These more popular and relevant ads with a higher CTR will help support your ads that have a lower CTR, like donation ads, so you can still use your Google Ad Grant account for those ad types.
Consider single keyword ad groups (SKAGs)
- A SKAG is an ad group for only one keyword, this allows you to match the ad copy exactly to the keyword
- Set up an ad group with one keyword in it and write your ad copy so the keyword appears in the headline
This is an example of a SKAG for the keyword “Tips for animal adoption”:
The exact keyword appears in the headline of the ad.
SKAGs, have been shown to improve CTR which is great for your Google Ad Grant account. It has been questioned whether SKAGs are still a viable strategy with some changes that Google has implemented. However, in some cases, you may want to consider using SKAGs in your Google Grant account to raise your CTR.
3. Drive More Traffic
To use up more of your $10,000 you need to be showing a lot of ads, so make sure you have a variety of ads with different landing pages, and that you are targeting all relevant keywords.
Look at your website
Your website is a goldmine of great destination pages for your Google Ad Grant search ads.
- Find your most popular pages and set up keywords and ads for these pages
- These are likely to be information related, especially if your nonprofit that offers helpful resources
- Make sure your ad copy closely matches the keywords and the content of the page to ensure relevancy
Use the keyword planner
Google offers a keyword planner that can be used to choose keywords for your Google Ad Grant search ads.
- Research keywords related to your nonprofit
- See search volume and performance for keywords
- Inform your strategy based on these insights
4. Use Google Grants to Convert
A lot of the strategies we’ve covered have focused on engagement and traffic, but of course, nonprofits using the Google Ad Grant program want to use it to drive revenue.
- Include donation ads and ads for other fundraising programs like events
- Especially while you have special campaigns or direct mail pieces in the market
- Only use direct call-to-action ads with highly relevant keywords like “donate to ABC charity” otherwise you may see a low CTR or low relevance score
Getting the most out of Google Ad Grant when it comes to donations actually depends more on what you do on your website than what you do with your Google Ad Grant account. Make sure your website is set up to convert Google Ad Grant traffic that isn’t donation related.
- Donate button in your website header
- Include a call-to-action on information pages that stresses the impact of donations
- Fill your site with donor-centric impact information that shows the importance of giving
When it comes to getting the most out of your Google Ad Grant, optimization is the best thing you can do. Optimization is the process of making your Google Ad Grant search ads run more efficiently over time, by analyzing what is working and applying those learnings to what is not working.
Here are a few ways you can optimize your Google Ad Grant campaigns:
- Turn off ads with low CTRs. If your struggling to meet the 5% CTR threshold, turn off any ads or ad groups with low CTRs
- Check the relevancy score and the quality score of your Google Ad Grant search ads and keywords
- Make sure your ad groups and ads are up-to-date with your website content
- Analyze the trends in your Google Ad Grants account