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What impact has the removal of right hand side ads actually had?

What impact has the removal of right hand side ads actually had?

Back in March, we looked at the initial impact of Google’s removal of right hand side ads, with the following conclusion: “To play in the paid space, you need to appear in positions 1-4, where we see an increased CTR both MoM and YoY. However, those clicks are now costlier, therefore as advertisers we need to pick our battles; decide which keywords and which audiences are worth those top spots, and reduce visibility on the rest.” Now we’re about three months into the change, we have a lot more data to play with and the trends seem to have settled down somewhat. Looking at the CPC change overall, there are both increases and decreases, but they seem for the most part in line with normal YoY fluctuations.

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The Greenlight Guide to Google Shopping

The Greenlight Guide to Google Shopping

Shopping continues to be very much a key channel for retail as it tends to be the driving force behind top performing campaigns in terms of sales and revenue driven overall, as well as an enabler to make generic terms work. Furthermore, Shopping helps drive year-on-year traffic up thanks to the ever-increasing retail space available. To take full advantage of this, we have to treat Shopping as a channel in its own right and bring the granularity and efficiencies from Search into our Shopping campaigns. Read on for all the tips and best practice insights that you need to get the most out of Google Shopping.

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Optimising a Shopping feed to enhance PLA campaigns

Optimising a Shopping feed to enhance PLA campaigns

2016 quite possibly marked the biggest shake-up to search since the introduction of enhanced campaigns. The removal of right hand side ads has caused a stir with more ad format changes due imminently. We’ve seen Google shift its focus to a more performance-based model with clear investment going towards improving mobile and Shopping performance for Paid Search with a particular emphasis on eCommerce. The removal of right hand side ads has bumped up Shopping results with Google testing the positioning, and over the last few month’s expandable Shopping ads.

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Greenlight shortlisted for two categories at the Brand Republic Digital Awards

Greenlight shortlisted for two categories at the Brand Republic Digital Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Brand Republic Digital Awards bring together a host of agencies and advertising creatives to name those who’ve made the most significant impact on the digital communications industry across multiple categories including product sectors and strategy.

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Initial impact of Google removing right hand side ads

Initial impact of Google removing right hand side ads

Just over a month ago, Google revealed that it was removing the right hand side ads we’ve grown used to over the past few years. Now that we have a solid four weeks of data, we’re looking to answers some of the many questions which are puzzling advertisers, such as "what’s the effect of the removal of right hand side ads?", “will I have to pay extortionate CPCs?” and “how does this affect my CTR?”.

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