Breaking Up Mobile & Desktop AdWords Campaigns
Greetings fellow AdWords advertisers!
I recently wrote about how to segment and delve into the performance of your mobile campaigns. Today,we’ll expand on that and review some options for different campaigns with different data. Let’s review the three potential possibilities:
Potential Option 1: Mobile is terrible, and you should shut it off immediately (or decrease bids dramatically to see if it converts profitably at a lower cost per click).
Potential Option 2: Mobile is doing significantly better than desktop, and you should increase your mobile bids (more info here on how to adjust mobile bids).
Potential Option 3: Mobile performance is somewhere in the middle (slightly better/worse than desktop), and you’d like to break apart your campaigns and manage them separately.
Option 3 sounds great, but it’s easier said than done. Here’s the problem we’ll encounter when trying to separate mobile and desktop campaigns:
Creating the mobile campaign is a bit trickier. To segment your mobile traffic, follow these steps:
1.) Copy and paste your original ‘Desktop’ campaign in the AdWords Editor, and set the device preference to Mobile
“Wait… what exactly did that do?”
Since you can’t shut off desktop traffic within AdWords, what we’re doing with this technique is slashing ALL bids within the ‘Mobile’ campaign by two thirds (-66%). Then we’re setting a rule that increases all of our mobile bids by 300%. This sets our mobile bids back to the original bid value, but our desktop bids remain drastically decreased. We’d decrease it by more than 66% to ensure that it was entirely shut off, but keep in mind that the maximum we can increase mobile bids by is 300%, so this is the best we can do with the limitations of the AdWords Editor.
One thing to note: you may still generate desktop clicks within the campaign, but it won’t happen very frequently. Even if you do generate a click, it will be at a very cheap cost per click, so it’s likely still a good click for you. With the desktop bids being drastically lower in this campaign vs. the other ‘Desktop’ campaign, the AdWords algorithm will prefer your desktop campaign for these clicks 99.9% of the time. Also, with the bids being so different, you don’t have to worry about the campaigns bidding against each other. The bid that’s 3 times larger will easily win bidding auctions the high majority of the time (assuming it’s not limited by budget), and there won’t be any danger of over-paying for clicks.
This technique allows you to break apart your mobile and desktop campaigns separately. You can manage them with different budgets, ads, keywords, etc. You can still do much of this stuff when they’re combined into the same campaign, but it’s harder to analyze your data from mobile vs. your data from desktop traffic when they’re all clumped together.