How Much Should You Spend On A Pay-Per-Click Advertising Campaign?

Running a business is really hard work, and even for those of you out there who have multiple businesses, the work does not necessarily get easier. Not only are you dealing with the day-to-day operations of what your industry is, but you are also navigating the 21st century in terms of spreading the word about your business, and this will undoubtedly include a pay-per-click advertising campaign.

As companies have begun to understand what it means to be relevant players in the online advertising game, being able to know how best to drive traffic to their website is critical for success. Moreover, not only is the initial push of traffic vital, but there is a need to understand what it takes to maintain a static ad campaign. In today’s world of online advertising and marketing, clicks are what it is all about. There’s just one problem – how exactly does a business’s advertising budget factor into funding a successful pay-per-click advertising campaign?

The truth is that all businesses struggle with making sure their advertising budget is efficiently spent and that there is a worthwhile return on investment. Thus, the question comes up about the amount of money that should be spent when it comes to a pay-per-click advertising campaign.

Here are a few things to consider:

Determination of Goals – What’s it all about for your business? Numbers of leads or sales per ad dollars? Knowing what you want & what means the most to your business is the best guide.

Find Out Where You Can Save Money – Advertising experts note that only about 25% of small businesses are active in their PPC accounts. Getting your hands a little dirty may actually save you money because you’re taking the time to see where issues have arisen & trying to nip them in the bud before they become problems.

Factor in Room for Errors or Changes – Advertising budgets need some room to maneuver so that changes can be made when necessary. A dynamic advertising plan is always vital for any business because standing still without financial wiggle room means you get left behind.

Have An Actual Budget From Which to Work – Perhaps the most important part of any pay-per-click advertising campaign, businesses need to have a budget from the beginning. This lets you know how much you can spend & allocate funds for changes that may come up.

As with most things pertaining to advertising and marketing, determining a specific dollar amount to be spend on your business’s per-per-click advertising campaign is not an exact science. Full disclosure: there are a number of websites that provide their versions of equations to give you a ballpark figure, but again, it’s all an estimation. In the end, knowing what best works for your company’s advertising dollars is teaming up with a killer advertising agency that can get a handle on your business, understand your needs, and help you put together a plan to make every advertising dollar work for you.

The Experience Economy: Why I Can’t Sell My China

My husband and I are on a quest to downsize and get rid of “stuff” that serves no purpose in our lives. This includes our two sets of beautiful Wedgwood china that we lovingly chose many years ago. But, to our dismay, no one wants it. Not even our sons. And it’s not just me. My friends who share a few gray hairs are experiencing the same.

It turns out the world has changed dramatically since our young days of hedonistic consumerism. And it’s probably changed forever. What’s going on? Consider the following:

According to Business Insider, millennial home ownership is at an all-time low. In fact, according to Trulia, 71% of millennials surveyed regret the purchase in the first place. They simply don’t like the debt, and they regret investing money into a permanent home. Furthermore, they are moving to smaller urban spaces that do not allow for the “collection of stuff.” In other words, “things” don’t matter.
The obsession with Tiny Houses. I can count at least four television shows that promote this streamlined type of living. Personally, I’m obsessed with the idea. According to a ValueInsured survey, millennials are not investing in large homes. And even more surprising, it’s the baby boomers who are more likely to purchase lower-priced homes.

What’s going on? People (not just millennials) are moving toward collecting experiences over things. The “Experience Economy” values more time with family and more money to travel, as well as more time and money to experience all that life might offer. Something other than things. In fact, one could argue that we are a society looking to simplify, even moving toward a minimalist lifestyle. What’s even more telling is the fact that our digital world takes the place of stuff we needed in the past (storage for CDs, for example).

Recently, I was sitting around a C-level roundtable discussing this very topic, and one gentleman even claimed that the move toward “experiences” is for social bragging rights. You’ve seen it – pictures of food, concerts, vacations, etc. – all over social media. Whatever the reason, the Experience Economy is here.

So, if you are a brand like Road Scholar, you are in pretty good shape. But what about the rest of you? Brands that listen to consumers and find opportunities among their evolving wants and needs, rather than in spite of them, are the ones winning today. Consider Nordstrom and their “tiny store” model that offers experiences over shopping. Or Bonobos, who has created a unique retail experience in which you cannot walk out the door with merchandise. Or even ThirstyNest who offers personalized wine gifts to newlyweds who are interested in creating memories over filling up a china cabinet.

So, with smaller living spaces and fewer dollars being spent on things, what’s a brand to do? Ask yourself the following three questions:

How do my products create an experience or enrich the lives of my customers? If you sell puzzles, shouldn’t you really be selling family time, allowing loved ones to gather together and enjoy each other? If it’s a pair of shoes, are they comfortable enough for someone to enjoy the concert they’re attending, or are they lightweight and easy to pack for their next adventure? It’s critical you change the selling benefits of products to reflect how the world has changed.

Are you evolving your product line to reflect the down-sizing of America or the Experience Economy? Are you moving toward products that provide simplicity, efficiency or multi-use? Or, are you developing products that provide unique experiences and allow for social bragging? A word of caution: Just because you have a best-seller today doesn’t mean it will fit into the lifestyle of your customer tomorrow. Evolve!

Have you considered out-of-the-box ideas or shopping experiences with a unique twist that your customer will appreciate? I’m sure there was a time we might have laughed at brands like Bonobos, but who’s laughing now? And didn’t we think continuity programs were dead? Nope. Consider brands like Blue Apron, Birchbox or Stitch Fix that have turned consumerism into a streamlined experience.

Unfortunately, marketing has become more difficult! But, only if you are thinking about selling “things.” People don’t need or want your things anymore. The sharp marketers of tomorrow will be the ones who understand this strange new world we live in and wrap their products into experiences. As for my china? I’m going to change my Letgo description to: the perfect set of breakable dishes for your next Greek gathering.

How to Advertise Your Used Car

There are many places that you can advertise your car for it to be sold. The question is: How is the correct way to advertise it?

Someone who is looking at an advert on social media, a website or a newspaper will want to know everything there is to know about the car. This means that they are interested in the car’s history such as if it was in any accidents, special features and they want to see a picture of the car. The idea is to sell a car to people who are in need of a working and functional car but don’t want to pay much for this basic transportation.

A clear description is the most important aspect of selling any item. Since a person can’t physically see the car the first time they see it online, they will want to know everything about the car before they consider seeing it in real life. A prospective buyer will want to know if there are any scratches or dents that can be repaired, scratched hub caps that should be replaced or buffed, and different modifications that the previous owner has made to the car.

Be careful when advertising a car that has had modifications done as such modifications can either add or lessen the value. The car will lose value if the owner has done the jobs himself and it appears untidy. This includes wheels that have been installed, turbos and superchargers, cone filters, blacked out lights (which is not allowed in many regions), and dimmed windows.

In your description you will also have to add what type of engine the car has and the interior features. The interior description includes ABS, air conditioning, Bluetooth, automatic windows, type of finish on the seats, central locking, a radio and whether the car has power steering. The engine description should include the type of engine it is (how much fuel is consumed per cycle), if it is an automatic or manual transmission, how many gears there are available, what type of fuel it uses and if any modifications have been done to the engine to increase power.

Lastly, you would need clear and bright pictures that showcase the car. Only one picture won’t be helpful as a person who is looking to buy a car wants to see the car from all angles. They also need to know if it is road worthy and worth consideration.

Used cars might be more difficult to sell because there are so many options out there. However, it is good to know that about fifty percent of people need a second hand car because the price is lower and it is within their budget. Advertise and make a statement so that a buyer won’t forget the quality used cars you have available.