Logan Ray

Case Study: Global Test Prep Company Generates Major Profits Through PPC

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Correct Utilization of Google and MSN Search, Content, and Image Ads Help Increase Exposure While Providing Huge Financial Gains.

Challenge: This client only has a few true competitors, but its online
competitive market space is packed with competitors on both a national
and geo-targeted basis. The client’s PPC budget is not enough to achieve
full visibility for the search volume on the necessary keywords, so Beacon
had to devise a strategy to optimize their budget and complete five key
goals: (1) increase new, relevant website traffic, (2) increase potential leads
they generate, (3) increase the number of conversions, (4) increase the
revenue generated, and (5) increase brand visibility.

  • Client Facts:
  • International Test Preparation and
    Admissions Counseling Company
  • $200+ million 2010 Net Sales
  • Goals:
  • Increase relevant website traffic
  • Boost website registrants
  • Improve paid search ROI
  • Increase conversions
  • Generate revenue
  • Revitalize brand image
  • Results:
  • +48.75% increase in total paid traffic
  • +47.08% Increase in website
    registrations
  • +35% Increase in paid search ROI
  • +74% Increase in revenue
    (an extra $2,799,471)
  • +31% increase in purchase
    conversions (an additional 1903
    conversions)
  • Increased average order value
    +10.32% (an additional $95.87)
  • Decreased cost per acquisition
    by -14%

 

Business Solution: In order to achieve success in the highly competitive
paid search channel and hit our ROI goals, Beacon immediately focused
on decreasing the number of impressions lost due to poor quality scores
and increase ad click through rates. While we increase the total impression
share due to the client’s budget constraints, we can make sure to drive the
most relevant traffic to the most suited landing pages to increase
engagement and conversions on the web. The previous paid management
firm did not separate branded and non-branded keywords, which inflated
CTR’s for specific product ad groups. Beacon does not recommend this
tactic because it is important to see the effect of your PPC’s strategy on
non-branded paid traffic – which you want to increase. We also helped the
client identify more accurate margins in order to better track ROI metrics.

Raised Quality Scores: Beacon consistently improved their quality scores
by limiting the number of keywords per ad group and increasing the
number of active ad groups. By adding this level of specificity, we
are able to remove much of the interface guesswork required for ad
display which increases our impressions, improve our ad positions, and
reduces the cost per click. Keywords are now more relevant for each ad.

Increased Click Thru Rates: Higher volumes of traffic brought to the
website through the ads we display help to increase the CTR. By
consistently increasing click thru rates week over week, month over month,
we provided an increase in completed goals and allowed for more traffic
to enter conversion funnel paths. By constantly testing ad copy,
destination URL’s, and delivery methods we continued to increase
potential leads and conversions.

 

Results: Beacon provided a significant positive return from the above
paid search efforts. Utilizing strategies to better organize keywords and
reduce the volume of keywords within respective ad groups, as well as
providing more budget to higher converting keywords, allowed us to
effectively increase visibility and produce a tremendous gain in relevant
traffic to the website. Constant testing and analytics tracking were
essential to generate a higher ROI and increase awareness for our client’s
brand and products.