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Google Ads

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Likelihood to Recommend

Google Ads

Well suited for:
  • Businesses that want to hit the ground running and get immediate exposure
  • Complementing other SEM strategies
  • Businesses who want to move away from traditional media advertising
  • Geotargeting - businesses who need to target prospects in specific areas only
  • Scheduling - businesses who want to show ads to prospects only @ certain times or days
  • Businesses who want to drive phone calls
Less suited for:
  • Businesses that are selling products that no one is looking for
  • Businesses who can't generate a positive ROI
  • Businesses that don't have a good offer
  • Businesses that don't have a good landing page to send prospects to. If targeted traffic can't convert, even if the product is good, don't spend the money on AdWords.
Patricia Assad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform is well-suited to handle digital advertising campaigns that span multiple media types (e.g. display, video, search). It offers a very large selection of reporting metrics and features that span all media types.I would likely recommend a different ad serving/reporting platform for video-only campaigns, as they offer more hands-on creative and trafficking services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.5
Data Transfer
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
DSP integration
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.3

Ad Campaigns

Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0
Ad campaign creation
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0
Ad deployment
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
Display advertising
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.3
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
Sequence targeting
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.1

Ad Reporting & Analytics

Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7
Ad dashboards
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7
Ad performance reports
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7
Ad conversion tracking
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.5
Ad attribution reporting
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7
Cross-channel ad management
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
Ad forecasting and optimization
Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.0

Pros

Google Ads

  • Allows for accurate budget spend on Pay per click advertising
  • Allows for easy management of client's accounts
  • Allows for targeted advertising in the digital space by focusing on Geography, Demographics, in market buyers and other types of parameters depending on the objectives of the advertising campaigns
John Kobel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

  • Bringing together data from multiple channels and engines and allows you to visualize the data in an easy to use platform. This saves time from using multiple logins for the different platforms.
  • Auto bidding tools save time from manual bidding, as it allows you to set the specific terms around what levels you want to cap your CPCs at. You then let DoubleClick adjust your bids to gain the most conversions from the cheapest CPCs. This frees up time to do other in-depth analysis and strategy.
  • DoubleClick also has the ability to track conversions and clicks on any page using their floodlight tags. This is good for tracking certain actions on yours or a client's site and is especially good if they do not use any other tools, such as Google Analytics or Adobe, to track conversions and user actions on site. You can also use these in conjunction with the auto bidding tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Ads

  • Though Google Ads offers greater certainty in the effectiveness of your campaign than traditional media, there's still some mystery to it.
  • Paying per click CAN be efficient, but not all clicks are equal.
  • This is NOT an SEO tool - good SEO can aid your campaigns but it is an entirely separate beast than Google Ads. One does not serve as a substitute for the other.
  • Even when Google Ads work great, they are not a cure-all. Your company still needs to be able to deliver what the customers (the ones doing the clicking) want.
Anthony Burke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

  • There are certain segments such as location, demographics etc. that do not properly populate, especially in certain countries in the EU which means you have to revert to other products.
  • It experiences intermittent issues in functionality and accessibility of data, with data sometimes taking a day or so to show up following a sync error or the portal being inaccessible / signing you out.
  • Some of the bid strategies can be a bit opaque in regards to how they're functioning and it can require some trial and practice to get the most out of it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Ads

Google Ads 10.0
Based on 19 answers
As of today Google AdWords leads approximately 90% of paid searches globally. There is practically is no other network that can offer such a relevant and engaging audience at the price. The PPC model is also unique in that no media dollars are wasted, since PPC models ensure brand interaction versus traditional media which has heavy ad avoidance and clutter but still charges a hefty amount for ads.
Krupal Shukla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick) 8.0
Based on 13 answers
Due to its adapting behavior with industry ad formats and seamless integration with publishers and DSP's, I don't see myself moving away from DCM. As we see the display advertising is getting more programatic and automated due to the rise of DSP and concept of RTB, Double Click has evolved with new advanced best practices
Namit Narain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Ads

Google Ads 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very quick UI. Put together in a very intuitive and simple manor, while allowing users to go into the depths of functionality if they want
Eric Hitchman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
The Doubleclick interface is easy and simple to get a hang of. The options are slightly limited compared to other DSPs. But, for a simple campaign, this is a great DSP to move forward with. They have a ton of data and can plug into a lot of different partners
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Google Ads

Google Ads 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Good support from the AdWords team, and the community.
Jeffrey Schutzman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
They do not have strong support team. It is tough to get answer when I need it. They always refer you to an online guide and not an actual person. If so, the person is based out of an offshore team in India and does not know the specific client goals .
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Google Ads

Google Ads 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Daily use with advanced account structures. Familiarity with reporting/api and complex setups.
Eric Hitchman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Google Ads

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick) 6.0
Based on 2 answers
I would highly recommend asking clients to provide 3PAS tags or use an internal 3PAS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Google Ads

Google Ads interface is much nicer and way more fun to use than Bing, and Google obviously has a larger market share compared to Bing. That being said, Bing does provide us with good leads at a much lower cost, even if the volume isn't the same. Both Bing and Google Ads are necessary for us.
Jordan Harpst | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Marin takes a lot more time for everything, mainly for the campaigns setup. This also leads to many mistakes, which impact the performance. I've used Marin on a couple of previous clients and we've had many problems with it, mainly with correct conversion tracking and account optimizations. Besides, Marin is behind all the new features available on AdWords, which makes the tracking also not very flexible.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google Ads

  • Several of our clients have been able to increase their net revenues by using Google Ads, since we end up generating more revenue per lead than our CPA.
  • At least one client ended up wasting thousands of dollars on Ads with little to no return. Despite trying different variations of ads and targeting, we couldn't get a positive return for them and recommended allocating that spend somewhere else.
  • One of our newer clients recently allocated spend to Ads that had formerly been allocated to newspaper advertising, and saw a significant increase in revenues as a result.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

  • Increased efficiency - we have large time savings with the automation of keyword bidding and the ability to pull reporting from one UI instead of the separate engine UI's.
  • Time saving allow to focus on other initiatives, such as landing page and ad copy testing or keyword expansions.
Dana Berardi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Ads

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Ads
8.6
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Google Ads
10.0
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0

Usability

Google Ads
9.0
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0

Performance

Google Ads
9.0
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

Support Rating

Google Ads
9.0
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
9.0

Online Training

Google Ads
9.0
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.0

Implementation Rating

Google Ads
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
6.0

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