SEMs Not Happy With New Google Partner Program Requirements
Google announced new Google Ads Partner program requirements this week and the SEM and advertiser community is not happy with these changes. The big changes are doubling the ad spend, more of your company need certification and requirements to adhere to Google’s recommendations over what might be best for the client.
The changes are starting at the end of June 2020.
Here are the changes:
Before: Meet a 90-day ad spend requirement of $10,000 USD across your managed accounts to show that your company has a healthy amount of activity.
After: Meet a 90-day ad spend requirement of $20,000 USD across your managed accounts to show that your company has a healthy amount of activity.
Before: A company needs 1 user certified in Google Ads who has admin or standard access to the company’s Google Ads manager account or any account linked to the company’s Google Partners registered Google Ads manager account.
After: A company needs to have at least 50% of its eligible users earn updated certifications from Skillshop. Learn more about the Google Ads certification.
Before: Meet the performance requirement by delivering solid overall ad revenue and growth, and maintaining and growing your customer base. Partners evaluates the client accounts linked to your manager account during an 18-month period. Partners requires at least 12 months of spend activity in your manager account.
After: Meet the performance requirement by using Google Ads effectively to set up and optimally run campaigns to maximize outcome. Access your ‘Recommendations’ tab to see the actions you can take to improve your performance. Note: We evaluate the optimization score without dismissed recommendations for the company performance requirement.
Also there are new badges coming for 2020:
Premium badges have higher level requirements; to be eligible for the Premier Partner status in 2020, companies will need to first earn the new Partner badge. The Google Partners program will then grant Premier status to the top 3% of the participating companies each calendar year.
Now, here is some of the feedback from the industry:
It seems like the requirements weren’t thought through. Small businesses will lose their status (e.g. less people certified than you require) – unless we start asking clients to get certified. What benefits? I haven’t seen any benefits from the Partner Badge.
Must accept automated recommendations (that are often terrible) even if irrelevant to clients or lose your badge? You want 61 members of our agency to get qualified – we don’t employ 61 people!
It REALLY looks like an exercise to maximise revenue from advertisers. Not great.
We have to agree, this is a revenue booster if ever we’ve seen one.
That is just a sprinkling of the complaints.
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