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GOOGLE WILL NOW DISPLAY AD UNITS IN ITS IMAGE SERPS

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Google is reportedly introducing ads for the first time ever in it’s image SERP ecosystem. The search giant is launching its shopping ads on images in mobile. So the next time you do a Google image search for a particular product, you’ll start seeing a line of sponsored items next to the product on display. However, the update is rolling out slowly, starting with shopping ads which will take its own time to be rolled out completely.

According to media reports, Google Ads will occupy an entire line of screen space, taking a large share of screen space in image search results. As per Google, the reason why ad units find a place in Google’s image searches is the fact that most online shoppers prefer to do an image search on Google before actually purchasing a product online.

Also, most online shoppers are more or less faced with a similar set of queries pertaining to the purchase of a product like how much is the cost of the product and where they can purchase it. Online shoppers can expect most of their queries to be answered through Google’s new look of image search results, which will now include ad units displaying information regarding the product such as product pricing and the location where one can possibly purchase the advertised product.

Google’s new image search results containing ad units are now being officially rolled out to worldwide users. The Google Display network displaying images will display your PLAs in image searches, if you opted to become search partners as a part of your AdWords campaign.

GOOGLE RESTRICTS PAYDAY LOAN ADVERTISERS FROM USING ITS ADVERTISING PLATFORM

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Google recently updated its personal loan advertising guidelines that will have an impact on a lot of financial players in the market. According to its new advertising guidelines, Google’s not going to let misleading ads and sites that openly promote dangerous payday loan offers to use its AdWords advertising space.

…we’re banning ads for payday loans and some related products from our ads systems. We will no longer allow ads for loans where repayment is due within 60 days of the date of issue. In the U.S., we are also banning ads for loans with an APR of 36% or higher.

Because of the Short Payback Periods

As per new AdWords guidelines, Google will no longer accept and show ads promoting payday loans requiring repayment within a couple of months. The reason being, Google doesn’t intend to host brands that run ads promoting higher interest rates and short repayment cycles as they may lead a lot of borrowers to sink into unmanageable debts. By banning offers from websites that can possibly harm the end user, Google’s latest policy update will help businesses that offer better repayment options to the consumer.

This change is designed to protect our users from deceptive or harmful financial products and will not affect companies offering loans such as Mortgages, Car Loans, Student Loans, Commercial loans, Revolving Lines of Credit (e.g. Credit Cards).

Taking a cue from Facebook and other online advertising platforms, Google’s banning ads from websites that mislead users into buying short repayment cycle bound personal loans. As per its existing Ad policies, Facebook bans any form of paid advertising on its platform that promotes payday lending, irrespective of their repayment terms.

Because of the High APRs

Also, Google intends to restrict advertisers that promote personal loans having more than 36% of APRs. This, in turn can impact several online businesses which offer personal loan schemes, with over 36% cap through their site content or via SEM ads.

Short Repayment Loans and Payday Loans are particularly infamous for offering loans at higher Annual Percentage Rates (APR). However, escalation in the rate of interest can reach over 400% mark, which totally depends on the borrowed sum. Leveraging these kinds of loans puts greater financial burden on the consumer, who finds himself unable to clear the debts owing to the saddling of high-interest rates.

When reviewing our policies, research has shown that these loans can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users so we will be updating our policies globally to reflect that.

Google’s latest endeavor is so designed to protect consumers from getting involved in deals that could harm them financially. In order to protect borrowers, Google’s pushing for small loans at 36% APR cap on both federal and state legislationlevels, which will help counter the devastating impact that 300% loans have had on struggling families.

By restricting sites offering personal loans with high APR and short payback time, Google’s trying to protect the consumer from getting involved in deals that are difficult to pay off. However, this may take time, as the 36% Rate Cap is Gaining Renewed Acceptance and notices are being sent across to personal loan issuers to make their site content and offers compliant with the new personal loan based guidelines in the next couple of months.

BING LURES ADVERTISERS BY ROLLING OUT NEW CALLOUT AND REVIEW AD EXTENSIONS

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Improving the quality of your displays ads with extensions is one of the best ways to make your website stand out in front of your target audiences. To help advertisers achieve that, Microsoft-powered Bing network recently rolled out not one, but two ad extensions. According to reports, Bing rolled out two ad extensions last week, viz Review and Callout extensions, in all Bing ad markets; except in countries like Taiwan and Hong Kong. Hence, advertisers can make use of both these extensions to not only build trust but also increase their click through rate. Let’s see how advertisers can make use of both these extensions that will now be a part of Bing’s ad network.

Callout extensions

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As an advertiser, you can add up to 20 Callout extensions in your ad campaign and display as low as two Callout extensions in your ad group.

But, as to how these callouts show-up on the ad network may vary in terms of the ad format. The ad shown above displays two lines of callout ad extensions, wherein one features dot separators (“Free Cancellation”) and the other shows up with dash separators (“The 20 best hotels in Chicago, IL”).

Review extensions

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Review extension is quite useful as it helps to extend the authority of the site. To do that effectively, you need to get reviews from your industry specific, credible sources. Besides that, these reviews must show up on the landing pages that are specifically designed for this purpose. To have a positive impact on your site, reviews need to be worked out accurately along the lines of the original review idea.

The ad display shown above has two lines of callouts and extended site links which come along with review extensions, displaying a review from the World Travel Awards.

Advertisers can add both these new features from the Ad Extension tab on their Bing Ads dashboard.

GOOGLE ADDS TO LOCAL SEARCH MARKETERS’ WOES BY BRINGING TWO AD CHANGES

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Google likes to be in control and that’s why it keeps making changes in its search algorithm, to keep businesses guessing and the search industry on its toes. This time again Google made some changes to the local SERPs. These changes will have an impact on searches pertaining to the physical location of businesses, especially retailers and service providers.

Ads to Now Appear in Local Finder Results

Business ads find themselves in a new space, in the Local Finder results as big brands are being forced out of the local SERPs. Locating these branded ads now becomes a task as the user has to click on the “More Places” option that is being served in Google’s three pack search results. Brian Barwig, the local SEO specialist spotted these ads first in the Local Finder results.

Panic will set in amongst businesses with ads being moved to a new place. But this also serves an opportunity for businesses, especially the lowly ranked service providers and retailers who will now have to figure out a new way to find a place in Google’s top three search rankings. They will have to do so quickly as the new functionality now requires a user to click on the “more listing” option in Google’s SERPs to search for information about the bottom listed businesses. Besides that, SEOs will have a hard time figuring out how to move their clients’ organic search ranking to the top of the SERPs.

The ads that now show up in the Local Finder results will make use of AdWords extensions to get a physical location for listed businesses. The process is similar to the updated Google Map feature that uses AdWords location extensions when searching for a business location. But unlike results in Maps, Business Ads listed in the Local Finder results are not pinned on the Map results.

Let’s see what a Google spokesperson has to say about this new experimental test. “We’re always testing out new formats for local businesses, but don’t have any additional details to share for now.”

Google Maps No longer a Search Partner

Besides announcing a few changes in how ads will show up in Google Maps, Google has now officially removed Google Maps as a Search Partner. On one hand, Google is doing away with the regular text ads and on the other it may soon display ads along with location extensions in Google Maps. Moreover, Google has also made it known to businesses about its decision to remove Google Maps services as a Search Partner.

Here’s what the changes in the Maps’ status may mean to the users

  1. Businesses using location extensions will now be able to run ads in Google Maps to see a surge in their click through impressions when their ads are displayed in the Maps.
  2. Businesses that are search partners but opted out of the location extensions could witness a drop in their click through impressions since their ads are no longer being displayed in the Maps.

Google plans to include more businesses in Maps Ad auctions, which is why it’s been included as a part of Google’s search inventory. Google’s emphasis on location extensions is purely on the basis of it’s over dependence on structured data and feeds, which online retailers will vouch for.

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GOOGLE NOW INVITES ELECTRICIANS AND HVAC SERVICE PROVIDERS TO JOIN ITS HOME SERVICE ADS NETWORK

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As a part of its latest endeavor, Google’s inviting small business owners like plumbers, locksmiths, home cleaners and other home service providers to better advertise their services on its home service platform. This initiative by Google is directed towards revamping its home service ad platform, which fell short of the company’s expectations last summer after receiving a lukewarm response from customers.

To expand the home services ads platform, Google recently carried out an experiment that enabled users to call or text Google to find a local plumbing service provider. After plumbers, Google’s now inviting HVAC service providers and electricians to advertise their services on Google’s home service ads platform.

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After testing beta testing, Google rolled out home service based ads to the San Francisco Bay users in July, 2015. Generally, these home service ads contain listings of three service providers along with their ratings, contact numbers and a call to action button that sends a request to them.

This service enables users to send contact request to up to three local service providers, which now includes plumbers, locksmiths and electricians or HVAC service providers.

After taking care of the formalities, home service business owners can set up their account in Google AdWords to increase their search visibility.

Besides San Francisco Bay, Google’s home service ads are also available to Sacramento advertisers.

The move further indicates that Google has lost confidence in its algorithmic search capabilities to return reliable and trustworthy information or that it’s just trying to move in a new direction, away from the automated algorithmic searches.

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IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE FUN AND INTERACTIVE IN-APP MOBILE ADS

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There’s no denying the fact that we all love to hate those annoying ads that pop up suddenly. The reason being, we don’t often find these time-consuming ads to be interesting and that’s why we tend to block them when they show up. But making these ads a bit more interactive could possibly make them more acceptable to the users.

In order to make them user-friendly, CrossInstall, a mobile programmatic platform recently announced the launch of interactive PrePlay ads. These ads allow users to try out the demo version of a game, before being directed to the App Store or Play Store to install it on their devices. According to Newzoo’s 2015 Mobile Marketing Report, the net worth of the gaming industry comes to round about $35 billion. This means that acquiring new customers to play games could prove to be a bit more challenging due to the rise in user acquisition costs. Ads may be annoying but they are a necessary part of the marketing campaign and often end up providing great marketing solutions. Hence, serving playable ads to users could help achieve more compelling views from potential customers.

Here’s what Jeff Marshall, CEO and Co-founder of CrossInstall was quoted as saying through a press release:

“CrossInstall’s PrePlay ads are designed to be interactive, playable ads that are tailored to the individual user, from casual to hardcore gamer, creating a fun and dynamic engagement. For users to return to a game, they have to experience and enjoy the first session. Playable ads remove this first step so the first point of contact happens before the download.”

Noticeably,  CrossInstall conducted an experiment and found that 30% of users went on to install an advertised app after a trial run.

MOBILE AD BUDGET UP BY 150% WITH PUSH-ENABLED USERS BEING MORE ENGAGED

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Recently, similar mobile app reports were released from Kenshoo and Localytics. The former one talked about the key trends noticed in app acquisition data of 2015, while the latter one talked about the engagement and customer retention benchmarks set in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Of the two, the Localytics report took into consideration global data, whereas the Kenshoo report selected 100 countries across the globe for data on the advertising spend and the number of app installs.

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According to the two reports, the ad spend to attract app installs in the fourth quarter of 2015 had increased by over 150%, as compared that in the fourth quarter of 2014. This data includes the click through rates, the number of app installs and the user based impressions, which also grew significantly during the same time period.

According to Kenshoo report, the seasonal price fluctuation had minimum or no impact as compared to the other digital metrics. The cost stability was at its normal best, conceding a meaningful price cut in the cost-per-install ratio. As per Kenshoo report, the ever so pricey iOS platform delivered low performance metrics in comparison to the Android platform.

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The most noticeable feature of the report was the rise of Instagram as an app marketing platform. According to the Kenshoo report, the low priced Instagram ads were also found to be less productive as compared to Facebook when it comes to attracting app installs. The company, however, didn’t share a similar viewpoint and stressed that its platform is indeed an effective medium for driving app installs.

According to the app install report, a maximum number of users (67%) removed apps from their devices in the second month itself, after using it for first 30 days. After the initial period of first three months of an app install, the retention rate of the customers dropped to 25%.

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Let’s see what the Localytics report suggests regarding the general app engagement

  • The average number of App Launches  — 11.48 average app launches on a monthly basis.
  • The average period of Session Length — 5.17 minutes on an average spent in any individual app on a monthly basis.
  • The average time spent in an app — 59.35 total minutes spent in apps on a monthly basis.

According to Localytics report, app engagement of the users who enable push notifications is likely to differ from those who don’t. Additionally, it’s likely that more than half of the users, who don’t have push notifications enabled on their devices may visit the app only once. The push notifications enabled users have a healthy average of 15.5 app launches on a monthly basis, as compared to the average 6.2 app launches by users who disabled push notifications on their devices.

Here are the top five channels listed by Localytics through which US app users acquire their apps

  1. Organic Channels
  2. Facebook
  3. Opera Mediaworks
  4. Tapjoy
  5. Instagram

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PINTEREST REPORTEDLY WORKING TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR VIDEO ADS ON ITS PLATFORM

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Taking inspiration from Facebook, Twitter and Periscope’s success with video streaming, Pinterest is currently working on an interactive ad format, by including support for video ads on its platform. In fact, the company started planning on streaming live video ads on its platform after launching Cinematic Pins in May, last year. According to a recent report by Digiday, last year Pinterest allowed some advertisers to test their video ads on its image-sharing network. Besides that, the company is apparently working on building the video ad product and testing it internally.

According to information from credible sources, the company is building support to autoplay video ads on its platform, whenever a user pauses over the video feed. As of now, the company is still determining the ideal video length on the platform.

As per Digiday report, the company is in the process of adding more resources to its platform to co-exist with the already existing Cinematic Pins.

Pinterest is trying to replicate the success of the number one ranked social networking platform, Facebook, which is currently attracting over 100 million hours of video playback on a daily basis. But to attract the same kind of audience response on its platform, Pinterest, the fourth-ranked social networking site will have to compete with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Periscope, to name a few

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GOOGLE’S LATEST EXPERIMENT ALLOWS USERS TO CALL/TEXT GOOGLE TO FIND A LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDER

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Google in the recent times has been experimenting a lot on developing new advertising strategies to deliver more value to its existing advertisers. From addition of new AdWords editor to simplifying Google Analytics services for businesses and offering 24-hours AdWords support to Search Advertisers, we have seen Google do it all. Continuing the sequence, Google added a new feature to the ads that allow searchers to contact (via call or text) Google to find local service providers. Joe Goldstein of Navolutions was the first to spot the newly added feature, when a Google search on “plumber los gatos” resulted in an ad reading “Call Google to find a trusted local plumber.”

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On clicking this ad, he was directed to a dedicated landing page of a new service titled “Concierge”, which for the time being addresses plumbing related queries only. By using this new feature, you can make a call or text Google directly to get in touch with a trustworthy and reliable service provider in your area.

When you dial the number, a Google representative will discuss your concerns and based on your requirement will assign a service provider to get in touch with you. After that, a pre-screened and Google recommended service provider will give you a call in the next few hours to book an appointment.

“We do the research, you choose the right plumber”, read the tagline at the top of the pre-screened list of plumbers recommended by Google. Which means that the users will get calls from the pre-screened list of Google backed service providers in the area and based on their quotes one can choose the business that fits their requirements and budget.

What Google’s trying to convey through the experiment?

By adding a human component to the proceedings, Google may be acknowledging the fact that it’s search engine capabilities are falling short of expectations or that it has completely lost confidence in its algorithmic searches when it comes to returning with information pertaining to the most reliable and trustworthy service providers.

Through its latest experiment, Google’s accepted the fate of its home service ads debacle launched last summer, which fell short of the company’s expectations. With this new experiment, Google is trying to convey that it’s moving away from the automated algorithmic searches in a new direction. But only time will tell how successful Google’s latest endeavor will turn out to be.

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GOOGLE TO NO LONGER SPORT ADS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF DESKTOP SERPS, WITH ONE EXCEPTION

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What is being referred to as one of the most dramatic advertising moves, Google will now allow advertisers to place ads on the top and bottom of its SERPs.  This will completely free up the right side of desktop search results. And as a compensatory measure, the company’s offering extra ad space for advertisers to display four ad units instead of three, at the top of the search results by branding them as “highly commercial queries”.

In hindsight, it’s not at all a surprising development, since Google tested this new ad functionality way back in 2010. Over the years, this functionality has gone through some modifications. Users outside the US started noticing four ads being displayed on top more frequently, since late last year.

But this may change altogether. Google’s spokesperson confirmed that the new SERP, comprising of four top ad units, will soon be rolled out to support all language searches on a worldwide basis. So you may no longer see any ads on the right side of the search results, except for the PLAs (Product Listing Ad) that will continue to exist, both on the top and the right side of desktop SERPs.

The new ad functionality will sport an additional fourth ad unit for highly commercial queries, which is what Google’s official statement says.

“We’ve been testing this layout for a long time, so some people might see it on a very small number of commercial queries. We’ll continue to make tweaks, but this is designed for highly commercial queries where the layout is able to provide more relevant results for people searching and better performance for advertisers.”

The removal of right side ads will impact desktop searches as well as the advertisers, worldwide. And what is being branded as highly commercial queries like “the hotels in Las Vegas City” or “travel insurance”, etc. will appear as the fourth ad unit on the top of desktop’s SERPs.

Desktop SERPs minus the right side ads will now appear to be more similar to mobile SERPs. However, the Google mobile ads space at the top sports either two or three ad units in the search results.

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