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6 Creative Best Practices for Mobile Page Post Ads

By May 27th, 2015

Did you know that nearly 87% of Facebook’s monthly active users visited from mobile devices last quarter? That’s 1.25 billion people. Unsurprisingly, mobile now accounts for 73% of Facebook ad revenue.

As consumers continue their shift to mobile, savvy advertisers are upping their game with captivating mobile Page Post ads. However, there’s always room for improvement, and we’re here with six creative best practices to help you make the most out of this mobile ad type.

1. Limit your ad copy message to a maximum of two lines. This makes your ads easier to read, and improves their effectiveness.
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2. Say more with less. Keep your link names concise. If they get too long, they’ll be truncated and could potentially look sloppy.
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3. Test ads without descriptions or CTA buttons. Mobile means smaller screens and smaller ads, so there’s not a ton of room for copy. Play around with eliminating the CTA or description to get more real estate and achieve a very clean look.
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4. Test out text overlay on your images. According to Facebook’s policies, your ad images can’t include more than 20% text. So don’t go overboard! Instead, opt for brief but larger text to catch more eyeballs as users swipe through their News Feed.
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5. Use camera-aware subjects in your photos. Photos of people looking into the camera make users stop and take notice. Notice the difference between the two ads below. In addition, avoid photos that look too staged or like generic stock photography, as these can come off as corny or inauthentic.
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6. Put it all together. The ad below takes advantages of almost all our tips so far. In addition, it provides a preview of the app so users know what to expect and how the UI will look. If you use this tactic, make sure the type of phone shown matches the type you’re targeting on your ads.
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Bonus tip: Try mobile video ads. More than 75% of global video views on Facebook occur on mobile. Advertisers are already reporting strong results; so, video ad types are definitely worth a try.
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Social and Mobile Intertwined in the Advertising Space

By March 13th, 2015

This is a guest post from Florence Broder, Content Manager at AppsFlyer.

As users shift from desktop to mobile, advertisers are serving more ads there. Social networks are being used on mobile more frequently and are creating more mobile advertising programs. At the same time there are social networks arriving late to the game. But what does it all mean for advertisers?

The Trends

During every mega sporting event or award ceremony, viewers flock to their social networks to share reactions and comments with their friends. One of the most tweeted sporting events was the World Cup game with over 30 million tweets. It was single handedly responsible for doubling Twitter’s revenue in Q2 of 2014 and most of that came from mobile.

If that’s not enough to convince you, on average the most time spent on a mobile device is on social and communication apps. And that’s true no matter what the demographic, as you see from the chart below. Users want to be connected to their friends all the time no matter how old they are.

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The Race to Get a Cut of Social

Given the increased time users are spending on social networks with their mobile device you would think that’s where most advertisers are putting their budgets. However, that’s not the case all. In fact, only 1% of all US advertising spend is on mobile platforms, compared to 43% for TV and 29% for print, according the CMO Council. But they too are getting on the bandwagon and will soon be spending nearly $60 billion by 2017 (see chart below from Statista). However, the 2015 Salesforce State of Marketing Report shows that 66% of marketers believe that social is intertwined with their business. It’s safe to assume it’s probably because most users are also accessing social networks on their mobile device.

More and More Social Advertising

And of course that brings us to the social networks themselves. Facebook and Twitter have been in the lead for a while and even have their own mobile measurement partners, completely embracing the nexus of social and mobile.

2014 saw two major social networks, LinkedIn and SnapChat, debut mobile advertising on their app. Unlike Facebook and Twitter where ads appear in user feeds, both LinkedIn and SnapChat ads appear in a user’s inbox. Pinterest is the latest social network to join the mobile bandwagon, announcing a unique partnership with the Apple App Store, allowing users to download apps directly from a pin. App Pins is the latest in Pinterest’s repertoire of rich pins.

Putting it All Together

Social networks will create more and more opportunities for advertisers to serve ads on mobile. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a promoted pin on my Pinterest board or a sponsored ad in my LinkedIn feed. Social networks will not only respond to this demand but the need for better data and measurement. However, as the opportunities increase so does the competition for a piece of social mobile real estate.

About the Author

1537689_10152028777608124_1617972893_oFlorence is the Content Manager at AppsFlyer and has been working in the digital marketing space for over 10 years, in both B2C and B2B. She loves all things social and content-related and is thrilled that she can now work in the mobile analytics field, especially after her initial exposure to the mobile landscape at Conduit.

4 Best Practices for Utilizing Click-to-Call in Mobile Ad Campaigns

By December 10th, 2014

This is a guest post from Cody Kunning, Director of Search Engine Marketing for Marchex.

Earlier this year, comScore released this data: mobile usage is now surpassing desktop for the first time since the Internet began. That’s a big deal. And it’s an even bigger deal for marketers who are wondering how to drive sales from all these mobile consumers.

When people search for products and services on their phones in Google, they often click what’s known as a “call extension” to call a business. In fact, Google reports consumers click on these extensions more than 40 million times a month. How can marketers optimize their search advertising campaigns to drive more of these clicks and phone calls? Here are four tips for getting started.

1. Use call extensions on campaigns and high volume ad groups.

Add call extensions to every campaign and all high volume ad groups. Only have 1 phone number to track with? Use that same phone number in all every call extension however use Google forwarding number to get a proxy on calls by campaign or ad group breakout.

2. Separate call tracking by Device and Search Engine.

Use a different phone number (or forwarding phone number like mentioned above) to track device type results separate from each other. The large discrepancy in calls from mobile and forms from desktop is likely to make conversion rates skew when calls are not properly associated to the correct device type.

3. Call extensions on desktop are not always free.

Adding a call extension to desktop search is a great way to get a call (at free of charge no less!) from Google. However be careful when adding call extensions to desktop on high volume (core brand) keywords. If too many calls come through (remember calls = no clicks), CTR and Quality score suffers and CPCs will start to rise.

4. Create “calls” to action in your ad copy.

You want people to call and drive higher click-through-rates? Write these two words in your ad: “Call Now.” Variations include “call today” or “book now.” Such directives, as simple and as straightforward as they seem, guide customers and spark desired actions.

Ultimately, consumers respond to a great user experience that is mobile-friendly with a clear call to action and simple messaging.

Now that you have all the tools, what are you waiting for? Go forth and optimize!

About the Author

profile_codyCody Kunning is the Director of Search Engine Marketing for Marchex and has been a search marketing professional since 2006. Recently, he has focused efforts on increasing ROAS on current search programs by dissecting and analyzing traffic by device and conversion type. Mobile search is no longer the future and he has been an early adopter of search strategies to analyze and improve mobile search performance. Prior to Marchex, he held SEM management positions at Microsoft, Cobalt and Local Marketers.

New Data Shows 40% of Click-Throughs are Made in the First Position

By September 19th, 2014

Mobile performance has been on everyone’s minds the past few years, and everyone knows that smartphone click-through rates have been trumping desktop and tablet click-through rates for some time. But just how important is ad position for marketers looking to capture the attention of their audience? We took a look at click-through rates by ad position to examine just how important this is. The data we examined consists of a large sample set of all Marin US clients.

By examining click-through rates, we can already see that position #1 for smartphones is much more important than that of desktops. Surprisingly, tablets show a similar trend to smartphones, even though they use the same SERP format as desktops. Upon closer examination, however, we see that smartphone CTR drops off much more rapidly than either desktops or tablets, at an average of 30% per position, versus 22% and 28% respectively.

By looking at the CTR-share by ad position, we can see that almost 40% of click-throughs are made in the first position. This is a third more than on desktop, and 10% more than on tablet. Why does this happen? If we take a look at the differences between the desktop and smartphone format, we find that many times on mobile, only a single ad is displayed on the top of a SERP. Meanwhile, on a desktop SERP, we see three or more ads on the exact same search. Naturally, this means that smartphones will see a much larger percentage of clicks go towards the first result.

Anything to add? Be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below!

Feature Spotlight: Group-Level Mobile Bid Adjustment Recommendations

By August 5th, 2013

matrix meme marin software mobile bid adjustmentsWhen Google introduced campaign-level mobile bid adjustments with enhanced campaigns in February, advertisers were concerned with the potential loss of control and precision over mobile bids. To address this, Google announced in April the addition of group-level mobile bid adjustments. For advertisers with large-scale campaigns, this added functionality allows search marketers to set granular, group-level mobile bid adjustments based on varying performance by device.

Since Google’s update became available in May, Marin has been working to fully integrate this functionality into our patented bidding algorithm. Today, we’re excited to announce that Marin’s bid optimization solution will now calculate and recommend group-level mobile bid adjustments for enhanced campaigns. In addition to calculating keyword-level bids for desktop and tablet devices, Marin will also automatically calculate optimal mobile bid adjustments to maximize mobile performance based on user-defined key performance indicators (KPI). These recommendations are calculated on a nightly basis, where significant performance data is available. For advertisers looking to optimize their enhanced campaigns in a multi-device world, Marin provides you with the control and precision required to maximize mobile clicks, conversions, and revenue.

For more information on optimizing enhanced campaigns with Marin Software, please contact your Client Services representative or email us at

Google’s New “Enhanced Campaigns”: What It Means for Search Marketers

By February 7th, 2013

Yesterday Google announced the rollout of enhanced campaigns, a major AdWords product release that attempts to simplify the management of campaigns across devices. With enhanced campaigns, search marketers will be able to target consumers based on device, location, and time of day through a single campaign. However, for search marketers that currently leverage separate desktop, tablet, and mobile campaigns, Google’s enhanced campaigns will remove some of the control and transparency we’re used to having. Additional details on enhanced campaigns can be found here.

What Does This Mean? To understand the implications of Google’s enhanced campaigns, let’s review the benefits and concerns.


  • Mobile preferred creative: Search marketers will now be able to create mobile preferred ad creative that are delivered to users based on their device or when they’re searching.
  • Consolidated and simplified bid management: Search marketers can now leverage bid adjustments to manage bids across devices, locations, time of day, and more from within a single campaign.

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  • Enhanced ad extensions management: Search marketers can now assign ad extensions at the ad group level and display ads across devices with the appropriate ad creative, sitelink, app, or extension, without having to manage multiple campaigns for every combination of device, location, and time of day. Furthermore, ad extensions can now be scheduled to turn on and off, such as during times when phone operators are unavailable.
  • Advanced sitelinks management: Search marketers can now report on the performance metrics for individual ad sitelinks and monitor their approval status.
  • New conversion types: Search marketers will now have the ability to track and report on calls and app downloads, enabling the optimization of campaigns based on these conversion types.


  • Device specific budgets: In combing all devices into a single campaign, budgets will also be combined, eliminating the ability for search marketers to set separate, device-optimized budgets across desktop-, tablet-, and mobile-only campaigns.
  • Mobile-only campaigns: Without the ability to opt out of desktop/tablet device targeting, search marketers will no longer be able to leverage mobile-only campaigns. This may significantly impact advertisers, like mobile app and gaming companies, who only wish to advertise on mobile devices.
  • Tablet specific optimization strategies: With tablet device targeting now combined with desktop, search marketers who have specific tablet strategies in place will lose that functionality.
  • Bidding on mobile keywords: Since mobile bids are boosted by a percentage of desktop/tablet bids at the campaign level, search marketers can no longer calculate individual mobile keyword bids based on performance. Furthermore, bidding to a preferred position for specific mobile keywords to combat the limited SERP real estate on mobile devices is no longer possible.
  • Bid multipliers: The requirement to layer bid multipliers based on device, location, and time of day introduces significant complexities for calculating optimal keyword bids. Furthermore, since bid adjustments are applied at the campaign level, separate time of day multipliers can’t be set for separate locations. For example: +20% for New York and +50% on Saturdays, and -20% for Chicago and -50% on Saturdays.
  • Targeting mobile operating systems: Search marketers can no longer target campaigns to a specific mobile device or device operating system (i.e. iPhone, HTC, iOS, Android).

Google plans to roll out enhanced campaigns across advertisers over the next few weeks. As a result, advertisers may not have immediate access to this feature within their accounts. By mid-2013, all campaigns are expected to have been transitioned to enhanced campaigns.

Mobile-Only Ads: What This Means for Facebook and Their Advertisers

By June 7th, 2012

Earlier this week, Facebook announced the ability for direct advertisers and agencies to buy sponsored stories* on mobile devices, exclusively. Prior to this, Facebook controlled whether or not an advertiser’s sponsored story would appear in a user’s news feed for mobile devices. Furthermore, marketers had no choice in when their sponsored stories were shown and no means of segmenting out the performance by desktop and mobile. For those familiar with Google AdWords advertising, this new Facebook functionality is equivalent to desktop and/or mobile device targeting for paid search campaigns.

The sponsored stories targeting options now available through the ads API and Power Editor are:

  • All placements: this option includes right-hand side, News Feed desktop and News Feed mobile
  • All desktop placements: this option includes right-hand side and News Feed desktop
  • News Feed (desktop and mobile): this option includes News Feed desktop and News Feed mobile
  • News Feed desktop: this option includes News Feed desktop only
  • News Feed mobile: this option includes News Feed mobile only

What does this mean for Facebook and their advertisers? This change certainly provides marketers with more control over their ads and visibility into their data for optimizing campaigns. But to anyone familiar with advertising, this also means more ad revenue for Facebook. Consider these figures: Facebook made $3.2 billion in ad revenue last year, primarily from desktop advertising. And as of December, there were 901 million monthly active users, with 500 million of those being mobile. With the flood gates now open for sponsored stories on mobile devices and the continued growth of monthly active mobile users, it’s clear that Facebook is set to generate hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in revenue from this untapped mobile ad market.

Though this announcement appears to be a win-win for Facebook and their advertisers, it remains unclear as to how mobile users will react to seeing these new ads in their news feeds. As a thought, Facebook may want to consider providing more visibility into the algorithm that influences the ads appearing in a user’s news feed, such as click-through-rate. This algorithm might be similar to Facebook’s existing EdgeRank, which factors Affinity, Weight and Decay into the ranking of social content appearing in news feeds. Developing a transparent and effective metric to promote ad relevancy would benefit marketers and Facebook users in a landscape of dynamically changing content and consumer intent.

Share your thoughts with us on this announcement in the comments section below.


*Sponsored stories allow Facebook advertisers to surface word-of-mouth recommendations about their brand that exists organically in the Facebook News Feed. Sponsored stories are different from ads and can amplify the brand engagement of the target audience. For example, if a person’s friends like a Page, in addition to seeing that news story in their News Feed, they can also see the same story on the right-hand column. Sponsored stories are available for ads that promote a Page, Place, Application or Domain.

People Love to Search on their Smartphones and Tablets

By March 30th, 2012

We love our mobile devices, and according to our recent study of mobile paid search, we love searching on them. In looking across our client base the trend was unanimous, mobile search is up, way up.

In the U.S., we saw ad clicks from mobile devices increase 132% during 2011, and by the end of this year mobile will comprise 25% of all paid search clicks. Similarly, in the UK mobile ended the year with 15% of all clicks in the UK. And, even though it’s not as significant a percentage, mobile clicks in the Eurozone more than doubled in 2011.

Things get even more interesting for marketers when looking at the differences between smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Generally (UK was the sole exception), smartphones carry higher CTRs and lower CPCs, but the lowest conversion rates. Tablets beat desktops in CTR and CPC, come close to trumping desktops in conversion rate, and edge all devices out in cost per conversion.

So, what’s this all mean?

Mobile devices are not only changing the way consumers search and shop, but how marketers advertise. The immediate response by advertisers is to devote more budget to mobile search (we project ad budgets will fall just a bit short of click volume in 2012). However, down the road as savvy marketers adapt to mobile search scenarios, click to call, location-based promos, and integration with social will all become common place. Furthermore, attribution becomes a much larger issue, particularly in a scenario where a mobile search directly leads to an in-store sale. Who gets the credit?

How do you foresee search marketing changing with the increased adoption and use of smartphones and tablets?

Bolster Your Mobile Advertising

By September 9th, 2011

Google recently projected 44% of searches for last minute gifts this holiday season will be from mobile devices. We do realize summer just ended and it may be a tad early for some to be thinking about the holidays; however, the stat did get us thinking about best practices when running successful mobile advertising campaigns. Here are three things we’ve noticed that you may want to consider:

1)      Position More Important – A smaller screen equates to less ad real-estate on mobile devices. Typically only 1 or 2 paid search ads appear at the top of a mobile search. Consequently, it’s important to closely monitor the position of your mobile ads and adjust accordingly.

2)      Tailor Mobile Ad Content – Although tempting, copying existing creative over to mobile campaigns tends not to work as well. We’ve seen short and sweet works the best with mobile ads creative. Certainly leverage all the characters you can, but be conscious about clarity so mobile users on the go accurately know what they’re in for.

3)      Focus on Local Results – Often when searching on mobile devices users are trying to find an answer to an immediate concern whether it’s directions, nearest restaurant, or nearest store that sells a particular item. Advertisers that focus on taking advantage of locality tend to see better results. Local offers and coupons, particularly in-store coupons, within mobile ads improve click-through rates and conversions.

What have you found to work when running mobile ads?

Traffic & Branding Through The App Market

By June 17th, 2011

With the recent news that Android’s share of market has passed Blackberry and taken a larger lead against Apple, it makes us all wonder how large mobile can grow and when we should all jump into the mobile game as well.  There are many ways to get into the mobile space as an advertiser whether it is running ads on the search engine mobile sites, banners in apps, optimizing your own website for mobile, or even creating your own brand app.

Most advertisers pay to drive users to their mobile website through banners and ads in search engine mobile sites, but place minimal attention to using the same medium to drive traffic to their own brand apps. Sure, the app market is still young and you might think that there is nothing for you to gain by sending traffic to your own application or even in justifying that you should build one to begin with. Recent studies suggest that my previous statement could soon be false.  IHS Screen Digest reported that the app market (run by Apple, Google, Nokia, and Palm) is going to be worth over $8 billion by 2014, with a predicted 78% growth in 2011. If you have your own app, Google Adwords allows you to drive traffic to the Apple App Store or Android Market and claim your piece of the pie. Currently Apple is expected to retain 60% of the paid apps market but with the increased use of Android smartphones, the Android market is only expected to increase its market share to close in on Apple.