Paid Search Mastery with Google Ads

Part of the ModularMaster in Strategic Digital Marketing programme

Search Engines are where people head to when looking for what to eat, what to do, where to go, what to buy, and more. Businesses vie for the attention of the audience and to appear where and when these audiences expect. A well-executed paid ad strategy is an effective way to reach targeted audiences and is critical to modern integrated marketing strategies. However, managing budgets while ensuring reach and conversion to the right audiences is key to a successful campaign.

Google Ads, previously known as AdWords is no stranger to marketers and even business owners. Businesses need to understand the power of search.

This 5-day programme equips modern marketers with the fundamentals of Search Advertising and participants will learn how to formulate a Search Ad Strategy based on best practices to drive successful digital marketing campaigns.

Plan your learning path

This course can be taken as a module on its own or as part of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Advertising stack and participants will earn 12 subject credits which can also be used towards completing the ModularMaster in Strategic Digital Marketing.

Course Details

Course Dates:
Registration closed.



Who Should Attend

Marketing/Advertising/Communications professionals, adult learners in the role of optimisation, performance marketing, business owners looking to develop and optimise their digital presence and market reach.


  • None but some understanding of current digital media platforms would be useful.

  • Basic computer literacy

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives and Structure
  1. Understanding the fundamentals of Search Advertising
  2. Learn how to build a Search Strategy
  3. Understanding key campaign metrics
  4. Campaign Setup
  5. Optimisation techniques
  6. Advanced Search Strategies

Programme Structure: Participants will go through 4 days of training. Class will reconvene on the 5th day for a presentation as part of the course assessment.

Day 1
  • Introduction to Google Search Ads
  • How does Google Ads Work?
  • Benefits of Search Ads
  • Myth buster - debunk all myths surrounding search ads
  • Types of pricing models (CPM, CPC, CPV)
  • Types of Google Ads
  • Anatomy of text ad
  • Terminology
Day 2
  • Search Strategy Planning
  • Campaign Anatomy
  • Keyword Research
  • Keyword Match Types
  • Account Structure
  • Ad Extension
  • Google Ads Pollicy
Day 3
  • Google Ads Interface
  • Hands-on practice
  • Conversion tracking
  • Conversion attribution
  • Google Ads Editor
Day 4
  • Campaign performance evaluation
  • Analysing Key Metrics
  • Negative Keywords
  • Optimisation techniques: bid adjustments, A/B testing, ROI bidding
  • Google Ads Dashboard
Day 5
  • Project Presentation
Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Ian Ong
Instructor, SUTD Academy
CEO and Co-Founder, Roots Digital

Ian is the co-founder & CEO of Roots Digital Pte Ltd. He has over 8 years of experience in digital marketing. Founded in 2016, Roots Digital has worked with some of the largest brands and organisations, including Microsoft, Ministry of Education, National University Cancer Institute Singapore and Parkway Pantai. They specialise in eCommerce marketing and lead generation for businesses, offering services such as search engine optimisation to pay-per-click advertising.

In its first year, Roots Digital became one of the youngest digital marketing agencies handpicked to join the Google Elevator Programme. This annual by-invitation-only programme is for Google Partners that have displayed high growth potential and a commitment to innovation. Ian believes that a true digital marketing professional can only understand each digital marketing channel when they are willing to get their hands dirty in campaign execution.

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