Ad extensions will maximize your visibility in SERPs and improve the performances of your Google Ads. They allow for additional detailed messaging that does not fit into regular ad copy. This is important for clarity when marketing your product or service. So, without further ado, here is 4 PPC ad extensions you should consider using:
1. Image Extensions
The consumer visual experience when browsing products and services online has become more critical as time passes. Image extensions help create a more visually appealing search ad that will draw in your target market. Image extensions appear on both desktop and mobile devices while enhancing the relevance of your search ad by including images of your business’s products or services in the ad. Image assets for these extensions perform best when they are closely relevant to queries within the ad group or campaign. They should convey useful information to your potential client and match the experience they will find on your landing page. Google has other requirements in terms of content and quality that need to be followed to make sure you campaign is successful. If you are struggling with extension or ad creation search for a digital marketing agency that can help you with google ads.
2. Structured Snippets
Structured snippets extensions list specific aspects of your product or service. This extension has a predefined “header” for values. You do not need landing pages for each product or service because they do not link to your website. This good for businesses that do not have a complete website yet, but still want to get the word out about their product or service. Each snippets extension has a “heading” such as:
- Degree programs
- Featured hotels
- Insurance coverage
- Service catalogs
After selecting the header, enter the values such as “free Shipping” for amenities or any unique features your product or service has that your competition may not. This ad extension can add value by giving your potential client more information and differentiating your ad from competitors who are not using this extension.
3. Price Extensions
Price extensions are a great alternative for businesses that do not have product feeds or is a service-based company. They can instead showcase products and services with price points. This extension presents themselves in search results below the main ad text which can lead to attracting greater attention to the ad as well as a curiosity to dive deeper into the content of your business’s website. You have a minimum of three and up to eight items, or cards, that can be added per price extension. A potential client can then scroll through and click on items individually to view. Like the structured snippets, Google has predefined types of price extensions:
- Product categories
- Product tiers
- Service categories
- Service tiers
Each card has a header and description of 25 characters each, appearing above and below the price. This is important for business that do not have one set price point. A price qualifier can be added such as “from”, “up to”, and “average.” Price extensions can be added to the account, campaign, or ad group level. Note that adding to the ad group level is a great place for more detailed items to be tailored to a subgroup for example: “European cars” vs. “German cars.” These ad extensions can also be scheduled for a start and end date, along with custom hourly scheduling. This is ideal for seasonal or holiday promotions.
4. Call Extensions
Call extensions serve a phone number with your ads that is redirected to your official phone number. Since mobile is the primary device for search, you want to connect potential clients directly with your sales or customer service team by phone call. Use the PPC platform forwarding numbers. They will show your call information, call conversions, and valuable search data on how people are finding your business’s phone number. Note that a phone call can be counted as a conversion, defined by the number of seconds a caller is on the phone call. Also, the number of seconds should be defined based on each business’s unique phone behavior for closing callers. If phone call lengths are below this threshold too frequently, or many calls are missed, it’s a good time to review optimization ideas:
- Are too many “wrong” numbers coming through?
This could be due to the ad being triggered by different business names or competitors based on keywords. Check search queries and ask phone repetitives what they have been hearing from callers. These keywords can be used as negative keywords.
- Too many missed calls?
Ensure the ad is scheduled during business hours only when someone is available to answer that call. That could mean not running ads during the holiday shutdowns, for example.
- Calls from physical locations not serviced by your business.
Adjust geotargeting to be more accurate. Also use this instant as an opportunity to learn more about these callers and the current market demand around your product, service, or industry.
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