PPC Blog: PPC Management

How B2B Marketing Resembles PPC Marketing in the Higher Education Vertical

Your marketing team is undoubtedly well versed in the differences between B2B and B2C marketing. As we’ve all learned, the B2B sales process is more complex than B2C, with a longer conversion path. Purchase decisions take longer and require group consensus. And after the sale concludes, the relationship between buyer and seller continues through product or service implementation and delivery. And in B2B, there’s always the tantalizing possibility of large future sales.

But every rule has its exceptions—and this is where PPC marketing in the higher education vertical gets interesting.

Because in many ways, PPC marketing for universities and colleges has more in common with B2B marketing than B2C—even though the target is individual consumers, not businesses.

Why does this matter? Because understanding the similarities and differences between B2B marketing and PPC marketing in the post-secondary education vertical can provide helpful insights for your own marketing efforts.

In my recent Search Engine Land column, I describe these B2B and PPC similarities and differences and give tips on how to leverage them. I invite you to take a look!

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3 Reasons Not to Rush Through PPC Implementation

When we land new clients, it’s not unusual for them to want to rush through PPC implementation. Often, they’ll have a big promotion or event coming up, and they need to get their campaigns live as soon as possible.

We understand this, of course. And we do everything we can to move things along quickly.

But at the same time, some problems are inherent in rushing into PPC too quickly. And these problems can impact not only your immediate results, but also cast a shadow over future results as well.

In this post, I outline the top three problems that can result from rushing into PPC.

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Tips for Keeping That Monster PPC Account Under Control

In childhood, monsters are something to fear. But if you grow up to be a PPC manager, you’ll come to LOVE monster accounts. You know the kind—accounts with hundreds of campaigns that, if not managed carefully, will take over the Empire State Building and eat Tokyo for breakfast.

But with a few controls in place, you can tame that PPC monster and produce some amazing results.

At Group Twenty Seven, we have two simple suggestions for keeping monster accounts from going rogue: Campaign naming conventions and campaign roadmaps.

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Your PPC Manager Resolution for 2017: Stay Organized!

Being a successful PPC manager takes a lot of skill and knowledge. Not only do you need to be well versed in marketing, you also have to be an expert in the finer details of search marketing, including the many complexities of AdWords.

But there’s another skill PPC managers must have that’s often under appreciated: organizational skills.

Because even if you’ve memorized an entire bookcase of marketing texts and can set up AdWords campaigns in your sleep, if you can’t back those up with excellent organization and planning, then implementing what you know is going to be a major challenge.

So as we dive into 2017, make your it New Year’s resolution to stay organized!

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End-of-Year PPC Surprises, Proposals and Omissions

Over all the years I’ve been running my PPC agency, I’ve noticed something about this time of year: weird things come up.

And by weird I mean (1) good/bad surprises, (2) indecent proposals and (3) blinding omissions.

How clients choose to deal with these surprises, proposals and omissions can have a huge influence over how they’ll finish the year, and how strongly they’ll start the next one.

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Three PPC Scare Tactics to Send You Running for the Hills

If you’re like most business owners or marketing managers, your email inbox is overflowing with unsolicited offers.

And among the deals on pseudo-designer handbags and long lost “relatives” wanting to will you their fortune (upon receipt of a small deposit), you may have also received unsolicited emails from PPC agencies.

While some of these emails may be professional and legitimate, others rely on fear-based tactics to win your business. And that’s not only problematic, it’s also unethical.

So what should you look for in these unsolicited emails (and occasional phone calls) to separate PPC scam artists from professionals you can trust?

In Pauline Jakober’s recent article in Search Engine Land, she details three tactics less-than-professional PPC agencies use to foster doubt and fear in unsuspecting business owners and marketing managers—tactics that should send you running for the hills.

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What to Do When a Partner Advertises Your Brand Name

Recently, a client called us and pointed out, with some dismay, that a partner was using the client’s branded product name in its PPC advertising.

Understandably, our client wanted to know—is the partner allowed to do that?

And the answer (as it often is in PPC) is this: it depends.

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Why Your PPC Remarketing Campaigns Need Some TLC

When done well, PPC remarketing can be incredibly effective. (If you’re new to the concept, take a look at the AdWords help file.) Essentially, remarketing campaigns allow us to serve up ads to people who’ve previously visited your website, which makes the campaigns extremely targeted.

Consequently, we often include remarketing as a tactic in most PPC client campaigns from the get-go.

But once the initial excitement of campaign launch starts to fade, remarketing sometimes takes a backseat to other tactics. It chugs along quietly in the background, with little fuss.

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Why Do-It-Yourself PPC Might Be a Bad Idea

We get it. A penny saved is a penny earned—especially when it comes to your business. So if you can save money by doing PPC in house (rather than hiring an outside PPC agency), then why not?

But here’s the thing: Whether you’re a business owner with a penchant for marketing, or an experienced executive with a solid marketing team, it’s not easy to do PPC well.

Over the years, we’ve picked up many accounts from PPC do-it-yourselfers and have identified three mistakes DIYers commonly make. (To find out what they are (and how to avoid them), check out Pauline Jakober’s article on common PPC mistakes in Search Engine Land.)

In fact, doing PPC yourself (or assigning it to your already-stretched marketing team) can end up costing you more money—sometimes a lot more—than you’ll ever save.

But you’ll never know what you’re missing unless you give professional PPC management a try.

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How to Get the Most From a Modest PPC Budget

Not every client has a huge PPC budget. Granted, once we’ve proven the value of PPC to our clients, budgets tend to increase. (Some clients even give us unlimited budgets, as long as we meet specific revenue-spend ratios.)

But usually, it takes time gain this trust.

In the meantime, we have to find creative ways to work with budgets that may only allow for one or two clicks a day in a competitive market.

And to do that, we have eight different strategies we use, ranging from implementing tighter controls to utilizing off-the-beaten-path tactics.

To find out what these strategies are specifically, take a look at Pauline Jakober’s article on working with a modest PPC budget in Search Engine Watch.

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