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One Killer Strategy For Launching a Successful Plumbing Business

You don’t want to just start a business; you want to kill it. You crave lasting, deep success for your plumbing business. The world has enough mediocre performers out there. Why not create something fantastic?

Here at the Plumbing Webmasters, we’ve crafted a handy guide to launch your plumbing startup into the online marketplace with faster, more sustainable, and overall better results. It all revolves around one singular strategy: specialization.

Listen closely as Nolen and Madison reveal how focusing your marketing efforts on one plumbing category can produce incredible revenue opportunities. Be sure to take notes and read the supporting guide below!

Takeaways for Plumbing Professionals

  • Specialization produces operational and marketing efficiencies.
  • It’s faster and easier to rank up in a plumbing specialty.
  • Specializing doesn’t mean you can’t offer other services later on.

Specializing for Success

“How can I be successful in plumbing?” That’s a question that Small Business Trends tried to tackle back in 2018. In their guide How to Start a Plumbing Business, Small Biz offers a few tidbits on building a long-term plan for triumph in the industry. Step number 3 (after getting certified and apprenticed) involves discovering your personal specialty.

Perhaps, you’ve discovered that the inner workings of residential water heaters naturally bend to your every whim. Maybe you’ve got a knack for repairing underground sewer lines without digging up the whole yard. Possibly, you’re the fastest pipe clog relief around.

Some plumbers might see specialization as a limiter on their ability to make money, but the opposite is often true. You can take a focused skill and use it as a launchpad for your startup. Now let’s zoom in on the benefits of specialization, then show you how to get started online (which was Small Biz’ step number 8, by the way).

Why Specialize as a Plumber?

Why do we recommend anything in these sort of guides? To make your life easier and/or more profitable. Multiple areas of your business can benefit from a specialized structure, so let’s break a few of them down here.

Operational Perks

The first benefits you’ll realize when it comes to specialization are operational. If you confine your portfolio of services to a particular subcategory of plumbing, that means fewer tools to purchase and fewer individuals to hire. That, in turn, leads to fewer service vehicles and fewer driving demands.

You could potentially earn as much or more revenue with three water heater specialists than you would with a generalized staff of five. Prospective customers will also view your brand and crew differently as a specialized group.

Reputational Perks

Any plumber can fix a leaky sink. Very few have what it takes to manage a slab leak repair project. Ask any homeowner if they would rather have a generalist or a specialist fixing the multi-thousand dollar ruptured pipe beneath their foundation. Ask them the same question for a busted water heater or a fractured sewer line.

When you become the specialist for a given plumbing sub-category, the choice suddenly becomes clear for homeowners. Plus, experts generally enjoy higher pricing ranges for the same projects!

Marketing Perks

Let’s face it, plumbing is a very competitive industry. If your prices, ratings, or uniform don’t meet a prospective customer’s demands, they have a dozen other alternatives available at the push of a button. Unless you operate in a smaller service area, breaking into the market is tough!

While generalist plumbers may be a dime a dozen, local specialists in your field are probably in the single digits. Medium to small sized towns may not even have a specialist in your particular focus. It’s much easier to stand out in the online marketing world when only a couple others are standing next to you.

The How of Plumbing Specialization

Now, we are specifically looking at how to market your specialized plumbing services in your service area. Once you’ve picked a field, it’s time to start laying the foundation for your company to build off of.

  • First, you’ll claim and/or purchase the digital assets you’ll need to mold your brand.
  • Next, you’ll start developing the content on your website to communicate who you are and what you do to prospective clients.
  • Finally. you’ll complete support activities as you go along to grow your reputation even more.

Phase 1: Lining Your Digital Ducks in a Row

Everything starts with your website, at least when it comes to earning plumbing leads online. You’ll need a domain name (web address) that sums up your specialty with your unique brand. Speaking of brands, make sure that your plumbing company’s legal name is easily distinguishable from typical industry terms. That will make it much easier to show up in local search results in the future.

While the visual and graphic elements of your brand (such as your logo) contribute to the identity of your company, your website’s content is just as important.

Phase 2: Building Relevance and Authority

You’ve spent years earning your certifications and learning the trade. Now it’s time to share that knowledge with the world. We’re not just talking about consulting with customers in the field. You’ve got to share it with prospects visiting your website too.

Build a healthy collection of pages dedicated to explaining (in layman’s terms) each of the critical services you provide. Explain how your team’s experience makes all the difference during an installation or repair project. Pepper in those specialized plumbing keywords into your paragraphs, headers, and picture captions. A lot of hard work and research flows into writing a website, but doing it right is worth the results!

Finally, spend a little time each month adding to the old company blog. Believe it or not, these blogs still provides some valuable juice for your local SEO. Of course, if you don’t have time for any of these activities, you can always hire a team to do it for you.

Phase 3: Supporting Your Continued Growth

Even your website needs a little help in kicking off your online marketing. If you really want to build a healthy brand, you’ll need three things:

  • Citations (local listings),
  • Reviews, and
  • Check-ins

Hundreds of businesses offer cheap listings for your company, but your specialized plumbing company should only require a handful. Yelp, the BBB, and Facebook are all great places to start. Listings add credibility to your website, and they provide more paths back towards your services. You may even receive the odd call here and there for immediate plumbing help!

Most plumbers comprehend the value behind reviews, but they don’t know how to harness them effectively. We’ve found that a smattering of reviews across different sources tends to earn more recognition from Google, rather than keeping all your eggs in one basket.

Last and least known among plumbers is the check-in. Utilizing a tool like BrandREVU, check-ins provide coordinates, tags, and pictures to showcase the fantastic work you perform throughout the community. This offers exceptionally high-quality evidence that your company is active and trusted. Use this tool consistently, and you’ll notice powerful ranking improvements in a matter of months.

In Conclusion

Specialization offers speed, focus, and simplicity to plumbing professionals looking to break into the industry. Not only can you cut down on the number of tools and personnel required for day to day work, you can potentially command a higher price average on each of your services.

On the marketing side, specializing also helps by limiting the number of competitors you face in local search results. Water heater experts, slab leak gurus, and hydrojetting aces tend to stand out against the herd, in the eyes of Google and consumers alike. With a proper website foundation and continued support, you can produce some astounding results in a relatively short period of time.

Need help getting the ball rolling on your digital marketing? A seasoned (one might even say specialized) plumbing SEO company can make all the difference! Give the Plumbing Webmasters a call anytime at (877) 388-9884 to learn more about your options.

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Posted: | Updated: Jun 5, 2020 | Categories: Podcast

How To Rank Your Plumbing Company for “Plumber Near Me”

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If you run a plumbing company, it probably goes without saying to note that your business is fighting for customers with several competitors at all times. Every industry is a crowded one where businesses are all fighting for the same limited number of customers; that is no different for plumbers, too.

There are, however, ways that you can make your business stand out from the rest and get the advantage when looking to grab more leads that could turn into prospective customers. None of them are guaranteed to make your client list explode, but steady and consistent implementation should show you results that can’t be ignored.

One of those things that you can do is to optimize your website. This is important for a lot of reasons, the most important of which is making sure that huge search engines like Google can more efficiently find your website and rank it higher in their relevant searches.

This includes any “near me” searches that users might input. Often times, when looking for a business on Google, customers won’t have an idea of who they are looking for. That is why they might put in “plumber near me” and look at what is geographically closest.

Being able to improve your rank in those “near me” searches can make you a focal point of that specific geographic search, which can make your business a go-to for users who are searching for your industry in that particular area. This is huge as so many more people are now using Google to find businesses in a given industry.

But how do you improve your rankings so that you stand out in these searches on Google and other engines? Here are a few tips.

Google My Business listing

Google My Business listing

Make sure your Google Local Business page is updated

One of the most sure-fire ways to show up as a Google Local Business is to improve your overall visibility in the Google search. If a user searches for “plumbers near me” in your given geographical area, Google will generate a list of locations that will appear at the top of the search.

When you click on one of those top options, Google will put a pop-out box that will include relevant information about a business, like phone numbers, business hours, and even directions to that business. Where your listing holds more importance here is when you input more information for the user to take in. The more information about your business that you make visible to your potential customers, the more likely they are to click on or use your listing.

Updating your listing is easy as it gets. Make sure that you include information that is listed there like the name of your business, the address (including the city, state, zip code, and country), any phone numbers for your business, and the category that it will fall into.

What is also important is to make certain that you are uploading unique information. This includes things like making sure your display name matches your listed name, that your URL doesn’t get redirected, that you have a custom profile image instead of a stock photo, any legal terms (think LLC and Inc.) are omitted, any 1-800 number is not listed, that your business is verified with Google, and that it has a minimum of five Google Reviews.

Make your customer feedback visible

Customer reviews have become one of the most influential aspects for businesses gaining increased business. This is because, in this day and age, a huge amount of people look for reviews before using a service or purchasing a product. People tend to trust those reviews like recommendations from their own family, feeling as though it gives them a level of trust in a business that may not have been there previously.

Google makes it very easy for their customers to review a business. All a customer has to do is to open Google Maps, find that business, and select “write a review”. It’s that simple.

Reviews play a huge impact not only on the authority and trustworthiness of your business but also on your overall search ranking. Google places a high priority on the number of reviews as well as your overall score when it comes time to rank your business.

If your business has a lot of negative reviews, don’t hide them; work on improving them. Even when you are receiving positive reviews, you should take the time to respond to each review left. Show your customers that you care about the overall quality of service that they receive by replying professionally to the complaint and working to make certain that they enjoy their overall experience.

Ultimately, you need to make certain that your business is earning plenty of positive reviews because Google’s SERPs (search engine results pages) use this as a factor in their overall search rankings. When you have a ton of positive reviews, though, you want to make that as outwardly visible as you possibly can.  Make it easy to see that your business is trustworthy and provides quality service.

Check to make sure your information is consistent

One of the biggest issues, and most correctable at that, is inconsistent information provided by your company. Consistency is one of the factors that helps Google to display the most accurate of information for your potential customers. The last thing you want to do is have inconsistent information as this can frustrate potential customers and turn them off from using your services.

Not only that, when you display things like incorrect addresses in a local directory, you run the risk of confusing Google. Thankfully, this is something of a common issue and it can be cleaned up pretty easily on your own or through a paid service that does this sort of thing.

There is one thing worth noting: if you use a paid service, the minute you unsubscribe from that service, your listings will revert back to what they were previously. Be aware of this if you plan to unsubscribe from a service or switch to another; this is an easy way to lose track of a bit of information.

Google Reviews

Google Reviews

Always display your Business’ Name, Phone Number, and Address

It should go without saying that displaying accurate information when it comes to your business name, address and phone number is crucial when it comes to optimizing your website for local search functions. Make sure that this information is displayed clearly and often throughout your website. Preferably, it should be at least on the bottom of every single web page that you have.

You can use schema markup to fill in this information as well. Schema markup will include things like region, address, postal code, and the country as well. When you update your schema markup, Google will then pick out that information and use it to show any potential customers who search for services in that area.

Make your website mobile-friendly

More and more, users are moving to mobile for their web services. And why wouldn’t they? Having our phone in our hands at a moment’s notice is far more optimal than having to get the laptop out or sit down at a desktop computer.

And because it is so much easier to use our phones than the aforementioned services, more and more websites are making sure that they are optimized for mobile use. The last thing that you want is for a customer to move away from choosing your business because your website looks bad on mobile.

Making all of your pages optimized for mobile means that any potential customers can access the important information that they are looking for without it looking odd or being difficult to get to on their phones. This will give you a leg up in optimizing your website and will make it easier for customers to find your information. And, really, that is what it is all about.

Conclusion

There are so many different things that you can do to optimize your search rankings for those valuable “near me” searches. This is a surprising number of users that might have been unaccounted for previously, but now, you can make your business one of the focal points for those local “near me” searches for plumbers in a given area.

When you do this, you make your information more visible to potential users and make your business visible to those potential users. The name of the game to grow your business online is to make sure that you are easy to find for any potential customers. They might not know exactly what they are looking for, but when your information is accurate and your website is optimized, it gives them a clear and present option to choose from.

Couple all of that with positive reviews that your company has received and you can help take some of the guesswork out of finding a company for those potential customers and drive potential leads to your company in ways that you may not have previously experienced before optimizing your search results.

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Posted: | Updated: Oct 30, 2019 | Categories: SEO

Plumbing Marketing With No Money | The Plumbing SEO Podcast

Congratulations! You’ve just started your professional plumbing company. You’re also dirt poor and have no marketing budget to speak of. We’ve all been there.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to start earning brand recognition online, without breaking the bank. Today, we’ll discuss a number of free to cheap activities that anyone can handle. If you’ve been worried about getting noticed in local search, be sure to listen in!

Key Insights on Plumbing Marketing (on a Tight Budget)

  • Register a domain under your name! Make sure it’s distinct from common industry terms.
  • Set up your Google My Business listing and submit your address. Complete the free forms.
  • If you don’t have money, try a cheap service like WIX and GoDaddy.
  • Stay away from digital marketing services in the mid-hundreds. You’re better off going DIY!

Starting Fresh in Local Search

Normally, our team at Plumbing Webmasters likes to steer the conversation away from other web design companies. We may also go the opposite direction and show just how many people get royally screwed by other SEO companies. But we’re going to do something different today, because sometimes you just need a place to kick off your marketing plan.

If you have no marketing budget to speak of, starting up your out-of-home plumbing company can be a real challenge! With so many established businesses in the community, how can you start making a name for yourself? It all begins with a domain name and a company website.

Without an established budget, there’s only one solution left: go DIY (do it yourself)!

A 3-Step Starter’s Guide

While many marketing activities can help you cultivate clients, three are absolutely mandatory. Without these three steps, your plumbing SEO has almost zero chance of taking off and earning clients for your business.

Your Three Essential Steps

  • Step #1: Claim Your GMB (Google My Business) Listing.
  • Step #2: Register a Unique Domain Name.
  • Step #3: Create and Launch a Starter Website.

This Free Tool Makes it Easier to Earn Site Visitors. Image Source: Google My Business

GMB Listing

Google My Business Account

Among the numerous qualities it has and the benefits it provides, your Google My Business listing is absolutely free. It’s Google’s way of getting to know your business location, basic service category, and operating hours. Fill it out as much as possible, and regularly come back to it as you gain more information. Your GMB listing helps you start showing up in local search queries. Then there’s the crucial ability to gather Google Reviews!

Be sure to use the same physical address for all your citations as your business grows. This makes the Google Search algorithm more confident in your operating area, increasing your chances of showing up for localized searches. When business booms, your marketing budget expands, and your company grows into an office, you’ll need to change the name for all of your citation listings (BBB, Angie’s List, Yelp, etc.).

Domain Name

Choosing a Domain Name

Your domain name isn’t just a web address. It’s also part of your brand identify, and it heavily impacts people’s ability to find your company online. Choosing a smart domain and guarding it carefully will help your business grow consistently over time.

Domain Name Examples

  • Great: purplemonkeyplumber.com
  • Poor: americafirstplumber.com
  • Great: pipefighter.co
  • Poor: seattleplumbingcompany.com
  • Great: rooterrex.com
  • Poor: bustedpipestx.co

What makes an ideal domain name? Memorability and uniqueness. Thousands of businesses shoot themselves in the foot by picking what they think will rank well in search. They use part of their small marketing budget to purchase a combination of their local city and a popular plumbing term. That’s a huge mistake! Many established companies already rank for similar names, and Google almost never ranks a new business over a seasoned competitor with a close name.

Site Launch

Craft Your Company Website

The most involved portion of your online marketing, website design requires careful planning, research, and patience. With that being said, it is possible to craft a beautiful website on a tight budget. With plenty of design sites and templates to choose from, anyone can build a basic but functional site for under $100. Your website may not be fully optimized for local SEO, but that’s okay for now.

Key Highlights on Website Design

  • Make sure your navigational menu is compact and fully functional.
  • Have your site inspected by several people for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Create a service page for every major category (at least). Do child pages if possible.
  • Test your site for usability and ease of navigation.

Need Help Getting Started?

One last note: Be sure to create listings in each of the major citation companies: Yelp, BBB, etc. Facebook Business profiles can also help you earn a handful of leads as you get the ball rolling. Starting a plumbing business is tough work (especially without a marketing budget), but success can be yours with diligence and careful planning!

Want some professional insight as you begin your business? Call the Plumbing Webmasters for a free consultation! We support hundreds of plumbers around the country, and we’d be happy to support you however we can, even if you don’t have a big marketing budget.

Simply call us at (877) 388-9884 to learn more.

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Posted: | Updated: Oct 2, 2019 | Categories: Podcast

Plumbing PPC Marketing That Gets Results

In today’s plumbing industry, the competition is steep. Business owners are always looking for new plumbing marketing and advertising outlets, yet few plumbing companies utilize pay per click advertising. However, plumber PPC advertising can be a very effective and relatively inexpensive method of growing your customer base. These ads can be customized, controlled, and easily evaluated which makes them one of the most productive forms of plumbing marketing offered. However, PPC advertising must be utilized correctly to be effective.PPC Marketing Strategies for a Better Return

What is Pay Per Click Advertising?

Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising is a method of presenting ads to prospective customers in which you only pay when the desired action is taken. These ads are available on platforms like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms and offer complete customization of content and audience parameters so get your money’s worth every time. The entries presented at the top of each Google search with the word “ad” in front of them are PPC ads. The shown ads have been chosen according to relevance, predetermined demographic and psychographic details, and keyword choice and present clear pathways to related content. Along with being presented at the top of SERPs, plumber PPC ads have a multitude of benefits.

Pay Per Click Marketing Component Diagram

Pay Per Click Advertising Utilizes a Combination of Keyword Usage, Quality Ads, and Relevant Placement to Reach More Viewers.

  • Easy Creation: PPC ads are simple to create with step-by-step instructions from each PPC platform.
  • Customizable Audience: When using PPC marketing, you are able to customize your audience by age, income level, interests, location, and more to get your ads in front of the right people.
  • Various Uses: Pay per click advertising can be used at any stage of the marketing funnel, from presenting information to new visitors to displaying new details to previous visitors.
  • Integratable: PPC plumbing ads can be easily integrated into other marketing efforts and channels for a comprehensive marketing plan.
  • Website Traffic Boost: Plumbing PPC ads present direct links back to your site for more valuable website visitors.
  • Quick Results: While a website could take up to a year to completely index, your plumbing pay per click ads begin immediately for fast results and visible ROI.
  • Budget Flexibility: PPC ads use budget criteria that can be set by flat or adjustable rates for complete control over your budget.
  • Easily Measured: Plumber PPC ads offer easily evaluated results that can be accessed through clear, accurate reports and real-time data.

Keyword Bidding for Plumber PPC Marketing

The most notable quality of PPC marketing is the ability to bid on the keywords you want your company to rank on searches for. These keywords are the same term used in SEO marketing, however, they are used as a basis for determining which PPC ads will appear for each search. Keyword bidding is decided by the popularity of the keyword itself. ‘Roofing’, for example, will hold a much more expensive bidding price than more specialized keywords like ‘metal roof repair’. Balancing your keyword bids with the quality of your site will give you the best chance for beating your competition in ad ranking.

Example of Keyword Metric Tools

Use Proper Keyword Research to Get Optimal Plumbing PPC Results.

Google Plumber PPC Options

As the first platform to offer PPC advertising, Google delivers incredible benefits for plumbing PPC efforts. This platform has multiple ad styles and types that can be viewed on the search network as SERP options or that can be shown as display ads on image and YouTube searches. Each ad choice offers its own advantages including audience targeting, content creation, and budget control so you get unbeatable value for your marketing dollars. Both display and search ads provide higher response figures than any other plumbing marketing method.

Google Display Ads

Plumbers can use Google display ads to provide rich media content to a high performing customer base. These ads are displayed on networks like YouTube, Gmail, and as banner and drop-in ads on other sites to reach the exact customer base you have predetermined. Display ads by Google can be presented to viewers by demographic information or psychographic details like interests, previously viewed content, and even lifestyle to ensure that your ad gets in front of the right people. Business owners are also able to easily control ad spend with display ads by using Google budgeting tools that allow budgets based on keywords, performance goals, and even conversions.

Screenshot of Google Display Ad

Google Display Ads Appear on Platforms Like YouTube, Gmail, and Image Searches.

Google Search Ads

Search ads are the most widely used type of PPC advertising available and offer customizable advertising on Google search pages. These ads appear at the top of Google searches and can be equipped with phone and contact links, additional information, and more. Since search ads are ranked according to keyword relativity along with ad quality, keyword research and content development are key to these ads’ success. Ensure your ad is equipped with a catchy headline, intriguing text, and a call to action for best results.

Screenshot of Google Search Ad Examples

Search Ads Appear in Google Searches and are Labeled as Ads or Sponsored.

Plumbing PPC Ads That Get Noticed

Google ad placement is based on multiple factors to ensure that the Google network always presents its users with helpful, relevant content. In order for your Google ad to be shown, it must meet specific qualifications put forth by Google as well as having the correct keyword selections and bid settings. If even one of these factors is lacking, your ad may fail to be seen or could even be shown to an incorrect audience. Therefore, proper ad setup and placement setting are crucial.

Making Your Google Ads Seen

While Google ads are typically a lucrative advertising method, they must be created and displayed correctly to be effective. When you’re developing your Google plumbing ad campaign, consider these influential factors.

  • Bid Amount: This is the max amount you want to pay per bid. Adjust this amount according to keyword cost vs. searchability rankings.
  • Expected Click-Through Rate: This metric is how often Google expects your ad to be clicked.
  • Landing Page Quality: Google inspects the landing page connected to your Google ad to ensure information quality and usability for the viewer.
  • Ad Relevance: Your ad will be shown to viewers based on how relevant the content is to the search topic.
  • Ad Formats: Ads viewability is also based on the ad format itself and whether it includes extensions and additional helpful information.
  • Ad Quality: Google rates your ad according to quality, from 1-10. Higher quality ads with well-organized bidding structures are likely to be shown first.

Creating Quality Plumber PPC Ads on Google

The first step to creating a compelling ad is to decide what you want the ad to accomplish. Do you want your ad to drive traffic to your website? Are you more interested in promoting a particular promotional offer? Your goal will drive the style, keyword selection, and content creation of your ad by guiding the communication style, ad placement, and even the landing page. Ensure you have a clear goal defined before beginning your ad creation for the best results and most ROI.

Your PPC Marketing Should Persuade Your Viewer to Complete a Preset Goal.

As a business owner, you know that it doesn’t matter how many times a prospective customer sees your ad if they don’t complete the goal. But how do you create compelling Google ads that will be seen? The two most important factors of a well-performing Google ad are a compelling headline and an effective landing page. The landing page is the page on your website that the viewer is directed to through your Google ad. Each ad can have a separate landing page or can each direct back to a single page or promotional offer. No matter which route you choose, the landing page must be interesting and easy to navigate. It should offer relevant and useful information that is original and fresh. However, the landing page is irrelevant without a good Google ad, and a good Google ad begins with an intriguing headline. The headline of your ad can be up to 30 characters and should be clear and precise. A primary keyword should be included along with a secondary keyword, if possible. Whether you are creating a display or a text ad, your content should be compelling and interesting, with a clear call to action leading your viewer to complete a goal. It should highlight unique or specific services that your company provides along with including both primary and secondary keywords. Accurate Leak and Line Displays a search ad with multiple keywords and click-through options along with a clear, well-organized landing page. Consequently, their ad is listed first on the Google Search for their keyword.

Building an Effective Plumbing PPC Budget With Google

One of the main factors of Google ad placement is budget setup including bid style selection. This element of your Google ad can be the deciding factor between whether your ad is shown or whether it’s outranked by another. Knowing your Google budget and ad spend choices can help you make the best budgeting decisions for your plumbing company’s PPC campaign.

Digital Marketing Budget Graph

Your PPC Budget is Balanced Between Keyword Cost and Competition.

  • CPM (Cost Per 1,000 Impressions): These ads are best used for general brand awareness and are distributed on all relative platforms and are charged a flat rate under 1,000 impressions. CPM is perfect for increasing awareness.
  • VCPM (Viewable Cost Per 1,000 Clicks): Like CPM, VCPM ad budgets charge a flat rate per 1,000 views and are used for driving company awareness.
  • CPC (Cost Per Click): The most popular selection, this method charges only for clicks instead of views. CPC budgeting works well with sales and traffic increase goals.
  • CPV (Cost Per View): Used mainly to increase views and website traffic, CPV budgeted ads charge when the video content is viewed.
  • CPA (Cost Per Acquisition): With this budgeting style, your pay for goal completions only. CPA budgeted ads are great for increasing sales and appointments.

Your budget style can be adjusted or changed throughout your campaign depending on your company’s specific needs. This may be needed in situations where you want to change your bid structure or keyword list or if you want to make adjustments to your max bid or cap amount. Simply go into your campaign settings in Google Ads to adjust your budget amount, style, or even campaign length to meet your budgetary requirements and advertising goals.

Using Social Platforms for Plumber PPC Marketing

Along with Google, there are multiple platforms that offer companies PPC marketing campaign utilization. With more than 70 percent of the U.S. population being active on at least one social media platform, social media marketing is crucial for achieving maximum customer reach.

Instagram and Facebook PPC Ad Logos

Social Media Platforms Offer a Lucrative PPC Marketing Option.

These marketing channels provide a constant stream of potential customers along with simple to use campaign set up so your plumbing company can market to a customized, specific audience base for the best results possible. Along with easy-to-use creation avenues, each platform offers analytics tools to measure and adjust your marketing efforts for maximum results. As with Google, PPC marketing campaigns on social platforms utilize keywords and user experience measurements to decide which ads rank best. Therefore, proper keyword research and ad planning are imperative for a quality PPC campaign.

Facebook Marketing for Plumbers

We’ve all seen the Facebook ads that pop up in our feed and on the right side of our screen. Facebook ads are a comparably inexpensive method of reaching your audience that can generate web traffic, brand awareness, and conversions. Like Google Ads, Facebook offers multiple audience-targeting methods including age, income, location, interest, and more so you can hone your marketing efforts to be as focused or as general of an audience as you wish. Facebook also offers budgeting options that allow you to set a daily or weekly cap to avoid overspending and prevent underperformance of your ad. However, developing an effective Facebook ad isn’t as easy as it sounds. In order to get the most out of your Facebook advertising efforts, your plumbing ads must have an interesting image, relevant content, and an effective call to action. It must also contain relevant keywords along with a budget and campaign structure that matches the marketing goals you have in mind.

Facebook Ads Logo

As the Most Used Social Platform, Facebook PPC Offer Incredible Result Potential.

Planning Your Facebook Plumbing PPC Campaign

In order to create an effective Facebook plumber PPC campaign, it’s important to take proper planning steps. First, decide whether your campaign goal is to boost followers, drive traffic to your website, or increase conversions. Your business goal will greatly affect your Facebook ad and budget structure. Once you have decided on the goal of your marketing campaign, you can begin thinking about the topic of your marketing piece. Using your topic, you are able to identify keyword options to use within your marketing content. Remember to include national, local, and service-based keywords for optimal marketing results.

Facebook Marketing Creation

Once you have completed the necessary research to learn what your audience is looking for, you can begin creating your post. While not required on the Facebook platform, using visual aids like images and videos can exponentially boost your engagement and share results. However, images and videos must be formatted correctly to be accepted by Facebook and to deliver an ideal user experience. Text should also be well-planned and should include keywords, unique service or promotional information, and a clear call to action.

Your ads can appear in multiple locations on the Facebook platform. Facebook PPC ads can appear in-feed, meaning they appear in the scrolling feed that viewers see, or they can show on the right side of the screen along with other info and detail snippets. Both placement locations have great click-through potential and can drive traffic to your site or your Facebook page, depending on your goal.

Screenshot of On-Page Facebook Ad Positions

Facebook PPC Marketing Offers Multiple Styles and Formats to Reach Your Audience.

Once you have your ad created, simply follow the steps provided by Facebook to build your plumbing PPC campaign. You can customize your plumber PPC campaign audience by demographic information such as age and location as well as psychographic details like interests and lifestyle behaviors. This ability promotes more promising results for your ad spend. You can also customize your budget. Choose a budget cap according to a flat rate for the campaign, daily spending limit, and more to ensure you’re getting the most out of every dollar you spend.

Facebook Mobile View

News Feed Ads are the Most Popular Style on Facebook Mobile.

Using Facebook Analytics to Optimize Your Plumbing PPC Campaign

While running your Facebook campaign, be sure to assess and adjust your campaign using the provided analytics tools. These tools provide information like clicks and shares, views, click-throughs, and other engagement metrics so you know exactly how your campaign is performing and can make proper adjustments. The metrics provided by Facebook are up-to-date and accurate so you can identify details such as the most responsive times and days of the week, what types of content work best with your audience, and even where your audience is located. Knowing these facts can give you the tools you need to maximize your customer base and your company’s PPC marketing ROI.

Screenshot of Facebook Insights Analytics

Facebook Analytics Tools Offers an In-Depth Look at Your PPC Endeavors.

 

Plumber PPC Campaigns On Instagram

As with Facebook, Instagram offers business PPC campaign creation and implementation that can boost your customer base and web traffic. Instagram provides an ideal channel for video and image display that highlights your company’s skills and workmanship along with promotion-awareness and company image. The platform also delivers accurate and up-to-date analytics tools that can help you maximize your Instagram advertising efforts.

Using Instagram PPC Campaigns Effectively

When creating your Instagram account, keep your business in mind. Use a business email address to create your account and create a username that reflects your company. When selecting a profile image, use an image that encompasses your business ideals such as a logo. Use the bio section to provide a general view of your company using service terms and keywords. Once your account is created, you can choose the “Switch to Business Account” option from the menu to begin using the PPC campaign platform.

There are now multiple ways to create a plumber PPC campaign through Instagram, although the Instagram app and Facebook platform are the most popular. These platforms provide easy setup of campaign goals, audience parameters, and add-ons so you are able to create campaigns that are productive and effective. Whether you use Facebook or the Instagram app to create your plumbing PPC campaign, the first step is to decide what the goal will be. When advertising on Instagram, you have a more limited goal selection than with Facebook. Your Instagram PPC campaign goal options include:

  • App Installation: This campaign option directs viewers to download your app on the appropriate app store.
  • Brand Awareness: By implementing this goal, you can help generate more awareness of your company using a more general audience base.
  • Conversions: Increase conversions on your site by using this marketing goal to direct viewers to a landing page.
  • Engagements: Maximize engagements with your post and your account by selecting this marketing goal.
  • Lead Generation: With this campaign goal, you can create marketing that directs your audience to provide lead information like name, phone number, and email address.
  • Reach: Use the reach goal to expand and maximize your reach by displaying your ad to a more general audience.
  • Traffic: Increase traffic to your site by selecting a traffic goal which directs viewers to a landing page on your site.

Once you have decided on a PPC campaign goal, you can select your content and viewing audience. In order for your plumber PPC marketing to be effective on Instagram, ensure that your media is properly optimized for efficient viewing. Proper image and video formatting is crucial for your audience to receive the intended experience, and should be completed before uploading to your marketing campaign. These formatting requirements ensure that your content can be viewed properly, no matter what type of device your audience is using.

Instagram Analytics for Your PPC Marketing Campaign

While Instagram doesn’t provide as many analytics metrics as Google or Facebook, the platform does deliver helpful information to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your campaign. Just as with other platforms, your PPC campaign can be adjusted and altered at any time for optimal results. Instagram provides metrics involving your audience interactions to give you an idea of how well your marketing is received. These analytics metrics include:

  • Engagement: This metric tells you how many viewers responded to your marketing in some way, whether it’s liking, commenting on, your clicking on your post.
  • Follower Growth: Find out exactly how much your follower base has increased to learn how well your plumber PPC marketing campaign is doing.
  • Impressions: Learn the total of viewers that your PPC marketing reached to learn whether your audience needs adjusting.
  • Reach: Find out how many unique viewers saw your ad to get an idea of how your viewer base is growing.

Other Platforms for Plumber PPC Marketing

Although Google, Facebook, and Instagram are the most popular options for PPC marketing, YouTube, Twitter, and other social platforms can also be used for PPC marketing efforts. In fact, YouTube is one of the most used platforms today and can provide a video viewer base that is unrivaled by any other platform. However, like with other social platforms, YouTube requires specific formatting for optimal viewing. It also requires extensive keyword research to ensure optimal results throughout the campaign. You can choose to display your ad before other videos or as a right-side ad during videos so you can reach your audience exactly how you prefer. Twitter and Snapchat also offer PPC marketing avenues that can help increase awareness, build your customer base, and maximize traffic to your website. While each platform has individual nuances, goal setup, audience selection, and analytics tools are similar and provide specific options and choices that help you identify the ideal viewer for your content.

Using PPC Campaigns in Remarketing Efforts

To get the most out of your online efforts, remarketing can be used to present your marketing to previous viewers and visitors for a better response. This works by tracking viewers and actions to provide detailed data about engagement, location, and behavior, and delivering this pertinent information for you to use in re-delivery efforts. Remarketing is one of the most effective online marketing tactics and can deliver dramatically increased ad effectiveness over almost every platform. Some of the benefits of using remarketing efforts are:

  • Audience Targeting: Easily target recent visitors and viewers for better, more focused results.
  • Improved Brand Recallability: By remarketing to previous viewers, chances of audience recognition are increased exponentially.
  • Ad Relevance Improvement: Find out exactly what your audience is looking for and deliver more focused marketing for a better response.
  • Flexible Budget Options: Just like with other PPC marketing, a PPC remarketing budget is flexible and adjustable for the ultimate ROI.

    Visual Representation of a Remarketing Strategy

    Remarketing Redelivers Your Message to Previous Viewers for a More Promising Response.

Google provides remarketing campaign setup that makes creating a PPC remarketing campaign simple and quick. Through Google remarketing, you can quickly see which groups respond best to your marketing so you can customize your remarketing efforts to be delivered to your most promising viewers. Through Facebook and Instagram, your remarketing PPC campaigns are created through pixel tracking. This method uses a code that is embedded onto your website to track viewer response on landing pages as well as goal completion so you can see exactly who your most promising viewers are. Then, you can create remarketing plumber PPC campaigns that target these audiences for maximum response and engagement.

PPC Marketing VS. Organic SEO Marketing

There is much dispute about whether organic marketing or PPC marketing is the better choice for reaching a bigger audience. However, there are multiple benefits to each style that makes both crucial for a well-rounded campaign effort. Organic SEO strategies offer unbeatable results in Google searches as well as on other platforms. However, plumber PPC campaigns can provide extended reach to focused audiences for increased response. In the end, both avenues provide outstanding marketing and lead generation capabilities.

SEO VS PPC Marketing

Both Plumber SEO and Plumber PPC Marketing Have Benefits and Are Most Effective When Used Together.

The Benefits

Organic SEO marketing uses keywords and content to appear in organic SERPs throughout the internet including Google Search, Google Maps, Bing, Yahoo, and more. This method of marketing utilizes coding and presentation as well as content and linking to establish a rapport among search engines which results in top rankings and listings. Organic marketing for your plumbing business provides benefits like affordability, complete control and adjustment capabilities, and a spot on the top method of finding services. Because these strategies are organic, budgeting requirements are minimal. Along with affordability, SEO methods have comprehensive and accurate analytics tools that provide information on details like user engagement, click through rates and even platform where the viewer originated.

PPC marketing uses paid methods to communicate your message on social platforms as well as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and more. While these marketing strategies are more expensive, they are completely trackable and revisable for complete control of your marketing. These methods are also more easily seen and can provide an ideal supplement for websites that have yet to index for proper optimization, new businesses, and even established businesses that are looking to expand their customer base. Like organic SEO tactics, PPC marketing comes with an extensive array of analytics tools that can be used for audience and budget adjustments as well as remarketing new marketing efforts.

The Downsides

While organic SEO tactics provide affordable ongoing searchability and engagement for your site, it can be difficult to outrank your competition, especially when considering older, more established sites. Google has structured a multitude of algorithms that use bot crawlers to index and identify the content of your website, judging search relevance, content quality and more. Because of the extensive and sometimes unknown requirements of Google, organic appearances may be difficult to achieve, especially in highly populated areas. These results are even more difficult to keep and require consistent website attention and adjustment in order to keep indexing well for search results.

Although plumber PPC marketing for your company offers a great way to expand your reach and customer base, an effective PPC campaign requires extensive attention and budgeting. These campaigns need regular adjustments including run-times, bid amounts, and audience parameters in order to continue being successful. Bidding can also be difficult and requires a balance of keyword strength and bidding amount in order to provide results.

Effective Plumber PPC Marketing Campaigns From the Experts

Plumbing PPC marketing campaigns are effective and efficient and offer exceptional results when correctly utilized. However, PPC marketing campaigns require consistent attention and intricate strategy in order to get the results your plumbing company is looking for. At Plumbing Webmasters, our experts have the experience and know-how to provide plumber PPC marketing efforts that expand your reach and increase your web traffic and customer base. Our professionals work with you to define your business goals and design a customized Google Ads, Facebook, or other PPC marketing campaign that gets your viewers’ attention and encourages action leading to conversion. Our PPC marketing team offers:

  • Goal Creation: Our experts provide guidance and advice on the most productive goals for your plumbing company.
  • Keyword Research and Implementation: The Plumbing Webmasters professionals will perform extensive keyword research to develop a comprehensive keyword list to implement in your PPC marketing.
  • Keyword Bidding Structures: Get expert help with your keyword bidding strategy to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
  • Ad Creation: No campaign is successful without the right ad. We can help create the ideal ad for your marketing campaign.
  • Landing Page Creation and Optimization: Ensure that your campaign is performing at its best by ensuring that your landing page delivers a great user experience through the help of our team.
  • PPC Campaign Monitoring and Adjustment: Our experts provide continuous monitoring and adjustment of your plumber PPC campaign to ensure it’s always performing well.
  • PPC Budget Management: With the help of our professional PPC marketing team, you can rest assured that your PPC budget never gets out of hand. We monitor and adjust your budget as needed for optimal performance.
  • PPC Marketing Analytics and Performance Tracking and Reporting: Unlike other marketing channels, PPC marketing efforts provide results that are easily assessed. Our professionals keep you updated on the performance of your PPC campaign as well as the expected results.

    Team Plumber PPC Meeting

    Our Experts Work to Assess and Refine Your Current Plumber PPC Strategy for Improved Results.

Whether your plumbing company is large or small, rurally or metro located, brand new or well-established, it can benefit from the use of plumber PPC marketing campaigns. These easy to track and adjust campaigns offer extreme customizability, revisability, and adjustability so you always get the most out of every advertising dollar. Call our experts at (877) 388-9884 to learn more about your plumber PPC marketing campaign options and which routes may be best suited for your company. The Plumbing Webmasters experts are here to help you make the best marketing decisions for your plumbing company to gain you better ROI and extended reach in your market.