Get More Bang for Your Buck: Google Ads for Manufacturing Best Practices

Google ads for Manufacturing

Using Google ads for manufacturing firms is a faster, albeit more expensive, way to drive website traffic and leads, compared to traditional SEO methods. Here are five best practices to get you started with your manufacturing PPC campaign.

1. Select the Right Keywords

Google Keyword Planner is a great tool for selecting the right keywords for your manufacturing PPC campaign. You can enter and track your identified keywords, identify suggested keywords and do competitor keyword research. 

Another way to discover keywords is by looking at those you currently rank for. Use Google Search Console or Google Analytics to identify keywords that your landing pages are already ranking high for. Take note of the keywords where you are appearing on the first or second page of search results. 

Lastly, think like your customer when using Google ads for manufacturing companies. They may not be searching “P/N 182196DRT,” but they are searching “1.5 inch copper screw.” Use a keyword research tool to discover what people are searching, it may or may not be your specific brand, product name or part number.

2. Set Your Geo Target

Manufacturers often have specific sales territories or target regions. Avoid spending money outside your target regions by targeting only your specific geographic area. Within Google ads, you can select a country, area, zip code or radius. Google does its best to only serve your ads to those locations identified. You can also exclude locations. 

3. Set a Realistic Budget

PPC spending is expected to surpass $701 billion in 2023. Know what you’re up against using the Keyword Planner, set a daily budget that you’re comfortable with and optimize. Review your campaign once a week to ensure you’re not overpaying on certain keywords or spending too fast. Balancing your spend with your ROI is specific to your sales cycle, average deal price and overall budgeting cycles. 

4. Include Negative Keywords

Negative keywords are keywords you do not want to pay for. Including them in your campaign will ensure you don’t show up in those search results. For example, if you’re selling reading glasses, you would want to add “drinking glasses” to your negative keyword list.

5. Build a Converting Landing Page

Great, someone clicked on your ad! Now, make sure you have a converting landing page. Elements to consider like the landing page’s navigation, headlines, visuals, CTAs and content are essential in turning a click into a conversion. Effective landing pages are a critical part of successful Google ads for manufacturing.

Get Your Google Ads for Manufacturing Running

If you’re ready to launch Google ads for a manufacturing firm but need some guidance, BigOrange Marketing can help. Start by booking a marketing strategy consultation to see if we’re a good fit.

Emelia Pitlick

Emelia Pitlick

With more than 15 years of experience in technical and manufacturing marketing, Emelia has a passion for designing digital and inbound marketing plans that drive results. She serves as BigOrange's Director of Project Management, providing strategic direction for the firm's growing number of clients.

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