B2B marketing can present many challenges that are not present in B2C marketing. These challenges are exacerbated when trying to target your niche business market through search advertising. Using the search networks of Google AdWords and Bing Ads can be expensive and very competitive within B2B industries. For example, keywords within the IT industry on the AdWords search network such as “IT monitoring” can fetch $19 per click, and that will just get your foot in the door. You can expect to pay much higher to see any results in terms of click volume and ultimately, leads.
One solution, then is to avoid the competitive and expensive search network for B2B products, and instead opt to advertise on display networks. While display networks such as Google provide complex interest, topic, placement, and contextual targeting, these targeting options do often fall short in capturing the truly niche markets that many B2B marketers want to target. Therefore, what display platform is currently allows marketers to accurately advertise to niche B2B audiences? The answer seems to be LinkedIn.