As the MAA focuses on encouraging students to bridge the gap between their studies and career in a productive way, we’re here with an aMAAzing opportunity for dutch-speaking students interested in consultancy! 

 

Introducing SOLVE Consulting: a student association who’s currently providing dutch-speaking students the opportunity to become a student consultant! Their main focus as a consultancy association is on enhancing the corporate social responsibility of NGO’s and for-profit companies all around the Netherlands. Although founded a short 10 years ago, they have already: completed over 100 client projects; expanded to Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam; obtained affiliation agreements with several Dutch research universities; and secured partnerships with companies such as Deloitte and Berenschot. Needless to say, they are established.

 

As an association created by students (and for students), they anticipate your needs and provide accordingly; whether it be opportunities for personal growth, or the need for a work/life/study balance – they’ve got you covered! As a student consultant for SOLVE, you participate in consultant trainings and workshops from top consulting firms. During those instructive sessions, you learn a wide array of information useful for your professional career. “The trainings and workshops teach things such as consultancy methods, management training, and communication styles.” explain the board members of SOLVE. You then use those learnt skills and apply them to a real-life consultancy case. Although this may seem demanding, SOLVE ensures that you never work more than 8 hours a week on these projects. In this way, you get a sense of what being a consultant is like, while still being able to enjoy life as a student! 

 

The consultancy cases differ in content as well as duration. The length of a project can vary between 6 weeks and 15 weeks, depending on the complexity and requirements of the case. Yet, as a student consultant, you can choose to only contribute to projects that appeal to your areas of interest, allowing you to acquire knowledge and expertise in your desired field. Recent examples of SOLVE’s projects include working with Verstegen (think: your favourite spices and sauces!); wherein they collaborated to find ways in which the company could improve their corporate social responsibility. They also worked with Universitair Asiel Fonds (UAF) – an organization focused on finding suitable employment for refugee students and professionals – conducting an impact analysis on their campaign and its influence on their popularity.

 

These aren’t the only benefits of joining SOLVE, though. “While working on real cases, our consultants gain a lot of personal and business-related experience. They develop key competencies such as communication and analytical skills,” explain the board members, “SOLVE also helps orient students in the labour market, giving them the chance to find out if a job in the consultancy industry suits them.” 

 

Like the MAA, SOLVE cultivates a prime networking hub, allowing you to meet ambitious students from all disciplines, and hence establish a solid foundation for future career opportunities. “Our consultants consist of second and third year bachelor’s students, and master’s students, coming from all different study areas;” say the board members, “ we maintain a strong community by organising activities where consultants have the opportunity to connect with each other.” The driven nature of SOLVE’s student consultants is evident through their alumni, who are all pursuing fruitful careers – many of them in consultancy. “Some [alumni] work for big consultancy companies such as EY, PWC, Deloitte, and others work for smaller organisations.” affirm the board members. 

 

Suffice it to say, SOLVE Consulting is an all-encompassing stepping stone for students, guaranteeing both career and personal development. If you would like to gain experience in consultancy and work with motivated students from different study backgrounds, apply to become a student consultant for SOLVE by sending your CV, motivation letter, and grade list to hr.amsterdam@solve-consulting.nl before 7 October

Why you should not miss the opportunity to go to Dublin with the MAA.

Dublin, named Europe’s “friendliest city” twice by Tripadvisor, will be this years’ Careers Beyond Borders destination! If that, and the opportunity to meet various companies abroad during a 5-day stay is not convincing enough already, here are 7 highlights of aMAAzing Dublin;

1. You cannot call yourself a real student if you don’t indulge in a couple of beers every now and then. Well, when it comes to beer, the Irish really challenge you with their famous Guinness, which originally comes from… yes you guessed it DUBLIN! You can visit Arthur Guinness brewery at St. James’s Gate yourself!

2. While you are enjoying your beer, do not forget to look around, or perhaps walk around, as Dublin is known for its beautiful scenery; mountains, forests, lakes and parks, you name it. Dublin has it!

3. After finishing your beer and walk, you can enjoy Dublin’s great music scene, they are well known for having many live music options! You can find most of these bars at the always lively area “Temple Bar”.

4. For those who’ve enjoyed their beer a bit to much, no need to worry! You can always ask for god’s forgiveness when visiting one of the two gorgeous cathedrals; St. Patricks and Christ Church.

5. And of course you will be craving some good food, which luckily Dublin is well known for too! it is known for its contemporary dining. As there are said to be about 70 million Irish people all over the world, many of them have returned to Dublin with their new discovered flavours, and they are not afraid to be innovative and creative with their menus! Resulting in a very cutting-edge and constantly evolving food scene.

6. Dublin is even a great place to get some much needed study motivation, as they have one of the most magical libraries in Europe, which you can visit at Trinity College.

7. To add some spice to your trip and to make sure you will stay on track; make sure to visit the abandoned prison “Kilmainham Gaol”. You will be informed of the very interesting history of this prison during your tour.

If this made you excited, go to here and apply now.

Creating a new Google AdWords campaign is a thrilling experience—a mix of the excitement of building something new, the anxiety of its outcome, a fear of failure, and a hope for success. You really want to be sure everything is right before clicking the “Enable” button on a new campaign.

In this guide, our friends at Whello give the most important tips to keep in mind before launching an AdWords campaign.

1. Let’s do some keyword research!
The most important component of a successful campaign is understanding the customer and what they want. If you advertise a product or service that your customers aren’t interested in, your campaign will not be successful no  matter how much money you spend on it. Therefore, it’s very important to understand the psychology of your customers and desirability of your product or service before constructing your first campaign.

Customer volume is also an important factor to consider. You need to analyze whether your investment can bring a high enough volume of customers to cover the amount of money you’ll spend to attract them.

You can use Google’s AdWords Keyword Suggestion Tool to figure out the search volume and competition level of the keywords you have in mind. All you need to do is get into your customers’ mindset and type in a phrase using your keywords. However, before you begin using the tool, ensure that the “Advanced Options” are set. Select the desired location, choose the language, and set the default device type as “Laptops/Desktops,” unless you’re exclusively targeting mobile devices. To get a sense of phrases relevant to your keyword, choose the “Phrase” match in the keyword “Match Type” setting.

While looking for keywords specific to your business or product, take into account the following:

● Invest in keywords that have high search volumes.
● Invest in keywords that indicate an intent to buy, rather than someone just searching for information.
● As explained further below, consider the affordability of each keyword. This is especially important if you’re looking at high-volume, high-competition keywords.

2. Do the math: comparing costs to budget
While you don’t need to know complex trigonometry, you will need to do basic math before investing your time and money to begin an AdWords campaign.

The first question to ask yourself is, “Can I afford this keyword?” Take a look at the following example to help you find the answer:

First of all, set a maximum cost-per-click (CPC) you think you can afford (let’s say €5 as an example). Now, use the Keyword Tool to compare your maximum CPC with the estimated CPC you get in the tool. Suppose the Keyword Tool places the cost of the keyword at €4, so you know you have a window of €1. That sounds like a good deal, so let’s look at the next step.

Your maximum cost-per-click depends on the conversion rate of your website, profit per customer, and your profit margin. If you don’t know the precise figures yet, you need to come up with estimate figures for each and do a little guess work. You’ll be tracking your campaign, so you’ll have more accurate figures soon to make better calculations.
In the meantime, here’s the formula you should use:

Max CPC = [(profit per customer) x (1 – profit margin) x (website conversion rate)]/100

Suppose your profit per customer is €200, with a profit margin of 50 percent and a conversion rate of 10 percent. By using the above formula, you can easily calculate the Max CPC:

Max CPC = [€200 x (1 – 0.5) x 10]/100 = €10
The maximum cost-per-click you’ve set should be close to the estimated CPC that is shown in the Keyword Tool. However, if your max CPC is way less than the estimated CPC, you’ll need to either decrease your profit margin or increase either the profit per customer or your website’s conversion rate.

3. Check out your competitors
Simply put, include competitor intelligence in your arsenal. Successful AdWords marketers identify the landing pages, keywords, and ads that perform best and those that do not. In other words, they sort and optimize their AdWords campaigns effectively. At Whello we use Keyword Planner, to see which keywords competitors bid on and what the average search volumes are.

4. Find your Unique Selling Point
You need to have a unique selling proposition (USP) that makes you stand apart from your competition. Customers consider why they should choose you and not your competitor. The key to your success lies in how you answer this for them.

Every marketing strategy is backed by a strong USP, and AdWords is no exception. There are three reasons why you need a powerful USP:

● It will generate more traffic while keeping unwanted leads at bay.
● It will boost your conversion rates.
● It’s a potential game changer that can eliminate price comparison shopping. If you’re offering something nobody else does, customers won’t think of you as a commodity, but as an opportunity.

The best way to create a powerful USP is to pay heed to your customers. Analyze their shopping patterns, see what they like, and find out what they don’t like about your industry. After that, take a look at your competitors’ ads, websites, keywords, and everything else, then come up with a unique selling proposition that nobody else offers.

5. Make it irresistible
You should offer something so amazing in your AdWords campaign that a potential buyer feels compelled to use your services, without even realizing it. This is called an irresistible offer and it has the following four components:

● Value:​ Your potential buyers should feel they’re getting more for their money. Your offer should sound like a great deal.
● Believable:​ The price should look reasonable, and not drastically less, or they’ll feel like something fishy is going on behind the scenes.
● Reduce​ ​Risk:​ Consumers are afraid of losing money to some cheap product or poor service, especially on the internet. Offering a money-back guarantee can reduce this risk to help new customers feel more comfortable shopping or doing business with you.
● Call​ ​to​ ​Action​ ​(CTA):​ Create a clear and simple CTA—the next step you want people to take. If you want your customers to call you, don’t make them dig around your website for your number. If you want them to fill out a form, put it front and center. It’s as simple as that.

6. And now make it efficient.
When you’re using AdWords search advertising, you pay only when your advertisements get clicks. With this in mind, your ads need to perform two important jobs for you:

● Attract relevant customers to your ads.
● Keep irrelevant customers at bay.

A successful campaign doesn’t simply bring in more traffic; it means more relevant traffic that brings in more sales, and less unqualified traffic eating into your advertising budget.

7. Landing pages matter
You shouldn’t direct every customer to your homepage, unless it’s the only page you’ve got (which isn’t a good idea for an online business).

A homepage tells a potential customer a lot about your business, but it probably doesn’t hone in on what was highlighted in your ad. A landing page should be focused only on what you advertised, providing all the information a potential customer needs to motivate them to take action.

Every ad should have a congruent landing page. If you’re offering deals on shoes, land your potential customers on a webpage that shows shoes, not on your homepage where they’ll need to figure out how to get to the page with shoes. If you’re offering a discount on a particular item, your ad should take customers to a page where they can buy that item.

8. Conversion tracking is key
It’s essential to analyze keywords and ads that bring you a high return on investment (ROI) and those that don’t. Tracking your conversions will not only help you manage your ads and keywords properly, you’ll also be able to make necessary changes to optimize your campaigns accordingly.

9. Customize what can be customized
What would you prefer: a “one-size-fits-all” hat or a hat that actually fits your head? The same goes for AdWords as well. You can’t run everything on default mode and expect brilliant results. You need to set up the following settings in your AdWords, and quickly:
a)​ ​Search​ ​vs.​ ​Display
Search and display are different types of advertising networks, which need different sets of keywords, ads, and landing pages to be effective. You should set up different campaigns to target these two different kinds of networks.
b)​ ​Device​ ​Bids
If your website is not mobile-friendly, you don’t need to invest in mobile device advertising campaigns. However, if you have a responsive website (one that can adjust automatically to fit any device), you should definitely consider spending money on mobile-specific advertisements.
c)​ ​Keyword​ ​Match​ ​Types
There are three main keyword match types: broad, phrase, and exact. The default match type is set to “Broad.” As a result, Google will show your ad whenever a matching keyword or phrase is used. This match type has a higher chance of driving irrelevant traffic, which also increases your website’s bounce rate. With the “Phrase” match type, Google will display your ad when a user types a search query that matches the phrase you’ve selected. This match type gives you more control over who sees your ad in comparison to the “Broad” setting.
“Exact” match type is like a strict instructor. Google will only show your ad when a user types in the exact keyword in the search bar. While it gives you the most control, you’re also likely to get to less exposure; I suggest that you select “Phrase” match and you’ll be good to go.
d)​ ​Negative​ ​Keywords
These are a great way to block phrases that Google would otherwise use to show your ads. Negative keywords are what differentiate “designer women’s shoes” or “cheap women’s shoes” from the “women’s shoes” you sell on your site. Adding negative keywords saves you from unwanted traffic and less ROI.

10. Last but not least: optimize!
Nothing is perfect from the very beginning, and your AdWords campaigns will likely be no exception—even with careful planning. To make sure your campaigns are proving to be beneficial, you should monitor three important factors:
● Keyword​ ​Bids:​ The moment your website starts generating clicks and sales for you, you should think about optimizing your bids. You may want to raise your bids if your keywords are bringing you good sales but not a higher ranking. On the other hand, if the keywords are not generating profits, you’ll need to lower the bids or use other keywords altogether.
● Click​ ​Through​ ​Rate​ ​(CTR):​ Your website’s quality score, which is determined by Google, depends directly on your ad’s CTR. You need to test different ad campaigns to know which ones bring you the most clicks.
● Landing​ ​Page​ ​Conversion​ ​Rate:​ Remember, your landing page should offer what you promised in the ad, or the customer is likely to leave your website. A landing page that keeps the promise you made in your ad helps ensure higher conversion rates and, as a result, more profit. Test different versions of landing pages to know which version suits your campaign the best.

We hope you can use these 10 tips to start building your own effective AdWords campaigns. If you would like to dive deeper into the world of Online Advertising, you can check out the free courses from Google here.

Whello is always looking for motivated students who are interested in doing an excitingly challenging internship at our Whello office in Amsterdam-Noord! Click here to leave your motivation and contact details.