Posted July 16, 2008 1:06 am by with 7 comments

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The official Microsoft adCenter blog announced the beta testing of a desktop utility for their paid search platform.

For paid search managers, this software will function much like Google’s Adwords desktop application.

Basically you will be able to manage your adCenter campaigns from the convenience of your desktop without the use of a browser. The positives of software like this are numerous. The most obvious is that it allows you to make wholesale edits and revisions without worrying about the real time implications on your account. Such software also makes the initial process of paid search account setup much easier.

According to the blog teh adCenter application allows:

  • Quickly navigate through multiple accounts
  • Copy and paste keywords, negative keywords, match types and bid amounts from the adCenter Add-in for Excel into the Desktop application
  • Bulk edit multiple items at once (bid prices, destination URLs, ad group targeting, etc.) —within or across groups of items
  • Scan campaigns for editorial issues before uploading to adCenter
  • Upload changes to the adCenter user interface instantly with one click

You can participate in the beta testing by visiting the applications official page on the adCenter website.

This is just one more notable move in Microsoft’s visible focus on their paid search initiative. It seems as though the minds at Microsoft are focusing on showing on the value of paid search to advertisers as a way to grow their market share. I am not sure how this works since their low quality organic results keep their search share at such a small share.

Microsoft should probably take a look back at what the big G did. Their high quality search results gave birth to their industry changing paid search program, not the other way around. Traffic is based on users, and until the organic results of Live become usable to searchers adCenter will suffer no matter the initiatives of the company.

  • Google leads the way in paid advertising down here in South Africa, so I won’t be exploring this offering from Microsoft. Good to see that they’re being pro-active and looking at growing and evolving their offerings though. Competition is good for us advertisers.

  • This is great. Any ideas if Yahoo has something like that?

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  • Microsoft seems to be swimming against the current here, they really don’t have a good enough search product to support this. In my opinion, they should stop trying to beat Google at their own game and come up with something really creative and new instead.

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  • In an obvious area of weakness, to experiment and learn to improve market share does not cost a great deal and MS is on the right track.

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  • I think Microsoft is doing well

  • I gave this program a whirl last month when my request to participate was honored. Wow, disappointment. I’m so used to using AdWords Editor, that having to deal w/ the MS Office 2007 feel (I despise the ‘ribbon’ toolbar)I have not mastered this tool yet…