There really is no argument from the professionals and from the non experts alike that if a business has a website then it must be promoting that website on an ongoing basis, that is to say there can never be a time when the business is not engaging in efforts to market its website to the world at large and specifically to its chosen end user target market segment. To promote a website so that it comes up in the search engine rankings there are two main options that a company can use – that is …
- PPC – Pay Per Click Advertising
- SEO – Search Engine Optimization
Therefore the question that is posed by many customers is what is the main difference between the two. In summary Search Engine Optimization for business marketing is for the long term and PPC pay per click marketing short term – those two statements do of course need some explaining.
Let’s take the situation where a company has just had a new website designed and developed by us here at Capid Houser and then the website is launched on the internet. By definition the search engines do not know that the website exists, there is little or no content relating to and linking back to the website on the internet which in turn in most cases will mean that that business website will not rank in the major search engines. If the client is prepared to wait for the time (depending on the market sector and competition this could be months) for their website to rank then we could go ahead and execute our experts SEO processes and in time your business website will be seen to rank in the search engines for specific keywords used by the end user clients.
Now consider the scenario where a company has a new website and it needs to have site visitors immediately coming to the website for whatever reasons, in this case we will setup and run a Pay Per Click campaign using the Google Adwords system. The campaign will allow us to display advertisements for your business website instantly after setup and you the business owner will pay whenever an internet user clicks on your advertisement. At times it could be a good strategy to run PPC campaigns for a newly launched website whilst running search engine optimization campaigns in parallel, after the website starts to get ranked then the business will receive visitors from the internet and it may make sense [depending on the marketing strategy of the business] to pull back on the PCC marketing spend, in time many companies [like us here at Capid Houser] depend solely on search engine optimization to bring visitors to its website.
There can be another ‘what if’ where a company has a well ranked website in its target market sector with plenty of website visitors and new clients coming into its market funnel consistently however, as a part of the marketing strategy of the organisation they could be running a special event that will be for a few days only and very time specific. Due to the long term nature of search engine optimisation to take effect – in this case it may make to sense to run a limited PPC campaign in the weeks leading up to the event. All of the traffic from this marketing activity will be funneled into the specific event leads and when the event is over we can simply ‘turn off’ the PPC marketing.
Which is for your business – SEO or PPC ? we say that SEO is for the long run so if you plan to be in business this time next year and the year after then sign up for our advanced SEO business marketing strategy development to ensure that relevant content and links for your business based on industry specific keywords are produced which will result in enhanced search engine rankings in the major search engines of the world i.e. Google, Yahoo & Bing.
We here at Capid Houser would be delighted to act as an extension of your online marketing department to provide expert SEO or PPC services so do get in touch to learn how we can help to take your business forward on the internet.
Stephen C Campbell