3 Remarkable PPC Studies From 2018

3 Remarkable PPC Studies From 2018

In the PPC business, data makes the world go ‘round. Things can change in the blink of an eye, but the good news is that results can be measured easily through hard data. The problem is, that data is not always readily available. Many companies hoard the data from their PPC case studies or put it behind paywalls, and with good reason. The data on good PPC ads can give an important edge over the competition.

All that being said, however, you needn’t worry. Push Group an award winning London based PPC agency stays up to date on all the cutting edge research being done in the world of PPC ads.

They’ve tracked down three remarkable PPC studies that took place in 2018, all with interesting and important data from the latest in this field.

1. This case study on how to get a good quality score

This study focused on using the AdWords performance grader to find what the common characteristics were in a high quality score account. It found that these accounts had five shared characteristics: good click-through rates, high use of long-tail keywords, ad text optimization that was ongoing, a high amount of dedicated account activity, and perfectly following best practices.

This is important because it shows us what work realistically needs to go into getting a high quality score, which makes a big differences in PPC campaigns. Our agency is dedicated to staying up to date on these best practices. With a good quality score, a company’s cost per click can be greatly reduced, resulting in more benefit for less money.

2. This study done on the company Orangeries UK

Studies done on PPC campaigns for specific companies can tell us a lot. In this case, Orangeries UK was suffering from “no organic position, poor enquiry volumes, poor conversion rates, [and an] expensive adwords campaign.” The company that they approached to run their PPC campaign put several strategies into action that were ultimately successful in improving the PPC campaign and saving Orangeries UK money that they were able to put towards other areas.

To do this, the ad agency “designed a new, fast loading, responsive website”. In addition to that, they also put effort into integrating new keywords, as well as installing advanced tracking code.

With these and other techniques, they found they were able to improve traffic a whopping 2115% over less than a year, with 300 unique visitors a day. They also increased lead, improved conversion rate and quality score, and reduced the amount that Orangeries UK had to spend on PPC. Great results!

3. This one done on PPC for MF Fire

MF Fire is something of a niche company, designing and engineering fire products through the latest science. One of their crowns is the Catalyst, “the world’s first and only smart and efficient in-home wood burning stove.” The problem was, being the world’s first there was not a lot of awareness about this product. MF Fire needed to communicate to customers what the product was and how they could benefit from it.

The marketing company developed four key search terms that drew more traffic to the site. Once they had those terms, they created one more landing page to catch traffic with more general searches like “best wood stove”. Then they were able to launch a remarketing strategy that focused on ads to customers targeted by which landing page they had visited.

This strategy had a huge impact for the company, resulting in a greater online presence as well as a 267% increase in PPC traffic, a 59% increase in branded traffic, a 23% decrease in bounce rate, and a 170% increase in total conversions.

The right PPC strategy can truly make a huge difference in PPC spending, as well as web presence and overall sales.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Small Business and PPC Belong Together

Small Business and PPC Belong Together

Small businesses are often looking for ways to quickly increase growth and brand awareness through more consistent search result traffic. Although there are many available options to boost traffic online, pay per click ads are usually the most reliable way to immediately see positive results. PPC can have great benefits for small businesses who are looking to compete online with bigger companies.

A pay per click ad essentially is a way for you to ensure that your website will appear at the very top of a search based on certain keywords. You will pay a set “bid” amount every time your ad is clicked on by a user. It can prove to be a very cost effective way to guarantee that you will get more traffic to your site.

For small businesses, PPC ads provide much faster results than organic SEO which can take some time to be effective. Even though PPC ads are temporary, they can be useful if you are hoping to advertise a particular product or event or even if you simply want people to become more familiar with your brand. PPC ads create more brand recognition among your target audience even if not everyone is clicking on the ad.

PPC is perfect for small companies because they can use long tail keywords to reach specific customers and stay competitive in your market. Pay per click ads also tend to have a high return on investment allowing you to increase conversions on your website and build a bigger customer base. Lastly, they also provide businesses with measurable results with data you can analyze including clicks, views, visits, sales and profit.

Getting started with tools like Google Ads can be a simple solution to reaching a bigger audience and experiencing the benefits of PPC ads.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Is There Such a Thing As “Set It, and Forget It” PPC?

“Set it, and forget it!” is a phrase that has been made infamous by infomercial guru, Ron Popeil. This phrases has been ingrained into marketing as well as our popular culture. The idea is fantastic – having something do a task and be so convenient that you can just forget about it as it’s working. It’s not uncommon for a business owner to have this type of mentality when it comes to something like a pay per click campaign. An effective paid search campaign typically shouldn’t be set up once and let to run on auto-pilot.

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Why You Need to Be Involved

Here are a few reasons why automatic pay per click campaigns aren’t helpful and why it’s useful to have an experienced PPC manager oversee your account:

1) Keep in line with long-term goals – Sometimes, paid ads are a short-term solution for a business that wants to see immediate results. If you don’t play an active role in your own PPC campaign, it might cause you to lose sight of what’s best for your business in the long run. Being aware of your PPC doesn’t mean that you need to personally monitor it hour-by-hour or day-to-day. But depending on your budget, it just might be helpful to have someone you can trust keep an eye on things as often as possible.

2) Optimize the right keywords – Another reason for using paid ads is that your site might not be ranking as high (or at all) for certain desired terms. The purpose in this case is to use PPC ads to give your site a boost where you need it. In the event that organic rankings do kick in, your paid ads might not be so effective if you’re already ranking high organically. You might spend that budget more effectively on other terms and growing your business. But this isn’t something you would know if you’re not regularly up to date with paid ad or organic search positions.

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3) Adapt to trends and seasonal changes – Different times of the year may be extremely volatile for businesses. If you’re handling your own PPC account by having it running automatically, it can be easy to forget about these occasions and make certain changes when needed. In hindsight, you may also see extreme changes that won’t make sense or be helpful as that holiday rush period is already over.

4) Keep an eye on effectiveness and efficiency – Effective PPC ads should be about more than hitting your budget of a certain dollar amount a day. If you’re hitting that mark but not seeing any increase in conversions (calls, contact forms, emails), you have to sit down and ask yourself if PPC is really doing what it’s supposed to for your business. Paid ad spend shouldn’t be exactly the same everyday, so why should you run in automatically as if it did?

Paying attention to your PPC campaign means focusing on what works and figuring out what doesn’t so that you can work to improve it or budget your resources into something that will work better.

5) Make PPC work for you, not the other way around – Paid ads can give your business an immediate boost during a dry period. For others, it’s really the lifeblood of the business. Pay per click is a tool that should make online marketing easier and more efficient for a business. If you like the idea of PPC but don’t have the time or skills to run it the right way, it won’t help to start doing it on your own. The idea is to work smarter, not harder!

Find Out More

The idea of setting and forgetting DOES exist. But you should be careful if you choose to go that route. PPC campaigns that are automatically run can be beneficial in certain cases, but not for all businesses. For more information on PPC management, click here and call us at (323) 340-4010 for a free consultation.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

PPC Landing Pages and Quality Score

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Have you heard the recent news about pay per click landing pages and how it affects your Quality Score?

Google recently announced some changes they are making to determining Quality Score. After some previous testing in Latin America, Google liked what they saw. These ad quality improvement updates will start rolling out worldwide.

If you take a look at the image to the left, you can see all the different components that make up Quality Score. Google’s recent update means the quality and relevance of your landing page will play a bigger role in determining your Quality Score.

Why?

Although it seems like a canned response, Google’s goal of these making changes is to “improve user experience.”As businesses try to adapt to these changes, they will also be improving their PPC ads to make it easier to find what they’re looking for. In other words, they’ll be doing things that they should be doing in the first place! This means:

– Having original content that is relevant to the user
– Being clear about the nature of your business, customer interaction and your intention of what to do with visitor information
– Having a fast loading and easy-to-navigate. Pop-ups and pop-unders should be kept to a minimum!

If you need more help with your Quality Score and PPC campaign, here are some helpful “Tips for Success” on how to improve your Adwords results posted by Google. Or you can contact a PPC company that is Google Adwords qualified, like Emarketed, today!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

What to Look for in a PPC Company

Los Angeles PPC companyBefore you hire a PPC company or consultant, you should be comfortable and have a general sense of what you want from paid search. Choosing any type of online marketing for your company means that you are making an investment, so do you research ahead of time. Here are a few factors that you’ll want to look into before choosing someone to handle your pay per click campaigns:

ExperienceHow long have you been handling paid search campaigns? What type of customers or industries are you familiar with? Are you an Adwords qualified company? These are all important questions to think about. Every industry is different and for many small businesses, the sectors can be competitive. When it comes down to keeping on budget for a price per click on a daily basis, experience counts.

Costs and Budget – Someone who is inexperienced in handling different types of paid search budgets can easily make a mistake. These oversights can add up really quickly and get expensive real fast. That’s why it’s helpful to have a company who is dedicated to monitoring your PPC account throughout the day and ensure that you won’t go over budget. You might have a set amount that you’re willing to go over budget if you’re getting good, relevant clicks/calls. These are all crucial things to discuss with your PPC manager.

Keyword Research – Choosing the right keywords is SO important in PPC campaigns. You can’t just throw around broad and general terms that you might incorporate into your organic campaign. If your keywords aren’t relevant and your ads get a lot of impressions but few clicks, this can decrease your overall quality score. Make sure to ask your PPC manager about optimization and testing for different pay per click landing pages to see which ones works best.

Communication – Don’t be afraid to ask your PPC company about their track record and what can they do to improve your campaigns. Find out if they attend any events or webinars to keep up with the changing industry. Most of all, make sure that they are ready and willing to answer any questions and comments that you have regarding your account. Search budgets can change with a moment’s notice and it’s important to have a company who is on your side.

If you have any questions about pay per click or would like to see if it can help your small business, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Read more about PPC campaigns with these helpful articles:
25 Tips For Giving Your PPC Campaigns a Boost
Find your audience with the Google Display Network
Google +1 Is Changing the Face of PPC. Are You Ready?

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Google Study: Paid Ads Do NOT Cannabalize Organic SEO Clicks

Do I have to choose between SEO or PPC?

This has been a popular question that has been highly debated. The theory is that if you choose the same keywords for targeted SEO and PPC campaigns, your efforts will work against each other and you’ll lose out, either in paid or organic search. Cannibalization is the term experts use when SEO and PPC compete against each other… this means wasted time, money and effort – especially when paid search is involved.

Surprisingly, a recent study of 400 campaigns by Google shows that 89% of the traffic generated by paid ads is not replaced by organic clicks. Overall, this means that paid ads did not steal clicks away from organic results in this sample.

Of course, this all depends on your industry and you could see stronger results using SEO and PPC or just one method. If you hear anyone make generalizations about using both methods without analyzing your keywords and business, it’s safe to be on the skeptical side.

For example, if you’re ranking high (or are number one) for a keyword, it probably won’t be helpful to focus your efforts on trying to get to the #1 spot for PPC as well. Instead, the benefit of PPC is that it can give your business better exposure for key words that you’re not ranking so high for organically.

Let us know if you have any questions about whether SEO and/or PPC is right for your business and we’d be happy to help you out!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Facebook Ads Gone Wrong

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What’s wrong with these ads? A LOT, considering that I’m a 23 year old female.

It’s no wonder Facebook ads aren’t wildly successful. I stumbled across this article where a small business owner ran up a bill of nearly $300 in Facebook ads for “nothing”.  Perhaps, Max got it wrong when he assumed that simply creating an ad will generate customers or even calls. Take this as a lesson before you attempt to create a Facebook ad campaign. Here are some takeaways:

Targeting the right demographics: These ads clearly got it wrong when it came to consumer demographics. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t willingly advertise dentures or hip replacements to me. So it’s either a) they don’t care b) they didn’t bother to specify the demographics. From age, location, interests, you can specifically target how your ads show up.

Keep an eye on your budget: Don’t be a Max. Setting up an ad campaign for the first time can be complicated. If you’re just starting out, make sure to set a daily or lifetime budget. I’m sure if Max did this, he wouldn’t have ran up that $300 bill. Also pay attention to CPC (pay per click) and CPM (pay per 1000 impressions).

Review feedback and consider other alternatives: Facebook ads are known for having relatively low CTR (click-through rates). This means people aren’t interested in ads on Facebook or you just have bad ads. Perhaps, if you have a small business, you’ll benefit more from pay per click ads or even free means of promotions.

In the end, I think Facebook ads work best to get people to Like your Page. If your Page is engaging and has a lot to offer, people will click Like as if it were a badge of honor to show off to their friends. Looking for computer repair services in a certain area? Not so much… What’s your take on Facebook ads?

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

5 Pay Per Click Advertising Questions Answered

Emarketed pay per click advertising PPCAre you interested in learning more about how your business can benefit from a pay per click campaign? Join our PPC manager, Dillon Zachara, as he answers the top 5 questions about pay per click advertising.

1) What are some advantages of having an agency manage your PPC campaign rather than doing it yourself?

One, search agency’s have already gone through the process of finding certified professionals that have the skills to optimize and manage a PPC campaign in a way that will maximize business opportunities. An agency also has dedicated representatives at the major search engines that can be contacted directly and quickly when technical issues arise. Finally, web marketing agency’s generally have more resources and tools for research available than individuals do, leading to a higher quality ad campaign.

2) What are the top misconceptions that people have about PPC?

The top misconception is probably that you can just choose a bunch of keywords, toss them in one ad group and one campaign, write an ad or two, and let it run without tweaking it. While this may seem obvious to some who’ve done work with PPC, it isn’t known or practiced by many newcomers to the trade.

3) Tips for creating effective PPC ads?

Ad copy is incredibly important and often gets overlooked. Always A/B split test ads, having more than one running to test for the optimal copy. Everyone managing a PPC campaign should also look into new developments, such as adding addresses for local ads and sitelinks in ad copy. Also with mobile searches becoming increasingly popular, always add a phone number and enable the click-to-call option. Finally, make sure your landing pages look great, otherwise your money is being wasted on a click that won’t convert.

4) What are some common mistakes inexperienced marketers make regarding PPC?

In general, I would say the most common pitfall is just not checking a campaign enough. I like to look through what is happening both in Adwords and Analytics at least once/day for each campaign. That doesn’t necessarily mean that changes should be made that often, but each time the stats are analyzed, a bit more information is being gathered in order to make the correct change/adjustment when necessary.

That pitfall can go the other way too though, where businesses make way too many changes and don’t allow a campaign to find it’s ‘sweet spot’. PPC is all about finding the right balance between keywords, bids, ad copy, running times, and geo-targets. If you make a change and then undo it after only 20 clicks or so, you’re not letting the affects of that change be realized.

5) Favorite and least favorite aspects of PPC?

My favorite aspect of PPC is the amount of control and flexibility you can have over what is happening within the campaign. I love being able to change who sees any particular ad in a matter of minutes. Close after that, my next favorite aspect is the detail and specificity that you can get with reports in PPC campaigns. I also really enjoy monitoring the constant upgrades and changes in the industry. Right now is really an exciting time for PPC search advertising!

My least favorite aspect would probably be the fact that you can’t physically see who is clicking on an ad. Obviously this won’t be changing anytime soon, but the lack of personal interaction can be a little frustrating.

Learn more about how PPC consultants can help your business today. Dillon will be more than happy to answer some of your  burning questions, so feel free to ask!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Search Marketing During a Recession


Think Positive

What should you do when it comes to your search marketing efforts during a recession? Many marketers believe that search marketing is somewhat recession-proof, but it pays to do your own research. It may be too soon to tell, so it doesn’t hurt to do some analysis. First, talk to your peers and ask them how business is going. You can learn a lot from their personal experiences and networking is always a big plus. Keeping up with the latest news means that you won’t get left behind during the next economic upturn. Things may look slow in the meanwhile, but don’t be easily discourage. Innovations like Google Wave or advances in mobile search marketing thrive during times like these!

Recession Dos

Invest: Whether it is time or money, experts suggest that a recession is a time to invest more into search marketing efforts. Why? Competitors may significantly cut back on their expenditures, so that leaves room for you to take advantage of an open market.
Think “Free”: Take advantage of free help that can come from link building and social networking. These efforts take more time than money and will improve the results that you’ll see in the long-run. You can also take time to give your website that much needed makeover.
Organize: Regardless of the economic conditions, a well-organized business always runs more efficiently. Keeping track of what you cut-back on or increase will help you easily make changes and see results.

Recession Don’ts

Don’t carry on as normal but don’t be afraid. Does that make sense? It is foolish to think that the recession doesn’t have some impact on a part of your business. Disregarding external factors is not beneficial and you won’t learn anything new. The worst thing that a business can do is to cut costs in blind fear. If you cut back or eliminate new content and a paid advertising campaign, why would you be surprised if your business suffers? It’s time think smarter and you can take these tips with you as you move ahead.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

PPC Negative Keywords: Maximizing the Positive Effect

Just this morning, we sat in on a webinar titled, “PPC Negative Keywords: Maximizing the Positive Effect”.  It was hosted by Marin Software and Ken Jurina, the co-founder and CEO of of Epiar, Inc.  Here are some of the gems we plucked from our experience – some we know, but some of it was a kick in the pants to spend more time thinking negative.

Negative keywords instruct search engines to not display your ads, decreasing irrelevant queries, impressions and most importantly clicks and spend.

An interesting reverse logic idea that was mentioned: you may want to consider using negative keywords for legitimate terms.  Maybe these terms are spending a lot of money and bringing lots of traffic but they are expensive and converting poorly.  Other great reasons to use negative keywords are:

  • Expensive conversions
  • Expensive clicks
  • Limited budget
  • Bad brand association
  • Not relevant for the user
  • Quality improvements
  • Lowering costs

An important, sometimes hard to find tidbit for each of the search engines is:  What are their negative keyword limits?

  • With Google – 10,000 negative keywords in Ad Campaign or 5,000 at Ad Group Level
  • With Yahoo – 250 negative keywords at Ad Campaign Level or Ad Group Level
    • Singular term covers plural and misspellings
  • With Microsoft adCenter – 1024 character including spaces and commas
    • Campaign, ad group or keyword level

A major lesson seemed to be that ultimately, a combination of exact phrase broad and maximized negative keywords is the best way to target paid search.  Keep in mind that negative keywords have no impact on exact match terms.

So – I’m sold on the idea of switching to more broad and phrase matching and adding negative keywords to all of my accounts.  After adding broad and phrase match and negative keywords, what can I expect?

  • Your ads will now appear on the relevant long tail phrases
  • Your ads will get better exposure to better prospects, which means increased leads and increased revenue!
  • You can now advertise on long tail phrases where your competitors dare not tread, meaning more cheap clicks for you without the dangers of broad match.
  • Once your ads get impressions deep into the long tail phrases, your advertising reach may double, triple, or more!

OK – great, now how do I build these lists?  What tools are there for me to use?

Manually, using intuition and industry knowledge.

Scan through past referring phrases that did not convert, had bounce rates or were trash

So – In the end, negative keywords is a simple concept, important part of every campaign and can according, to today’s webinar, save up 20-40% on spend.  Wow, that’s a “no-brainer”.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.