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The act of creating and optimizing paid advertising campaigns for educational facilities is known as educator paid ads management. However, that is an incredibly simple explanation, so let's dig a little deeper.
To provide expert PPC ads management, a paid advertising agency for educators often starts by getting to know you. This information helps determine the next steps, since the way you'd approach paid advertising for a localized educational facility is much different from how you'd handle it for nationwide educator ecommerce site.
Local educational facilities, for instance, are often only interested in contact form submissions or calls. To accomplish this, paid advertising can drive traffic to a landing page or sales funnel that is optimized. If those digital assets don't yet exist, or need substantial improvement, we recommend you start with Google Local Service Ads or Facebook Lead Forms.
Alternatively, ecommerce-focused educational facilities are most often interested in online sales. Using paid advertising, you can get traffic to a page optimized for products or categories. In some cases, it might even make sense to include Google Shopping Campaigns in your strategy. Our team has even used sales funnels to help sell products and subscriptions.
The next step in educator PPC management is understanding the metrics that will be used to optimize and scale. For some educational facilities, that means looking to platforms like Google Analytics. However, there are other options out there too, like Wicked Reports, Triple Whale, or Northbeam.
To be successful with paid ads, your educational facility needs to use multiple tactics and marketing tools. For example, the best educational facility paid advertising services will include tactics to:
We are a team of PPC advertising consultants with extensive knowledge in the latest paid ads trends for educational facilities and other industries.
Here are some of our best tips to follow for keyword research, audience research, landing page / sales funnel optimization, conversion rate optimization, and ad creation.
In the context of paid advertising, you'll find keyword research for educators mostly relates to search network campaigns on the Google Ads and Bing Ads platforms. After all, search ads only appear based on what is searched on Google or Bing and targeted by your educational facility.
A search for "nearby educator" on a search engine, for example, might lead someone to a educational facility website in their area. Knowing to target that exact phrase wouldn't require in-depth keyword research.
However, what if that exact match keyword wasn't producing enough search volume and the educational facility needed to increase their advertising reach? To solve the problem, keyword research would be required.
The next steps might involve the paid advertising manager discussing with the educational facility about what types of products / services they want to target more often and within what geographic areas. There may also be a need to broaden the keyword targeting.
For instance, the PPC manager might discover high search volume for "nearby educational facilities" or even "educator services." The first phrase is targeting a type of business or organization in the area. If the service is extensive, the second phrase might result in a more lucrative opportunity.
When building negative keyword lists, keyword research can also be beneficial. Negative keywords are used to stop your paid advertising from showing in search queries that you know won't bring in students.
For example, someone searching for "free services from educational facilities" or "how to advertise to educators" isn't likely to convert with your educational facility. Your paid advertising may appear if you use broad keyword targeting without negative keywords such as "free" or "advertise".
As you can see, no matter how obvious your keyword research needs might be at the start of building out your campaign, they become more complicated as you begin to scale your ads and reduce wasted ad spend.
When you hear audience research talked about for educational facility PPC advertising campaigns, it is often within the scope of scaling social media ads on Facebook and Instagram. There are options within Google Ads and Bing Ads for audience targeting as well though.
Let's take a look at audience research and targeting within Facebook Ads.
Educational facility paid ads managers used Facebook's custom audiences extensively in the past. After all, one of the most attractive features of the Facebook Ads platform was the data it collected on its users, which educators lined up to exploit.
As time went on, data privacy and machine learning both had an impact on custom audiences.
In the iOS 14.5 update, Apple included a pop-up message that allowed users to opt out of tracking for personalized ads. This had a negative impact on Facebook's ability to track user behavior on mobile devices. This even affected the accuracy of ad attribution reporting.
Then came improvements to their machine learning algorithms, which greatly diminished the need for custom audiences and lookalike audiences for most ad firms for educators. Their algorithm has become so good at understanding your ideal audience that you typically do more harm than good by choosing your own interest-based targeting.
Though there will still be plenty of educational facility PPC advertising companies using custom audiences, the trend is moving toward broad targeting. Don't take our word for it though. If you've been involved in the creation of Facebook ads, you've probably noticed the removal of interest-based targeting options here and there. Maybe you've even seen changes to how "Advantage Detailed Targeting" is recommended during the setup process.
This blog article from Social Media Examiner does a good job of talking about recent changes to audience targeting, if you'd like a second opinion.
This isn't to say audience research and targeting is going away. The targeting options within educator ad campaigns will likely always be manageable to boost performance.
An important factor in the success of your educational facility paid ads campaign is the landing page.
When we take on the management of a paid advertising campaign for educators, we start by looking over the landing pages to see if they follow best practices. Here are some of the factors we look for in this review:
There are so many factors that come into the design and development of a quality landing page. Here is a great blog article about what makes a results-driven landing page.
Please, don't spend money on PPC advertising until you have a landing page that follows best practices! Ideally, you should never consider your landing page to be finished. Try running A/B testing every few months to continue refining your sales pitch.
As an alternative to a landing page, you might want to consider building out one or more sales funnels. We rely heavily on sales funnels for lead generation, email audience building, and even online purchases.
For example, we have a client that promotes an online fitness challenge that you could even join from your local area. While managing their internet advertising we built multiple sales funnels within Click Funnels. Here are some of the funnels we made:
There are many different types of funnels, so your educational facility isn't limited to only these options. Just keep in mind these can be incredibly helpful for gauging interest in a product or service, building out an email subscriber base, and selling a product or service online.
Having a clear understanding of your conversion rate is critical to making informed advertising decisions. The average conversion rate is between 1-3%, but that varies greatly between industries, products, and services.
Let's run through a basic scenario to help illustrate the impact of conversion rates.
For most educational facilities, this return on ad spend wouldn't be acceptable. Sadly, we often see this type of ROAS when jumping into new client accounts.
To improve the situation, you hire a PPC advertising firm to modify your campaign settings, ad creatives, and landing page experience.
Let's assume those improvements bring your conversion rate up from 1% to 2%. That means for every 100 visits to your website you now sell 2 products. This is twice the return on ad spend! You might be profitable now selling that product or service, if your margins are good.
Understanding your conversion rate, and knowing how to improve it, can be crucial to the management of your paid advertising.
This is potentially one of the most important aspects of a Facebook Ads account, but it also applies to Google Display Ads.
When you run Facebook Ads or Instagram Ads for educators, you are mostly targeting a cold audience that is more interested in quickly scrolling by advertisements in favor of seeing what their friends and family are up to online.
You should develop an understanding of how to capture someone's attention in a split second.
To do this, you need to build out attractive ad creatives that make someone stop for a second and say to themselves, "wait a second, what...?"
This doesn't happen by running the same ad creative over and over and over again. Even if it is a great ad, it will eventually become stale. You should change things up frequently, even if you are just targeting people nearby.
If you don't change out your ad creatives and test new ideas, you'll suffer from what is called "ad fatigue." This is the state in which your target audience has already seen your ad so many times that they instinctively scroll by it without ever interacting with your brand.
Don't be caught in this situation. You should understand when to pause an ad because it isn't performing as well as it once did. You should understand when to test new ideas, especially if you are emotionally attached to an ad that you spent a lot of time making.
Our paid ads management service fees are determined by the amount of time you wish us to spend on your campaigns every month. The price for our PPC management plans begins at the amount provided in the list below, but we are willing to consider a higher budget if your ad spend or service requirements are greater.
There are numerous ways to run paid advertising for your educational facility. educational facilities definitely use paid ads. Let's take a look at some of the most common ones.
You can use nearly any advertising platform to run localized ads for your educational facility. You may find greater success on one platform over another depending on the nature of your local educational facility. To find out which option works best for you, you should try all of the options available. Let's talk about a few local advertising choices.
There are going to be two options from Google.
As a first step, you can run traditional Google Adwords, possibly using their newer Performance Max campaign type. This is a very dynamic ad campaign type which utilizes multiple headlines, images, videos, and service locations to allow the Google algorithm to find the best combination of assets to bring you customers. Local professionals such as accountants, lawyers, dentists, and physicians frequently use Performance Max campaigns.
The second option from Google, if you are in a qualifying business industry, is to check out their Local Service Ads. The Google Local Service Ads offers a pay-per-lead model, which means you get charged a flat fee for each lead the platform provides you. Plumbers, electricians, roofers, and heating installers often use Google Local Service Ads.
You can also target people in your local area using Facebook Ads. This is a little more straightforward, since it just involves setting up a campaign that has ad sets with geographic restrictions. We often rely on nearby Facebook Ads for all types of educational facilities.
Pretty much any online ad you see on a social network website is going to qualify as a social media ad.
It's important to keep the ad creatives fresh when running social media marketing. If you don't rotate out ad creatives every few weeks your campaign performance will slowly decrease. For higher spending ad campaigns, you might need to look at weekly ad creative updates.
Using social media ads allows you to reach audiences who have never thought of your product or service, or aren't thinking about it right now. It's quite the opposite when you run search engine ads since you only get to show them when someone searches for what your educational facility offers.
That benefit can also be a curse though, since conversion rates are often lower when people aren't closer in the revenue funnel of making an immediate purchase.
You'll want to invest in search engine advertising if you know people are searching online for the products you offer.
There are some people out there who refer to this as educator Search Engine Marketing, or SEM for short. An advertisement that appears on the search results page of a search engine is called a search ad, which are above the organic SEO placements.
If you've been running search engine ads on Google for a while and have been successful at it, we suggest considering copying the campaigns over to the Bing Ads platform. As of an October 2022 study from StatCounter, about 3.57% of online users rely on Bing for their primary search engine.
Many different message boards, chat rooms, game lounges, news websites (even local news stations), gossip sites, and more run display advertisements.
These are commonly used within the Google Ads and Bing Ads platforms.
To get started with display ads, you just need a set of ad creatives in different image sizes. Both ad platforms have algorithms that help you improve results from your ad spend if you have an understanding of your target audience.
Your educational facility website, landing page, or sales funnel won't convert everyone on the first visit.
It is almost always recommended to set up retargeting ads to help bring people back to your website after they've had time to think through different options.
You can run retargeting ads on any ad platform, too.
It was Google Shopping Campaigns that popularized this form of search advertising.
To get started with Google Shopping, you just need an ecommerce website, a product feed (CSV or TXT), a Google Merchant Center account, and a Google Ads account for your educational facility.
With these tools in place, you'll be able to provide Google Ads an updated list of all your accurate product data, including the title, SKU, image, price, and availability. Using that information, they can determine what types of search queries to display your products at the top of search results.
You can run video ads on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking websites.
If you are interested in running YouTube Ads, you'll just need to set up a video ads campaign in Google Ads.
To run video ads in Facebook or Instagram, you'll need a working Facebook Ads account.
Both ad platforms offer excellent conversion opportunities with video ads. We frequently use video ads to showcase product launches, custom services, personal introductions, and more!
If you have the budget to support ad creatives in video format, look to implement them into your paid ads campaigns.