12 Essential PPC Ad Copy Tips

Even veteran marketers sometimes find crafting PPC ad copy a challenge. There’s so much to say and so few words (or, more accurately, characters) to say it in. However, the stakes are high as every unconverted impression and click are wasted opportunities. These 12 PPC ad copy tips are essential reading for experienced marketers wanting to take their ad copy to another level. And they’re also helpful for beginners to make the best possible start. Aimed primarily at Google Ads, the tips are relevant to all PPC platforms.

  1. Pre-Qualify Clicks

When every click costs, sorting out the wheat from the chaff with pre-qualify clicks is a valuable tool. And it’s even more critical if you have a premium-priced product or service. Including dollar amounts in your ad copy eliminates non-serious window shoppers straight away. It also means there are no nasty surprises when visitors are taken to a landing page with a high dollar price. Only those willing to pay the premium price will use the pre-qualify click.

  1. Use Ad Extensions

Ad extensions are a proven way to increase ad relevance, engagement, and, ultimately, conversions.

The beauty of ad extensions is that they enable you to manually or automatically set different features on your ads. This gives you more room to work with and helps you stand out from the competition.

Popular ad extensions include the following:

  • Location extension – this ad extension displays your company’s physical address. It’s a valuable feature for businesses providing local services or those depending on foot traffic
  • Promotion extension – highlights your company’s current sales promotions
  • Callout extension – showcases your products’ features and selling points.
  1. Address Potential Objections

Use this technique to head off customers’ potential objections from the get-go. Think about reasons your customers may have for not making a purchase. And then address them in your PPC ad copy before they’ve had a chance to dwell on them.

A good example here is a food delivery company. In these post-pandemic times, many consumers will likely prioritise contactless delivery. A food delivery business that highlights contact-free delivery may get more clicks than competitors that fail to do so.

If you’re unsure what objections your customers may have, talk to your sales team or conduct customer surveys.

  1. Establish Authority and Credibility

Developing trust and brand authority are a critical part of the buying cycle. Use your PPC ad copy to establish your credentials. Got a 5-star rating on Google reviews or a consumer website? Make sure you highlight it in your ad copy.

Other ways to establish your credibility include the following:

  • number of years you’ve been in business
  • industry awards
  • using trademarks™ or registrations®
  • customer statistics

This kind of social proof is highly persuasive for consumers. It increases their confidence and helps to reduce any sense of risk they may have with clicking on your ad.

  1. Include Figures In Headlines

Numbers in your ad’s headline are a great way to grab attention. They take up less space than words and are specific, providing substance to your ad.

It could be your product price, customer statistics, or a special offer.

However, not all numbers are equal. Make sure you include exact figures only. Consumers tend to have more faith in exact numbers rather than rounded ones. For example, you’re more likely to have a better click-through rate (CTR) if your special offer price is $99.99 rather than $100.

  1. Differentiate Yourself

Setting yourself apart from the competition is vital to ad performance. You need to briefly answer the question that every potential customer has in the back of their mind: Why should I choose your company instead of the others? It’s all about highlighting your unique selling point and what makes you special.

It could be your personalised customer service, long-established brand name, or time-saving solution. Generally, focusing on benefits and the added value you offer is best. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential customer. And think about the difference your product or service will bring to their lives.

  1. Use FOMO

The fear of missing out (FOMO) can be a powerful motivator in the buying cycle. No one likes to feel like they are missing out on an opportunity. Introducing an element of urgency in your ad copy can make your offer irresistible.

Time-limited discounts, end-of-season sales, or buy-now special promotions will prompt consumers to act immediately.

And why not include a number in your call to action for a killer punch? For example, ‘free shipping for the first 50 customers’ simultaneously ticks the boxes for FOMO and the number attention-grabbing headline.

  1. Use The Keyword In Your Ad URL

Every marketer worth their salt knows to include keywords in the ad’s headline. However, the ad’s URL display is another under-utilised way to reinforce your keyword. Including the keyword in the ad’s display pathway gives the prospect confidence they’ll find what they’re looking for on those URLs. By contrast, a generic landing page URL can have the opposite effect.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be more relevant. Make sure your ad points to a keyword-specific URL.

  1. Write Device-Specific Copy

People’s browsing habits vary depending on the device they’re using.

Google Ads allows you to personalise copy and segment your ads across devices. The smaller screens of mobiles mean conciseness and clarity are even more critical. And did you know that using title case in your ad’s headline makes it stand out more on mobiles?

Take advantage of Google Ads’ feature and create ad copy with a headline and description targeted explicitly for mobile ads.

  1. Include Emotional Triggers

Emotions play a big part in our buying decisions. Ad copy that connects emotionally with prospects can result in improved CTRs.

Build trust in your ad copy with consistent messaging. Ensure the offer presented in the ad is reflected on the landing page. For example, if the ad offers free shipping, the customer will soon become disappointed if the website specifies a minimum order.

Furthermore, make the copy all about the customer. Explain how your offer will address their pain points and improve their lives. Doing so will spark that all-important emotional trigger and make the prospect feel unique and important.

  1. Be Location Specific

Location-specific ad copy makes you appear more relevant. Consider using the name of the city you want to target in your copy and emphasise it with location-specific callouts and site link extensions.

This feature is vital for small businesses that service a local area. However, even multinationals and corporates can benefit from appearing more local. The bottom line is customers like local businesses. Location-specific ad copy will add extra appeal to potential customers. You come across as being more relatable and responsive.

  1. Create A Killer Call To Action (CTA)

Our final tip is the most important. Your ad copy should include a compelling CTA that entices searchers to click.

Try to avoid generic actions. Statements like ‘call now’ or ‘get in touch’ have been overdone to the extent that they are dull and obvious. Instead, consider a CTA that’s more relevant to your audience. You know what customers need and the value you offer, so highlight it in your CTA. Strong verbs are a good starting point. Words like ‘build,’ ‘save,’ ‘download,’ or ‘join’ have an impact and create a sense of urgency.

Closing Thoughts

Crafting compelling ad copy that improves your PPC performance is a case of trial and error. That’s why testing is so important.

PPC metrics will help you work out the right approach for your business. We suggest you break the task down into bite-sized chunks. Start with testing the headline, as this has the biggest impact on ad performance. Wait until the ad gets to a 90% confidence level before pausing and starting a new test.

Now, try using a figure in the headline and test how that works. Next, include a specific location in the headline and test again. You get the idea, right? But don’t stop there. Use the same approach to test your description text, display paths, and ad extensions.

Writing compelling PPC ad copy takes patience and practice. What works for your business may not work for all organisations. Use the tips we’ve shared to kick-start the process of writing creative PPC. And then test to find your winning formula.

And if you’re still struggling to get up and running, get in touch with the expert team at Write Solutions. We’ll help you craft copy that hits the mark.

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