I ran Allianz’s paid search campaign for many years and its then strategy of always being in top rank for the industry’s hero term ‘car insurance’ paid dividends. I’m not saying it was a positive ROI term but it greatly helped their account level quality score allowing them to pay far lower CPC’s across all terms than their competitors. When they moved agencies, which I was a part of, we moved the account with Google – not to retain the data – as we had that elsewhere but to retain the account level quality score. It was never questioned, we had to do it!
At indago digital we’re happy to start fresh when a new client’s quality score is poor, although Google recommend against it, as we know that within a few weeks we can build better quality score and the history of the campaign might be holding us back. What we internally disagree with is what should we do when the client’s QS is good? The obvious answer is to always take over the Google account, but in some cases that just isn’t possible.
Most recently Google informed us that QS at this level isn’t based on the account but by the domain itself.
I hope this is true as it makes sense on many levels.
We’re about to try it out with a new client and will get back to you when we have an answer.