PPC Archives : Bruce Clay BlogMarch 3, 2014
As paid search managers, we know that most visitors don’t convert on the first visit. In fact about 98% of people don’t convert upon first visit. Why does this happen? Why can’t people just pull the trigger on their first visit to your website? Members of your target audience begin by thinking about their general problem and they start running search queries through the search engines. As those folks get more educated, their search queries get smarter and more specific. Eventually, members of your audience are more aware of their options (you and your competitors) to solve their problem, and they start to make comparisons. At the end, your prospect knows what solution is a good fit for them or their company — and hopefully that’s you!
Sure, the purchase process isn’t always this clean, easy and linear. People hop back and forth between devices, channels and priorities on any given day, and this can be extremely challenging for SEM managers to monitor, manage, and optimize. This is where persuasion momentum comes in. Go ahead and embrace the fact that your audience may need to be touched 7-13 times before they will convert — and forge a plan to get your persuasion momentum rolling!
Learn How to Create Persuasion Momentum with SEM in our guest post from 3Q Digital’s Joe Kerschbaum.
January 6, 2014
When it comes to PPC management, law firms have their work cut out for them. Keyword terms associated with attorneys and lawyers are among the most expensive keywords in Google AdWords. Law firms “can easily spend $50,000 to $100,000 per month on PPC,” according to Robert Ramirez, a senior SEO analyst at BCI who specialized in legal marketing for six years. As part of the Legal Marketing Series, Ramirez shared his expert insights in 4 Things Every Law Firm Website Needs for Optimal UX and SEO for Lawyers: 4 Tips to Get New Clients through Your Website.
Today, the series continues with PPC management strategies for lawyers with expert insights from Senior SEM Analyst Michael Shore. (If you’re brand new to PPC management, you can start with A Beginner’s 4-Step Guide: Delicious PPC Tips for Small Businesses.)
December 6, 2013
Throughout the year, Internet marketers gather at industry conferences all over the world, from Paris to London to San Francisco to New York. The thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, SMMs and business owners that flock to these conferences will attest that these conferences are whirlwind of information, education and networking … not to mention fun. Where else but an Internet marketing conference can you learn from the like of Matt Cutts, Duane Forrester, Bruce Clay and Matt McGee in a single day?
Which conferences are you attending this year? In an effort to help you plan, Bruce Clay, Inc. presents the Internet Marketing Conference Calendar — it’s your exclusive guide for all the Internet marketing conferences of 2014.
October 9, 2013
At a recent gathering of marketing professionals and people interested in learning about Internet marketing, I was surprised by the number of people asking me to confirm that their understanding of “SEM” was accurate.
While the term itself seems basic, this question isn’t a bad one as the definition has in fact changed in the dozen or so years since its coining.
SEM is often used to describe paid search marketing initiatives and yet you’ll often see uses that suggest it’s an overarching term for all search marketing efforts, begging the question I’ve heard more than once, “Isn’t SEO a part of ‘search engine marketing,’ too?”
Get the answer. Read more of What Is SEM?
October 3, 2013
But, as all good things come to an end, we’re going to be wrapping up our conference coverage with a long-view look of paid search and online advertising. The session description hints at how many new considerations may increasingly affect advertising online.
“Paid search marketers have a lot of new things to consider:
- the impact of Google’s Enhanced campaigns,
- sophisticated new retargeting options,
- new ad formats and changes in results page layout,
- and paid inclusion in shopping search.
Join us for this PowerPoint-free discussion on how these significant developments will change PPC campaigns efficiency and effectiveness in the coming year.”
Read more of Conversation: Where’s Paid Search Going In 2014?
September 26, 2013
AdWords Campaign Experiments (ACE) have been around for a couple of years and (in my opinion) are one of the platform’s most under-used functions. They remain eternally in beta status and always seem like they might go away, but so far they’ve stuck around. If you aren’t using AdWords Campaign Experiments, you should be — specifically for ad text experiments. Discover how AdWords Campaign Experiments can help you.
September 25, 2013
The countdown to SMX East 2013 continues. The excitement is palpable at BCI — just three days until search marketing madness descends upon on New York City. As part of our SMX East 2013 Interview Series, we’ve been talking with speakers about hot topics on the SMX agenda. Today, the party continues with Elizabeth Marsten.
What’s in My SEM Toolbox will feature Marsten, Andrew Goodman and Frederick Vallaeys. The Tools Track session will explore tips on running, organizing and tracking paid search campaigns; why tools are a necessity, especially when you’re working with thousands of keywords; and the tools favorited by these distinguished speakers.
September 9, 2013
Weeding out under-performing PPC keywords isn’t as straight-forward as it may seem; sometimes keywords that look like under-performers according to the stats are actually assisting highly valuable conversions. That’s why a critical component of pay per click optimization is identifying and using these keywords. Read on for further explanation of assisted conversions and how you can make the most of assist keywords.
September 4, 2013
In a recent Learn with Google webinar, Google highlighted five features in AdWords that allow you to examine your PPC campaign from all angles. Learn about the latest functionality within AdWords that allows you hone in on specific dates, or join forces with Google Analytics. Explore reports that give a bird’s eye view of your PPC landscape, allow you to scope out the competition or peruse your customers’ journey before converting.
All five AdWords features are integral to PPC optimization. Discover how to leverage each of them to the benefit of your PPC campaign, with critical insights from Google VIPs and BCI’s Senior SEM Analyst Michael Shore. Explore all the features, or click on a heading to jump around:
1. Time Period Comparisons
2. Top Movers Report
3. Auction Insights Report
4. Search Funnels
5. Google Analytics Columns
July 3, 2013
Are you a small business owner who’s ready to delve into Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising? PPC for small businesses present unique challenges; typically, a small business’ PPC budget is on the smaller side, and therefore their accounts are sometimes best managed in-house rather than through an agency, where fees will most likely eat up too much of their budget.
When embarking on a PPC campaign, following these four basic guidelines will help you create and sustain a successful PPC campaign.