5 Common PPC mistakes to avoid in your business

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in PPC |

If you want to benefit from pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, you need to have clarity and intent when integrating it as a digital marketing tool. The most challenging aspect of PPC advertising is that it is by no means an exact science. There is a lot of experimenting involved in getting the correct formula for your business and budget. The rewards, however, can be substantial with Google reporting up to double revenue for the budget spent in some cases. Let’s take a closer look. 5 mistakes to avoid to fast-track success in PPC advertising  If you’re set on success in PPC advertising, here are the most common mistakes that business owners tend to make (and suggestions to help you fix them). 1. Neglecting the data  Before making any hard and fast decisions about how your campaign is doing, and which ads and keywords to target, carefully analyse all the available data. You may find that you are doing well overall, with plenty of clicks and conversions, and so you might decide to keep your current spread of ads as it is. However, parts of your campaign may be working well, while others are not working at all. One or two of your ads may be carrying your entire campaign. Analysing the data allows you to shift your strategy and spending to maximise your results. 2. Avoiding negative keywords Many marketers either forget, neglect, or choose to ignore negative keywords. This can be a big mistake. While it may seem counterintuitive to target keywords that are meant to keep people away from your website, it is actually one of the best ways to establish your niche and make sure that you attract only visitors who are most likely to become paying clients. You would be doing both yourself and internet users a favour by establishing these limits at the very beginning. Yes, negative keywords will lead to less traffic, but they will eliminate only the non-converting visitors and ensure that you get the right traffic. 3. Forgetting about ad extensions  Ad extensions can increase your click-through-rate by 10-20% – and they don’t cost any extra – yet many people forget to include them in their campaigns. Ad extensions can increase your ad’s reach, they can provide better value for money, and they offer more ways to reach you while increasing your online visibility. They may include contact details, site links, invitations to download an app (if you have one) or testimonials from your customers, among other things. Be sure to include as many of them as you can. 4. Not bidding on your own brand’s keywords  You should always run at least one campaign that is dedicated to your own brand...

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Tips to use PPC in an inbound marketing campaign

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in PPC |

Pay per click advertising should form part of any inbound marketing strategy to maximise the reach of the content being promoted. The two should work together to complement and enhance one another. Once pay per click and inbound marketing strategies are pushing in the same direction with the same goals, your business will reap significant rewards. Aligning PPC and inbound marketing  While it is common to think of pay per click advertising and inbound marketing as separate strategies, the two can complement one another if used correctly. Paid advertising increases the prominence of your content and sends more people to your website where they can engage further with your inbound marketing content. In order to run an effective pay per click advertising campaign, you should know who you are targeting, which keywords you would like to focus on and make use of data from testing and analytics to back those decisions up. Rather than running general ads promoting your brand visibility in a pay per click campaign, use it to promote your strongest content instead, so that consumers are more likely to engage with it. This works best on social media where people are looking for interesting content rather than just information. Paid adverts have been proven to work even once the customer knows what they are looking for, as long as the content is linked directly to a commercial opportunity. Make sure that your pay per click landing page is aligned to the content of the advert. Any good digital marketing strategy should look to integrate pay per click and inbound marketing devices to make the most of the money you are investing in paid advertising and the organic SEO content you are creating to represent your brand. Get in touch with WSI OMS today to get more insights into how to integrate PPC with your inbound marketing strategy. Please follow and like...

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Six online advertising tactics to sell more during lockdown

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

People are more likely to be shopping online during lockdown, which means you need to be investing in online advertising in a whole new way. Now is the time to try new things to get your products and services under the eyes of your potential buyers. Here are six simple online advertising tactics that you can follow to sell more in 2020: Using digital marketing to sell more  Keep your content fresh and make the most of it by updating old content and reusing it strategically by changing the type of media. Most written content can be repurposed as video, which is a great way to improve engagement and connect with new audiences. Get the timing right with your email marketing. Do not underestimate the effect timing can have as consumers are not always likely to open emails. If you send your emails out at the right time, it can translate into more sales. Get smarter with your pay per click bidding. The next step in PPC advertising is to use smart bidding to make sure that you get maximum value. Smart bidding uses AI technology to make sure that your budget is being used effectively. This is done using data from past search results. Go live on social media. People are now more than comfortable with video calls and are interested in consuming content in real-time. Take advantage of this by live streaming content on your social media to increase engagement. Any interview or video content can be streamed live instead of being shot beforehand. Let your audience contribute to your content. By allowing your customers to post their experiences with your brand, you can harness their feedback to improve your offering. Digital marketing and social media reporting platform DashThis scaled their content offering by allowing clients to contribute to their blog and some of these consistently bring in over 200 leads per month. Make the most of your video content. More than 50% of consumers want to see videos from brands so it is essential to have this as a central part of your digital marketing strategy. There are always new ways to reach your target audience. Get in touch with WSI OMS now to take your digital marketing strategy to the next level. Please follow and like...

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Reducing digital marketing due to COVID-19? Read this first

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

It stands to reason that companies would begin reducing digital marketing efforts, due to the downturn in the global economy during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, while reducing marketing spending may seem, intuitively, to the be the smart choice, the drop in search demand for your brand and/or products may actually indicate that you need to take precisely the opposite action. It may be time to increase your bids You many have noticed that the prices of pay-per-click ads have been dropping in certain industries. This is because many companies have stopped or reduced their bids for ads. There has been no corresponding reduction in internet traffic, meaning that your audience is still browsing and is still there to see your ads. You can now reach them at a fraction of the price than you previously would have been able to. So, far from reducing your ad spend, it’s time to ratchet it up! Email marketing still works Even if you do decide to reduce spending in some areas of digital marketing, you should still keep your email marketing steady – or even increase it. Email doesn’t cost you much, so you have very little to gain from cutting it – and plenty to gain from continuing to use it extensively. You may not be able to influence search demand to your liking but you can compensate for this through upscaling your email efforts. Hitting people’s inboxes directly is more reliable than taking your chances with search engines. Pulling back on SEO now will affect your rankings later on While it may be true that there is a reduction in search demand, it would be very short-sighted to cut back on your SEO work as a result of this. Demand will return to normal and when it does, your SEO homework should all be perfectly executed so that you can maintain and even increase your rankings.  In short, while it may seem that a reduction in digital marketing is now called for, the best the thing to do is carry on regardless. Through increased pay-per-click activity – now at a reduced price, you can get much better return on ad spend (ROAS). Through continued email campaigns, you can maintain your presence in spite of search demand reduction. Finally, with sustained SEO work you can ensure that you’re in a prime position when search demand returns to normal. WSI OMS can help you modify and perfect your digital marketing campaigns during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact us for more information. Please follow and like...

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Here’s why your PPC advertising isn’t performing

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in PPC |

If you want to bring viewers to your website’s landing page or ecommerce products page, pay per click advertising can help you to bump up the amount of traffic quickly. But what can you do if your pay per click advertising strategy isn’t performing as well as you expected? This guide will provide common issues and how to solve them.   Why is my PPC advertising strategy not working?  Your settings are not correct Many times, when we check a client’s PPC campaign that is underperforming, the settings are off. Perhaps you are targeting the wrong location or the budget you have set is incorrect. It’s possible that an ad group didn’t get turned on. The first thing you need to do if you notice that a PPC campaign isn’t working is check your settings. You’re not redirecting your audience correctly If you are marketing a specific service or product, then you shouldn’t direct search engine users to the home page of your website. Make sure you have a high impact landing page that is professionally written, compelling, and gives your potential client all the information they need to do business with you. Each ad group should have its own landing page for the best results. Keep your website’s navigation simple so that they can find what they are looking for, information about the credibility of your brand, shipping information, and anything else they might want to know. You’re not looking at local factors  All pay per click advertisers want the lowest possible cost per click (CPC), but it is virtually impossible to keep the costs at bay if you ignore local factors. Localize your PPC campaigns to ensure that you not only have local vendors in the areas that you are targeting, but that you are using everything from the right lingo and slang to the desired suburb areas. You’re not getting genuine visitors  Whether you are advertising on social media or the major search engines, there will likely be networks that distribute your ads. Some of these networks are fraudulent, which means that the traffic they send to your website and landing pages are fake. Ensure your ads are distributed to the right network so that you get genuine visitors. You’re not setting up negative keywords There are many keywords that you do not want to rank for. Perhaps you want to avoid ranking for keywords such as ‘second hand’, ‘new’, ‘free’, or a specific color. Include all the negative keywords that you don’t want to rank for to prevent your ad from being triggered by these words. Need more help with your pay per click advertising strategy? Contact WSI OMS for information on our PPC advertising...

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