In today’s world, the most important business tool you have when it comes to attracting new customers is the Internet.
A recent study shows that at least 81% of people research online before making purchasing decisions.
Plus, 75% of people who search online never go past the first page of search results.
If your business does not show up on the first page of search results then you are unlikely to reach those searching for your products or services.
Although organic search engine optimization is by far the best method of ranking higher on search engines, this method can take months to years before you start seeing the desired results.
In short, search engines want to “trust” your business, and building that trust takes time.
Fortunately, there is another option: pay-per-click (PPC).
Pay-per-click advertising is online advertising that shows your business on the top, side, or bottom of search results with a carefully-crafted ad.
You pay for the number of clicks your ad gets, hence the term ‘pay-per-click’.
If your business is in a competitive market, or if your website is new (and therefore your domain rank is low), then PPC can help you get traffic to your website while you wait on your organic methods to improve.
Even on its own, PPC is a powerful way to get people who are interested in what you have to offer to your website – and turn them into customers.
Throughout “A Business Owner’s Guide to Pay-Per-Click” you will learn the following:
• Why Pay-Per-Click Matters
• The Elements of Pay-Per-Click
• Tying Pay-Per-Click into Your Digital Marketing Strategy
• Tracking and Measuring Pay-Per-Click Effectiveness
Let’s get started!
Pay-Per-Click: Why It Matters
PPC is a great way to help your business, products, or services show up on search engines near the top of the page – whether your business is ranking organically or not for the specific keyword(s).
In short, PPC is a good way to drive traffic to your website if your business is in a competitive market or if you have a new website that is not yet ranking organically.
However, even if your business does have a strong digital presence, PPC can help to further increase your website traffic and can allow you to reach a broader audience due to the ability to show up for a variety of keywords that your website may not be ranking for organically.
More on that in the next section.
The Elements of the Pay-Per-Click
There are a variety of elements that come into play when creating an effective pay-per-click campaign, more than we can cover in one blog post; therefore, we will cover the basics.
Every PPC campaign has the following:
One of the most important parts of any PPC campaign is selecting the best keywords for your business, budget, and target audience.
For example, why choose a keyword that only has three people searching for that keyword each month when you can choose a keyword that gets a lot more monthly searches?
At the same time, the keywords you choose will also be determined by your monthly budget.
At the end of the day, the keywords you choose are important in order to get more traffic to your website.
When it comes to search engine PPC campaigns, your ads will be text-based.
Therefore, what you choose to say in your ad will make a huge difference in whether people actually click your ad.
As you can imagine, the ads that you create go a long way in determining the effectiveness of your entire PPC campaign.
Once someone clicks on your ad, they will be directed to a landing page.
The page displays products, explains why their product is better than the competition and provides multiple calls-to-action (i.e. the “Get A Quick Quote” button).
Once people click your ad, you then have to direct them to a page that is relevant to their search and a page that does a good job of converting those viewers into buyers (by getting them to take the desired action).
Ad groups are a hierarchical structure that contains your keywords, text ads, and landing pages. In short, search engines use these ad groups to help determine what keywords will be used for your ads, what your ad will say, and where the people will go when they click the link.
Search engines (like Google) rate every ad and provide it with a quality score, which is determined by the following:
• Keyword relevance to its ad group
• Landing page
• Text ad relevance
• Past account performance
Google wants to make sure that the right ad is being shown to the right user at the right time.
Remember, the search engine’s ultimate goal is meeting the needs of the consumer (those searching online for your products or services).
Plus, the higher your quality score is the more traffic you will get and the less it will cost you for that traffic.
Therefore, it is essential that your keywords are grouped (in ad groups) tightly and correctly and that your text ad is both compelling as well as relevant to the keyword you are targeting.
Along with your quality score, your cost-per-click (CPC) is important. CPC is the maximum bid that you allot for a specific keyword.
CPC X Quality Score = Ad Rank
With PPC, you can maximize your business’s online visibility by strategically selecting relevant keywords, tailoring your target audience, and optimizing your ad to get better results.
The great thing about PPC is that it can be used to get traffic to a website that is new and therefore is not showing up in organic search results yet or it can be used in conjunction with other online strategies to increase overall digital marketing effectiveness.
Tying in Pay-Per-Click to your Digital Marketing Strategy
If you have decided to use PPC to enhance your online marketing efforts, then it is essential that you tie it into your overall digital marketing strategy to get the best results.
For example, one key part of PPC is having a landing page that is designed to get the best results.
Your desired action may be to have them download a white paper or eBook, sign up for your newsletter, print a coupon and come
into your store, etc.
Your landing page should not only be visually appealing but should also have content that encourages people to take the desired action.
Similarly, PPC works great with another online advertising method known as Ad Retargeting.
The image below is a quick explanation of what ad retargeting is and how it works.
With PPC, once people go to your website, ad retargeting will start showing your ads on other websites and even on Facebook. This helps to improve your brand’s credibility, visibility, and ultimately is designed to drive those individuals back to your website.
Additionally, PPC works well with organic search engine optimization efforts. If your ad shows up for the desired keyword and you appear organically for that same term, then you are showing up twice on the first page, which increases the chances that the person will select you over a competitor.
In short, PPC is like any other online marketing effort – it is best when used in conjunction with other tactics.
Tracking and Measuring Pay-Per-Click Effectiveness
The great thing about PPC is the ability to accurately track effectiveness. You are able to determine how many people click on each ad, and if set up correctly you can determine the number of those visitors who take the desired action. Therefore, determining a return on investment (ROI) with PPC is a lot easier than when you choose to market with offline efforts (television, radio,
You can even A/B test your ads for maximum effectiveness. You can use one version of a headline on ad A, and another version of a headline on ad B, and see which one gets more clicks.
Whichever one wins has the better headline, which should be used in every ad.
The key to an effective PPC campaign is to closely track which keywords are performing the best and which ones are not obtaining the desired results, and then tailor your strategy accordingly.
At the end of the day, PPC is a great addition to just about any online marketing strategy and helps your business to appear in search results – thereby increasing the chances that visitors will find your business’s website.
With most people turning to search engines before making purchasing decisions, having a solid online marketing campaign (which can and should include PPC) is an essential step to digital marketing success and ultimately the success of your business.
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