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I'd just like to wish everyone going through the transformation the very best and my commisserations! (spelling?)
I know it has to be done. Good luck trying to avoid doing it twice for every account! :)
I would login with each individual client user/pass and see how the accounts are actually laid out.
My original account structure was like this:
Company master login > Client 1
> Client 2
> Business Affiliate Account
> Client 3
Company Master Login > Client 3
Client 1 Login > Client 1
> Bussiness Affiliate Account
Client 2 - now somewhere on its own
Yahoo! says they cannot fix the way these are now nested which is terrible. The fix was to change around some permissions, so that the client could not see our affiliate account. They say there is no way to move the accounts around in the new system, and the fix was to have a new account created by the client (w/ all their billing info, etc) and then Yahoo could move all the keywords and ads over, and we could then delete the original account. We did not go for this, and instead deleted our account.
So just be prepared to look at it from the client side as well...they may end up having way more access then you ever imagined.
In Panama, all your categories present in Overture will become campaings and the system itself will create adgroups based on keywords. To avoid this confusion, i will recommend to:
1. Download the account(keywords, adtexts etc) from Overture
2. Delete all categories in Overture.
3. Upgrade the account.
4. Create the campaings/adtexts/keywords based on Panama's bulk upload file format.
5. Upload the file to your account.
Now you will have the same structure in Panama as you had in Overture.
Hope this will lessen your burden.
ISSUE CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS TO NOT SET YOUR ACCOUNT TO LIVE UNTIL YOU HAVE REVIEWED FOR ACCURACY.
I told our rep to turn it on once we finished the import...what they did was use our search bid amounts for the content bids. I came in on Monday to a cost per conversion of $200-something.
Because I had records of my instructions, I could prove they screwed up, so we got a few thousand bucks back.
It's a total mess and we wont be bothering with it any longer. Just going to increase the Google budget.
So true, this has to be the most over complicated system I have *ever* seen. I have no idea where to begin.
0/10 for user friendliness.
Annoying thing is traffic AND conversions are way down since they upgraded me so I have no choice but to rectify the mess they’ve created.
Does anyone have any idea how to re-submit without errors?
Not only that but my daily clickthroughs have gone from 20-30 to only 2-3.
Also, is there now no way of seeing a list of bidders for each keyword?
Not impressed one bit.
Before the change I was bidding around US$0.30 to stay in the top three for my main keyword. I am now at .50 and they tell me I'm at #5. I can't see who my competitors are as I live outside the market.
My monthly cost is about 1/3 of what it once was.
Their interface is cumbersome to work with and doesn't scale well when you have a sidebar. It's very frustrating.
I've already dropped out of DE & NL because of poor volumes of impressions. UK will be next as I have to keep upping my bids to ridiculous levels just to make the minimum each month.
[edited by: Jonerock1t at 9:08 am (utc) on Aug. 23, 2007]