Tag - PPC

What are the Newest Features of a Pay-Per-Click Ad?

There are many names for Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Ads you may have heard; Google Ads, AdWords, and even SEM (Search Engine Marketing). They all mean the same thing.  When it comes down to it, Pay-Per-Click ads are text ads shown on the Google search engine results page when a user searches keywords related to your business.  This can happen across...

The best digital campaigns are expertly mixed, just like your favorite cocktail

When creating a digital marketing strategy, it is easy to become enamored with products that are at the bottom of the sales funnel.  It would be easy to think, “I’m going to focus only on Pay Per Click/Search Engine paid ads, Retargeting and SEO because they will help me drive the most conversions.” This way of thinking is not...

Pay-Per-Click Advertising vs Impression Based Digital Ads

At first glance Pay-Per-Click ads (or Google AdWords) seem more efficient because they average a much higher click through rate than impression based advertising. So if you are solely looking at the cost per click, it would seem that PPC is cheaper and more effective. For most local to medium sized businesses this is not the case. Truly targeted...

How I Explain SEO & Pay-Per-Click To My Mother

I think Search Engine Optimization is one of the hardest things to understand and even harder to explain to small business owners. Now, Google is making all kinds of change to their Search Engine Results Page (SERP), making it more confusing than ever. I’ve learned to run things through my “Mom Test.” If I can explain a digital product in...

Google Announces Major Change to Pay Per Click Advertising

On Friday, February 19th 2016 Google confirmed that the search engine results page (SERP) will no longer show text ads down the right hand side of a search, worldwide. Replacing the old format will be four text ads displayed above the organic listings, as well as three text ads that will appear at the bottom of the page. So...

Paid Search Ads Are No Longer King

Display advertising will overtake Paid Search (pay-per-click) advertising in 2016 for the first time according to eMarketer’s estimates.  This fact underscores what we have been saying here at Vici for a while now…Paid Search isn’t the only game in town and it isn’t always the best use of your digital ad dollars. Paid Search is for customers who are ready...

Search Retargeting, Keyword Targeting, and PPC: What’s the difference?!

Well, they’re all good ways to optimize your digital campaign! Search retargeting, keyword targeting, and PPC (pay-per-click) are all forms of keyword advertising, and oftentimes get confused for one another.  While they are similar in some aspects, they each have unique responsibilities that make them different. Outlined below is the function each one serves: Keyword Targeting is probably the most...

The Myth Of Pay Per Click

“Pay Per Click works for everyone!” “You’ve got to be doing “AdWords!” “Every media campaign should include Pay Per Click!” These are some of the most prevalent myths circulating.  These myths are costing local businesses a lot of money in misdirected advertising.  The truth is Pay Per Click isn’t for everyone, especially small businesses and here are some reasons why. ...

Googles Search Revenues Shift

Nearly seven in 10 marketers say Googles Product Listing Ads (PLA’s) perform better than paid search ads. Performance of Products Listing Ads (PLA’s) in relation to Paid Search, Q1-2014. Slightly Better than paid search- 43% Much better than paid search- 26% About the same as paid search- 14% Much less than paid search- 8% Google is seeing a shift in revenue sources as a result...

What the heck does THAT mean?

Scratching your head when it comes to the jargon of online marketing? Well LOL and WTF no more.  Here's some common acronyms and what they mean.  Got something to add? Be sure to leave a comment! CPM means Cost per thousand.  So why isn't it CPT? The ‘m’ is a Roman Numeral that stands for 1000. CTR means Click Through Rate,...