Display Network Strategies to Get The Most out of your Budget

The Google Display Network is making a HUGE comeback and Advertisers are migrating back to that platform. In fact, Google’s Display Network Revenue increased by 28% and CPC’s increase by 5% from last year. However, spending these ad dollars effectively requires a deeper understanding of data and putting together solid strategies  that will continue to improve the ROAS%. Even with Google’s revenue increase, there are still flaws in the system that do not benefit the advertisers and it’s up to the PPC marketer to identify them and start taking advantage of all of the targeting options available.

Micro-Management of Demographic Targeting

When working with the Display Network, it requires an entirely different frame of mind and an escape from the Quality Score world of the search network. With that said, the more you understand the client’s audience, the more “dissecting” of the audience is required. For example, the Display Network offers demographic targeting options such as Male vs. Female and Age Segmentation. So a solid strategy proposal would consist of the following:

Generational Gaps & Influence

We are living in a digital age where people of all ages are searching or trying to search online. There are those who may not be as “savvy” as others and need assistance to find what they are looking for. The same can be said for the messaging in the Text/Display Ads and based on the Demographic Segmenting (mentioned earlier in the post). This differential in the audiences forces PPC marketers to change their messaging efforts. For example, if your an Law Firm that specializes in Wills and Estate Planning, you most likely will have a generational gap in those who are searching. Here’s a typical “Audience Intent” scenario:

  • We target a younger audience of 18-35 who searching on behalf of their parents or grandparents, the messaging would need to reflect that intent.
  • We target an older audience who are most likely searching for themselves, the messaging would need reflect that.

RON (Run of network) Before Choosing Sites

Have you ever noticed Network Partner Sites that are NOT listed in the Adwords Placement Tool and you feel like your missing opportunities? Well, an easy way to maneuver around this is to simply create a separate campaign, where you create multiple adgroups with very distinct keyword themes and let them run for a week or two. After a few days, you will start seeing partner sites that were not originally listed when using the placement tool. Moreover, even if there might be any conversions from those sites, you will at least be able to identify sites that could very relevant to your audience .

Re-Marketing & Re-Branding your Message

The idea of behavioral targeting and having visitors who visit an advertisers website and having display banners follow them throughout the Google network properties is a great way to increase Brand retention. However, the banners that are being served over and over should reflect a different message and/or offer to make them click. If a visitor clicked on an Display Ad and entered your website and did not convert, you would want to know why, right? This is similar to the tactic of Cart abandonment and sending promotional emails out to them with an offer to get them to convert. In this case, creating a separate campaign with a Specific Offer only to those who have already visited the site would be more effective, that seeing the same banner over and over.

Leveraging Facebook Ad’s Targeting Abilities

Yeah, it sounds strange, but you can actually learn a lot from Facebook Ads and take those learnings and apply them to your Google Display Campaign. Not to mention that running a Facebook Ads campaign is like throwing yourself into a Nascar Race Track — meaning that you can run a test and, within a hour or two, know which ads perform better before you continue spending the ad dollars. In addition, I would recommend Acquisio’s Facebook platform as they have built a phenomenal product that honestly makes it much easier to build out various testing strategies in a very short period of time.

In Conclusion

They are many ways to slice and dice the different targeting options within the Google Display Network. In most instances, the breakdown of targeting options is performed over time, not at the initial launch. The advertisers budget is Precious and the faster you can understand the “Who, What, Where and When”, the better you can put more of the ad dollars into what is working. It’s not so much a matter of “throwing tactics at the wall and seeing what works”. It all comes down to talking the time to look and understanding what the data is telling you. Once there is a story to be told, then act on the next steps.



Greg is a well-versed Internet Marketing Expert who has helped companies both large and small achieve success in Search Engine Marketing through proven strategies and effective implementation. Since 2004 he shifted his focus to Search Engine Marketing Industry, especially Pay-Per-Click- Marketing, where he has helped both Fortune 500 companies, as well as Start-Ups to improve branding, increase online and offline revenues, cut costs and succeed online.

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