Google now allow alcohol ads that promote the sale of hard alcohol and liquor

Google has changed their AdWords advertising policy on alcohol to allow ads that promote the sale of hard alcohol and liquor provided that the ad and website meet the following criteria:

  • do not target minors
  • do not include endorsements from athletes, cartoon characters, or any other icons/people appealing to minors
  • landing page must have an age gate and include statements about drinking responsibly
  • do not imply that drinking alcohol can improve sexual, social, or professional standings
  • do not imply that drinking alcohol is relaxing or therapeutic
  • do not indicate that drinking alcohol in excess is good
  • do not show people consuming alcohol; doing anything illegal, violent, or dangerous; or being inappropriate in other ways, such as acting in a degrading manner
  • do not contain sexual content

Real Branding Implications of Digital Media

Earlier this month, search engine marketing company iProspect released its research results on real branding implications of digital media, which examined how mere impressions of various digital media assets – and combinations thereof – produced brand lift.

These are the key findings that demonstrate the relationship between the digital assets examined in this study and brand lift:

  • Paid search result impressions have the greatest impact on brand lift, both in isolation and in combination with other digital assets.
    • In aggregate, paid search results generate 44% lift in likelihood to purchase.
    • Within the retail vertical, paid search impressions create a 54% lift in likelihood to purchase.
  • The combination of paid + organic search impressions produce the strongest brand lift across most of the brand metrics measured.
    • In aggregate, paid search results + organic search results net a 73% lift in likelihood to purchase.
    • Within the hotel vertical, paid + organic search impressions create a 147% lift in likelihood to purchase.
  • Online display advertising is also effective at producing brand lift, but makes its strongest contribution when used in combination with search engine results. This combination produced a surprisingly high brand lift across many of the verticals studied.
    • In aggregate, organic search results + display ad impressions net a 16% increase in likelihood to purchase.
    • Within the banking/financial vertical, organic search results + display ad impressions create a 64% lift in likelihood to purchase.

As all clients, their customers and the targeted markets are unique, you must test all three channels (paid search, organic search, and display ads) in order to identify the best combination.