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The 'Copy or Move Keywords and Ad Text' and 'Advanced Search and Editing' tools will be removed from all AdWords accounts on August 20th, 2007. These features are still available in Adwords Editor, which you can download for free.
These are very useful tools, and the removal from the Google Adwords Web Based gui, I think will make managing Campaigns much harder and more Difficult.
From the Adwords FAQ Blurb.
"Since users have told us they find the AdWords Editor platform more flexible and useful, we have decided to migrate all Cross Campaign Tools to the AdWords Editor platform. "
Anyone else agree/disagree with this?
I am sorry for your disappointment - and I do hope that you'll give the same tools a chance within AdWords Editor.
just my opinion
And since only one copy of Adwords Editor can be open at a time, it means I can't do something else with Adwords Editor while I'm waiting. With the cross campaign tools you can have multiple accounts open simultaneously if you run multiple browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera...), a handy technique I employ all day long. Even with my 3 computers on a KVM switch I have to find something else to do while the Editor downloads.
This is a great tool. It used to be even better. Yes, I know it eats CPU time, but we pay big, big bucks to Google. The savings Adwords is making in CPU time is killing my productivity. I'm going to have to pass those costs on to clients. If they have to spend more for me, it means they will spend less for Google.
Ever hear of "penny wise and pound foolish"?
There's a lot more to it than calling it like you see it. Anyone can see anything in anyway. There is no necessarily obvious difference between a visionary and a crank. It's like answering a koan.
I work with a variety of organization sizes. While small organizations lack breadth of expertise, they have clarity of purpose. Large organizations (the category Google is now in) have tremendous breadth of expertise, but their purpose gets siloed. What is good for meeting department A's objectives is bad for the organization as a whole. It can be amazingly difficult for large organizations to digest this. Just a couple of weeks ago I met with the general manager, marketing and website staff of one of my larger clients. One of thing things I tried to convince them of was that they were acquiring certain customers unprofitably. If they'd act on my advice is would actually negatively affect my earnings. But the problem is that they're organizationally rewarded for winning new customers. So, the real organizational goal of profitability gets shunted aside for the secondary goal of customer acquisition, which they're being pushed for because top management wants to grow profitability.
The bad news is, Google has started acting like the client I just described.