Google Ads: 18 Tips on How to Write Effective Text Ads [+Infographic]

15.10.2018 0

Why is it important to write an effective text ad?

It’s a well-known fact:

First impressions matter a lot.

In business, your ad copy helps to create the first impression of your brand in the eyes of consumers. Not to mention that a compelling text ad helps you drive more clicks and ultimately results in more conversions.

Therefore, we collected the most effective tips on how to write Google text ads and compiled an infographic based on that. Continue reading to learn 18 Google Ads ad copy guidelines, in particular:

  • Best ad copy examples
  • Valuable PPC ads statistics
  • Companies who write killer text ads

In the end, you will find an infographic summarizing all text ads tips.

1. Get into the mind of your buyers

Before you start writing, make sure you know what your target audience is looking for. Ask yourself:

  • What problems are they experiencing?
  • How does your product or service solve their problems?
  • What questions might they have about your product?

This will help you to create the right and effective ad copy that resonates with your audience.

google ads example

Harvest knows that time tracking is a pain point for many teams and highlights it in the ad copy.

2. Include a call to action

In order to drive more clicks, it’s important to tell customers what they can do on your site once they click your ad.

Can they book an appointment? Or make a purchase?

call to action in marketing example

Anaplan explicitly states that a user can book a demo after landing on the website.

Tip: 

Include an actionable verb and time constraints to speed up the process of making an action, for example:

“Buy now! Sale ends Wednesday.”

A study by WordStream revealed that the most popular CTA in the top performing ads are “get”, “buy” and “shop”.

Popular Call to Action Button Google

3. Appeal to customers on mobile

The reality of 2018:

52.2% of all worldwide online traffic was generated through mobile phones (according to Blue Corona)

Therefore, ensure the landing page associated with your ad is mobile-friendly.

Pro tip:

Use Google’s phone numbers extension to allow customers to instantly call you after spotting your ad.

Take a look at how London based lawyers apply it.

mobile extension in google

4. Include special offers

If you have a limited-time discount or a special offer, don’t forget to mention it in your ad copy to make it more enticing.

By mentioning the 60% sale, Cockney Rebel Fashions’ drives more attention to the ad.

5. Match your ad to your landing page content

Look:

A study by Unbounce found that 98% of 300 different landing pages did not correctly align the ad message match.

People might abandon your website if they don’t find what they expect.

Too true.

That’s why you need to make sure that the promotions or products mentioned in your ad are included on your landing page.

6. Don't overcomplicate

Use simple language to avoid alienating your clients before they even click on your ad.

This essentially means avoiding the following aspects:

  • Intimidating buzzwords
  • Acronyms
  • Difficult grammatical structures

7. Highlight what makes you stand out

Do you provide free shipping? Or perhaps an outstanding customer support?

Make sure to mention it in your ad copy to describe how you’re better than your competitors.

Marketing automation tool LianaCEM

A 7-day customer support for our Middle East customers is a great competitive advantage and we clearly state it in our ads.

8. Place relevant keywords

Include your keywords in the headline, URL or in the description to make your ad more relevant to the searcher’s intent.

This will also increase the quality score of your ad in the long run.

keywords in google

Zoho includes the relevant keyword in the headline, URL, and description of the ad.

9. Mention pricing (if relevant)

Mentioning numbers in your ad copy can give you a great edge.

A study by Conductor confirms this.

study by conductor on headline preferences in marketing


Thus, pointing out your pricing can definitely drive more clicks.

But:

Be careful in terms of your competition. Rivals can drop their prices after spotting your ad.

10. Pursue urgency

Creating a sense of urgency can increase sales by up to 332%.

Let’s face it:

Urgency compels us to take action.

You can pursue urgency by setting a countdown in an ad text, especially if you have a special sale or offer. Consider the following example by Red Wing Store.

example of countdown in marketing

(Image source)

Read instructions on the Google Ads Support site on how to set up a countdown in a text ad.

11. Use ad extensions

Increase your CTR by including extra information about your business – by adding an ad extension.

These can be your company’s location, phone number, business ratings and much more.

Here’s the list of 10 Google Ads extensions you should be using.

Location extension

To cater to the users who are always on the go, this pizza place from Chicago uses the location extension.

12. Experiment

Fact:

Google ads are rotated automatically to show the best-performing ads more often.

That’s why it is a good practice to run several ad campaigns to find what words convert best.

In general, it is recommended to have from 3 to 5 ads per ad group to achieve reliable results.

Some ideas for PPC ads split tests you can try:

  • Placing your CTA in different locations
  • Comparing different CTA’s
  • Experimenting with pricing and special offers in your copy
  • Trying different URL paths
  • Highlighting different benefits of your business

13. Address your audience directly

Have you wondered how to strengthen your bond with customers?

Use the power words “you” and “your” in your ad copy.

Addressing your audience directly will make them feel important and, as a result, make them click your ad.

You can add the power words in the headline (like Networktherapy did):

addressing the audience in marketing

Or place them in the description (the same way as SeoProfiler)

addressing the audience in marketing

14. Check spelling

When it comes to punctuation, Wordstream has found out that exclamation points and commas are the most common for both branded and non-branded ads.

You can try different punctuation styles or use symbols, however, make sure they meet editorial standards.

Complying with Google’s editorial policy is a must in order for your ad to be approved.

Here’s the list of Google’s professional and editorial standards.

15. Use emotional triggers

Research proves:

The most effective advertising campaigns are based on emotional drivers.

examples of emotions in marketing

(Source)

By leveraging emotional triggers in your ad copy, you can start building a trustworthy relationship with your potential clients even before they engage with your brand.

16. Be brave

Have you received a prestigious award? Do you have a special recognition from an authoritative company in your field?

Let the world know about it.

Look at how NetSuite puts it:

example of bravery in marketing

In fact, mobile searches for “best” have grown over 80 percent in the past 2 years (According to Google, 2017).

17. Use all your space

Remember:

From now on, Google Ads gives you three 30-character headlines plus two 90-character description fields.

Make the most out of it by packing all the information and relevant keywords you can into this space.

18. Take into account the customer journey

Think about it when writing your next ad:

Is it the first interaction with your business or has a client known you for some time already?

This will help you to shape the right tone for your ad copy.

In the following example, the ad is targeted to users who abandoned a shopping cart on a website. Thus, the ad description is customized for this retargeting list.

marketing automation tool lianacem user interface

The ad is created with our marketing automation platform LianaCEM. Thanks to our new Google Ads integration, you can create Google Ads campaigns right in LianaCEM interface.

Google tips infographic

Want to learn how to create your own Google Ads with less effort? Book a consultation with our experts now!

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