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advertools: create, scale, and manage online campaigns

A digital marketer is a data scientist.
Your job is to manage, manipulate, visualize, communicate, understand, and make decisions based on data.

You might be doing basic stuff, like copying and pasting text on spread sheets, you might be running large scale automated platforms with sophisticated algorithms, or somewhere in between. In any case your job is all about working with data.

As a data scientist you don’t spend most of your time producing cool visualizations or finding great insights. The majority of your time is spent wrangling with URLs, figuring out how to stitch together two tables, hoping that the dates, won’t break, without you knowing, or trying to generate the next 124,538 keywords for an upcoming campaign, by the end of the week!
advertools is a Python package, that can hopefully make that part of your job a little easier.

I have a tutorial on DataCamp that demonstrates a real-life example of how to use Python for creating a Search Engine Marketing campaign. There is also a project to practice those skills in an agency / case study setting.

I also have an interactive tool based on this package, where you can generate keyword combinations easily.

Main Uses:

  • Generate keywords: starting from a list of products, and a list of words that might make sense together, you can generate a full table of many possible combinations and permutations of relevant keywords for that product. The output is a ready-to-upload table to get you started with keywords.
>>> import advertools as adv
>>> adv.kw_generate(products=['toyota'],
                    words=['buy', 'price'],
...        Campaign Ad Group           Keyword Criterion Type
    0  SEM_Campaign   toyota        toyota buy          Exact
    1  SEM_Campaign   toyota      toyota price          Exact
    2  SEM_Campaign   toyota        buy toyota          Exact
    3  SEM_Campaign   toyota      price toyota          Exact
    4  SEM_Campaign   toyota  toyota buy price          Exact
  • Create ads: Two main ways to create text ads, one is from scratch (bottom-up) and the other is top down (given a set of product names).
  1. From scratch: This is the traditional way of writing ads. You have a template text, and you want to insert the product name dynamically in a certain location. You also want to make sure you are within the character limits. For more details, I have a tutorial on how to create multiple text ads from scratch.
>>> ad_create(template='Let\'s count {}',
              replacements=['one', 'two', 'three'],
              fallback='one', # in case the total length is greater than max_len
["Let's count one", "Let's count two", "Let's count three"]

>>> ad_create('My favorite car is {}', ['Toyota', 'BMW', 'Mercedes', 'Lamborghini'], 'great', 28)
['My favorite car is Toyota', 'My favorite car is BMW', 'My favorite car is Mercedes',
'My favorite car is great'] # 'Lamborghini' was too long, and so was replace by 'great'
  1. Top-down approach: Sometimes you need to start with a given a list of product names, which you can easily split them into the relevant ad slots, taking into consideration the length restrictions imposed by the ad platform. Imagine having the following list of products, and you want to split each into slots of 30, 30, and 80 characters (based on the AdWords template):
>>> products = [
    'Samsung Galaxy S8+ Dual Sim 64GB 4G LTE Orchid Gray',
    'Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Dual Sim 4GB 3G Wifi White',
    'Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual SIM 64GB 6GB RAM 4G LTE Midnight Black',
    'Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual SIM 64GB 6GB RAM 4G LTE Orchid Grey'
>>> [adv.ad_from_string(p) for p in products]
... [['Samsung Galaxy S8+ Dual Sim', '64gb 4g Lte Orchid Gray', '', '', '', ''],
     ['Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Dual Sim', '4gb 3g Wifi White', '', '', '', ''],
     ['Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual Sim', '64gb 6gb Ram 4g Lte Midnight', 'Black', '', '', ''],
     ['Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual Sim', '64gb 6gb Ram 4g Lte Orchid', 'Grey', '', '', '']]
Each ad is split into the respective slots, making sure they contain complete words, and that each slot has at most the specific number of slots allowed.
This can save time when you have thousands of products to create ads for.
  • Analyze word frequency: Calculate the absolute and weighted frequency of words in a collection of documents to uncover hidden trends in the data. This is basically answering the question, ‘What did we write about vs. what was actually read?’ Here is a tutorial on DataCamp on measuring absolute vs weighted frequency of words.
  • Extract important elements from social media posts: Get the more informative
    elements of social media posts (hashtags, mentions, emoji). You also get some basic statistics about them. Check out a more detailed tutorial on Kaggle, on how to extract entities from social media posts using these functions.
>>> posts = ['i like #blue', 'i like #green and #blue', 'i like all']
>>> hashtag_summary = adv.extract_hashtags(posts)
>>> hashtag_summary.keys()
dict_keys(['hashtags', 'hashtags_flat', 'hashtag_counts', 'hashtag_freq',
           'top_hashtags', 'overview'])

what are the hashtags?
>>> hashtag_summary['hashtags']
[['#blue'], ['#green', '#blue'], []]

>>> hashtag_summary['top_hashtags']
[('#blue', 2), ('#green', 1)]

How many were there per post?
>>> hashtag_summary['hashtag_counts']
[1, 2, 0]

And you can do the same for mentions and emoji (with the textual name of each emoji).

The package is still under heavy development, so expect a lot of changes.
Feedback and suggestions are more than welcomed.


pip install advertools


Function names mostly start with the object you are working on:

kw_: for keywords-related functions
ad_: for ad-related functions
url_: URL tracking and generation
extract_: for extracting entities from social media posts (mentions, hashtags, emoji, etc.)
twitter: a module for querying the Twitter API and getting results in a pandas DataFrame
youtube: a module for querying the YouTube Data API and getting results in a pandas DataFrame
serp_: get search engine results pages in a DataFrame, currently available: Google and YouTube