Thursday, 15 December 2016

Google Tools for the Digital Marketer

So you are now convinced that you would like to become a Digital Marketer. What would be your job profile? Of course, to run a great digital promotion campaign, optimize the campaign and get maximum reach, visibility and conversions at optimum costs.

In the endeavour to become a great digital marketer, Google is ready to lend you a helping hand with a plethora of tools that can make your task much easier and very interesting. These tools are Google Keyword Planner, Google Display Planner, AdWord Editor, Conversion Optimizer, Bid Simulator, Ad Gallery and Google Analytics.

Before we go deep into the Google Tools, let us understand how a digital marketing campaign is structured. To run a Google Adwords campaign, we need a Google Account. The Account is associated with a unique email address, password, and billing information. Once the account has been established, you can run multiple ad campaigns under a single account. Each campaign in your account has its own budget and settings that determine where your ads appear.

Under a campaign, comes Ad Groups. Each ad group within a campaign contains a set of similar ads and keywords that you want to trigger your ads to show.

Source : Google AdWords Fundamentals Refresher Guide

Google offers you two networks to advertise. These are Search Network and Display Network. The Search Network comprises of Google Search, Google Map, Google Shopping and Non-Google Search Partner Sites. The Display Network comprises of YouTube, Gmail, Blogger and Google Finance. Search Ads comprise of Text Ads and Ads with extensions. Display Ad formats comprise of Text Ads, Image Ads, Rich Media Ads and Video Ads. You can choose between Search only, Display only or Search Network with Display Select. 

Now coming back to the Google Tools, these are the ones that you can utilise to enhance and optimise your campaign:

1.       Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner helps to build your Search Network campaigns, getting keyword and ad groups ideas along with search traffic estimates. Keyword Planner helps you to develop a campaign around an advertising goal. You can get keyword ideas based on terms that are relevant to your product or service, your landing page, or different product categories.

The tool will automatically organize related keyword ideas into ad groups. You can also multiply two or more list of keywords, saving the time of manually combining keywords. Keyword Planner will show you statistics, like keyword search volumes, to help you decide which keywords to use for your campaign. You can also get traffic estimates, like estimated clicks, for a given bid and budget to get an idea of which bids and budgets to set.

2.       Google Display Planner

The Display Planner helps to plan your Display Network campaigns, getting targeting ideas along with impression estimates. You can also use Display Planner to expand the reach of your existing campaigns, finding new websites, mobile applications, and video channels where you can show your ads. You can get ideas for keywords, placements, and all other Display Network targeting methods to help you plan your campaign. See how your targeting ideas may perform based on past results and get historical costs to help guide your budget and bid decisions.

3.       Google AdWord Editor
AdWords Editor is a free, downloadable application for managing your AdWords advertising campaigns. The process is simple: Download one or more accounts, make changes offline, and then upload the changes to AdWords. AdWords Editor can help you save time and make it easier to make changes in bulk. It also allows multiple users to share archives and proposals for an account.

Any advertiser with any size account can use AdWords Editor, but it's especially useful for accounts with multiple campaigns and long lists of keywords or ads. For example, you can:

è Use bulk editing tools to make multiple changes quickly
è Export and import files to share proposals or make changes to an account
è View statistics for all campaigns or a subset of campaigns
è Manage, edit and view multiple accounts at the same time
è Search and replace text across ad groups or campaigns
è Copy or move items between ad groups and campaigns
è Undo and redo multiple changes while editing your campaigns
è Make changes in draft before uploading them to your account
è Keep working even when you're offline

4.       Google Conversion Optimizer

When a customer completes an action that you've defined as valuable, these customer actions are called conversions. Conversion Optimizer uses your Conversion Tracking, cross-account Conversion Tracking or Google Analytics data to get you more conversions at a lower cost. By optimizing your placement in each ad auction, Conversion Optimizer helps you to avoid unprofitable clicks and gets you as many profitable clicks as possible. Conversion Optimizer also makes managing your AdWords bidding a lot easier, while maximizing results.

Conversion Optimizer provides you with a recommended target CPA to help get you started. As with CPC bidding, the target CPA that you set is your primary control over how many conversions you'll get and how much you'll pay for them. You can raise your target CPA if you want to increase traffic and conversions. If your average CPA is higher than you prefer, then you can lower it, which will probably decrease both average CPA and the number of conversions.
There are certain pre-requisites for setting up Conversion Optimizer:       
      Your campaign uses AdWords Conversion Tracking or cross-account conversion tracking, or is         importing data from Google Analytics
  The campaign should usually have received at least 15 conversions in the last 30 days

5.       Google AdWords Bid Simulators

Google AdWords Bid Simulators help you see how different bids might change your ads’ weekly performance. The regular Bid Simulators show you how changes to your Max CPC Bid might change the cost or the number of clicks, impressions, conversions, and conversion value your ads would have received for your keyword or ad group. You can find them on the Ad groups and Keywords tabs.
The Campaign Bid Simulator shows you how changes to your campaign’s bids might affect that campaign’s performance. Find it on the Campaigns tab. The Shopping Campaigns Bid Simulator shows you how certain changes to your bid might have impacted your product group's performance. You can find it on the Product groups tab. The Video Campaigns Bid Simulator shows you how changes to your max. CPV might impact your typical weekly video traffic. Find it on the Campaigns tab.

The Target CPA Simulator shows you how changes to your target cost-per-acquisition (target CPA) might affect your ad performance. Find it on the Campaigns tab or in the Shared library. The Mobile Bid Adjustment Simulator shows you how changes to your mobile bid adjustment might affect your ad performance on different devices.

6. Google Ad Gallery

The Ad gallery, formerly known as the display ad builder, is an ad-creation tool that offers various display ad formats in different categories, such as image ads, dynamic ads, Lightbox ads, and video ads, in any of your campaigns on the Google Display Network.
Here are some benefits of using the Ad gallery:
è Differentiated products and services
è More effective campaigns
è No-cost ad templates
è Customizable ad styles
è Industry-standard ad templates

6.       Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free Google product that provides in-depth reporting on how people use your website. It shows you how people found your site and how they explored it, giving you ideas for how to optimize your website. You can also link Google Analytics and your AdWords account to get an entire view of your customers' behaviour, from when they click your ad or see it to what they do on your site. This information can shed light on how much of your website traffic or sales comes from AdWords, in turn helping you improve your ads and website.

The Last Words

With such a rich treasure trove of tools, Google has made life much easier for the Digital Marketer. And the best part is that all these tools are free to use. All you need now is a regular hands-on use of these tools to ensure that you are getting the maximum ROAS (Return-On-Ad-Spend) with Optimized Digital Ad Campaigns for yourself or for your clients. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

How do I make money as a Digital Marketer?

My last blog was about how to learn Digital Marketing and get certified by Google. Now I have started getting queries --- Sir, how do I make money as a Digital Marketer? Well, there is actually a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Let me tell you how.

What are the tasks you can do as a Digital Marketer?

1)  You can be an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Expert

2)  You can be a Content Developer.    

3)    You can be an Online Marketing Analyst (You need to be certified in Google Analytics).

4)   You can be a Social Media Marketing (SMM) Specialist.

5)   You can also make money from your Blogs, Website or YouTube Channel through Google AdSense.

What are the jobs of an SEO Expert? Primarily, it is to give visibility to a website by ensuring that it gets a higher ranking in SERP (Search Engine Result Page). This can be done by optimizing the website so that the Search Engine can easily crawl, index and store the contents and give a higher ranking to the site based on relevance.  The process of optimization involves working on Title Tags, Meta Tags and Alt Tags to classify content and images , doing research on Keywords, placing Keywords strategically in the site, updating the site with relevant content, optimizing the images, getting back-links, doing directory submissions and doing competitor analysis.

What is the importance of Content Developer in Digital Marketing? It is said that “Content is King” in the SEO Process. Google has now changed the algorithm to favour sites with fresh, relevant and good content. So if you are a good content writer, you will be in high demand in digital marketing. However, you need to know how to write SEO friendly content. The Search Engine should understand what the article or post is all about and the readers should also understand the content lucidly.

The third role is that of Online Marketing Analyst. This is a person who is well adept in using Google Analytics or similar tools from Alexa, Kissmetrics, Hubspot, Chartbeat and others. Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Integrated with AdWords, it can review online campaigns by tracking landing page quality and conversions (goals). Goals might include sales, lead generation, viewing a specific page, or downloading a particular file. The Analyst needs to constantly work on data like Traffic, Unique Visitors, PageView, Session Length, Impression, Reach, Click-Through-Rate (CTR), Bounce Rate / Exit Rate, Return-On-Ad-Spend (ROAS) and several others.    

The Social Media Marketing (SMM) Expert needs to optimize and integrate the online marketing campaigns across multiple platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and several others. The person has to know which platform will get the maximum reach as well as result in maximum conversions within an optimum budget. Of course, there are tools like HootSuite, Buffer, SocialHunt and many more. But you should also know Facebook Analytics, Twitter Analytics, YouTube Analytics, LinkedIn Analytics and similar tools to have a firm grip whether your social media campaigns are achieving the desired goals.  

There are full time jobs available as SEO Expert, SMM Expert, Content Developer and Online Marketing Analyst. You can also pick up freelance projects from Elance (, Upwork ( and Freelancer ( You have to establish your credentials and bid for the projects. One you get the assignments, you can work flexi-time from your home, submit the work within the stipulated date and get paid online in your account.  

Last, but not the least, you can make money on your own by using Google AdSense. Google AdSense is an advertising placement service by Google. The program is designed for website publishers who want to display targeted text, video or advertisements on website pages and earn money when site visitors view or click the ads. Simply speaking, you can create a fabulous website, blog or YouTube Channel , attract a lot of visitors to your site, and then invite advertisers to place ads in your site. You will be making money every time someone views or clicks the Ad. The whole process is managed electronically by Google AdSense. Go to for further details.  

Hope the second query is also satisfactorily answered. Please mail your queries to me at and I shall be more than happy to answer them. Also, please leave your remarks in the feedback column so that I know if I am able to provide worthwhile content for the readers of my blog.  

Sunday, 27 November 2016

How to get certified by Google

When I was a small kid, the surest way to get a job was to become a typist. There were scores of typing school who taught you how to punch keys faster on the Remington Typewriter. The faster was your speed, the more you got paid. And if you could also get some training to take dictation in shorthand, you could get the glamorous job of a stenographer.

And then a man called Bill Gates changed all that. The typewriter disappeared giving way to Personal Computers, Laptops and Tablets. Microsoft came out with Word, Excel and PowerPoint and we did not need the secretary and stenographer any more. And with the advent of mobiles, we now do not need the computer any more. Let us thank Larry Page and Sergei Brin for the revolution that Google brought in by introducing Android that brought computing within the reach of the common man.

And now, the job opportunities have also changed. The E-Commerce Market in India currently stands at $17.5 billion. The number of digital buyers in India stands at 41 million. With the sector growing at 60-65%, there are currently 3.5 lakh people working in various capacities in companies like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Paytm, Shopclues and others. There is a demand for another 2.5 lakh people to keep the growth machine running in electronic commerce. No wonder, you see a lot of jobs related to E-Commerce being posted in Naukri and LinkedIn.

One of the best ways to get an entry to this sector is by doing the Google Certification. The best part of this exam is that it is online, you can give it from anywhere and it is free. Just make sure that you have a reliable internet connection with good speed before sitting for this exam.

To become eligible for this exam, you need to register yourself as a Google Partner. To do this you can click on or type Google Partners in your Google Search Page. You will get two options "Äbout Google Partners"and "Join Google Partners". Click on the second option. You'll be taken to a page that says "Let's be Partners". Click on "Join Now" button. Give your Gmail Login Id and Password and you'll be taken to the Google Partners Home Page where you have to register by giving your details. There is a link on the sidebar called Certifications. You can do two certifications "Ädwords"and "Änalytics". Both are free and Google does not charge any money to take the exams.Both are important to further your career prospects and I suggest you do both.

To get the Google Adword Cerification, you have to pass the Google AdWords Fundamentals Exam and one more from the following options --- Search Advertising, Display Advertising, Video Advertising, Shopping Advertising and Mobile Advertising.  The Google AdWords Fundamentals Exam, Search Advertising and Display Advertising Exams are two hour exams where you have to answer 100 questions. The Video Advertising, Shopping Advertising and Mobile Advertising Exams are 90 minutes tests where you have to answer 74 questions, 60 questions and 70 questions respectively. It is mandatory to score 80% to pass the tests. If you do not pass in the first attempt, you can repeat the test after 7 days.

The Google Analytics is a standalone test where you have to answer 100 questions in two hours and score 80% to get the certification. Once you qualify, the certificates will be displayed when you click "My Profile" button. The links to your certificates for the exams that you have qualified is given just below your picture. You can click on the links and download your certificates.

The Google Partners Home Page also has a lot of Study Materials and Google Videos that you can download , read and watch to do self study. And believe me, it's like stepping into Alice's Wonderland. You will be surprised to know that Google has so many powerful tools that you can use to run an effective digital marketing campaign. And the best part is all these tools are free to use. And the use of these tools is very lucidly explained by experts from Google appearing in the Videos.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself registered today, delve deep into the world of Google and become a certified digital marketing expert. India needs a lot of experts to run the digital business and you could very well be the one among them getting a personal growth in career and also contributing to the growth of the nation.

For any queries, you are free to contact me at 91-8427288699, E-mail me at or visit my website And keep on coming back to this blog to gain more knowledge about digital marketing.

Goodbye till we meet again. Auf Wiedersehen. À bientôt. Shabba Khair.