Smart Bidding boosts FishingBooker’s ROAS by 49%

January 2019

FishingBooker was formed in 2013, with the aim of providing a system to book fishing charters in the same way customers book accommodation and other services. Five years later the company lists over 5,000 fishing charters, with trips tailored to appeal to all types of anglers. With a constantly growing inventory and an increasingly complex campaign structure, FishingBooker wanted to increase efficiency by moving from Manual CPC to Smart Bidding, while running a series of tests to optimise its strategy.

About FishingBooker

OTA specialising in fishing trips and charters

Founded in 2013

Based in Belgrade


Decrease time required to manage complex campaigns with a growing inventory

Increase return on ad spend


Ran 10 separate tests

Implemented an ROAS automated bidding strategy


Fully automated campaign structure

49% increase in ROAS

65% increase in profit for selected campaigns

57% more conversions and a 44% increase in conversion rate

In terms of customer acquisition, Google Ads had always been FishingBooker’s go-to marketing channel. However, as inventory expanded, the account became increasingly more complex to manage. FishingBooker’s original strategy was very hands-on, requiring a manual approach to delivering marketing messages depending on different keywords, customer location and the type of device they were using.

In order to reduce time spent on manual optimisation, FishingBooker decided to test the results of switching from Manual CPC to Smart Bidding. They pinpointed the high season for fishing as the optimal moment to run the tests, as the increased volume of customers would give the most accurate and detailed picture.

Smart Bidding boosts FishingBooker’s ROAS by 49%

To analyse the effectiveness of Smart Bidding against Manual CPC bidding, FishingBooker ran a series of 10 tests, using Drafts and Experiments. The results were beyond expectations, with every one outperforming similar campaigns employing Manual CPC bidding. Not only did Smart Bidding decrease the time need to manage campaigns, it increased ROAS by 49% and generated a 65% increase in profits. In addition to this, FishingBooker saw a 57% increase in conversions at a higher conversion rate of 44%. FishingBooker now plans to use it on the majority of their Google Ad campaigns.

“Smart Bidding exceeded our expectations. Not only can we rely on it to decrease the time spent on manual optimisation, we can also count on it to deliver better results in terms of ROAS and volume.”

— Peter Mitrovic, Head of Paid Marketing, FishingBooker

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