By Jessica Davidson
Oct 3, 2012
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Understanding your PPC analytics and successfully munching your own numbers is only one part of the equation. But, to be a truly successful marketer, you must learn about your competitors’ PPC efforts to avoid being gobbled up by your competition in paid search. In this session, Daniel Owen, Lyena Solomon, and Matt Van Wagner offer techniques to gain insight about your competition’s paid search efforts in order to give yourself the competitive edge.
Daniel Owen suggested utilizing a wide variety of competitive analysis tools to find opportunities and weaknesses of your competitors to capitalize on. A couple of tools noteworthy of mentioning include:
SEM Rush: With this tool you can find the keywords of your competitors and their keywords with the most traffic. Obtaining keyword data allows you to discover overlap in your keywords as well as any keywords that you may not be tracking yet. The tool also offers media spend trends, which provides great insight about your competitors’ media spend over time.
Google AdWords Auction Insights: This tool provides insight as to how you size up against your competitors on the keyword level for the following metrics: impression share, average position, overlap rate, position above rate, and top of page rate.
The Search Monitor: This tool will provide day parting reports containing the ad positions of you and your competitors’ ads different times during the day. It will also track when your competitors test new ads and send you alerts when new ads are ran.
Google AdWords Ad Preview Tool: By setting devices to “mobile” or “tablet” you can determine whether or not your competitors are bidding on mobile and tablet traffic.
MOAT: This tool will display your competitor’s image ads so you can determine how to differentiate your image ads to attract more searchers.
Lyena Solomon provided a competitive analysis model and process for paid search ad optimization as follows:
Matt Van Wagner offered three tips to avoid getting bogged down and obsessed with your competitors’ PPC activity:
By utilizing the tactics discussed in this session, you are sure to successfully gain a competitive edge over your competitors in paid search.