As 2017 draws to a close, another exciting and interesting year of PPC marketing will conclude soon. PPC landing pages still hold strong, but the other trends in pay per click marketing are worth analyzing as well. That also means it is time to anticipate the future landscape and direction of paid search, with some help of the smartest guys in the industry. Voice search and artificial intelligence were two of the hottest topics in 2017, and it is likely that we will hear plenty more about them in the next year, as well as PPC landing pages.
In 2018, Ilya Cherepakhin predicts that PPC marketers will get pushed on two important fronts. They will unleash the intelligence and power of audience management and make inroads into voice search. Although there are other challenges, such as smart bidding automation, multi-channel attribution and cross-device analytics, he contends that voice search and audience management are likely to open up bigger frontiers for success, besides the good old PPC landing pages.
Voice search, though still evolving, cannot be overlooked. Marketers will have to rethink and devise new strategies for natural presence and PPC. This is because voice technology will tap into a considerably different kind of user behavior compared to that of an average mobile user. The use of existing mobile search technique will not be enough. It would be essential to have new and more relevant marketing objectives, reconsider the type of products and services that are more suitable for voice users, and come up with better mobile experiences for these users.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a buzzword in the current year. In 2018, it will become an even bigger element of marketing workflows. A lot has been said about Google introducing the use of AI for both conversion optimization and attribution modeling. However, over the course of 2018, use of Google’s AI is expected to skyrocket. Many bid management platforms have started to adopt artificial intelligence into their algorithms too.
Although AI is driving better performance and outcomes, it is important to keep in mind that at the end of the day, human interaction is very crucial. Over-reliance on AI can lead to a few big shakeups. In 2018, we can continue to anticipate more improvements in the automation of PPC fueled by more sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning. What experts find most exciting probably is that PPC advertisers will have much more options compared to the past to leverage the technology. This is because it is getting integrated into many third-party tools.
It is also expected that more marketers will add long-tail keywords in their search account, and strive to better understand if there is sufficient difference between regular text searches and voice search to justify additional builds. Although experts guess that there would only be relatively small gains, plenty of marketers expect the incremental gains will make it easier for them to attain their 2018 goals.
According to Jeff Baum, an important trend for many PPC marketers to concentrate on in 2018 will be the adoption of machine learning. With upgrade to its ad rotation settings, smart bidding technologies, and the roll out of numerous smart display campaigns, Google has indicated that machine learning will be crucial for improving performance.