Pay Per Click (PPC) is an advertising technique to market and promote your website by bidding on keywords that will target a group of potential clients who would most likely be searching for a service or product. For example, if you offer a counselling service, then bidding on the keywords ‘counselling service‘ will mean that anyone searching using those terms will see an ad of yours.
You may have seen these advertisements on the right hand side of the Google search results pages (titled ‘ads’) and also two or three at the top of the page. If someone clicks on your ad link, they are taken to your website and you pay Google for the cost of that referral.
It is possible to manage your own PPC campaign but doing so will require a certain amount of knowledge and time. Running a business, you’re probably unlikely to have either so it makes sense to outsource this to a company who specialise in PPC.
There are a number of reputable companies who can offer this service to you. However, as with any business opportunity, there are many companies who use questionable selling tactics in order to get your money. These companies will inevitably also charge you over the odds for an inferior service.
Many businesses have been targeted by companies claiming to be Google or associated with Google. These companies, and others, are trying to sell online marketing solutions to businesses and it appears that they seem to be particularly focusing on small business and the health sector.
Stripping back the services they are offering it appears all they are doing is selling the service of setting up and running a pay per click (PPC) campaign. The problem isn’t the services they are selling, just how they are selling it and the prices.
Firstly – Many claim to be phoning from Google but be assured Google do not make any outbound calls to sell their products, they don’t need to.
Secondly – A number of these companies are charging between £150 to £400 set up fee plus monthly fees of around £150. These prices are staggering and totally unnecessary. It doesn’t cost that much to set up and run that type of service.
You may be thinking that setting up a Google ad campaign. or rather finding someone to do it for you, is rather like negotiating a minefield. However, there is a way of ensuring that you’ll receive a professional service and that’s to seek out a Google AdWord Certified Partner.
Google AdWords Certified Partners are online marketing professionals who manage AdWords (PPC) accounts. To achieve this sought after certification and status, companies or individuals have invested time training and using AdWords and they must pass Google exams to demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of AdWords.
When choosing a Google Certified Partner, consider what your advertising needs will be and then try to match them with a professional’s services.
Internet Marketing Team is a Google Certified Partner which means we are well placed to help businesses who want to start up a campaign.
As we’ve already mentioned, there is nothing wrong with running a PPC marketing campaign, run correctly it can prove to be a good addition to your marketing mix. Just make sure you’re working with a reputable company and you’re getting value for money.
Internet Marketing Team actually run one of the largest PPC campaigns in the UK for the health and therapy sector and are very well placed to help and advise you on this matter.
So our advice is this: