10 Ways to Succeed with Google Call Only Ads Campaigns

Written by - Sandeep Kumar |  Google Ads |  February 14, 2023

Ways to Succeed with Google Call-Only Campaigns
Sandeep Kumar
I firmly believe that if anyone can change the world, it's entrepreneurs. Sandeep is on a mission to help entrepreneurs be successful in their marketing campaigns. He believes in his client’s success more than his own. His love for mountains makes him travel to a hill station almost every month.
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Google Call only ads campaigns simplify driving and tracking calls, but they take some getting used to. You can’t just slap your traditional PPC strategy on top of your call-only campaigns and hope for the best.

Massive mobile adoption has opened the floodgates for phone calls, and in response, Google has been ensuring that advertisers are ready to capitalize. They started with call extensions, then moved on to call tracking from the landing page, and finally, call-only campaigns.

Call only ads are intended to entice people to call your business and can only appear on devices that can make phone calls. When a potential customer clicks on your ad, it calls you from their device.

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Call reporting, which is only available on the Search Network, measures the performance of your call extension or call ad by using Google forwarding numbers (GFNs). We’ll assign your ad a Google forwarding phone number when you enable call reporting. You’ll be able to see the details of your calls and count them as conversions this way.

Calls made with a GFN should be reported as a phone calls. Calls with a duration that meets the minimum requirement for a conversion set in your account will be reported as conversions on the date the ad was shown. For example, suppose someone sees your ad on August 5 and writes down the GFN but does not call until August 10 and has a 2-minute conversation with your company. You’d have one phone call reported on August 10, and a call conversion reported on August 5 because the call met your 30-second requirement.

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Please find below the ten tips to ensure you’re getting the most from your call-only ads and campaigns.

#1. Use The Url

Call-only campaigns have less available real estate than traditional PPC ads. You don’t have a headline (your phone number serves as your headline), and you don’t have a landing page. This emphasizes the significance of your URL. Try including a call to action (CTA) or keyword at the end of your display URL. Make the most of those 35 characters by reinforcing your message.

#2. Test Your Copy

Your call-only campaigns’ ad copy should be highly targeted and succinct. Because you only have two lines of 35 characters, include a call-to-action (CTA) that encourages people to contact you. It’s also good to include the keyword in your ad copy, just like you would with click to call ads.

#3. Start by Bidding on High

It’s best to bid high when launching a new call-only campaign. You may lose money at first, but you will gain valuable data beneficial when optimizing. Furthermore, it is difficult to dig yourself out of a hole in AdWords, so you want to secure the top one or two positions right away

#4. Target Call-Centric Keywords

Make sure you’re targeting keywords that appeal to the segment of your audience most likely to call. These could be location-based keywords for customers looking to visit your establishment or keywords that resonate with customers further down the purchasing funnel. You may also discover that people prefer to converse when purchasing certain products or services (like bigger-ticket items).

Because call-only ads do not allow people to click through to your website, your keywords must target people with high intent who want quick answers or to take immediate action without conducting research.

#5. Schedule Ads Strategically

You don’t want to route phone calls to voicemail or an answering machine. Use a manual bidding CPC strategy to keep your call-only campaigns running only during business hours. You can even look at peak call times and days to capitalize on consumer behavior and preferences trends and adjust your bids to ensure ads appear.

#6. Use Location Targeting (Click to Call Ads)

When it comes to local businesses, location targeting is crucial. Check if you’re using a local phone number and that calls are automatically routed to the store or branch closest to the caller’s location.

You may discover that some geographic areas refer more callers or higher quality calls than others, so increasing your bids for people in that area may be worthwhile.

#7. Calculate Your Call-Through Rate

Remember that not all clicks result in phone calls, but you are paying for all clicks. When a person clicks on a call-only ad, an autodialer appears on their phone screen, which they must then click to make the call. Determine how many clicks result in phone calls so that you can optimize your bids based on calls rather than clicks.

A large difference between clicks and calls (or a high call abandonment rate) could indicate that your audience does not want to call, and you should reconsider your ad copy or keyword strategy.

You can add a phone-through rate (PTR) column to your reporting using Google’s forwarding numbers and call reporting. PTR displays the number of times your phone number has been called (via the call button or manual dialing) as a percentage of total impressions.

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#8. Measure Call Quality with Call Only Ads

Counting calls is insufficient when it comes to optimizing bidding, measuring performance, and calculating ROI. Examine which phone calls result in sales. This is simple to accomplish with a call intelligence solution that monitors the outcome of a phone call. If you’re using basic call tracking from Google or another vendor, you can look at call tracking metrics like call duration to get a sense of call quality.

Once you’ve grasped the concept of quality, you can start optimizing your bids to increase quality traffic rather than volume. If you don’t track quality, you could be wasting your sales agents’ time and driving a negative ROI.

#9. Don’t Forget the Caller Experience.

The phone calls are coming in thick and fast. Congratulations on your accomplishment! It’s now time to make the most of those phone calls. Avoid turning away potential customers by having a lengthy or difficult-to-understand phone menu. Make certain that calls are automatically routed to the appropriate location or sales agent. It’s even better to personalize the caller experience based on the keyword or campaign that referred to the call.

#10. Retarget Unconverted Calls

You can retarget your audience more effectively because your messaging and overall strategy are based on their online and offline engagement history by syncing call data with your retargeting campaigns and retargeting lists for search ads (RLSAs). If you know a phone call did not result in a sale, you can target them with a retargeting ad.

Callers are typically highly engaged, high-quality prospects, making them ideal for retargeting. Furthermore, you will avoid the risk of retargeting someone who has already converted over the phone with a discount offer.

Google Call only ads campaigns should be used by any company that conducts business over the phone. People looking for an actual conversation with click to call ads are your most valuable prospects, so don’t ignore them and don’t pass up an opportunity to test and learn from them.


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