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PPC for Florists – Proven Methods and Techniques

Pay per click advertising is often hard to crack. Therefore, it’s not surprising to find small businesses failing in their attempts to make it work for them. In fact, it has often been suggested in some quarters that Google – the biggest player in PPC- is effectively against the small business, hence the sometimes astronomically high cost per click. Question is do you have to consistently focus on Google?

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How about Bing/Yahoo, 7search, Facebook (this is one tough cookie too), Plentyoffish and other PPC engines? Well, the truth is that you can get decent results from other PPC engines. But to drive more sales and get maximum exposure, Google is still the best considering that it’s still the biggest search engine in the world. The only thing is you have to learn and know what you need to do to meet and beat the competition and Google’s requirements. How do you do this?

Keyword Research is Extremely Important

In fact, it’s the basis of everything. Miss this and your ad campaign is toast. It’s not just enough to insert keywords, generate a ton of them and then start bidding. This is a sure way to throw money away. Instead, find keywords that are specifically related to your business, segment them into groups and create adgroup-specific landing pages.

Luckily the new adgroup option in Google’s new Keyword Planner makes this easier. When you enter a search term, the tool automatically groups related and similar keywords together for you. This is always a good place to start. But, avoid making the classic newbie mistake – using the adgroup suggestions as is. Instead, go a step further and drill down.

Optimize the Landing Page for Specific Keywords

Google is incredibly big on landing pages – pages people get to on your website when they click through the ad. All landing pages must be specific to your keyword group. For instance, if you’re bidding on keywords like Sacramento florist, and flower delivery in Sacramento, your landing page must cater to just those keywords.

Anything outside that and you’ll reduce your ads’ quality score which will in turn drive your bidding costs up and drop your positions – if you refuse to up your bidding costs to conform with Google’s suggestions. History is also important. But don’t worry, there’s always room for the new guy.

Improve Your Quality Score to Get Lower CPCs

To improve your quality score at first – see the points above – you may also need to bid high. Google looks at many factors when determining your quality score. Some of these are obvious, others aren’t. Whatever the case, do the needful.

If you have to bid high, make sure your ads are optimized for the keywords you’re targeting – otherwise, that’s money down the drain. Just know that the higher your quality score, the lower your cost per clicks will likely be.

Capitalize on Seasonality

Always take advantage of the seasons. For instance, you can create and roll out ads specific to Valentine’s Day or Christmas. People buy more during these periods and are looking for gifts to give to their loved ones. You might also want to create different ad campaigns for different periods of the day; one or more for the busy periods – between 8am – 4pm, another for the less busy periods – between 4-7pm.

This can effectively lower your ad costs. And make sure to split test all your ads. Test the landing pages, test the keywords, test the ad copy, test the time frame, test the headlines, the fonts, the font size, the bullet points… test everything! This is how to win the PPC war.

While these tips are by no means exhaustive, they’ll surely help give you an edge over your competition. Have any other ideas? We want to hear from you. Sound off in the comments section.

2 thoughts on “PPC for Florists – Proven Methods and Techniques”

  1. I will admit that PPC is definitely hard to come by, and one of the most important aspects is how the person tailors long-tailed keywords to ensure they get the exposure they need. Because even if the individual creates awesome content, they have to be realistic and know how search engines like Google works out.

    It’s all about being vicarious of the consumer’s position that would be searching for the best deals on flowers and things of that nature. And like you’ve mentioned, being proficient in seasonal trends, and being able to plan in advance with contingencies can reap in a lot of traffic, and potentially more conversions as well! And being able to understand how the system of Google works out that strives for convenience is imperative for an individual to have on their belt.

    And when it comes in facing competition that may often be lackluster in their attempts, those that work hard and develop a larger experiential learning in what they do will perform faster. That’s the beauty of developing exceptional competence in the things one loves to do, and is also cognizant of how that passion is marketable! Thanks for offering these methods and techniques, Oscar K!

  2. We’re still learning about Pay Per Click and focus on Google Adsense at the moment. And while the tools at hand are plenty, like Google’s own keyword tool, we’re having a hard time achieving good results.

    What we’re not clear about is for how long should we be testing each idea/landing page we make? Let’s say we have a Valentine’s Day seasonal ad. Since it’s time sensitive we don’t really have a lot a space for testing, each day counts. And the same goes for general ads that are not targeted at a specific day or event. Should we test each for a week or maybe for just a few days. How long does it take for our results to be concludent?

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