Google

A surprisingly large number of online advertisers and businesses set the location of their PPC adverts towards the United Kingdom and then forget about their ads. Using IP addresses and a number of signals, search engines such as Google have a very good idea where each IP address is located within the UK. This allows for a very clever feature in Adwords which allows you to target your PPC advertising to particular locations.

Google Adwords can pin-point ads in many locations from region, to country level, to county level to city level and even postcode level.  This is done at the campaign level of the account.

To apply this, log into your Google Adwords account and select your campaign.

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Once in your campaign, click Settings along the top menu of options.

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It’s important to then click Edit in the Type section of the Campaign Settings screen and change the campaign type from Standard to All features. This will allow you to get the most out location targeting for your PPC advertising with functions such as Bid Adjustments which we’ll discuss later.

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Click Save. Then once back on the main settings screen, click Edit in the Locations section to bring up you current targeted locations for your PPC campaign.

When you click Advanced Search, you will have a range of options to edit and set your location targeting for your PPC advertising campaign. There will be Search, Radius Targeting, Location Groups and Bulk Locations tabs as demonstrated below.

 

Country level targeting

Simply by entering a particular country into the Search field, you add the option to include or exclude that country from your PPC adverting for that campaign. This will then be added to your criteria. Excluding location is known as negative targeting.

It’s important to know that if one area is included AND excluded the exclusion over-writes the inclusion.

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County/City/Postcode level targeting

It’s also possible drill down further to include or exclude counties, cities and postcodes. As per screenshot above, you can enter specific areas with a country into the Search field and add them to your location targeting criteria. This would be a great tool for businesses such as plumbers that are unable to provide services to locations that are too far away.

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Radius targeting

Another particularly useful tool is Radius targeting which will allow you to target your PPC advertising to an area based on distance.

For example you could set a 20 mile targeting radius around Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. By simply entering a location within the search field under the ‘Radius Targeting’ tab and setting the distance in miles or kilometres, you can be super specific with your location targeting.

 

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Bid Adjustments

It can be established that different areas which your PPC advertising is targeting will convert at different conversion percentages. Also their average order value may be different if you are running an ecommerce website. Bid adjustments on the locations can be made to ensure that budget isn’t being wasted on the lesser converting areas.

Within Settings tab, click on Locations to make Bid Adjustments to the location targeting criteria that you have applied.

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From here you can click on the Bid adj. cell within each of the locations to increase or decrease the percentage of the bid. This will allow you to further monitor your PPC budget by adjusting bids within locations where conversion rates vary.

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You can see how different areas are performing in Google Analytics if goal tracking or conversion tracking is setup correctly. These reports can be found within Audience – Geo – Location of Google Analytics.

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Within these reports you can drill into the locations by region and cities to identify their goal or conversion rates.

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In conclusion, exploring the location campaign settings of your PPC advertising will ensure that they are shown to the right people.  Using bid adjustments on the locations can increase the number of leads and conversions whilst maintaining your current cost-per-lead/conversion as money won’t be wasted. Essentially, this allows your PPC advertising to be more focused, streamlined and well, targeted!

3 responses to “How to Target your PPC Ads for Locations”

  1. Jurij from Latvia says:

    I wonder what will happen to campaigns with target locations = ‘United Kingdom’ when Scotland votes YES.

  2. Good point Jurij, it’ll be interesting to see what Google does if Scotland does go independent! I would guess that Google will swap ‘United Kingdom’ for a carefully named region which covers the same area to minimise disruption, but that’s just a guess.

  3. Venu says:

    Thanks Mr Jonathan Ellins, You have shared valuable Geo target tips. Today onwards I am following you, Please share your valuable experienced knowledge …

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