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#3. There’s No Substitute For Search Engine Savvy (say Yes to SES). Understanding the subtleties of each Search Engine is essential for success. For example, Yahoo approaches organic & paid searches differently than most others. On Google, paid searches are shaded in blue at the top, and also appear in a narrow column on the right margin. Organic results fill the rest of the page. However, Yahoo’s paid searches appear at the top of the search results and in the body of the search on the first page in the form of “Paid Inclusion.” There’s no way for the average user – or un-sophisticated buyer – to know that’s how the game works. [But now, you know]
#4. When to Buy: Time of Day, Day and Season? With keywords, timing is everything. Time of day, day of the week, season – all of these factors determine the keyword price, and number & quality of the leads. For example, keywords purchased from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week may produce far more qualified buyers than the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Research shows that people tend to do more research than actual buying during the work day. However, that pattern can vary significantly by gender, income level, race, as well as season, geography & other factors. So get to know your possible Customers and “target” them.
#5. From Clicks to Call Centers. Turbo-charging Results: The algorithms powering “paid search” are so sophisticated, that is easy to spot the difference between lookers & buyers, between a low-value sale & a high-value sale. It’s now possible to instantly engage a high-value prospect in a conversation with a call center by providing a phone number that appears right in the search result. As important, the call center option can be turned off when the behavior demonstrates that the calls will be mostly lookers.
#6. Seeing the Big Picture is Key. Operating without a complete picture of all campaigns – across all channels – guarantees sub-optimal performance. Search marketing analytics – which includes integrated website analytics, website tracking & call-center tracking – are indispensable. They provide both the big picture and allow companies to “drill down” to individual campaigns, media buys or keywords. The intelligence gained from dozens of search engines & other sources is critical to performing analysis of paid search, online display advertising, re-marketing, contextual, & product information feeds. Robust analytics is often the difference between success & failure.
#7. Diligence Pays off – Keeping the Nightmare Scenario at Bay
What if a disaster prompted consumers to learn more about the incident by clicking on your paid search? Answer: The keyword purchase would be effectively hijacked for something other than generating sales. Or, what if an unscrupulous competitor hired someone to continually click on your Sponsored search? This practice, known as Click Fraud, is on the rise and demands constant vigilance to minimize the mischief. Successful Search marketing is not only in the buy, but also in making sure it’s working as planned.
Conclusion: To succeed in search marketing, organizations must be aggressive in managing their program. The good news is that – those that continually test & adjust – will realize the collateral benefit of optimizing all of their offline marketing programs as well.
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