April 3, 2019


Google Home begins voice monetization. Adds transcriptions in podcasts

Google has been rolling out ads in a way that could land them with a fourth fine by either the FTC or the EU.

On a more positive note, the company is also making podcasts more discoverable, enabling marketers to use podcasts more aggressively.

Local ads in Google Home voice results?

Big G has quietly started monetizing its smart speaker and smart display devices. Local-Services ads were spotted in voice search results for local queries.

But here’s the interesting thing: It is not yet disclosing the fact that some of the results are ads.

Looks like the company is calling for a fourth fine.

In the Google Home results for the query “Plumber”, the results with the Guaranteed tag (green badge) are Local Services ads. Businesses cannot get that badge without being a Local Services advertiser.

There is no “ad” or “sponsored” disclosure to the users. That particular aspect will probably have to change if they are to avoid FTC scrutiny and possibly a fine.

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These are the first glimpses of Big G’s plan to generate revenue from its growing base of smart speaker users. As a local business owner, this might be an interesting way to advertise your business on Google Home while it’s still new and doesn’t have much competition from other local marketers.

Search podcasts using auto transcriptions

The Podcasts app is now automatically transcribing podcasts, allowing users to search for particular episodes without having to remember the name of the podcast or the episode title.

These transcripts are popping up as metadata within some podcast episodes’ web page sources, although not within the app itself.

Android Police broke the news about how the transcripts can be found. As of yet, the criteria for indexing and transcribing podcasts or episodes has not been revealed.

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For marketers looking to launch podcasts, discoverability has always been a challenge. This new functionality can help you attract new audiences and make it easier for existing ones to find the podcasts they are looking for. All in all, this could make podcasts an even more important part of your content marketing strategy.

Looking to sponsor a podcast? This might mean that your ads get more listens, without having to buy airtime on more episodes.


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Complete product testing strategy. Customer journey mapping. PayPal updates about buyer refunds

Is your e-commerce business entirely reliant on FB? Well, the following strategy might help you to diversify. Big report on customer journey as well.

Meanwhile, PayPal updated its Policy recently, and it’s not good news this time.

Testing products with Search Ads

A massive portion of e-commerce entrepreneurs nowadays use FB Ads to test products. If you want to go against the grain and diversify, here is a thorough step by step guide by Nik Armenis on how to test products with Google Search Ads.

Let’s drive straight into it:

Requirements to start

  • Have a general store with different collections or a niche store with sub-collections.
  • Products within the collection must use relatively similar search terms/keywords.
  • Keywords must have solid search volume: 1K searches per month at least.
  • Ideally, products are in an uptrend on Trends.

The 10 steps testing strategy:

  1. Do your keyword research in Keyword Planner. Go for longer tail and less competitive keywords.
  2. Select 10 – 15 of the most relevant keywords.
  3. Use the Keyword Search and Volume Forecast tools to get a rough bid and budget estimate.
  4. Compile a list of Negative Keywords you want to exclude: Amazon, cheap, second hand, job etc.
  5. Create your campaign and select the campaign’s settings: Search Network only. $10-$25/day budget. For the bidding, select Maximise Clicks if your account is new. Otherwise, if you feel more confident, go for manual bidding.
  6. If you want to get started quick just create one ad group, but to properly test you should do 2 or more ad groups and split test. You should add a group of 5 -10 similar keywords into an ad group. Eg, one ad group for broad match, another for phrase match or exact match.
  7. Create your ads. Testing at least 3 different variations is recommended. If you’re short on time just test 1 or 2.
  8. Let it run for 4 – 7 days before making any changes and then harvest that data.
  9. After this period, start optimizing by removing unprofitable keywords.
  10. Scale by increasing your budget by 20% every second day to the best performing keywords.
  11. Finish line.

All of this looks pretty easy, but the hard part is executing it correctly.

Still, it seems to be a very good strategy to diversify if your current business relies entirely on Facebook. Having all your eggs in one basket is rarely a good idea!

Plus, once you find the right products, you can then move over and scale them on Facebook.

Nik Armenis actually suggests having FB Dynamic Products Ads and Display Network retargeting campaigns set up too. Plus, a good back end funnel.

Cusomer journey mapping

Where does the consumers’ shopping journey begin? How does it evolve? Most importantly, where does it end?

Episerver made a survey to answer all these questions and more. They analyzed all the reasons that push a consumer to visit a branded website and found out what they expect to find there.

This can be quite useful to us marketers because it can help you build your entire shop around your customers’ needs and desires.

PayPal fee refund when a customer asks for returns? No more

Chances are that if you do e-commerce, you probably use PayPal to process customers’ payments. Until now, when customers asked for refunds, PayPal kindly refunded the transaction fee too (Except for the $0.30 cent fixed fee.)

Unfortunately, with the last Policy Update, they’re ousting that generosity, starting May 7, 2019:

“We’re changing how we treat refunds. If you refund (partially or fully) a transaction to a buyer or a donation to a donor, there are no fees to make the refund, but the fees you originally paid as the seller will not be returned to you.”

That’s all. It’s a small update, but it adds yet another pain in your…. Here’s hoping that none of your customers ask for refunds!


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