In the next few days, Google will ”sunset” the average position metric from their ads platform. There is an ongoing debate if this move is designed to work to Google’s advantage (i.e creating the illusion of unlimited ad space in the SERPs thus encouraging more participation and ad spend from advertisers), or if it is better for the advertisers (relative positions across differing screen sizes and devices render average position obsolete, and new metrics handle this better). The reasons are likely a combination of the two, and the answer will lie in longer-term results and adopting the change into your management strategies.
So the metrics Google has earmarked over the last year or so in preparation for this are:
Straight away you can see that establishing where your ads are showing is going to be a slightly more complex task than simply counting down from the top of the page! Bearing in mind average position is about as fundamental to paid search as clicks and cost, there are going to be a more than a few PPC old timers like myself wondering what the long term outcome will be – let alone how advertisers will reconcile the fee that they pay vs. position the ad is awarded etc.
But that’s for speculation further down the road. What is important to us here at Goldladder is that we carry out preparations in advance of the change, and have a roadmap ready for when we come out on the other side. Most of these steps are common sense and can easily be adapted into your plan too.
Pre-change actions (do it now!)
The tasks here concern data collection ready for comparative analysis of old metrics against new:
Post change checklist (ready to go in next few days)
These tasks seek to protect your search market share against immediate threats:
Follow up milestones
Results of tracking the changes and consultancy for business metrics going forwards:
Thanks for reading and best of luck with it all -as always, if Goldladder can assist you in achieving campaign success, do let us know!