Ad Campaign workshop

PPC Campaign Workshop

PPC Campaign Workshop for an Online Retailer

This workshop guides participants through the process of creating a mock Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaign for “TechGadgets,” a hypothetical online retailer specializing in the latest technology and gadgets.

The focus is on conducting keyword research, crafting compelling ad copy, and developing effective bid strategies.


Equip participants with practical experience in setting up a PPC campaign tailored to driving traffic and sales for an online retail business.


  • Brief on TechGadgets: Provide an overview of the hypothetical online retailer, including its target audience, product range, and unique selling propositions (USPs).
  • Introduction to PPC Tools: Offer a tutorial on using PPC campaign management tools such as Google Ads and keyword research tools like Google Keyword Planner, SEMrush, or Ahrefs.
  • Group Formation: Divide participants into small teams, each responsible for different aspects of the campaign—keyword research, ad copywriting, and bid strategy development.

Workshop Activities

  1. Keyword Research (30 minutes)

    • Task: Identify relevant, high-intent keywords that potential customers might use when searching for products offered by TechGadgets.
    • Process: Use keyword research tools to generate a list of keywords based on search volume, competition, and relevance to TechGadgets’ product offerings.
    • Output: A prioritized list of keywords to target in the PPC campaign.
  2. Ad Copywriting (30 minutes)

    • Task: Craft compelling ad copy for a series of PPC ads that highlight TechGadgets’ USPs, including special offers, product features, or customer benefits.
    • Process: Develop headlines, descriptions, and CTAs that are clear, enticing, and aligned with the search intent of the chosen keywords.
    • Output: Completed ad copy for at least three different PPC ads, ready for A/B testing.
  3. Bid Strategy Development (30 minutes)

    • Task: Create a bid strategy that maximizes visibility and conversions while staying within a predefined budget.
    • Process: Discuss and select appropriate bidding options offered by Google Ads (e.g., manual CPC, enhanced CPC, target CPA) based on the campaign goals.
    • Output: A detailed bid strategy outlining the chosen bidding method, initial bid amounts for selected keywords, and any bid adjustments for devices, locations, or times of day (dayparting).

Presentation and Feedback (1 hour)

  • Presentation: Each group presents their segment of the PPC campaign to the workshop participants, explaining their strategy, choices, and expected outcomes.
  • Feedback: Facilitate a constructive feedback session, allowing participants to critique and suggest improvements to each other’s work, focusing on the relevance and effectiveness of keywords, the appeal of ad copy, and the logic behind bid strategies.

The PPC Campaign Workshop offers participants hands-on experience in the critical aspects of setting up a successful PPC campaign for an online retailer.

By engaging in keyword research, ad copywriting, and bid strategy development, participants learn how to create targeted, compelling ads designed to attract and convert potential customers effectively.

Next Steps

  • Encourage participants to apply the skills and insights gained from the workshop to real-world PPC campaigns.
  • Suggest further experimentation and optimization based on campaign performance data, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in PPC marketing.

Display Ad Design Challenge for an Online Retailer

This interactive workshop challenges participants to design a series of display ads for “EcoHome Essentials,” a hypothetical online retailer specializing in eco-friendly home products.

The focus is on leveraging creative visual elements and messaging that reflect the brand’s identity and values.


To foster creativity and practical skills in designing visually appealing and effective display ads that align with a brand’s identity and marketing goals.


  • Brand Brief: Provide participants with a detailed overview of EcoHome Essentials, including its mission, target audience, product lines, and unique selling points (USPs), such as sustainability and organic materials.
  • Design Resources: Introduce design tools that participants can use, such as Canva or Adobe Spark, and provide access to stock photo libraries or EcoHome Essentials’ product images.
  • Group Formation: Divide participants into small teams, ensuring a mix of skills in each group, including design, copywriting, and marketing.

Workshop Activities

  1. Concept Development (30 minutes)

    • Task: Brainstorm concepts for the display ad series that highlight EcoHome Essentials’ commitment to sustainability and product quality.
    • Output: A creative brief for each ad, outlining the key message, visual theme, and intended audience action (e.g., “Learn More,” “Shop Now”).
  2. Ad Design (1 hour)

    • Task: Using the selected design tool, create a series of three cohesive display ads based on the developed concepts. Designs should incorporate EcoHome Essentials’ branding elements (logo, color scheme) and include compelling visuals and messaging.
    • Considerations: Ensure designs are optimized for different formats and placements, including banner ads, square ads for social media, and skyscraper ads for web pages.
    • Output: Digital files of the display ad series, ready for review and feedback.
  3. Messaging and CTA Development (30 minutes)

    • Task: Craft concise, impactful messaging for each ad that communicates the brand’s USPs and encourages viewer engagement. Develop a clear and compelling call-to-action for each ad.
    • Output: Finalized ad copy and CTAs integrated into the ad designs.

Presentation and Feedback (1 hour)

  • Presentation: Each group presents their display ad series, explaining the concept, design choices, and how the ads communicate EcoHome Essentials’ brand values.
  • Feedback: Facilitate a session where participants and facilitators offer constructive feedback on the design, messaging, and overall effectiveness of the ads. Discuss how each ad aligns with the brand identity and the intended audience action.

The Display Ad Design Challenge equips participants with experience in creating targeted, brand-aligned display ads that engage and convert.

Through collaborative brainstorming, design, and messaging development, participants learn the importance of cohesive visual branding and clear calls-to-action in digital advertising.

Next Steps

  • Encourage participants to refine their ads based on feedback and consider how the concepts and techniques learned can be applied to real-world display advertising campaigns.
  • Highlight the importance of ongoing testing and optimization based on ad performance data to continually improve engagement and conversion rates.

Campaign Optimization Simulation for Online Retail

This interactive simulation is designed to give participants hands-on experience in analyzing and optimizing digital marketing campaigns for “Fashion Forward,” a hypothetical online retailer specializing in trendy apparel.

Participants will use hypothetical campaign data to identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions to enhance campaign performance.


To develop participants’ skills in interpreting digital marketing data and applying optimization strategies to improve the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns.


  • Campaign Data Packets: Create hypothetical data packets for various digital marketing campaigns (PPC, display ads, social media) including key performance indicators (KPIs) such as click-through rates (CTR), conversion rates, cost per acquisition (CPA), and return on ad spend (ROAS).
  • Scenario Briefs: Provide brief descriptions of different campaign scenarios, including objectives, target audiences, and budgets.
  • Analysis Tools: Introduce basic tools or templates that can be used for data analysis, such as Excel spreadsheets with pre-loaded data.

Workshop Activities

  1. Data Analysis (45 minutes)

    • Task: Teams analyze the provided campaign data to identify trends, strengths, and areas for improvement. This includes assessing which campaigns are underperforming based on set KPIs and why.
    • Output: A summary report detailing the performance analysis and initial thoughts on potential areas for optimization.
  2. Optimization Strategy Development (45 minutes)

    • Task: Based on their analysis, teams develop a comprehensive optimization strategy. This might involve reallocating budget, adjusting targeting criteria, revising ad creatives or messaging, and proposing A/B tests for different campaign elements.
    • Output: A detailed optimization plan outlining proposed changes and expected impacts on campaign performance.
  3. Presentation and Justification (30 minutes)

    • Task: Each team presents their findings and optimization strategy to the group, explaining the rationale behind their decisions and how they anticipate these changes will improve campaign results.
    • Output: A persuasive presentation that makes a strong case for the proposed optimization strategy.

Facilitated Discussion and Feedback (30 minutes)

  • After each presentation, facilitate a discussion on the proposed strategies, encouraging participants to offer feedback and alternative optimization ideas.
  • Discuss the importance of a test-and-learn approach, emphasizing that optimization is an ongoing process requiring continuous data analysis and adjustment.

The Campaign Optimization Simulation provides practical experience in the critical skills of data analysis and campaign optimization.

By working through real-life scenarios, participants learn how to make informed decisions that can significantly improve the performance of digital marketing campaigns.

Next Steps

  • Encourage participants to apply the optimization strategies learned in the simulation to their own marketing campaigns.
  • Highlight the value of regular performance reviews and the flexibility to adapt strategies based on evolving campaign data and market trends.