Since Google has announced to change the matching behaviour for phrase and exact match, the reactions have ranged from unenthusiastic to strong criticism. Some advertisers have mentioned that they were going to test the new matching behaviour. Actually, you don’t have to.
Basically what’s changing here is the definition of the exact match – a phrase match is just an exact match that allows words before and after. The new exact match will cover “close variants” as well – where have we heard that before? A modified broad match also covers close variants. Might those be the same? Continue reading