When the MAG-O team brought search in-house, one of the first restructuring decisions made was to switch off syndication traffic. Syndication had been neglected for a long time and was not delivering any benefit to the account, so was deemed an unnecessary spend.
With the account performing again and increased confidence in the Microsoft Advertising audience and trust in their Account Manager, the MAG-O team reconsidered their position on syndication and decided to switch it back on. There was an initial period of cautious testing and learning, which required collaboration with the Microsoft Advertising account team. Performance was monitored on a bi-weekly basis, removing partner sites that were not delivering and optimising bids and budgets efficiently.
“It took a lot of work in the beginning, and we had to monitor the syndication reports carefully to make sure that the network gave us what we were looking for. But one of the benefits of the Microsoft Search Network is you get to pick and choose what’s right for your brand, and you can exclude the traffic from sites you don’t want,” commented Perry. “Now we know what we are doing, we are down to checking just once every two months.”
The results speak for themselves. In the five months between January and May 2019, syndication traffic has increased MAG-O’s overall conversions by 7% whilst lowering their average cost per acquisition by 6%. On top of that, the CPC’s for syndication clicks are 49% cheaper than their core search campaigns.
“Since we turned syndication back on, we have seen more conversions at half the price of our normal search CPCs which is a great win,” said Hannah.
Syndication is now a core part of the MAG-O strategy and as they continue to see value, they are looking for more ways to invest. “The year-over-year performance has been brilliant, now we are looking for every opportunity we can with Microsoft Advertising,” concluded Banks.
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