To bid or not to bid, that is the question…
If I had a dollar for every client who objected to, or at least questioned the reason for bidding on brand keywords, I would be one rich woman! As of late, I’ve had this conversation with a variety of clients. The main argument of course is, “why should I pay to show on my branded terms when I rank first organically?” There are many reasons why you should be in the top paid slot on the SERPs for brand searches, however today I’m going to focus on the most important one.
Paid search campaigns will undergo many optimizations over time, depending on the length and budget of a campaign, those optimizations could be slight or major to achieve the goal. Search Query Reports are frequently used to make optimizations, but is the power of these reports underrated? Although they are no secret to advertisers, let’s break down some ways a Search Query Report in Google or Bing can be used to connect the dots for your Paid Search campaigns. Perhaps these ideas will change the frequency in which you review these reports with your marketing team.
When creating a Paid Search Strategy, it’s important to understand several features within an advertising platform to feel confident your campaigns can be successful. One report that is often overlooked is the Impression Share report. This is one of the most valuable reports within the platforms and can help you understand and define, not just your Paid Search Strategy, but your overall SEM Strategy also.