Beg to Differ talks sense to the “big suits” at Google
You’d think that Google would have online branding figured out. After all, they just earned $6.77 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2010 – the vast majority from advertising. So they couldn’t possibly make more money with a simple, human-friendly branding change… We Beg to Differ.
Once in a lifetime.
In my office mailbox today, I got a letter from Google addressed to ADSENSE PUBLISHER. Well, I’m the guy who handles the online advertising – and pretty much everything else at Brandvelope – and over the years I’ve placed pay-per-click ads with Google, and I have other people’s Google ads running on my sites.
Dear AdSense Publisher,
We’d like to thank you for your participation in the Google AdSense program. To express our gratitude, we’d like to promote your website with Google AdWords – free.
The Brandvelope Chief Financial Officer in me thought: “Cool! 100 free bucks from Google for more Google ads!” The Chief Marketing Officer in me started thinking about what new Google ad campaigns I could run, while the Senior Consultant in me silently congratulated Google for developing a virtually cost-free promotion that made me feel valued, reminded me to try the product again, and gave me an incentive to do so.
Take me to the river.
But when I rushed to my computer, read the instructions, and typed in the URL www.google.ca/ads/adwords I found myself… confused and lost. I couldn’t see any place to enter the code. I logged in to my account and clicked around a bit, but without any luck. So I gave up and filed it under “figure this out later”.
An hour later I looked again at the letter lying on my desk again and realized the problem: I was supposed to go to www.google.ca/ads/adsense.
I’d gotten AdSense and AdWords confused in my little pea brain. Silly me.
What was the place? What was the name?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with these two multi-billion dollar offerings, one is for Web site owners who want to advertise on other people’s sites, while the other one is for Web site owners who want to include other people’s ads on their sites. Now if I could just remember which was which…
Hey it’s Google, so I Googled “what’s the difference between google adsense and adwords” and got this link:
I don’t know about you and your pea brain, but me and mine still can’t keep this straight. Part of this is just that the terms “Words” and “Sense” don’t help me understand or remember the difference as another blogger has pointed out. Also, the AdWords program is starting to make more money from image-based ads than “Word” ads.
But the biggest problem is this: the two names are forcing me to think about a distinction that’s important to Google, but it’s not important to me. In my brain, a Google ad is a Google ad is a Google ad, no matter where it appears or who’s getting paid for it.
Having one product name for ad creators and a different one for hosts is like calling it “Heinz Ketchup” to consumers but insisting that grocery stores purchase it as Heinz K-Sense. It’s all ketchup!
Found a job.
So Google, here’s some free consulting advice that will help you make billions of additional dollars:
There is only one Google ad product, and it’s called a Google Ad.
That’s it. You don’t need two names. You don’t need two web sites. I don’t need two separate accounts. And most importantly you don’t need to impose your corporate logic on me. I don’t care.
You just need to ask me one simple question: “Do you want to create a Google Ad, or host Google Ads?”
Done. Now get out of my way while I make more magic money for you.