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    Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    I have worked hard to cultivate positive client reviews, and I now enjoy a significant leg up on my competitors as we appear in the 7-pack. My business niche has gone from competitive to uber-competitive in the last 4-5 years and I think I am still missing out on many leads because the 7-pack for my competitive keywords consistently shows below the fold.

    I have created an AdWords ad to try to parlay my good reviews a little further and direct the eye to the 7-pack down the page. It would seem if this strategy works I would "enjoy" a very low click rate which be very nice, but I would guess going forward Google would view the ad as "unproductive' and both limit showings and increase CPC. On the other hand if I have to pay more for clicks on the ad I wouldfigure I am still ahead in getting results from the ad without paying for a click.

    And on this latter point I am concerned and seek input because it is hard to see how the Google greed machine would not punish me in some way eventually.
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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    Hi Stan,

    It's great you're using PPC, in addition to worrying about your "maps" visibility.

    That is not an effective ad. Too many people are going to get lost by looking at that ad. They're going to think the "reviews below" refers to your sitelinks extensions. Or they'll see someone else's ad or Google+ Local listing and forget about you.

    Also, as you alluded to, your CTR and QS are going to be in the gutter.

    An AdWords ad should exist for one reason: to get the click. Of course, you only want to get clicks from the right people, which is why you use things like negatives.

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    I see your point Phil. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my query.

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    My pleasure, Stan. It's a clever approach - just probably too clever for would-be clickers.

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    I agree with Phil. Make your advertising so simple that even the stupidest brain dead clicker would understand it. Not being sarcastic either. Ads should be brain dead simple. Think of an ultra confused brand new internet user who is over 80 years old, the ad should make sense to them

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    Quote Originally Posted by standenman View Post
    I have worked hard to cultivate positive client reviews, and I now enjoy a significant leg up on my competitors as we appear in the 7-pack. My business niche has gone from competitive to uber-competitive in the last 4-5 years and I think I am still missing out on many leads because the 7-pack for my competitive keywords consistently shows below the fold.

    I have created an AdWords ad to try to parlay my good reviews a little further and direct the eye to the 7-pack down the page. It would seem if this strategy works I would "enjoy" a very low click rate which be very nice, but I would guess going forward Google would view the ad as "unproductive' and both limit showings and increase CPC. On the other hand if I have to pay more for clicks on the ad I wouldfigure I am still ahead in getting results from the ad without paying for a click.

    And on this latter point I am concerned and seek input because it is hard to see how the Google greed machine would not punish me in some way eventually.
    Why not use the Adwords Review Ad Extension to do this more effectively? That way, you can display your reviews within the ad unit without confusing users and affecting your CTR.

    https://support.google.com/adwords/a...883?hl=en&rd=1

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    Nice thinking outside the box but AdWords doesn't like outside the box thinking and you'll end up with minimum CPC that's higher than if your ad was optimized legitimately.

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    @Ashwin

    Setting up review extensions doesn't allow you to highlight your Google+ reviews.

    Here's a great thread that reflects exactly what I've experienced so far:

    https://www.en.adwords-community.com...ws/td-p/160384

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    Re: Local Expert Opinions Sought: PPC and "parlaying" reviews in &-Pack

    I agree with Phil. My eye would go to the sitelinks to try and find reviews. I also don't think the message would get me to click.

    So you've been doing this since ? That wouldn't matter to me, honestly, especially since so many others claim "experience."

    What's your customer's pain? Address that.

    This might work better:

    "Disability or ERISA Claim Denied?
    Call Us for a Free Consultation!"

    Kathy Long, Conversion Specialist, SEO, and Web Developer at Kat & Mouse Co.
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