Watch Out for Pay Per Click Traps

PPC trap To many people, pay per click is a mysterious method of online marketing. There are many quality guidelines that change often – not to mention that highly competitive campaigns/budgets need constant monitoring. Before you choose a PPC company and invest time and money into paid campaigns, here are some things to look out for:

No detailed reports – Almost anyone can set up an Adwords account and set it on auto pilot to spend a certain budget. That’s just not what we do. One of the most horrifying things I’ve heard is from a client who had a massive pay per click budget, only to get a “report” with keywords and the amount spent on each one. The worst part is that he claimed to not get any good calls from these clicks and continued to blindly spend thousands of dollars a month!

At the least, you should work with someone who is willing to provide detailed analytics with specific information about what was spent, when and what can be done to improve. You’ll also want to dive into keyword data and ask questions about that.

If you feel uncomfortable or have any questions, a reputable company will be more than happy to explain the process to you or even help with a test period to see if the strategy will benefit your company in the long run.

Pay per click landing pages that aren’t relevant – If a PPC company doesn’t explain landing pages to you, this is a big red flag. You should see what your customers will see when they click on your ad. Your business will be more in the loop if you see the type of language and keywords used in the ads. This way, there is no surprise when you see the results and you can work together to see which ads performed better than others and why. On the topic of relevancy, when your customers click on an ad, they should be led to a page that they expected to see. Using broad keywords can be confusing, misleading and lead to a higher bounce rate – which means money wasted on your part because the ad did not deliver what was promised.

Not addressing what happens after customers click – So, your pay per click keywords are receiving clicks. Now what? Is there a strong call to action and are customers taking that action? An experienced PPC company can help you address what customers are doing or are not doing after landing on your ad. Whether you expect a call or a way to get contact information, your paid search campaign is not successful if you’re not getting a good ROI on any “relevant” clicks. This means having a good way to follow up once you get this information and retaining a potential customer that will use your services/products in the future.

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Here are some more helpful resources:
10 Mistakes To Avoid When Starting With PPC
Avoid These 5-PPC Pitfalls
How to Avoid 7 PPC Analysis Pitfalls
145 PPC Must-Do’s for 2012

Looking Back at Marketing Trends in 2011

There’s no other time of the year like the Christmas holiday season. My favorite thing about this time of the year (regarding marketing) are annual wrap up posts where we get to reminisce about all the interesting things that took place during 2011. Let’s take at 3 marketing trends that captivated customers this year:

1) Investing more time and resources into social media – Big businesses and small business alike invested more money into social media marketing this year. Not only that, but SMBs found that social media was helpful and an influential part of the decision making process. The introduction of Google +, Facebook’s Timeline and Twitter’s makeover for businesses are all a part of this social media revolution for customers and businesses.

2) Emphasis on local marketing – Geotargeting and local search marketing has become more important for SEO and PPC. Studies showed that mobile searches had more of a local emphasis, which spurred the growth of local sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Yelp. This trend made it more inviting for businesses owner to reach out to locals and establish themselves as a part of the community.

3) Integration across different marketing mediums and platforms – 2011 showed us that an effective marketing campaign must be a coordinated effort. Old Spice’s manly man and Google Chrome’s Dear Sophie campaigns come to mind. These are all things you can learn in a typical business class but the horizon has expanded. Social and traditional. Written content and video. Desktop and mobile. What about tablets and video? All these things need to work together more than ever!

Do any other trends this year stand out in your mind?

And don’t forget about our end-of-the-year special!

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