Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Every brand’s goal is to end up on the first page of Google search results. But that doesn’t just happen by itself—or even with content that’s been optimized for search results. Search engine marketing is the strategy that incorporates paid Google ads into a brand’s organic search placement efforts.

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The Benefits of  Search Engine Marketing

Search engine marketing, or SEM, leverages paid Google advertising to put your brand’s name and offering at the top of search results. Consumers like it because Google ads are non-intrusive and are targeted to their queries.

Advertisers value SEM because a Google ad puts their brand at the top of the search results, thus helping to deliver the customers they want and need in a cost-effective manner. These ads are pay-per-click, meaning that advertisers only pay for the ad when someone clicks on it.

Frequence Offers the Best Search Engine Marketing Solutions

Frequence can put your brand’s message at the top of your target audience’s search results. We offer:
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Expertly Written Ads

Precise, keyword-based ad copy structured with Google’s best practices.

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Cost-effective Strategies

Strategies that maximize your local advertising budgets.

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Optimized Campaigns

Campaigns optimized for geography, devices, and relevant traffic.

Search Engine Marketing FAQs

What’s the difference between SEO and SEM?
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SEO and SEM are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. SEO, or search engine optimization, refers to the practices necessary to get webpages to rank organically. SEM’s focus is on paid search advertising.

Is social media marketing (SMM) the same as SEM?
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Social media marketing refers to marketing and advertising on social media platforms—Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. SEM refers to marketing and advertising on search engines, chiefly Google.

Why do businesses invest in SEM?
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We touched on this above, but here are some concrete benefits of search engine marketing:

  • Qualified leads. SEM is a great way to capture the leads who are actively searching and ready to take action—in other words, leads who are at the bottom of the purchase funnel.
  • Precision targeting. By incorporating keywords that potential customers are searching for, paid Google ads directly address those customers’ questions and interests. Google ads can also be geographically targeted as well. The combination of keywords and geography is especially impactful for local businesses.
  • SEM can produce results quickly. Once Google ads are launched, that business can appear immediately in the search results. Organic rankings can take weeks—and of course, those coveted first-page results may never happen at all.
What metrics are used to measure SEM effectiveness?
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Frequence’s analytics dashboard provides 24/7 insight into paid search ad campaign performance. The Frequence platform tracks the following:

  • Ad impressions
  • Clicks/click-thru-rate (CTR)
  • Keyword performance
  • Devices the ads are viewed on
  • City/region-level geography
  • Phone calls resulting from the ad

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