Pay Per Click

PPC Agency Birmingham

Whether we like it or not, paid adverts on Search Engines or display networks, Social Media and other channels via Pay Per Click, PPA, PPM or other models is an unavoidable part of any serious Online Marketing Strategy.
Getting attention is the toughest part, but keeping it is far from easy.


SEM Advertise on search engines
A tough place to get atention

Shrinking Market Opportunity
For example, the SERP (Search Engine Results Page) is crammed with blocks such as Local search, Jobs etc and only a few organic slots are available outside of these blocks. Competition for these blocks is high and while competing for them is still a very powerful and lucrative tool once you establish your credentials, not only will it need the assistance of paid advertising, but the synergies between the two are very substantial. Read on. 

Synergies between Organic Search ( Not paid for)  and Paid advertising arise from the fact the Google and other search engines have been refining their algorithms for many years to show the adverts which are more likely to result in a click. Naturally the goal is clicks because these are the things that earn them revenue. What this means for you is that, apart from the obvious risk of fraudulent clicking by competitors, the Search Engine is monitoring your site performance and advert performance to see which ones the users like best and are likely to keep clicking adverts for.
The cost of your advertising campaign will therefore be substantially lower and you will attract visitors with higher propensity to spend if your website is performing well in the eyes of the search engine algorithm. Search and advertising simply cant be separated any more.

The Market Research factor is an equally important element of Search advertising. Traditionally, SEO experts research existing content on the assumption that high performing sites must be getting things right, then set out their stall and wait and wait and wait some more to see how that went. If it didn’t go so well, the option was simply to try plan B.  Now everyone in business knows that feeling, sometimes it is inevitable and some celebrated winners are just lucky and vice versa, but isn’t it irresistible when you can place the same proposition using the same words and get a response and some real data by tomorrow some time?

Semantic traps and search Engines  combine to create a huge problem for search marketers, but especially for SEO experts. The difficulty is that however you much make allowances, the bots and search engines and everything surrounding them are built in California with a concentration in the Bay Area and that is the language format the bot understands. AI and ML have not come anywhere close to solving this issue yet despite it being  a mature subject that predates the internet.
Search Marketing helps in two ways. Simple A/B tests can help you find the search phrases that work best and more importantly, you can appeal to a local audience in their own language while satisfying the search bot in Bay Area slang. That way you get the best of both worlds.

Targeting is more straightforward.
People who click on adverts know they are being sucked into a potential purchasing situation. While some of us have no problem with getting information and avoiding the checkout, it is a fact that SEM clicks are substantially more likely to be on a purchasing journey and therefore qualify much further down the conversion funnel on average than purely organic traffic will.

How to make advertising decisions

The bottom line with Advertising is ROI. I always stress not to mix up Branding spend with Lead generation spend, despite the synergies that occur naturally. Sure your adverts are doing something for the brand, but when it comes to lead generation, it is all about ROI. 
First you must take some time to bed in your process and achieve a consistent rate of visitors and a consistent rate of conversion into leads or checkouts.
Now it is straightforward to calculate your Customer Lifetime Value (in Profits not revenue) and divide it by the cost of acquiring that customer.p

Getting set up to do Search Engine Advertising (SEM) well

Better a weak message that gets seen.
  1. First you need a small budget  for testing., Never begin with a big budget, you will most likely lose it all
  2. You need analytics properly set up to be able to measure and analyse closely what is happening, otherwise you will never learn and improve and that is the goal of the first phase. If you never did this I would strongly advise that you go back and start again. Structuring your advertising account is the subject of a book in its own right and vital to giving you usable feedback.
  3. You need professional research to see who is winning in your space and why, what adverts are working and what concepts seem to resonate with users
  4. You need brainstorming to match your unique proposition with these competitors and look for the areas where you can stand out and win business. 
  5. You need professionally written copy optimised for the day, time, personas, needs and constantly tested and improved.
  6. You need someone watching the budget and watching out for fraudulent actors.
  7. You need intelligent segmentation and a strong re-marketing and ongoing engagement strategy.
  8. You need a solid list of negative phrases to avoid paying for clicks form unsuitable users.
  9. You should probably have a Lead nurturing system to track the type of information they consume, offer them more helpful content and maximise the number of visitors who end up doing business with you .
SEO dilemna accountants

If you are just starting out on a journey with Paid Digital Advertising, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Advertising, etc then click below to receive a free website appraisal to get you started on the right track.

PPC Agency Birmingham

Partnering in SEM

If you are hoping to make improvements in your advertising performance and you are considering your options. perhaps you are considering some outside help for the first time , or you are not satisfied with the service you have been getting. Book a confidential  45 minute free consultation (This may require a little wait) or book  paid review and report. Click below and select an Option



Recent Blog Posts


A/B testing to improve conversion rates

Trying to improve your ROI by fine tuning conversion rates, be very  cautious about A/B testing strategy and it will pay dividends. If you succumb to reading blog posts about…

Isn’t a funnel the same as a user Journey?

There are similarities indeed between UX and Conversion Funnels, but rather than reinvent the wheel, I hope you will click on this link to see Ed’s detailed explanation in the…

What is a funnel?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed erat aequius Triarium aliquid de dissensione nostra iudicare. Multoque hoc melius nos veriusque quam Stoici. Duo Reges: constructio interrete. Si enim…

Experts in Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing Campaigns .

[mautic type="tags" values="PPC,SEM"]