Recently one of my clients asked me how he can get his Google Adwords listings to include the review counts as shown above for AutoPartsWarehouse.com. I wanted to write a post to make a distinction between Google Seller Rating (shown above) and the newly released Google Boost. Google Adwords should be a part of all dealer's automotive advertising strategies.
In the example above, Google Seller Ratings are included on Google Adwords campaigns. Google Boost is not Adwords and it is controlled from within Google Places. Secondly, the Google Seller Ratings has a number of parameters that must be met in order to qualify for "star" treatment.
Google Boost is a way to create a simple ad based on your data in Google Places. If you have good consumer reviews on your Google Places listing, I recommend that you test Google Boost.
We have been collecting data on Google Boost campaigns and I will be sharing the data from various tests at the upcoming 2nd Annual Automotive Marketing Boot Camp. I'll be conducting a workshop on Automotive SEO and Google Places optimization and Boost will be part of the curriculum.
Seller rating extensions does this by attaching your merchant star rating from Google Product Search to your AdWords ads. These star ratings, aggregated from review sites all around the web, allow people to find merchants that are highly recommended by online shoppers like them.
If your online store is rated in Google Product Search, you have 4 or more stars, and you have at least 30 reviews, you’ll automatically get seller ratings with your ads. What’s more, you’ll only be charged if someone clicks on the headline of your ad - clicks on the review link are free.
With increased competition for online advertising space, it is clear to me that Seller Ratings can make a difference on which paid ads will be clicked. There are so many ways to tweak and enhance your online advertising strategies so keep up on your reading and digital marketing education!
If you like to learn more about Automotive SEM, come out to the Automotive Marketing Boot Camp, April 16-18th in Orlando for great hands on training and cutting edge strategies. You can see the full schedule of classes at http://www.automotivemarketingbootcamp.com.
Brian Pasch, CEO
PCG Digital Marketing