Google Skillshop has many great courses but where should you start? Here are our top 8 courses for free online learning within Digital Marketing, Google Ads, Google Shopping, Youtube, Conversion rate optimization CRO and A/B testing.
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Learn what many CMO and Ecommerce manager miss in their current Google Ads and Google shopping strategy
This online course will give you a simple tool and dashboard that you can use to set the correct targets for your Google Ads and Google Shopping strategy. Either if you are using an external agency or manage Google Ads yourself. Setting the right targets is key for your success.
In this online-course you will learn how to use a simple tool in Google sheet to calculate the optimal target for your business. Learn how to follow up and track your progress in Google Ads or Google Shopping.
Get the free tools used and shared in the online course
- Google Sheet template for ecommerce economics, The ultimate tool for setting your ROAS Target in Google Ads
- Data studio, Dashboard for you to instant access and following your progress towards your targets.
- Video guided tour so you can step by step follow how to analyse the performance in Google Ads and Google Shopping.
Google Skillshop (former Google Academy for Ads), Googles own platform for online courses and free learning
- Competence level: Full range from beginner to advanced level of experience.
- Time: Full range from bite sized segments upto long courses with certification tests.
- Format: Online - Combination of written, video and engaging quizzes.
Google Skillshop (former Academy for Ads)
Top course that we recommend for Google ads and Google Shopping on Skillshop:
Google Ads Search Certification covers basic and intermediate concepts, including best practices for creating, managing, measuring, and optimizing search ad campaigns across the search network.
Time: 9h Competence level: Beginner
Google Ads Fundamentals covers basic and intermediate concepts, including the benefits of online advertising and Google Ads, and best practices for managing and optimizing Google Ads campaigns.
Time: 3.7h Competence Level: Beginner
Google Shopping Certification covers basic and intermediate concepts, including creating a Merchant Center account and product data feed and creating and managing Shopping campaigns.
Time: 7.3h Competence Level: Beginner
After you have taken these four courses you have a great foundation and basic understanding. If you would like to dig deeper into more advanced features read this blog post about 3 most important audience lists in Google Ads or How to use re-marketing in Google Ads
Optimization means using performance data to find what gets results and doing more of it.
Primer App, Google own app for bite size learnings
- Competence level: Beginner to mid level of experience
- Time: Short
- Format: App based course for iOS and Android
Find Valuable Insights in Peoples Online searches
Understand and read more the just what people search for. Understanding intent and use that will make a big impact and generate new ideas for your online marketing.
- Competence Level: Beginner
- Time Short
Cloud for Marketing, Google cloud
In this session, you'll learn how to use Google Cloud technology to: 1) test a hypothesis for how to drive profitability for your business; 2) identify an actionable plan firmly rooted in data and Machine Learning driven insights; and 3) execute on it in the form of a personalized marketing campaign.
Time: 72 min Competence level: Advanced
Scaling Interactive and Insightful Dashboards with Data Studio and BigQuery
Large datasets in BigQuery might make it cost prohibitive to scale dashboard solutions. Unless carefully designed, solutions can lead to queries piling up with repeated viewing and result in significant costs in BigQuery. Google Data Studio lets users build interactive shareable data visualizations using their BigQuery data. In this session, we will show the common failure points and how you can build scalable, interactive, insightful dashboards in Data Studio from BigQuery data.
Time: 35 min Competence level: Advanced
Most companies get more visitors from mobile than desktop, but many mobile sites are still not optimized to perfection. The result is suffering conversion rates and missed revenue.
It's time to fix this!
Learn how to build your own framework for how to continuously experiment and improve your customers experience in your webshop. Getting the right traffic to come in from Google without a giving them an amazing mobile experience is a big waste of money.
In this course you learn why and what to test. How you easy can run qualitative studies to learn more about your users. How quantitative studies help you take data driven decisions.
Below you can go straight into a separate if you dont have time to take the full course
Why mobile is important
HOW TO FIX MOBILE
Internet is changing the world. More than half of all business owners are now using online advertising to grow their businesses and with good reason. Online ads have become an integral part of eCommerce revenue strategies, allowing companies to tap into a global market that continues to expand exponentially. It's no wonder then that more than $200 billion was spent on online ads in 2017 alone! But it isn't just about spending money on online ads - you need to do it right if you want your company to grow.
To help you get started, this blog post will discuss some of the best marketing strategies and their best practices to help you achieve success with online ads so that your business can thrive in today's digital economy.
It can be confusing when only a fraction of your online store traffic converts into purchases. Been there? You’re not alone. A lot of online stores are plagued with high shopping cart abandonment rates, with an average shopping cart abandonment rate of 69.57% across all eCommerce industries.
But there’s good news! You can significantly reduce your online store’s shopping cart abandonment rate by identifying its root cause and tweaking your website as required. Pretty straightforward, right? You bet. Let’s take a look at the reasons why your customers might be abandoning their shopping carts.
Increasing the visibility of your business is a sure-fire way for you to maximise your business’ potential for sales. If consumers do not know that your business exists, there is no way for them to access your business. Here are 5 great ways you can increase the visibility of your business so that customers can find you online.
India is a land of diversity and every state has something new to offer. From the Himalayas in North India to coastal areas like Goa, Kerala or Lakshwadeep; from deserts like Rajasthan to lush forests like in Madhya Pradesh; from mighty forts like Ranthambore Fort to city life at Delhi; India offers travellers a wide range of experiences and stories worth sharing.
Let’s go over some reasons why Indians love travelling and why Travel Mobility & Accommodation is an eCommerce segment worth exploring if you're planning to jump into India's eCommerce market as an online business in this segment.
We get tons of requests to break down the steps to become a successful online shop so this week, we’ve put together a list of 6 steps for you to implement. Although there’s no set path to success, these steps would ensure that you have solid fundamentals as an online store. These steps are niche-neutral so you don’t have to worry about its relevance. Let’s get straight to it!
Google Ads can be a great tool for you to grow your webshop. Today, I’ll share with you 7 great reasons why Google Ads can is great for your business.
Keep in mind that Google Ads will get you there if you give it enough time to work. It typically takes time before your campaigns give you great results so try not to focus on the short term results too much.
Google Ads, formerly know as Google AdWords is a powerful tool for businesses looking to make more money. Google Ads can help you tap into specific markets, increase your sales conversion rates, and create leads. It's important to know how Google Ads work in order to get the most out of them for your business.
The 6 tips below will show you how you can use Google ads to increase your conversion rate and scale your business!
“I've tried a lot of things but my business just doesn’t seem to be going in the right direction.”
Sounds like you?
Don’t worry, you're not alone. We receive all sorts of queries and the above statement is the gist of 90% of them. This statement is highly likely to resonate with a lot of entrepreneurs and marketers reading this.
Can you change this? Absolutely! Read more to learn how.
If you run an ecommerce business, you must be familiar with the term SEO. If not, you'll find this article incredibly helpful in ways that will open new doors for your business and help you take it to a whole new league. Let's start with getting to know what SEO really is and how it can benefit your business. Then, I'll share with you 7 free SEO tools that you can use to scale your business.
Wondering what’s the big secret to getting more engagement on Facebook? It can be tricky to figure out the intricacies of the “algorithm” and everything that goes into promoting your business on the world’s most popular social media platform. But it is very easy to get out of that tricky spot and learn how Facebook actually works. I’m going to list 5 tried and tested ways to get the engagement on your Facebook posts going. Let’s get straight to it.
Managing a business is not easy, it can consume most of your time. Perhaps that's the reason why not many who own a business are able to invest their time in learning Google Ads. A lack of understanding of the basics results in making mistakes with ad campaigns that harm their businesses.
To combat this, I've compiled the top 5 Google Ads mistakes that I've seen businesses make time and time again. Let's jump right in!
eCommerce is growing at a lightning pace and has become an important part of people’s daily lives with 22% of the world shopping online. In spite of the pandemic, we’ve seen a sharp rise in online businesses in 2020 which continues to grow with the increase in internet penetration and accessibility. Retail eCommerce is expected to reach $5 trillion by the end of 2021 and clearly, the future of eCommerce is bright.
In this era of eCommerce, it’s best to know what the latest trends are, especially if you have an online business. Here are 7 eCommerce trends that you can incorporate into your business and start growing your webshop.
Not seeing your products or services on top of Google search results could quickly become frustrating, needless to say, bad for business. But don’t fret, there are ways you can fix this and boost your business. A relatively quicker fix is learning the basics of Google Ads to understand how it works. Sounds like a daunting task? Well, not if you learn from well-thought courses laid out by Google itself via Google Skillshop —for free!
Let’s quickly get you acquainted with Google Skillshop so that you can level up your skills and get your business in the front row.
In today’s competitive world, Google ads can be a great way for businesses to stand out from other search results. But running ads is getting more and more expensive, and many ecommerce companies aren’t optimising their search strategies as much as they could in order to increase their ads’ ROI.
If you have searched on Google for specific products you are likely to see shopping ads like these -
A primary query that most clients pose is – “How much traffic will Google Ads thieve away from organic channels in general.”
This happens to be a major concern for most business owners. Why pay for
something you can get done for free?!
We aimed to figure out that very same puzzle. (You’re welcome!)
Is Google Ads, the Robin Hood to other organic channels or does it take away from them and keep to itself?
That is the question!
To complete a successful attempt at understanding this enigma, several ecommerce accounts were put through Google’s Analytics grinder.
We will be expanding on the results in this document.
Bear in mind though, we are talking about accounts that have had more than one touchpoint.
So, if a client were to hypothetically, to punch in the URL to your portal and purchase some of your ‘merch’, (nice bubble) you aren’t going to find them in the reports we’re touching upon in this article.
The most common path taken by clients who utilize Google Analytics is that of paid search x2.
In layman speak, if John/Jane Doe were to click on a paid ad twice before making a purchase, it would account for 2.5% of the total sales, during that respective period.
The second most common path to conversion is that of a client approaching your business directly.
As in, if Mr. or Ms. Doe stumbled upon your website by way of a google shopping ad, and upon learning of your company’s existence, were to come back to said portal and make a purchase – this would result in a ‘direct sale.’
Although paid search x2 amounts to more conversions, paid search (direct) accounts for higher revenues.
By how much you ask?
3.4% of the total sales.
And, through Google Analytics, this is flagged as a direct conversion, irrespective of the fact that the client first found your business through a paid source.
One of the challenges that researchers face in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being able to understand human language and simulate it through technology.
Google Has Introduced 4 New Search Ad Position Metrics To Get The Most Out Of Average Position.
Sales season is a nightmare or a goldmine depending on who you talk with. One can indisputably if well prepared make good sales out of seasonal campaigns. So how do you best prepare as an e-commerce?
At Keywordio we hear many clients say that they usually don't know what to prepare for a launch meeting with an agency. What should they tell the agency and what should they ask?
When discussing with many companies what they face as a biggest challenge when trying to grow their revenues it is often said that the challenge is not innovation - it is the ability to commercialize and communicate it to the audience.
Let's have a look at the major obstacles.
Artificial intelligence is no longer a thing of the future. It surrounds us in almost every concievable way from trip bookings to smart homes. This article will feature just why AI is so great for e-commerce companies.
Let's have a look at how AI has improved the performance and understanding of the consumer behaviour after the adoption of smart AI solutions and platforms.
This article discloses strategic points to consider when adopting a bidding strategy for e-commerce. This article is written for the strategic and the specialist within a e-commerce function of an enterprise.
1. Shifts In Return on investment due to Seasonality
Seasonal shifts can affect the paid search or conversion rate due to affected bidding landscape. For an e-commerce company this can result in missed opportunities. If not monitoring and understanding these shifts one can mistakenly make strategies that do not account the seasonality thus not receiving the desired effect of marketing efforts.
In this article we will look at the basics of attribution modelling and why it can play a crucial role for your e-commerce. We will discuss what, why and how to deal with attribution.
What is Attribution Modelling?
Attribution modelling is a system which can help you get the most from your marketing mix. Today many shoppers are used to searching for information and best prices so they will not necessarily purchase the first offer they see online. However, each time they return to your page they might do so through a different channel. Attribution modelling means that you look at these different channels and encounters or interactions and give them a value so let's have a look at the different types of interactions that can take place:
What to look at in order to increase revenue from your paid marketing efforts in e-commerce. How to make sure you are not cutting away profitable customers.
Understanding Customer Lifetime Value (as often abbreviated CLV or LTV) can be tricky but nevertheless one of the most important metrics in business and especially e-commerce whenever trying to understand where the profitability in customer acquisition lies.
How do you choose the right paid advertising agency in the sea of abundance? Key points to look at whether you are an advertising specialist or CMO. Choose right - and profit!
Paid search management is a great component of your marketing because it drives new customers to your business without them knowing about the goods and services you offer pre-hand.
Technology is changing at an exponential rate. What was impossible just years ago has now become commonplace in day-to-day life. 5G technology promises to change how we shop online forever and it’s closer than you think! If not sooner 5G technology will be powering our smartphones before 2023, but what does this mean for retailers? Keep reading to find out.
Facebook is a great platform to push your products in the eCommerce market and find the right customers for your business. People believe that Facebook Ads can make them “rich.” Though that could be true, most people who succeed in their online ad campaigns have worked on understanding the basics of Facebook Ads first.
The Difference Between Advertising on Facebook/Instagram vs Google, and Why It's Ruining Your Facebook Ads.
It's the showdown of the century.
Almost all digital agencies are using one out of three price models, but which one is best suited for your business? In this post, we revise the most common options and help you decide which way to go - or not.
The ecommerce business is accelerating and to make use of new customer shopping behaviours and meet their increasing demands, marketers must look into several things. While mobile browsing is more extensive than ever, our attention span is less than that of a goldfish. Here’s what to expect working with digital marketing and ecommerce in 2020!
The absolute best companies online are the ones that take excellent care of their customers!
While having an E-commerce store 10 years ago gave you a competitive edge compared to the stores/outlets selling similar products, today's customer's buying pattern has changed a lot. Today having an E-commerce store is not sufficient to gain the audience and target the customers just as easy as we thought.