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Written April 8 2021
When TV was the biggest medium for advertising, it was cost prohibitive for most companies to advertise their services there, and not effective enough for niche companies. The reason for this is that Television uses a Shotgun approach to advertising, to a certain extent. Depending on the channel, you, for the most part knew who was watching.
For example, if you’re watching the women’s channel, you usually had a pretty good idea who was watching and what their demographics were. Usually. The advertiser is also paying for a large margin of error. There are many people watching that don’t fall under the common demographics and wouldn’t be a good buyer for your product. Not to mention all the under aged people that don’t even buy, but somehow still end up on channels for adults. Companies would be paying for those.
In the world of pay per click, things are different. You are not paying per impression, or view. While this is an option in online advertising, it usually not used for a lead acquisition campaign but more so for a brand awareness campaign where you’re trying to engrain your brand into people’s mind for the time where they do need your service. In pay per click, you only pay whenever someone clicks your ad intentionally (and sometimes unintentionally). It is assumed that if someone clicks your ad, they are interested to a certain degree in what you’re selling. If people are clicking on your ad from google, they likely searched for a term relating to your service or product, which signifies 2 indicators of interest.
1. I am interested in X because I searched for it
2. I am clicking on this ad which is about X
On other sites, such as Facebook, you can have ads in the newsfeed or on the sidebar about a particular product, and make no mistake, they are targeted, but they don’t carry a double indicator of interest. People are usually browsing Facebook and a relevant ad pops up. This means that on Facebook, ads are clicked more often out of curiosity than on google.
This double indicator of interest makes all the difference. Google is darn sure of what the searcher is looking for and has billions of searches under its belt to refine its understanding of who the consumer is and what they want. Google know the age, sex, location, and consumer preferences of the buyer and what times of day they buy on.
Saying that Google ads is better than TV is an understatement. To think that this is more affordable than TV and can be paused at any time, can be jumped into with relatively low cost and attainable as a start-up dream is an entrepreneurs wet dream. It truly is.
Like any big corporation, google wants to put as much of your money in their pockets as possible. This happens through a variety of factors.
A pay per click campaign requires constant monitoring, especially in the beginning and will differ depending on what you’re offering. Some people sell products, others sell services and some have one big boom such as an event in a city and then they are gone to the next. One size does not fit all and google has certain unpublished requirements before it takes you as a serious advertising. There are dollar thresh holds and quality ratings among other things that help google determine whether or not they’re going to let you advertise to their users.