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Using Excel Solver To Set Daily Budgets: Part 2

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Earlier in the week we posted on how to use Excel Solver to set your daily campaign budgets. For those of you who wanted to see the whole process in action we put together a video to clarify how to use it. As always if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below!


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Sam Owen

With four years of Internet Marketing experience, Sam joined Hanapin as an Account Manager shortly after moving from Cambridge, UK to the States. He has worked predominantly in online price comparison, overseeing the launch of a number of sites worldwide, and managing over half a million clicks per month spending six-figure monthly budgets. Find him on twitter @SamOwenPPC or on his Google+.
  • Lee Hudson

    This is great, Solver is amazing! Thanks for the introduction. I have one question though. A vast majority of my spend is through a PLA campaign, which doesnt show as a display or search in the lost IS budget. What would you suggest here?

    • Sam Owen

      Hi Lee, thanks for watching.

      With PLAs you need to handle things a little differently. Generally it depends on your current CPAs – my experience is that PLAs have been so good in accounts that I let them get as much budget as possible. However, if you’re seeing them with middle of the pack CPA, you might want to make sure all campaigns with better CPA have as much budget as they are able to spend before assigning more.

      Hope that helps!

  • Anton Danilov

    Thx Sam for this post, it’s really very interesting) But this method worked if CR is a constant parameter, how it’s worked if CR hesitate becouse of seasonality or maybe anather reason?

    • Sam Owen

      If you have a changing C/R you won’t have fixed budgets. You’ll need to adjust them as time goes on. You could have a projected C/R for each week/month/day of the week etc. and run the a set number of times til you have a full map of how you want your budgets to be set each day of the month.

      I’m thinking you’d need to do two things:
      1. Use solver to set your budgets for each day of the month – Do you want budgets higher at the end of the month nearer Christmas? This would have to be done on projected C/Rs.
      2. Use solver to change allocation of campaigns on a per week basis if you think the C/R of each campaign will be different (rather than a net +10% improvement across the board).

      I haven’t ever set up anything that complicated, but it might be a cool case study.


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