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Imagine this scenario:

You own a construction equipment rental company. A piece of equipment being used by a construction crew somewhere across town breaks down, and they have to find a replacement as quickly as possible. Someone on the crew uses his phone or other mobile device to do a search on Google for equipment rental companies in the area. An ad for your company appears. The person with the phone clicks a button and is connected to your company instantly. You arrange to deliver the equipment the company needs. The cost of the sale to your company? A quarter.

This scenario is not that far-fetched. As mobile devices become ever more omnipresent, people are going to turn to them more and more for research purposes as well as communication. You might as well begin preparing for it.

To run mobile ads in Google, you just select the mobile ad option when setting up an ad group (you must select the “Ad Variations” tab). Mobile ads are even more sparse than standard Google text ads, as you are only given two lines of text with a maximum of either 12 or 18 characters, depending on your language. You can also have a “Call” link appear on your ads if you choose the option to allow customers to directly connect to your business via phone (and why wouldn’t you?).

You can also choose to display a mobile web page to the user who clicks the ad. This is where things get a little tricky because mobile web pages are different than standard HTML pages. They are created with an alternate markup language specifically for mobile devices, such as WML or CHTML. You will need to format the page so that is displays properly on mobile devices, which means it is probably going to need to be a lot more narrow and sparse than your standard web page. When setting up the mobile ad, you select the language in which your mobile web page is written.

Currently, mobile ads can be targeted to Google users in the following countries: the U.S., the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, China, Ireland, India, Russia and Australia. You can also specify to show your ad with particular mobile phone carriers, or to all carriers.

You don’t want to be the last one in your industry to be on the cutting edge by displaying your Google ads to mobile searchers. You’re better off getting in before the market catches on.

For help running Google mobile ads for your business, contact Work Media at 888-299-4837 or email Info@WorkMedia.net.