Broad Match Type – Go wild!
Now I am a bit scared of Broad Match. I think it can work wonders for big budgets and clients selling more generic products - but let’s be honest, not all clients have big budgets and some of them need to go specific with their keywords. Long story short, my go-to is usually Phrase Match.
GRWM for a morning in a Paid Media Role
8:00 AM – Wake up, get ready and walk the dog*
8:50 AM – Coffee making and turn on laptop
9:00 AM – Paid accounts health check
And then since mid 2023…
9:30 AM – Wait…why is Phrase Match acting like Broad Match?!
Phrase Match used to be about “query must include your Keyword”, but could include additional information before or after your targeted Keyword. Now the definition is different - ”query must include your Keyword’s meaning”- which would be alright…if the meaning was the same. The problem comes when your Keyword is “luxury shoes” and Google understands same meaning as “Primark shoes”… you get what I mean, right?
Phrase Match Type – Query must include your keyword’s meaning
We’ve noticed this behaviour across accounts from August/September last year, and the thing is that this has also reflected in the Impression Share - not only from the account managed, but also from competitors seen in Auction Insights.
Competitors from Auction Insights for that same campaign
How to mitigate the change in keyword match behaviour?
The thing with Google is that they are not likely to change their approach and we just must work around their updates. In our case, we’ve taken two actions:
- Increase our Search Terms audit frequency and increase Keyword exclusions
- Client feedback is essential to understand what a useful search is and what should be excluded
We’ve already started to see some improvements in Impression Share this quarter and our goal is to optimise further in the upcoming months. It is all about the optimisation!
Let us know your experience - and of course, if you need any help, just shout!
*In case all you care about is the dog…say Hola to Perri!