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Friday, December 17, 2010

3 Gift Ideas To Give Your PPC Agency

If you celebrate Christmas, you've probably at least started your shopping by now. If you're looking for a gift to give your PPC agency, here are some ideas for you. Best of all, they're all free!

Tell them everything.

Your agency will have tremendous difficulty running a successful PPC campaign if you don't tell them what your business goals are. We've been surprised many times by our clients when they tell us that their #1 goal is something we're not even touching with PPC campaigns. While not everything is easy to promote in PPC, nothing is easy if you don't know what you're promoting.

Along the same lines, tell your agency when you make changes to your website. It's not uncommon for PPC managers to discover that the landing pages they're using for paid traffic all of a sudden don't exist anymore. Remember, you're paying for this traffic. If you're not going to keep your PPC agency in the loop, you may as well use your money to buy lottery tickets instead.

Take their recommendations.

You probably hired a PPC agency because of their knowledge and expertise in the field. You realized that they're experts in PPC, and you're not - so you've decided to pay them to put their expertise to work for you.

Ignoring your agency's recommendations is like ignoring doctor's orders. Sure, no one's holding a gun to your head to make sure you follow directions, but if you don't, things aren't going to get better. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So if your PPC agency recommends changes to your campaign or landing pages, you'd be "insane" not to listen to them!

This doesn't mean you have to blindly do everything your agency says. But at least have a conversation about it. Talking things through and compromising is better than just blowing things off.

Respond to their communications.

Any PPC manager can tell you about the one client who never responds. Emails and reports go unread; voice mail messages go unreturned. We PPC managers are pretty good at keeping things rolling along with little direction - again, that's probably why you hired us. We pride ourselves on being able to manage your campaigns without needing daily direction from you.

All that said, we're not contacting you to chit-chat, and we're not spending hours producing reports to clog your inbox. The most successful PPC campaigns are born out of collaboration - back and forth conversations between agency and client. So if I've called you 4 times and you don't respond, or I send emails that never get a reply, it's hard for me to get the best results for your campaign.

Trust me - we PPC managers don't want to add to your workload. We understand that you hired us to take the burden off your shoulders. But success in PPC (or any marketing effort, for that matter) comes from collaboration and communication.

So take the time to share and respond to your PPC manager. Your bottom line will thank you.

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  • True, true & true. We all want to get great results. Neither of us wants to spend more time than necessary. I'll have to pass these along to Santa.

    By Blogger Robert, at 11:59 AM EST  

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