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5 Common PPC Mistakes Almost Every Business Makes

Marianna Muscat - Wednesday, September 2, 2020
PPC

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising can be a potent digital marketing tool as long as you use it with clarity, intent, and to its fullest potential. However, this can be challenging at times because it is not an exact science. It can take a bit of trial and error to achieve a good return on investment. With some research and tinkering, you can reap excellent rewards – up to $2 in revenue for every $1 spent, according to Google. To fast-track this success, it is best to avoid these five common PPC mistakes.

1. Not paying attention to data

Before making any hard and fast decisions about how your campaign is doing, and which ads and keywords to target, carefully analyze 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. Analyzing the data allows you to shift your strategy and spending to maximize your results.

2. Not using 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 favor 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. Not using 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. As 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. Forgetting to bid on your own brand keywords

You should always run at least one campaign that is dedicated to your own brand keywords. The main advantages of doing so are that brand keywords are generally much cheaper, yield higher search scores and convert much better than generic keywords. By neglecting to set up brand keyword PPC campaigns, you miss out on opportunities to capture your market.

5. Targeting the wrong keywords 

Sub-optimum keyword selection is a mistake that many companies make in their search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. It can be particularly costly when it comes to PPC, as choosing the wrong keywords can result in either no hits at all or hits that don’t convert to sales, but which you still have to pay for. One of the best ways to target your PPC ads is with long-tail keywords. The main characteristic that distinguishes long-tail keywords from short-tail ones is that they usually consist of two or more words that resemble detailed queries. In contrast, short-tail keywords generally consist of single words or phrases without context. Using long-tail keywords will narrow your traffic considerably and help ensure that your PPC costs are worthwhile.

For an effective, error-free PPC campaign that gives you the highest possible ROI, it’s best to engage the services of a professional search engine optimization company. WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, a proud member of the global WSI family, is a digital marketing company with considerable experience and success in strategies such as SEO marketing, PPC, content marketing and more. Contact us for more information.

Writing meta descriptions to boost SEO marketing

Marianna Muscat - Monday, July 13, 2020
SEO

There’s more to SEO marketing than choosing the right keywords. You should never underestimate the importance of meta descriptions. Those 150 characters are an essential part of optimizing your pages for Google. While the actual text in meta descriptions doesn’t factor into Google’s ranking algorithms, it’s still important because it helps to convince people to click on your search results. The more clicks you get in this way, the better your organic click-through-rate (CTR) will be – and this could lead to indirect improvements in your rankings.

So what is the secret to a good meta description? Here is a step-by-step guide. 

Be careful with the tone

The tone of the description must be straightforward and conversation while still being in line with your brand voice. This may seem like a delicate balancing act, but there’s no need to overthink it. The important thing is to encapsulate the essence of the page content in a simple and attractive way.

Include your primary keyword

This is a fun challenge for a copywriter: to include the primary keyword and a natural way that makes sense to the description. It’s vital to include the keyword in your description, as well as your meta title.

Include a call to action

Finish off your description with a tangible call to action for the reader. “Find out more…” or “Learn more here,” for example. A basic description of the content might be enough to attract a click but often, readers need that definite nudge.

Write in active voice

Passive voice has its place, but it should be a no-no in most marketing writing, especially in a meta-description, which is meant to be short, sharp and direct. So always stick to active voice.

Make sure the description matches the content

Don’t try to trick the reader into clicking with a description that doesn’t actually fit the content. Let your description be an accurate reflection of your page’s content. 

Remember that Google might cut you short

Although the maximum length for meta descriptions is 150 characters, only the first 120 characters usually get displayed in the search results. This means you need to be sure to get your main message across before that cut-off. 

Give each page a unique meta description

Don’t copy and paste one meta description across various pages. Each and every one of your pages must have its own meta description.

WSI New Media Marketing is a proud member of the global WSI digital marketing family. Contact us and see what we can do for your brand. As a leading digital marketing agency, we specialize in effective social media marketing, pay-per-click advertising, mobile content marketing, and SEO marketing. Contact us for more information.

Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping chooses WSI for a New Digital Presence: Website, SEO and Paid Search

Ken Bowden - Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping and Asphalt of Fairfield, Ohio has delivered new roads, complete site work, and custom asphalt paving for commercial and residential customers for over 50 years.  While they manufacture premium hot mix asphalt for all projects they install, they also offer it to construction and paving companies in Southern Ohio.  This is a new website and the first complete website for Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping using the domain of www.PremiumPavement.com.  The website targets business and municipal decision makers for full commercial site development and resurfacing pavement projects.  Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping can repave parking lots over the weekend to minimize business disruption.  They also deliver residential paving for driveways, walkways and other hard surface needs like tennis courts.  As an added value, decorative asphalt is impressive in performance and aesthetic appeal.  Finally, Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping sells premium hot mix and usually make and fill orders ahead of their needs for projects. 

WSI delivered a WordPress website, and is executing Paid Search and SEO campaigns.  The goal of both is to cultivate lead generation and share Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping’s expertise. 

The SEO implementation is focusing on their core competencies:

Asphalt paving company

Commercial asphalt and paving

Residential asphalt and blacktop paving

Hot mix asphalt

Stamped asphalt

Paid Search (PPC) has focused on three campaigns: 

Commercial Solutions for Site Development, Paving, and Resurfacing

Residential Paving, Decorative Asphalt and Resurfacing

Premium Hot Mix Asphalt

Customized tracking of key performance indicators will continue as WSI will measure links to the new SEO pages, rankings on the keywords, organic entrances pages, as well as leads from organic visitors. Lead tracking includes form submissions, as well as phone calls from organic visitors. With this approach, we can see all the elements which lead to the clients end goal: more roads and driveways paved as well as more trucks full of premium hot mix.  Who knew blacktop could be so hot and exciting?

This marketing strategy includes Directory Listing optimization and high quality content syndication with link building to Tumblr, WordPress, Weebly, and Blogger.

WSI’s Global Resources Benefit Local Businesses

WSI is the world’s largest network of Digital Marketing Consultants, 80 countries and all US states. WSI has helped thousands of small and medium-sized businesses realize their online marketing potential. By using innovative Internet technologies and advanced digital marketing tactics, businesses can have a WSI Digital Marketing Strategy tailored to their individual needs and budget to elevate their digital presence and business growth.  In 2017, WSI consultants received 7 Awards at the Annual WebAwards organized by the Web Marketing Association (WMA), bringing their total WMA Award tally to 75. 

To learn more contact BraveWeb, LLC a WSI firm today.

This post originally appeared: https://www.wsiworld.com/nicholasgantenberg/2017/09/19/mt-pleasant-blacktopping-chooses-wsi-new-digital-presence-website-seo-paid-search/

 

 

Stepping Up Your PPC Campaigns for the Holiday Season

Ken Bowden - Sunday, November 1, 2015

 

Stepping Up Your PPC Campaigns for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is is almost here. Sure, we’ve just finished Halloween spending, Thanksgiving has almost been forgotten, and store shelves are overflowing with Christmas stock now. As far as the online world is concerned, anyone who hasn’t started putting his holiday marketing campaign into effect is behind schedule.

Organic versus PPC

Organic campaigns and PPC (pay per click) campaigns both have a lot of merit and each is just as important alone as they are together. Your organic marketing campaign is great for building a slow and steady following, social presence, backlinks, and general awareness throughout the year. Your PPC campaigns are important for driving new traffic to your website, especially if your organic campaign hasn’t put you on the first page of Google yet.

PPC is also great for the launch of new products, new sales, and new campaigns. This is where the holiday season comes into play. You really don’t have time to drive traffic to a holiday campaign via 100% organic efforts. Your PPC campaigns will be critical to your ability to grab your audience’s attention in a very busy and overwhelming holiday marketing world.  And your anticipated results may almost be immediate using paid search.

Updating Your Holiday PPC Campaign

Make sure you take some time now to review your PPC campaign and decide how you’ll modify it for the holiday season. Some important points to consider are:

  • Your keyword research. Make sure it’s fresh and up to date and applies to both your general marketing terms and your holiday focus.
  • You ad copy. The writing needs to be tailored to focus on your special holiday offerings. The more holiday-specific you are, the wider your holiday-shopping audience will be.
  • Mobile takes the front seat. Mobile marketing campaigns are critical, especially this year. Make sure your website is mobile responsive and make sure your ads will show properly on all devices.
  • Testing your ads for effectiveness.  There is still time to see what works best for the audience you are trying to engage.

Of course, there are the numbers and statistics to consider as well. Use your campaign analytics to your advantage. See which of your PPC ads worked best last year, what can be improved upon, and how you can minimize your budget while maximizing your conversion rates.

Does it all sound confusing? If so, contact WSI New Media for help. We’ll focus on the PPC campaigns so you can focus on what you know best – your products and your customers!

Organic vs Paid Marketing: Why You Need Both

Ken Bowden - Monday, June 15, 2015


If you’re new to the world of internet marketing, you may be overwhelmed by the advertising and marketing options available to you. Organic marketing? Paid marketing? They can both bring you incredible results – but which do you really need? The answer is both.

What is Organic Marketing?

Organic marketing has quite a few components but is generally defined as anything you do to promote online content people want to see. With organic marketing, your potential website visitors find you via content you’ve published on the web – on your blog, on other people’s blogs, and even on social networks. The distinction is that with organic marketing your content is found without the aid of any type of paid media. These techniques rely on the understanding and implementation of SEO strategies

What is Paid Marketing?

Paid marketing is just that – marketing techniques that usually involve ongoing investment. These techniques usually include ad placements in PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns, bringing your ads to the top of search engine results – usually above organic results.

Which Do I Need?

Both. You definitely need to use both to market your business.

SEO and organic techniques are important because people tend to trust organic searches more than ads. The search engines love quality, relevant pieces of content that web users will actually find helpful and the things you do organically will help you to maintain long-term success down the road. You may still have to direct marketing dollars at creating content and having it published, but dedicated effort will put you on the path to success for the long-haul. SEO is great for all search engines, too, whether you’re looking at Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other current or upcoming platform.

PPC campaigns mean spending your marketing dollars on ads, but the benefit is that your results will be immediate. While you do need to make sure you are testing your ads so that you don’t overspend, the instant gratification of seeing results from your ads will not only bring in business but will help you to promote newer products and services until your organic methods take hold in the search engines.

Believe it or not, what you do with PPC will impact your organic SEO efforts, and the same works in reverse. The better the rankings on your website pages, the better your ROI (return on investment) on your PPC campaign.

Advertising feels like a foreign language? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Get in touch with WSI today to find out what we can do to help you run successful SEO and PPC campaigns. You’ll be amazed at how much WSI can do for your business.

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