Facebook has been a method for lead generation since its inception. Originally, companies could use outbound links in their posts and information in their bios to attract strangers to their websites. However, when Facebook Ads was launched in 2007, and its algorithm began to favor accounts that used paid advertising, there was a major shift in how businesses used the platform to capture leads. Facebook created Lead Ads for this purpose. Facebook also has a feature that lets you put a simple call-to-action button at the top of your Facebook Page, helping you send Facebook followers directly to your website.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to generate leads online. Available through popular programs like Google AdWords, Microsoft’s Bing Ads, and Facebook Ads, PPC is exactly what it sounds like: an advertising program in which you pay for each click. Depending on the keywords or phrases targeted, you may pay anywhere from pennies to hundreds of dollars for a single click.
Targeted zip codes are usually the primary determinate for pricing online home search engine leads. Online ads on sites like Realtor.com and Zillow are typically priced by cost per impression or cost per click. Cost per impression is the number of times an ad is seen, while cost per click is the number of times an ad is clicked on. The more buyers and sellers who search within a specific zip code, the more it will cost to advertise within that zip code.
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Cost per click advertising (e.g. AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing) overcomes this problem by charging advertisers only when the consumer clicks on the advertisement. However, due to increased competition, search keywords have become very expensive. A 2007 Doubleclick Performics Search trends report shows that there were nearly six times as many keywords with a cost per click (CPC) of more than $1 in January 2007 than the prior year. The cost per keyword increased by 33% and the cost per click rose by as much as 55%.