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Unformatted text preview: Optimize Your Paid Search Program In this section, we discuss: - Types of Paid Search - Planning Paid Search - Paid Search Optimization step-by-step guide to implement a paid search campaign Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-1 Why Paid Search? Compare to SEM, what are the advantages of paid search? Economic advantages - Customer quality - Customer segmentation - Cost - Timing Technical advantages - Unlimited keywords - Flexibility CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-2 - Customer oriented design Fall 2006 Davison/Lin Why Paid Search? What's the catch? Show me the money! - Remember the click frauds? - Paid search can be expensive if not executed properly Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-3 Types of Paid Search Fixed Placement - The place your ad appears remains fixed - The price is usually also fixed - Pay per impression - Long contract time Pros & Cons - Place guaranteed. Price predictable & fixed - Not flexible - Bottom line: be VERY SURE about what you are pursuing Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-4 Types of Paid Search "Traditional" Paid Placement - The one we've been discussing the whole semester - Google & Yahoo still own 97% market - Small players: GoClick.com & msn AdCenter Characteristics - Pay-per-click - Pay by bidding in keyword auction Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-5 Types of Paid Search "Traditional" Paid Placement - Keyword bidding is a complicated process - Both Google and Yahoo now use a combination of price and click-through to determine the winner for a bid - This makes estimation of final keyword cost difficult Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-6 Types of Paid Search Contextual Ads. - Contextual ad system scans the text of a Web site for keywords and returns ads based on what the user is viewing - It is a more sophisticated form of affiliated marketing - Google's AdSense & Yahoo's Content Match network are examples of contextual Ad. Vendors - Google: same as AdWord; Yahoo: separated Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-7 Types of Paid Search Contextual Ads: Pros & Cons - Audience: very specific customer groups - Control: You cannot choose the site, the place or the ad. - Cost: should contextual ad. Cost the same as paid placement? Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-8 Types of Paid Search Local Ads - Local search is deemed as the holy grail of advertising - Used to be mainly offline (think yellow page and local newspapers) - At infancy stage online - More than searches in 2004 are near home or work - 70% had used the Internet to search for a local service business at any point, and 46% had used the Internet to search one or more times for a local service in 2005 Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-9 Types of Paid Search Local Ads - Yahoo is the biggest vendor - Free listing Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-10 Types of Paid Search Shopping Search - Specifically designed search engines that offer one-stop shopping for particular products - Customers: transactional searchers ready to buy (twice as likely to buy and buy twice as much) - 1% of all Internet traffic, 22% growth rate (2004) - Major players - Competitors in the same product category are charged the same per-click fee CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-11 Fall 2006 Davison/Lin Planning Paid Search STEP 1: Don't forget your GOALS! - What do you want? Traffic or conversion? - Remember to measure them! STEP 2: Paid Placement Search Position - Top position attracts 40% more traffic than 2nd position - 80% of the lower demand keywords show higher conversion rates for lower slots! STEP 3: Don't forget local search! Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-12 Planning Paid Search Marketing Basics (and how they relate to SEM) - Scarcity: scarce items cost more (less supply, more demand) In shopping search -- product categories with more competitors cost more In paid placement more bidders = higher fees - Efficiency: sellers will maximize the price based on the value to the buyers In other words, the market price is an unbiased estimate of the true value of the product In the real world, no market is totally efficient information asymmetry In paid placement better understanding of your keyword value is the key to higher efficiency Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-13 Planning Paid Search Marketing Basics (and how they relate to SEM) - Efficiency: sellers will maximize the price based on the value to the buyers Why could someone outbid you? In other words, why would the value of a keyword be higher for your competitors? Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-14 Planning Paid Search Starting your paid placement campaign - Start small: don't expect it to work at the beginning - Start broad: choose a collection of keywords, collect data - Monitor closely: collect traffic, conversion, profit.... As much data as you could get - Optimize the list - Iterate! Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-15 Step-by-step Paid Search 1. Decide your budget - Build to budget: add up all your costs and ask for the budget Creative costs Management costs Media costs - Budget to build : handed a budget to do everything - Decide your media cost Very difficult task, since cost is dependent on click-through And google only shows you the AVERAGE bid And MORE THAN that! Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-16 Step-by-step Paid Search 1. Decide your budget - Decide your media cost Test using both yahoo and google Don't estimate Use the average - Media cost could not be estimated accurately Second price auction Conversion affects fee Auction is an ever-changing game Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-17 Step-by-step Paid Search 2. Set Up Your Account - Focus on one vendor to begin $1 $0.99 - Google vs. Yahoo Used to have different style Gap surfing, bid jamming & dayparting No longer useful $0.5 $0.51 $0.25 Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-18 Step-by-step Paid Search 3. Select Bid Management Tool - To start, google or yahoo tools are fine (and free!) - Other tools are: Market leap performics The search works Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-19 Step-by-step Paid Search 4. Select Targets - Keywords or products - For shopping search engines, set up trust-feed and pay a fixed fee - For paid placement, refer to our discussion before regarding keyword selection Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-20 Step-by-step Paid Search 5. Manage Keywords campaign - Yahoo divide keywords into categories - Google refers to them as ad groups 6. Match Type for Keywords - Broad match (google default) / advanced match (Yahoo): include variation of keywords - Phrase match (google): must contain the exact phrase! - Exact match (google) / standard match (yahoo default): only the exact phrase - Negative match 7. Geographic targeting of keywords CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-21 Fall 2006 Davison/Lin Step-by-step Paid Search 8. Select Bidding Strategy - Three focuses: maximize returns, minimize costs, maximize profit - The key is to use metrics to drive your bids objective bidding - Metrics useful for bid management CPA: ad cost / number of ACTIONS (minimize costs) Profit Margin: profit per unit / revenue per unit (maximize profit) ROAS: revenue / ad cost (maximize returns) ROI: profit / ad cost (maximize returns) Allowable: highest CPA - You cannot optimize ALL metrics! Different optimization strategy leads to different performances Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-22 Step-by-step Paid Search 9. Make your bid - Bids start at 1 to 10 cents - Every bid must be at least 1 cent higher than the bid below - You can set budget maximums, bid maximums, and cap for your campaign - Bidding is usually an iterative process trial and error! Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-23 Step-by-step Paid Search 10. Attract the searchers - Optimize the copy Use the keywords Sell your uniqueness Don't hype it up, but try to draw attention Call to action Create urgency - For shopping search Complete and correct metadata Price Merchant rating CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-24 Fall 2006 Davison/Lin Step-by-step Paid Search 10. Attract the searchers - Optimize the landing pages Include the keywords reinforce the message Reinforce your offer Do NOT use pop-ups and visitor traps Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-25 Step-by-step Paid Search "Maintenance" -- Measure and Adjust! Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-26 What's Next? Fall 2006 Davison/Lin CSE 197/BIS 197: Search Engine Strategies 14-27 ...
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