Your website will never outrank The Knot or WeddingWire. They spend thousands of dollars a month to place at the top of Google. However, you can outperform them and outrank with your local Google listing because they are not local businesses. This is where Google Ads comes in; you can send wedding couples to your local Google business listing or your website through Google Ad campaigns. If optimized correctly and maintained month to month, your Google Ads leads will be more qualified than other digital advertising avenues.
Why? It’s simple. Take Facebook Ads for instance. Facebook Ads are extremely easy to set up; it’s no wonder it’s wedding venues’ (or companies advertising to wedding venues) #1 chosen advertising route. But Facebook relies on picking an audience (engaged, income, in your area) for Ads. These couples may not be looking for a venue, they may not even be actually engaged (Facebook engagement is a real thing), and it doesn’t take into account that many wedding couple’s parents help foot the venue bill. Google, on the other hand, shows your ads to people who are actively searching for wedding venues.
So when we needed to bootstrap Mountain House Estate’s Ad spend, we decided to nix Facebook Ads and focus on Google Ads. Through our efforts, we were able to turn wedding couples who had never heard of Mountain House Estate into warm leads (we refer to someone filling out the contact form for more info as a warm lead) for only $3.71. Our actual cost per click is $0.46 and our conversion rate is 12.45%.
Some companies will promise you a low cost per click. But a wedding couple clicking on your website doesn’t necessarily mean that they converted into a lead. So that information is essentially useless unless you track the wedding couple from the first interaction (Google Ad, organic search, etc.) all the way to the contact form. We use Google Analytics to track conversions. Mountain House Estate takes it a step further and tracks where they came from (Google Ad, organic search, etc.) and what % converted into a signed contract. Over time, we learned that referrals, Google Ads, and organic search traffic had the highest conversion rate. And that is why we focus on Google Ads and SEO.