People tend to treat their businesses like raising a child and often refer to it as their “baby”. PPC often feels like the same analogy. It’s new and refreshing and everybody wants to come and see this beautiful addition to your life. You have joy in wanting to show off your new “baby”. You keep her clean, you clothe her, make sure she is presenting herself in life in a respectful way, you spend money on her.
Recently Google announced a major change in the shopping results channel or shopping feed. Google Shopping is typically seen in about the 3rd position on the search engine results page (SERP). This system allows browsers to quickly go in and shop by price comparison between various retailers. It is extremely popular and drives a great deal of sales for thousands if not millions of retailers. Google has a fairly strict procedure on how to get listed in results that includes submitting products and all sorts of data including shipping, UPC number, etc. Many retailers rely on this shopping area as their bread and butter and most consumers love it. In fact you could say that many use this feature exclusively when searching for commodity type of items such as shampoo, books, etc.
Just like with so many things in today’s Internet Marketing landscape, PPC (Pay Per Click Marketing) is always changing and evolving, and in order to continue to maintain a successful campaign your strategies must change as well. Having been a part of the Internet Marketing world for the last 8 years I have seen many once thriving accounts begin to struggle.
Many times, over the last 8 years, I have had the same conversation with clients over one specific topic. If I am ranking high in the organic ad listings why do I need to bid on them in PPC? My normal response to them is “why wouldn’t you”.
The Internet has evolved into this amazing machine and PPC (Pay Per Click) has been every part of that evolution in the past 10 plus years. The effect this machine has had in our lives is substantial.
Marketing should never be looked at as an expense. Over time, if marketing is costing your company money, then you need to rework your strategy. Marketing, by definition, is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services. This definition is not ambiguous. So often, small business owners seem to not fully understand the value of marketing. The vast majority of big businesses get it and in many cases, good marketing strategy is part of what made them big in the first place.
Search engine marketing is a great way to make money online. Making money from an online store, blog or a website depends on being found within a search engine. Search engine marketing, also known as SEM, allows people to get traffic from search engines very quickly. However, this is a little different than using traditional Search Engine Optimization.
How many times have you been successful without a little time and effort? I would venture to say not many times. Like most everything else, successful PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns are the same, they take time and effort. If you’re not prepared to focus on PPC and put in the time it takes to succeed, then you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Inexperienced Pay-Per-Click (PPC) users might as well drive by the search engine headquarters and just throw their cash out the window. In this economy, companies are trying to absorb tasks in house that under better financial circumstances, they would not attempt. It is a big mistake to have an in house inexperienced employee to work on your PPC campaigns and it can mean the difference of thousands of dollars.
With PPC marketing there is a small initial investment. Most of the search engines do not charge a set-up fee. If they do, it is minimal to place and run your ads. The only cost involved is the actual cost if someone clicks on your ad and visits your website.