SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING
FOR PERTH BUSINESSES
"Build it and they will come." - said no one. Ever.
Besides the mysterious voice in Field of Dreams...
SEM covers advertising on search engine results. As a Google user enters in search terms, the most prominent results returned (at the top and to the right of the results page) are paid ads.
This paid search engine advertising works on a pay-per-click (PPC) basis, where advertisers are only charged when users actually click their advert. This means you are only paying for qualified traffic who are engaged enough to click your ad.
WHAT IS SEM?
Due to Google's overwhelming market share, the term "SEM" is fairly interchangeable with "Google AdWords" - Google's own platform for creating and managing SEM campaigns. While Bing and Yahoo have their own separate platforms, this is something that can be discussed in person if recommended for your business.
First, some background:
Google Australia generates upwards of 6,000,000 searches. Every. Single. Day.
It's estimated that between 6 to 10% of people actually reach Page 2 of Google.
For all the fanfare, SEM adverts are, at best, only half of the equation. What happens "post-click", what you show users who land on your page after clicking your ad, is just as (if not more) important.
We optimise your account, your ads, your keywords and your landing pages from a holistic viewpoint in order to make your SEM activity as effective and as efficient as possible.
WE ♥ ONLINE ADVERTISING
SEM can be ruthless. Set up and managed correctly, SEM provides a reliable and accurate stream of income. Set up incorrectly and you'll lose your shirt.
Though we regularly set up "fresh" accounts from scratch for small & medium businesses, most of the time we start by cleaning up poorly set up or inefficient accounts that are not delivering a correct ROI.
Whether it's a brand new account, or taking over an existing one, here's how we ensure your SEM account is performing effectively:
We aim for efficiency, profitability and presence.
We ensure that your keywords and ad groups are accurate, relevant and effective. We split-test, monitor and regularly optimise to ensure you get prime profitable positions matched up against an efficient use of your budget.
We track, measure and monitor everything.
Decisions and recommendations are justified and supported by data. You'll not only have clear information to see your ROI, but you'll also see the effect SEM activity has on things like phone calls and web form submissions.
We use SEM holistically as part of an overall effective digital strategy.
It's all connected. A the end of the day we want you to get more conversions.
We offer clean and clear reporting.
No gibberish. No numbers without context. Just clean and simple actionable reports that make sense that we can talk through one-on-one.
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU HIRE AN SEM AGENCY
No two ways about it, hiring an agency to handle your SEM activity is a big decision that can have a serious impact on your bottom line.
You need to find a search agency that you can trust in order to represent your business effectively in this channel, and ensure your budget is spent wisely and effectively.
The questions below should certainly help you get a good handle on whoever you're considering and whether they'll be the right fit.
WHAT'S THE MINIMUM CONTRACT TERM FOR MY CAMPAIGN?
Many SEM agencies tie their customers to 6/12/24 month contracts in order to ensure clients are locked in for ongoing agency revenue. The obvious downside is for clients to be tied to ineffective, inefficient or underperforming campaigns for significant periods of time.
Here at The Strategy Agency, we don't do lock-in contracts. We feel the quality of our work is enough to ensure customers stay with us voluntarily.