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The Goals

  • Decrease cost per lead while increasing regional footprint
  • Ensure high relevance of paid search ads
  • Automated creation of ad copy to reflect available properties

The Approach

  • Implemented inventory campaigns within DoubleClick Search
  • Created dynamic keyword lists to reflect current inventory
  • Expanded search marketing to locations not previously covered

The Results

  • Click-through rate increased by 40%
  • Volume of clicks increased by 106%
  • Number of London-based leads increased by 22%


Published August 2017

As one of the UK’s largest property websites, Zoopla wanted to structure their paid search activity in such a way that their ads reflected the properties that were available across all areas of the UK, down to the specific postcode. With millions of monthly visitors and hundreds of thousands of properties available to rent or buy, it was clear that automation would be the only way to ensure that ads were always relevant and accurate. 

The task of increasing the number of leads without increasing the cost per lead fell to Merkle | Periscopix, Zoopla’s digital marketing agency. Further goals included decreasing the spend in London in order to be able to extend budget to other regions, while at the same time lowering the overall cost per click by increasing the activity in niche locations where keyword competition was lower. 

The first step was to make changes to Zoopla’s property feed so that it contained all of the required information, such as the number of properties available by location, number of bedrooms and average property prices. It was then integrated with the inventory management feature of DoubleClick Search, allowing the creation of dynamic ad copy reflecting current availability.

DoubleClick Search’s inventory campaigns allow us to show the most relevant ad in real-time across Zoopla’s entire property inventory. Not only have we been able to significantly improve account performance, it has allowed us to future-proof our paid search approach as Zoopla Property Group continue to grow their property portfolio, and ensured we are maximizing their click spend in the most efficient areas.

Simplified campaign management

DoubleClick Search also offered custom variables and rules so the team could make changes to the feed in real-time without the need for back-end development on the Zoopla property database. Meanwhile, the use of advanced templates for ads and keywords reduced the time required to build a campaign without compromising the granular detail with which they could be managed. 

DoubleClick allowed us to get our real-time data in front of our consumers, when that information is most useful to them. This helps us to achieve our goal of being the most useful property resource for consumers. This project also helped in delivering more qualified leads to our members. It contributed to significant performance improvements, while also supporting our data-first approach.

Since campaigns are now created dynamically from data contained within the property feed, optimizations have become more efficient and the need to create manual updates has been removed. 

The budget spend on advertising for the London market has decreased by 17%, which can be reallocated to regions that were previously not covered. And despite the budget decrease in London, the number of leads in that market increased by 22%. Overall the cost per acquisition dropped by 31% from the previous year and the click-through rate for Zoopla’s ads went up by 40%.


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DoubleClick Search says 你好 (hello) to Baidu

    At DoubleClick Search, we’re always looking to expand our list of partners so we can offer clients a comprehensive search management solution. Today, we’re taking another step towards that goal by adding Baidu, China’s most popular search engine, to the list of platforms we support.

    Now, agencies who use DoubleClick Search to manage ad campaigns across multiple search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo Japan—can extend their reach to Baidu users globally. The addition of Baidu also gives the Chinese market access to the smarts and efficiency of DoubleClick Search for the first time. 

    Baidu support includes all the standard DoubleClick Search features you’d expect—holistic campaign management (including bulk sheets), conversion tracking, cross-media attribution, bid strategies, and flexible reporting—plus Baidu-specific features like province-level targeting.

    Clients are already finding success with DoubleClick Search and Baidu. 

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