Archive for April, 2010
In an effort to help our publishers navigate the array of Google products, we’re happy to announce the first part of our ‘Additional publisher resources’ video series. In these videos we aim to provide an introduction to other Google products that are of interest to AdSense publishers. We’ll cover topics such as how to maximize your site’s visibility to advertisers, how to ensure your site is properly indexed in Google’s search engine, how to make your site more interactive for users and how to gather information on your site’s traffic.
In the first part of our video series the AdSense team’s own Vijay Vachani will walk through the ins and outs of the DoubleClick Ad Planner. Vijay will explain how advertisers find information about your site through the Ad Planner, and how you can take advantage of the features available in the Ad Planner’s ‘Publisher Center”.
Posted by Posted by Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo – Inside AdSense team
My team and I work mostly with medium-sized businesses that try to be as efficient as possible with their online ad spend. In the past, we found that direct response campaigns (which ask users to make a purchase or sign up for a newsletter) were more common than pure branding campaigns. However, I’ve seen firsthand that advertisers are slowly but surely beginning to understand the value of online advertising as an extremely cost-efficient, effective and measurable branding mechanism.
As publishers, this means that you’ll have more opportunities to capitalize on the increased ad competition that brand campaigns bring. Below I’ll explain what types of brand campaigns we see, how advertisers select publishers to include in brand media plans, and how you can ensure that your sites make it in.
Types of Branding Campaigns
The most important difference between direct response and brand campaigns is that brand campaigns aren’t focused on driving direct conversions. The goals of online “pure brand” campaigns are very similar to offline ads: reach a specific audience with a sticky message that builds recognition, favor, and/or credibility of the brand. Another type of brand campaign called “brand response” aims to reach a targeted audience and elicit some form of action. Common types of brand response goals include increased searches on brand terms, unique visitors to the advertiser’s site, and user interaction on site.
To achieve these goals, most brand campaigns have the following characteristics:
- CPM pricing
- Flighted dates (specific, short period of time for an advertising campaign)
- Display ads
- Placement targeting* (Brand advertisers, especially pure brand advertisers want to ensure that they reach a specific audience by targeting certain sites)
*Though placement targeting is the traditional method for branding, we are seeing a lot of successful brand response campaigns running both placement AND contextual targeting.
Building a Media Plan
When advertisers choose sites to include in the media plan for a brand campaign, they consider much more than ‘will it convert?’ The top things on their minds as they choose sites to target are:
- Does it have a high composition of their target audience?
- Is it aesthetically pleasing?
- Does it have highly visible, above-the-fold inventory?
- Does it accept image, flash and video ads?
- What is the average CPM?
Boost Your Chances of Being Included in a Brand Media Plan
As mentioned, brand campaigns are great for publishers because advertisers are willing to pay a premium for sites they want to show on. This means more revenue for you.
One of the best ways to maximize the chances of being included in a media plan is to update your site information in the Ad Planner Publisher Center. Google Ad Planner is the media planning tool advertisers use to select inventory on the content network. Ad Planner allows advertisers to filter sites by audience composition, accepted ad formats and sizes, reach, unique visitors and daily pageviews.
Other important steps you can take:
- Accept image and video ads
- Provide above-the-fold, premium placement ad slots
- Open up real estate on your homepage
- Opt to receive placement targeted ads
Posted by Claire Kemerling – AdWords Content Specialist team
I sell the Google Content Network, Google’s ad network of over one million publishers to advertisers of all sizes, as a great way to reach customers in all stages of the buying cycle. Content advertising is great for demand generation, for getting the news out about a new product, or about an upcoming sale.
How do I pitch the Content Network? To many of my advertisers, the Content Network can be tricky to navigate. The network’s reach is vast and with hundreds of thousands of sites, it can be difficult to choose the most relevant sites. The key here is finding the body of traffic that is already somewhat interested in their products/services. This is always my focus when pitching Content advertising to customers.
There are many industries or “verticals,” into which our advertisers are grouped. Part of my job is to share Technology industry information with our advertisers and guide them to Technology websites. For instance, I work with some clients who sell smart phone accessories like skins, covers, faceplates, and chargers. But where should they place ads on the vast Content Network? It’s my team’s job to point the in the right direction. In this case, I’d recommend several types of websites and also recommend some types of sites to exclude because they may be less relevant. Advertisers may want to target sites with gadget reviews or online publications about technology. Well-targeted and relevant people will see the cell-phone ads there.
I always pitch the network as a place where advertisers can engage with their target audience at the moment of relevance. Once the ads are in front of the right eyes, it’s a great way for advertisers to engage with their customers online.
Posted by Sharon Park – AdWords Content Specialist team
In February, we announced the roll-out of Google’s next generation ad server, DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP). Today, we completed the upgrade of Google Ad Manager publishers to DFP Small Business, a streamlined version of DFP designed to meet the needs of growing publishers, and we made this platform available globally to all publishers. If you’d like to sign-up online, you can do so now by visiting the DFP Small Business website. You can also learn more about both versions of DFP by visiting our main product page.
As you may know, publisher ad servers like DFP help website owners better manage and deliver ad campaigns they’ve sold directly to advertisers as well as ads that are allocated to third parties, such as ad networks. The DFP platform also integrates directly with AdSense and the DoubleClick Ad Exchange to provide an even more dynamic solution for managing advertising from multiple sources.
The new DFP introduces many important innovations to ad serving such as an intuitive user-interface, sophisticated reporting and forecasting tools and a flexible application programming interface (API). We believe that these improvements will help our publishers work faster, grow their businesses, and help them maximize the value of each and every ad impression. More details about the DFP Small Business roll-out are available on the new DoubleClick Publisher Blog.
Posted by Jonathan Bellack – Group Product Manager, Publisher Ad Platforms
Good news! We’ve expanded Western Union Quick Cash as an AdSense payment method to 10 new countries: Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Latvia, Lebanon, Slovenia, Tunisia, Moldova and Malta. If you live in any of these locations, you can now sign up to receive your AdSense payments from your local Western Union agent. With Western Union, you’ll receive your earnings sooner, since you won’t have to wait for checks to arrive in the mail or clear at the bank. Plus, AdSense won’t charge you a fee to use this payment method.
Please keep in mind these important points:
- Payments will continue to follow our normal payment schedule and will be available for pickup at your local Western Union agent the day after they’re issued.
- You’ll need to present a government-issued ID that matches your AdSense payee name when picking up your payment. If you need to update or correct the payee name listed in your account, please follow the instructions in our Help Center.
- Right now, only individual payee names can receive payments by Western Union, not businesses.
- Payments must be picked up within 60 days of issue, or they’ll expire and be credited back to your account.
- Payments will be made in US dollars, but depending on your local Western Union agent, they may be picked up in your local currency.
Posted by Deborah Chang – AdSense Payments Team