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Q: What are your thoughts surrounding automatically created assets. Are these helpful, hurtful, or both?
A: We haven’t had a great experience with automatically created assets.
All of our ad copy goes through a content approval team before it’s allowed to go public so really it’s a matter of maintaining brand standards/voice more than anything.
That said, the process to turn off automatically created assets within the asset tab is way too cumbersome. As we’re navigating turning them off in all of our accounts, we can see what Google is auto-creating and it’s just terrible quality stuff – “Know More!” as a callout. “Customer Service Available” – like of course it is, why would we need to have that as a callout. and the worst one, which I’ve gotten in trouble for is automatically created business names with the wrong capitalization from our trademark
Q: What's your take on the DSA and Google Display Ads upgrade feature that was recently launched? Do you recommend transitioning these campaigns to Performance Max now or do you think they are still viable standalone campaigns?
A: 1. My gut reaction when I first saw it was “another money grab from Google by way of unsuspecting account managers.”
2. DSA kind of makes sense for imo. and I don’t think anyone was really surprised to see it go this way.
3. Display was a bit more odd for me. IMO PMAX is a full funnel approach vs Display which is much more geared to higher funnel, generate awareness. I have a a hard time thinking a business with let’s say a $2500 monthly display campaign budget is going to be able to run a “successful” (really depends on how you define success) PMAX campaign for that same budget. Overall I’ve never been a big fan of PMAX because I think managers should try to maintain control as much as they can of where their dollars are going. I would always say manually transition these yourself to ensure your content/settings/etc stay consistent and aren’t “upgraded” also.
Q: You always seem very up to date on platform changes. How do you do it?!?
A: I subscribe to the PSA Newsletter! https://paidsearch.org/
- But in addition, I subscribe to every relevant newsletter I can.
- I have RSS subscriptions for all of the popular search websites.
- #PPCChat on twitter
- This slack channel
- PPCChat Slack and Discord Channel
- Marketing O’Clock Podcast + Discord
- Google News and Announcements (https://support.google.com/google-ads/announcements/9048695?hl=en)
- Paid Search Podcast
Q: What is your take on what the role of a PPC practitioner will look like over the next 2 years?
A: Not sure if I came up with this or heard it somewhere else but I see ourselves becoming more like ship captains. We can point the ship in the right direction (leads/revenue goals), we’ll be able to steer it around obstacles (close variants) but at the end of the day we’ll be at the mercy of the winds (platform changes). I think one of the most important things we can do is learn how to set expectations for our clients. I think clients have an over-expectation (and we can blame ourselves a bit) that with digital ads, we’re fully in control, all performance is 100% attributable, and if there’s a drop in performance, it’s because of something we did.