PPC campaign management is necessary to maximize return on marketing cost for Google adwords and other PPC ads. PPC advertising directly determines web site traffic and your ability to convert leads. It is, thus, one of the most important items in your marketing budget. But it must be managed.
PPC campaigns based on keywords and keyword phrases must be attentively managed regularly and frequently. Setting up a campaign involves building a strategy, setting a budget and bidding on keywords, creating landing pages, creating the ad copy, keyword research and selection, geographic targeting, and analytics.
Once a campaign is set up the tasks in PPC campaign management are critical. They include: daily monitoring of click-through activity and management of goals and goal achievement, scoring leads produced by the PPC campaign and managing the scores, daily tracking, weekly or monthly reporting, daily or weekly updates, ongoing efforts to improve ad copy, ongoing efforts to improve costs, revision of ads, creation of new ads, ongoing keyword research.
It is in PPC campaign management that your ad campaigns are evaluated, upgraded, improved, modified for better performance, shifted to attract a different market segment, and carefully analyzed against your competitors.
The vulnerability in PPC advertising is that if you place ads in the wrong places or you focus on the wrong keywords (or phrases). You could be spending a lot of money and getting the wrong people to your site. This is why PPC campaign management is important.
For example, if you operate a neighborhood restaurant and you specialize in Mexican food, advertising “Pizza” probably will not be effective. Even if it should cost less (which is not likely), those who click through to your site would leave immediately. With bad, or no, campaign management you end up throwing money away.
If, on the other hand, you win bids on “Tacos” or “Fajitas”, you would be more likely to get people who are ready for a Mexican meal. This is quality traffic — people who are highly likely to be interested in your products or services and to become sales leads when they arrive on your site. This is the aim.
PPC campaign management evaluates daily changes in your competition, competitor marketing, and changes in keyword selection for searches. PPC campaign management also tests and analyzes ads and response rates.
PPC campaign management also analyzes every aspect of what happens when someone clicks through to your website. Which landing page is most effective? Which part of the page generates the best rate of response, do visitors follow the complete conversion path you have created or do they drop out at some point? Why?
Good PPC campaign management effectively monitors customer and prospect activity, keyword usage and needs, competitor activity, pricing and ad effectiveness to market your website. It then aligns landing pages, information pages and sales pages to efficiently convert leads to sales.
Because it is both time and labor intensive and because of the market research required, the task of PPC campaign management is frequently outsourced to campaign management companies who have the experience in bidding, the points of access to key markets and segments, and the experience in modifying ads and landing pages to achieve maximum success.
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