If you’re not showing up when potential customers are Googling you, then they’re going with someone who is showing up. Our Google AdWords-certified strategists design campaigns to maximize your AdWords investment and make sure your ads are delivering. This involves A/B testing copy, location parameters, keywords, and landing pages, in addition to keeping up with Google’s latest rules and updates.
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Keyword research is one of the initial steps of any search engine marketing or optimization. The process of keyword research involves more than just collecting keywords and phrases related to your business, products or services. It’s about the strategic selection of the right keywords to use. When it comes to search engine marketing specifically, keyword selection is crucial, and it involves looking at a multitude of data in order to select the right keywords.
When keyword research is complete, the next step is actually writing the ads. Ad copywriting in general is a very specific art, but when it comes to search engine marketing, it’s practically a science (and, believe us, we’ve read a lot of theories). Google has a specific set of criteria for their ads, and there are general best practices that users tend to prefer when clicking on one ad over the other. So, while SEM copywriting might seem deceptively easy—how hard could it be to write 20 to 30 words?—the truth is it requires much more thought and experience than the limited word count might suggest.
A/B testing is another essential aspect of SEM. A/B testing involves testing different versions of ads to see which perform best. A/B testing is essential to not only make sure your ads stand the best chance of capturing members of your desired audience, but also to inform ongoing optimizations. This knowledge can be applied not only to future campaigns, but also other parts of your marketing as a whole. It’s a valuable and accessible way to perform valuable user testing.
Strategic planning is essential not only while you’re gearing up to launch an SEM campaign. The best SEM campaigns, as we’ve illustrated, require ongoing management, assessment, testing and, from those things, retooling, if necessary. It can sometimes take a bit of trial and error at first to nail down aspects of your SEM strategy. At the same time, just because something works at first, that doesn’t mean it’ll always work, or that it couldn’t work even better. It’s important to never abandon strategic planning in your SEM efforts and always be ready to pivot, adjust and improve.
Anyone can try to set up their own SEM campaigns, turn them on, and forget about them. But if you’re going to be in the business of paying for clicks, you better make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. And that assurance comes, in part, from looking at the data related to your SEM. But there’s a lot of data available, and it can be difficult to know how to interpret it. That’s where the analytics and reporting from your agency come in.
How to Find the Right Search Engine Marketing Agency
There’s no shortage of businesses offering search engine marketing services, agencies and otherwise, and as you might imagine, most of them know how to show up in your Google search. So how do you narrow the playing field and pick the right agency to work with?
Look for an agency that:
Doesn’t outsource their work
SEM (and nearly every service related to SEO) is notorious for attracting various third-party service providers or contractors. It’s easy, in theory, for an agency to claim they offer SEM services without actually investing in the necessary team members to offer these services in house. You’re not hiring an agency so that they can hire someone else; you could do that yourself. You want to be sure you’re working with the actual team that will be working on your campaigns.
Knowledgeable and considerate of best practices
For every rule or theory about Google and its algorithms, there are shady marketers who claim to have the best methods for circumventing the system and generating results that, in reality, they likely have no way of assuring. More than perhaps any other marketing service, SEM and SEO tend to attract service providers who think they’ve found shortcuts. But the reality is that there are no shortcuts, and Google tends to punish those who rely on these kinds of shortcuts when they eventually find them. (And they usually do.) In short: You want to make sure your agency sticks to best practices and doesn’t try to game Google, because in the end, your business is what’s going to suffer.
Has a broad understanding of marketing and related services
SEM is just one part of a robust marketing plan. Whether the agency you select for your SEM is also responsible for the other parts of your marketing plan or not, going with an agency that is at least knowledgeable about other aspects of marketing and how SEM feeds into those services, and vice versa, is going to ensure you get better results and a more cohesive marketing operation.
Prepare for your search:
Review case studies or ask about the agency’s past work
Looking at the agency’s previous work is a good way to get a feel of what they’re capable of and what you can expect from your partnership with them. See what examples of work they have available on their website, or ask if they have any case studies or relevant information to share.
Check out reviews and testimonials
Reading past client and customer reviews is a great way to get a feel for any business you plan to patronize or partner with. The same is true for seeking out an agency partner. Look at the reviews and testimonials you can find for the agency, and be sure to look outside of what they have featured on their website. Third-party review sites, such as Google Reviews, are a good way to see unfiltered feedback from the agency’s past clients.
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Search engine marketing, also known as pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, is a form of paid search advertising with the goal of placing your company’s ad on the first page of Google search results. Search engine marketing is a popular digital marketing tactic because it is designed for direct lead generation, it provides numerous opportunities for testing and optimization, and because companies of any size can utilize it to run an effective campaign. As consumers turn online more and more to both research and purchase products and services, search engine marketing can demonstrably improve your company’s bottom line.
Ranking organically on Google and the other search engines is a difficult, time-intensive process. Creating the quality and quantity of content needed to rank highly takes a great deal of time and resources. And because all of your competitors are also attempting to rank, success is never guaranteed nor permanent. Search engine marketing can be a great option to place your business on the front page of Google in the short-term, while you continue to invest in a quality organic search marketing program. PPC ads can be created and pushed live very quickly, and with the right strategy and implementation, your firm has a chance to rank almost immediately.
Google Adwords offers a robust online dashboard for managing your search engine marketing program. It provides the ability to create your ad copy, set a daily budget, and define your audience. Google also allows you to choose your target keyword phrases and to select which page of your website users will be directed to once they click on your ad. These tools and options allow your company to develop a PPC campaign that is highly targeted toward your ideal customers, and to collect multiple data points on the results of your campaign to inform future efforts. Despite Google’s robust dashboard, however, a successful search marketing program still requires outside expertise and experience be brought to bear.
The best way to develop a successful PPC ad campaign that generates results for your business is to build your program around the concept of searcher intent. Searcher intent refers to providing the answer that best addresses the issues and problems that your customers are encountering. No matter how well-targeted your PPC ads are, if each component of the ad copy does not specifically speak to the searcher’s intent, it is far less likely that they will click on your ad. Not only that, but Google’s algorithms have become much more sophisticated and are now preferring ads that speak to searcher intent over those that do not.
This means that the ad title, description, and URL should specifically speak to the user’s problem. Your ad copy needs to be engaging and compelling–and you have limited space in which to do so. Because of Google’s character-count limitations, each word of copy must be carefully chosen for optimal performance. In addition to the copywriting, you need to be sure to select the best keyword phrases so that your ad shows up at the right times to the right audiences. It’s important to think about what your customers would type into Google, not necessarily how you would speak about your products and services. As the old adage says, ‘no one ever bought a drill because they wanted a drill. They bought a drill because they needed a hole’. This concept applies to your PPC campaigns as well. Think about what problem your customers are trying to solve, and therefore what they might enter into the search bar.
You also want to select the page of your website that best addresses the user’s search query. You shouldn’t automatically send all of your search engine marketing traffic to your home page. In some cases, this might be the best option. But if your PPC ad promotes a specific product or service, select that product or service’s specific page on your site as the landing page, since it will best address the searcher’s intent and make it easier for them to find the information that they are looking for.
Limited Barriers to Entry
One advantage of search engine marketing is that it is relatively easy to get a campaign up and running. As discussed earlier, some initial strategic planning will help set your campaign up for success by determining who your audience is, what they are searching for, how you can help solve their problem, and making sure that your ads click through to the best possible page to do so. Another great thing about PPC marketing is that your company can set a budget that you are comfortable with. It is important to keep in mind that search engine marketing is a bidding process, so your budget does need to be large enough to allow you to compete with other companies that are targeting the same keyword phrases. That said, there are creative ways that your business can stretch your budget to generate qualified leads including focusing on tight geographies, specific dayparts, long-tail keywords, and others. The point is, you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to run an impactful search engine marketing campaign. Though many Fortune 500 companies do exactly that. Also, PPC campaigns can be turned on or off very quickly, providing even further control of your campaign budget.
Fast Turnaround Time
Often when a business decides to initiate a new marketing program, it is because they are in need of more and better-qualified leads. For this reason, these businesses typically want these leads to arrive sooner rather than later. But many types of marketing programs require a certain degree of ramp-up time, whether due to ad production schedules, vendor lead times, or internal budget allocation processes. Search engine marketing, on the other hand, can be up and running almost immediately. This exceptionally quick turn-around time allows your company to begin receiving leads for your sales team very quickly. Assuming your campaign has been properly set up, these leads should also be good quality. This offers the benefit of faster closing times and more immediate revenue and return on investment for your business. And remember, because you can control the amount of money you invest in your PPC program, your lead volume is dependent only on what you are prepared to budget to the campaign.
Testing & Optimization
A further advantage of search engine marketing is the ability to test different ad campaigns and ads within a campaign to see how each performs in relation to the others and to then optimize those ads and campaigns going forward. The options for testing are virtually endless: ad title copy, ad description copy, geographical targeting, demographic targeting, landing pages, etc. But this sort of testing is only useful if you are able to first understand the results of this testing, and then analyze how to leverage this information to make better-informed decisions for future ads. Timmermann Group specializes in not just implementing and managing PPC campaigns but also testing and optimizing them for maximum performance. Continual testing and optimization also help your PPC performance from another perspective. Remember that we discussed how Google works to present not just the highest-bid ads but the most relevant ads to users? By optimizing your ads to best meet the needs of the searcher’s intent and providing a great user experience, over time Google recognizes this and factors the high quality of your ads into its results. The ultimate result of these efforts is an ever-improving quality and quantity of leads for your business.