Medical Advertising Using Google PPC Ads

Medical Advertising Using Google PPC Ads

PatientGain Medical Advertising Campaigns Are Used By Top Medical & Dental Practices in USA and Canada. Hundreds of Successful Customers

Common Google PPC questions and answers asked by doctors, dentists and practice managers.

Question 1: How do Google Adwords work? (Also known as Google PPC)

Google Adwords are a based on bidding algorithm developed by Google in early 2000 and is being constantly updated by Google. In the world of online advertising, it is considered to be the GOLD standard. Details of the algorithms are a highly guarded secret. However, Google provides insights and guidelines for marketing and advertising professionals.  Each search on google search may display “ads” in response to the search initiated by a user.  There are more than 200 factors that determine the placement of the ad by the bidding algorithm, however, generally, higher the bid price, the higher the display position ranking of the Ad. Another good feature of these ads is that you (bidder = doctor, clinic, practice)  only pay if a user clicks on your ads, hence the name ‘pay per click’ or PPC.  

Question 2: Can my competitors click on my Google PPC ads and waste my money? 

Yes – This is a common problem in the world on advertising. However, Google PPC ads is one the most secure and effective ways to advertise. For example consider these 2 examples.  Example 1 : You just hired a traditional advertising company to promote your new medical practice, let’s say an Urgent Care in Davie FL. This company is has decided to display “New Urgent Care is OPEN!!! Now” and it is being displayed on all 34 regional buses in El Cajon CA.  You signed a contract of $2500/month advertising fee for a 12 month contract. Hundreds of thousands of people who ride buses are likely to see your ads. However approx 1% of the people will remember and use your services in the future.  Some the people who see your ads, will also be your competitors, or associated with your competitors. So approximately 99 % of the people who looked at you ads will have no impact on your actual  ROI (Return On Investment) from your medical advertising. So if you look at whole picture, there are competitors who are looking at your ads on the buses, hence “wasting” your money – but most of the doctors will not consider this a waste, they is just a part of the awareness campaign. So ultimately you have look at the ROI of medical advertising.  Example 2 : You just hired an online medical advertising company to promote your new medical practice, let’s say an Urgent Care in Cincinnati OH . This company has decided to launch your medical advertising campaign using the Google PPC ads with a monthly budget of $2500 per month. These ads are being displayed to people who are searching for a “Urgent Care Near Me Davie FL”. However, based on our experience, there will be thousands of “impressions” meaning people will look at the Google PPC ads for this medical practice, however 6 % to 9% will actually click on your ads and then some of them will actually use the medical practice.  Here is a very good page to read about ROI in Medical Advertising.  Some of your competitors will see that your ads are driving patients to you, so they may click on your ads to waste you money.  This is called click fraud, or click drain.  Google has excellent software to detect this behavior and we estimate that most of these “bad clicks or invalid clicks” are captured by  the Google’s algorithm and you are NOT CHARGED for these invalid clicks.  Some industry experts say that as a business owner, you should mentally expect that from your example $2500 monthly budget, expect that 8 percent to 17 percent is wasted and never caught by Google’s algorithm. This number is up for debate.  However, if you look at the ROI from Google Adwords and compared to traditional advertising, or even advertising on Facebook, Instagram etc, it can stand by itself, and produces better ROI than other mediums.

Will I see my ppc ads all the time? 

No – It depends on your daily budget, targeted services and locations and many other dependencies. 

A simple example for illustration and your understanding:  A medical practice who has a budget of $3000 per month, approx $100 per day.

So if your budget is to spend $100 on ads per day – and each click costs $5 – you can potentially receive 20 “clicks”  on your ads.  So if you just received a “click”, the ads will pause – and the google ads engine calculates how many “clicks” are left in the entire day.  If by 11 AM you have already received 15 clicks,  and only 5 possible clicks are left, the google ads engine will start “throttling” your ads.  Your ads will show at a less frequency as there is more time left, and less money or clicks are left for the remainder of the day. 

Here are more detailed dependencies:

1. Your Own Budget 

for example if your budget is $100 per day , approx $3000 per month,  and if you have spend $79 for today, and it is already 11 AM , then for the rest of the day, your ads will be “throttled” and barely show.

2. Your Ads Ranking

Ad rank basically determines the position of your ad on Google page and it is determined by one’s bid for the keyword. If your clinic closing time is 5 pm and your daily budget spend at 3 PM then rest of 2 hours your ads will not pop on Google search. Next Day Your ads will show on google again.

3. Your Target Area

We target those zip codes which comes under 8 miles radius or pretty nearest to clinic location.If you Search ads outside from target locations so you can’t see the ads.  

If there are excluded areas, devices, or other demographics set by your ads team, then your ads may or may not appear to you, but they will appear to actual targeted audience. 

4. Your Ad Groups

An ad group contains one or more Services that share similar targets. You set a bid, to be used when an ad group’s keywords trigger an ad to appear.

for example if your budget is $100 per day then you need to advertise on your “Top Services” first – After one week of campaign live, we will go through your Campaign if campaign is not spend the budget then we will add your other services as well.

5. Your Keywords

Each Ad group has different types of keywords

For Example,

1st adgroup – Your company name (brand targeting)

within company ad group has different types of keywords- like “abc clinic near me”

2nd adgroup- city name

Your “City Name” ad group has different types of keywords – like “clinic near me in los altos”

for example if your budget is $100 per day and your keywords bid is $5.10 for City name ad group and $1.30 for My Company ad group then most of times city ad group keywords will show

6. Negative Keywords

For example, when we add “free” as a negative keyword to your campaign or ad group, we tell Google Ads not to show your ad for any search containing the term “free.”

7. Your Ad Extensions

PatientGain will typically create ads extensions in the campaign.

1. Sitelinks Extensions – Link people directly to specific pages of your website (like “direction” and “Appointment”).
2. Call Extensions – Encourage people to call your business by adding a phone number or call button to your ads.
3. Location Extensions – Encourage people to visit your clinic by showing your location.
4. Callout Extensions – Add additional text to your ad, like “Caring & Attentive Staff” or “24/7 customer support.”

All ads extensions do not appear all the time.

8. Your Ads Device Targeting

For example, If you search your ads on google from Computer and your ads show but if you search your ads from Mobile and your ads not come up, it means that most of the people searching from Mobile device and if your conversion is higher from a mobile device, then we would typically increase the bid on mobile device to show your ads on mobile. In addition, there are many other settings in the PPC engine, an advertiser can set ads to target specific devices. You can set targeted bid adjustments for tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers. 9 – When Does Google Charge Your Credit Card

9. When does Google charge your credit card?

You will be charged for your advertising costs 30 days after your last automatic charge, or whenever your account reaches a predetermined amount known as your payment threshold—whichever comes first. the payment threshold is different for each account.