Kelly McGuigan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Kenshoo
Average position, one of the original Google AdWords metrics is going away. Search position metrics are new to Google as a way for advertisers to better understand how and where their ads are being shown to consumers.
Back in November, Google announced four new search ad position metrics would be rolling out that would provide more detail beyond the average position metric long provided to advertisers.
The latest announcement from Google is that the average position metric will be sunsetted in September and replaced with new metrics that will give advertisers more visibility where their ad actually appears on the page, versus average position which only described the order in which an ad showed compared to other ads. For Kenshoo clients, these new search position metrics in Google Ads means new opportunities for improved transparency into bid positioning, enhanced reporting and, of course, optimization.
The definition of average position, showing how an advertiser’s ad ranked against other ads, has long lacked specificity and visibility to the advertiser for some time. For example, a 1.7 average position meant your ad usually appears in position 1 or 2, but it didn’t necessarily mean that your ad was at the top of the page, merely it was the first ad on the page.
With this change, we see a lot of opportunities for our clients to leverage the new and improved measurement and this new capability of targeting.
Here are a few examples:
Kenshoo recommends you monitor your CPCs and CTRs as you start, to see how this change impacts your marketing performance. Working closely with Google, Kenshoo is already analyzing and tracking these new metrics to determine all of the opportunities for including these metrics into optimization and reporting.
In the meantime, Kenshoo clients can be confident that their optimization programs will continue unchanged as these new metrics are added to the Kenshoo platform. Additionally, we recommend advertisers work with the Kenshoo team to start thinking about how these new metrics will relate to the objectives/results/ROI.
For some strategies, physical location on the page is key to impression share and success. For others, it may be a less important variable to consider during optimization but will allow more insight into areas such as the brand value of search
As Google plans to sunset the previous average position in September in favor of these new metrics, Kenshoo will continue analyzing these observations across our clients and will be providing updates in the coming weeks and months.
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