Simply put it is a form of internet advertising where your ad is shown online; either on a search engine results page (e.g. Google, Bing) or on another website (e.g. CNN, Fox News etc.) and you only pay for that ad if someone clicks on it. Ads can be highly targeted to your audience, making them more likely to convert (e.g. contact your business, download an app or make a purchase from your site).
PPC marketing campaigns that are correctly targeted and optimized can quickly generate relevant traffic for your website.
If not correctly set up, a PPC campaign can quickly devour time and money and show little or no return for your efforts. Each PPC campaign is different, but the elements required for success are common to all.
Understanding the keywords that your target audience is using when they search is the first step in any successful campaign. Selecting the most common keywords and matching the intent of the searcher with the objective of the campaign is crucial. A PPC agency will have access to specialized research tools to help select the best keywords from the start.
Your PPC campaign may target a particular demographic or geographic section of the population. A pay per click agency will take the time to understand your business objectives and match those to the targeting options with the ad platform.
PPC is effectively an auction – who is prepared to pay the highest price to have their ad shown? Other companies are competing against you for that valuable ad space. Understanding what the competition is doing and how best to position yourself against them is a key service provided by a PPC management company.
A PPC management company with deep knowledge of the advertising platform is perfectly positioned to review your objectives and help you target the right audience from day one of your PPC campaign. Whether it is keyword selection or demographic and geographical targeting the PPC firm will be able to advise you on the best approach for your campaign.
They can also help write compelling ads that are more likely to be clicked on, as well as develop effective landing pages that encourage any visitors to convert into leads or customers.
Once your ad has attracted a click, it is important that the traffic is sent to a page that is optimized for conversion. The page must clearly contain the information, product or service that the searcher was looking for when they clicked on the ad together with a call to action to convert them. A dedicated landing page that is continuously reviewed and optimized is the best solution for this. The home page of a website rarely contains the elements needed to effectively convert your PPC traffic. A dedicated landing page is a key part of the conversion rate optimization process to maximize the leads generated by the paid search traffic.