Call tracking pre-dates the internet. At times it has been the subject of intense debate about its use in online (local) marketing (see Related Entries below). However in Q4 last year Google launched its own call tracking solution: Google Call Metrics.
Google Call Metrics uses the same technology that’s behind Google Voice. It generates a unique phone number for each ad/search campaign and can be used for both PC search ads and those that appear on smartphones or tablets.
To showcase Call Metrics Google has put out a new case study. It involves agency ConvergeDirect and “a large financial services company,” which shall remain nameless. The associated materials say that use of Call Metrics helped the client increase response rates by almost 30 percent and conversions by nearly 20 percent.
Steve Jacoby, Managing Director of Search at ConvergeDirect, is quoted saying that Call Metrics helped the client better qualify leads, which often involve a multi-step process.
I also spoke to Jacoby a couple of weeks ago. He told me that with conventional call tracking he had to give up valuable ad-copy space to a phone number. However the additional ad copy was necessary to financially qualify prospects.
Google’s call tracking numbers are appended onto ad copy without “cannibalizing” any characters. Jacoby was thus pleased that he could use all his ad copy and still get a tracking number associated with the ad.
Jacoby said that using Call Metrics with ConvergeTrack, the agency’s own platform helped improve efficiency and conversions for the client’s search campaigns. “We’ve achieved an increase in call volumes, and we get more highly qualified leads,” he explained. Now here’s the money quote — literally:
With call metrics, we saw a 29% increase in calls and a 17% boost in conversions. Call metrics has significantly improved our efficiency both in terms of responses and conversions.
Putting a phone number in a paid search ad enables people to respond immediately. And if leads are closed over the phone, as in a complex sale, driving phone calls will make a meaningful difference. To my knowledge Google isn’t charging for calls generated from PC ads, absent a click.
Finally adding local telephone numbers to online ads can trigger higher response rates because the information creates a perception of greater relevance. Google has seen this in its mobile Click to Call ads and there’s independent evidence of this as well.
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- Google Click-To-Call: Keeping It Simple
- Attributing Value To Phone Calls: Dynamic Number Insertion Can Help
- Call Analytics Bring Sophisticated New Data, Insights to Search Marketing