Aug 21 2015 | by SARA CRESSWELL
If you have Gmail, you will no doubt have noticed the introduction of paid for advertising that has been appearing in inboxes since the new tabbed format was introduced in the summer of 2013.
In recent months, the ability to advertise in this space has been rolled out to selected agencies in beta format. This has resulted in companies having access to a brand new channel to reach new customers, as well as being able to reach out to existing customers with new products and services.
Gmail advertising is accessible across all devices and works in two parts - a teaser advert that appears in the top of the promotions tab, and a full advert that opens when users click on the teaser ad, giving you 100% of the advertising space.
Anyone who is familiar with managing PPC or Google Display Network campaigns will find the addition of Gmail very straightforward as the process is exactly the same - you set a daily budget and pay each time someone clicks on your ad. Just be aware that with Gmail advertising you pay for a click from the teaser advert to the main advert rather than from the main advert to the website, so not all clicks will result in a website visitor.
Within the Gmail panel, there are three different advertising options that suit different objectives:
If you are promoting a number of products then the multiple product promotion layout will work best as you can include multiple links through to different landing pages on your website. However, if you are selling something more complex that requires explanation then the image layout will be most effective. This acts as a landing page and gives more space to promote the product or service, though can only include one link due to its image format.
As with most forms of advertising, there is plenty of scope for targeting within Gmail advertising, and options include:
Combinations of these can be targeted too, for example, people aged between 25 and 34 who are interested in fishing. Just be aware that when combining targeting, the audience reach will become smaller and so your adverts may result in lower impressions.
The great thing about Gmail is that because it is still only in beta, not everyone has access to it and therefore competition for space is very low. This has a positive impact on value for money, with some of our clients seeing cost per click up to 64% cheaper and cost per conversion up to 77% cheaper than other advertising methods.
The specific targeting options also allow companies to ensure their adverts are seen by the customers most likely to convert, therefore leading to very good success rates. One of our clients has seen non-branded adverts with click through rates of close to 10%, much higher than even Google’s benchmark of 4.5% for their industry, indicating that if the adverts are pitched correctly Gmail can offer an excellent return on investment.
So if you are feeling inspired to give Gmail advertising a go, here are AlphaQuad’s top tips for success!
If you would like AlphaQuad to help promote your company through Gmail Advertising then please get in touch and we will be happy to advise!
Gmail advertising - everything you need to know