If you haven’t heard already, Google unveiled Enhanced Campaigns for AdWords yesterday, followed by a lot of Google-fueled hype and a healthy dose of skepticism from the Internet marketing community. For many small business owners and part-time AdWords users, it can be difficult to understand what this new rollout really means, and how it will affect your overall AdWords strategy. Simply put, Enhanced Campaigns is a response to an increasingly multi-device way of life, and is Google’s first step in unifying the desktop and mobile AdWords targeting strategy.
Before the rollout of Enhanced Campaigns, targeting users on computers and mobile devices was often handled as separate campaign strategies. It actually cost much less to advertise on mobile devices than it did on computer browsers. Separating campaign budgets based on this principle was common practice for many agencies and well-versed AdWords users.
Well, those days are long gone now. With Enhanced Campaigns, Google’s intention is to unify those campaigns by building more responsive ads that can work across all device interfaces.
With that increase in CPC, far greater contextual targeting has been made available to theoretically counter any additional spending with the ability to more accurately target your perfect customer. We can only wait and see how this will play out.
That’s not to say some problems may arise, of course. Is your destination URL mobile-optimized? Is your website? There is a ripple effect that Enhanced Campaigns has created that is yet to be entirely seen. How quickly will AdWords users and agencies move away from their presently siloed mobile and desktop campaigns? And how easy will that transition be? One thing is certain though, with a greater focus on building responsive ads for multiple device interfaces, mobile-optimized websites are more important than ever.
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