The search landscape today is busier than ever, therefore writing effective PPC ads which stand out from the crowd is extremely important. Your ultimate goal should always be to use ad copy which delivers the best conversion rate % (and the highest number of paid subscriptions), within your target cost per acquisition.
Understanding what motivates people and attracts their attention is therefore key, and this blog aims to give you some tips to help you write compelling ads, and also shows you how to analyse their performance.
1. Know your customer
First understand the profile of your new potential subscribers - and what motivates them.
2. Grab their attention
The opening headline is the first thing the reader of your ad will look at, and you’ve only got a short space to get their attention. So make sure your headline and copy is enticing and that your ad stands out from all the others on the search landscape.
There’s general agreement that a headline should grab a reader emotionally and compel them to immediately read on into the rest of the ad copy. But there’s a lot of disagreement as to whether a long or short headline works better. Only by testing will you know what generates the best result for your brand.
3. Highlight your USPs
Grab your potential subscriber’s attention and ensure that they click on your ad (as opposed to your competitors) by mentioning what makes your brand special.
Does your magazine have a particular tagline you can use, has it won awards, or is the leading magazine in its area? If so, then test including these in your ad copy.
In terms of your subscription offer:
4. Sell the benefits of your brand
This is particularly important when running ads for non-brand keywords. Make sure you explain how your magazine is going to benefit the customer personally.
There are generally two things that motivate people: the promise of gain, or the fear of loss. Of the two, the fear of loss is the stronger motivator. So consider how you could appeal to people’s fear of loss, or their desire to know secrets about something e.g. test using text such as ‘Learn how to’, ‘Don’t miss out’, and ‘Find out’ in your ad copy.
5. Seed the ‘keyword’ for relevancy
Your ad copy is the start of a user’s journey towards signing up as a subscriber. You need to ensure that you are conveying an appropriate message, which reflects the user’s original search.
The ad groups you construct should therefore bear this in mind. The ad copy you use should directly correlate to the specific seed keyword the user entered when first searching. And this in turn should correlate to a relevant landing page with the seed keyword included in the headline of the page.
Tailoring your messaging this way avoids any wastage and expensive, irrelevant clicks. It’s tempting to use the same ad copy across lots of ad groups and just change the headline, but try to resist. It’s important to try to make the ad unique to an ad group and be as targeted as possible.
There’s also the additional benefit that Google will reward you for keyword relevancy by highlighting in bold the words included in your ad copy which correlate to the original keyword.
6. Use the display URL to your advantage
This is an area of ad copy testing which is often under used but is important as the display URL can be used in the headline of your ad. As long as the domain in the display URL is the same as the destination URL then you can test lots of different things as a prefix or suffix. For example you can use:
7. Always include a CTA (Call To Action)
As you want some to take an action after reading your ad, you must be clear, precise and directive in the copy you use. For offer related ads, use action words such as ‘buy’, ‘try’, ‘claim’ and ‘get’ e.g. ‘Special Offer - 3 Issues for £1’ does not include a CTA, so simply change to ‘ Special Offer – get 3 issues for £1 today’.
Also consider injecting scarcity e.g. using words such as ‘today’, ‘limited’ and ‘now’.
8. Check grammar and punctuation
Check your grammar. Check your spelling. Don’t use a mix of upper and lower case, gimmicky punctuation, text speak or excessive use of capitals or symbols. Google will penalise you. And you can’t use superlatives which aren’t independently verified. e.g. ‘cheapest, or trademarked terms, or ‘click here’.
How does Jellyfish CoNNect assess effective ad copy?
Some agencies measure an effective ad copy against the click-through-rate (CTR) to the web page. The higher the CTR, the more successful the ad.
Correct? Well, not always!
Jellyfish CoNNect works on a Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) model and we regard ad copy success as a balance between a combination of:
When we launch a new campaign or ad group, we generally test a qualified ad copy against a non-qualified ad copy to see which results in the highest volume of conversions and the lowest CPA.
So always make sure you test!
And when testing, it’s important to:
For more information about our approach to PPC and how we successfully engage prospects and convert them into subscribers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01737 749640.