Managing your Google Ads campaigns through COVID-19
We’ve noticed that Google’s been more strict about ad approvals; we’ve had some image and video ads that are approved within hours and then some that are disapproved due to the new guidelines that Google’s implemented so we wanted to share Google’s updated ads guidelines.
Here are Google’s guidelines for evaluating and updating your campaigns during Covid. You can find the original here.
As communities continue to respond and adjust to COVID-19, we know businesses are facing unique challenges. To help you adapt your digital marketing strategy, Google has created this Business Guide and the resources below.
Please let us know if you have any questions. As we mentioned, we’ve had Google Ads campaigns that had video ads that were approved in hours and some that were disapproved for the vague “missing information” policy. We hope these guidelines will help you figure out what’s being approved, what’s not and why. Aim for transparency as always in your advertising!
This is the first time in many years that we didn’t get the opportunity to host the Annual Grow With Google Small Business Week Seminars at Demand Quest. It’s an event that we generally love to host because we get to meet new small business owners and marketers, we get to learn about best practices from Google, and we get to see former students. While we were unable to host, we still want to share Google’s talk so here’s how to Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty from Google
If you have any questions about how to restructure your campaigns during these uncertain times, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to talk about what’s going on and how to stay relevant during Covid. You can reach me at rachael @ demandquest.com
We’re still waiting for summer here in Minnesota and have been paying attention to Google’s big marketing updates; you can catch up on their announcements here: https://adsonair.withgoogle.com/events/marketinglive Here’s what we’re keeping an eye on and what we’re reading for fun:
Game of Thrones: Disappointed in the ending? Most people seem to be. Check out this John Hughes-type alternate ending; it made me laugh: http://bit.ly/2QiARjO
PPC – Google Ads: Key Takeaways from the Google Marketing Live Talks including shopping campaigns & discovery campaigns: http://bit.ly/2WkvMgw 3 Most Common eCommerce Advertising Mistakes (and how to stay away from them): http://bit.ly/2WfaroJ Performance Planner now live in Google Ads: Shows predicted impact of campaign changes on conversions, clicks, more: https://selnd.com/2HNrCo8 10 Visual AdWords Reports You Could Be Using: http://bit.ly/30zHeUR
What else we’re reading: Fake pictures of faces are getting much harder to detect: http://bit.ly/2VWzxt1 Can you spot the real face versus the computer generated face? We passed with 90% but think we’ll do even better after we read the tutorial. Check out the test: http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/ Speaking of fakes, can you tell when you’re reading a fake review on Amazon? Or on any site? Run it through here: https://www.fakespot.com/ Random good news? You can now take your Amazon returns to Kohls: https://tcrn.ch/2YJqWHc And finally, who doesn’t want more emojis to communicate? Here’s an 🥳 Emoji Keyboard so you can include even more: http://bit.ly/2M32Sxg 🥳 ♻️
It’s back! In appreciation of National Small Business Week, we’re hosting a free seminar with Google to help you Drive Business Results with Google Ads to reach more customers with our Livestream on the Fundamentals of Advertising with Google Ads.
There are billions of local searches happening on Google every day. Celebrate National Small Business week by joining us at the DemandQuest Marketing Institute to tune into the Google Livestream where we will show you how to get in front of customers in your area. We’ll explore popular campaign types and how each can help your business connect with local customers online, promote special offers, and grow brand awareness.
Join us on Wednesday, May 8th from 10:30-12:30 pm
We’ve been teaching digital marketing for over 10 years and we’re excited to be teaming up with Google to bring a short morning session of great digital marketing insights, free for local businesses. Bring a laptop to work during class or just bring a notebook for notes. We’ll send out resources via email after class. This class will sell out so we will only be able to offer space for up to 4 team members per company/email address. Please respect our free class offer by respecting this policy. Light refreshments will also be provided.
There’s always a lot going on in the digital marketing world! This fall, we’re saying good-bye to Google+, hello to conversational AI (we now have a Google Home in our house – a little scary), yes to updating our Google Data Studio templates and another good-bye to Google Adwords (it’s now just Google Ads).;
Social Media – Facebook is taking transparency seriously. Here are some of their updates: Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads (including Donald Trumps election ads): https://tcrn.ch/2uVZ45M Facebook shows users when a Custom Audience list was uploaded: https://mklnd.com/2Z53jtx Facebook to replace Exclude Categories with new brand safety ad filters: https://mklnd.com/2Itk9MW Remove, Reduce, Inform: FB’s New Steps to Manage Problematic Content on their platforms including Facebook/Instagram: http://bit.ly/2X5Sp58
Google Analytics – GTM – Data Studio: Year In Review Template For Google Data Studio from our own DQ instructor Jeff Sauer of Jeffalytics: http://bit.ly/2VFadU3 How to calculate Conversion Rates in Google Data Studio: http://bit.ly/2UHpBlV Here’s how to use Google Tag Manager’s new Trigger Groups – This update offers a new way to manage how often, and under what circumstances, a tag will fire in GTM: https://selnd.com/2UtgeXq How to Export Data from Google Analytics and Search Console (without 3rd Party Software): http://bit.ly/2UthE4c
What else we’re reading: How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist: http://bit.ly/2P7tBXG
Also, our spring digitalmarketing classes are starting in less then a week and there’s still time to save! Sign up today and get 10% off your registration with promo code SPRINGSAVINGS. Quick reminder ] that most of our classes will only be offered in spring 2019. Don’t miss out!
Search Engine Optimization (Spring 2019 only) Learn how to optimize your website to get to the top of search engines organically. April 17 & 24
Jeff Sauer’s Google Marketing Platform Series (Spring 2019 only) Whether you’re new to Google Analytics or looking to dig deep into GTM or Data Studio, this will be Jeff’s only training session with us this year so be sure to join us! Intro to Google Analytics – May 1 Google Tag Manager – May 8 Google Data Studio – May 15
Social Media Advertising Learn how to create and optimize social media advertising campaigns on the platforms that will perform best for your company. Apri 18 & 25
Google Ads (AdWords) Complete Series (Spring 2019 only) From set-up to optimization plus all that’s new in AdWords (which is a lot), learn how to improve your ROI and get better results from your ads. May 2, 9, & 16
If you’ve thought about learning new skills or refreshing your current digitalmarketingskills, spring 2019 is the time to do it! Here’s a screenshot of where to enter promo code SPRINGSAVINGS.