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5 Digital Marketing Tips for Local and Small Businesses

If you own a local small business, digital marketing should be part of your marketing strategy. This doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, when using the Internet for marketing your small business, you don’t have to feel like it is an overwhelming, daunting and expensive task. There is so much that encompasses digital marketing, that […]

5 Tips For Reaching More Customers With Google AdWords

You naturally want your business to show up in Google searches, but your company’s website presence alone is not enough for real success. To greatly increase your amount of customers and to spread awareness of your brand in general, it important to take advantage of Google AdWords. This online advertising network is not only Google’s largest source of income, but it has also grown to be the biggest network of its kind worldwide with guaranteed exposure for its clients. Keep reading to learn about five different ways you can make sure you’re reaching more customers with Google AdWords. Read more

Google Provides 10k Per Month in Free Advertising for Non-Profits

In the years since its inception, Google’s growth from simple search engine to provider of multiple web services has seen it release a number of tools and programs for both users and webmasters to take advantage of. Some, like AdWords and Gmail, are well-known by name; others fly under the radar and take a little more digging to discover. One example of these lesser-known programs is the Google Grants program. Although the criteria for this are rather specific, it is set up just like an AdWords campaign – albeit with some limitations. If you’re familiar with AdWords and are eligible for the Google Grants program, this may be perfect for bringing your non-profit business the online boost it needs.

This article consists of two parts. The first half will give some background on what the Google Grants program is, who is eligible for it, how you can apply if you meet the criteria and certain limitations advertisers face. The second half will outline a real-world case study, showcasing how an agency using the Google Grants program worked to improve the position and click-through rate of their campaign.

 

Part One: What is the Google Grants Program?

Google defines the Google Grants program as follows:

“Google Grants is the non-profit edition of AdWords, Google’s online advertising tool. Google Grants empowers non-profit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com.” http://www.google.com/grants/

So, in short, Google Grants is “AdWords for Non-Profits”. If you’re running a company that meets Google’s criteria for this, the Google Grants program gives you a helping hand with promoting your products and services. Businesses that are eligible and participate in this program receive a $10,000 monthly grant for their campaign.

Eligibility for the Google Grants Program

There are several criteria that a business must meet in order to be eligible for the Google Grants program.

They must hold 501(c)(3) status, as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and must acknowledge and agree to the application’s required certifications regarding non-discrimination and donation receipt and use. The program is only available to companies in the countries listed here, and governmental entities and organizations, hospitals and health care organizations, and schools, childcare centers, academic institutions and universities (with the exception of philanthropic arms of educational organizations) are not eligible.

A full list of criteria is available at http://www.google.com/nonprofits/join/

How to Apply to the Google Grants Program

Google lists four simple steps for the application process:

  1. Read the eligibility requirements
  2. Apply to the program
  3. Once approved, enroll in specific Google products
  4. Get started with product tutorials

Limitations to the Google Grants Program

There are some restrictions to using the Google Grants program. Daily budgets are set to $330.00 USD, Costs-Per-Click are limited to $2.00, campaigns can only be keyword-targeted and ads can only be text ads.

The full list of restrictions and limitations can be viewed here.

Additional information on limitations:

Limits to Where Ads Show

Ads can only be shown on the Google Search Network, not the Display Network or on Search partners. Campaigns can only be keyword-targeted and cannot use CPM bidding.

More information on limits to where ads show is available here.

Limits to Budgets and Bids

The maximum daily budget you can set is $330 U.S. dollars, which is equivalent to about $10,000 per month. Within the last year, Google has increased the Cost per Click bid for keywords to $2.00 USD from the original $1.00 bid per keyword. Accounts can only use Manual bidding for clicks; automatic bidding is not allowed. You are unable to set Display Network bids or managed placement bids.

More information on limits to budgets and bids is available here.

It is important to note that Grant accounts will only run for as long as your organization remains actively engaged with your AdWords account. Google states that they reserve the right to terminate your organization’s participation in the Google Grants program for any reason without notice at any time. We recommend to any Grant Account Managers to consistently check in on the AdWords campaign at least once a month to keep the campaign active and to check for any urgent notices from Google or changes to the Grants program.

Why spend so much time getting the Grant approved and then waste it away on inactivity? Getting accepted in Google’s Grant Campaigns is an extensive process, but the benefits of the program are limitless. Do not take the campaign for granted and be sure to check in on the campaign multiple times each month to be on the safe side and it’s also a great practice to follow for any AdWords campaign.

Part Two: A Google Grants Case Study

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The Year is ½ Way Over, here are 4 Tips to Boost Sales This Summer

July 1st marks the official half way point of the year. Time flies, right? A lot of people set resolutions on January 1st, but let the half way mark pass them by without a blink of the eye.

Have you stayed on track with your New Year’s goals? Whether you answered yes or no, we think that any business owner or marketer should mark this day as important. This is a great time to review your current strategy and make some adjustments to help take your business to the next level.

Search Control has listed 4 simple tactics that any business owner can implement and we are here if you have any questions. We hope these tips help you and your team out and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Understand the buyer’s journey.

There are many different offers that can be used to help get new business in the door. We’re sure you’ve used them in the past, things such as 20% off sales, free consultations, flat rate pricing, free trials and the list goes on. Take a minute to understand your potential customers’ decision process, and what’s most important to them. Once you do that, you can match the right offer.

Use Google, and learn how to use it well.

Take a webinar (or a free consultation with Search Control) in Google’s suite of tools, and make sure to keep up with the rapidly changing services they offer. Ask fellow business owners what is working for them. Google ads, SEO and YouTube marketing can make or break your online presence. Analyze what is working and what isn’t with rigor and tweak often, not just the offer but the design and layout too.

Turbocharge your customer service.

Make sure whoever is answering phones is prepared to book appointments, upsell, offer special discounts and incentives and take orders on the phone. Getting the customer to call or click is only half the equation. Take a page out of Zappos’ book and make sure your customer service people understand your product, understand your customers, and are a pleasure to talk to.

Quality vs Quantity: Stay focused.

We have had greater success cultivating a smaller number of people and guiding them through a very intentional sales funnel, than when we cast a wide net to people who might not fully align with our target customer.

 

Let Search Control help you start the second half of the year off right with a FREE service of your choice:

Search Control is here to help you reach your sales and growth goals. We are currently offering several services FREE OF CHARGE! We feel confident that you will love working with us and may even be interested in additional services. Don’t let your sales fall behind when you could be dominating your market.

  • Creation of Facebook business page and Twitter company profile
  • Setup of Facebook Advertising account and creation of 1 designed and managed ad
  • SEO audit of website and competitor analysis

Call us today to take advantage of our offer and see how Search Control can help you!
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