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Automation – Other example rules to get you started


In this article you will find some template rules you can implement in PPC Automation. Important: Theses are generic rules and are no guarantee of success for each campaign. This is because each product and campaign is unique. Please also read this article on setting your rule parameters based on your own metrics and goals.


Terminology used:
KW = Keyword
PT = Product Targeting
ST = Search Term
NE = Negative Exact
ACoS = Average Cost of Sales


What rules can I easily implement to get my campaign automation started? #

There are generally 4 types of campaign setup:

  • Standalone Automatic campaign
  • Manual campaign with one match type
  • Automatic campaign used for discovering keywords (and then moving these to a Manual campaign)
  • Manual campaign with multiple match types (also called “Search Term Isolation”)

We strongly recommend you create on Rule Group per Campaign, and maybe even per Ad Group, depending on the setup and objectives that you have. This will enable you to greater management control over your campaigns and to avoid possibly creating chaos.

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1. Standalone Automatic Campaigns #

Info: These are automatic campaigns that you are looking to optimise.
You are not using these campaigns to harvest new keywords for other campaigns.

Rules you can implement:

  1. KW as Search Terms: If 0 orders after x clicks, negative exact at campaign level
    • To define ‘x’ look at your current Conversion Rate and wait at least that number or clicks, or maybe 1.5 and 2x more
    • For example, you have a conversion rate of 30%, this means every 3.3 clicks you generate a sale. Therefore you could wait between 4 or 8 clicks before making a term negative. You want to give the keyword enough time to assess if this keyword is really relevant or not.
  2. ASIN as Search Term: Same as rule 1
  3. Ad group: If ACoS is greater than target ACoS after 10 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid
  4. Ad group: If ACoS is smaller than target ACoS after 10 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid
    • 10 clicks is a generic number, you can use any time value. You could even say every 1 or every 2 days
    • Trendle uses weighted ACoS formula to avoid radical changes
  5. Ad Group: If no clicks after 5 days, increase default bid by 0.1, to max of 2.52
    • 5 days could be any number. 0.10 as well, adjust this to your preferences. Same for the max bid
    • The goal of this rule is to increase the bid in order to generate clicks

We recommend you read about how Weighted ACoS works in Trendle.

Use the CPC sheet to set and adjust your targets such as Max Bid and ACoS. More information in this blog post.

2. Manual campaign with one match type #

Info: We assume here that the only match type being used is Exact. If you have a manual campaign with only Broad then we recommend you make adjustments to add an Exact match type ad group. For this, see the Type 3 campaign structure below

We assume you will have on Ad Group or one Campaign for Keywords and another for Product Targeting (also known as “PAT” or “PT”). You can use the below rules and simply change them to apply to an “ASIN” rather than to a “Keyword”.

Use Trendle’s Reverse ASIN tool to find hundreds of keywords with little effort.

Create one campaign with Exact Match only keywords. Also create one ad group or a separate campaign for PT targeting.

Rules you can implement:

  1. KW: If 0 clicks after 5 days, increase bid by 0.10, max bid 2.00
    • ‘5 days’ , ‘0.10’ and ‘max bid 2.00’ should be adjusted to your personal preferences
  2. KW: If 0 orders after x clicks, decrease bid by 0.10, min bid 0.73
    • To define ‘x’ look at your current Conversion Rate and wait at least that number or clicks, or maybe 1.5 and 2x more
    • For example, you have a conversion rate of 30%, this means every 3.3 clicks you generate a sale. Therefore you could wait between 4 or 8 clicks before making a term negative. You want to give the keyword enough time to assess if this keyword is really relevant or not
    • ‘0.10’ and ‘min bid’ should be adjusted to your personal preferences.
    • The goal of this rule is to increase the bid in order to generate clicks
  3. KW: If 0 orders after y clicks, Set bid to 0.12 –> Add the Stop Rule to this: If rule 3 is triggered then stop Rule 1. This will avoid the bids bouncing up and down infinitely.
    • ‘y clicks’ is a higher value than the ‘x clicks’ from rule 2. This could be 2x or 3x for example. The goal is to set a limit of how many clicks you want to buy without any conversion before you decide to either make the keyword negative or set a really low bid
    • ‘set bid to 0.12’ is random value. The idea is just to keep it really low and with luck get some cheap clicks on sales in the middle of the night for example. The alternative is to make the keyword negative.
  4. KW: If ACoS > Target ACoS after 5 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid, min bid 0.23
  5. KW: If ACoS < Target ACoS after 5 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid, max bid 2.00
    • ‘ACoS’ uses weighted ACoS formula to avoid radical changes
    • ‘Target ACoS’ is what is calculated by Trendle based on your selling price, Amazon fees and Unit Costs to calculate your margin. More info on our Product Costs here.
    • ‘5 clicks’ can be adjusted to suit who often you want the changes to be made. You can even change to saying ‘every x days’

We recommend you read about how Weighted ACoS and Auto Adjusting Bids works in Trendle.

Use the CPC sheet to set and adjust your targets such as Max Bid and ACoS. More information in this blog post.

3. Manual campaign with multiple match types #

Info: You would use this structure if you already have a long list of keywords that you’ve research manually but that you have not yet optimised.

We assume you will have on Ad Group or one Campaign for Keywords and another for Product Targeting (also known as “PAT” or “PT”). You can use the below rules and simply change them to apply to an “ASIN” rather than to a “Keyword”.

Use Trendle’s Reverse ASIN tool to find hundreds of keywords with little effort.

Create 3 ad groups: Broad, Phrase and Exact. Only have one match type per ad group.

In each ad group enter all the keywords.

In the Broad ad group, make those same keywords Negative Exact, and in the Phrase ad group, make those same keywords Negative Exact. You want to do this so that you can discover related search terms. This is often referred to as “Search Term Isolation”.

It will allow you to discover new Search Terms without bidding against yourself 3 times for the same keyword.

Rules you can implement:

  • PT Ad Group:
  • Broad Ad Group:
    1. KW as ST: If 1 click after 1 day, move to:
      • Exact ad group as Exact
      • and Phrase ad group as Phrase
      • and Broad ad group as Broad
      • and make Negative Exact in the Auto Campaign, Broad and Phrase Ad Groups
  • Phrase Ad Group:
    1. KW as ST: If 1 click after 1 day, move to:
      • Exact ad group
      • and make Negative Exact in Auto Campaign, Phrase and Broad Ad Group
  • Exact Ad Group:
    1. KW: If 0 clicks after 5 days, increase bid by 0.10, max bid 2.00
      • ‘5 days’ , ‘0.10’ and ‘max bid 2.00’ should be adjusted to your personal preferences
    2. KW: If 0 orders after x clicks, decrease bid by 0.10, min bid 0.73
      • To define ‘x’ look at your current Conversion Rate and wait at least that number or clicks, or maybe 1.5 and 2x more
      • For example, you have a conversion rate of 30%, this means every 3.3 clicks you generate a sale. Therefore you could wait between 4 or 8 clicks before making a term negative. You want to give the keyword enough time to assess if this keyword is really relevant or not
      • ‘0.10’ and ‘min bid’ should be adjusted to your personal preferences.
      • The goal of this rule is to increase the bid in order to generate clicks
    3. KW: If 0 orders after y clicks, Set bid to 0.12 –> Add the Stop Rule to this: If rule 3 is triggered then stop Rule 1. This will avoid the bids bouncing up and down infinitely.
      • ‘y clicks’ is a higher value than the ‘x clicks’ from rule 2. This could be 2x or 3x for example. The goal is to set a limit of how many clicks you want to buy without any conversion before you decide to either make the keyword negative or set a really low bid
      • ‘set bid to 0.12’ is random value. The idea is just to keep it really low and with luck get some cheap clicks on sales in the middle of the night for example. The alternative is to make the keyword negative.
    4. KW: If ACoS > Target ACoS after 5 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid, min bid 0.23
    5. KW: If ACoS < Target ACoS after 5 clicks, Auto Adjust Bid, max bid 2.00
      • ‘ACoS’ uses weighted ACoS formula to avoid radical changes
      • ‘Target ACoS’ is what is calculated by Trendle based on your selling price, Amazon fees and Unit Costs to calculate your margin. More info on our Product Costs here.
      • ‘5 clicks’ can be adjusted to suit who often you want the changes to be made. You can even change to saying ‘every x days’

We recommend you read about how Weighted ACoS and Auto Adjusting Bids works in Trendle.

Use the CPC sheet to set and adjust your targets such as Max Bid and ACoS. More information in this blog post.

4. Automatic campaign used for discovering keywords (and then moving these to a Manual campaign) #

Info: These automatic campaigns are used purely for harvesting keywords which you then move to a manual campaign so that you can increase/decrease bids on each keyword for greater control and better results.

Use Trendle’s Reverse ASIN tool to find hundreds of keywords with little effort.

Create an automatic campaign. Place top 50 keywords from Reverse ASIN as Negative Exact.

Create a manual campaign. Place those same top 50 keywords in Exact, Phrase and Broad Ad Groups.

In the Broad ad group, make those same keywords Negative Exact, and in the Phrase ad group, make those same keywords Negative Exact. You want to do this so that you can discover related search terms. This is often referred to as “Search Term Isolation”.

It will allow you to discover new Search Terms without bidding against yourself 3 times for the same keyword.

Rules you can implement:

  • Rules for the automatic campaign:
    • Search Term: If 1 click after 1 day, move to Manual campaign
      • Note: Depending on the setup of your Manual campaign you could choose to either move the keyword as one match type (e.g. Exact) or as multiple match types in multiple ad groups. The latter is useful if you want to continue keyword harversting to a finer level of detail to unearth long-tail keywords. If you want to do this then you would do the following actions:
        • 1. move to Manual Campaign, Exact ad group as Exact match
        • 2. move to Manual Campaign, Phrase ad group as Phrase match
        • 3. move to Manual Campaign as Broad match
        • 4. and Negative Exact in Auto campaign and in Manual Campaign Phrase and Broad ad groups (you do this to stop bidding on that keyword in Automatic Campaign as you now only want to bid for that keyword in the manual campaign)
    • Ad Group: If no clicks after 5 days, increase default bid by 10%
  • Rules for the Manual campaign:
    • See rules from campaign Type 3 above

We recommend you read about how Weighted ACoS and Auto Adjusting Bids works in Trendle.

Use the CPC sheet to set and adjust your targets such as Max Bid and ACoS. More information in this blog post.

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