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3 Steps To Understanding Whether Or Not PPC Will Work For Your Business

3 Steps To Understanding Whether Or Not PPC Will Work For Your Business

Pay-per-click advertising (PPC) can be one of the best ways to create a revenue stream for your business. However, it might not fit every business model or make sense for your budget. Rather than dismiss PPC due to uncertainty, it’s a better idea to conduct research and run the numbers to see if a campaign can possibly return a healthy investment.

Here are the three steps you should follow to figure out whether or not PPC can work for you and your business:

Step 1: Research Your Keywords and Estimated Costs

The first step is to conduct some keyword research for your targeted keywords. To do this, you want to create an account with Adwords and use Google’s Keywords Planner Tool. You want to start broad with your search and then dig deeper into more specific keywords. Then you will want to group your keyword list into related categories and export it to organize your work and get a better idea of what kinds of keywords you want to target.

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Many business owners make the mistake of starting with a popular keyword for their business and assume that they can’t make it work due to the high suggested bidding costs. In reality, you really have to take the time to try to get a good list of different keywords to get a better idea of what you can afford to pay for the traffic.

After you’ve collected a decent list of keywords. You will want to figure out if you can generate a positive revenue stream with PPC. If you’re selling a product, you will want to get an idea of what kind of numbers you need to make a profit. For example, if you’re selling a $100 product and you’re paying $1 per click, you need to make a sale at a 1% conversion rate to break even.

If you’re selling a service, you should get your figures by looking at the cost-per-lead. Let’s say that one in a hundred leads convert into a new client. If you’re paying $1 a click and getting 10 leads per 100 clicks, you are basically paying $10 a lead. If your average cost-per-lead for advertising is typically higher, or if you know you have a high value per lead, then it makes sense to continue advertising.

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Step 2: Get Your Numbers and Tracking on Point

The next step is to set up tracking for your campaign. You need to integrate the tracking to your landing page so that you can get the conversion rate for your leads or sales. You can do this with your Google Analytics account or go with a third-party service provider. At this point, you want to be very specific about your numbers to get a realistic idea of how your campaign is going to break down.

If you’re selling a product, you have to figure out how much of that product generates a profit after the manufacturing costs. Then, you have to add in all the other costs, like credit card processing fees, shipping, and other fees, to get the profit margin before any advertising expenses. From there, you need to deduct your PPC advertising costs (a projected 100 clicks is a good starting ground) from that balance to see how much you can possibly make from your campaign.

When coming up with your numbers, it’s good to start with a figure of a 3% conversion rate. That is a reasonable conversion rate for a new PPC campaign. If you want to get even more clarity, you can integrate your average cross-sell and upsell campaigns to see what the overall profit will be.

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Step 3: Focus on the Long-Term

The initial cost for any new marketing channel is high. That’s why you need to take into consideration that your costs should drop after a few months. You should also be able to optimize your campaign for better targeting and landing pages to increase your conversion rate. You can either learn to do that through the Google support forums or consult a PPC company or expert to do the heavy lifting (many offer free consulting minutes so take advantage of them).

There are also many things you can do to fine-tune your campaigns. For example, you can target the time and days where conversion rates are higher or use negative keywords to eliminate clicks from unwanted searches. Adding all these factors into your calculation will give you a better idea of whether or not PPC is worth it for your business in the long run.

Unfortunately, many business owners give up due to being too short-sighted or a lack of instantaneous results. You have to remember that PPC is a long process that can really pay off if you make the commitment to adjusting and improving on a consistent basis.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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