General introduction on Baidu products
As mentioned before Baidu has some products that are similar to what Google offers but it also has several that are unique. Baidu is expanding its product offering and many new products can not be managed from the general customer account. But no matter how many products it has, paid search and display network are still the main focus and cash cow for Baidu.
All Baidu products can be divided into 3 categories: paid search, display network and other products.
Ads are shown in different formats at the top right, bottom right and left. Media expense is charges by ads performance and paid per click, which is the same as Google. Below is an example:
The Baidu display network consists of 350 thousand third-party highly-qualified websites and software providers, and ads can be shown on those websites in different forms. This adds up to 5 billion exposures in total.
The brand-link is a fixed-price product and includes an eye-catching brand logo (a big logo shown either on the top left or on the right side), a company introduction, and tailored content. The brand-link has a great visual impact to audiences and is obviously a quick way for branding. Of course companies would pay a higher price for this service and Baidu will carefully review all companies and products.
2. Fixed ranking (right side & fixed price):
A fixed-ranking is an advertisements with a fixed position for a certain keyword (one or two at most). The ads acquired by certain keywords will only be shown on the right side. All remaining ads on the right are normal CPC ads.
Because of the high price of fixed-rank ads this product is only suited for companies with a single product offering. And since Baidu expands the positions for ads on the left side (which draws much more attention than the right side), the use of this product is not attractive to most companies.
3. Picture promotion (fixed ranking & price):
A picture promotion is similar to fixed-ranking: a picture ad is shown on a fixed position at the top left of the Baidu image search results.
4. Relevant ads: ads displayed in Baidu applications at the top right
A relevant ad is an advertisement that appears inside a Baidu application (postbar, music download, encyclopedia etc.) depending on the context of the activity. Relevant ads are a very recent addition to Baidu; they do not yet provide much informaton about the details of this product.
The Baidu ad management platform can not manage campaigns on any of these "other" products, so you will need to contact Baidu to set them up. I can help you with this, and I can also help you with Baidu paid search and display network campaigns. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help.
I will provide detailed information on paid search and display network ads (such as the calculation of CPC, how to format ads, campaign settings, etc.) in a later post.
*All pictures and product details are from www.baidu.com.
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