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SEO vs. Google AdWords: Which is right for your business?

The goal of any website is to capture qualified leads, right? So, what’s the best way to let your prospective clients know you exist? Getting your website to rank on Google is one of the many challenges businesses face when marketing their products and services. Should you pay for Google AdWords, or put in some effort and play the long game with Organic SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? It’s a tough question and one that needs careful consideration. Most businesses don’t know whether to engage in an organic SEO strategy or a paid search strategy, or use both. We’re here to help you navigate the storm.

Organic Search Engine Optimization

The biggest advantage to having a strong organic SEO ranking is that it tends to be more trusted than advertised rankings. Google has been around long enough for users to be wise to when they are being advertised to. And, statistics reveal that a high organic ranking attracts 50% more click throughs than the top AdWord listing.

With this in mind, businesses that recognize higher organic rankings means increased trust which in turn equals increased revenue. However, it’s not as simple as ‘if you build it they will come’. In fact it’s far more complex. Which is where SEO comes into play.

At Chatter Marketing, we ensure our websites are Google friendly—increasing performance and trust—and in turn are more trusted in the eyes of the almighty search engines. We make sure your copy is relevant, your headings are appropriately tagged, your sites images are optimized and tagged, and that your site is mobile friendly. 

We’ve seen some incredible results for our SEO clients, but it’s not an exact science and it is a moving target. Google regularly updates their search algorithm which impacts how they rank sites. Organic SEO takes effort, focus and a lot of patience but, once your site is established, it undoubtedly yields incredible long-term results that help businesses grow based on merit and trust rather than depth of pockets.

Google AdWords

There are many forms of paid online advertising, but for this blog, we’ll focus on Google AdWords. They are after all the biggest and better known player. AdWords is a great way to elevate your listing to the top of the pile. However, it does come at a price and, if it’s not managed correctly.

Google AdWords charges on a Pay Per Click (PPC) basis. That is, when someone clicks on your ad, you’re charged. Popular search terms are more expensive to purchase than those that are less popular. The rate you are charged per click is dependent on your market and where you’d like to rank. For example, a company paying $0.20/click will likely not rank above a company paying $0.30/click. It’s just the system.

When starting a paid marketing campaign it’s important to understand what your customers are searching for when looking for your service. The biggest advantage of PPC is that you can control which terms your website will be listed for. This is especially helpful when you’re trying to determine which keyword term yields the best results. Using Google AdWord management tools, you can easily see which keywords are converting into site visitors.

Conclusion

There really is no right or wrong answer here. It’s all depends on your business, competition and budget. For many businesses, a mixture of organic and paid results often works best. The organic ranking gives your business some authority, trust and longer term results, while paid ads provide an immediate high ranking placement and increased visibility.

Whether you’re going to manage your own digital marketing or engage an agency such as Chatter Marketing, we recommend doing your research. What are your competitors doing? How are they ranking? How are they winning work? What keyword terms do they use? And when all else fails, turn to Chatter Marketing to help you stand out in a sea of competition.

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Marketing

Even though the use of video marketing is rising in popularity, many business owners still don’t see the benefit, often viewing it as expensive and not providing any real return on investment. YouTube is the second largest search engine on the planet. That statistic alone speaks volumes to the unique draw that videos offer in comparison to the written word, but there are numerous reasons why any savvy marketer turns to video to jumpstart any brand. 

Improved SEO

According to Comscore, an American global media measuring and analytics company, video is 53 times more likely to generate a first-page Google ranking than any other web content. Video makes up 64% of all internet traffic and is expected to increase to 80% by 2019, according to Cisco’s 2014 Visual Networking Index. 

Expanded Reach

The Facebook algorithm is often confusing and ever changing. Companies must continuously find ways to reach new customers. A quick and easy way to increase your reach on Facebook is to post video to your page. Facebook prioritizes native video in its newsfeed. In fact, a recent study from Socialbakers found that native Facebook videos get more organic (unpaid) reach on average than any other type of post on the platform, resulting in an average increase in reach of 135 percent. 

Increased Conversion

A recent consumer survey, by Animoto, reported that 73% of those surveyed confirm they are more likely to buy a product or sign up for a service if they watch a branded video that explains the product. Out of those surveyed, 96 % found videos helpful for making online purchase decisions. The report also found that 71% of consumers surveyed confirmed watching a corporate video left them with a positive impression of the company. On the surface, it can be easy to dismiss video as unnecessary fluff, but it’s hard to argue with the statistics when it comes to consumers. 

Conveys Your Message

Ultimately, when you’re looking to expand your customer base, it’s all about reaching the people you are most likely to attract. And, how do you do that? Tell them about your brand. Is your organization focused on bettering the community? Tell your potential clients. Did you create an exciting new product? Tell your customer base. While words are effective, video can be extremely compelling. Video is processed by the brain 60,000 times fast than text. 65% of people are visual learners, so naturally video can do what the written word often cannot. 

Grabs Attention

We are bombarded by content and images on a near constant basis. The challenge is to stand out among the competition. We’ve all probably watched a video recently that captured our attention. What was it about the video we noticed? Colorful graphics? Beautiful images? Music? A powerful message? Most likely, it was all the above. When done right, video has the power to make us think, and most importantly, the power to impact us. 

Call the Experts

Now that you understand some of the reasons behind the success of video in marketing, you might be left wondering where to begin. While a great video can be successful, not all videos are created equal. Sometimes, you need a little help in creating the right message, in video or otherwise. At Chatter Marketing, we identify your most unique selling points and give audiences something to talk about! Give us a call!


Chatter Marketing, Inc. is a full-service advertising, marketing, branding, public relations, and social media agency located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Chatter Marketing team has been creating BUZZ, or “Chatter,” for small and medium-sized organizations since 2013. They use their expertise and strategic skill to identify the client’s most unique selling point(s) and give audiences...something to talk about.