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Posted 14 September 2006 - 05:07 PM
Alan and Jim...two of the most calm people I know.
This PPC stuff the engines are doing must really be BAD!
Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:15 PM
Balancing those two things is a pain.
I love the best when Google make suggestions, one accepts them, and they are then disabled. Classic!
But my favourite of all is one client that sells flags. To rank for pakistan flag, I have to bid $2.70. For Uzbekhistan flag, $1.60, and India flag, $2. I still don't get why (except that these countries tend to be, um, on the riskier side one guesses).
Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:53 AM
I actually was calm in my comments about MSN (excuse me) Microsoft Adcenter.
You have no idea what I've been through with these guys!!!!
Posted 16 September 2006 - 01:00 AM
Posted 16 September 2006 - 09:13 AM
How about strange billing policies. I try to keep out of those YSM accounts but a colleague did a little adjustment to the budget and the client gets billed *in advance* for a whole hypothetical month's worth of clicks. That's fun when the client calls at 5 a.m. your time to freak out about a $2,000 credit card charge that inexplicably Yahoo hits you with when you make a little budget tweak (well before that budget is spent).
That makes me crazy! I just had the same situation with a client site - this group prefered NOT to have 'large chunks' charged to their credit card at Y's whim, so its a situation where we just keep a close eye on it and add $$ accordingly (plenty, mind you).
Ads were running fine - based on REALITY (account/click history) there was enough $$ in the account to run the ads for at least another 10 days. Out of the blue the Ads disappeared - why? Because HYPOTHETICALLY there could be more clicks than the $$ would cover!?! Y's answer to this non-existent issue was to keep the $$ already in the account and hold the ads hostage until we payed MORE MORE MORE for clicks that may or may not occur.
Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:02 PM
Here's the catch. For our business, adCenter has a higher CTR and better conversion. I don't know whether some of that is due to the "savvy user" issue where less savvy users keep the default IE homepage. Whatever it is, (shrug), it works.
We have just started using Quigo, and I'm really concerned about their CPCs. When a PPC program tells me I can bid 40 cents to $3, I feel like I"m just flinging money out the window.
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