Time for another monthly round-up of what’s been happening in the search marketing industry over the past few weeks. Google has introduced a couple of new ad extensions: ‘Click-to-message’ which allows users to text your company from your advert (pretty cool!) and ‘affiliate location’ which helps consumers find local stores that stock your product. Read all about this and more below:
This extension gives consumers another way of communicating with businesses directly – users can click on the message icon that appears below the text ad and send a text message to the business.
For advertisers, these extensions are a great way to start a conversation with your audience and with all the chat about chatbots, this extension fits in nicely with the developments of the conversational element of digital marketing. It also provides businesses with an opportunity to tap into consumers who prefer to message people rather than call them.
Below is a screenshot of the set-up screen. You can even customise the message the user receives when they first click on the icon e.g. Hey! How can we help you today? Read more here.
These new ad extensions help consumers find local stores that stock your products and unlike traditional location extensions, advertisers won’t need to have a Google Business Profile account.
On a mobile device, users can even get directions to their local store. This is a great way to drive in-store purchases and makes it easy for consumers to buy your products by giving them several different location options.
They are currently being rolled out in the US but they have been spotted in the UK, so keep any eye out for these. Below is an example of how they appear in the search ads. Read more here.
The landscape of SEO has once again changed with Google recently rolling out a Penguin algorithm update as well as introducing a brand new Possum update. The latter focuses on local search rankings, just like the previous Pigeon update which first appeared in 2014.
Unlike Pigeon which looked at SERPs in general and changed the way we see the map listings, the Possum update impacts the 3-pack rankings within the map results.
Penguin 4.0 got announced on September 23rd with the roll out first occurring in the US before making its way across the pond to the UK. It’s been a full month since the update, so here’s what you need to know.
Read more on Possum and Penguin.
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James was a PPC Specialist/ Campaign Delivery Manager at Vertical Leap. James was responsible for managing a portfolio of new and existing PPC campaigns.
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