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Five Great PPC Landing Pages

You’ve probably heard numerous times that landing pages should contain your keywords, be attractively designed, and provide sufficient information for the customer to make a sales or registration decision.   However, you might not have been provided with good examples of these concepts at work.

Worry no more. This article contains five examples of great PPC landing pages.   While viewing these pages, however, remember that you never really know if a landing page is effective unless you test it and look at conversion data. Rosetta Stone   This is the top part of Rosetta Stone’s landing page for its Spanish software offerings. I typed the keyword phrase “learning Spanish software guide” into Google, clicked on a resulting Rosetta Stone PPC ad, and this page appeared... > Read more

May 06, 2010     |   Written by: Christine Laubenstein   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 6

What Is a Good Click-Through Rate (CTR) for PPC?

If you are involved with pay-per-click advertising, one of the metrics you should be concerned with is click-through rate. Click-through rate is the percent of ad views that result in clicks, and it is one of the key factors in Google’s search engine results ranking formula. Ads with higher click-through rates get better quality scores and higher placements in Google search results.

This doesn’t mean, however, you should aim for the highest click-through rate possible. Why? Because each click costs you money. If your conversions aren’t keeping up with you click costs, then you will be losing money.  Click-through Rates CTR rate goals Below goal CTR Above goal CTR Optimize CTR Monitor CTR Change CTR goals So, what’s a good click-through rate then? Your ideal click-through rat... > Read more

April 26, 2010     |   Written by: Christine Laubenstein   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 14

Google AdWords Remarketing: What is Remarketing?

A couple of weeks ago Google announced a new AdWords feature, called remarketing, that lets advertisers display their ads on the Google Content Network to users who have already visited their website. The idea is that because many of these users have an interest in the product or service you are offering, the chances of them clicking on your ad and converting are higher.

A study recently published by the Network Advertising Initiative backs up this claim. It shows that behavioral-targeted online ads are more than twice as valuable and effective as non-targeted online ads.The unveiling of this Google tool follows a one-year remarketing beta period. About 500 companies, including Samsung, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Armani cosmetics and fragrances, took part in the product test.What ar... > Read more

April 09, 2010     |   Written by: Christine Laubenstein   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 4

5 Tips for Passing PPC Certification Exams

This is a guest post by Jenny Anderson, a search marketing, SEO and PPC consultant at Hanapin Marketing. She works with a variety of clients and writes for Hanapin’s blogs, PPC Hero and SEO Boy. I was never a very good test taker. I would easily ace papers and homework assignments, but please do not ask me to reveal my SAT scores.

This is a post for all of those that can share in my pain – tests are not fun. In the PPC industry, there are several certification exams that one can take: the Microsoft adExcellence Exam, the Google Advertising Fundamentals Exam, and of course the king of them all – the Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) Test. We recently celebrated here at Hanapin Marketing when our newest member, Jen Barrett, passed the analytics exam (any excuse for Ha... > Read more

April 05, 2010     |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 7

A Balanced PPC Diet: Balancing Head Terms with the Long Tail

All too often we search marketers get overly consumed with the concept of long tail keywords. We read about it in blogs and articles and increasingly the long tail is preached as the solution to all your pay-per-click problems.  Certainly the benefits of the long tail are undeniable; by targeting long-tail phrases we focus our efforts around more targeted search queries and generally find less competition among advertisers.

However, as with any diet, we need to remain balanced. By eating only lettuce and vegetables, we’re sacrificing protein and other nutrients that come with fattier foods. Likewise, by only targeting the long tail, we sacrifice the valuable benefits that competing for head-tail terms may provide. So what are the benefits of head terms? First, these more genera... > Read more

February 23, 2010     |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 5

Ten Ways to Improve Your AdWords Click-Through Rate (CTR)

One of the best ways to save money on your AdWords campaign is by improving your click-through rate (CTR), or the percentage of viewers who actually click on your ad. A higher click-through rate leads to a higher Quality Score -- a grade Google applies to your AdWords keywords and ad groups. When you have a high Quality Score, you pay less for better ad spots.

  Here are 10 steps you can take to improve your AdWords click-through rate: Include promotional offers, attractive adjectives, and calls to action in your ads. People are more likely to click on your ad if you tout a special promotion, like free shipping. Also, words like “save,” “easy,” and “new,” and calls to action like “buy now,” “reserve today” and “call now,” can prompt a click. Put your keywor... > Read more

February 02, 2010     |   Written by: Christine Laubenstein   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 10

Recommended Reading: PPC Blog, from the Folks Who Brought You SEO Book

My favorite way to find quality blogs (and books and movies, for that matter) is via recommendation. Towards that end, I thought I'd share a PPC Blog you might not be reading (every so often we share a list of our favorite search and online marketing blogs). Aaron and Giovanna Wall of SEO Book fame (see our SEO Book review here) have started collaborating on a sister site that focuses on PPC.

The content is really strong, offering a very similar level of high quality how-to and industry trend material. They recently launched a very clever AdWords tax calculator that can help give you an indication of how much you might be wasting on paid search. Here is some of the content they've churned out so far: A PPC Copywriting Guide A Post on Leveraging Search Query Reports (Though of course we a... > Read more

February 01, 2010     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 0

Temporarily Outsourcing Client Work: It's Not As Scary As You Might Think

This is a guest post by Jenny Anderson, a search marketing consultant at Hanapin Marketing. She works with a variety of clients and writes for Hanapin’s blogs, PPC Hero and SEO Boy. Outsourcing your clients’ work can get a little sticky, and there are plenty of reasons why some agencies may never turn to external help – even when they’re on overload with other client work.

They might not want to lose the control of knowing every detail in the account, they might think they know the product better than someone on the outside, or they might be afraid of what their client will think if they find out. In our experience with managing outsourced accounts at Hanapin, I can tell you that it’s really not that scary. Below are some tips and hints on how to successfully outsource, along wit... > Read more

January 26, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 1

Know Your PPC Traffic! The Real Deal Behind 'Search Partners'

This is a guest post by Shawn Livengood. Shawn Livengood is a search marketing professional based in Austin, Texas. He is also pursuing his master’s degree in information architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. You can read more at his PPC marketing blog, PPC Without Pity. When you sign up for a pay-per-click advertising account, you might assume that you are buying your traffic directly from the search engine.

If you bid on keywords in Google AdWords, you're just getting traffic from people who search on Google.com, right? Wrong! What many people don't realize is that a significant portion of PPC traffic comes not from the search engine sites themselves, but from a network of "search partners" associated with each search engine. So what exactly is a "search... > Read more

January 07, 2010     |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 3

Learn How You Can Improve Your Pay-per-click ROI with Google AdWords' Conversion Optimizer

As a long-time PPC manager, one of my biggest pet peeves is automation for the sake of automation. Yes, we’re all looking to save some time and make our processes more efficient. But efficiency will only benefit you if it means you are still getting great results from your pay-per-click campaigns! For a long time I naively avoided bid management tools or anything that “stank” of blind automation.

Then Google AdWords went and created Conversion Optimizer, which switches the bidding process from cost-per-click (CPC) to cost-per-acquisition (CPA). Not only that, but it automates keyword level bids. With some trepidation on my part, I decided to give Conversion Optimizer a shot and I haven’t looked back since! You still pay per click, but you no longer need to adjust your bids manually... > Read more

January 05, 2010     |   Written by: John Lee   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 4
 
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