4 ways to boost your paid search performance

You are swimming in data. Here’s how to unlock insights for better ad copy relevancy, targeting, and timing.

Want to know the secret to paid search success?

Serve the most relevant ads, to the right people, at the best time. This formula should give you better campaign performance, right?

Not quite.

PPC practitioners know the standard types of optimizations. Still, as the industry plunges into automation, developing new optimization levers is becoming increasingly difficult.

Want to make your clients happy? Here are four ways you can boost your paid search performance.

1. Ad copy relevancy: how to scream the right message

How do we know what creative works best?

With the shift toward responsive search ads (RSA), you certainly have enough headline space to run all the different USP (Unique Selling Proposition) and calls-to-action, and let Google help you find the best performing combo.

However, what separates the good from the great is having better “input.” That means you want your headline variations to be the most relevant for the person seeing the ad.

For a client in the health vertical, we hypothesized that parents would respond to different messaging than those who weren’t parents. We focused our USPs on how our product added protection for the family, whereas, for the non-parent audience, we highlighted personal benefits.

The result? Click-through rate (CTR) increased by at least 35% across our campaigns and led to stronger conversion rates. Depending on your vertical, you can test different messaging against age, sequential actions on-site, or device.

2. People: Decoding audience behavior

Not all clicks are valued the same. Some users are serious buyers, while others are just browsing.

How do we identify those high-value clicks from poor intent ones?

One way is finding the connection between their onsite behavior and how likely they are to convert.

For one client, we noticed that people who spent longer time on site and visited our product page from the home page are two times more likely to convert than those who bounced in less than two minutes or did not navigate to the product page.

You can study data of all the different types of site engagement metrics and learn the behaviors of your high converters.

Here’s an idea: layer high converting audience segments into your upper funnel keywords or broad match types to scale volume while tightening up around the audience targeting. This will help you scale up without skyrocketing CPAs.

3. Timing: It’s everything in PPC

Because search is a “pull” tactic, you might say the right timing is the moment of search – the exact moment when someone is typing that query into the search bar. You aren’t wrong. However, the searcher often won’t convert right away.

I conduct extensive research when I shop, sometimes for weeks before pulling the trigger. Advertisers probably hate people like me for messing up their attribution.

One way to get smarter at timing is knowing the purchase cycle length of your product. This will unlock powerful insights to guide your investment.

I once worked with a client in the travel industry. We were tasked with increasing Christmas bookings for their cruise offering. Typically, we start our budget upweight at the end of November, complemented by holiday-esque ad copy and supercharged with a 20% off sale. That year, our mission became finding the best time to push budget, taking any guesswork out of the equation.

We found that consumers started researching cruise options 45 days before the holiday for our high price point package for a particular high-value audience segment by working with the analytics team.

The purchase cycle length is shortened to 14 days for our cheaper packages. With this information, we knew exactly when to heavy up different campaigns and maximize our dollars depending on the package’s various audience segment targeting and price point.

The results? Our ROI skyrocketed and exceeded client booking goals by more than 80%.

Just like farmers sow the seeds anticipating the coming harvest, you must strategically plant your PPC budget to see a big harvest.

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