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3 Strategies to Profit When Click Prices Increase (Part 2 of 3 Series)
What are Website Conversion Strategies?
Website conversion strategies are marketing and technology efforts focused on increasing your website's efficiency with turning visitors into prospects or customers. The majority of website conversion strategies involve redesigning your current website and re-writing your website's copy. However, to build an effective paid search campaign, conversion efforts must also be allocated outside your website and on selecting keywords, re-writing paid ad copy and considering the paid search engines' user demographic and psychographic profiles.
The process of converting visitors into prospects or customers through a paid search channel starts the moment a person sparks a thought, launches a browser to search and selects a keyword. At that moment, the potential visitor has developed a preconceived expectation to what they are looking for and what they are planning to find. As a marketer, by choosing the right keywords, you begin the process of pulling a qualified search user to your product or service.
After the search user enters their selected keyword, they scan the search engine results page for relevant listings that match their preconceived expectation. By knowing your customers and therefore understanding what potential customers want, your ad copy targets the search user's expectations and pulls them into a click-through. The click-through transitions a search user to a website visitor.
Your website visitor has followed a "path of consistency" from the keyword they selected to the relevant ad copy they clicked-through. They expect to continue to find equal consistency and relevancy as they land on your website.
For example, let's imagine a visitor entered the keyword, "silver apple ipod." They found your "Sponsor Results" ad on Google which stated, "Silver Apple iPod; 32mg, free shipping; $439" and clicked through to your website.
At this point, the visitor's expectations have been met with the keyword they selected and the keyword ad copy you displayed in the search results. As they land on your website they expect to find the same consistency and relevancy that led them through the click-through.
Let's assume you understood the "path of consistency" concept and the visitor landed on your website with a headline stating, "Apple iPod" with clear product specifications including the $439 price, a "silver" color choice option (clearly visible), a free shipping statement (including shipping policy) and other essential e-commerce policies and shopping cart components. The consistency immediately identifiable by the visitor increases their confidence, comfort and commitment to completing their intended action.
Unfortunately, many marketers view paid search as a way to generate traffic versus a way to increase website performance that generates positive financial results. By sending the pay-per-click traffic to a website's home page, a marketer mistakenly creates a disconnect in the "path of consistency" process.
Using the same example, if a visitor clicks-through an ad stating, "Silver Apple iPod; 32mg, free shipping; $439" and lands on the home page which promotes hundreds of technology products, the visitor will momentarily feel lost. They expected to find an Apple iPod but now are confronted with the task of searching again for an Apple iPod using the website's navigational and on-site search architecture. A momentary break in the path of consistency forces the visitor to think, reassess and decide whether to move forward or back-track in search for greater consistency and relevancy from a competing website.
By completing the "path of consistency" from keyword to ad to website the visitor has a greater probability of converting to a customer. As Leonardo Da Vinci stated, "It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end."
This is very similar to the traditional salesmanship strategy of getting the prospect to say "yes" multiple times before asking for the sales close. Your job as a marketer is to get the search user to say, "Yes, that's what I want" from keyword, to ad copy to website. Then your website's specific call-to-action asks for the close.
Website conversion occurs when you satisfy a visitor's preconceived expectation.
The primary strategy for increasing your website conversion is getting to know your customer. By satisfying your customer's needs first; you will correspondingly satisfy your own. In the book, "The Psychology of Persuasion" author Kevin Hogan describes the Law of Reciprocity which states, "When someone gives you something of perceived value, you immediately respond with the desire to give something back."
Although effective website conversion is not always as clear-cut as the Law of Reciprocity suggests, the principle applies ? if you give your website visitor what they require such as confidence, comfort, convenience and fair value then they will reciprocate by completing your call-to-action.
Whether you are a B2B or a B2C enterprise, website conversion strategies concentrate on connecting a visitor to what they want in a convenient, clear and consistent manner. Here are some quick website conversion strategies to keep in mind for your website or custom landing pages?
1. Always add your phone number (preferably a 1-800 number) in a prime location on each page of your website - preferably in the header or another prominent position like the upper-right margin of your web page. A phone number not only adds credibility but also provides a convenient communication channel for visitors to contact you if they need assistance.
2. Use customer-benefit copy meaning more "you" and "yours" than "us" and "we." The principle here is to focus on serving the needs of your visitors. Answer their question, "what's in it for me?"
3. Offer multiple order or relationship-building contact points. For example, B2C enterprises should provide the means to order products via mail, fax, phone, and online using all major credit cards and even PayPal. For B2B, offer a white paper download, a webinar registration, online brochure or product demonstration in exchange for the visitor's primary contact information, as well as a phone number and a contact us form. Make it easy for your visitor to start a relationship with your enterprise.
4. Test various calls-to-action, headlines, positioning messages, testimonials, layouts, graphics and other website components under an A/B split-testing format. One of the greatest benefits of paid search and the Internet in general is your ability to quickly test and track results from different website conversion strategies.
5. Implement keyword-specific landing pages for your paid search campaign. Consistency and relevancy are essential and a custom landing page offers the most effective opportunity for completing the "path of consistency." Coupled with A/B split-testing, custom landing pages have helped increase many of our clients' results by 60% and greater.
Website conversion is a process and not a destination. By continually identifying and learning new conversion strategies for fulfilling your visitor's desires, you will increase your website's performance and generate greater positive financial results in return.
The next and final article of this series will focus on lifetime value of a customer and how it enables you to turn more visitors into prospects and customers regardless of rising paid search costs.
Until next time, get to know your customer and test new website conversion strategies to more effectively satisfy your customer's needs. Remember the "path of consistency" and implement landing pages for your paid search campaign.
Kevin Gold is a Founder of Enhanced Concepts and a published author. If you're interested in increasing your leads or sales, get a free copy of "Understanding Your Conversion Rate" and "12 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Website Conversion" by visiting http://www.enhancedconcepts.com
Google Adwords Guide I
You probably have already heard about the new marketing tool from Google.com on the Internet. Their advertising service is called "Adwords" and allows you use Google.com for marketing. Your ads will be displayed on Google's website when people initiate a search. Your ads can also be displayed very targeted among many thousand websites that partner with Google in a program called "Google AdSense". Adwords is the Google.com version of a pay-per-click advertising model. That means users click on your ad and will be redirected to your website or a specific URL that you have selected when creating your ad campaign.
How to Master Google AdWords - Part 2
4. Write an attractive ad - you have a very limited space to write your ad so you need to make each word count if you want your visitors to click through to your web site or landing page. Start with a clear headline, followed by benefit, feature then web address.
AdWords: Setting Your Max Cost Per Click
We've received many emails from customers over the past several years asking how high we recommend setting AdWords' max cost per click. Generally, we recommend that our customers set the price somewhere moderately high, between the "base" rate and the max rate suggested by Google. For this entry though, I've decided to discuss a few options that may help you decide where to set your max cost per click to get a maximum return.
Click Fraud and How to Deter It
Pay per click (PPC) advertising continues to gain popularity in the online marketing world as an effective and inexpensive way to drive targeted visitors to web sites. Research firm eMarketer reported that between 2002 and 2003 the paid search listing market grew 175 percent. Major trusted search properties such as Google, Overture, FindWhat.com, and Kanoodle, all offer PPC campaigns in which you pay only when someone clicks through your banner ad or link. But PPC also has an enemy--click fraud--and understanding what it is and what to do about it should also be a key part of your PPC campaign.
The Effect Of Smart Pricing In Adsense
We constantly receive phone calls from clients, prospective clients and reporters asking the same question ? what percent of the keyword price does Google pay AdSense publishers. While the AdSense Standard Terms and Conditions explicitly forbid disclosing such information, the range we often give is 20% to 50% based on numerous conversations we have had with AdSense publishers.
Google Adsense: What You Need to Know!
We read about how to develop a Google AdWord campaign, but where do these ads get featured? To think that the advertisements feature only on Google depending on the keywords searched by users is not true as that isis only part of the ad exposure. Google AdSense can be considered the other half of AdWords. AdSense allows website owners to feature relevant Google ads on their website which matches user profile with the profile requirement of each ad and also allows website owners to EARN revenue via the traffic generated by website.
Successful Pay Per Click Ad Copy
Writing outstanding ad copy for pay-per-click advertising campaigns is critical if a webmaster wants to be successful. Why waste money on clicks from people who aren't going to buy what a webmaster has to sell? To be as targeted as possible descriptive titles and effective ad copy are needed. Since the webmaster is paying for each click it's very important to have ad copy which conveys the right message to the right person. The challenge is the small area available from most advertising networks like Google (AdWords) or Yahoo! (Overture).
Google Adwords: Higher Traffic and Sales in 2 Hours or Less!
There are various ways to purchase highly targeted advertising at very low prices. Google AdWords is one simple and quick way to to do this. Regardless of your budget, you can actually get your text ads appearing on search result pages within minutes! You can also target your ad to a specific language or country.
Improved PPC Marketing Performance from Time-Tested 80/20 Principle
As marketers and business owners, we're always looking for "the next big idea or strategy" to maximize our business performance. Yet, the application of time-tested principles consistently achieve greater results over efforts to create newer ideas and strategies.
Optimizing Adsense For Better Performance and More Money!
So you want to make money with Google Adsense? I don't blame you, who doesn't want residual income! This article will show you how to better optimize Google Adsense to make more money from your web site(s).
Pay Per Click 2005: Very Expensive Without Expert Help
Despite being online using email since 1995, at the start of the summer of 2004 I had no idea what pay per click was.
Campaign Strategy for Paid Placement
Campaign strategy for Paid placement:
How You Can Make Serious Money Self-publishing With Adsense
Some folks may think that self-publishing began with the invention of the PC (personal computer) and others may be convinced that it has really taken off with the arrival of Adsense.
The Pay Per Click Mistakes Of A New Marketer
My first real foray into Internet Marketing was a Pay Per Click ad campaign. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and the results were predictable. I soon had a mountain of debt with little in the way of results to show for it.
Niche Market Pay Per Click Advertising Should Be Your Priority
There are many forms of advertising nowadays. There's popups and popunders, banner advertising, text ads, search engine optimization and pay per click search engine advertising. In every marketing plan, pay per click search engines is the foundation for every home based business owner.
The Cost Of Click Fraud
One of the biggest threats to the continued growth of Search Advertising is the increasing plague of click fraud. Although there are varying forms of click fraud, most people define it as any click generated, and paid for, where the intent is to drain the advertiser's budget. Advertisers know some clicks are more qualified than others, and not every visitor from their PPC campaigns will convert to a customer. But, they have a right to expect that the traffic they are paying for is coming from people at least marginally interested in their products or services.
AdWords Ads: To Syndicate or Not to Syndicate
When running ads on the AdWords network, one of the first decisions you will need to make is on which network or networks your ads will run. You can run your ads on either the Google "search network" (Google, Earthlink, AOL, AskJeeves, etc), the Google "content network" (About.com, New York Times, Lycos, Business.com, Infovillage, etc) or both. There are plusses and minuses to both that you will need to weigh before you decide.
Finding The Cheap Clicks
As anyone who uses Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising in their marketing campaign knows, getting your ad copy on the front page of a search results listing is becoming more expensive by the day. It's a new phenomenon known as 'keyword fatigue', and it's down to the overwhelming success of programs like Google's AdWords. As more and more advertisers realise the benefits of this form of traffic generation, so the number of people bidding for the same keywords increases, and the bid prices climb accordingly. Great news if you are a publisher taking a cut of the revenue, but not so welcome for those doing the bidding.
How to Quickly Create an Adsense Site That Brings In the Bucks
One of the hottest crazes for online marketers is Adsense sites. These marketers trade in information and build sites that are tightly focused around one small niche. To build an Adsense site, all a marketer needs is a Google Adsense account, a website (or even a free blog account), and some articles. When the marketer makes his site live, he includes the Adsense HTML code so that it serves ads alongside his content.
How to Skyrocket Your Paid Search Profits
Faced with a mediocre or worse performing paid search campaign and the pressure to allocate resources elsewhere, many businesses choose to drop their paid search or scale back their budgets ? leaving ripe buyers waiting to be harvested by their competitors.
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