Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of those terms that is quickly gaining popularity. Marketing gurus are constantly talking about it, and businesses are constantly being told that they need to use it. The problem is that a large number of businesses still have no idea what it means or how to implement it into their strategies.
Put simply, SEM is an Internet marketing tactic. The purpose of SEM is to help increase a website’s visibility on the search engines through the combination of organic search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising.
If you are already implementing SEO in your marketing tactics, you’re halfway done with implementing SEM, and if you use it correctly, you can actually receive plenty of benefits.
1. You’ll reach your target audience.
With SEM, your ads will be seen by individuals who intentionally searched for your specific keywords. This means that these individuals are in the market for your products and services, giving them more of a reason to choose to click on your ad.
For example, if you sell light bulbs, you will use keywords such as light bulbs, lighting, bulbs, vanities, fixtures, etc. If an individual searches for these keywords, your ad could appear as a result (as long as you use the right keywords and are spending a decent amount on your PPC). So rather than your ad appearing in front of someone who searched for something unrelated to your business, your ad is being placed in front of someone who can actually use your product or service, giving your ad a better chance of being clicked.
2. It’s extremely cost effective.
SEM allows you to implement a great marketing tactic without needing a million dollar advertising budget. With PPC ads, you can either set your own monthly limit or set your own price per click, allowing you to constantly remain within your budget every month. The more money you pay per click or the higher your monthly budget, though, will help your ad’s chances of being seen, so it may be wise of you to pay more than $10 per month on your SEM.
3. It’s easy to change.
If you notice that the keywords you’re using aren’t generating any results, you can change them whenever you want. This gives you the opportunity to determine what works and what doesn’t, and it allows you to make the changes whenever you want, giving you complete control of how your advertising works for you.
You can also change your budget whenever you want. You can always start out small just to get your feet wet and see how people are reacting to your ads. If you notice a great deal of interest, you can increase your PPC budget accordingly to ensure your ad is always being seen.
4. You’ll be using the right method.
Google is popular, there’s no doubt about that. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Google services over 400 million queries per day. Whenever a person wants to find an answer or research a topic, they turn to Google in order to find what they’re looking for. This is the same for products and services. If an individual wants to find a mechanic in a certain town, he or she will turn to Google for information. When you use SEM, your advertisements will be found in an area that is being viewed over 400 million times per day.
If you’re not yet using SEM as part of your marketing tactic, it may be time for you to look into it. Not only will you be putting your ads out there in front of people who are searching for your product or service, but you’ll also generate a great deal of traffic to your site, which can easily turn into conversions.
This and many other educational articles helping people on the web understand about social media and marketing have been prepared for you by Steven Peters thanks to SEOMap the keyword strategy experts.