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Bing Ads Intelligence is a powerful keyword research tool that allows customers to build and expand on their keyword lists using the Excel interface. Customers can easily gauge the performance of relevant keywords and apply those insights to improve their keyword selection and campaign performance.

After reading this training, you will understand how to:

  • Download the Bing Ads Intelligence tool.
  • Apply the keyword suggestion and keyword analysis features.
  • Create customizable keyword research workflows.
  • Download and leverage the integrated keyword research templates.

Tool installation

Before you install the Bing Ads Intelligence tool, be sure you have Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office and Microsoft Office Excel 2007 or newer installed and closed on your computer. Also, you must uninstall any previous versions of Bing Ads Add-in for Excel, or Bing Ads Intelligence. Next, sign in to your Bing Ads account and navigate to the Tools tab. Click the Bing Ads Intelligence menu item to link to the Bing Ads Intelligence download page. From here you may select “Download now” and follow the Install Wizard prompts.

Bing Ads Intelligence interface

Once installed, launch Excel and click the Bing Ads Intelligence tab.

Step 1: Sign in and select an account. Click the Sign in button, enter your Bing Ads credentials and click OK. In the Select Account dialog box, enter the name of the account you want to use and click the search icon. From the resulting list, select the account you want and click OK.

Step 2: Select a campaign and ad group. Once you have selected an account you then select the campaign and add up to 50 Ad Groups. From there, the Bing keyword research tool gives you the option to download the keywords in the ad groups you’ve selected, along with their performance data.

Step 3: Download keywords to a worksheet. In the Select Date Range dialog box, select a date range from the list. If you select Custom date range, you’ll need to choose start and end dates. Then click Download. You can enter Keywords, Keyword Phrases, or URLs in a worksheet and select the keywords you want to use.

  • Keyword Research & Account buttons build or expand keyword lists with additional relevant keywords.

More Research Options buttons create a keyword strategy based on attributes like historical performance, geography and demographics, as well as review data to optimize keyword bidding strategies. Most of these buttons require the input of parameters to fine-tune results, e.g., match types, bids, devices and date ranges.

Note: The Auction Insights button can now be found in the Bing Ads Web UI in the “Details” drop-down menu in Campaigns, Ad Groups and Keywords tabs. Additionally, you can export them as a report in the UI.

Likewise, the Find Broad Match Opportunities in the “Opportunities” tab can now be found in Bing Ads Web UI. You can also export them as you would  using the Bing Ads Intelligence tool. Sorting and Filtering are done through the table in the Bing Ads UI. You can also dismiss the opportunities you don’t want or apply selected opportunities only.

Both Auction Insights and Find Broad Match Opportunities can be viewed at an account or campaign level.

Keyword research & bid strategy

The Keyword suggestions buttons help you perform integrated research on keyword and bid estimates. You can tailor your bidding strategy based on pricing data for keyword-specific metrics such as clicks, impressions, position, click-through rate and cost per click.

To generate a suggested keyword list, select the keywords you want to use from your Account Keywords Worksheet (or any worksheet with a column of keywords). Select keywords from only one column. On the Bing Ads Intelligence tab, click Keyword Suggestions. If you want to customize the list, click Customize and select the options you want in the Keyword Suggestions dialog box and click Submit.  After you’ve created your list of suggested keywords, use Create Bulksheet and import them into your Bing Ads account(s).

With the Bing Ads Intelligence tool, you can work with keyword lists of up to 200,000 generated words, easily filtering out adult/brand terms from your keyword expansion.

Bing Intelligence also takes you straight to the data story you want to see. To develop informed keyword strategies and optimize your keyword research and bid estimates, you should:

  • Click Traffic for daily, weekly and monthly search query counts. Traffic is useful for spotting trends in search queries.
  • Click Keyword Performance to view historical performance data for the specified keywords, including clicks, impressions and costs.

You can view keyword performance and historical performance data for the specified keywords, including clicks, impressions and costs within the excel plug-in, Bing Ads Intelligence

Under More Research, you may explore the following:

  • Click Webpage Keywords to generate keywords from a specific website.
  • Click Keyword Expansions and use the Bing keyword research tool to get more ideas from the keywords you select in the sheet.
  • Click Searches with Your Keyword to generate a list of search queries containing your keywords.
  • Click Associated Keywords to generate new keywords based on other advertisers' bidding behavior.
  • Click Related Searches to create a list of search queries based on the Bing Related Search results. The related search terms are derived from the related searches list that appears on the left side of the Bing Search results screen.
  • Click Keyword Categories to view a list of business categories for specified keywords.
  • Click Search-User Location to generate a list of locations within a country, state/province or city with the most searches on specified keywords.
  • Click Age Group & Gender to generate age group and gender percentages for the specified keywords over the last 30 days. Click Bid Estimation for New Keywords to research bid suggestions and estimated performance data for existing keywords.

Bid estimation for new keywords

Clicking Submit returns bid estimation data in a spreadsheet with the following columns:

  • Keyword
  • Position
  • Estimated Min Bid
  • Average Cost Per Click (CPC)
  • CTR
  • Estimated Min Impressions

Keyword Research Templates

These are pre-generated keyword research ideas in the form of dashboard spreadsheets.

Accessing these templates is easy. Click on the Keyword Research Templates button to open the Template panel. Scroll to the desired template and click to open.

Most templates contain instructions, but, in general, they are easy to use. You enter information into highlighted cells and click on the Refresh All button.

Keyword Research Templates

Templates are powerful and flexible. You can extend existing templates with additional Bing Ads Intelligence and Excel features, or create custom templates based on your own unique workflow. Templates can be saved and shared with colleagues, or even shared with the Bing Ads Intelligence user community. To submit custom templates, email bai-templates@microsoft.com.

Create a template

Bing Ads Intelligence lets you choose where to display results in your workbooks. In addition, you can manipulate data with favorite Excel features, like pivot tables, filters, sorts and graphs.

Let’s say you want to create a list of Generated Keywords from the seed keyword, “digital camera.” From the Generated Keyword column, select the keywords to return data. Click Traffic to open the dialog box. Choose Existing Worksheet, and select the cell where the returned traffic data should be placed. In this example, we chose D6.

Click Submit, and the Traffic data is inserted at the cell location selected, D6.

Create a template

You can save this workflow and use it again later. If you need traffic data for a different keyword, simply select a new range of keywords and click Refresh All in the ribbon.

Summary

Bing Ads Intelligence is a powerful keyword research tool that helps you build, expand and optimize suggested keyword lists and bid estimates using familiar Excel.

Bing Ads Intelligence helps you:

  • Build lists of up to 200,000 generated keyword lists.
  • Create original keyword research templates that let you analyze data for your business.
  • Discover bid estimation data in a simple spreadsheet.

The Bing Ads Intelligence tool is free to download.

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