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Amauta Marketing has undertaken the complete redesign of Espace Garage Plus website. Established in 2006, Espace Garage Plus is the first company in Quebec exclusively specialized in the design and makeover of residential garages.

The new Espace Garage Plus website was designed to allow for the renewal of user experience from an ergonomic standpoint, content access and navigation by presenting services, products as well as a selection of makeovers designed and executed by the company. Besides a blog, the website also showcases a product and accessory catalogue easy to consult. Finally, Amauta Marketing is also in charge of the SEO strategy and management of the Google Ads campaigns.

The Centre de Parrainage Scolaire has entrusted its web referencing strategy (SEO) as well as its web advertising (Google Ads) to Amauta Marketing.

The Montreal private company offers home personalized tutorial services for elementary, secondary and college students.

The agency has been mandated to define and implement a web strategy to increase visibility and awareness of Centre de Parrainage Scolaire toward its target audience in Quebec.

The new collaboration between Amauta Marketing and MBA Research looks promising. MBA Research is located in downtown Montreal and specializes in marketing studies, more precisely in quantitative and qualitative research. They have mandated Amauta Marketing to set up and manage its web advertising campaigns.

MBA Research employs innovative methodologies and tools to survey representative, stable and well-defined samples of the Quebec population to collect precise marketing information. Their clients get quick feedback from segments of the population on different topics, notably on consumer habits. This helps their clients establish appropriate marketing positioning and strategy to drive sales.

MBA Research is a member of the Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC), European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR) a well as Insights Association, and fully respect practices and codes of conduct of these associations.

Amauta Marketing’s work will occur upstream and will consist of promoting the company on the web to generate interest of new panelists and to entice them to join the survey groups.

 

As of June 1st, 2019, Google will collect and return sales taxes (QST) to Revenu Québec. Google is now treated like any international digital companies such as Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, and others who sell intangible products and services.

For healthier competition

The announced objective by Mr. Legault’s Government is to provide a more equitable commercial framework to local companies who have never benefited from this dispensation while making their prices more expensive for consumers with the QST. It is also a way to recoup more than $150 million dollars until 2022-2023, as explained by the Quebec Government in 2018. Revenu Québec supplies a list of the 76 companies subject to these new rules. However, the Federal Government is not following in the footsteps of the Quebec Government and still does not impose tax payment of 5% (GST) on the web giants’ products and services.

Your invoice should be modified as of this Saturday

Either using Netflix video services, buying online products on Amazon, or using Google Ads services to analyse your clientele or managing your online ad campaigns, you will see your invoice modified to showcase the addition of the QST as of this Saturday.

If you have any question related to this, do not hesitate to call us up. As always, we will be listening and will try to make you life easier.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) helps Google Ads to improve advertising performance. Even better, Google now uses AI to show ads and to automatically send results to your company account.

Choosing and verifying ad location

Artificial intelligence is a way to enhance human intelligence with the help of powerful computers. By combining AI with your ad campaign data and history, for example lead location, conversion timeframe and keywords at the source of conversion, you will get incredibly effective suggestions. The idea is to determine which ads work best.

At the beginning of 2018 Google Auto Ads was launched to help you monetize your online content. This software uses machine learning to position the ads at the best location on a web page. Then in April 2018, Google improved Auto Ads by using AI to strengthen controls and help avoid ads being shown in association with controversial content.

Suggesting ads from AI

Google has announced to advertising and marketing teams that it was starting to show ads to companies based on AI learnings. The objective was to identify which ads are better suited to bring the best results. These ads are now delivered to a company’s Google Ads account. If you leave your account on automatic pilot, these ads will be automatically generated every 14 days. You can see the obvious benefit of convenience, but keep in mind that you can decline this functionality and use analytics to make your own decisions. This way you can manage your ad campaign yourself.

Google’s objective is to encourage clicks. But getting more clicks for Google doesn’t automatically mean more customers and sales for your company – those are likely your objectives. That’s why human interaction is also valuable.

It is essential that you keep watching and analyzing your conversion rates and discuss with your team. Even though AI is useful, don’t overlook your own intelligence and strategy. Your sales depend on it.

To explore this deeper, get in touch with our team at Amauta Marketing.

September means it’s time to go back to school, and for Amauta Marketing, it means new additions to its client roster. We are proud to announce Kid Car New York, Montreal SOS Ticket and Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University have retained the services of Amauta Marketing to increase their digital awareness and reach high quality Internet users with targeted Google Ads campaigns.

Kid Car specializes in the safe transport of kids in New York City and supplies cars with child seats adapted to their age group. Kid Car drivers are trained to install these seats correctly and are particularly sensitive to the needs of this young clientele. The company has asked Amauta Marketing to help increase the number of app downloads in the US market.

SOS Ticket provides legal aid for car owners in ticket cases. The company is active in the Montreal market and represents those who wish to contest verdicts against them. Their digital marketing needs include increasing its web presence and they have asked Amauta Marketing to create a tailor-made advertising strategy with Google Ads.

Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is known worldwide as one of the leading management schools. Its digital marketing objective is to increase its visibility with potential students in the United-States, Great-Britain, China and India, and they have asked Amauta Marketing to help them reach these markets.

The whole Amauta Marketing team is proud to be associated with these three prestigious clients and to assist them with using our digital marketing strategy and experience to build their brands

The optimization of your PPC strategy is essential to maintain or improve your ad campaign’s performance on search engines. Knowing what steps to take or where to start can be confusing, so here are some tips on how to optimize your PPC campaign:

 

  1. Keywords

In a PPC campaign, keyword selection is paramount. To choose your keywords, focus on those that appear in the largest volume of search. It is best to limit yourself to 15-20 keywords per ad group. Poorly chosen keywords can cost you money, so it is a good idea to have a web marketing expert to help you. To learn more, read our blog posting on keywords.

 

  1. Search words vs. negative keywords

It is important to regularly review your list of search words and the keywords being used by Internet users. You could be surprised by what you find.

You want to be vigilant about what search words you DO NOT want to be targeting in order to optimize your ROI. This is called negative keywords, which lets you exclude search terms from your campaign in order to only target the right customers and increase clickthrough. This list of negative keywords can be shared among all your Google Ads campaigns.

We recommend that you list all the negative keywords you want: such as products or services close to yours but you don’t offer, words linked to job postings, names of your competitors, scandals or sensitive subjects you don’t want to associate your company with.

 

  1. Ad Testing

In all marketing initiatives, testing is recommended to maintain effectiveness. Web advertising allows testing opportunities like no other medium. You can create 3-4 banner ads (with different visual and copy elements) for the same keyword groups and then see how their clickthrough performance compares. You can then get a better return on investment. Repeat this process as often as needed, and remember, Google Ads uses an ad rotation system that shows the ads that are performing best throughout your campaign.

 

  1. Geotargeting

This may seem logical, but do not forget to indicate the geographical area in which you wish to have your ads shown. If you only provide services to the Montreal area, it doesn’t make sense to target the whole planet. If you analyze the Geographical Report and conclude that some Internet users are coming from locations that you do not want to target, you can exclude those locations (city, region, country etc.) the same way you do for negative keywords. This avoids wasting your advertising budget.

 

  1. Conversions

Conversions are considered customer actions that your company believes are valuable. They can include purchases, signups, downloads, web page visits or lead generation. To optimize your tracking of conversion actions, consider the following questions:

  • Does your conversion follow-up work?
  • Does the conversion action align with your company’s most important KPI (Key Performance Indicator)?
  • Is the conversion tag on the correct page of your web site or is the Google Analytics corresponding to the correct page and action?
  • Are you tracking too many conversions?

Web marketing experts recommend you follow no more than two conversion actions on Google Ads. For example, for an e-commerce website, it could be sales (a primary KPI) and shopping cart add-ons (a secondary KPI).

In contrast, with Google Analytics, you can follow secondary conversion actions like newsletter signups, downloads of a catalogue or activity on a chat.

The problem with following too many conversions is that each one has a different value; therefore, the overall picture can give a distorted perspective on your actual return on investment of your advertising dollars.

  1. Budgets

A PPC budget requires monitoring and regular adjustments which means you should allocate your budget according to the ad campaign or keywords performance. Keep in mind, often the name of your company or your brand has a high conversion rate, but this doesn’t mean you should invest more on these keywords. The more targeted for conversion, the better.

Bonus Tip: Bing Ads now offers a tool to estimate conversions based on your budget to make it easier and quicker to optimize your budget.

 

Final Advice

Improving and optimizing your PPC campaign is an on-going process based on Internet users behavior and search trends over time. The more you carefully target your keywords and ads, the more you improve your campaign’s performance and optimize your budget.

If you don’t have the time, patience, or knowledge to manage your Google Ads campaign, Amauta Marketing is here to ensure the best possible return on your investment based on your budget.

 

Large format text ads are showing up on Google Ads. Are you enthusiastic? But, more importantly, are you ready? Large format text ads are one of the more important big changes from Google Ads. Imagine that Google will soon double the size of the text of its ads. What’s the big change? Here are 10 features marketing professionals should look for:

  1. What’s a large format text ad?

Large format text ads will be twice as long than regular ads. This new advertising format is designed to maximize your presence and performance in mobile search results with a larger headline and descriptions that are 80 characters longer. It is mobile adapted advertising which will work on both mobile devices and desktops as well.

Large format text ads can adapt to both mobile and desktop devices and their format adapts directly to their screen sizes. Google has started to test these new ads in the second trimester of 2016.

  1. Why did Google make this change?

Google announced this new format as one of the more important changes in text ads since the launch of the Adwords platform 15 years ago. A few months ago, Google started thinking about what Adwords advertising would look like if it was created for the mobile world of today. Today more than half of the billion annual searches on Google come from a mobile device.

Google made a giant leap by creating a unified experience for the different devices in February when it stopped advertising on the right side of the computer screens. Following all restrictions generated by the end of advertising in the right column, this addition seems to be a natural progression following large format headlines introduced in 2011.

  1. What is the size of these large format text ads?

These large format ads are twice as long (precisely 47% longer) as standard advertising. Actually, you have a total of 140 characters and an advertising space to use, marking the end of 25-35-25 limits. Twitter has made no comment regarding the 140 characters adopted by Google.

Make sure to put each added character to use. Create attractive and relevant ads which Internet users won’t be able to resist clicking.

  1. How do large format text ads look?

Here’s how large format text ads look like in Google Ads interface:

  1. What is the new headline length?

You have the ability of posting 2 x 30 characters headlines with large format text ads. Don’t forget that your ad headline is the element users are most inclined to notice. When it shows on search result pages, your ad title fields are combined and separated by a hyphen. Previously, headlines were limited to 25 characters, which means a 140% increase.

  1. How much have descriptions grown?

You now have an 80 characters description line versus 35 characters previously, which is an increase of 14%.

  1. What are the changes with advertising links?

Google Ads will automatically extract the domain of the final URL. You will be able to add 2 paths to multiply advertising links (up to 15 characters). It is suggested to use this path field to help users see your ads and be able to have a more precise idea of the page of your website they will access. Text that you use should not necessarily contain your website URL, but it should be linked to the content of your landing page.

  1. Does it improve conversion rates?

Of course, more text brings more ad visibility. The first reports show that large format text ads provide a click rate of up to 20%. Click rate is even more important when we add to the ads an advertisement and an extension with a telephone number.

  1. When will these new ads be available?

As of now, large format text ads are available for advertising professionals. Google has announced that it will remove standard text ads as of January 31, 2017. You should therefore transform your standard advertisement into large format text ads by this date.

  1. What should be expected from large format text ads?

You will increase your quality score immediately. Quality score is already an important measure in a Google Ads account, but it will become even more important.

In conclusion, large format text ads offer you:

  • 2 headline fields (up to 30 characters each)
  • A larger description field (up to 80 characters)
  • A URL to be displayed including the domain of your final URL
  • 2 optional field paths used in the URL to be displayed in the ad (up to 15 characters)

You will have to make sure that your text ads have been rewritten to benefit from this new format.

Google offers you twice as much space with these new large format text ads so be ready to optimize it to your benefit.

PPC advertising is an online marketing technique for search engines. Companies using this technique pay each time an Internet user clicks on their ad to visit their website. Its biggest advantage is that visitors are brought to their website immediately. However, there are many traps to avoid. Here are 9 of the most common mistakes preventing companies from getting maximum benefit out of their PPC campaigns.

 

Mistake #1: Not targeting by geographical zone

Whether you’re a local or international company, geotargeting your audience is extremely important. Avoid unnecessary expenses and only target regions that offer a maximum return on your investment. For small companies, a maximum return can only happen in a 30-kilometer radius on average. Furthermore, companies selling high-end services can benefit from a return on their investment by targeting high-end regions. Finally, big companies benefit by adapting their campaigns by country. A wide range of factors should be considered and can play a direct role in the campaign performance: such as available revenue, needs, spending habits, currency value, etc.

Mistake #2: Forgetting to remove undesirable websites

The excluding option allows you to remove partner sites with low yields originating from Display Search Network. Avoid losing thousands of dollars by removing websites or pages that are not a direct link with your target audience. To do so, select Networks tab then select Show All Details link beside Automatic Placements and remove all underperforming or undesirable websites.

Mistake #3 : Ignoring keywords corresponding options

Often times, PPC newcomers do not know the existence of the four corresponding keywords types. These options allow control over which searches will trigger the ad display and maximize client’s campaigns and budgets.

Here is an example with “Red Kite” as keywords:

  • Exact keywords: This type of search allows you to precisely target a particular group of potential clients. All searches with the exact expression « Red Kite » will trigger the ad display.
  • Exact expression: Searches containing one of the exact keywords, an expression or a variation will trigger the ad display. For example: “Red Kite” or “Miami Red Kite”
  • Large request: This type of search allows you to display your ad to a very large audience. Searches containing typos and synonyms, associated searches and other pertinent variations will trigger the ad display. For example: “Kite” or “Ki-te”.
  • Large request modifying: Searches containing modified expression (or close variations but no synonyms) will trigger an ad display regardless of the order in which expressions are captured. For example +Ki+te.

There are many ways to create keywords. Keep in mind that a large keywords search is often less expensive than an exact keywords search and that it can be relatively well controlled with the exclusion of negative keywords. You can therefore do a larger search with lower offers while diminishing the search volume and doing another search with higher offers while using exact keywords. The trick is to simply keep those that work best in the campaign and put on pause those that perform less.

Mistake #4: Not using negative keywords 

Negative keywords are your filters. The addition of negative keywords is simple, it will make your life easier and will diminish search volume. You can find a long list through Google keywords tool in the tab “Keywords” and selecting “See all search expressions”.

Mistake #5: Not separating the two types of campaigns

Here we can only blame Google. Google strongly suggests to new Google Ads campaign creators to choose a Search Campaign. Google is of the opinion that a Display Campaign would be too complicated to manage for a newcomer. It is incredibly wise for companies to have segmented campaigns in relation to a Search Campaign. The reason is simple: in all likelihood, the performance will be definitely better in the search network with Selective Display. The separation of these campaigns offers maximum control on budget allocation, which allows you to harvest a higher return on investment in the first steps of the campaign. After maxing out your investment budget, it is logical to start developing the display network. A quick solution is to copy your campaign in Google Ads Editor, to rename your campaigns based on the network and to adjust the selected networks in the parameters tab.

Mistake #6: Selecting keywords with weak targeting

Lots of companies make the mistake of choosing too vague and too large keywords. Word relevance is paramount in PPC advertising if one wants to have a good return on investment. For example, a company selling cheese has “appetizer” as a keyword. Even though cheese could be considered an appetizer, the word appetizer is too large and too many elements can be included in that category: canapés, shrimp bites, macaroons, deviled eggs, etc. It is way more efficient to choose keywords that communicate not only the product or service (cheddar cheese, goat cheese) but also the intention (in this case “online fine cheese”). These better targeted keywords will bring back a higher yield.

  • Large request: This type of search allows you to display your ad to a very large audience. Searches containing typos and synonyms, associated searches and other pertinent variations will trigger the ad display. For example: “Kite” or “Ki-te”.
  • Large request modifying: Searches containing modified expression (or close variations but no synonyms) will trigger an ad display regardless of the order in which expressions are captured. For example +Ki+te.

There are many ways to create keywords. Keep in mind that a large keywords search is often less expensive than an exact keywords search and that it can be relatively well controlled with the exclusion of negative keywords. You can therefore do a larger search with lower offers while diminishing the search volume and doing another search with higher offers while using exact keywords. The trick is to simply keep those that work best in the campaign and put on pause those that perform less.

Mistake #4: Not using negative keywords 

Negative keywords are your filters. The addition of negative keywords is simple, it will make your life easier and will diminish search volume. You can find a long list through Google keywords tool in the tab “Keywords” and selecting “See all search expressions”.

Mistake #5: Not separating the two types of campaigns

Here we can only blame Google. Google strongly suggests to new Google Ads campaign creators to choose a Search Campaign. Google is of the opinion that a Display Campaign would be too complicated to manage for a newcomer. It is incredibly wise for companies to have segmented campaigns in relation to a Search Campaign. The reason is simple: in all likelihood, the performance will be definitely better in the search network with Selective Display. The separation of these campaigns offers maximum control on budget allocation, which allows you to harvest a higher return on investment in the first steps of the campaign. After maxing out your investment budget, it is logical to start developing the display network. A quick solution is to copy your campaign in Google Ads Editor, to rename your campaigns based on the network and to adjust the selected networks in the parameters tab.

Mistake #6: Selecting keywords with weak targeting

Lots of companies make the mistake of choosing too vague and too large keywords. Word relevance is paramount in PPC advertising if one wants to have a good return on investment. For example, a company selling cheese has “appetizer” as a keyword. Even though cheese could be considered an appetizer, the word appetizer is too large and too many elements can be included in that category: canapés, shrimp bites, macaroons, deviled eggs, etc. It is way more efficient to choose keywords that communicate not only the product or service (cheddar cheese, goat cheese) but also the intention (in this case “online fine cheese”). These better targeted keywords will bring back a higher yield.

Mistake #7: Not testing your ads

Testing ads is part of a PPC campaign development process. This step is indispensable to determine which words, sentences, and final offers to call out to your target audience. It allows you to improve and optimize campaign performances. For starter, try to test 3 ads per ad group. Test first 3 different ad models. Once you have 300 clicks sampling per ad, you should be able to start determining keywords performance and underperformance. Make sure to not only evaluate click rates. A high click rate can indeed affect a campaign even though it doesn’t generate conversions. For the second phase of testing, experiment by refining your keywords to generate more conversions. You should notice that by using strong adjectives such as “powerful” or “free”, your ad generates more positive results. Once again, keep your first winning ad as a model.

Mistake #8: Sending Internet users to the home page

The PPC golden rule is to control the user experience as much as possible. Use research, tests and analysis to discover exactly what makes them tick. Provide an attractive visual experience in response to their needs. If you send a user to the home page, you will see your budget quickly fly away when they click on your “Mission Statement” or “Site Plan” before leaving the page. Instead, use a landing page as close as possible to their search intentions. This should include heads, content, copy, images, and call to action buttons.

Mistake #9: Not following up on conversion

What abruptly ends a PPC campaign is the absence of conversion follow up. Conversion data is important because it allows users to quickly understand the campaign, ad groups and keyword’s financial return. This data affects all aspects of ad campaign optimizing from performance tests to landing pages up to bidding adjustments.

 

 

Fibrobec, the most important manufacturer of fiberglass boxes for pickup trucks, have chosen Amauta Marketing to develop a web marketing campaign to improve its reputation and elevate its web presence. The Beloeil company has recently won the Bronze Award at « Les Médaillés de la relève » in the entrepreneurial succession category. It is the first prize Fibrobec has won in a business competition and the management wishes to build the resources to repeat this success. “Following a record year in 45 years, we wish to support our growth by implementing a new products marketing and development strategy over the next three years. We hope that our web marketing campaigns created by Amauta Marketing will accelerate our breakthrough into the American market”, explained Frederic Albert, CEO of Fibrobec. Amauta Marketing is tasked with implementing a web advertising strategy to help and assist Fibrobec in the development of the American market.

 

About Amauta Marketing Inc.

Amauta Marketing is a Google Partner Certified web marketing agency based in Montreal (Quebec). Through custom web strategies and a focus on results, it allows its clientele to increase their web visibility and maximize return on their investment. Amauta has delivered a list of web projects with strong added value for prestigious clients such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK, Bell Canada, Mega Bloks, Birks, Le Club d’Investisseurs Immobiliers du Québec, Salades Sensations and Averna. For more information please visit: www.amautamarketing.com

 

About Fibrobec Industries inc.

Founded in 1972, Fibrobec/SpaceKap is the most important manufacturer of fiberglass boxes for pickup trucks either for commercial or leisure purposes. The Beloeil company has more than fifty employees and since 1992 has produced SpaceKap, the transferable service body, created with the collaboration of famous automobile designer, Paul Deutschman. The company offers products answering the needs of general contractors, electricians and plumbers but also of all trades looking for a transferable and versatile service vehicle. Over the last forty years, Fibrobec/SpaceKap has produced and delivered almost 250,000 units of its popular pickup boxes in North America. Fibrobec/SpaceKap owns a branch in Quebec City and distributes its products through an important network of North American dealers. For more information, please visit: www.fibrobec.com

For additional information, please contact:

Hernan Cespedes                                            Julie Bourbonnière
Amauta Marketing                                          Media relations, Fibrobec
(514) 907-2131, poste 12                               (514) 993-8530
hcespedes@amautamarketing.com            jbourbonniere@sitrepcom.ca

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