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Boost Your CTR With These 5 PPC Ad Copy Strategies  – Search Engine Watch (#SEW)

Boost Your CTR With These 5 PPC Ad Copy Strategies  – Search Engine Watch (#SEW).


Boost Your CTR With These 5 PPC Ad Copy Strategies

, June 17, 20111 Comments

Strong creative can be a huge competitive advantage in the world of paid search. When you can pay less to get more, you’re doing something right.

The compounding factors of improved CTR, increased quality score, and reduced CPC can make a tremendous impact on performance. Ad copy testing lies at the heart of seizing this competitive advantage.

With an endless number of attributes to test, it can be a little daunting to pick a starting point. Looking for a positive impact? Here are five ad copy attributes you can test.

1. Price Points & Percentage Off

If you’re a retailer, this is must. You’re missing out big if you aren’t testing into specific price points and percent off offers.

Important: don’t make assumptions here. Test out multiple price points and percentages off to find out what will resonate with consumers. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations of why not to assume anything when it comes to price points:

PPC Price Points

A 76.5 percent CTR lift on the higher price point. We can make assumptions as to why the higher of the two price points experienced the higher CTR. Maybe the “or Less” factored in, or maybe “$39” just sounded too good to be true. Hard to say. This is precisely why we test.

2. Google Sitelinks

By now you have hopefully enjoyed the benefits of running Google Sitelinks in your ads. The presence of ad sitelinks can lift CTR by more than 30 percent.

Surprisingly, many advertisers still haven’t added these to their campaigns. Maybe they’ve tested it and found that their ads perform better without sitelinks, but this is doubtful. I haven’t seen an instance where an ad’s CTR decreased as a result of having sitelinks present.

Don’t let your sitelinks get stale. Remember to rotate in new pages to test, and test variations of the ad copy. Keep refining.

3. “Official Site” 

Using “Official Site” directly following the name of the brand in the ad headline has almost always lifted CTR and reduced CPC. There is an absolute correlation between the power of the brand and the influence that “Official Site” will have on improving performance.

Recognizable brands that carry more weight will typically benefit from this. In instances where there are many affiliates competing in the space, the brand will also benefit from this tactic.

“Brand Name – Official Site” can also lift performance on non-brand terms, especially in instances where the brand is considered a leader. Depending on your account, it may be worth experimenting with this.

With the recent modification of Google displaying the root URL of the display URL within the headline, there’s been speculation that “Official Site” many not be as necessary as it once was, and those valuable headline characters can be better utilized. Sounds like another great test!

4. Sense of Urgency

Any good direct marketer understands this principle. Give consumers a reason to feel as though they should decisively take action, and they are more likely to do so.

If you’re running an offer in your ad copy – and you should be if you can – test using an end date. Here are some iterations that work well:

  • “Ends 6/11” – a specific end date. Drop this in the ad copy about five days prior to the end date
  • “Ends Monday” – test using the day of the week vs. the actual date
  • “Hurry!”, “Save Now”, “Ends Soon” – Even without an end date, there are ways to create that sense of urgency with the consumer

5. Extended Headline

This is another recent modification to how Google displays ads. You no doubt have seen this, and hopefully have been experimenting with it.

Google Extended Headline Mens Suits

Ultimately Google will make the call on whether your description line #1 will be moved into the headline of your ad. While you can’t explicitly opt into (or out of) this, you can influence the probability of your ad displaying as such.

First and foremost you need to be in the premium position above the organic results. By crafting your ad so that each line of copy appears as a distinct sentence that ends with proper punctuation, you’ll at least be in a position to have your ad appear with the extended headline.

Applying some of the tactics mentioned earlier, like sense of urgency or price points, into the extended headline can help boost CTR and is worth experimenting with.

Test Your Ad Copy!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of managing paid search accounts is the ability to test, and the learning that comes from it. Curiosity, creativity, and discipline are required. With the competing priorities of so many things you can and should be doing while managing an account, ad copy testing should always remain high on the priority list.

 

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Houston SEO/ Marketing / Analytics Professional Resume

Larry Williams

Houston, TX

lwwilliams@suddenlink.net

281-455-8300

Summary

A results-driven professional with 15 years experience with an emphasis in online marketing, SEO, SEM and web analytics seeking an opportunity to impact and grow a company’s productivity.

Employment Experience

eVariety Company 1/06 – 1/10

Online Sales & Marketing

  • Sold antique and collectible items through multiple eCommerce websites, maintained a 100% positive customer service rating and sold and shipped more than 70% of items within 10 days of posting.
  • Created and managed pay-per-click (PPC) advertising campaigns using Google AdWords to generate traffic and grew sales using keyword ads, as well as multiple blog and website placements.
  • Utilized search engine optimization (SEO) methods and strategies to improve page rankings for multiple websites using tools including Google Webmaster Tools, SEOQuake and Web CEO.
  • Increased ROI by adjusting multi-channel advertising budgets based on web analytics reports generated by Google AdWords, Google Analytics and Omniture Site Catalyst.
  • Created promotional links using HTML tags and Java widgets on multiple websites, blogs and social media networks including Facebook, Google Buzz, Twitter and LinkedIn.

RSA 8/05 – 12/05

Senior Account Manager

  • Marketed IT business solutions including project, contract and permanent staffing services.
  • Met with prospects and conducted needs assessments to determine current and future technical needs.
  • Analyzed businesses using online web portals and the Salesforce.com CRM and to forecast profitability.

Bridgewater Resources 8/02 – 6/05

Business Development

  • Sold business staffing solutions for a start-up IT division by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Developed most of the CRM infrastructure, workflow process, website content and multi-channel marketing material to promote and advertise a new company and its services.
  • Made presentations to decision makers, gathered detailed information on job orders and planned search strategies with recruiters to target qualified technical candidates.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.

IntelliMark 11/94 – 6/02 General Manager / Account Executive

  • Sold regional B2B IT staffing and project solutions by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Met with decision makers, gathered information on qualified sales orders and developed multi-channel marketing campaigns using cross-promotions and viral marketing.
  • Managed Houston branch operations, including budget, marketing plans, sales forecasting and employee hiring, firing, training and yearly reviews.
  • Developed and made corporate presentations and co-hosted a national business conference.
  • Managed an internet strategy team project that designed and launched a new company web site that included a new layout and content, job posting and search capability and new marketing material.
  • Managed a CRM migration project and created a paperless workflow process.

Sales & Recruiting Manager / Account Executive

  • Sold IT services, recruited candidates and managed account executives and recruiters.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.
  • Led in-house training sessions and created internet training presentations, videos and documentation for sales and recruiting teams.

Technical Recruiter

  • Recruited, interviewed and prepared qualified technical candidates for interviews with client companies.
  • Received feedback from candidates and clients after interviews and negotiated starting salaries, benefits, start dates, sign-on bonuses and/or relocation packages.

Management Alliance Group, Inc. 3/94 – 11/94

Sales / Recruiter

  • Sold staffing services and recruited candidates in a broad range of industries, including Finance, Medical, Oil/Gas and Real Estate.

Professional Achievements

§        Manager of three (3) Presidential Award recipients – IntelliMark

§        Manager of one (1) Chairman Award recipient – IntelliMark

§        Quarter-Million Dollar Producer Award*

§        Top Five Producer Award*

§        Rookie of the Year Award*

§        Member of Top Three Blended Services team*

* Texas Association of Personnel Consultants / Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants

Education

Stephen F. Austin State University

Bachelor of Arts – Communications (Journalism) /Marketing – 1993

§          KLSB-TV (NBC) – Sales / Advertising Intern

§          East Texas Blood Center – Advertising Intern


Additional Skills Addendum

Optimization / SEO

Determined website and page objectives and ensured each page was search engine-friendly.

Developed site content, researched competitor’s sites and chose the most effective keywords.

Performedsite analysis and review of SERP rankings, page content, layout, links and site speed.

Researched and utilized new SEO tools and techniques and submitted site maps and optimized pages.

Marketing / PPC

Created online advertising campaigns using Google AdWords to generate traffic and increased sales using pay-per-click (PPC) ads, as well as multiple blog and website placements.

Managed ad placements, networks, ad budgets and analyzed CPC, CTR and CPM.

Developed marketing initiatives and strategy involving content, positioning, pricing and promotions.

Improved online ad campaign performance by adjusting content and keywords and set up secure customer payment options using PayPal and Google Checkout.

Analytics

Analyzed detailed traffic reports, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), geo-mapping and CPC using Omniture Site Catalyst, Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

Analyzed and improved SERP rankings, page traffic reports, traffic sources, content drilldowns, landing and exit pages, average time per visit and bounce rates.

Adjusted item prices and descriptions, page content and layout, as well as ad budgets, keywords, locations, networks and scheduling based on analytic reports and market research.

Training

Inbound Marketing Certified Professional – HubSpot, June 2010

Social Media Optimization is the New SEO – HubSpot

SEO Strategies for Corporate Web Sites – Omniture

Marketing and Advertising Using Google – Google

11 Tips to Improve Your SEM Campaigns – Omniture

Business Internet Marketing for Facebook & Twitter – HubSpot

Omniture, Testing and Web Site Optimization – Omniture

SEO Measurement 101 – Omniture

Social Media

LinkedIn

Twitter

Houston’s Williams Receives Certification in Inbound Marketing

Williams Receives Certification in Inbound Marketing

Certification Awarded by Inbound Marketing University Training Program

HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 8, 2010 – Inbound Marketing University awards the Inbound Marketing Certification to Larry Williams as part of its comprehensive Internet marketing training program (http://inboundmarketing.com).
This certification acknowledges Williams’s proficiency in inbound marketing principles and best practices. These principles include: blogging, search engine optimization, social media, lead conversion, lead nurturing and closed-loop analysis.

Williams joins an elite group of Inbound Marketing Certified Professionals. In total, 1,300 individuals have successfully passed the IMU program.

To complete the Inbound Marketing Certification, Williams completed 16 in-depth classes covering each facet of inbound marketing and passed a comprehensive certification exam. (View the full list of classes: http://inboundmarketing.com/university/classes)
The courses are taught by a knowledgeable faculty of professors, including New York Times’ best-selling author Chris Brogan, Google’s Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, Internet celebrity Gary Vaynerchuk, best-selling author and international speaker David Meerman Scott, and more. (View all professors: http://www.inboundmarketing.com/university/professors)

This certification is administered by HubSpot.

About InboundMarketing.com

InboundMarketing.com is an online community and certification program for marketers. The site’s content teaches a new style of marketing that emphasizes business uses of social media, content creation and search engine optimization for marketing. InboundMarketing.com is hosted and moderated by HubSpot, Inc. Register for InboundMarketing.com at http://inboundmarketing.com/user/register.

About HubSpot

HubSpot, Inc. provides Internet marketing software that helps businesses get found online, generate more inbound leads and convert a higher percentage of those leads into paying customers. HubSpot’s software platform includes tools that allow professional marketers and business owners to manage search engine optimization, blogging and social media, as well as landing pages, lead intelligence and marketing analytics. Based in Cambridge, MA, HubSpot can be found at http://www.hubspot.com. HubSpot’s free marketing tools can be found at http://grader.com.

Larry’s Resume

Larry Williams
Houston, TX
lwwilliams@suddenlink.net
281-455-8300

Summary

An experienced professional seeking an opportunity to utilize my skills in IT marketing, sales, SEO/SEM or web analytics to impact and grow a company’s productivity.

Employment Experience

eVariety Company 1/06 – 11/09
Sales & Marketing
• Sold hundreds of collectible items worldwide through multiple customized eCommerce “WebStores”, including eBay, ProStores, Amazon, Bonanzle and eCrater.
• Achieved and maintained a 100% positive feedback rating; more than 25% of items were sold and shipped within 10 days of posting.
• Increased profits by adjusting advertising budgets based on detailed web analytics data generated by Google AdWords, Google Analytics and Omniture Site Catalyst.
• Created online advertising campaigns with Google AdWords using display ads, Pay Per Click (PPC) ads, website placements and keyword targeted ads.
• Created promotional links using Java widgets on multiple websites, blogs and social/business networks including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
• Implemented search engine optimization (SEO) strategies using tools such as SEOQuake and WebCEO to analyze and improve “on and off page SEO Factors” including SERP listings, content quality, meta data, keyword density, site speed, crawling and broken link errors as well as internal and external links.

RSA 8/05 – 12/05
Senior Account Manager
• Marketed technical business services including project, contract and permanent staffing.
• Set business appointments, met with managers and prospects to collect detailed information.
• Researched companies using the Salesforce CRM to collect data and forecast profitability.

Bridgewater Resources 8/02 – 6/05
Business Development Manager
• Drove sales production for a start-up IT staffing division with a $500K /Yr average and a gross profit margin (GPM) exceeding 33%.
• Met with decision makers, made presentations, gathered information on qualified job orders and with recruiters on targeting technical prospects.
• Developed website content and multi-channel e-business marketing material.
• Identified target companies and recruited candidates by attending trade shows, career fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology associations.
• Negotiated company service agreements and provided RFI’s, RFP’s and RFQ’s.

IntelliMark 11/94 – 6/02 General Manager / Sales
• Sold regional B2B IT Staffing Solutions by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
• Managed Houston branch P/L and budget, as well as hired, fired, trained and reviewed employees and set productivity goals.
• Met with decision makers, made presentations, gathered information on qualified sales orders and promoted marketing efforts through cross-channel and viral marketing.
• Managed re-branding campaign, CRM migration project and cost reduction policies.

Sales & Recruiting Manager
• Sold IT services, recruited, hired candidates and managed account executives and recruiters.
• Developed and maintained accounts seeking business professionals and services.
• Created and led an internet strategy team that designed and launched a new company web site that included a new layout and content, job posting, search capability and new marketing material.
• Led in-house training sessions and created training presentations, videos and documentation for sales and recruiting teams.

Technical Recruiter
• Recruited, interviewed and prepared qualified technical candidates for interviews with client companies.
• Received feedback from candidates and clients after interviews and negotiated starting salaries, benefits, start dates and sign-on bonuses.

Management Alliance Group 3/94 – 11/94
Sales / Recruiter
• Sold B2B staffing services and recruited candidates in a broad range of industries.

Training & Certifications

Training / Webinars
• Marketing and Advertising Using Google – Google
• Google Analytics Introduction / Custom Reporting – Google
• D3: Data Driven Decisions – A New Paradigm for Managing SEO Programs – Covario
• Advanced SEM Strategies – “11 Tips for Master Search Marketers” – Omniture
• Turbo Charge Your Search Engine Marketing – Omniture
• SEO Strategies for Corporate Web Sites – Omniture

Brainbench Certifications
Marketing Strategy/Concepts, Business Communication, Sales Concepts, Solution Selling, Business Writing, IT Industry Knowledge, CRM Concepts

Education

Stephen F. Austin State University
Bachelor of Arts – Communications / Marketing – 1993
• The Pine Log Newspaper – Sales / Advertising Account Manager (employment)
• KLSB-TV (NBC) – Sales / Advertising Representative (Internship)

Google, Yahoo, Bing – FIND me!!! Robot.txt

Larry Williams is a professional looking to advance his career in advertising, internet marketing, sales, SEO, SEM, social media or ecommerce in Houston, TX.

This website contains information including Larry’s contact information, his resume, recommendations, groups and social networking sites.

Career Summary
An ambitious professional with more than 15 years experience in the IT industry, including sales, recruiting and management. Specific areas of expertise include global ecommerce sales, online content development, search engine optimization, internet advertising and social media networking.

Employment Experience

eVariety Company (1/06 – 7/09)
Owner, Sales & Marketing

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Started eVariety Companies, consisting of multiple eCommerce sites (businesses) and sold hundreds of items worldwide.
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More than 25% of items were sold and shipped within 10 days of being listed.
* Achieved and maintained a 100% positive feedback customer satisfaction rating, due in large part to viral and multi-channel marketing.
* Created advertising campaigns with Google AdWords to create traffic and grow sales using pay-per-click (PPC) ads, multiple website placements and HTML search keywords.
* Created advertising blitzes, distributed listings directly to RSS as well as multiple data feeds and used search engine optimization (SEO) with multiple sites including Google, MSN and Yahoo.
* Analyzed sales, traffic, cost-per-click (CPC) and click-through-rate (CTR) metrics using Omniture Site Catalyst, Google AdWords and Google Analytics.