managed +$10M in paid media over the last 8 years. Here are a few “less mainstream” FREE tools/websites/extensions I use. Hope this helps!

1. Adveronix

Adveronix is a handy Google Sheets add-on that allows you to export data from Facebook Ads, Google Ads, or any other channel automatically into a spreadsheet daily. You can then connect this spreadsheet to Google Data Studio and have a free connector for most media channels.

2. Polymer Search

Polymer Search has been one of my latest finds and a beneficial tool for creative analysis (and a few other things). For example, I usually test new creatives on Facebook Ads using dynamic creative testing campaigns.

I can then simply export my Facebook Ads data into a spreadsheet, connect it to Polymer Search, and immediately see which creative elements are working the best and which ones aren’t. The Auto-Explainer tool uses AI to immediately sort “Above Average” and “Below Average” creatives.

There’s also a ton more this tool can do – massive potential for media buyers.

3. BuiltWith

Before taking on any new client, one of my first steps is always to look at their website.

Suppose I don’t see anything like Klaviyo, Google Analytics, the Facebook Pixel, or any other marketing-related tech. In that case, this is usually a sign the client might be in a too early stage for me to help them out.

BuiltWith also helps you look into competitors and see what sorts of software they’re using.

4. Ad Creative Bank

The Ad Creative Bank is one of my top sources to find creative inspiration for new ads. It’s pretty simple: just look into the type of ads you want to create and browse through their well-organized library of great-looking ads.

5. Unicord Ads

Same as above, with the difference that you can sort by different industry/niche.

I find the ad quality slightly lower than Ad Creative Bank, but still a great library of ads to discover new brands and find inspiration for yourself!

6. One Click Extensions Manager

If you’re anything like me, your Google Chrome browser has +10 extensions cluttering your view. In short, One Click Extensions Manager allows you to organize all extensions into one single icon near your search tab, which makes everything feel a little more organized.

VidTao.com YouTube ads searchable by adspend over time. Perfect for modelling and competitive research.

And not forgetting:

Facebook Ad Library : Shouldn’t be overlooked.

Surferseo – it have free tier with a bit of tools
lsigraph.com – when you have no idea of keywords 

I’ve audited a dozen Facebook campaigns this month. Here’s the common mistakes I’m seeing people make:

Most of these mistakes were from ad accounts that are in the early testing stage and spending under $100/day. The majority of these mistakes are related to what NOT to do during the testing stage in an ad account. I had a few people get audits that were spending higher amounts ($500/day and above) but their situation was very specific and the solution I provided was also specific so it most likely wouldn’t add much value to share that scenario.

  1. Multiple interests and/or behaviors in one ad set (aka stacked audiences)

Doing this defeats the purpose of testing because you don’t know which interest is bringing in the results. Many other reasons to not do this during testing including you could have a great interest stacked with a bad one and that could skew the potential results. There are some instances where maybe it would be okay to have 2 stacked interests if the audiences are very small, but what I was seeing people do often is stack over 10 interests and behaviors into a single ad set.

2. Using CBO (campaign budget optimization) too early

CBO is not recommended for testing stage in Facebook ads. I’ve seen a couple of people do fine with CBO for testing but it logically doesn’t make sense because you don’t have much control over the budget allocation. This is why ad set budget is better for testing because when you want to put $20/day into one and set and $20/day into another, you know that the test is even. CBO will most likely not even out that budget. Even with setting ad set budget minimums and all of those constraints, which is sort of redundant. Facebook will recommend doing CBO by giving you messages inside of the ads manager but most of what Facebook says in their ads manager is not based off your current situation. They don’t know that you are in a testing phase and don’t have enough data to do a CBO, they just see that you are trying to spend a certain amount per day and they recommend CBO. Facebook’s ad manager isn’t smart enough to say “I see you are testing headline combinations – you should switch to ad set budget” or “I see you are trying to scale your store – you should use a CBO campaign”. You should use CBO once you’ve properly tested at least 4 audiences with ad set budget optimization.

3. Creating Lookalike audiences with low-quality data as a hail Mary

Yes, lookalike audiences are pretty neat. When you don’t have enough purchases, there are other source data pools that you can create them with. Video views, website traffic, page engagement, etc. The problem is you are pretty much creating a lookalike audience based on people who DON’T buy. Especially if you don’t have anyone buying your product. There is probably something wrong with your targeting as it is and you need to stick to interest targeting and optimizing for purchase conversions. I’ve seen people run a traffic campaign, get a few hundred clicks, and zero sales. This is because you are getting very low-quality traffic from Facebook and creating a lookalike is just going to find more people similar to that low-quality data. If you have a sort of “niche product” and you think that you can’t target them based on interests then you are not thinking outside of the box enough to find interests to test (more on finding the right interests in a later section).

4. Spreading too little per ad set and running multiple ad sets (I’ve seen as little as $3/day budgets)

For the campaigns that I audited, I gave them each a different recommended daily spend per ad set depending on their budget, niche, etc. so I don’t want to say that you should spend X amount per ad set, but $3/day is way too low. If you have a small budget, then you are better off testing less and spending more per ad set. So if you are doing $3/day to over 10 different ad sets to try and test 10 different audiences, you are going to get better data from spreading that same amount across 2-3 different audiences.

5. Interests narrowing and exclusions

I’ve seen some exclusions that make sense like excluding AliBaba and dropshipping whenever they were getting comments on the ads, but I’ve seen this done where the audience they were targeting needed to have interest in fashion AND apparel. Doing this is trying to target better than Facebook which is usually not a good idea to do unless you’ve tested both audiences on their own and if they are different categories of interests (music taste w/ hobby, industry interest w/ behavior targeting, etc.). At a testing stage this will cause CPM to be higher than needed.

6. Trying to target high-income people

This is on par with the previous mistake, but I wanted to make this its own blurb. Just because someone has a lot of money doesn’t mean they are going to shop at your store. You aren’t going to have better luck targeting the top 10% of zip codes based on income for your $20 sunglasses. Higher income people resonate better with name brand products that have credibility behind them so you would probably need to build up credibility, stellar branding, and high-quality products before attempting to target high-income people on Facebook.

7. Targeting interests that are too obvious

Your target demographic has many layers to their personality and social media behavior. When you sell a certain product and you only target the interest that is literally named the same thing that your product is, then you are limiting yourself to interests that your competition is probably targeting as well. Some of the best interests I’ve ran ads towards with Facebook ads are two or three degrees of separation from the product. I’ve sold supplements that were geared towards people who engage in certain activity, so instead of just targeting “supplement” I targeted “activity” interests. I’ve targeted music interests based on certain elements of a product that I’ve ran ads for, and the product wasn’t a music related product at all but people who liked that product typically listened to a certain type of music as well.

8. Focusing on cheap link clicks instead of purchases

The amount that you pay for a click does not matter if you are getting little to no sales. You want to pay more for expensive clicks from people that Facebook deems as likely to make a purchase or whatever action you are wanting them to do. I’ve audited a few campaigns where they ran two ad sets and the owner of the ad account concluded that “Ad Set 1” was better than “Ad Set 2” because it got clicks for half the cost. But neither of them got a sale, so neither is better than the other. Or I’ve audited campaigns where the store owner says “this ad did well, it got over 1,000 clicks” but it got zero sales. Typically this was done with an improper campaign setup anyway so none of those clicks were going to convert either way.

9. Not testing ads/audiences long enough

One campaign that I audited turned off an ad after just a few hours of letting it run because Facebook was spending the money too fast. I recommend letting a test run for at least 5 days. If the ad is setup properly then you will have some good days, some bad days, and some okay days. I’ve seen many times where the best day ever is right after a very bad day. Know that a bad day is still data for Facebook because it is learning what NOT to do.

10. Hanging on to an audience that stopped working

Audiences, ads, and campaigns can eventually stop working after a certain amount of time, regardless of how well they worked at one time. There are many reasons for this to happen which would be a whole post on its own, but if you’re struggling to get an audience to work then just move on and try again in the future. I audited a campaign that was running ads to a specific lookalike audience that was setup very odd and it wasn’t producing them very good results recently anyway, so I obviously recommended that they turn it off and try setting it up a different way that would be more likely to work. The user did not take the advice because that was their best performing audience many months ago. This is why you want to be diverse with your targeting so that when an audience stops working, you don’t cling onto it like overly attached girlfriend meme.

11. Setting up a funnel that is filled with low quality data

Running traffic campaigns is just going to get you a ton of traffic that is most likely not going to turn into a purchase. You are more likely to get a purchase from 100 high quality clicks than you would 1,000 low-quality clicks. Traffic campaigns give you the absolute bottom of the barrel traffic that Facebook has to offer. What I see people do is setup a funnel with traffic campaigns at the top, and retargeting at the bottom with a campaign optimized for conversions. This makes sense in theory, but in practice you are just continuing to retarget the low-quality traffic. And it just costs too much money to spend going after those low-quality clicks over and over again when you could just go straight for the purchase conversions campaign traffic. Those are the ones that are more likely to purchase without needing to see the ads 5 times. There are a lot of impulse buyers within those campaigns. Do this even if your store has zero purchases.

12. Worrying about 4 steps ahead when they are still on step 1

“I’m spending $50/day but what should I expect when I am scaling and spending $1,000/day?” That is going to be different for everybody but this is one of those situations where they are trying to solve a problem that hasn’t even happened yet and you’re essentially taking focus away from the step you are at right now and projecting it into a future scenario that may or may not happen.

13. Thinking the cost per purchase that they got on their own is what they’ll continue to see

If you are doing things incorrectly with Facebook ads, then you should expect to see results that are not very good. It’s one thing to have a frame of mind like “I’m not getting good results on my own but I think they could be better” as compared to “I’ve been running ads for two weeks with little to no experience and I’m paying too much to get a customer so Facebook isn’t worth it”.

3 Lessons After Spending $350K Since iOS 14.5 Hit

1. Account Structure

For me, it feels as if Facebook likes to have the account even more structured than previously. I rarely ever now use Cost Caps because of the delayed sales coming in and generally tend to have an account structure like this:

1 – TOF Scaling Campaign

2 – TOF Testing Campaign

3 – MOF/BOF Campaign (Try combining MOF/BOF in 1 Campaign if possible)

All in all, I try to consolidate my spend into as few campaigns as possible, and I still leverage Broad Targeting (No targeting at all). It has been working quite well for me on most accounts.

If you’re spending less than $500/d, I’d say Look a likes also are impacted. They are not getting as many data points as they were getting before, and therefore generally now have a lower value than before.

If you’re at the sub $500/d range, try Big Interests or just Broad Targeting if your look a like audiences are struggling.

2. Retargeting

Retargeting has changed a lot for me.

Especially at lower budget accounts, I broadened that retargeting window. Where I previously had 14D ATC, it is now 60 days. I also often combine multiple retargeting audiences, such as Add to Cart and View Content.

All in all, I try to have as few exclusions as possible since even if you e.g., exclude purchasers, those people see the ads. I’ve noticed this because a lot of new TOF Ads are getting comments from people who bought within the last 1-2 weeks from the brand.

So, with exclusions not being as effective, you want to prevent overlaps in retargeting audiences, which is why I consolidate.

3. Patience

Overall, tracking purchases has never been more challenging, and it feels to me as if Facebook is only tracking 40%-60% of all purchases from Facebook. This is why it is now super essential to look at your overall ROAS (Revenue / Ad Spend)

If your revenue increases when you scale up, but your ads manager is not showing up any purchases, they most likely come from your ads (Unless you’re running a big email promotion, got featured on a big magazine, or something like that, of course)

Purchases tend to show up in bulk for me in the ads manager after a few days, so don’t freak out if you see a low ROAS on your side, as long as the revenue is there. Make fewer day-to-day changes and keep an eye on results for a longer time.

Insights From Doing $150K+ a Day in Revenue on Facebook Ads

March 2022 Update on this: For those just seeing this now, Facebook has become significantly harder, but the general strategy here still works. And that’s testing LOTS of creatives, not fancy hacks. We’ve since started spending over $10K+ per day on Tik Tok as well and it’s doing WAY better than facebook for us.

What’s up everyone! Just wanted to drop in and share some insights into what it takes to manage $20K-60K+ a day in spend on facebook in DTC ecom. (I’ve done $150K-250K revenue days on facebook, personal best in terms of ROAS was a bit over $200K in revenue at about $60K in spend on a single one of our brands, not including black friday which was insane)

Just a caveat here, how I run ads might not work for you, especially if you’re super low in spend. Different brands require different strategies, and most importantly, my own strategies are constantly developing. How I test and scale on facebook now is completely different than how it was 6 months ago for example. Also another caveat, some of the tactics we use are really only necessary at a super high level as you’ll see here, if you’re a mom and pop shop they won’t be necessary (for example running multiple facebook pages which I’ll get into).

When I first got started in online advertising, I was always searching for the ‘perfect’ way to run ads through shitty gurus, and honestly there is NO perfect way. I recommend learning the basics and devising your own strategy, which is what I ended up doing. Another thing, at lowish spend (less than $5K-10K+ a day I would say, you’re usually going to get decent fluctuations in performance day to day on facebook. Consistency on facebook comes from high spend and feeding the algo as many data points as possible.

I’m fortunate enough to be in a network of the most elite DTC brand owners so I’ve accumulated a ton of knowledge about what works at this level of scale, but this game still requires constant learning! This isn’t set in stone but its just what I’ve found works for me, so here it goes.

Naming Conventions

Consistent naming conventions are super important for analyzing data in ad reporting at a glance. You can figure out your own but here are mine if you’re looking for a quick idea:

Campaign Names:

TOF: Prospecting (Top of Funnel)

BOF: Retargeting

T: Testing

S: Scaling

SS: Super Scaling (these campaigns are typically $2K-10K daily budget)

X.XX numbers at the end of campaign names or ad sets names: date of launch, i.e. 5.15 is May 15

Campaign name example: SS – TOF – CBO – Beast – 6.05

Ad set names:

Targeting – Countries – Age – Placement – Attribution – Date of launch

E.g. Broad – US + CA – 18+ – Auto – 7dc1dv – 3.15

e.g. INT – Theme parks – US – 18+ – Auto – 7dc – 3.24

E.g. LLA – Lookalike (US, 10%) – 2+ Purchase 180 Days – US – 18+ – Auto – 7dc – 2.16

Ad Names:

Brand – FB Page – video/image number – ad copy number – lander/advertorial number – post ID – date of launch


PP – vv100 – adc49 – lp3 – 123434341834813 – 8.08

PP – p3 – vv100 – adc72 – lp53 – 123434341834813 – 8.08

Account Structure – Testing (Post ID’s)
Testing Campaigns (always running):
T – TOF – ABO – Interest Testing – 5.15
  • Testing random interests found in facebook audience insights, similar interests to winning interests, etc using best 2-4 post ID’s to “feed” the pixel data

  • Audience insights is phasing out so this might not be useful in the future

  • Small budget ad sets of $30-50

  • Can dupe winners out 2x in same campaign at slightly higher budget of $50-60

I do this with lookalikes too but I do not run interests or lookalikes with any real budget whatsoever nowadays. I literally run all creative testing and scaling with completely wide open targeting

T – 1 – Creative – TOF – ABO – Broad – 2.18
  • Phase 1 testing campaign

  • All new videos/images get launched here

  • I like to do them in batches of 3-4 new videos/images at a time in a single broad ad set with the budget set to 1.5-2x AOV

  • Broad targeting (US + CA, 18+ so we determine how effective the creatives truly are without being skewed by very good lookalikes/interests etc. In the case of more niche products, can try broad interest targeting, like interest ‘fitness’ if selling fitness apparel or ‘coffee’ if selling coffee product, with detailed targeting expansion checked ON)

  • Using best copy variation, best offer, best lander/advertorial

  • Winners graduate to testing phase 2

T – 2 – Ad Copy – TOF – ABO – Broad – 2.19
  • Phase 2 testing campaign

  • Take each winning winning creative from phase 1 and put it into its own broad ad set in this second campaign, testing 4-5 different ad copy angles (separate ad), still using best lander

  • E.g. ad set naming convention:

    • img192 – Broad – US + CA – 18+ – Auto – 7dc – 3.02

      • Means img192 is the constant image across the 4 ads, with 4 different copy

  • Winning ad copy variants graduates to step 3

T – 3 – Lander – TOF – ABO – Broad – 2.19
  • Phase 3 testing campaign

  • Here’s what differentiates us from most ecom brands. We test a TON of advertorials, like 3-5 new advertorials a month focused on different angles. Seriously at scale this is what separates winners from losers. In this campaign I’ll also test running direct to our top sales lander as well as one of the ads. We NEVER run direct to a shopify store, we have a subdomain with dedicated landing pages/advertorials that we run to with custom checkout that converts MUCH higher and has a much higher AOV with it’s upsells.

  • Take winning video/images + copy combo and test 3-5 different landers/advertorials as mentioned

  • E.g. ad set naming convention:

    • vv65 – adc220 – Broad – US + CA – 18+ – Auto – 7dc – 3.21

      • Denotes that vv5 and adc220 were the winning variables from previous test, now testing 3-4 different landers/adverts with these two winning combos

  • By now the creative has run through 3 different testing campaigns/phases. If still performing, it can be moved to bigger budget testing to see its scaling potential

  • Can also be moved to optional step 4 for generating more winning post ID’s

  • Also optional: Winner of this test can be moved back to step 2, testing more ad copy focused around the advertorial if a specific advertorial won during this test

T – 4 – Page – TOF – ABO – Broad – 2.19
  • Optional step 4

  • This is another tactic that I don’t see many bigger brands using. In this campaign I’ll take the winning ads from the previous steps, and re-create them on 3-4 different facebook pages that aren’t our main brand page. These are ‘blog’ style pages. For example the name of one of the pages if you own a furniture store might be “Home Decor Insider”. What you don’t want to do is create fake influencer pages like “Katie’s Home’s” or something like that as that’s not allowed.

  • Take the winning video/image + copy + lander/advert combo and test it on 3-4 different facebook pages to generate more winning post ID’s as mentioned.

  • The point of this is multi-fold:

    • Generate as many winning post id’s as possible because at scale you’ll need them

    • Distributes negative feedback score away from your main brand page (negative feedback can become an issue at scale, especially last year with covid shipping delays)

    • Different pages perform differently in the auction, some page names may resonate with people more and get cheaper cpc’s and cpm’s.

As you can see here the point in all this testing is generating as many winning post ID’s as possible.

BPA – TOF – ABO – Broad – 2.19
  • BPA meaning best performing ads

  • This campaign is for testing all the winning post ID’s from steps 1-4 at higher budgets.

  • Like to do them in ad sets with batches of 2-4 ads

  • Also broad ad sets, but can also try with different LLA’s or broad interests

  • Budget 1.5-3x AOV, and scale it but dupe. I.e. start the ad set at $300, if doing well over the course of 3 days or so, dupe out at double $600. From here you’ll get a sense of how it does at higher budgets. Sometimes it can do very well in the smaller 1-4 step testing, but falls flat here. If it was getting decent metrics in testing, but falls flat here, you can try duplicating the ad set and trying it again, or testing with a couple different audiences.

DCT Testing (if applicable)
  • DCT seems to work better with lower CPA products, or requires a very high budget for higher CPA products

  • I haven’t had much success with dynamic creatives for testing, and especially now with the ios update facebook doesn’t show in breakdowns which creative variables are getting the purchases so they seem essentially worthless.

  • If i were to do creative testing for DCT I would do something like:

    • One broad ad set for each new video/image

    • $100-300 budget

    • 1x new video/image, 2 best copy + 1 new copy, 1 best headline + 1 new headline

  • Pull winning post ID’s out, follow testing steps 3-4 above to test different landers/adverts/offers/fb pages

  • What i DO like dynamic creative for lately is time sensitive sales, like black friday where I don’t have a ton of time to test stuff. What I usually do is toss in a ton of my existing winning videos/images/copy/headlines (I might just add a black friday sale specific line to the top of the ad copy) running to my best advertorial/lander and let it rip at about $1000 a day budget. If it does good after 1 day I’ll duplicate it out into a cost cap/bid cap at $5K-10K a day or whatever

CBO Angle testing:

This is a CBO with 5-7 ad sets, each ad set is a separate angle containing winning ads from the above campaigns, that get added to their respective angle ad set. Budget is about $1K per day for me. All ad sets wide open broad targeting


Here’s the fun part. My methods of scaling nowadays have evolved with what works on facebook. The good thing is with this level of spend I learn quickly what is or what does not work on facebook anymore so it keeps me current. I have a few different scaling campaign structures that I’m currently running simultaneously. This is what I’m finding works right now:

Scaling Campaign 1

Lowest cost CBO -> 1 ad set (completely Broad) -> Best 6-10 post ID’s from testing campaigns. I’ll add new post ID’s/turn off ads if performance is on a decline over a week period. I will increase the budget by 20-30% a day if performance has been consistently good over a 2-3 day period.

Scaling Campaign 2

Same as above, except this campaign is made up entirely of non-brand page post ID’s from the page testing campaigns

^ These campaigns are both often running at $2-5K+ a day

Scaling Campaign 3 – Bid Cap ABO

I duplicate the best ad sets 3x from the CBO angle testing campaign into a separate ABO campaign, each running at a different bid. Ad set one’s bid cap is set to target CPA + 25%. So if my target cpa for example is $50, the bid cap would be set to $62.5. Ad set two is set to +50% ($75) and ad set 3 is set to +100% ($99.99, I round down in this case as my theory is if i set the bid to $100, I’ll be put into a higher tiered auction pool and may get outbid, dont quote me on this lol)

I set budgets at about $1K-5K per ad set here. And because you can have one of these campaigns for each angle, you can see how quickly scale can build up here.

Scaling Campaign 4 – Cost Cap ABO
  • Same as above, but the cost caps for this campaign will be +15%, +25% and +50%

Scaling Campaign 5 – Cost Cap CBO
  • 4 completely broad ad sets duplicate of each other, all with the same cost cap. This campaign contains the best 6-12 post ID’s overall from all testing campaigns. You’ll have to play with the cost cap here to get it to spend properly. This campaign is generally a big one for me usually with a $10K daily budget. I’ll also have a minimum ad set spend of about 3-5x the CPA set for each ad set

The point in having so many scaling campaigns is multi-fold:

  • Prevents reliance on a single scaling campaign on poor days. For example one or two of these campaigns might do mediocre one day, but the rest are crushing and make up for it

  • Optimizes differently and hits different points in the auction by utilizing both CBO and ABO

If you want to go crazy you can also take these exact scaling campaigns and scale them across multiple accounts as well. For that $200K day I had $10K+ cost cap campaigns scaled across like 4 different accounts.

And that’s it! Like I said this is not end all be all of running ads, just what I’ve evolved to do after spending high budget day in and day out for single brands

The most important thing about scaling with this level of spend and what separates the brands who do great online and those who don’t is content. We’re testing about 10-15 NEW video ads per WEEK + variations of winning videos on top of that (different hooks for example)

Audience “hacking” is no longer really a thing and hasn’t been for a while. I don’t run any interests at scale for the most part and lookalikes I barely use nowadays either (they worked great last year up until Q3-Q4). literally just wide open 18+ targeting. broad targeting might not work as well if you have a super niche brand

It’s true that nowadays facebook has certainly become a lot more difficult. We aren’t spending as much on it compared to last year (though still a lot and it’s our primary DTC revenue driver still), we’re trying to crack other traffic sources to diversify for cold traffic, especially with Tik Tok, Youtube, GDN and Snapchat. Snap is spending about $3K-5K a day at so-so ROAS.

How to structure your entire Facebook ad campaign (From prospecting to retargeting)

Having a defined structure and strategy is essential to a successful Facebook ad campaign.

I run an ads agency and one of the biggest mistakes I see with Facebook ads is a complete lack of structure. Many business owners and advertisers treat Facebook ads like darts, throwing hail Mary’s at the board and hoping for a favorable outcome. This is especially apparent when it comes to scaling, I think this is what people struggle with most.

In this post I will give a complete overview of how to structure your Facebook ads, from TOF prospecting to BOF retargeting.

Quick disclaimer, this is just a general overview of strategy and structure. Every ad account should be approached differently and it’s important to tailor your strategy to your brand.

This is what it should look like from a birds-eye view:

TOF – 1 Testing Campaign & 1 Scaling Campaign

MOF- Retargeting Campaign for Soft Interest (Landing page view, video views etc)

BOF – Retargeting Campaign for Heavy Interest (ATC, IC etc)

BOF Post Purchase (Optional) – This is brand dependent and isn’t applicable for all. This is post-purchase retargeting.

TOF – Testing and Scaling

This stage of the funnel should ideally be split into two campaigns, it may require more with bigger accounts.

This entire stage of the funnel only involves cold audiences, a majority of your budget should be allocated to TOF.

  • Testing

The first campaign is the testing campaign. It’s important to test EVERYTHING. This campaign should be ABO and every ad set should be allocated an equal daily spend. Test audiences and creatives for 1 week, kill ad sets that aren’t performing, winning ad sets and and creatives will be moved to the scaling campaign.

It’s also possible to scale ad sets vertically in the testing campaign. However, be careful to not get overzealous as you risk sending the ad set back into learning. To scale vertically, slowly increase the ad set budget by 10%-20% every couple of days.

  • Scaling

All your winning ad sets from the testing campaign must be duplicated into the scaling campaign. Sometimes ad sets will perform vastly different when duplicated so this is why we also scale vertically in the testing campaign. Sometimes it may just be a matter of duplicating the ad set twice before it performs. This is a result of Facebook’s learning phase always being different.

Now, this campaign should ideally be CBO as your goal is to maximise results. You should still be introducing new ad sets from your testing campaign, some people even introduce new ad sets directly to the scaling campaign. At this stage of the funnel, keep an eye on frequency as you don’t want to risk audience fatigue. It’s important to keep introducing new creatives to combat audience fatigue.

The TOF campaign should include both cold interest audiences and cold LLA audiences. As I said, test everything. It’s also important to start with logical audiences. Once you start getting traction you can begin introducing some more obscure interests.

Your copy at this stage should also be problem/solution focused, you are selling your product at this stage.

MOF – Retargeting Soft Interest

This stage of the funnel will only be effective if your cold campaigns were optimised for purchases, otherwise, you will be wasting money retargeting low-quality audiences.

The targeting for this stage is simple. It’s important that you exclude audiences that you will be targeting later down the funnel, such as ATCs, ICs, and Purchases.

The copy is really important at this stage of the funnel. You have already somewhat sold them on the product, hence why they clicked. I’ve found that trust-building copy and creatives are effective. Customer reviews/testimonials can be leveraged to build trust with your audience and convince them that your product delivers on what it promises, or at least, has a real customer base. People like to follow the herd, convince them that the herd buys your product.

Some advertisers skip this stage of the funnel completely, or combine it with the bottom of funnel retargeting. This is ok, but I like structure and separating the campaigns is much more orderly. It also allows you to ensure copy and creative is consistent with the funnel stage.

BOF – Retargeting Heavy Interest

This is the campaign that should provide you with the best results in terms of ROAS and CPA. However, as the audience will be much smaller, the daily ad spend will be relatively low.

It’s important that you exclude the MOF audiences, as well as purchasers.

Creative and copy should involve a strong CTA. This audience has already been involved in the purchase process and thus, have shown strong interest in your product. We often use discount codes at this stage as a CTA.

You can also get creative with your copy. Remember, this audience already knows your brand and product.

BOF Post Purchase – Optional

This is only applicable for brands with multiple products for sale. Only a very small budget should be allocated to this campaign.

Again, this audience is already very familiar with your brand so use this to your advantage.

As mentioned in the beginning, this is just a basic structure and there are many variations. It’s important that you take your own situation into account when setting up your Facebook ads.

I hope this post has been helpful, it’s not as granular as my previous posts but I think it’s important that people understand how to structure an entire Facebook ad strategy.

Top 10 CPM’s most expensive/cheapest Facebook

Here are the top 10 most expensive CPM’s for February-March 2022:

Australia – $19.57

Denmark – $18.98

Norway – $18.19

United States – $17.26

Singapore – $15.43

Israel – $14.68

New Zealand – $14.23

United Kingdom – $12.40

Canada – $11.86

Sweden – $11.71

Here are the top 10 cheapest CPM’s for February-March 2022:

Uzbekistan – $0.06

Belarus – $0.09

Kyrgyzstan – $0.16

Tajikistan – $0.16

Turkmenistan – $0.21

Kazakhstan – $0.22

Guinea-Bissau – $0.41

India – $0.41

Azerbaijan – $0.42

Wallis and Futuna – $0.43

Your poor performing Facebook Ads is not as simple to fix as you probably think it is…

If you are experiencing poor results with your Facebook Ads and have a “quick fix” in mind, please read this post before you attempt to fix it.

When you create Facebook ad campaigns, you know that there are just so many different ways that it can be set up.

Like a dozen different campaign objectives… Many conversion optimization options… Hundreds (maybe thousands, idk) of interest you can target… Lookalike audiences… The different platforms you can place your ad on… Video vs. image… Square vs. rectangle… Long copy vs. short copy…

And the list goes on and on.

So whenever you launch a campaign on Facebook and it isn’t working after 5-7 days, you can see how many different things can be adjusted in an attempt to fix it.

I’ve worked on hundreds of ad campaigns on Facebook and have had thousands of conversations about Facebook ads with either my clients or with people who are needing help running their ads and they come to me for consulting or to have me personally launch and scale their ads properly. Sometimes they will tell me what they think is causing their issues and what they say ALWAYS falls into two categories. They either say “I have no idea” or they say that they think the fix is just one thing like “I just need better targeting” or “my ads don’t get enough likes” or “I’m just not sure how much my daily budget is, that’s my main problem”

And I’ve made the mistake of taking their word for it so when I dive into their ad account, I go in with the expectation of just making that easy fix and everything else in the ad account being setup properly. Just fix their targeting or budgeting and it’ll all be smooth sailing from here. Nope. There are always many more problems I see as I go in their ad strategy and setup.

I’m going to go a bit deep here… people often emulate this type of thinking with a lot of things in life that are big problems but think the solution is super simple. When people need to lose weight, they’ll say “If I could afford healthy food and a gym membership, I would be in great shape” but there are so many other problems like their consistency or workout routine… their opinion of what “healthy food” is could be inaccurate. Get them free unlimited healthy food and free gym membership and they’ll still be out of shape. And people think “if I had a million dollars, I would be happy with my life” but then they win the lottery and are still miserable.

Maybe there is some sort of psychological pattern that people do to themselves to feel less overwhelmed with their problems? I’m not an expert in that area!

Here’s the point I’m trying to make: the fix for your low performing ads is MUCH more than just one single small little fix. It’s either a lot more little fixes or one big fix.

If I dive into your Facebook ad account and I see horrible campaign structure, improper budgeting, confusing ads, and terrible targeting… turning on “target people connected to Wi-Fi” is NOT going to fix your campaign. Find the “perfect interest” to target won’t fix it either. But this is the type of thinking that people have that I talk to with broken ads.

When it comes to fixing broken Facebook campaigns, all of the solutions fall into two main categories, each having their own criteria that MUST be met.

The categories

  1. Campaign structure

  2. Product (or offer)

The criteria that both must be met for a winning ad campaign

  1. The campaign structure must cater to what Facebook prefers

  2. The product must cater to what your target demographic prefers

Some things do overlap a little bit into both categories. For example, the ad design needs to be social media friendly so that Facebook doesn’t throttle your reach with high CPM and your ad must cater to your target demographic by being easy for them to understand what you are selling. So that’s a little bit of both Facebook and target demographic in that situation. And then in the scenario where your product can’t go against Facebook’s ad policy is clearly something that must cater to Facebook’s preferences.

I could write a book going over all of the things that fall into these categories that will fix a failing ad campaign, but here are a few real examples I’ve seen inside of ad campaigns over the last few weeks.

1. Budget spread too thin among ad sets and/or ads

An ad account I started working on last week was using dynamic ads with as many ad variations as possible. Maxed out number of creatives, maxed out number of ad copy, and headlines. The amount that they were spending on this dynamic ad was about $100 per day, however because they had so many dynamic options, they basically had like 200+ ads in one ad set. Put $100/day into that and you’ve got 50 cents per day per ad. That’s not nearly enough budget to give Facebook with any ad. If you are going to use dynamic ads or multiple ads in one ad set, try to give each ad a range of $5-15 per day.

2. Ad talks more about the business or brand instead of the product

This one broke the rule of having the ad and product cater to the target demographic. Especially for newly established brands, your best target demographic are impulse buyers. They don’t typically care about how long you’ve been in business or how your product is made. Now I’m not saying you should never put that into an ad, but I would recommend talking about the product or special offer at the top of the text in the ad and in the headline which is the first thing that a viewer will read.

3. Targeting is far too restricted and narrowed down

A rule of thumb when it comes to Facebook’s targeting is you want to make it easy for Facebook to find who it is you are looking for. When you add too many constraints on your targeting, it requires Facebook to work extra hard on figuring out who to put your ad in front of and Facebook makes you pay for that extra work it has to do by raising your CPM substantially. The ad account I worked on had 5 interests in the first level that were entertainment based, then narrowed down to 3 more interests that were hobby based that must match, and then finally was narrowed down again towards engaged shoppers. So when Facebook finds someone in that first level of audience, it needs to check if they match the second level, and then the third as well. For best results, just test out one or two interests in each ad set starting out.

4. Creative is not social media friendly

Your ad doesn’t need to be “good” as much as it needs to be designed in a way that Facebook prefers so that it shows the ad to a lot of people. This is the first warning sign that I encounter when I look at an ad in the ads library for a Facebook page. I was on the phone with someone consulting them on their Facebook strategy and they said “My biggest problem is the targeting. I have no idea what interest is the right one,” but then I look at their ads in the ad library and it doesn’t matter who they target with that ad, Facebook doesn’t like the ad. Too much text on the ad and low quality image is the common one I see for this one. The 20% text rule is no longer in effect, however if you put too much text on an ad it will throttle the reach and increase the CPMs (usually by a TON to where it is nearly impossible to counter) If you have some big bold text you want to put on the creative, just put that in the headline of the ad instead.

And there are many more errors that I have witnessed but I’m sure that a lot of people who read this post are making similar errors to just the few examples I’ve mentioned and I hope this can help them fix their ad account at least a little bit.

How to leave less money on the table with your FB ads

I’ve audited hundreds of ad campaigns, from huge organization like Greenpeace to startup drop shippers.

There are 9 areas I pay attention to when doing these audits:

  1. Structure

  2. Objectives

  3. Targeting

  4. Placements

  5. Customer Avatar / Personas

  6. Copywriting

  7. Visuals

  8. Landing Pages

  9. Funnel / Strategy

Here are the most common mistakes I see businesses make with each of those Pillars, that hold them back from the ROI they need if they are to grow.

Pillar 1 – Structure

Biggest Mistake: Not using clear naming protocols.

Explanation: This is possibly the least sexy area of FB ads, but if you don’t name your campaigns, ad sets and ads consistently, you end up with unclear names for things and everything takes longer when trying to find your way around your account, look back at results, or compare performance of two campaigns/ad sets. Look at this example…How to avoid making the same mistake: The naming convention I recommend is as follows:Campaign:Objective | description | date i.e. “Guide download | Overwhelm | Jun 2019”
Ad Set:Description | date | testing variable i.e.ad set 1: “Overwhelm | Jun 2019 | email lookalike” ad set 2: “Overwhelm | Jun 2019 | Interest: Moz”
Ads:Description | date | testing variable | creative variable i.e.ad 1: “Overwhelm | Jun 2019 | email LLA | H1C1V1“ ad 1: “Overwhelm | Jun 2019 | email LLA | H1C1V2“ (H= headline, C= ad copy, V= visual)

Pillar 2 – Objectives

Biggest Mistake: Not using the conversion objective

Explanation: I think this comes down to people not quite understanding how Facebook’s targeting and objectives work.

Here’s an (over-simplified for the sake of clarity) overview:

There are two main factors that affect who sees your ads, your targeting and your objective. By choosing targeting options, you narrow down your potential audience from ‘Everyone who uses Facebook’ down to (for example) ‘people who like pages related to surfing’ or ‘women over 40 within 10 miles of my business’.

Then Facebook takes that group of people, and ranks them in order of ‘most likely to complete the objective you’ve chosen’ based on the huge amount of historical data they have on everyone. This means that if you’ve selected an audience of 100’000 people, and chosen the ‘traffic’ objective, then Facebook will decide who of those 100’000 people are most likely to click your ad (based on things like how relevant they think this ad is to them, and how often they’ve historically clicked on things like this), and show it to them in rough order, from person 1 to person 100’000.If you chose the ‘video views’ objective, then Facebook will decide who of those 100’000 people are most likely to watch your video (based on things like how often they watch videos like yours), and show it to them in rough order, from person 1 to person 100’000.So…

By choosing different objectives – your ads will show to different groups of people within your audience. This isn’t a big deal if you have an audience of 30’000 because your ad will likely show to all of them in a short timeframe, but if you’ve got an audience of 2 million people, then you want to show it to the people most likely to do the thing you want. And typically, when you’re sending someone to your website, it’s because you want them to do something when they’re there – i.e. download a guide, or buy a product, or book an appointment. So by not choosing the ‘conversion’ you are likely getting worse results than you could be.

How to avoid making the same mistake:

Read through the following paragraphs to learn when to use the most common objectives:

Traffic – Use this when you’re sending people to your website but don’t have an action for them to do when they get there, or can’t track what they do when they get there – I.e. a blog post/ press release/ new thing you’re doing, or when promoting third party content (where you don’t have access to a tracking pixel on the end site).

Conversions – Use this when you want to send someone to your website AND have them do an action – i.e. getting them to buy something, sign up for an event, or download your awesome guide.

  • Within conversions – you can set up different objectives. Best practice is to start with the end goal you want, i.e. purchases, and then move back along the customer journey (purchase > initiate checkout > add to basket > view content > view landing page) if you don’t get results.

Page Post Engagement (PPE) (This is the same as boosting a post) – Use this when you want to get comments/likes/shares on a post – i.e. content that doesn’t require an action/ for a competition/ getting people to tag their friends. These are also great when you have a messenger bot setup, triggered by a comment.

Video views – If you’re building an audience of people to retarget, then video is likely to be the cheapest route, because you can track anyone who watches 3 seconds or more of your video. Also if you want to get cheap awareness of something that doesn’t include a direct action you want someone to take.

Lead Generation (Lead Forms) – These seem undervalued by many advertisers, probably because getting the leads from the form into anywhere useful like your CRM, isn’t as easy as it should be* – but if you want to get people to sign up for something, or give you their details, and you they are already qualified, then Lead forms can work great. For local businesses who want leads (i.e. gyms or cleaners), lead forms consistently get me the best results. * Use Zapier to easily get the info people fill in sent to your email/phone instantly.

Reach – Using the reach objective is telling Facebook to not worry about any end objective, but rather to just show your ads to everyone in your chosen audience. This is useful when you’re targeting a small number of people (e.g. retargeting the 2000 people who’ve watched a specific video of yours), or if targeting a small geographical area (e.g the 5km radius around your business) 

Brand Awareness – An underused objective – presumably because it doesn’t produce a very measurable end ‘result’ but brand awareness ads are actually very powerful. Facebook will choose who to show your ads to based on who is likely to remember your brand in a couple of days time. This means it can be very useful for ads going out to a broad cold audience, with a view to retargeting them. HOWEVER – I’ve also found it to be one of the most profitable objectives to use for retargeting in multi-tiered campaigns (i.e people who’ve visited your website but not signed up for your course yet)

Pillar 3 – Targeting

Biggest Mistake (Non-Local): Ignoring custom audiences. Explanation: The following order of targeting options are (broadly speaking) the preferred, because they go from warmest to coldest:

  1. Custom audiences

  2. Lookalike Audiences (LLA’s)

  3. Interest targeting

  4. Location

  5. Age & Gender

And obviously, the warmer the audience, the more likely they are to buy from you.

Yet I see a lot of businesses just constantly pumping out ads to a cold audience, and ignoring the people who have already watched their videos / been to their website / added a product to their cart. In – businesses, a retargeting campaign, going out to people who have added something to cart but not bought is the highest ROI campaign 9 times out of 10, and it’s the same no matter what you sell.

How to avoid making the same mistake: Plan out a proper customer journey. What are all the different steps that someone goes through between first coming across your business and becoming a long-term customer?

  • Downloading a guide and getting on your email list?

  • Watch a video of you explaining how your process is ideal for them?

  • Browsing your website?

  • Scheduling a call with you personally?

And then create ads for each relevant stage to help guide them along that path. Remember, as they become more familiar with you, you will also speak to them differently.

Pillar 4 – Placements

Biggest mistake: Wasting money on the audience network.

Explanation: There are over a dozen different places where your ads can show. But not all of them tend to be equally effective, and Facebook will often push a high amount of traffic to the audience network because it is less saturated. The audience network is a huge number of websites and apps where Facebook also show ads. There are times and places when the audience network is great – I’ve seen it work well for link clicks to blog posts, and as part of a retargeting campaign, allowing you to ‘be everywhere’, but too often it’s not the right choice.

In recent times (since sometime in 2019) Facebook’s ability to choose the right placement has seemed to massively improve, to the point where I often leave placements on ‘automatic’ because I end up with a better end ROAS, but the audience network is the most common culprit for wasted spend, especially if you’re looking to get video views from a cold audience.

How to avoid making the same mistake:

Go to the ‘Performance and Clicks’ pulldown menu in ads manager, and then use ‘Placements’ in the ‘Breakdown’ pulldown menu to see if there are any Placements which are performing above or below the average.

If you see that you’re spending lots on the audience network and not getting results, then you might want to turn it off in future.

You do this at the ad set level, select the ‘Edit placements’ radio button instead of ‘Automatic’ and untick the placements you don’t want. Caveat – As mentioned, this is an area that I am encouraging people to play around with a bit less recently – it’s worth testing, but I’ve seen many examples of CPM’s increasing significantly when you remove too many placements.

Pillar 5 – Customer Avatar/Personas

When it comes to defining their customer clearly (if you don’t know who you’re selling to, it’s hard to speak to them in an appealing way) there are two related/intertwined mistakes I see made most often.

Biggest Mistake: They don’t define their target customer at all in the first place, and just use generic language that (sort of) appeals to everyone.

  1. If they have defined an avatar, they’ve lumped everyone in together, to some amalgamation of all their customers.

Explanation: Generic language speaks to (and disqualifies) nobody. Buying is first and foremost an emotional decision, and if we don’t trust the person selling to us, we’re not going to buy, so you need to show that you UNDERSTAND THEM, and UNDERSTAND THEIR PROBLEMS.

How to avoid making the same mistake: First, define all the different groups of people that buy from you, there should be at least 3, but if you’ve got loads, then just identify the biggest few. Each of these personas will have different opinions/goals/pains etc, so once you’ve done that, ask yourself the following questions for each one:

  1. For each one we want to know the basic demographics that define them: 

    1. age,

    2. gender,

    3. location,

    4. income…

  2. Then the psychographics that relate to what you’re selling:

    1. What do they want?

    2. What do they care about?

    3. Who are their enemies?

    4. What are their dreams?

    5. What do they believe?

    6. What are their suspicions?

    7. How have they failed before?

    8. What are they afraid of?

Then when you create an ad campaign, create it for just one persona at a time, and craft your message and your offer to match them.

Pillar 6 – Copy/Offer

Biggest Mistake: Copywriting is a huge topic, but you don’t have to be a world-class copywriter to get results from Facebook ads – the biggest mistake I see being made is talking about you, not about your clients.

Explanation: This follows on from the above customer persona section – because if you don’t have a clear picture of who your ad is for, then you can’t write for them. But you need to write for them, because talking about yourself is NOT going to appeal to them. “We are the biggest supplier of…”“I am a skilled teacher and can do…”This isn’t interesting to the reader, and will not get them to click.

How to avoid making the same mistake: WIIFM – Every time you write a sentence, read it back and ask yourself (from your reader’s POV) “What’s In It For Me?” If you have a clearly defined picture of who you’re writing for, then you can go through everything you write and make sure that it’s relevant to them, their hopes, dreams, goals, objections, fears…

Pillar 7 – Visuals

Biggest Mistake: Not testing them.

Explanation: The PRIMARY job of the image/video that you use is to get enough attention to stop someone scrolling for a split second, so that they can scan the ad copy to see if it’s relevant/interesting.

If you just chuck up one photo and never try anything else, who knows how much money you’re leaving on the table.

How to avoid making the same mistake: Effective attention-getting-visuals tend to fit into one of 3 categories:

  1. The target market Show an image/video of the type of person you’re speaking to – they will pay attention because it’s relevant to them. For example – if you run a food truck, then a photo of your customers eating an awesome looking burger in front of a recognizable place/landmark in your town.

  2. The problem/solution/aspirations Demonstrate either the issue at hand, or your product/service solving that issue – again, people will pay attention because it’s relevant. For example – If you sell waterproof hiking shoes, you could show someone with wet socks looking miserable.

  3. A pattern interrupt. Something that just seems out of place will get attention (read Purple Cow by Seth Godin), but beware using ‘wacky’ but irrelevant images/videos for the sake of it. these might get people to stop/click, but it’s likely doing nothing to qualify the right people. For example – I saw a FB ad a while back that was just a picture of a cute dog, with a headline along the line of “Instead of you seeing a boring advert, I’m paying to show you this pup” – it got my attention, but that was that.”

So find (or create) a bunch of images and video that fit those categories and see which gets the best Click-Through-Rates and the most conversions.

Caveat- you can of course, also use the video in your ads to teach/inspire/sell directly, but remember that without getting initial attention, your efforts will be passed over, and you still need to be testing different variations.

Pillar 8 – Landing pages

Biggest Mistake: S L O W loading times.

Explanation: Your landing page is the page that you send people to if they click on your ad. It could be a simple blog post, a product page on an e-commerce store, a booking page for a cafe, or an opt-in page where someone can give their info in exchange for a download/course/freebie.

Landing pages are consistently given less attention than they need especially compared to the ads sending people there, which is crazy because it can easily increase/decrease the ROI on your ads by 100-500% or more. and the biggest culprit is loading speed – how long it takes for your website to load for the viewer. According to Neil Patel “Nearly half of web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less, and they tend to abandon a site that isn’t loaded within 3 seconds.” 

How to avoid making the same mistake: Google ‘pagespeed insights’ and click the top link, then enter your website/page. All those things that appear, they are all costing you money. ‘Eliminate render-blocking resources’ ‘Defer unused CSS’ ‘Properly size images’ – it’s all geeky stuff, and it all counts – so find a website developer and pay them to fix it. The great thing about speeding up your site is that it’s going to pay for itself over and over and over. If you’re paying money every month to run ads, then it’s worth paying a one-off fee to increase your conversion rate overnight.

Pillar 9 – Funnel/Strategy

Biggest Mistake: Randomness

Explanation: To put it bluntly – most businesses don’t have a plan when it comes to FB ads. They tried a couple of ads that worked, but now they aren’t working so well, and they just keep throwing things up without much of a clue.

How to avoid making the same mistake: It’s not complicated, not groundbreaking. but it is effective. You find an established business like yours, that’s already running ads, and you ‘model’ what they’re doing.

And the great thing that came from Facebook’s privacy stuff is that all this info is publicly available. Here’s how to you find it:

– Find known successful companies on FB – OR search keywords for your niche – Look for the ‘Page Transparency’ box on the right.

– And if they’re running ads, Facebook will tell you.

– You click on ‘Go to Ad Library’

– And there you go, all the ads that they’re currently running.

– You can click on them, follow their funnel, see what they’re doing.

– And model it for your business.

This isn’t perfect, and you can’t just copy/paste a funnel from another business, but it gives you a starting point, and if you model what a similar business is doing, adapt it to your own products & clients, then test from there, you’re likely going in the right direction, rather than driving around without a map.

There you go – avoid these 9 mistakes and you’re probably halfway there.

  1. The hardest part of working on Facebook is working with Facebook.

  2. Set your conversion objective for business goal, even if you can’t exit “Learning Limited”. Cheaper results.

  3. You can get incredible results if you go “Broad” targeting. This means no targeting parameters. But first you have to groom your Pixel Metadata with Lookalikes, retargeting, etc.

  4. Videos are gold.

  5. Play it white hat. The “gurus” who teach you “scaling tactics” with duping and running small ad sets either haven’t advertised in 3 years or they are just saying what someone else told them.

These 5 rules will help any budding FB Advertiser. 

What’s your favorite FB hack?

Before running an ad for my target country, I run the same ad for low-cost countries like African and Asian countries to gather insane amount of Likes, Shares, and Comments.

Then I use the same ad to run for my target country. The likes and shares serve as a social proof that the ad is worth watching.

This is a common strategy 🙂 But you don’t have to run the ad to third world countries – you can simply run it optimized for Engagement in the US (or wherever your target market is). Engagement-optimized campaign CPMs go as low as under $1.

It’s always better to accumulate social proof (especially comments) from your native country’s users.

How I Scaled An Ecom Brand From $45K To $120K In 30 Days

Your Landing Page/Purchase Flow and your offer.

I rarely see people testing landing pages, and even rarer, I see people talking about offers.

But changing these 2 things allowed me to scale an ecom brand from $45K/m to $120K/m within 30 days.


Improving both Landing Page and Offer resulted in a conversion rate increase from 1.38% to 3.35%.

Let’s dive right into it, and hopefully, you can get something valuable out of this post:

Landing Page/Purchase Flow:

What is the purchase flow?

The purchase flow is each step that a customer has to take to buy the product.

A standard purchase flow usually looks like this:

Product Page – Add to Cart – Cart Page – Checkout – Purchase.


In the brand I’m using in this example, the purchase flow looked like this:

Homepage – Offer $120 AOV Product Bundle (they have the option to add to cart here) – Product Page – Add to Cart – Cart Page – Checkout – Purchase


Which in itself is a rather long flow with a high AOV. Generally speaking, you want to keep your purchase flow as short as possible to prevent drop-offs.

How a short purchase flow may look like:

Product Page – Add to Cart Button – Checkout (Skip cart page) – Purchase

Note: You might want to add upsells on the cart page, so this flow is not always ideal. It could also very well be that you need to explain your product to convince people to buy it, which is why e.g., sending people to a homepage or specific landing page can also be better than sending them straight to the product page. You need to test here.

So, the landing page from people who came from Facebook was the homepage combined with a relatively high AOV product bundle (2 products) for $120.

This did a decent job at selling the product, and the conversion rate was 1.38%, with an AOV of $120.

So our revenue from 100 visitors looked like this:

(100*0.0138)*120 = $165

So, our RPV (Revenue per visitor) was $1.65 ($165/100)

This offer was not profitable for the client. The overall ROAS was way below the ROAS Targets, and I knew I needed to change something. However, on the ads side of things, everything looked great.

So, here’s what I changed:

  1. Landing Page

First of all, I started by redirecting the traffic to the product page to see if this affects the conversion rate.

This, however, wasn’t a success because the conversion rate didn’t increase significantly. In addition, the Facebook Ads were still unprofitable, and I knew a greater change needed to come. So, I built my specific landing page for that product bundle.

Since I’m not the greatest at building landing pages or writing landing page copy, here are two excellent guides where I learned a lot:

Landing Page example1

How My Landing Page Structure Looked Like In Order:

Hero Banner (With a button that automatically scrolls to buy section)

“Featured In” Part

Why “Product” Part

Reviews Part


Product Buy Section


How The Purchase Flow Looked Like:

Landing Page – Scroll Down – Add to Cart – Cart Page /w new Upsell – Checkout

I follow the structure from the 2 guides above, so if you’re interested in building your own landing page, I highly suggest you check them out!

Note: I always use GemPages for landing pages, so if you’re a Shopify store owner, I’d suggest you use GemPages to build your Landing pages. ShoGun is also pretty good, but I prefer GemPages.

While the new landing page did a slightly better job selling (Conversion Rate increased from 1.38% to 1.7%) than either the product page or homepage, this still meant the Facebook Ads were just barely even profitable. So a more significant change needed to be made.

I changed the offer.

2. The Offer

Before, we were selling a product bundle upfront for a $120 AOV with now a 1.7% CV Rate, which meant we were getting a $2.04 RPV (Revenue per visitor)

Here’s what I changed:

I advertised a lower-priced AOV product with a discount on the landing page (core product) and instead created an in-cart upsell with the old 2nd bundle product. So if customers bought these 2 products, it was basically the same bundle as before.

How the numbers changed:

AOV: Decreased by 10% (which was to be expected) from $120 to $108.

CV Rate: Increased from 1.7% to 3.15%

RPV: Increased from $2.04 to $3.78, which is a huge change.

So from the start ($1.65 per visitor) to the end ($3.78 per visitor), I was able to increase the revenue per visitor by $2.13, which is an increase of 129% just by changing the landing page and offer.

TL;DR: By changing the Landing Page and offer from a brand I was able to increase their revenue per visitor by 129%.

I hope I could show you with this post that it’s not only your Facebook Ads you need to work on. In the end, your ads + homepage are connected, and even something as simple as the offer can have a significant impact on your conversion rate.

Facebook Ads: How iOS 14 will affect your campaigns

Campaigns will be affected in a variety of ways including:

  1. Delayed Reporting: Real-time reporting for iOS devices will not be supported, and data may be delayed up to 3 days.

  2. No support for breakdowns: For both app and web conversions, delivery and action breakdowns, such as age, gender, region, and placement will not be supported.

  3. Attribution Changes: The attribution window for all new or active ad campaigns will be set at the ad set level, rather than at the account level. Additionally, going forward, 28-day click-through, 28-day view-through, and 7-day view-through attribution windows will not be supported for active campaigns.

  4. Targeting Limitations: As more people opt out of tracking on iOS 14 devices, the size of your app connections, app activity Custom Audiences, and website Custom Audiences may decrease.

  5. Dynamic Ads Limitations: As more devices update to iOS 14, the size of your retargeting audiences may decrease.

  6. Limited to 8 conversion events per domain: You’ll be restricted to configuring up to 8 unique conversion events per website domain, and ad sets optimizing for a conversion event that’s no longer available will be paused when Facebook implements Apple’s AppTrackingTransparency framework. Businesses that use more than 8 conversion events per domain for optimization or reporting should create an action plan for how to operate with 8 events maximum. (Note: Facebook will automatically configure the events most relevant based on our activity)

  7. (There’s more, especially for mobile campaigns, but you can read about it at the link at the bottom of my post)

Action Items:

  1. We’ll want to preemptively verify our domain ownership in Business Manager. This will allow us to have authority over which conversion events are eligible for our domain should we choose to do so:  Apple dev verification

  2. We’ll have to be vigilant in terms of keeping these changes in mind when assessing campaign performance. For example, our FB ROAS will likely appear to be lower in the coming days and we may not be able to simply look at yesterday’s data when assessing performance. Instead, we may need a 3-day window.

  3. This will likely affect Google Ads as well, but I have not seen Google release a document outlining the specific impacts this will have. For now, we can assume that what’s happening to Facebook will be the same for Google.

Details here

How to Make a Good Landing Page: The PPC Advertiser’s Guide

Knowing how to make a good landing page makes a massive difference to your pay-per-click (PPC) advertising campaigns. When you design a landing page that offers a better user experience, you’ll see marked improvements in key metrics, including your Ad Rank (Quality Score & CPC), bounce rate, and conversion rate. As these factors improve, your costs will fall, ultimately helping you earn a higher return on investment (ROI).

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make a good landing page, covering each vital step to make it easy for you to deliver an experience people won’t forget.

What are the most critical aspects when designing a landing page?

When you’re learning how to make a good landing page, you should focus on the following:

  1. Relevancy of landing page

  2. Define your unique selling point (USP)

  3. Show your product/service in action

  4. Tell people what they need to know

  5. Make your landing page mobile-friendly

  6. Simplicity

  7. Make your call to action clear

  8. Remove distractions

  9. Provide transparent policies

  10. Leverage social proof

  11. Minimize loading times

  12. Build engagement

  13. Optimize for voice search

  14. Social Sharing & Feeds.

  15. Test and update

Let’s look at each one in more detail.

1. Relevancy of landing page

Here’s a common mistake in PPC advertising:

You promise one thing in your ad, but when people click it, your landing page fails to deliver that promise. For example, your ad may offer a 10% discount on brake pads, but when people arrive on the landing page, it offers a 5% discount on brake discs.

This inconsistency will deter users, and your business will lose out on possible leads and conversions. You must create relevant landing pages that align with your ads — and with user intent.

2. Define your USP (unique selling point)

Is your ad and landing page closely aligned now?

Good. Now, it’s time to define your unique selling proposition, which is how you differentiate your offer from your competition.

Your ad may address a problem that your target audience needs to solve. With a strong USP, you can show prospects that your product or service is the best solution available.

For example, if you are a quality pizza delivering company and you are best at coping with your delivery time you must emphasize your quality and your delivery time on the landing page.

3. Show your product or service in action

Humans are visual creatures. If they see products or services in action, their appreciation and desire to have it will increase.

You can experiment with these ideas to improve engagement on your landing page:

  • Still photos

  • Animated explainer video

  • User tutorial video

  • Carousel shots that highlight specific features

  • Infographic

Also, it gives you a chance to explain the product or service in more detail, answering any common queries, and dispelling doubts before they arise. For example: if your landing page is having steps to complete by the user, escort them in a way that keeps the interest active for the user. Like:

Step 1: Fill the form

Step 2: Get the offer

Step 3: Get Paid

4. Tell people what they need to know

Nowadays, there is zero room for fluffy content, especially in paid advertising. Your ads and landing pages must get to the point – fast!

Use your landing page to explain only vital information that prospects need to know, such as:

  • Benefits of your product or service

  • Pricing and purchasing options

  • Business contact details including physical location and phone number

  • Social media channels and email address

Focus on the essential information to maintain interest and build credibility with your landing pages.

5. Make your landing page mobile-friendly

In the mobile age, nobody wants to deal with confusing websites. Therefore, you must create landing pages that offer smooth and straightforward navigation, right to the point of sign-up.

Make your landing pages mobile-responsive, so users on smartphones and tablets can quickly scan through the page, and complete any action that’s required.

Here are a few pointers:

  • Compact images – Make your images small (in dimensions and file size). This will speed up your loading times and make pages easier to view.

  • Reduce typing demands – Keep things simple for users.

  • Avoid auto-downloads – This annoys users by taking up space in their device.

  • Avoid auto-play videos – Intrusive audio can embarrass or annoy users, especially if they are watching videos in a public place.

  • Minimize animations – Use color effects and GIFs sparingly to speed up loading times. Provide animation if it is really required to show some demo otherwise don’t use it.

6. Simplicity

Learning how to make a good landing page may seem scary, but here’s the best tip of them all:

Keep it simple.

Here’s how:

  • Simple and direct copy

  • Clear, direct headlines

  • Minimalist design with plenty of white space to enhance the information rather than hiding it.

  • A clear call-to-action (CTA) that tells users what you want.

  • Fewer colors

  • High-readability

Here is the example of clutter vs. simple and clean landing pages.

Keeping it simple will lead to better results in terms of engagement, clicks, and conversions.

7. Make your call to action clear

No landing page is complete without a strong CTA.

Whatever your product or service is, and however you make your offer, you need CTAs at decision points on the page to drive action.

Consider these strategies for better CTAs:

Less is more

It’s a good idea to avoid having too many CTAs. It may be best to use just one at the very bottom of the page. That being said, having another CTA above-the-fold is a popular choice.

If you decide on that, make sure you also include vital information above-the-fold, so users have those details to guide their decision.

Make it count

Have you ever seen an action button with the word “submit” on it?

This is a common choice, but not a great one because it lacks strength and inspiration. Instead, you want to incite action.

Create a stronger CTA that gets people to react. For example, “Don’t miss out on your FREE download” is better than “download now.”

Step-by-step structures

Outline how easy your visitors will find your product or service to use. With clear, easy-to-follow directions, the value of your offer becomes undeniable — and often, irresistible.

8. Remove Distractions

Here’s something you should keep in mind when you want to know how to make a good landing page:

You must focus on a single conversion goal. Just one.

Therefore, anything else that distracts from your goal is surplus. Get rid of all distractions, external links, and unnecessary CTAs, images, or information that dilutes your message or invites users away from your landing page.

Ideally, you want to streamline the journey on your landing page to funnel leads to your final CTA.

9. Provide transparent policies

As we move into 2020, consumer privacy matters are at an all-time high. The data breach scandals of Facebook, Yahoo, and Quora caused panic, and the General Data Protection (GDPR) regulations have taken effect across the globe.

Now, you must be transparent with the processes and practices you use for collecting, storing, and sharing consumer data. If people can’t trust your brand, you’ll never make a sale.

Follow these tips to nurture trust with people:

  • Use cookies toolbar to notify people that you track on-site behavioral data.

  • Use terms and conditions page to outline what your business is responsible for, and what it’s not.

  • Share your privacy policy, so people understand how you use consumer data.

  • Publish an FAQ page that answers common questions people may have about your brand, and your products and services.

10. Leverage social proof

Imagine your company provides analytics services to major corporations. Once you have one or two big clients in your portfolio, you can leverage those relationships to convince others to convert.

By getting positive reviews, you’ll have strong social proof from happy customers — that pay well. That can be enough to sway other top-tier clients.

To maximize this strategy, try to get video testimonials. Video content is much more engaging, and it will be a high-impact addition to your landing page.

11. Minimize loading times

Speed is crucial in the customer journey. Nobody wants to wait around for a slow website to load, especially on mobile.

Here are some tips to slash your loading times:

  • Use Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), as this is an important ranking factor of Google’s Mobile and Desktop Indexes.

  • Use compact-sized images and files.

  • Minify your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files.

  • Opt for client-side scripting rather than server-side.

  • Use CDNs (content delivery networks)

  • Reduce redirects

  • Enable compressions

12. Build engagement

Shoppers have a lot to choose from online. You need to work hard to convert prospective new customers, tailoring your marketing tools and techniques to engage your site visitors in ways that they appreciate.

For instance, you can harness data insights with a live chatbot feature, or utilize pop-up discounts that cater to each visitor’s interests.

These techniques keep people on your page and make them consider your offer or brand as an option.

13. Optimize for voice search

In 2019, voice search enjoyed significant growth, primarily driven by the improvements in voice-enabled technology. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant are battling it out to be king in voice-enabled devices, and with it, they are changing search engine optimization.


Well, people who use voice search tend to do things a little differently than those who do a regular text-based search.

So, when you’re thinking of how to make a good landing page in 2020 and beyond, you should think about the following:

Focus on user intent

When people use voice search, they usually have a particular need, such as:

  • The address or opening hours of a store.

  • The price of a specific product.

  • Whether a business offers a specific type of service etc.

Keep user intent in mind to create content that answers specific questions, providing answers to things people want to know.

Google may be a smart search engine, but it needs all the help it can get. The better you optimize your content, the easier it will be for Google to analyze it — and promote it.

Use schema markup

Schema markup makes it easier for search engines to comprehend the content of a webpage. Consider your website, your audience, and the CRM editing capabilities to use the right schema markup that will help you get noticed by voice searchers.

Use long-tail keywords

Voice search queries are typically conversational in style, often framed as questions or full, grammatically-correct sentences.

You can incorporate these long-tail, conversational keyword phrases into your landing page content to attract targeted traffic. As a bonus, this defined traffic is often cheaper.

14. Social Sharing & Feeds

Show your social feeds and tweets on your landing page to show your presence on social media. Once visitor purchase or do some conversion, make it easy for them to brag about their purchase and share their experiences by adding links to all types of social media. It will increase your credibility and presence on social platforms.

15. Test and update

Like everything else in PPC advertising, your landing pages are not a set-and-forget task. Once you publish your landing pages, you must keep an eye on the analytics to gauge their performance.

Try A/B testing several ideas to determine the most effective version of your landing page. For example, you could test out two versions with different:

  • Headlines

  • Benefits

  • Images

  • CTAs

  • CTA positions

Run variants for a while, gather the data, and then analyze it to identify which version generates more clicks, leads, and conversions.

This process of testing and monitoring should be ongoing, helping you continually update and improve your landing pages, eliminating flaws, and optimizing strong points to create the best possible user experience.

Remember only to change and test one aspect at a time. This makes it easier to determine the impact of the change. For example, test images one week, then pick the best image. Next week, test headlines, then select the best headline. The following week, test CTAs, etc.

Wrap Up

So, now you know how to make a good landing page. By analyzing these areas and putting in the time and effort to optimize each one, you’re sure to see dramatic improvements.

PPC advertising requires patience and strategy, more so than a big budget. Learning how to optimize your landing pages is crucial to maximizing your ROI.

Is Organic Search Traffic from Blog Posts superior to Google Ads?

From my experience Google ads cost me $0.80 per click. Of course it depends on the niche. So it might vary.

Now for $10 I can find someone on Upwork who writes me a 1000 word blog post. Again it depends on the niche. But that’s been my experience.

So $10 spent on Google ads will give me 12 clicks. Wouldn’t a $10 blog post give me much more traffic than 12 clicks over the years? Assuming it has a good headline and maybe some tags.

If I had to bet, I would bet that the blog post over time would far outperform the Google ads. But I don’t yet have the data. So I’m curious what you think about that?


The blog probably would get more unique visitors, yeah. But are they qualified, are you selling them in the blog post, does your $10/article writer understand their needs and have experience on writing copy that converts?

With ads you can filter your keywords to find customers who are warm and are actively looking for a solution, it’s a little harder for articles on that front. E.g. a search for ‘welders in hackney’ would be a solid term to target with ads, but an article written on that topic probably wouldn’t rank well enough without a lot of research on the companies, finding out their pricing, services offered and enough unique and smart content to rank above those services own websites.

If your plan is to replace every advert keyword you’re targeting with a $10 blog post, you’ll end up with hundreds of really low quality articles that Google will recognize as low-effort and out of sync with the searcher’s intent and you won’t rank for anything.

Blog post with SEO included that ranks for specific keywords will have a good roi. But just make sure it is quality content as $10 content is likely to be worth exactly that.

What advice would you give someone wanting to learn google ads in 2022?

  • Working on an actual account will teach you more thing s than a course

  • Take a course only to cover the basics for developing strategies work on an actual account

  • Always look out for new features in ads manager, as Google is often biased towards new features and provides results at cheaper costs

  • Courses are a great start but nothing beats just running ads. Personally I think there is more than enough free info on YouTube to last a lifetime…..and good info too.

    Learn the basics. Understand each feature in the dashboard. You’re general marketing experience with FB will help you.

    I would recommend taking a client up on the offer or running ads for yourself to learn.

  • The best way to learn google ads is by doing so. Do not buy a course! Google has some beginner courses (skillshop) take some of these and than ask an ngo if you can work for them. For ngo‘s google ads is free so it is a nice why to get to know the interface and everything around. And after than maybe you are able to go to an agency, there you could learn a lot.

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  • Take over the family business or turn it down?
    by /u/zudamusic (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    My parents own a local shop (sporting goods mostly, but more of a service-based model centered around team sales and decoration rather than simply retail) and have always worked 60+ hour weeks my whole life. I’m in line to take over as they’re growing old and I have worked for them off and on for a long time. I’m 27 and they are in early 60s. I’m really struggling with this decision. I’m not really interested in sporting goods as they are, although i am knowledgeable enough to qualify. I’m far more interested in business itself. I’ve told them that if i were to take over, i would be constantly looking for new ways to automate day to day that they could never find ways to let go of. They continue to tell me that’s not realistic and call me lazy. But it’s not about being lazy. i’m not afraid of work, and in fact i’m happy to work if it’s taking me directly toward my goals. What i’m afraid of is trapping myself for decades as they have and not being able to fulfill my other goals and aspirations. For example, I’d like to start businesses of my own as well as build a real estate portfolio, with the eventual goal of retiring young and traveling the world. It’s worth noting that my parents have a very strong generational sense of work ethic (they very much like working, especially working for themselves) and my mom in particular is a bit of a perfectionist which leads her to micromanage everything. She does a good job but fails to see how her micromanaging causes her to be weaker in the areas she should be focusing on. I’ve tried explaining that from everything i’ve learned about business (albeit not based in experience, mostly books and seminars), that running it the way they do will never take me to my life goals and that it’s not impossible to automate and by freeing up their time they could use it to scale the business more (there hasn’t been much of that in all these years). They insist that there’s no other profitable way to run it than working operations night and day. How should i approach this? Should i blaze my own trail and decline? (this is what i’m leaning toward, i just want some neutral 3rd party opinions before i make such a large decision) Am i being unrealistic in my expectations for running a business? I’m convinced that it’s just their stubbornness, lack of desire and lack of vision for a business that is largely self sustaining, but it’s really hard to talk to them on a level playing field because our generations look at things so differently. Thanks for taking the time to read this. submitted by /u/zudamusic [link] [comments]

  • If DAOs become mainstream, How will it change entrepreneurship
    by /u/Valdeztron (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    A DAO is a decentralized autonomous organization. No central authority. Funds come from token holders and decisions. This type of organization fir now is very niche but can it play a major role in society. I would like to know what you think!? submitted by /u/Valdeztron [link] [comments]

  • Need advice & recommendation for Dropshipping company G-Ads management
    by /u/Rotation421 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Guys First time i got a client from dropshipping industry. I don't have any experience in this field. I have some experience in B2C and mostly B2B. So, do you have any recommendation for a dropshipping company G-Ads campaigns? Any gaps, recos, things needs to be done or not done. Anything highly appreciated Thx submitted by /u/Rotation421 [link] [comments]

  • Web development/design agency
    by /u/Accomplished-News221 (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Does anyone run a web design/ development agency and if so do you think it’s worth getting into.Can you answer these questions How much do you make from it ? How long have you been doing it for? How many employees do you have? How many hours do you spend on it? Is your business on auto pilot? What services do you offer and what’s the price for those serving? Do you know how to code? Do you need to know how to code to run your business? How are you getting clients? How are you marketing your agency? submitted by /u/Accomplished-News221 [link] [comments]

  • What’s the best way to make six figures ?
    by /u/Accomplished-News221 (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Who makes 6 figures a year and what industry/ business do you think can make you 6 figures? submitted by /u/Accomplished-News221 [link] [comments]

  • Google Leads multichoices limitiation
    by /u/Teomaninan (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Hello everyone, I am trying to integrate lead form in Google ads. I must choose which shop customer want to connect. Customer that I am working has more that 12 shops, but Google ads only support multichoice up to 12 choices. I have not faced this problem in Meta or TikTok. What can I do? If you have faced this problem, did you find any workaround this. (Also My country doesn't have any postalcode so I can't also use that). submitted by /u/Teomaninan [link] [comments]

  • To go for it or not when you’re young
    by /u/FutEnth (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Say you had business that was covering your living expenses plus a bit extra, with a solid potential for moderate growth in the near future. Say you’re single, no kids. Say you also had a few other good ideas you wanted to work on that seem like they would make money. Lastly, say you’re fairly young (mid 20s) — what’s the risk of staying at your 9-5 and not going full in on entrepreneurship To make a long story short, what’s the opportunity cost of NOT going for it in a big way when you’re young, just to instead gain security that you don’t even necessarily need because of your current business? Might have answered my own question but would love to hear the sub’s thoughts here. Should young people go for it or not? submitted by /u/FutEnth [link] [comments]

  • Is it ok to be tired, gosh, exhausted but still have to be cheerful and keep the successful face of a startup founder. How to do it?
    by /u/Odd-Kylie_9746 (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    I run a travel startup, right when I started it was March 2020 and COVID hit us. We were thinking it would open in a month or so.... Then a large scale war started in my homeland with the neighbor, then I migrated to a new country where my baby was born, then I was almost establishing in this new country when they started a war with their neighbor. Then I went back to my homeland, startup started to run ok, then again this endless war for couple of days and everything shuts down. I still managed to expand to another continent. Could manage to find a new partner, co-founder from the USA, expanding slowly, fighting for every inch. And again a war, again humanitarian crisis in my homeland that drains all the mind, all the emotions. I grew up in a Post Soviet country, through 90s brutality. At that time there was no chance not to be able to do anything. We had to be able to everything to survive. The ones who could be more violent lived better, not my family. But still, that mindset of being able, capable of everything, no matter how hard is the life doesnt leave me. I feel Im strong, I feel Im very strong, but then I just think, f*ck, where is my right to be weak? Can I, just one day, say that I cant do this anymore, I just want to get rest today?? P.S. I wrote this, for ten minutes I was thinking shall I post this? Maybe ppl will think that I give up, thats not right. No, Im not, there is no giving up. The next you know Im hustling to push my startup further. And seems I dont have the right to be weak! ​ submitted by /u/Odd-Kylie_9746 [link] [comments]

  • Need advice and criticism on my website
    by /u/sillygh0stt (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Hello, I'm currently developing a website for my saas with a subscription model. I need someone to tell me how does this whole thing looks like so far, please dm me if you have some spare time. submitted by /u/sillygh0stt [link] [comments]

  • Bought an accounting firm. Grew to $3.5m. Not an accountant
    by /u/HamptonFounders (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 11:32 am

    I see a lot of stories in here of people trying to start businesses from scratch. That's awesome. But don't forget, you can buy and grow existing businesses too. This is actually a big opportunity right now, because GenX is getting ready to retire. There are tons of good businesses out there that you can turn into great businesses if you just put the same energy in that you would a startup. If you're in the US, there are great financing options. And even if you don't have money, there are ways to do seller financing (again, if you hustle the same way you would with a startup, a lot of things are possible). A good example is this guy I interviewed recently. His name is Patrick and he bought an accounting firm. He's NOT an accountant. He just understands business, and in 18 months, he grew this thing 3X to $3.5m+ My two favorite parts: Brokers wouldn't sell to a non-accountant, so he built his own deal pipeline to find the business and just cold-emailed his way to success there The accounting firm helps him see into other companies that might be worth acquiring. Brilliant way to build a portfolio of brands over the years. I'm sharing the full interview here. He shares everything: How he got the business, typical gross and net margins, key growth channels and how he uses them, how he structures compensation, where he sees untapped opportunities, favorite tools and books, and more. He even talks about the real stuff you don't always hear when people talk about buy-then-build: the "oh shit" moments, or the times where it takes a toll on his family. Real stuff. This is the full text. He also shared screenshots of his recruiting playbook and EOS scorecard too. I can't figure out how to include them here, but if you want to see, you can find here. Hope you enjoy! Hello! Who are you and what business did you start? My name is Patrick Dichter. Eighteen months ago I bought an accounting firm, and I’m not a trained accountant. Since then I’ve 3xd the revenue and acquired two more. Appletree provides quality bookkeeping and tax for small to mid sized companies. Most clients are service based or digital businesses between $250k to $20M in revenue. Fellow Hampton member and rockstar operator Jasmine Star is a client. For 10 years prior, I worked closely with small businesses at a digital marketing startup and a business advisory firm. Two things struck me…. 1) when I referred clients to a solid bookkeeper, it was transformational, and 2) most accountants are bad service providers. Growing businesses need the most accounting and tax help, but they try to DIY or aren’t taken care of. We’re on pace for $3.5M revenue this year. The plan is to hit $5M revenue, then start acquiring other types of small businesses. Appletree will serve as a HoldCo platform to create deal flow, give us data on what’s worth buying, and help serve other companies we acquire. What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea? Why was I determined to buy a company in the most boring industry when I’m not a trained accountant? I’ve been into numbers and entrepreneurship since I was a kid. I started a landscaping company, worked in restaurants, paid for college doing door-to-door sales. I’ve always been obsessed with what goes into a small business and how they can get better. After undergrad and my MBA, I joined a digital marketing startup RevLocal as their first sales rep. We scaled to $35M ARR and I lead sales teams nationwide. We sold local SEO, PPC, social and other digital marketing to small businesses. After 7 years I moved on to small business advisory at Cultivate Advisors. It felt like every day would be like an episode of The Profit with Marcus Lemonis - overhauling SMBs and helping them improve. And I thought it’d be a great stepping stone to private equity. I loved the work, then started to hear about search funds and acquisition entrepreneurship. I kept seeing all the accounting work I referred out and the positive impact on clients - then thought I should buy an accounting firm. I searched for 11 months on nights and weekends to find a good firm to buy. Unfortunately the business brokers in the accounting space were completely close minded to a non CPA buyer. So I ended up creating my own deal flow by building a list of 500 potential targets and doing my own cold email marketing. That lead me to Appletree and we closed the deal December 31, 2022. Take us through the process of building and launching the first version of your product. My business plan was simple - not easy, but simple. I’d lean on my strong suits with B2B selling and consulting to grow the firm, and hire all the accounting specialists to do great work. Things I was right about: my strong suits in sales and recruiting have paid off, there’s a lot of low hanging fruit with marketing in accounting, additional acquisition opportunities would come. I’ve been wrong about a lot. Rolling up a bunch of firms is not ideal - additional acquisitions aren’t worth it unless it’s a perfect fit. Tax is not black and white (it’s often grey and one common piece of tax code can be interpreted 5 different ways). Streamlining operations and upgrading technology is a much slower process than expected. I’m very grateful that Appletree was the first firm I bought. The previous owner has been extremely helpful, there’s an amazing team in place, and some very strong SOPs. Since launch, what growth channels have been most effective for you? We’ve grown 300% through additional acquisitions and organic growth. The 2nd acquisition approached me and was a very easy tuck in being a similar firm. The 3rd acquisition was a niche, modern firm focused on course creators and online coaches. This year about $900k of revenue will be from acquisitions. Our organic growth has been a compounding effect of improving our marketing, my personal network, and being involved in the small business M&A community. We bring on 3-5 new small business clients per month. About half of our new clients are searchers and acquisition entrepreneurs who are buying a small business. They’re often buying a tree service company, marketing agency, roofing company, etc for $1-5M and we handle all their bookkeeping and tax post close. We’ve also overhauled our recruiting process to go from understaffed to constantly hiring ahead. I’ve gone on offense to create a recruiting playbook, scorecard, and building out internal training. Recruiting is still my biggest challenge since we’ve missed on a few hires or had people quit during tax season. Did you ever have an “oh shit” moment where you thought it wouldn’t work? I’ve had multiple oh shit moments. The first was 40 days after closing, in the height of tax season, we lost a key employee who was one of our tax managers. Our 3rd child was just born, my wife was on unpaid maternity leave, and I’d put 80% of our savings into this business while signing a personal guarantee with the SBA for the business loan. I thought the business would crater or a bunch of clients would leave. Luckily the team rallied and the previous owner handled most of that tax work. I’ll never head into tax season understaffed again. The other big oh shit moment was with our 3rd acquisition. We didn’t communicate the transition plan clearly and we played damage control from the start trying to rebuild trust. On a weekly basis it’s hard not to carry all the stress home. I work out, lean on a mastermind, and think I’ve got some grit but it’s very emotionally draining. I know there’s days where I’m short with my kids or not as present with my wife because my brain is still in work mode. Can you break down the keys to this business model for us? What makes it work? And What do outsiders typically not understand about your industry? Most accounting firms are understaffed, under-resourced, taking any client they can, and surviving one tax season at a time. The key to success for us is staying very focused on our ideal client and our core offering - a monthly subscription for bookkeeping, business taxes, and personal taxes. Most clients invest $700-3000/mo. We bundle bookkeeping and tax together to create a better client experience, and it allows us to pay staff well year around, and have a less chaotic tax season. Our employee compensation model is also different from a lot of accounting firms - every staff member is on production pay getting a % of the work they produce. The hiring pitch is ‘hey most accounting firms pay you hourly or give you a fixed salary and drown you in work. We’ll pay you a % of the work you complete so you’re incentivized to be efficient and keep the client, and you can decide if you want to take more clients and make more.’ A stabilized firm in our industry typically has gross profit margin around 50% (**before the accounting purists come after me, I’m saying gross profit is after all direct labor and software to keep it simple) net profit margin should be 20-30%. I’ve been reinvesting most of the profit in growth, training, and hiring. I’m strategically pushing to get to $4-5M sales quickly, then tighten up our margins. I’ve seen accounting firms stay small and under $1M in revenue drive 40-50% net profit, but that’s a fragile firm very dependent on the owner. Or you can be +$4M with a leadership team, solid margins and adequate support staff. I don’t want to get stuck in between those two. The average lifetime value of a customer is 8-10 years. But a new client is a massive lift. And new staff aren’t fully self sufficient for 1-2 years. This year I’ve passed on a couple acquisition opportunities and have been focusing on our systems before next tax season. What platform/tools are absolutely crucial for your business? Our tech stack feels endless when I look at our software expenses. The big ones are Quickbooks Online for bookkeeping and UltraTax for tax work. My favorite tool is Canopy. It’s a new practice management software that gives us client database, workflow management, billing, client reminder automations, secure client portal, communication tracking, and more. It’s been a slog to get through implementation but it’s much needed. Our full tech stack: Quickbooks Online, bookkeeping Xero, bookkeeping UltraTax, tax prep Track1099, 1099 processing AccountantSynch, QBO and UltraTax data migration Gusto and ADP Run, payroll management Canopy, practice management Microsoft 365, email and calendar FileCenter, client data storage Infinitely Virtual, cloud storage and IT services Google Suite, storage Fathom, KPI reporting Bill.com, AP and bill pay management Approval Max, AP and bill pay management Rewind, bookkeeping cleanup software Adobe Slack Zoom Loom, screen recording videos Calendly Bria, VOIP phones FaxPipe, faxes Pipedrive, CRM Practice Ignition, proposals and engagement letters Mailchimp, email newsletter Zapier MyTaskLMS, new staff training Notion, internal Wiki Docusign, employee agreements BaseCamp, new client onboarding VideoAsk, video hiring tool What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources? Before buying Appletree, my most influential book was the Harvard Guide to Buying a Small Business. I ended up breaking some of their recommendations (buying small, focused on one industry, doing proprietary outreach), but it’s a great framework to understand how these deals work. I love podcasts, so I was constantly listening to Think Like An Owner, Acquiring Minds, and Acquisitions Anonymous - they’re all amazing podcasts focused on the small business M&A space. The SMBtwitter community has also been incredible to help me connect with similar people to get feedback on acquisitions, find friends in the trenches, and not feel so alone. Running the business, the most influential resource has been our industry association PASBA. There’s +300 accounting firm owners in the group that share best practices, hiring tactics, software feedback, financial performance, and more. And I’m in a small mastermind within PASBA of 10 other firms where we do a monthly zoom and annual meeting. I’m a big fan of EOS/Traction. We self implemented EOS and use the framework to run the firm. It’s been instrumental to get us all aligned on the vision, help with buy in for change management, and increase accountability. Where do you see untapped opportunity in the market? What business do you wish someone else would build that would make your job easier? There’s endless opportunity in the accounting space or related industries. A few ideas: 'Alert My Accountant tool’ where we could opt in to get an alert any time a client opens a new credit card, bank account, loan, buys a property, etc tied to their EIN. So many times they forget to tell us then we’re scrambling during tax season to get all the info and access I wish there was a ‘fact checker’ content site for all the BS tax strategies that go viral on TikTok and Twitter ‘Tax Time Estimator tool’ where it’d scrape a prior return or UltraTax input to estimate how many hours that return will take to complete to help us with scoping new clients and training staff ‘M&A Cash Flow Tool.’ When you’re buying a home, there’s tools to estimate monthly payments and maintenance costs. I’m picturing a similar tool where you upload the historical financials, then it’ll create an estimated 24 month cash flow forecast for a business acquisition where you can toggle purchase price, loan rates, revenue increase/decrease. It won’t replace full due diligence, but would allow searchers to know if a deal pencils quickly so they can move to decide whether or not to send a Letter of Intent before going into heavy legal and accounting costs. What are some strong opinions you have about leadership, and how do you actually put those into practice in your company? Change management after buying a company is so hard. I’ve been in a lot of leadership roles before but taking over a company and trying to drive change is like a very high stakes double black diamond ski run. There’s a common saying to ‘do no harm’ in mergers in acquisitions. Meaning be slow to change, don’t break what’s working, etc. But after a certain point in every transition you eventually have to flip a switch and say ‘here is where we’re going and why’ and stop being overly cautious about upsetting the apple cart. I’ve realized that some folks may complain about anything I change, even if it makes their work life easier and they make more money. A couple things have been key to build trust and buy in. I have a weekly 1-1 with direct reports that’s consistent and structured. It’s the highest ‘return on time’ activity at our current org size. Using EOS to track our issues list and decide on our quarterly rocks has also been key to get buy in as we make decisions on big projects. Here’s a blog I wrote about how to self implement EOS, and a picture below of a recent quarterly manager meeting. submitted by /u/HamptonFounders [link] [comments]

  • Strategy for PPC campaign for a franchise restaurant?
    by /u/Ambitious_Jump_5439 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Hi, I have recently started working for a marketing agency. I have been assigned to come up with a strategy for a PPC campaign in different media for a bakery that wants to start selling its franchises. We are going to start locally and gradually (when we see results) expand to the rest of the country. The idea is to attract qualified leads that want to invest in a franchise. The budget is 300€ (yes, it is very low) but it has to be used to get the best results. My idea is to advertise mainly on Linkedin because it is the one that shares more affinity with our buyer persona (adult person, investor, with money, interested in business, etc ...) and another strategy for FB Ads would be to create a publication, advertise it so that it has many likes, comments and shares and then advertise that same publication for a branding video. We have no historical data, since this project it's new. Do you think it's a good idea? Do you recommend me something better? submitted by /u/Ambitious_Jump_5439 [link] [comments]

  • Daily routine
    by /u/Fabulous_Rich8974 (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 11:20 am

    I keep seeing entrepreneur routines where they wake up early exercise, shower, eat at a cafe, read a book, meditate, clean the house then work. If i did that i would never work i’d be exhausted and then too relaxed to work. Instead I want to offer an alternative for those who don’t vibe with the typical “millionaire routine “. I wake up between 5-8 I drink tea, get ready and start working right away. I get done all the small but necessary niggly things that don’t move the needle directly but nurture my relationship over time with my customers. I.e respond to comments, post a blog or podcast etc. After that i check on my customer support and take a break for breakfast. I’m never hungry in the morning. I’ll sit outside in the balcony and get some sun, play with my cat and get back to work. 30 mins max. Next is my projects. It can be anything from accounting to working on a new product or marketing. I typically work until lunch time then take a break for an hour sometimes two. Then i work for a few more hours then finish by 2-3pm. Then i do something for myself, or tidy the house, work on my home renovations, buy food etc. I don’t always have projects on. When I don’t I typically finish by mid morning then spend the afternoon doing something fun for myself like bike riding etc or taking care of life stuff like dentist etc. I prefer to get work out of the way first thing. Especially when i have projects on i want to be done early afternoon. Then with whatever time i have left i spend it working out or doing something fun, reading a book, relaxing not the other way round like most people seem to do. Anyone relate? submitted by /u/Fabulous_Rich8974 [link] [comments]

  • 3 Months into Ecommerce (Drop shipping), Want to try clothing...
    by /u/Henry_Sabondo (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 11:13 am

    I hate to drop the forbidden D word (drop shipping) but I begun ecommerce under 3 months ago and it has been a hell of a ride fast forward some tears and some big losses im consistently making about $400 extra a week, not alot but I am 19 atm so its pretty nice with zero effort. Maintaining a 3+ roas and have not scaled yet although this brand wont last that long. I know how to do most things by myself at this stage and want to finally try a clothing brand. How do you advise I do this would love to hear from you guys. submitted by /u/Henry_Sabondo [link] [comments]

  • Why do they say "Fake until you make it?" 🤔
    by /u/Sarvaturi (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 10:41 am

    It's very common to hear this line "Fake until you make it?" But what's the real reason for this? Can't it look a bit like a SCAM until it works?What exactly can we label as "fake" and what can never be "fake"? It sounds a bit like "Fool others until it's true". I'm not sure what the approach is here. But I think these days many entrepreneurs have adopted this philosophy...Is that really the right way to go? One system I've adopted is to make constant plans. Predicting the future can seem "fake", but planning help to better measure what works and what doesn't. This also led me to create an AI Plan Generator. submitted by /u/Sarvaturi [link] [comments]

  • Need help with starting online training business
    by /u/zelwynqw (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 10:20 am

    I am a fairly new trainer who has been working with clients in person for a few months now and want to venture into virtual coaching. I have a small following on social media and was planning on obtaining clients through there. I plan on doing 1:1 live coaching and possibly creating in gym/ at home training plans which I have done before. I feel confident in my abilities to train clients online but unsure where to get started with liability forms etc. any help or advice would be appreciated! submitted by /u/zelwynqw [link] [comments]

  • What Happened In Marketing & Advertising last week? (With sources)
    by /u/lazymentors (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Top 6 Updates of the Week 📆 Youtube launches AI Insights, Editing App & More for Creators. Amazon Prime launches an Ad-Supported Tier for Subscribers. Snapchat launches sponsored links for “My AI” in partnership with Microsoft. Meta Verified launches for Businesses. Pinterest shares new signs of Growth in Both Users & E-commerce. Facebook now allows to have personal & Work profiles. Tiktok 🎶 TikTok launches new “AI Content Labels”. Tiktok Shops in the UK now lets you sell “old tech goods”. TikTok announces “Attribution Analytics”. TikTok in partnerships with Google to include google search results in App. New SAN (Self-Attributing Networks) for Advertisers. Prohibited Tiktok Shops Product list. Instagram & Threads 🗂️ Instagram to reach $71B in Revenue by 2024 and exceed Facebook. UK is urging IG & Messenger to hold back on End-to-End Encryptions. Threads App suffers from Low Engagement says Meta. Instagram testing “location sharing in DMs. “Share to X” feature removed on Threads. Meta 😅 Meta has a new Facebook logo. New Business & Chat Tools for WhatsApp. Animated Avatars launched for WhatsApp. “New Swipe to view website” for Reels Ads on IG. Twitter (X) 🕹️ Elon Musk shares rumours of twitter going paid are untrue. X is shutting down “circles” feature in October. Users can now add “community notes” to app navigation bar in X. More information about Expanded Bios. New Preview Test for Community Notes on Tweets. New Feature to pin communities to user feeds. Have a look at this Advertising blunder from Twitter. YouTube 📽️ Electrify raises $85M to invest into Long-form content. Youtube shorts are now averaging 70 Billion daily views. Google 🔦 Bard AI can now connect to all of your Google Apps & Services. Google accused of downplaying Ad Price manipulation. Expansion of AI tools to Search Ads. Helpful Content Update fails to tackle bad content on third-party sites. New Automatically Created Assets to all advertisers. Google updates Misrepresentation policy. Agency News 📀 Wavemaker named “Global Agency of the Year” in terms of new business. Lufthansa gives their Global Creative Budget to Serviceplan. Havas wins Shell Media Account. Omnicom Media Group UK names Laura Fenton new CEO. Grey New York named AOR for Boost Infinite. Amazon Adds Adam&EveDDB to European Roster. McKinney launches 2023 Food Trends Report. Brands & Ads 🏓 Southpaw launches new “Explore your Elf” Campaign for Elf Cosmetics. The Guardian launches a global campaign “Not for Sale”. Peet’s Coffee launches their first 360-Degree Marketing Campaign. Coors Light to run a Super Bowl Ad Campaign. Paramount plans to help businesses create influencer content for super bowl. Green Giant uses Corn Kid in their National Ad Campaign. Sweetgreen sued for Racial Slurs at Workspace. AI News Amazon launches new AI Update for Alexa. OpenAI launches Dall-E 3. Github expands Copilot Access to individual users. Bynder announces new partnership with EMRAYS. Microsoft 💾 New AI Ad Updates for Microsoft Ads. Microsoft announces their AI Co-pilot. Bing Webmaster gets new update regarding content usage for AI Chat. New Personalised Answers feature for Bing AI. Bing Webmasters Tools sitemap Index Coverage is live now. Snap 🕹️ Snapchat reaches 5 million+ paid subscribers. New AR Filters being developed with focus on Beauty Brands. Snap filing a new patent to improve shopping experience in the app. LinkedIn 💃 LinkedIn launches new Coding & AI Courses for LinkedIn Learning. Marketing & Ad Tech 🍊 UK Publishers testing Cookieless targeting. Comscore, iSpot, VideoAMP partner to fight Nielsen in Media Business. Sam’s Club launches new Update to their Ad Service Dashboard. Yahoo Advertising joins Key Partners to Optimise CTV Ads. Accenture invests into Writer, A Copywriting App. Wix adds IndexNow support for faster Indexing. Substack App gets a new App Design. Twitch’s new update makes it easier for creators to access Streaming clips. Thanks for reading, You can find all the sources on this archive page. I hope this helps to plan your week ahead. submitted by /u/lazymentors [link] [comments]

  • GA4 poor at tracking non-Google PPC sources? What to do...
    by /u/Anderzonen (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 10:01 am

    I am pretty much expriencing what is written in this article: https://junction.cj.com/article/this-is-why-youre-seeing-a-drop-in-affiliate-traffic-since-migrating-to-ga4 The non-Google PPC channels are hardly being attributed any sales compared to the amount of clicks and the historical revenue the non-Google channels used to provide. The article argues it comes down to Google favorizing GCLID over UTM and Googles data driven attribution model favorizing (surprise!) Googles own channels... so if the user at any point has clicked on google, the attribution goes there. Is anyone experiencing this and have you found other Analytics softwares which more precisely attributes non-Google PPC / affiliate channels? It might be better with another software to look for UTMs and track last click instead of Googles "data driven" model. submitted by /u/Anderzonen [link] [comments]

  • Google video ads trough youtube only?
    by /u/The1archit3ct (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Hi, Just checking something(new to google ads) When it comes do video assets in google ads, you can only upload these trough youtube? Can't you upload directly to the adds platform? Thanks submitted by /u/The1archit3ct [link] [comments]

  • Real estate is where the mega's are, how do you start with nothing?
    by /u/Kelbly (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Checking most of the ridiculously successful businessmen in the US, commercial real estate is where it's at. That is what differentiates the multiple supercar buyers from the guys able to afford a nice house and a car. But. We all hear that and their advice. But they never ever give advice, on how to start in commercial real estate when you have nothing. Absolutely nothing to invest. So. It is because one cannot possibly get started in commercial real estate with no money unless you gain some investable income elsewhere first? Or is there some sort of in, or secret that is truly never shared? submitted by /u/Kelbly [link] [comments]

  • is only having one ad group in my campain bad
    by /u/bad-ass-jit (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 9:15 am

    My campaign is profitable and running how I want it too, but I only have one ad group for 10 products(that are similar). I ran single ad groups for all products for a couple of weeks and the return was horrible so I ended that idea. Should I try again? submitted by /u/bad-ass-jit [link] [comments]

  • Marketplace Tuesday! - September 26, 2023
    by /u/AutoModerator (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Please use this thread to post any Jobs that you're looking to fill (including interns), or services you're looking to render to other members. We do this to not overflow the main subreddit with personal offerings (such logo design, SEO, etc) so please try to limit the offerings to this weekly thread. Since this thread can fill up quickly, consider sorting the comments by "new" (instead of "best" or "top") to see the newest posts. submitted by /u/AutoModerator [link] [comments]

  • Game-Changing updates for Google's Bard AI: Automate any task for your life & your business
    by /u/Senior_tasteey (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Here is my list of prompts for Google's updated Bard AI, which can easily scan your gmail, docs, youtube and automate so much of your work in seconds. Read more: https://www.godofprompt.ai/blog/why-these-google-bard-ai-prompts-are-game-changers-for-businesses-ultimate-guide-for-2023 I've been really mind-blown with these features, and I hope these prompts can be an invaluable resource for your business tasks <3 submitted by /u/Senior_tasteey [link] [comments]

  • google paused all my ads until I verify my identity
    by /u/bad-ass-jit (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 7:54 am

    I recently switched from an individual to an organization account(everything remained the same but I added my VAT ID). So apparently I had to verify my personal ID again and now all payments are on hold. Would a data exclusion of the 1-2 days it takes them to verify my ID be enough to get the ads running as they did before this verification outage? submitted by /u/bad-ass-jit [link] [comments]

  • Aside from conversions, does google use other metrics like how long a user stays on your landing page, how engaged they are on your landing page(scrolls, clicks, navigates to other pages,etc...) to further improve your campaign's target audience?
    by /u/theoawatc (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 7:45 am

    The more conversions a campaign has, the more data google seems to know who the target audience is but how about other metrics like how long the user stays on the landing page, and how engage they are on your landing page? Do these other metrics play a role into feeding google the right data to improve your target audience? I have a problem I'm facing and it's that a lot of the users are seeing my ads but they're not converting on the ad they clicked on. Instead, they convert a few days later. submitted by /u/theoawatc [link] [comments]

  • Marketing for brand new company
    by /u/cookwarecare (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Hey all, As I get closer to finishing product development, my mind is shifting more towards marketing. We are a brand new company with zero brand exposure so we are starting completely from scratch here. I'm curious beyond SEO what people recommend for marketing a new physical product? Google ads? Facebook ads? Physical mail marketing? Our two products are focused heavily on cast iron users, however we will only be launching the 1 product for now(second one still in development) What do y'all recommend? submitted by /u/cookwarecare [link] [comments]

  • Bootstrapped a SaaS to $1,000 MRR in 12 months. Here's what I learned
    by /u/gouterz (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 4:23 am

    I was a software developer who was totally new to entrepreneurship. On top of it, I was also an introvert. So had to figure out marketing along the way. The product I built was a tool which helped entrepreneurs & business owners collect testimonials from their customers with a simple link and share them on their websites, emails etc to increase sales. Some marketing channels like ads & influencer marketing didn't work well for me while others like social media worked really well. It also took me a while to lock on to the customer niche which was business owners to write better copy which increased conversions. I've written down everything that helped me get to $1000 MRR as a solopreneur in this detailed post This is still a small milestone but the first time I've profitably made money from a business. Would love to hear if you have any tips/feedback for me. submitted by /u/gouterz [link] [comments]

  • Genuinely seeking help with PPC. Unique proposition on offer!
    by /u/pubbets (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Hi everyone, I’ll try to keep this brief but happy to answer any questions. I started an ecom brand in 2018 but really focused on it full time from 2021 when I moved from wix to Shopify and lost my full time teaching job. I design and manufacture the products myself in small batches of 500–1000 pc Spent weeks redesigning the store and making it all more coherent and branded. We get fantastic reviews and I’ve only had to refund or replace 3 orders in 5 years. I’m confident that the products and site are pretty good, but I’ve been struggling with PPC pretty much the entire time that the business has been running. The problem is that sales have been low this year because the cost of living crisis has hit harder than I expected.. despite lowering prices by 25% 😞 So I’m in a position now where I’m ‘inventory rich’ but cash poor. There are hundreds of the products waiting to ship but I’m literally living day to day and praying for enough sales to cover our living costs and marketing bills. Right now I have a Google search campaign running, with very mixed results. I couldn’t seem to find the right bid strategy and it seemed to reset and start learning again whenever I changed it. I’m now trying an automated Google ads platform called storeya traffic booster at$250 a month but early results have been poor. Also running Facebook ads but 😣 it’s a real love/hate relationship. Wildly inconsistent results and a huge downturn back in July that ended up with a $1200 ad bill. Got that paid earlier this month and it seems I decided to try again during ANOTHER update which has screwed the results.. So I’m asking for a lifeline here guys. I admit that I just don’t have the analytical mind and skills to do PPC myself. I’ve been trying for years but for every step forward I seem to take two steps back. Do you own an agency with experience in the toy/hobby niche? Would you be willing to help me out with the view to long term cooperation? Let’s chat - because I really can’t think of a way out of this hole that I’m in 😞 submitted by /u/pubbets [link] [comments]

  • So I am trying to drive business to my retail bedding store. I am spending $25 a day and doing it myself as far as Google ads. Not getting much success even though I think I'm using the correct keywords and time slots for advertising.
    by /u/Brucef310 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Should I find someone to give it a shot on Fiverr as American companies would certainly charge $2K plus. I'm trying to drive phone calls to my store and not just clicks. Any advice would help. submitted by /u/Brucef310 [link] [comments]

  • Streamlining PPC campaign creation with automation
    by /u/PowerfulGuidance3460 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 2:31 am

    We're been building a service aimed at improving the pay per click campaign creation experience and reporting across multiple advertising channels. We're reaching out to get a better idea on the direction to take with our solution to tailor it to customers needs more precisely. The goal of the product is to ingest and synchronize audience, revenue, and contextual data from any source across all digital marketing channels, leading to enhanced performance insights and improved audience targeting. We're starting with a small number of advertising partners but we're looking to make sure all the important advertising platforms are covered. We have already developed a working proof of concept and want to grow the app to tackle some of the competition's market. We want to get in touch, learn what features are most important to you, help you take your PPC campaigns to the next level. We're aiming at Q1 of 2024 for the first production release. We would like to hear if you have ever used a demand side platform before, what are the most important platforms for you to advertise on - facebook, google, amazon? submitted by /u/PowerfulGuidance3460 [link] [comments]

  • Google Ads account suspended immediately, but some other general questions around setting up ads for a family member.
    by /u/rokd (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 26, 2023 at 1:20 am

    Some background. I'm primarily a data engineer, I deal with data at scale from ads and around campaigns, but am rarely (this is my first time) the person setting up Ads... Until now 🙂 My sister recently started her own residential/commercial cleaning business, and I wanted to help her out the best way I could (and it seemed like a fun project and learning opportunity, it is!), so I set up a website for her with the intention of running some ads in her area when everything was set up. Well, bought the domain from AWS, and I finished up the static website, or got it to a kinda bare minimum with some AI generated text/images. It looks decent enough, and has some blurbs from people who left reviews on Google/Yelp. Looks like a small business site. Today I went and created the Google Ads account under my name, and I think an important caveat to all of this, I'm doing a majority of the technical work here under my username, account, address, etc. other than a Facebook page, but putting her info on the site, Google Business thing, etc. (Maybe they don't like that?) And.... My Ads account immediately got suspended: "Your account is suspended - We've detected suspicious payments in your account.", Mind, I do use this same payment for everything I do with Google. I use Google Workspaces for my personal email, and it uses the same payment method. I'm assuming that it's because it's me paying for everything, but in no way is my name attached to the Website (all my sisters contact info on the site), the domain (WHOIS), etc. So I'm thinking that might be part of the issue but I'm waiting to hear back from the Appeal. Any thoughts around this? Second question I had was just general advice on setting this up. Am I doing something wrong here? Do I need to set up my own LLC as an Ads agency with her a "customer"? I have no intentions of starting a real ads agency, I do well enough in the data space. I'm trying to help her out, she has enough customers to "just get by" at the moment, but she wants to grow, and potentially hire, and I thought this might be a good avenue, and if she gets big she can hire a real webdev/ads agency. She's strictly word of mouth/Facebook at this point. Any advice? I feel like this can't be a super uncommon scenario, and I had no idea running ads was so complex hah. Thanks in advance! submitted by /u/rokd [link] [comments]

  • How to sell my skills?
    by /u/Shot_Programmer_2003 (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 1:03 am

    I know most of you are on the grind so I'll keep it short. I have a fire lit under my ass due to college costs being now totally on my shoulders. For now I've taken out a small loan to cover the first 3 months but I desperately need to generate some positive cash flow. I know all the manual ways such as manual labor, restaurant server, etc. and I am dowing that currently but that will not sustain my college costs. I do have some aces under my sleeve, however. I've been programming since 8 yo and have 5 years of experience in Django, REST, 1 year of React, Swift/UI and am passionate about Machine Learning and applications of it. Currently I'm pursing a bachelor's in Applied Math. I've been trying out building micro-SaaSes for the past two months by probing people i know in the industry to see if i can notice trends of complaints on a specific workflow, or if they need a feature but it's not available to them. I constantly try to educate myself on lean methodologies of developing MVPs and building things with almost zero cost (except for my time's cost benefit), however I'm totally shit at selling. Not only don't i know how to sell, but I also have a negative mindset towards it. Every time I hear the word sales I always think of an Indian internet scammer (not trying to be racist) or someone forcing to close me on a sale. I simply don't know what it means to sell and market a product. Hence, I can't think of avenues, channels, and methods to market, and eventually reach a customer. In addition, this is also ironic too, due to the fact that I used to have similar issues with women and approaching them and expressing my interest (which is sales too, inherently), and I succesfuly grew out of that phase by fundamentally shifting the way i thought about approaching women I liked. However, I can't seem to be doing this with sales, and maybe it will take time. Not to mention, that even when I'm in front of someone who could use my skills, I'm afraid to pitch them my products because I don't want to come accross as if im selling something, which is such a PARADOX because I totally want to sell that person something. I'm aware that fundamentally this seems to be a mindset issue but I'd value your input as I'm seeing more and more that selling and marketing are wayyyyy more impactful than the 12hrs I put into making an algorithm 0.02 seconds faster. submitted by /u/Shot_Programmer_2003 [link] [comments]

  • If you hit the big time and strike it rich........
    by /u/Seedpound (Entrepreneur) on September 26, 2023 at 12:06 am

    .....will you pass it on to your children-? or let them grind it out and suffer like you've had to-? submitted by /u/Seedpound [link] [comments]

  • ( HIRE ) Expert Mediabuyer Google Ads
    by /u/MizuMEDIA (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 11:54 pm

    Hey! We're an e-commerce team doing dropshipping in France mainly in Shopping / Seearch. Right now, our kids-themed store spends around 500€ daily on ads. Last Q4 we spent up to 10K a day on just one store. This year, we've got two shops running and two more on the way.and expand our top store to UK MARKET. We have a good team, good process, server side tracking and all the backend ready to optimise our CVR, you will have good base to start. Looking For: Someone really good with Google Ads. We've got big plans and need someone to help us with both the Search and Shopping side of Google Ads. Your Job: - Analyse our actual campaign and make us a better strategy based on our plans / ROAS objective - Manage our actual 2 niche store and others store coming - Reporting / call every week to see how we go - Strategy / Strategy for the New Products / Scaling strategy for our top / mid products - Optimise the budget and KPI - Call / reports Weekly and Q4 preparation We expect from you : Scaling our top winner products Strong experience with Google Ads Shopping. Capable of managing up to 300 products in feed per niche. Understands the preferences of French customers. Available and proactive during launches Skilled in daily budget management and campaign analysis. Open to suggesting and trying new strategies. Please contact me in DM so we can discuss further, we are not looking for agency but for someone who can work with us on long term and with enough time available for our stores / project. submitted by /u/MizuMEDIA [link] [comments]

  • Is the only way to rotate YouTube ads creating separate campaigns for each video?
    by /u/zoobilyzoo (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    It seems YouTube disabled the option to rotate ads. submitted by /u/zoobilyzoo [link] [comments]

  • ROAS not working (bartending in florida)
    by /u/Shoy_Web (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    I’m trying to reduce cost. I put on ROAS 100% on our campaign the clicks turned to zero! Why is that? submitted by /u/Shoy_Web [link] [comments]

  • Yahoo feed
    by /u/adtech121 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Apparently they still give these out, does anyone know how I can go about getting one directly from them? submitted by /u/adtech121 [link] [comments]

  • FB Leads Form "Leads vs Qualified leads" this update broke my CPL {help}
    by /u/willpalach (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Hi team, so, I don't know about you, but the past two weeks has been very complicated for me with my FB Lead Forms ads. Meta updated how the lead generation optimization is selected and I had to update every single adset I had because the adsets that I had with the older option started to perform more poorly with each passing day. Adding to that, many ad creatives, specially videos for instagram had an update on it's requirements and I had to update them, manually, one by one, by the time I finnished everything went to learning phase (obvs) so if anybody has had this or similar issues in the past couple of weeks, you're not alone friend. Now, to cover the title of this post: I'm coming for help on wich lead optimization to choose from, right now I don't know wich to choose, at the adset level, right at the bottom, the section "Optimization for ad delivery" ask me to choose between "leads" and "conversion leads" the problem is "conversion leads" don't give an aproximation of how many leads I could get so I would run the campaign with no point of reference wich is very scary to me. Add that all my campaigns are currently running on "leads" as optimization and half of them still has the conversion cost about double of what it used to be, so I'm starting to get really worried that I won't get the minimum sales for this month. Any insights on this subject or help you can give me? my current lead gen objective is clear: Add as many quality leads to my sales's team CRM so they get the selling call and close the client. submitted by /u/willpalach [link] [comments]

  • Better qualified leads for a service industry Search campaign
    by /u/Brecinos2521 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Guys, I am currently working on a Search campaign for one of my clients in the service industry (restoration). I am running into this issue with the leads being people who are looking for a Job and not so much looking for the service. Additionally, I have set the language to English only but the client said they are still receiving spanish leads (I know this is most likely due to their industry and market). Does anyone know if it is even possible to adjust for this? Any insight would be great. submitted by /u/Brecinos2521 [link] [comments]

  • Which location option real estate google ads
    by /u/wurkmurk (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    I'm not a big fan of the "presence & interest" location action. Now for a real estate (selling of houses) campaign i'm doubting to put it on. What do you guys do with these kind of campaigns for real estate? submitted by /u/wurkmurk [link] [comments]

  • Can't figure out how to decrease Lost abs top/Lost IS due to rank
    by /u/AdBusy3694 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Have been reading through multiple blogs and posts as well as speaking to our google rep and just can't figure out what to do. QS for keywords anywhere from 7-10 but we still are losing anywhere from 50-80% impression share due to rank. Impressions lost to bid is under 10%. Overall impression share hangs around in the high 80s. We have always run maximize clicks, even though google and the google rep keeps trying to push maximize conversions. We are a local business, so the point of our ads is to get people in the door the day they are searching for the service or to book an appointment for a future date. Our google ads are graded "Excellent" I have tried one ad with all our keywords in one ad with specific final urls for each keyword and then broken down ads with each targeting one-2 specific KW, still have a high lost impression share. We are just as big of a company as the other 2 local companies, but it seems the other 2 consistently pop up when our KW are searched and we only show up occasionally. ​ I am pulling my hair out at this point trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. submitted by /u/AdBusy3694 [link] [comments]

  • SaaS / recurring revenue attribution for ads
    by /u/bradycassidy (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    For those of you running ads for SaaS or subscription companies, how do you connect your marketing activities to the revenue they drive, given the conversion to paid generally happens offline (ie. trial ends while user is offline)? Same with recurring payments (or churn)? submitted by /u/bradycassidy [link] [comments]

  • The 15 Best (Free to Use) AI Tools for Creating Websites, Presentations, Graphics, UIs, Photos, and more
    by /u/Tapedulema919 (Entrepreneur) on September 25, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    While we wait for ChatGPT to roll out its own official image input+output tool, I wanted to put together a list of the best AI design tools I've seen so far. Obviously text-based tasks like writing and coding get the bulk of the attention, but I wanted to see how it’s being used in design and more visual tasks. From UI and full-on website design, to graphics and photo generation, there are a ton of interesting and free tools coming out that are worth trying and using as inspiration for your own projects. These tools cover a bunch of different use cases and can hopefully help some of you, whether you’re a professional designer looking to automate parts of your work or just someone who wants to find ways to speed up the design work for your business/side projects. All of them are free to try, but most have some kind of paid plan or limit on the number of free generations. Fair enough given it costs money to run the models, but I've tried to include notes on any that don't have permanent free plans. Let me know if you know of any tools I’ve missed so I can add them to the list! I’ve grouped them by categories, to make it easier to see what each tool is capable of, then given a bit more detail under each specific tool. AI Website, Graphic and UI Generators: Framer: Describe the website you want, and Framer will create it for you. Edit and instantly publish your site from their platform. Ironically my favorite thing about Framer isn’t its AI tool. Its real advantage is its website editor which is the best I’ve seen on any platform (and usable for free). It’s like Figma if Figma let you publish directly to the web. Microsoft Designer: Generates designs based on user input for social media posts, logos, and business graphics. It’s free to use with a Microsoft account, and fairly impressive if not always consistent. If you pay a lot or spend a ton of time on design/social media content, Designer is definitely worth checking out. UIzard: Transforms text and images into design mockups, wireframes, and full user interfaces. It’s an ambitious concept, but very cool. While Framer was better for generating websites from text prompts, UIZard offers something none of the others did: taking a sketch drawing and turning it into a UI and/or wireframing. Visualizations, Graphics and Illustrations: Taskade: AI powered productivity tool to visualize your notes, projects, and tasks. Taskade lets you easily generate mind maps and other visualizations of your work, and makes use of AI in a bunch of cool ways. For example, you can generate a mind map to help you brainstorm and then ask it to expand on a certain point or even research it for you with the internet. Bing Image Creator: Generate images from natural text descriptions, powered by DALL-E. Whether you’re looking for blog illustrations, images for your site’s pages or any other purpose, it’s worth trying. AutoDraw: Autodraw is a Google Project that lets you draw something freehand with your cursor, and AutoDraw uses AI to transform it into a refined image with icons and predrawn designs, all for free in your browser. AI Presentations and Slides: Plus AI for Google Slides: AI generated slides and full-on presentations, all within Google Slides. I liked how Plus AI worked within Google Slides and made it easy to make changes to the presentation (as lets be real, no AI tool is going to generate exactly the content and formatting you need for a serious presentation). SlidesGo: Generate slides with illustrations, images, and icons chosen by AI. SlidesGo also has their own editor to let you edit and refine the AI generated presentation. Tome: Tell Tome what you want to say to your audience, and it will create a presentation that effectively communicates it clearly and effectively. Tome actually goes beyond just presentations and has a few cool formats worth checking out that I could see being useful for salespeople and anyone who needs to pitch an idea or product at work or to clients. Product Photography: These are all fairly similar so I’ve kept the descriptions short, but it’s genuinely a pretty useful category if you run any kind of business or side hustle that needs product photos. These photos establish the professionalism of your store/brand, and all the ones I tried had genuinely impressive results that seemed much better than what I could do myself. Pebblely: AI image generator for product images in various styles and settings. 40 free images, paid after that. Booth.ai: Generates professional-quality product photos using AI, focused on furniture, fashion, and packaged goods. Stylized.ai: Generates product photos integrated into ecommerce platforms like Shopify. Miscellaneous Tools: Fronty: Converts uploaded images or drawings into HTML and CSS code using AI. It’s a bit clunky, but a cool concept nonetheless. LetsEnhance: Uses AI to enhance the resolution of images and photographs. Generally works pretty well from my experience, and gives you 10 free credits with signup. Unfortunately beyond that it is a paid product. Remove.bg: Specializes in recognizing and removing image backgrounds effectively. Doesn’t promise much, but it does the job and doesn’t require you to sign up. TL;DR/Overall favorites: These are the ones I've found the most use for in my day-to-day work. Framer: responsive website design with a full-featured editor to edit and publish your site all in one place. Free + paid plans. Taskade: visualize and automate your workflows, projects, mind maps, and more with AI powered templates. Free + paid plans. Microsoft Designer: generate social media and other marketing graphics with AI. Free to use. Plus AI: plugin for Google Slides to generate slide content, designs, and make tweaks with AI. Free + paid plans. Pebblely: professional-quality product photos in various settings and backgrounds, free to generate up to 40 images (through you can always sign up for another account…) submitted by /u/Tapedulema919 [link] [comments]

  • Learning Mode - Very High CPCs - 2 Ad Groups
    by /u/Massive-Notice806 (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, Recently launched a new campaign based off a previous one I had. Instead of 3 Ads, now I've got 6 because I've set up 2 Ad Groups. I thought this would be a better approach to have more targeted ads. Now, our typical 200-300 a day budget is getting way less clicks, far high CPCs and sales. Are the very high CPCs due to learning mode and testing new ad groups? submitted by /u/Massive-Notice806 [link] [comments]

  • Google Ads structure & bid strategy
    by /u/sem-mentalist (Ads on Google, Meta, Microsoft, etc.) on September 25, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    I've worked with Google Ads for a while now, i was agency side a long time when 'match type broad' was still around and used to build out beautiful campaigns (at least they worked well). I work in house now and i am very limited to what i do with G Ads, mainly lead generation but it's very specific. Focusing on keywords which will contain the word 'job' then certain profession and sometimes a specific country. These campaigns are usually very small and easy to manage, i run them on manual CPC and mainly use exact, sometimes phrase which i still split out into separate ad groups for control. I realise most people aren't doing this anymore, but it still get good results and it's really easy to maintain. I cannot use broad for this set up as it really starts to waste money on extremely irrelevant search terms and phrase can be a little off, but usually it's nothing too taxing on budget and i get the correct negs in. My structure is usually multiple campaigns which are location focused and then 2 to 4 ad groups which are themed by keyword 'job' and then specific profession but split exact and phrase. So, my main question is... how do i utilise an automated bid strategy for a campaign like this? Or, if i'm really getting great results with manual and with my structure, why change? submitted by /u/sem-mentalist [link] [comments]

  • Last year I launched a fintech start-up/alt-investing platform with no technical co-founder. Here's how it's going. AMA!
    by /u/OneFund (Entrepreneur) on September 25, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    Hi r/entrepreneur! I'm a first-time founder of a start-up and 9 months ago we launched our product. I wanted to share a bit about that journey here with anyone who may find it helpful. Our startup, OneFund, makes investing in top-tier PE and VC funds easier and accessible to more people. We effectively built a marketplace, allowing members on our platform to look at multiple blue-chip PE and VC funds that are currently raising, diligence them, ask questions, and then invest at a fraction of the traditional minimum. Although I do have a co-founder, as the title suggests, we have no technical co-founder. Instead, we worked to innovate on the business model and build an MVP product that did what it needed to do, was sleek, and required little upkeep. The product looks great, but it's also straightforward and built on top of our CRM for simplicity. We used our pre-seed funding to outsource tech to contractors as needed. My co-founder and I started OneFund after, despite spending our careers working at Hedge Funds and PE funds, struggling to find ways to invest our own capital into funds we liked. Since starting this journey, here are some of the major milestones we've reached, and ones we are targeting over the course of the next year. Raised a nearly $1m pre-seed round to get us off the ground in Q4 2022 Launched our platform to members in Q1 2023 and invested in several different funds On track to hit 6 digits of ARR by Q4 2023 Anticipating profitability in 2024 (knock on wood) There's been a lot of ups and downs along the way but overall we've been really pleased with not only what we've accomplished as a business, but the service we've been able to give to our members. Ask me anything about starting a fintech company, building an investing platform, getting early traction, raising funds, OneFund itself, or anything else! I'm happy to share what I've learned so far. I just want to give back to a community that helped me so much while starting the business. I'll be back at noon to begin answering questions. ​ Edit: Just answered a bunch of great questions at noon today! I'll be back in a couple more hours to answer more. Edit 2: Including a link to our site and newsletter here since some folks have asked. Edit 3: That's all folks! What a fun time. Please reach out if you want to connect. submitted by /u/OneFund [link] [comments]

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