Build your PPC bookshelf with our top picks for advertisers.
From industry classics to cutting-edge techniques, these recommended books will empower you to optimize your PPC campaigns.
Unlevel the Playing Field: The Biggest Mindshift in PPC History
Today’s digital marketers all compete for attention with the same ad engine automations. In this seemingly level playing field, how do you stand out? How can artificial intelligence help you be better than the rest rather than simply fit in?
Your answers lie in automation layering.
In Unlevel the Playing Field, Frederick Vallaeys reveals how to combine the best of human creativity and machine efficiency to create winning digital marketing programs. This follow-up to Frederick’s first book dives into three key areas of search marketing—bidding, targeting, and messaging—to illustrate how automation layering can take your campaigns to the next
level of profitability.
Ponderings of a PPC Professional
In his book Ponderings of a PPC Professional, Kirk looks at various sides of complex topics such as attribution, audience targeting, automated bidding, agency pricing, and avoiding bad clients to share the knowledge he has gained over the past decade and invite you into the conversation. You may not agree with everything Kirk says, but you will leave this book thinking differently than when you first started.
Join or Die: Digital Advertising in the Age of Automation
Machine learning and automation are disrupting every industry—Advertising is no exception. The modern digital advertising landscape is dominated by the likes of Facebook and Google Ads, and the traditional optimization levers that PPC managers grew accustomed to are being stripped away and replaced by automated solutions. Google AdWords, as we once knew it, no longer exists. We have officially entered the age of automation, and there’s no turning back. In Join or Die, Patrick Gilbert shares how he transformed AdVenture Media into a modern, automation-driven advertising powerhouse. From the failures and mistakes that nearly lost the agency multiple clients and millions in revenue, to the exaltation of successful breakthroughs, Join Or Die is brutally transparent, honest and best of all, practical.
Digital Marketing in an AI World: Futureproofing Your PPC Agency
Artificial intelligence is radically altering the digital marketing landscape. But if you’re a PPC professional, there’s no need to panic; the sky isn’t falling. Former Google AdWords evangelist Frederick Vallaeys understands what’s coming next, and with his expert guidance, you’ll not only survive, but you’ll also thrive in tomorrow’s AI world.
Learning Google Analytics: Creating Business Impact and Driving Insights
Why is Google Analytics 4 the most modern data model available for digital marketing analytics? Rather than simply reporting what has happened, GA4’s new cloud integrations enable more data activation, linking online and offline data across all your streams to provide end-to-end marketing data. This practical book prepares you for the future of digital marketing by demonstrating how GA4 supports these additional cloud integrations.
Converted – The Data-Driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts
When the world’s biggest brands want to sharpen their digital marketing strategy, they call Neil Hoyne – Google’s Chief Measurement Strategist and Senior Fellow at the Wharton School. In his first book, he offers a simple, research-backed playbook that anyone can use to find their best customers and develop relationships that last.
Under pressure for quick results and facing fierce marketplace competition, too many marketers are boxed into spaghetti-to-the-wall forms of digital marketing that limit the potential of their long hours, countless experiments, and warehouses of data. And in the end, they watch their competition sprint ahead.
But what if you built a business around long-term relationships with customers, using data to understand who they are, what they need, and where to find more customers just like them? You can. And you’ll leave your competitors, with all of their data and their short-term thinking, to poke around in the scraps. In Converted, you will learn how to:
• Understand the full value of each relationship
• Engage in an ongoing conversation with your best customers
• Ask the right questions so you can anticipate your customers’ needs
• Find more great customers
A real person is always on the other end of the transaction. Converted shows you how to win their hearts.
Building a Successful Micro-Agency – A Guide to Starting Profitable & Sustainable Digital Marketing Agencies
Drawing from lessons learned during founding and running a successful paid search agency, Discosloth cofounders Gil & Anya Gildner describe the critical elements of success in starting an agency that works…and then keeps on working.The Discosloth approach to successfully building a profitable and sustainable agency revolves around five factors: specialization, simplicity, branding, cashflow, and adjacency to revenue. By finding a niche, developing an inbound lead process, becoming an expert, leveraging the power of content creation, and above all making sure that your cashflow and margins can withstand unexpected downturns, this book explains both common pitfalls & hard lessons learnt by micro-agency founders across the world.
Stop the Scale: Building a Digital Agency You Actually Like
Get a few digital agency owners together, and these questions will all be asked within the first 30 seconds of the meet-and-greet, if not sooner.
But, what if these are the wrong questions on which to be focused? What if the way you think about growth, personal fulfillment, and how you lead your agency doesn’t need to center around revenue or employee headcount growth?
If you are getting exhausted by the endless emphasis on revenue or employee growth as the assumed, primary goal of every agency owner, then this book is for you. It is a clarion call for agency owners to stop chasing unicorn-like growth, and instead focus on serving their clients, employees, friends, family, neighbors and thus make an indelible imprint on the world.
This book is not anti-growth, but it does offer an alternate path for the over-worked agency owner.
Digital Marketing Strategy – An Integrated Approach to Online Marketing
Build an effective and practical digital marketing strategy with this bestselling guide, covering everything from automation and analytics to integrating AI.
Digital Marketing Strategy is a global bestseller, and a one-stop guide to structuring and building a more strategic approach to digital marketing. Now fully updated, this third edition covers the integration of AI in marketing, e-commerce, marketing automation, affiliate marketing and how to use digital analytical tools, plus new strategies for the latest cookie changes and privacy protection.
Digital Marketing Strategy will show you how to effectively select, align and manage digital channels and operations, to streamline a successful digital marketing strategy for measurable, optimized results.