Thursday, October 18, 2012

As Pay-Per-Click Ad Costs Rise, Small Businesses Search for Alternatives - NYTimes.com

Accelerating advertising innovation -- and information quality
"While about 96 percent of pay-per-click advertisers spend less than $10,000 a month, according to AdGooroo, a research firm that studies the pay-per-click market, big-budget advertisers spend hundreds of times more. In the first half of 2012, Amazon reportedly spent $54 million, and the University of Phoenix $37.9 million. “AdWords can bleed many a small business dry,” said Sharon Geltner, an analyst at the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, Fla.
“The only way for smaller advertisers to get an edge is to spend a lot of time improving the quality and relevance of their ads,” said Richard Stokes, author of “Ultimate Guide to Pay-Per-Click Advertising” and the founder of AdGooroo. “The problem is that everyone else is doing that as well.”"
As Pay-Per-Click Ad Costs Rise, Small Businesses Search for Alternatives - NYTimes.com
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