10 Reasons You Should Use Google Ads

We occasionally hear that Google Ads does not work, or that it is too expensive to be worthwhile. Our experience has shown that a properly constructed Ads (Paid Search or SEM) campaign usually provides a positive return on investment. And because it drives consistent quality traffic, Ads deserves consideration for most campaigns. The following are 10 reasons to consider using Google Ads advertising.   Are My Customers Really Using Search Engines to Make Buying Decisions? 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business (WebVisible survey) Why Use Google Ads Versus Bing or Yahoo? Google owns 71% of [...]

Google Ads Maintenance

Like a piece of intricate machinery, a Google Ads account needs regular maintenance. The new year is a great time to review your account to make sure it is running properly. A poorly maintained Ads account will be more expensive to operate and deliver substandard results. The following are some pointers for good account maintenance, guaranteed to improve performance. Keywords Starting at the bottom and working up, review your keywords. Are they all Broad Match, with just a few Phrase and Exact Match thrown in? Too many Broad match keywords will lower your Google Ads Quality Score which will lower [...]

By |2021-01-20T16:11:26+00:0001/20/21|Google, SEM|

Advertising Without The Cookie

For many years digital advertisers have relied on the cookie for audience targeting. But, at the beginning of the year Google announced that it was eliminating cookies completely over the next two years. This sent shockwaves through the industry. How will digital advertising survive without the cookie? Marketers have been using cookies to track customer behavior for almost as long as digital advertising has existed. At one time, nearly all online advertising relied on cookies for targeting, retargeting, display advertising and behavioral marketing in general. What Is A Cookie Cookies are tracking code that is placed on your browser by [...]

By |2020-11-11T20:30:22+00:0011/11/20|Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Google|

B2B Leads With PPC

Business to consumer (B2C) advertisers have long found that Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is a great way to generate leads and customers. For some time Business to Business advertisers (B2B) have resisted PPC. As B2B advertisers have come to recognize that search engines and social media are used by business-people and consumers alike, PPC has grown in popularity. More companies get B2B leads with PPC. It is estimated that over 70% of B2B buyers use search engines when researching their next purchase. Because targeting options are now so refined, using Google and Facebook for lead generation has become more efficient. And [...]

Google Quality Score and Your Landing Page

When buying traditional advertising the marketer knows exactly what the cost is and where/when the ad will be seen. That makes using Google paid search (SEM) a challenge for some, because you don’t know when the ad will show or exactly what it will cost. The reason for the price variance is due to Google Quality Scores and Ad Rank. Google Quality Score and your landing page are directly related. The good news is that Quality Score is easily improved. What Is Google Quality Score Google is in the business of giving people what they want. When a person uses [...]

By |2020-09-10T00:10:48+00:0009/10/20|Advertising, Google, SEM|

Google Ads Throughout The Sales Funnel

Google Ads can be a powerful tool for building sales. But, is it best for upper funnel action, mid-funnel or bottom of the funnel? Well, the answer is all three. You can and should use Google Ads throughout the sales funnel. Properly constructed, Google Ads are effective at attracting new site visitors, nurturing mid-funnel prospects and closing interested consumers. Mapping A great way to start with a sales funnel is by mapping the current path to conversion for your business. By reviewing Google Analytics, you can get a picture of how people first come to learn about your product or [...]

By |2020-07-22T16:02:18+00:0007/22/20|Advertising, Advertising Agency, Google, SEM|

Improve Facebook And Google Performance

The Coronavirus has impacted our lives in many ways, some that were not imaginable. The pandemic has also had a profound effect on advertising. That has included Google and Facebook ads. The good news is that people are spending far more time online than ever before. Unfortunately, they aren’t on Search Engine Results Pages as much, and their social media usage is more focused on keeping in touch than in clicking on ads. This is the time to take incremental steps to improve Facebook and Google performance now. Google performance starts with account structure. There is an architecture to a [...]

By |2020-05-21T12:26:38+00:0005/21/20|Advertising, Google, Social Media|

Maximize Your Google Analytics

Google Analytics(GA) is a powerful tool with much to offer, whether you are a Digital Advertising Agency or a small to mid-size business owner. GA accumulates a tremendous amount of data about the traffic to a website. By following the steps outlined below you will get the most out of this free website. Once your GA account is set up add tracking code to every page of your website. It must be on every page or you will not see everything that happens on your site. Many newer sites allow for code to be placed in a header template file, [...]

Introducing Metro Valley Advertising

Many of you have been reading this blog for over 2 years now. In all that time we have not formally introduced ourselves. How rude! Seriously, knowing who we are, what we do, and why we do it can help put everything in perspective. Introducing…Metro Valley Advertising. Metro Valley was formed in February of 2011 by John Sadowski (your author). Our mission is to drive revenue growth for our clients through Lead Generation. We help businesses who are not growing as fast as they would like; or have increased competition and fear losing market share or have a new product [...]

7 Common Local SEO Mistakes

Many businesses hurt their Local SEO with mistakes that they are unaware of. We see these mistakes all too often when meeting with businesses. Fortunately, these are errors that a relatively easy to fix. So, don’t get discouraged if you do find a few mistakes. The good news is it’s fairly easy to fix all of these. 1. No Google My Business Profile When you think of search engine optimization (SEO), then you immediately think of your website ranking in Google’s results. However, with local SEO, there’s a bit of a twist. Search for “pizza near me” and you’ll see [...]

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