Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
How Does Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Boost Leads?
You have a beautifully designed website, it’s Search Engine Optimized, with the right calls to action, but still you aren’t getting the leads you are looking for. Most businesses don’t realize that SEO takes time to generate results. It usually takes approximately three to six months before you start seeing your website ranking improve.
Search Engines, like Google and Bing, have Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) divided into two sections – organic search results and paid search results. The organic search results are located in the centre of the SERP, with the paid search results at the top and the bottom of the page.
Search Engine Optimization focuses on helping your website rank in the organic search results section of the SERP. Again, this is highly competitive, and it takes time (and patience) before you will begin to see your website achieve better organic results.
If you are looking to generate immediate traffic and leads to your website, you should consider a Search Engine Marketing (SEM) campaign.
What is Search Engine Marketing (SEM)?
Search Engine Marketing is a digital marketing term used to describe the Internet marketing strategies used to help boost traffic to a website. Search Engine Marketing is also known as PPC, or Pay Per Click.
The most popular form of Search Engine Marketing is Google AdWords. This is an Internet marketing strategy where businesses can pay to have their website listing show up higher on a search engine results page (SERP). This is also a tool that is offered by Bing called Bing Ads.
What is the ROI on SEM?
Search Engine Marketing is highly targeted.It allows you to choose the language, locations, time, devices and keywords that you want to target with your ads. This makes reaching your desired audience more attainable.
A properly optimized SEM campaign from a reputable Internet marketing company can result in a high ROI (Return on Investment) for businesses, and the investment gains compare favorability to the investment cost because you are only paying for the clicks on your ads.
With an SEM campaign, you choose who you want to see your ads, when you want your ads to run and you only pay when a targeted consumer clicks on your ad to your website. No money is wasted; the leads your SEM campaign generates are highly targeted and relevant to your products and services.
However, your PPC campaign should be managed carefully to avoid targeting the wrong audience or wasting your marketing dollars on non-profitable keywords. The PPC specialists at Zigma are Google and Bing Certified to ensure your campaigns are always up to Internet marketing best practices, and effectively spend your marketing dollars on boosting leads to your website.
Why is Search Engine Marketing Important?
Are you aware that there are trillions of webpages on the Internet, and that number continues to grow every day? How can you ensure that your website not only stands out from these other sites, but can actually be found online?
Did you know that more than 75% of users never make it past the first page of Google, with more than 90% of the clicks on the links above the fold? You can see how important SEM is to the livelihood of your website.
Search Engine Marketing puts your website in front of consumers at the moment in time they are searching for your products and services. With the right campaign set up and targeting methods, your website can be on the first page of Google…and above the fold!
A combination of Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization can push your business website past your competitors on the SERPs. You’ll have more opportunity to rank on the first page of Google, take up more space on the SERP, pushing your competitors’ websites down (and possibly sending them to page two on the SERP.
Lead clients to your business with proven Internet marketing strategies.
Why is Understanding Your Business and Goals Essential to a Sound SEM Campaign?
In order to have a successful Search Engine Marketing campaign, there are certain crucial steps when setting up a paid search campaign. At Zigma, our first step is to understand your business and the goals you are aiming to achieve through launching a PPC campaign. Without knowing and understanding your business goals, we are unable to track and measure success (and SEM becomes much less valuable).
Below are some of the initial questions we ask our clients before set up any paid advertising campaign:
- What goals are you aiming to achieve through a PPC campaign?
- What type of actions would you consider a goal (e.g. subscribing to your newsletter, filling out a contact us form)
- How much is each goal worth to your business?
Determining your goals will also help us decide what type of campaign is best for you. If you want to increase your brand recognition, then we would recommend a display advertising campaign. If you are looking to sell products online, we might recommend a combination of Google Shop and remarketing.
By providing us with a clear vision of your goals, we can develop a campaign that benefits your business and delivers measurable results.
If you’re interested in generating more leads to your website with a highly targeted and measurable Internet marketing strategy, contact the PPC specialists at Zigma. We can create a campaign from scratch, or improve on your existing one. We’re here to help you!