What Is PPC? PPC stands for pay-per-click, and it’s a way of marketing on search engines. As it states in the name, you literally pay-per-click. Essentially, PPC is a targeted way of buying visits to your site that will hopefully end in conversions, whether this is a sale, conversion, or sign-up etc. It can be a great marketing method if your CPC (cost-per-click) is low, enabling you to still have a good return on investment (ROI). However, it can be extremely competitive in some industries and requires regular maintenance to maintain a good CPC and a steady number of conversions. PPC often changes...

Unless you live in a cave somewhere, without wifi, then you can't have avoided the news about the change to the Facebook news feed ricocheting around the marketing world. The main drive here seems to be that pages will see less visibility in the news feed whilst interactions with family and friends will be prioritised. And if the results from a trial run are to be trusted where page posts were moved to a secondary feed, the reported impact was between 60% to 80% - a pretty big deal if you rely on organic social traffic.   But How Will This Affect Advertisers? The...

Facebook has 2 billion users - that’s a big audience of prospects and leads waiting to discover your brand. Using the platform to advertise your business and its products and services can be a great way to hit your business goals. If you’re thinking about utilising this platform and believe this is the best place to tap into your customer base and online community, get familiar with what this involves and how to get the best ROI from your ad spend before you dive in, as this can get complex with the many options available. To help you get started with advertising...

As of 31 January of this year, Google updated their Adwords PPC ads to expanded text ads. This was the biggest change Google has made to text ads in 15 years and these ads work more effectively across mobile and desktop to improve your visibility and click-through rate. These ads are 2x bigger than the previous ads and give you much more ad space to talk about your products, services and benefits to turn more browsers into buyers. Take a look at how the extended ads look on desktop and mobile with these example preview ads I made for Bowler Hat:   Extended Ad...

In my previous article, I provided a brief overview of your options for advertising your business online. In this article, we are going to go into more detail on advertising your business using PPC on the popular search engines Google & Bing.   PPC & Search Engine Marketing (SEM)   The first hurdle with PPC is the terminology and the following terms are often used interchangeably: CPC - Cost Per Click SEM - Search Engine Marketing PPC - Pay Per Click Search Engine Advertising   These are all generally referring to the same thing which is the advertising of your business on search engines using...