A new guide to testing and experimentation in AdWords

Google Best Practices for AdWords

Digital marketing is always evolving. It’s crucial to evolve your approach as well. This ongoing process of optimization should be built upon a solid framework of testing and experimentation.

By using all of the tools available to you, including campaign drafts and experiments in AdWords, you can test and understand whether any proposed changes to your account will help you reach your business goals.

We’ve published a new guide that helps you understand whether any proposed changes to your account will help you improve performance. It covers topics such as:

  • Testing changes to your AdWords account
  • Creating experiments that produce clear results
  • Analyzing results to choose experiment winners

As you experiment with your own account, use this guide to take full advantage of AdWords campaign drafts and experiments.

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Posted by Matt Lawson, Director, Performance Ads Marketing

Engage holiday shoppers with Promoted Places in Google Maps

During the busy holiday season, on-the-go shoppers are using their smartphones to find the perfect stocking stuffers, festive decor and gifts for loved ones. In fact, 70% of smartphone users who bought something in a store first turned to their devices for information relevant to that purchase. One in four of them also used a map through a web browser or an app before making the purchase.1 This year, a number of brands are testing Promoted Places in Google Maps to showcase special offers and announcements to drive more foot traffic to their stores.

Some users have started seeing a limited test of Promoted Places in the Google Maps for Android app. It integrates seamlessly with the browsing experience, where places of interest are visually marked with icons to help users orient themselves and explore the world around them. With Promoted Places, advertisers can improve awareness for their stores by branding their location icons with their logo. Clicks on a business’s logo will reveal promotions such as in-store sales or new products and services to help consumers decide where to go. They can also view the business’s place page to see store hours, check live updates to Popular Times, get directions, and more.

“We’re looking forward to testing Promoted Places to help us deliver a more branded and customized experience on Google Maps. It will allow us to spotlight our latest products with the goal of driving more shoppers in-store to get the full M·A·C Cosmetics experience.”
– Laura Elkins, SVP of Global Marketing

“Innovation is part of our DNA and we’re continually evaluating meaningful and contextually relevant ways to connect with our customers. Staying top of mind, especially during the competitive holiday season, requires a mix of tried and true, including breakthrough strategies. Promoted Places in Google Maps can help drive incremental store traffic and promote Walgreens as a go-to destination for small gifts. This gives us a new and different way to highlight seasonal offerings through visuals and engaging copy. Combined with the breadth of our store locations in the community, this aligns with our goals of driving loyalty and giving customers more reasons to choose Walgreens for their holiday needs.”
– Andrea Kaduk, Director of SEM & Social

“With Promoted Places, we can enhance our presence on Google Maps and give users a glimpse of our brand and coffeehouses before they even get there. Having our logo on the map helps our locations jump out and promoting our favourite menu items gives people a reason to choose us.”
– Jamie McQuary, Senior Marketing Manager

This holiday season, Promoted Places will help businesses stand out to busy shoppers in the moments they’re figuring out where to go. We’re excited to test new experiences that help consumers discover nearby sales and promotions and allow businesses to reach more people through Google Maps.  

Posted by: Cynthia Johanson, Product Manager, AdWords


1. Google/Purchased Digital Diary: How Consumers Solve Their Needs in the Moment, May 2016, Smartphone users = 1000. Offline Purchasers = 696

Google testing an AdWords Referral Program

We’ve recently heard reports down the grapevine of Google sending out emails about loan offers for advertisers to help financing their AdWords advertising. <a href="http://searchengineland pop over to these guys.com/google-testing-adwords-loan-referral-program-with-lending-club-235232″ target=”_blank”>Search Engine Land┬áreports that this is a limited test being presented to only a few advertising partners. Note: this isn’t Google providing the lending but