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There is an art and science to running a paid advertising campaign. With all online advertising platforms increasingly dependent on artificial intelligence and machine learning, gone are the days of manual adjustments and management. As a digital marketing agency, we have adapted to the changes happening in the industry but the fundamentals of creating content that will resonate with our clients’ target audience remains the same. Here are some best practices which we follow to run high performing, top converting paid media campaigns for all our clients: Creating Impactful Paid Landing Pages Each landing page that we create for a client is unique. Our purpose with each client’s landing page is to use distinct elements that showcase the individuality of the brand and highlight its best features. Along with using unique elements for each landing page, there are common features which consistently work well in attracting and engaging the right target audience. Here are some landing page elements which help … Continue reading
Until recently, the battle for consumer attention on digital devices and platforms was led by Google, Bing, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter – and to a lesser extent by Pinterest and Snapchat. The entry of Amazon dramatically changes the dynamic of online advertising. It is now the third largest digital advertising platform in the US. To put things in perspective, here is how these platforms are situated in the demand funnel. In a nutshell, social media platforms know buyer’s interests and let them discover new products/services; Google and Bing have the intelligence about the buyer’s intention to purchase something; and Amazon has data about what products buyers are purchasing. Each player now offers its own advertising service, with e-commerce product companies favoring Amazon Advertising, and all other companies using a combination of Google, Bing and social media advertising platforms. According to eMarketer, Amazon advertising is still a distant third behind Google (37%) and Facebook (20%) in US digital ad spending, … Continue reading
Search is one of the most frequently used online tools among US adults. A 2012 Pew Internet Survey found that 91% of adults use search engines to find information on the Web. This survey also revealed that younger and more educated people, meaning current or prospective college students, are most likely to use search engines. So for these young people, when they make one of the biggest decisions of their life — where to go to college — search is one of the top few resources they use to narrow down their choice. This was confirmed by another Noel Levitz survey of 2,000 college bound students which found that search engines are the second most used resource by prospective students for researching colleges. The popularity of search engines in this user group has led to a huge increase in search engine marketing – both PPC and SEO – in the higher education marketing space. An interesting story recently aired on … Continue reading
When it comes to a paid search (PPC) campaign, it’s not just important to make sure that your ads are seen. It’s important to make sure that they’re seen by the right people. Your goal is to ensure that the people who see and click on your ads are likely to connect with you and take action. Using negative keywords is an important way to do help optimize your campaign. What are PPC “negative” keywords? A negative keyword is a type of keyword that prevents your ad from being triggered by a certain word or phrase. Depending on where your PPC ads are running, the negative keywords that you choose tell Google or Bing not to show your ad to anyone who is searching for that phrase. For example, if you add “bachelor” as a negative keyword to your campaign or ad group, you’re telling Google (or Bing) not to show your ad for any search term containing “bachelor.” You … Continue reading
Many people approach PPC and SEO as completely separate strategies. But if your PPC and SEO campaigns aren’t talking to each other, you’re wasting time and money. It’s important to share insights learned in each area to avoid duplicated efforts and missed opportunities. When used strategically, PPC can actually help your SEO strategy. Here are a couple of things to consider: When running PPC, you can see what specific search terms are getting clicks and driving leads. It’s important to factor this in when deciding which keywords are best to optimize for organically. You’ll dominate the search engine results page when you effectively optimize both efforts: PPC + SEO = 2/20 listings. Increasing the visibility of your brand is always beneficial. Dominating the paid and organic search results will prove that you’re an established presence in your market, and greatly increase traffic as a result. Here you can see where our client’s PPC ad is in the #1 PPC spot … Continue reading
Earlier this month, Google announced a significant change to their AdWords advertising platform – “Enhanced Campaigns.” The new functionality of “Enhanced Campaigns” allows for more efficient campaign management when advertising across multiple devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, hybrid devices, mini-tablets, and more. Here’s a quick look at the specifics behind this change. Why “Enhanced Campaigns”? Accordingly to Google, a recent study of multi-device consumers found that 90% move sequentially between several screens to accomplish a task. When Google realized that potential customers search for brands on computers, tablets and smartphones, they realized they needed to adapt to how users search seamlessly across devices. What Has Changed? If you are running a mobile-targeted campaign, with mobile specific ads, the biggest change is that you are now able to do this without having a separate mobile campaign. You can now mark an ad as “mobile preferred” and Google will know to serve this ad to a mobile search. If your mobile … Continue reading
Are you seeing a decline in visits to your website this month? Did that decline, perhaps, begin in November?
Do not fear! You’re probably part of one of many industries that feel the effect of seasonal traffic. For most, December is the worst month.
At Elliance, we believe that a mix of smart website structure and content, search engine optimization and pay per click (PPC) work can effectively grow the pool of international prospects.
Here are some areas to focus on when you consider a PPC campaign for recruiting international students.
If you’ve ever written a pay-per-click (PPC) ad, then you know how hard it is to cram an eye-popping, attention-grabbing, conversion-cranking message into a tiny, little space The 25-character headline and 70-character description space doesn’t seem so small until you try to insert your text into Google and run over the character limit! Writing successful ad copy is one of the most important factors of a successful PPC campaign. Here’s a few things that I have found to be the most effective from my experience with PPC marketing, especially within the higher education PPC advertising space: Include keywords in your ad that relate to what was searched for – a person expects to see results relevant to their search query If your brand is well known, try to include branded terms if they don’t take up too much space A strong call-to-action such as “sign up now” or “learn more” are classics that never stop producing results Utilizing time sensitivity … Continue reading