Did you know that 71% of people looking for a new vehicle research online, and 86% of those people repeat the same searches multiple times throughout their car-buying journey? A car is a big purchase, and the majority of consumers research car buying options extensively online before even visiting a dealership.
So, when you’re thinking about your automotive marketing strategy, it’s important for your car dealership to be present where people are searching. One way to do this is through a PPC campaign. When it comes to running a PPC campaign for your dealership, there are a few best practices you should follow to ensure your campaign is successful.
Build a Strong Foundation With a Great Website
Before you get started with PPC, you want to make sure your website is ready to receive new visitors and present them with a positive online experience. Just like with your physical dealership, you want your website to be welcoming, clean, and easy to navigate.
It’s also extremely important that your website is mobile-friendly. Over 50% of online searches are now done on mobile devices, and the automotive industry is no exception.
And, you’ll want to make sure it’s easy for website visitors to reach out to you. Include a short and concise contact form on every page so users can get in touch with you whether they have a question about a specific vehicle or they’re ready to make a purchase.
Create Compelling Text Ads
Your text ads are often a searcher’s first impression of your dealership. Make sure that it’s easy for searchers to tell who you are and what you’re offering by including your business name and a short summary about your business. Include relevant keywords and vehicles, and give the searcher a reason to visit your site by providing a call-to-action. In my experience, the best performing ads typically include lease specials or financing offers.
It’s also important to use ad extensions in your text ads. Ad extensions increase the amount of information available to the searcher and expand the size of your ad on the page. Here are a few ad extensions you should consider using:
- Callout extensions allow you to include additional incentives or information about your dealership.
- Structured snippets can be used to highlight all vehicles in your lineup.
- Google has now launched a new extension, price extensions, that can be leveraged to include list lease offers on specific models as well.
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