Adcenter.Microsoft.com Outage

Not sure what’s up with Microsft Adcenter this evening. Appears there is some type of outage.

I received a message from Microsoft looking for beta testers for their new phone app for Adcenter stats, but I needed my adCenter ID. With the outage, no go and it beta sign up reads as though they are only looking for beta testers using Windows Phone 7…what about us iPhone and Android users?

Microsoft…get with the program. Advertisers looking to spend money with you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops, use a specific OS, or browser to access adCenter.

Are you a Microsoft adCenter advertiser? Do you use Windows or another OS, mobile or tablet device to access adCenter? Share your thoughts below.

Google Instant Search – Advertiser Issues

With the release of Google Instant Search (see image below) there seems to be much mixed emotion from pay per click advertisers. With Google counting and ad impression if a searcher pauses for three seconds; the amount of time it takes to sneeze or sip a cup of coffee, the advertiser is charged with an ad impression. One of my business associates saw normal impressions for a keyword go from 800,000 impressions per month to over 1.8 million impressions after Google Instant Search was launched. The net effect was it cut their click through rate in half (CTR) and nearly killed conversions for one of their bread and butter keywords.

Unfortunately, for me to do this test, the advertisers in the screenshot below were all charged with an ad impression. I’m guessing this has advertisers (including myself) scrambling to change up our pay per click advertising a bit. What I’m wondering though is how many Google Adwords advertisers are seeing their conversions and CTR (click through rate) drop since Google has implemented Instant Search.

If Google Instant Search has affected your business negatively, post a response below. Alternatively, if you have seen an increase or performance improvement in your pay per click advertising since the release of Instant Search we want to hear from you as well.

The other issue I’m wondering about is what do searchers think about all of the dynamic stuff going on in the background as you start to type in a keyword phrase? Do most users want to see organic and paid results instantly changing as they type in a keyword phrase. Share your thoughts below.

Mobile Marketing

While I’m not in over my head into mobile media marketing I am paying attention. There’s a lot going on and some really good sources of information are starting to surface.

It’s no secret that the US is last in the parade when it comes to mobile marketing. Asia and the UK are both further ahead than the US in this space. But with Sprint announcing the upcoming release of the first 4G phone in the US this is huge. Also, Dallas, TX is one of the first big city’s to get 4G.
So what’s 4G and why is it so important? While I won’t touch on frequencies or the IEEE stuff, 4G is also referred to as WiMax.

Wimax has an effective range of 30 miles which looks like it could be promising for rural areas. 4G / Wimax has the ability to hit speeds of 70MB per second which could give some of the traditional broadband providers a run for their money.

4G opens up a world of possibilities for mobile marketers and mobile device users alike with amazing speed and range that was not possible with traditional WiFi type networks.

Here are some keyword words to be paying attention to in the coming months:

  • Mobile Marketing
  • Mobile Social Marketing
  • Location Based Social Networking
  • 2D Bar Codes
  • Mobile Keywords / Short Codes

Bandwidth and range are the keys to unlocking the power and true potential of mobile devices. I’m going out on a limb and making a strong prediction that mobile device use and how we market to potential customers will look tremendously different than it does in 2010.

What are your marketing predictions for mobile device use and marketing? Share your thoughts, vision, and ideas with our readers.