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How to Tweak AdWords to Increase Phone Leads by 3X

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    Is your franchise NOT getting as many phone calls as you need it to?

    Not getting enough phone leads is a major problem for many franchisors. When they struggle to not get enough leads it makes it harder to prove ROI and to sell new franchises, which leads to stunted growth.

    Even worse, when your franchisees are not getting enough leads, it usually causes fire-fighting for the franchisor and a lot of wasted time is spent on trying to appease franchisees.

    Does this sound familiar to you?

    If so, we have good news for you!

    It doesn’t have to be this way and we have learned that getting more phone leads via Adwords is a fantastic way to fuel franchise growth.  It’s easy to do once you use our PPC Intent Engine™ formula:

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    Let us break down how this all works in more detail below.

    Intent: Understanding what your customers really need

    Have you ever wondered, “Why is nobody clicking on our ads? And why are we getting so few phone calls?”

    Well, it’s most likely because you don’t know what your customers are thinking. If you actually knew what they wanted and gave it to them, they would do what you want them to. Which is buy from you, obviously.

    First, we have to understand how buyers shop. If they are on their phones they will most likely want to call or get driving directions. Google has published statistics all about this.

    Screen Shot 2017 05 05 at 1.10.02 PM

    And yet so many franchises are still optimizing their text ads for ‘click-to-website’ VS ‘click-to-call’, this immediately causes lower leads for franchises and it all extends from them not understanding the intent of their customers.

    Let’s look at an example because everyone learns better from live examples.

    nocall button adwords 1        call button adwords 1

    Notice on the left screenshot and how these oil change companies are targeting users for the “click”, but that is not the user’s intent.  The user’s intent is to ‘call’ or to get ‘driving directions’. The correct way to do this would be to setup your ad like the right-hand screenshot example. Notice how they have the “click to call” button visible?  This is the correct way to setup an ad when it has the intent to call.

    When franchisees don’t understand this they optimize their AdWords campaigns all wrong and it leads to a lot less leads.

    Let’s unpack this even further so you can understand how important this is.
    Let’s just look at the funnel process for a user between ‘click-to-website’ vs ‘click-to-call’ campaigns.

    conversion funnel

    Vs a mobile click-to-call optimized campaign:

    mobile conversion funnel

    Notice how the user needs to take 4 steps when you optimize for ‘click-to-website’ vs ‘click-to-call’? 

    This is bad.  

    What makes it even worse is that most websites only convert at 5%, which means 95% of that traffic bounces and never returns again.  It’s kinda like flushing 95 cents of every dollar you spend on AdWords down the drain.

    Now if you optimize for the ‘click-to-call’ the user does not need to take the extra step AND it’s immediately a lead!!!

    How would you like each ‘click’ to become a ‘lead’ instead?

    Just imagine how much more profitable your franchises would be if every click became a lead, instead of only 5% of your clicks becoming a lead. I bet you’d wouldn’t have any trouble keeping franchisees happy and hitting your franchisor growth goals, would you?

    Content: Provide the content your customers want

    We know that when users are on their phones they want to see 3 more things besides the phone number to be able to make a decision.

    Directions – They want to know how far your business is from their location.  If you read between the lines, Google already knows this too and this is why they serve up Google Maps listings based on people’s locations automatically.  

    PRO TIP: Only run your ad that targets the right driving distance.  It’s different for different communities.  Example city culture will only drive 1-5 KMs to get something. But in rural areas people, will drive up to 20-30 KM to get something.  

    Reviews – They want to know you have good reviews.

    Texting – Millennials do not call.  They text.  If you buyers are younger, then you may want to let people text your business, in addition to calling.

    Price – People are also doing comparison shopping on the spot.  If they are in a store, they often see if it’s cheaper anywhere else that is within a short distance away.

    Yes, you want to have all this information easily accessible on your website. But when you setup your AdWords campaigns for ‘click-to-call,’ all your content is ALL in your text ad.

    Present – Share Those Top 4 Items in Your Text Ad

    Now, because your content is being presented in your mobile text ad, you will want to enable the following ad extensions in AdWords:

    Tool/ Program/ AppTaskCost
    Sketch – sketchapp.comUX/ design prototypes$99
    Flexitive – flexitive.comDisplay bannersUp to $1,284.00/ year
    Hotjar – hotjar.comLanding page heatmap, trackingUp to $7,068.00 /year
    Invision app – invisionapp.comDesign feedback, collaborationUp to $5,400.00 /year
    Adobe creative suite – Photoshop, illustrator, InDesign etc.Design, photo editing, vector graphic illustrationUp to $959.76 /year
    Conversion monk – conversionmonk.comExit pop implementation, trackingUp to $10,800.00 /year
    unbounce.comLanding page creation, split testing, trackingUp to $5,988.00 /year
    leadpages.netLanding page creation, split testing, trackingUp to $2,388.00/ year
    usertesting.comReal, user-based landing page feedbackUp to $7,500.00 /year
    shutterstock.comStock images, vectorsUp to $4,788.00 /year
    optimizely.comLanding page creation, split testing, trackingUp to $30,000 /year

    Examples of what this looks like:
    Click-to-Call example:

    call button adwords 1       bing click to call

    Note that “click-to-call” ads are NOT just an AdWords thing.  Be sure to check that you are also running those ads on mobile devices for Bing PPC too.
    Price extension examples:

    price extension example 1       price extension example 2

    Look at how much more screen real estate you can capture with your ad when you use price extensions.
    Doing so is easy, just see the screenshot below:

    ppc manager screenshot

    Just be sure to make sure your PPC manager focuses on the best 3 because they will only usually show 3 prices.  Make sure you know what your best products are too.

    home depot google search

    Notice how when you connect your GMB listings to your AdWords account, you can also pull in that wonderful review rich snippet too.  It really makes your ad pop!
    Review Extension example:

    brighter blooms google search

    The only con about a review extension is that links out to the review if they click on that part of the extension, which can drive traffic away from your website.  So if you decide to use this extension really make sure it does a great job at pre-selling your product(s)/service(s).
    Text Message Extension example:

    text message

    This is pretty powerful stuff.  A text is like a phone call, it’s an instant lead!  I’ll take a lead over a website click any day.

    How Can This Help My Business Today?

    It’s important to know that you can increase your phone leads IF you give people what they are looking for and minimize the steps they need to take to get that information.

    Key Takeaways if you want more phone leads for your franchise:

    1. Set ads to ‘click-to-call’ vs ‘click-to-website’ campaigns
    2. Connect your account to GMB
    3. Make sure your GMB has lots of good reviews (ideally you have review funnel system… if not reach out to us about one)
    4. Add price, text & review extension where appropriate.

    Now, this is ONLY 1 thing you need to think about when launching a successful AdWords campaign. There is another 79 items you need to think about.
    If you want to learn more about what to look for (and look out for) with your PPC campaigns then we invite you to download our AdWords 80-Point Checklist for free!

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