<< by Tad Miller on April 19th, 2013
There have been multiple studies about the incremental lift in search traffic that Pay Per Click Advertising provides in recent years. I’ve been quoting to clients the Google Study that said that search ads provide 89% incremental traffic. The studies essentially say that when ads are shut off that the natural search results will only pick up for 11% of the lost traffic.
The study results, are almost in every case met with doubt and skepticism by the clients because the clients don’t trust that the information is valid because Google did the study. The issue is particularly doubted with regard to advertising on the companies name or brand names that they already rank number one for in natural search.
We recently started a test for a retailer that had not previously utilized PPC advertising on its brand names before and monitored both the impact on natural search when those ads were turned on and the impact on PPC with the addition of the clicks on those specific brand keywords.