Search Engine Marketing
Engage Your Visitors Exactly When and Where They Need You
Search engine marketing (SEM) is a combination of paid advertising (PPC) and SEO. The paid advertising helps supplement the organic search traffic to your site. Successful campaigns use both, and we constantly analyze the conversion rates of the services to build your campaigns. We call it “racing to the fail point.” Our goal is always to figure out what doesn’t work as fast as possible, so we can better focus on what does.
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Almost as many internet searches take place on smartphones as on computers. Users spend over 15 hours a week researching on their phones, and 93% go on to complete an action. Your landing pages and ads are created and optimized specifically for mobile searches, ensuring you don’t miss out on this engagement.
While TV advertising is still an effective way to reach your audience, buying truly effective TV spots will quickly eat up your budget. Online video advertising is now considered to have just as much impact as TV, if not more, and is very cost-effective. We use YouTube and Facebook video advertising to increase your reach.
We’ve worked with many clients who have been burned by SEO in the past or just don’t feel they can really afford the time or money investment. We change their minds. Read more about SEO and how we do things around here.
Where all can I place paid ads?
You can do paid ads wherever you’d like! We use Google Adwords, social paid ads (such as Facebook), and other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo. We’ll pick the ad networks when we develop a strategy that’s tailored to you.
What’s the difference between paid advertising and search engine optimization?
Paid advertising (PPC) are ads you pay to have displayed alongside organic searches, and are designed to drive traffic to your landing pages. Search engine optimization increases your organic ranking and traffic, but those natural clicks are unpaid. Both are important parts of your SEM strategy.
Can I do one without the other?
It’s not recommended that you do only SEO or PPC. Performance is based on two things: Site conversion rate and an optimized, well-managed paid campaign. If you have to pick one, then we might recommend PPC initially, but let’s talk it over.
Can we start small and build once we see some results?
Yes! While this approach does not work for SEO, this is just right for a Pay-Per-Click campaign. We begin to see results immediately with PPC, and so can determine what is working (and what is not!) much more quickly. This means we can start small at first, and then double down later once we’ve zeroed in on what works best for you.
How much does it cost?
When you pay for PPC you are paying for two services. Google has fees that we do not mark up; you pay directly to your Adwords account. You also pay your agency for research, production, and campaign maintenance.
How long does it take?
An SEO-only campaign typically takes 6-months to a year to show returns. This is great for a steady account. However, a surgical PPC advertising campaign, managed by certified Google pros, finds the right traffic and increases engagement. PPC will start driving traffic the day we turn it on.
What is my responsibility?
We will take care of the bulk of the work for your PPC campaigns: designing and writing ads, running and monitoring campaigns, and implementing any changes. All you’ll need to do is determine what it is you’re offering with these ads. Is it a brochure, a contest, an ebook or other download, or something else entirely? We can help you brainstorm, but the final decision will be yours.
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Your website is useless if no one can find it, and your previous SEM campaigns have not gotten you the results you’d hoped for. Ready to see what you can do with our brand of SEM?