Although Pay-Per-Click, or PPC, marketing campaigns are extremely popular, many Internet advertisers don’t really understand how they work. They jump in without a plan only to wonder why they aren’t receiving the stellar results they had originally expected. A little upfront research and a well-developed plan make all the difference when using this advertising strategy.

Create a Pay-Per-Click Strategy

By investing time into upfront planning, a pay-per-click marketing campaign has a much higher chance of success. Each company should develop a PPC strategy by creating reasonable and measurable goals along with a bid-management budget and compelling ads. As the plan is implemented, results should be measured so the strategy can be refined to reach the original goals.

PPC Keyword Management

When creating a Pay-Per-Click campaign, many marketing teams simply go with the same tired, old keywords that have been used in the past — the same keywords that most competitors probably use as well. By researching past the obvious, keywords that are popular with users, but undiscovered by many in the industry, often reveal themselves. This is one of the best ways to stretch the PPC budget and deliver the highest ROI.

The PPC Ad Itself

Even with the best PPC strategy, profitable results are hard to achieve without compelling content that quickly grabs the attention of the potential customer. Each ad must clearly reflect the brand, quickly engage the viewer, and incite them to accomplish the goal — the all-important click. Of course, the ultimate goal is to make a sale. This is where an effective ad walks a fine line in order to attract more ready-to-buy customers than casual browsers for the most efficient use of the marketing budget.

To make the most of a PPC campaign, develop an effective, up-front strategy and reevaluate its success along the way.