PPC Lead Generation: How to Generate Quality PPC Leads

Learn the step-by-step process for generating quality PPC leads from Google Search with our ultimate guide on PPC lead generation.

PPC lead generation is an advertising strategy to reach your target audience online and attract new leads to enter into your funnel. You choose keywords that are relevant to your ideal customer, create your ad, then set your budget and agree to pay a certain cost per click to rank in the top 2–4 spots of a search engine results page for the keywords. When clicked, the ad leads to a page that prompts the visitor to enter their contact information, who becomes a lead.

What Are PPC Ads?

PPC stands for “pay-per-click,” meaning that you pay based on the number of clicks your ad gets from users. The ads can appear in places like search engines, websites, and social media platforms. When people talk about PPC ads, they usually mean Google Ads, which is what we’ll discuss in this article.

Google Ads can take a few forms, but the most common ones you’ll see are Google Search ads, which are paid text-based search results that display above organic results on a Google search engine results page (SERP) — we'll focus on Search ads in this article. Other popular Google ads include Shopping ads, which are clickable images that lead to a page to buy a searched product, and Display ads, which are banners on webpages.

Text-Based Search Ad

Image-Based Shopping Ad​

Banner Display Ad

Search ads show up like a normal search result for a specific keyword, but they appear at the top of the page with an “Ad” label. They can include multiple links to popular sections of your site, or just a single headline link to your website. Underneath your main link, there is a line or two of ad copy to draw leads to your site.

Example of a Google Search Ad

Shopping ads are used primarily by ecommerce businesses and include a picture, price, and link. They show up as part of a larger carousel with pictures from multiple businesses that pay for inclusion. This means your ad will show up alongside listings from other businesses.

When users hover over the ad, it enlarges slightly and shows another piece of information, such as a 30-day returns promotion. When clicked, the ad leads to a landing page where they can buy the item.

Another form of Google Search Ad

Google Ads also offers Display advertising that takes the form of banners on other sites. Those are the graphic ads you’ll see on the top, side, or bottom edge of a website that uses Google AdSense for revenue. These are important to be aware of, but in this article, we'll stick mainly to Google Search ads for PPC lead generation.

Google AdSense banner ad

To display your ad, you bid on certain keywords, with ad placement going to the highest bidder. When choosing keywords, you can indicate exact match to target only the one you enter or broad match to have Google's algorithm try similar keywords with your budget, too. The average cost of PPC Search ads varies depending on the popularity of a keyword. You can usually expect to pay $1–$3 per click, and average-sized businesses pay around $10,000 per month for PPC ads.

Businesses that sell items customers often buy immediately or without the help of a salesperson tend to use PPC ads to attract the customer and close the sale in the same interaction. However, B2B businesses or B2C companies that sell big-ticket items usually use PPC ads to generate leads that they can nurture into customers.

How Does PPC Lead Generation Work?

When you create a Google Search campaign for PPC lead generation, you create ads based on popular keywords, and only pay when leads click on them. Clicking the ad takes interested leads to a landing page where a lead capture form collects their contact information in return for a valuable lead magnet. A successful, optimized PPC lead generation strategy earns clicks from the right audience and converts leads once they visit your website.

Before deciding to use PPC ads for lead generation, determine whether your business would be best helped by PPC advertising. These ads are made for businesses that want leads quickly and can buy clicks at a positive ROI. If you're already struggling with converting leads on your website, or if there aren't enough keywords to target with high buy intent, consider looking at other lead generation strategies on the Google platform, like SEO lead generation.

How to Generate PPC Leads in 5 Steps

So, you’ve decided to start a PPC ad campaign; what’s next? Well, there are five steps involved in the PPC lead generation process that you’ll need to know, from building your campaign on the backend, to advertising your campaign, to collecting interested leads' contact information. More specifically, the five steps are below:

  1. Define Your Target Audience: Understand who you're trying to attract so you can build a campaign around them.
  2. Set Up Your PPC Lead Funnel: Create your lead magnet, landing page, lead capture tool, and thank-you page, and decide how you'll deliver your lead magnet.
  3. Choose Relevant Keywords: Use tools like Google Trends and Ahrefs to select your keywords, and decide whether you'll target only those or similar keywords, as well.
  4. Set Up Your Campaign & Google Ad: Choose the details of your campaign and get your ad live by following Google Ads' step-by-step process.
  5. Capture Lead Contact Information: As leads click your ad and visit your landing page, collect their information using the system you've set up so you can start nurturing them.

Let's look at each step in more detail, starting with how to define the leads you're targeting.

1. Define Your Target Audience

Before crafting an ad to target quality leads, you need to decide what a quality lead looks like for your business. When defining your target audience, create a buyer persona by outlining your ideal customer's demographics and psychographics such as their age, location, occupation, lifestyle and interests, and/or any other details that are relevant to your business.

All of these will help you figure out what you’re looking for in a prospect. You can fill out this info on HubSpot’s Make My Persona tool to create a customer profile that represents your target audience. The more you focus your ad on the prospects that are most likely to need and buy your product, the more you’ll get out of each click.

2. Set Up Your PPC Lead Funnel

Once you understand who you're trying to attract though your PPC ads, it's time to create the lead generation funnel you'll take them through. In this step, you're deciding on the lead magnet you'll offer those who click on your ad, the destination that will host the lead magnet, the way you'll collect their contact information in exchange for the lead magnet, and how you'll deliver it to them. Let's go through each part of this process.

Create a High-Value Lead Magnet

With your target audience in mind, create a lead magnet — a compelling, relevant piece of content you'll offer your website visitors in exchange for their contact information. Lead magnets can take the form of a free newsletter, a downloadable template, an exclusive discount, a sample product, or even a free month of a subscription service.

Consider the interests of your target customer in order to create a lead magnet that aligns with your Google PPC campaign. If you sell consumables, for example, a sample-size product is a great option. If you offer an at-home service, consider a one-time trial that provides a taste of a paid offering. Otherwise, a valuable content upgrade that your leads find useful (e.g., a checklist) is a great all-around choice.

For a full list of the best lead magnet options with examples, check out our article on effective lead magnets, where you'll learn how to craft the right one for your audience.

Build a Landing Page

Next, create a landing page for your campaign that will promote your business and entice your visitors to opt in to receive the lead magnet you've created. Typically, businesses set up a PPC ad that, when clicked, leads the visitor to this landing page — a sales page on your website that is used specifically as a way to promote a product, service, lead magnet, or another offer.

One of the best ways to make a great landing page is to use a landing page builder tool, many of which are available online. To help, we wrote an editorial review on the best landing page builders, including use cases and overall scores for each.

Set Up a Lead Capture Tool

Lead capture tools are chatbots, live chat services, web forms, or popups that you can embed onto your website to optimize it for contact information accumulation. Promote your lead magnet on the landing page you've created, then use lead capture software to add a form or another method that requests the visitor's contact information in exchange for the lead magnet.

To help you make the best choice among all available options, we've put together an editorial review of the best lead capture software solutions for you. In the article, you'll find a breakdown of the top options, including overall scores for each.

Create a Thank-You Page & Delivery Method

Of course, you'll need a way to deliver the lead magnet. Sometimes your lead capture software or landing page builder offers autoresponder functionality to automatically send emails containing the offer. Other times, you'll have to connect an email marketing tool like Mailchimp to do it for you. First check with your software provider and follow any instructions they give, and implement a separate tool only if necessary.

Regardless of how you choose to deliver your lead magnet, create a thank-you page that the lead sees immediately after providing their contact information. The page should confirm that they've entered their information correctly and tell them how to retrieve the promised lead magnet (e.g., download it using this link, check your email inbox).

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Additional Reading:

For more on how to build a lead magnet, landing page, lead capture method, and thank-you page, read our article on creating a lead generation funnel. There, you'll see more specifics on each component of a successful funnel.

3. Choose Relevant Keywords

Now that you've set up your funnel, you can start building your ad that will bring leads into it. Since the Google Ads setup process asks for most of the ad content up front, you’ll want to have some keywords prepared. Keep in mind that popular keywords are more expensive than others, so come up with a few targeted options. First check Google Trends to compare keyword popularity, review regional data, and find similar keywords, then consider using Ahrefs for deeper information.

Compare Keyword Popularity With Google Trends

The best free way to plan the keywords you’ll use is through Google Trends. Not only will Trends give you extensive info about keyword popularity (aka search volume) at no cost, it will even let you compare multiple keywords at once. As a cherry on top, you’ll also be getting an idea of what terms will be the most expensive.

Google Trends search for 3 similar keywords
Google Trends search for 3 keywords

To search a keyword or multiple keywords, simply navigate to the Google Trends home page and enter a keyword into the "Enter a search term or a topic" box. Once you type in a keyword and hit enter, you'll be prompted to enter a second keyword for comparison if you'd like.

You'll see above that you can compare the interest of multiple keywords over time — in the example, we've compared "outdoor shoes," "hiking shoes," and "trail shoes." Comparing keywords' search volume over time will not only help you determine overall search interest, but also gauge the stability that each keyword provides. In this example, they're all similarly stable, with "hiking shoes" as the winner in regard to search interest.

Check Regional Data to Further Target Ads

After you've compared the search volume of certain keywords, you can choose to hone in on another aspect of search interest: region-specific data. If you run a local store in a single state, you’re not worried about national interest. The same goes for regional shops that only sell in one region of the US like the Midwest, the West or East Coast, or the South. Google offers comparative statistics for these use cases, as well.

Google Trends regional data
Google Trends regional data

In the example above, we're looking at the subregion section Google Trends offers — you can find this by scrolling down the results page after you type in your keyword(s). As you can see, “hiking shoes” is still the preferred term in most states. Although, if you are a local shop in Wyoming, you could save some money by using “trail shoes” while landing better results. This is because fewer companies will be bidding as highly for that term nationally.

You can click on each subregion to get even more specific information on the trends in that area, and it will look just like the first Trends chart we examined. Google Trends offers an impressive level of detail in regard to keyword interest, so this is a great go-to tool.

Check the “Related Queries” Section for More Options

If you start to run out of ideas, or you just want to consider other options, there is a “Related queries” section at the bottom of the page. This will tell you the most popular keywords that are similar to yours. The options are ordered by popularity, so it makes it easy to pick some alternatives. You can even sort, share, or download the results.

Related Queries section on Google Trends
Related queries section on Google Trends

Consider Using a Tool Like Ahrefs

If you want to take your search a step further, there are other tools that offer similar analytics to Google Trends, the most popular of which is Ahrefs. Ahrefs offers a more in-depth look at keyword density, average cost, and even how difficult it will be for your site to rank in the top 10 results for the keyword organically. Ahrefs does cost money, but the benefits can easily outweigh the cost if you do a lot of PPC marketing or handle your own website’s SEO.

ahrefs keyword planner
Ahrefs Keyword Planner

Make an initial list of keywords based on your keyword research. As you set up your Google Ads campaign in the next step, you'll make your final keyword selections.

4. Set Up Your Campaign & Google Search Ad

Google Ads makes starting a PPC campaign simple. They use a step-by-step process to help Google Ads work best for your business and budget. So, equipped with your chosen keywords, you can start crafting your campaign, which is the set of ad groups that share a common goal (e.g., lead generation). There are a few steps to their process that help you create an account, set up your ad, and get it live.

Create an Account

First, head to Google Ads and create an account by answering the basic questions Google Ads asks you. As you create the account, you'll first be prompted to choose a campaign goal. When you hover over each option, the types of campaigns you can create will appear. Be sure that the one you choose lists "Search" as a campaign type — since we're looking to generate leads, we've chosen "Leads" as our goal in the example below.

Google Ads quiz campaign goal question
Google Ads quiz campaign goal question

Next, select the campaign type you want to create. We've chosen to create a Search ad.

Google Ads quiz campaign type question
Google Ads quiz campaign type question

Finally, Google Ads will ask you how you'd like to reach your goal. Because our main focus is lead generation through our landing page, we've chosen "Website visits."

Google Ads quiz campaign question — how to reach goal
Google Ads quiz campaign question — how to reach goal

Select Your Campaign Settings

Next, it's time to set up your campaign details. First, you'll choose the general settings for the campaign, including the campaign name and networks. You can click the "Show more settings" dropdown if you'd like to set the start and end dates, campaign URL options, Dynamic Search Ads setting, and ad schedule.

Google Ads general settings
Google Ads general settings

Choose Your Targeting & Audience Segments

Next, decide who you want to see your ad through your targeting and audience segments settings. Google Ads will use this information to help you with bidding and targeting.

Google Ads targeting & audience segments
Google Ads targeting & audience segments

Set Your Budget & Bidding

This is where you'll choose how much you want to spend daily, plus how you want to bid on keywords. You can also use the dropdown to set up conversion tracking to monitor your ad's performance and ad rotation to show your most successful ads most often.

Google Ads budget & bidding
Google Ads budget & bidding

Incorporate Ad Extensions

To finish setting up your campaign, choose any ad extensions you want to use. Sitelink extensions are the additional links that show up under certain text ads and lead to specific pages, callout extensions allow you to enter more text to further explain your business or offering, and call extensions add your phone number to the ad so your leads can easily contact you. You can also add other ad extensions by clicking the blue plus sign.

Google Ads chooses the right extensions to show according to the keyword(s) a potential lead searches, so consider adding at least a few of these.

Google Ads ad extensions
Google Ads ad extensions

Create Your Ad Groups

Now, it's time to set up an ad group — a collection of keywords and the ads associated with them. Name your ad, enter your website, then choose relevant keywords to target with your ad. Revisit your initial list of keywords and enter them, then search additional terms related to your business to receive ideas from Google Keyword Planner.

When you add new keywords, put them in brackets if you'd like to target exact match only — we recommend starting only with exact matches. Leaving the brackets off will allow for broad matches, which are meant to simplify the process and make the budget for your ads more flexible. They can help you target keywords that are similar to the specific ones you've identified, but they can also get expensive and end up wasting money on keywords that bring subpar results.

As you add and delete keywords to create your final list, keep an eye on the Daily Estimates section on the right side of the screen. There, Google Ads will use your keywords and daily budget to estimate the number of clicks your ad will receive and the average cost per click.

Google Ads ad groups
Google Ads ad groups

Fill in Your Ad Content

After the basic questions, you’ll complete your ad content, including the URL the ad will lead to, the URL it will display, and the headlines and descriptions your ad will show. These are the overall steps you'll take:

  1. Enter the Final URL: At the top of the page, enter the full URL of the landing page you've created. The ad will lead anyone who clicks on the ad to this URL.
  2. Type Your Display Path: This is the text that will appear after your website domain. It will still lead to your landing page URL, but this is your opportunity to list a simple term that will tell your lead what to expect.
  3. Choose Your Headlines: Google Ads will prompt you to enter 3–15 headlines of up to 30 characters each, including their own suggestions that you can modify or take verbatim.
  4. Choose Your Descriptions: You'll then choose 2–4 descriptions of up to 90 characters each, again using your own copy and/or Google Ads' suggestions.

Although you can enter as many as 15 headlines and four descriptions, Google Ads will later mix and match these to present the most relevant ad to each searcher and bring you the best results — every ad will include three headlines and two descriptions. While you're writing the headlines and descriptions, they'll show you previews of possible combinations of ads, plus your overall ad strength and suggestions to improve them.

As you're drafting your ad copy, maximize your character limits by focusing on marketing information and actionable phrasing. Think about your keyword and how it relates to your audience's goals and needs, then write or rewrite your ad accordingly. Finally, include a strong, clear CTA to inspire leads to visit your page and learn more. Check out this article on tips for writing PPC Search ads.

Google Ads step to create ads
Google Ads step to create ads

Enter Your Payment Information

At this point, Google Ads will collect your payment details, including your location, time zone, promo code (if you have one), account type (organization or individual) and name, credit card information, and zip code. After you've entered the information, click submit, and you're done.

Google Ads payment page
Google Ads payment page

Your ad will now go live and will start directing traffic to your landing page. The results will take time, but you'll typically start to see regular traffic in about three months. During this time, Google will continue to get to know your brand better, so your results should improve in time so you can start collecting and nurturing leads.

5. Capture Contact Information & Nurture Leads

Once you've launched your campaign and have a steady stream of paid Google Search traffic directed at your website, visitors will start to view the lead magnet offer on your landing page, and some will trade their contact information to receive it. Deliver the lead magnet in the way you've promised, then start reaching out to nurture the lead.

At this point, you can start qualifying the lead through lead scoring, a needs assessment, and/or a discovery call. As you learn more about them and their pain points, you'll discard disqualified leads and sufficiently nurture qualified leads until it's time to ask them to buy.

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Additional Reading:

For more on how to follow up and convert the lead to a prospect, check out our article on lead nurturing. There, you'll find the step-by-step process to guide leads through your sales pipeline toward a close.

How to Optimize Your PPC Lead Generation Campaign

Now that you’ve set up the ABCs of your campaign, it’s time to fine-tune. This can take time, as you’ll need to monitor your results during the beginning of the campaign. As you do this, take note of your findings and think of ways to improve. Once you've developed a solid campaign, you can consider growth.

1. Map Your PPC Lead Funnel Using Data

First, map out your lead generation funnel to ensure you understand the journey your leads are taking from the time they see your ad to right after they submit their contact information in exchange for your lead magnet. This will also help you measure the success of your ad campaign. In addition to taking the funnel yourself, you should track both the success of your ad and the effectiveness of your landing page.

Track Your Ad Data

To track your data, check your Google advertising performance within your campaign, including the click-through rate of your ad and the cost per click. For Google Search ads, the average click-through rate is 3.17% and the average cost per click is $2.69, though these numbers vary by industry. If you find yourself falling below either of these numbers, then you might want to take a deeper dive into the data. This will give you a better look of what you can fix.

Track Your Landing Page Data

Next, see how many leads who visit your landing page give their information in exchange for your lead magnet. To calculate this conversion rate, divide the number of conversions on your website by the number of clicks on your ad. The average landing page conversion rate across industries is 2.35%, and a 2%–5% conversion rate is considered successful.

If your numbers are below what you want, the next step to optimizing your campaign is implementing potential improvements and A/B testing their effectiveness.

2. A/B Test Potential Improvements

Now that you know how your ad and landing page are performing, brainstorm some potential ways to improve their success. Put yourself in the mind of your lead, and ask yourself whether there's anything that's turning you off about how your business is portrayed. We've included a few ideas below that you can start with:

  • Revise Your Ad Copy: Make changes to the ad and then monitor its performance, or add more headline and description options that Google Ads can try.
  • Target Different Keywords: Revisit your list of keywords and choose different ones to target. If you've focused only on exact match, consider expanding it to broad match.
  • Modify Your Landing Page: Make sure your landing page is clean, the lead magnet is easy to find and retrieve, and your call-to-action is strong.
  • Change Your Lead Magnet: Tweak your lead magnet to make it more appealing, or replace it with a different offering altogether (e.g., an ebook instead of a checklist)
  • Improve Your Lead Capture Strategy: Change the way you're capturing leads or make it easier to find or navigate (e.g., a popup rather than an embedded form).
  • Update Your Lead Generation Website: If your lead generation website is out of date or clunky, update it so more visitors to the site actually convert.

Modify one component at a time and keep the rest constant so you can A/B test the change. Finding the main area of improvement may take time, but it's worth it to run tests to increase the success of your ad and ensure you're getting your money's worth from your campaign. If you plan to run PPC ads long term, make A/B testing a common practice to continue improving and generate as many leads as possible.

3. Consider Your Audience

If your campaign isn't performing well, you may be targeting the wrong people. Check the locations of the leads who have submitted their contact information — are you getting conversions from everywhere you’re advertising? Could you focus your campaign on regions that convert more often? Is your lead magnet attracting an unintended audience?

The general idea here is to ensure that you're serving your ad to people who are actually looking for a product like yours. If it takes them clicking on your ad to realize that you aren’t what they're looking for, you've paid for a click and gotten nothing in return. Closely examine your data to find any audience-related trends you could remedy.

Examples of High-Converting PPC Ads

To help you structure and draft your ads, we want to give you some high-level examples. Obviously, you’ll want to use these as a reference and not a template. These are active ads that demonstrate best practices when it comes to creating a quality PPC ad.

Search Ad With Detailed Description

Google ad with one link example

Since this ad includes only one link, it’s okay to add some extra detail to make sure they stand out. This company does a good job covering the general concerns their market has when purchasing: cost, quality, variety, and convenience. The two sentences are short and sweet, but they give all the information a lead would initially need to know and help them decide to click the link.

Search Ad With Sitelink Extensions

Google ad with sitelink extensions

When adding sitelink extensions (additional links), don’t waste any space. The ad is naturally large, so this one does a nice job of keeping descriptions brief. The main description confirms that the company has a wide variety of products, so they probably have what the reader is looking for. The links to common needs help speed up conversion by sending them right where they need to go on the site.

To add these additional links to a live ad, you can go into your Google Ads account and select your campaign. In the “type” list, click “Ad extensions" and then “sitelinks,” and you can add links to different areas on your site.

Search Ad With Display Path

Google Search ad with display path

This ad leads users to Fidelity's wealth management page, so it uses Google Ads' "display path" option well by adding a single word after their listed website: "wealth." This complements their description and tells the user they're a trustworthy company to have manage their money. The description makes good use of the space with a benefit of working with them, a CTA, and their services.

3 Best PPC Lead Generation Services

Working with PPC ads for lead generation often requires some trial and error, and because it's a paid strategy, it's important to do it as effectively as possible. If you're more comfortable hiring a company to help you with your PPC lead generation campaign and you have the budget to do so, there are trustworthy marketing agencies out there that specialize in Google Ads and how to generate leads through them. Some of the top options are Hibu, MuteSix, and LYFE Marketing.

Hibu

Hibu is one of the best PPC lead generation services for a customized campaign. They take the time to learn about your business, your industry, and your goals, then they provide full-service PPC management including campaign creation and optimization. Because they customize a package for each client, they don't list pricing on their website; however, they do mention five packages to start from. Give them a call if you're interested in a quote.

MuteSix

MuteSix is a great choice if you plan to use image ads in addition to text ads. They specialize in eye-catching ad designs and offer help with all of Google Ads' products (e.g., Search, Video, Display, Shopping). Businesses looking for a PPC lead gen service that has an eye for marketing design and takes an omnichannel approach will enjoy working with MuteSix. They don't show PPC ad pricing on their site, so contact them if you're interested in learning more.

LYFE Marketing

LYFE Marketing is a safe choice for small to medium businesses on a budget. They offer some of the lowest pricing available among PPC lead gen services. The transparent packages on their website start at $650 per month for campaign management plus a $500–$3,499 monthly ad spend, and they emphasize helping you manage your budget. LYFE Marketing is a good fit for businesses that want to start small and increase their spend as they see fit.

Unless PPC lead generation is your business's core competency, we recommend working with a company to help you with your campaign. When choosing a company, be sure that they provide success metrics regularly. These services can add up, so also have a conversation up front about the budget you want to stick to.

Benefits & Drawbacks of PPC Lead Generation

PPC lead generation is popular for many reasons, and we recommend giving it a try. If you're considering it over other ways to generate leads, we have four major benefits below that would draw you toward this option. We've also listed four drawbacks to keep in mind, all of which stem from the fact that PPC lead generation is a "red ocean" method — in other words, PPC ads are a saturated market space with lots of competition.

Benefits of PPC Lead Gen

First, let's take a look at the benefits of this lead generation strategy since when companies do it well, they often see it as a worthwhile method for attracting and collecting new leads. Below are a few of the reasons it works for them:

  • Keyword Targeting: When you create a PPC campaign, you get to target exact keywords; with organic search marketing, on the other hand, you'd likely have a harder time ranking for those keywords and might ultimately need to choose less popular ones.
  • Cost Flexibility: The barrier to entry for PPC advertising is low. With minimum packages at $5.00 per day, Google Ads offers a solution for businesses of all sizes. You can scale at your own pace and set monthly maximums to watch your budget.
  • Low Risk to the Business: Since you pay for each click, you are only spending money when the ad works. This means that you don’t risk over-spending on an ineffective ad. This lowers the risk for new companies or those just starting with online marketing.
  • Ease of Use: As we've laid out for you above, the Google Ads process is relatively simple. This means that it’s easy to start your campaign and you can adapt quickly. If you find an issue with your ad, you can change it same-day and see the results quickly.

Because you can choose how much you spend with PPC lead generation and it's a low-risk, easy-to-use strategy, the pros tend to outweigh the cons. However, it's still important to consider the cons, so let's review those next.

Drawbacks of PPC Lead Gen

While PPC lead generation can be a great strategy for some businesses, it's not a fit for all companies. Here are a few reasons you'll want to take the time to decide whether to put effort into this type of lead generation method:

  • High Competition: When you discover a keyword that's relevant to your audience and will bring you a high amount of exposure, it's going to be expensive. Keywords with high search volume are competitive.
  • Time Consuming or Costly: You can choose either exact match or broad match when targeting keywords. Exact match requires that you spend time on keyword research. Broad match can be pricey since Google might target keywords that bad leads click on.
  • Low Click-Through Rate: PPC ads receive far fewer clicks than organic search results. Although you can pay to appear in the top spots, you can't make leads click your ad, so you might find that your campaign wasn't worth the time you spent on it.
  • Results Aren't Immediate: On average, it takes three months for a PPC ad campaign to start earning traffic and generating leads. This can be a deterrent for companies that need to fill their pipeline very quickly.

If you have limited time or staff and don't want to risk experiencing any of these drawbacks, it could be more worth your time to focus on a different strategy for generating leads, or at least pair PPC lead generation with another method to avoid putting all your eggs into one basket. However, if you're in a position to give it a try, PPC lead generation is a legitimate method we recommend seriously considering.

Bottom Line

Google Ads is an easy, affordable online lead generation method to start out your marketing journey. Overall, we recommend trying a PPC lead generation campaign to market your business if you have the bandwidth to do so internally or the funds to outsource the campaign. If you employ all of the strategies we offer in this article, you could see a substantial bump in web traffic, lead generation, and sales.

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