5 Text Ad Strategies That Increase Clicks

5 Text Ad Strategies That Increase Clicks

Now you know some text ad writing basics for your small business, but how can you take your ads to the next level to increase clicks from people searching online? In addition to writing compelling text ad copy, there are a few advanced tactics you can try to optimize your text ads. Here are a few tips to drive more clicks on your text ads from consumers searching for your products or services.

1. Research Your Competitors’ Text Ads

One of the most common requests we hear from our clients is to make their text ads stand out from their competitors’. One way to do this is to research your competitors’ text ads. You can conduct a search for your top keywords and geographic location to see the sponsored ads that are already showing up for that search. First, you need to know what your competitors are advertising, such as a seasonal offer or a special promotion of a product or service. It’s also important to take note of the content and keywords they are including in their ad copy. Then, write ad copy that clearly differentiates your ad from what’s already showing up in the sponsored results for your target keywords and area. And, make sure that if you choose to include an offer or promotion that it’s also present on your landing page, or it could negatively impact your quality score or cost per click.

2.Try Dynamic Keywords

Dynamic keyword insertion is an advanced tactic that can help you increase the clickthrough rate of your text ad. This technique dynamically inserts the specific keyword a consumer searched for into the copy of your ad. And since the consumer is searching for that specific term, they may be more likely to click on your ad if it displays an exact keyword match. If you do use dynamic keywords, ensure that all the keywords you are bidding on make sense when used in your text ad. It’s also important to make sure that all of the possible keywords are relevant to your landing page and destination URL to improve both your quality score and the customer experience when someone clicks on your ad.

3. Create Ad Groups

Creating multiple ad groups enables you to create different text ads for the various types of keywords you are bidding on. Ad groups allow you to be more specific with your text ads to entice more clicks from people searching for the different types of products or services you offer. For instance, a dentist could create one ad group for teeth whitening and another ad group for dental implants. When someone searches for those specific products or services, the text ads that are relevant to those keywords are displayed, helping to increase the chances of a click.

4. Consider Ad Extensions

Available with Google AdWords, ad extensions enable you to include additional information with your text ad that is outside of the word count and text ad format. This not only provides additional space for your text ad copy, but including ad extensions can help improve your clickthrough rate and quality score while providing additional conversion paths for your prospects. There are several types of ad extensions you can take advantage of, including extensions for your location, click-to-call number, site links, and products. For instance, the location extensions will display the physical location, and if your ad appears within the first three positions, your ad will also include a drop-down link to Google Maps. When using ad extensions, it’s also important to select the correct business icons and categories for those extensions that require them.


5. Test Different Text Ads

It’s important to test multiple ads with different products or services, promotions, and keywords in your text ad copy to see what combination works best for your search campaign. You can also test whether dynamic text ads and ad extensions increase the number of clicks you get from your ads.  For instance, you could test one ad that’s enabled for dynamic keyword insertion and one that’s not. After testing different text ads for a couple of months, you’ll have a better idea of what factors have the biggest impact on the performance of your search advertising campaign.

Which of these text ad strategies have you tried? What other tactics do you recommend for optimizing your text ads for clicks?

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Tamara Weintraub

Tamara is a content marketing manager at ReachLocal with over 7 years experience in B2B marketing and has a nerd-level affinity for software and technology. She specializes in helping local businesses succeed online, writing and learning about Google, search advertising, SEO, and social media marketing. When she's not writing about online marketing, you can find her watching cult TV and hanging out with her Doberman.

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