Think fast! Which funnel stage gets the majority of a marketing budget?
If you answered the top and the middle—congrats, you’ve passed today’s marketing pop quiz! According to CustomShow, 97% of a company’s marketing budget is spent on the top and middle-of-the-funnel—which is where online ad campaigns play a key role.
Shifting Weight Towards the Top-of-the-Funnel
Although most marketing spend is invested in generating brand awareness at the top stages of the funnel, the bulk of the optimization occurs at the bottom-of-the-funnel, in an effort to convert leads into customers after they identify themselves.
Rather than create targeted and personalized ads that can bring more of the right leads to a company’s website at the very start, marketers tend to pull out all of the stops later on. By not spending time and resources focusing on optimizing the top-of-the-funnel, instead, marketers are spending time and resources working the wrong leads that may never become customers. This is true especially for companies that run a lot of top-of-the-funnel programs. Just because someone downloads your latest ebook doesn’t mean he will convert!
So, what can help? Investing even a minimal effort in targeted and personalized advertising can have a huge impact on outreach—both in terms of quantity and quality at the top-of-the-funnel. Even a 10% improvement in the top stage can double or even triple the number of prospects that convert into customers.
Optimizing Ad Spend
Based on statistics from WishPond, the average click-through-rate for a Google Adwords (search related) is 3.16%. Of that already small percentage, most people will likely be unqualified leads and will immediately bounce without ever reading any of your content. Facebook ads show a strong improvement in rates since 2012, but the numbers are in that same range. And display ads typically deliver even lower rates all together. As a result, marketers need to start exercising control at the very beginning of the buyer’s journey by targeting ads specifically to audiences they deem most relevant.
Real-time personalization helps optimize marketing spend by targeting ads to the right audiences across the different ad channels such as Google and Facebook. Additionally, these ads can be customized to target each persona with messaging and visuals that resonate with distinctive business objectives, expectations, and needs.
Which Attributes Should You Focus on When Personalizing Ads?
Before we drill into the details, let’s backtrack for a second to what personalization represents. Personalization recognizes that each prospect or potential buyer is different, and must be treated as such—depending on aspects such as product interest, industry and size (for B2B’s), geo-location, etc. It lets us collect data on these attributes, segment prospects based on what we find out, and then engage prospects with the most relevant ads to increase conversions from paid media.