When it comes to search share, Google is the clear winner, currently raking in 66.4% according to August’s comScore numbers, but that doesn’t mean you should discount Bing – they’re currently in second place, with 15.9%, and if you add in their partner Yahoo’s share, you end up with a cool 28.7%. So when you’re looking to run Pay Per Click ads, you may wonder about Bing PPC vs Google PPC and which you should choose to go with for your business. You want the maximum amount of impact for the minimum amount of bucks, and since PPC can be a money-suck if you’re not careful, it’s important to head in informed.
Yeah, that almost sounds like a cop-out, but I promise it’s actually true. Let’s take a look at the two major factors involved:
Your business’s PPC budget and the goals you’d like to reach with your PPC campaigns are the real deciding factors here – how much can you afford to spend? Who do you want to reach most? How much time can you devote to developing, testing, and tracking your campaigns? Businesses looking for to use a single solution with the most reach may want to go with AdWords, for example, while businesses with limited budgets may want to go with Bing to take advantage of that lower CPC.
At the same time, businesses looking to make the most of their PPC budgets in general and reach the most potential viewers possible may want to go with *both.* This is the solution we often suggest to our clients, and the one we use for ourselves. By using both Bing PPC and Google PPC, you get maximum reach, and since Bing’s CPC is usually lower, you can easily add it to your marketing mix without making a huge dent in your budget. To make the most of using both for your business, simply test and track a campaign’s effectiveness using AdWords, choose the best performing ads out of the lot, and use the Bing Ads tool to import your AdWords campaigns directly into your Bing PPC account. It’s simple, easy, and effective, and that makes it well worth the effort of trying it out.
Owner, Stockmann Law
CEO, Pearls Premium
VP Marketing, All Metals Forge Group
Todd M. Grant
Vice President of Marketing, LogicBay