Google Ad Planner Available to Everyone

In June, Google launched Google Ad Planner to a small group by invitation only. This week, they have made it available to anyone with a Google account – in other words, all of you Adwords users out there! The release included a slew of new features to help with online advertising efforts.

Using Ad Planner, you can enter demographics and sites associated with your target audience, and the tool will return information about sites that your audience is likely to visit. The new release allows you to segment geographically and find sites using keywords, making it much easier to narrow your audience.

Ad Planner has also added advanced filters for sorting and organizing your site results, charts that make it easy to visualize your media buying plan and international demographic information.

Removing the Blinders

PPC Hero’s week-long series Learn How To Think and Search Like Your Customers is worth a read, particularly Wednesday’s feature on using reporting and analytics to understand your prospects. Keeping an eye on what keywords perform best in your PPC searches is a great way to see where to focus your efforts and where to cut the fat. In addition, taking the time to review search terms from organic searches teaches you a lot about how your customers view your service or industry. Once visitors arrive at your site, monitoring activity can show you if they converted to prospects. If the majority are not, you may need to re-think your landing page design or the item you’re offering prospects upon completion (white paper, demo, etc).

Overall, the series serves as a wake-up call to marketers – what’s most important is what your target customers view you as, not the way you view yourself. It’s easy to get tunnel-vision. Examine how your campaigns are performing and use that knowledge to cater to potential prospects; They will feel like you understand them and you’ll reap the benefits.