Google is always looking after our budget, now after years of data, it looks like accelerated ad delivery is not efficient anymore and on 17 of September Standard ad delivery will be the only option for Google Ads Search and Shopping campaigns. Display and Video campaigns will still have both options.

What is Ad delivery?

Ad delivery set the pace your ads are shown when there are searches on Google, there are “Standard Delivery” and “Accelerated Delivery”. “Standard Delivery” serve your ads up to google and your budget, if your budget is not constrained then it will show as often as queries on Google search, if your budget is limited, then Google decide when to serve the ads along the 24 hours of the day. “Accelerated Delivery” will simply show your ads on Google results every time they are triggered by a query in Google, the downside of this you might end your budget in early stage of the day and not showing it later on when might be chances to also convert.

Historically, Ad Delivery might be one of the most explained topics on any Digital Marketing Agency, Relevant Audience included. Who haven’t received a call of a client saying they can’t see their ads? exactly, all of us working in an agency get the typical client email or call asking for seeing their ads.  

We explained it thousands of times: : ”Your ad delivery is set to standard, meaning your limited budget, when it is limited, will last through the day and Google decide when to show it and please use the Google Ad preview tool and stop searching for you business in Google if you don’t want to affect the CTR of your ads then the Quality Score and increment your cost per click, increase your cost per conversions and lose revenue”. Loss of revenue always help to understand everything, it’s kind of magic, when you mention money will be wasted clients change their seat and let you drive again.

Then they understand, however the proud typical business owner or marketing manager wants to see their adverts all the time and asks to how much need to increment the budget, most of the times they won’t increment their budgets, but when they do they will make our life miserable with other questions at the end of the month, like “ I doubled the budget this month but conversions are not double” etc. need to explain additional budget means generally more optimization work in a young account and doesn’t translate directly in an proportional increment of conversions, more queries are triggered, more keywords suddenly become alive and again we need to educate the client before this happen.

As an agency, leaving the delivery of the ads to Google AI will make things easier for the agency to explain why clients can’t see their ads, ask Google… However, what would happen if the magic of Google doesn’t want to serve ads when budget is not limited? How can we force the machine to serve ads all the time, will they serve it? Will leave the delivery for exactly the best time for our Ad copy to perform?

Another switch is removed from the hands of the savvy marketer, I understand the reasons behind for the SME with no experience in managing Google Ads for Search or Shopping campaigns, “Google will do it right”, but what about for agencies when we are an important part of Google Ads growth, main revenue source of Alphabet, are we going to be transformed to pure sales at some not really far point with less control?

Existing Google Ads campaigns will be switched to Standard Ad delivery on 1 of October, fortunately for us Google can spend up to 2 times our daily budget whenever they decide is better to spend it… Nothing to worry about to spend the whole budget assigned.

If you are in need of a transparent and honest Digital Agency to review and help you with your Search Advertising in Google or any other channel, ping us here at any time!

Source: Google


The hell with a keywordless inferno managed by an evil AI is closer guys!

The day of tidy keyword accounts, in the past with a most extended use of exact match as main match type to go, is over. 

All started last year, just right after the summer, when Google decide to solve our lack of time to find new terms adding “same-meaning close variants to exact match terms”. This brought mayhem for OCD keyword freaks who likes to have all keywords grouped under one unique roof, with a tailored ad and landing page, and all of us were checking the Search Term reports looking for the evil new terms to appear.

The previous change made for example keywords like [yosemite camping] match queries including campsites in Yosemite, Yosemite campground, Yosemite national park camping.

Then, many of us panicked and start to prioritize phrase match and broad match modifier keywords as a more exact way of reaching only the queries we want to be found for.

We knew it was coming, we knew that our efforts might be in vain and finally same-meaning is extended to phrase and broad match modifier keywords.

15% of the queries in Google on daily basis are new and blah blah blah, this will help us to reach new terms blah blah blah, ROI will improve, you know what was coming, more blah.

Phrase keywords like “lawn mowing service” will match queries like “local lawn cutting services”.

Google mention we should expect a 3%-4% increase on clicks! More money for google or more value and increase on conversions for the final client?

Also, they will avoid the competition among our keywords in the account for the queries.

Definitely we will see new terms we might have missed or new trends and as a good PPC Account manager you will add them in separate ad groups/campaigns to be able to bid on them.

The article of google announcing this has these main paragraphs in bold:

More, relevant traffic with broad match modifier ?????

More, relevant traffic with phrase match ??????

Maintain control and flexibility????????

Now we cross fingers because we are losing control and the relevancy of the traffic it is now totally on Google AI cybernetic hands, meaning we are just trusting them to “Do the right thing”, to take care of our approach on search ads.

Now more than ever, negatives are one of the main ways to grab our accounts by the horns, check your search term reports more often. I hope negatives are not in the roadmap of google ads.

The rollout of this change is expected to happen in the following weeks and done prioritized by language.

As a Google partner, we can help you to understand and work out on this transition with your google ads account. Contact us at anytime!

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