In Part 1 of our blog series on HVAC marketing, we discussed some of the basic foundations of running successful marketing campaigns in the A/C and heating industry. Today we will go a bit further into detail and talk about some of the key elements of a pay-per-click marketing campaign on search engines such as Google. Utilizing the Google Ads marketing platform is a great way to reach potential customers while they are actively searching for A/C and heating services. Capturing their attention at the exact time they are searching is more likely to lead to a conversion such as a phone call or form fill.
How Does it Work?
Pay-per-click (or PPC) campaigns are an excellent way to reach customers that normally might not find you on the internet based on targeting specific keywords during searches as well as utilizing geo-targeting to attract more customers located in specific areas. For example, a consumer located in Houston, Texas is looking for a company that can fix their broken air conditioner in their home. They go online to Google and search “AC repair” hoping to find a company that can send a technician to fix the broken unit. Utilizing Google Ads as well as a good targeting strategy, an advertisement for ABC Air and Heating Company appears. The customer clicks the ad and then calls ABC Air to schedule a service appointment. ABC Air is charged a fee from Google when the customer clicked their ad, but that cost is minimal compared to the return on their investment to obtain a new customer.
Specifics on Targeting
PPC marketing provides multiple tools to help narrow down the audience for ads that will help drive business. Consumers can be targeted based on age, gender, income, location, and online shopping behavior just to name a few. Consumers can also be retargeted so that they are served your specific ad multiple times to further encourage them to become a customer. If the conversion goal is a phone call or a form fill, you are able to target those consumers who are more likely to convert.
What is a Healthy Budget?
If you have decided that a pay-per-click campaign might be something you want to explore, it is important to understand the costs associated with it. The cost for a click depends on a few factors such as the amount you are willing to pay for a click for the keyword, the number of companies bidding on the specific keyword, the relevancy of the ad copy to the keyword, and the relevancy of the landing page content on your website to the keyword. Back to the example: since ABC Air is located in Houston, it is safe to say that there are many other AC companies in town bidding on the keyword “AC repair”. Houston is a hot climate and therefore many other companies are trying to gain the competitive advantage. Since the competition is so high, average cost-per-clicks are more expensive. If your budget is too low, you won’t be able to compete. During non-peak season months, a healthy budget is anywhere between $4000 and $5000 per month. When the hotter months arrive, doubling that monthly budget is very realistic. The return on the investment is well worth it. In some cases, we have seen almost 100% growth in revenue after the first year of implementing a PPC marketing strategy!
Keep up with us for Part 3 of this blog series when we discuss Facebook marketing. For more information on our HVAC marketing services, contact us or give us a call at 713-309-6380. Brand Ranch Media is a full-service advertising agency. We would love to help you achieve all your marketing goals!