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Why Inbound Marketing Pay-Per-Click Isn't A Quick Fix For Lead Gen

Your Expectations From Pay-Per-Click Are Critical If You Want It In Your Inbound Marketing Mix

Pay-per-click used to be the marketer’s easy button. Buy some ads, get some clicks and generate some leads. Don’t misunderstand my flippant attitude; I know it doesn’t work exactly like that, but most of our clients and potential clients sure thought that’s how it worked and were disappointed when it didn’t work exactly like that. I even had one client pumping $40,000 a month into Google AdWords to fill up the top of her funnel, even though her sales team couldn’t work the leads she had through the funnel.

Today, all forms of pay-per-click campaign management (search engine and social sites) are much more complicated. Many more people are bidding on the same keywords, the mathematics that drive the programs are more complex, and more inexperienced users are contributing to over bidding and inefficient program management. This is contributing to more pay-per-click programs that are producing lower and even disappointing results. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean pay-per-click won’t work; it just means you have to be smarter and have more realistic expectations.

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Google PPC Display Changes: Inbound Marketing Helps You Respond

Inbound Marketing Helps Companies Transition Away From PPC

If you use Google (and who doesn’t?), you might have noticed that the right-hand rail, where pay-per-click ads were displayed, has been removed. This happened on Monday, Feb. 22, when Google made the big change to how ads are displayed on the search engine results pages (SERPs).

Previously, Google AdWords paid ads appeared as the top three positions above the organic content, down the entire right-hand side of the page and at the bottom. These right-hand ads allowed for more advertisers to have a presence on the coveted first page of Google. Due to the auction format of AdWords, clients with smaller budgets often found visibility in these lower right-hand ads because they were usually significantly cheaper than the highly competitive top three positions.

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