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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Google’s Valentines Day Sales Tips

Posted by @ 5:52 pm

Last week I wrote about Yahoo’s Super Bowl sales tips, but this time it’s Google who are offering advice for another seasonal sales event: Valentines Day. They’ve released a number of AdWords based suggestions on how you can pull in more customers this Valentines Day.

From the Google Retail Tips blog:

  • Target key age and gender demographics with unique Valentine’s Day ad texts, keywords & landing pages
  • Launch your campaigns early to meet increased search traffic
  • Add both branded & non-branded keywords.
  • Use Google insights for search to investigate your own product categories to see what searchers are interested in
  • Expand keyword lists using the Search-Based Keyword Tool
  • Use the Google Content Network to reach your target demographic and complement your search campaigns
  • Consider placing your Content ads on complementary sites; remember to target gifts for women on men’s sites and vice versa
  • Use the Display Ad Builder to easily create image ads
  • Set appropriate CPCs and competitive budgets to anticipate increased traffic

Google have also released a range of Valentines Day display ad templates under the seasonal section of the display ad builder. Here’s an example of one of the templates:

Generally it’s a wise idea to raise your budget over busy seasonal periods or holidays because there will be increased search traffic during these times. If you’re looking to get started with a PPC advertising campaign for Valentines Day, have a look at Easy Search Advertising!

Matthew Elshaw Matt is a marketing professional at, an international search marketing firm. Matt's passion for online marketing began at university and has proved invaluable in steering product development and marketing initiatives at the company. Matt is a regular contributor to the ineedhits search marketing blog.

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