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Why you need a PPC/Ad Specialist

Google Ads & PPC Management

In the realm of advertising on platforms such as Google Ads, Bing Ads, and Facebook Ads, understanding ROI (Return on Investment) is critical, especially for those using PPC Campaigns for lead generation or sales expansion. Knowing your ROI is essential to determine whether your investment in PPC is effective. It’s important to assess the real impact of your advertising on your business.

Analyzing ROI offers significant benefits. By doing so, you can gauge the profitability of your ads within PPC Campaigns. This insight allows for effective budget allocation, enabling you to discontinue costly and ineffective campaigns. Essentially, a clear understanding of ROI helps you recover from unproductive marketing investments.

Measuring conversions is another key factor in the success of PPC campaigns. This involves tracking leads, signups, website visits, or other valuable customer actions relevant to your business. Accurate conversion measurement is crucial for a successful campaign.

Proper setup is also fundamental. A well-configured Google Ad campaign can make a significant difference in achieving marketing objectives.

Armed with ROI and conversion data, you can make informed decisions about where to invest your advertising dollars. This approach ensures better resource allocation and increases the chances of success in your advertising efforts.

 

Risk Management

PPC Risk Management is a critical area where a lack of knowledge can lead to significant financial loss through underperforming ad campaigns that fail to deliver leads. It’s important to understand how to avoid these pitfalls to achieve a positive ROI.

For online marketers seeking a quick return on investment, PPC can seem like a waste of time due to the difficulty in measuring its effectiveness. Simply bidding lower amounts does not necessarily reduce the risk associated with PPC.

Consider the scenario where you set your daily budget at $5, which is the minimum allowed for daily budgets. Once this budget is set, it cannot be exceeded, which is beneficial in that it prevents unexpected high bills. However, the limitation of a low budget can restrict your campaign’s ability to reach a broader audience over time.

Furthermore, imposing too many restrictions on your campaign may lead to failure in converting due to insufficient traffic. It’s a delicate balance between managing your budget and ensuring enough exposure to effectively reach potential customers. Understanding and navigating these complexities is crucial for successful PPC campaign management.

 

Monitoring Paid Campaigns

Monitoring PPC and Google Ads campaigns is an essential ongoing process to assess their performance. The effectiveness of an ad or keyword is not static; it changes along with the web traffic it generates. This variability necessitates the expertise of a PPC Specialist, who possesses a deep understanding of how these dynamics work and the capability to track keywords effectively to determine their conversion success.

A PPC, SEM or Paid Ad Specialist (formerly known as AdWords Specialist), plays a crucial role even before the campaign begins. They set up tracking and traffic data, laying the groundwork for successful campaign management. For a PPC Manager, a thorough understanding of the target audience and the products or services being advertised is critical. Without this knowledge, there’s a high risk of rapid financial loss.

The effort and attention required in managing a PPC campaign are closely tied to its budget. This is one reason why a PPC Manager’s compensation is often based on a percentage of the budget spent. Larger budgets demand more intensive monitoring, often requiring manual oversight in addition to automated tools. While these tools can provide alerts and assist in campaign monitoring, an PPC  Professional still needs to manually review the campaign’s progress and make necessary adjustments. This hands-on approach ensures that the campaign remains aligned with its objectives and adapts to changing conditions and results.

 

Quality Score for PPC Ads

The Quality Score in PPC advertising, particularly in Google Ads campaigns, is often an overlooked yet critical element.

So, what exactly is a Quality Score?

Essentially, it’s a metric that measures how relevant your ads are to users. Google evaluates your advertisements and assigns them a Quality Score based on their perceived relevance. If your ads are deemed highly relevant, they can achieve high Quality Scores. This scoring is done on a scale of 1 to 10.

One can draw an analogy between Quality Score and a credit score in financial terms. Just as a credit score determines your eligibility for a loan, the Quality Score influences how your ads perform in PPC campaigns.

Google assigns a Quality Score to each keyword and its corresponding destination page. Understanding how to enhance this score can significantly impact your campaign’s success, giving you a competitive advantage. Improving your Quality Score can lead to better ad positions at lower costs, as Google rewards ads that are more relevant to users. Therefore, a strong focus on increasing your Quality Score can be a strategic move in optimizing your PPC campaigns.

Moreover, quality score also affects how much you pay for an ad. A higher score means you are probably meeting the client’s needs. Therefore, Google will charge you less for the ad click.

 

Landing Page for Ads and PPC Displays

If you provide a good experience for the user while searching, Google automatically rewards you with a higher quality score. Actually, it needs an SEM and even SEO expert to understand how Google will index and rate it based on keywords, responsive design, images, or the order of elements on your landing page.

But more importantly, the landing page is the last stop for your user before a conversion is made. If that landing page does not address the user accordingly, you will have to pay for a click but get no revenue out of it. That’s why you need an SEM expert with digital marketing and UX/UI capabilities to ensure the user engages on that landing page.

 

The Types of PPC Managers

The Varied Profiles of PPC Managers

Opting out of hiring an SEM Specialist to manage PPC campaigns might appear as a cost-saving measure initially, but it often results in higher expenses in the long run. Despite this, it’s common for many digital experts and business owners to take on the task of managing their own PPC campaigns.

Several of these individuals manage to sustain reasonably adequate campaigns without the involvement of a PPC Expert. However, often they miss out on several optimization opportunities. Despite years of self-education in this field, many business users continue to make common mistakes. This is primarily because they do not dedicate 8-10 hours daily to PPC management including reading articles and updating their knowledge on a daily basis, as an SEM Specialist would. Instead, they tend to manage their campaigns on a weekly or monthly basis. This infrequent attention inevitably affects the campaign’s quality, which rarely matches the standard of one managed by a dedicated expert.

Below are the classic types of PPC Managers:

 

The Blind PPC Manager

Potential revenues are lost due to a suboptimal configuration, but the manager wouldn’t recognize it as long as the campaign still gets ROI. The revenue keeps the PPC Manager happy as it shows results. Sadly, nobody sees that more than 50% of the budget spent is not creating any revenue. But the PPC Manager is happy as long some ROI is being seen – unable to detect how much money is lost every day.

 

The Cautious PPC Manager

Unsure of what can be done, the cautious PPC Managers keeps the budget low to reduce the risk of burning through money. The cautious type tries to beat their brain out but will never see the full potential of Google Ads and just how much revenue they are missing.

The cautious PPC Manager tends to speak to other businesses about how they use PPC campaigns and states that Google Ads is not the golden key for the business, and that’s why they aren’t using it much.

 

The Bold PPC Manager

They secured a budget and attained significant success. Believing firmly in Google Ads, this manager is now ready to invest more to maximize revenue. Often driven by impatience or a lack of in-depth knowledge, they don’t delve into research to pinpoint what led to their initial success, yet are willing to increase their spending. Typically, such a manager faces a rough path when an initially substantial budget rapidly depletes. Frustrated by this downturn, they often end up blaming Google for the decline in performance.

 

The Sneaky PPC Manager

This type of manager collaborates with an experienced PPC Specialist or expert, one with over five years of experience managing accounts exceeding $30,000 per month and possessing the organization skills necessary to run campaigns effectively. However, the sneaky manager has ulterior motives. Once the campaign setup is complete, they plan to take over and manage it themselves. After some time, one of two things typically happens: either they realize the complexity of the task and revert to letting the PPC Manager quietly handle it again. Or they insist on taking over and end up completely failing to maintain the campaign as it was expertly set up.

 

The Entrepreneur PPC Manager

This manager embodies a strategic and forward-thinking approach. Upon engaging a PPC Specialist, they set in motion a long-term relationship that is fundamental to their marketing strategy. This approach enables the Entrepreneur PPC Manager to concentrate on their core business, which lies outside the realm of PPC. While they entrust the intricacies of the campaign to the specialist, they stay informed by reviewing reports and tracking the progress. This balance allows them to witness their campaign’s growth and success, all while their primary focus remains on expanding and nurturing their own business.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. William Sen CEO and founder of blue media

William Sen has been an SEO since 2001 and is a Software Engineer since 1996, and has been working as an Associate Professor in Germany for the University of Dusseldorf and Cologne. He has been involved in developing custom SEO tools, large website and software projects. William has a PhD in Information Sciences and has worked for brands such as Expedia, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bayer, Ford, T-Mobile and many more. He is the founder of blue media.

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