3 Ways To Improve ROI On Ad Spend in 30 Minutes or Less

Posted by Ryan Jones on Oct 29, 2018. Reading time: 6 mins

A recent study reported by Signal.co found that Australia has the highest digital ad spend per user in the world. If trends of the past two years continue, over half of all ad dollars spent in the country will have been dedicated to online and mobile platforms.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that ad spend isn’t inherently bad. In fact, if every dollar spent is generating a strong conversion rate and return on investment (ROI), it’s an undeniably positive expenditure. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The same study linked above also pointed out that Australian marketers are struggling to engage their customers through ads -- with click-through rates on banner ads appearing particularly abysmal.

Now, we’re not going to exaggerate and tell you that running a wildly successful digital marketing campaign is easy -- because it most certainly isn’t. However, it’s also true that many advertisers make simple, easy-to-correct mistakes that harm their marketing ROI tremendously. That’s why we’ve put together this list of quick fixes that you can use to boost return on ad spend in 30 minutes or less:


1. Hone in On Your Target Profile Customer

It should be obvious enough that a “spray and pray” advertising campaign is a waste of money. If you try to target the entire world, you’re bound to waste lots of ad money on users who would never even consider purchasing what you have to sell. Almost everyone who has ever spent a dollar on advertising has taken some amount of time to consider who they should be targeting with their ads.

Google Analytics can provide valuable insightsHere’s the part that you might be overlooking, however: every single day that you run an ad campaign, you are presented with an opportunity to learn more about who you should be targeting in the long term. Certain users never click your ads. Others click but then immediately bounce. Others visit but seem to need an extra push to make a purchase. And so on. The odds are good that you are not using every piece of available information to your advantage -- and the more generalised your target audience is, the less revenue your ad spend will ultimately generate.

You don’t need to be a statistician or an advertising genius to make improvements. The odds are, if you just looked at your Google Analytics page, or even did a thought exercise about your target profile customers, you could make a few highly effective changes to your ad campaigns in a matter of minutes -- changes that would decrease useless spending and improve your ROI significantly.


2. Set Constraints on Your Retargeting Campaigns

Another mistake businesses often make with their ad spend is inundating past visitors with ads long after they originally clicked on a page of their website. Their intent is understandable; they hope that if people see the ad often enough, interest will be piqued and they will have no choice but to take a closer look at the company’s product or service. Retargeting ads can be incredibly effective. However, this strategy can also backfire if it is not properly managed.

rawpixel-745952-unsplashThe sad truth is that, within most audiences, if your visitor has not decided to come back within a few days after visiting your site, they are unlikely ever to return. If you continue spending money retargeting those people, you may simply be throwing your money away while annoying people with overexposure. As a general rule, you should only target visitors up to a week after they last looked at your site. After that, it is best just to let go and keep pursuing those who might actually be interested. Changing the settings on your retargeting campaign shouldn’t take long -- but it can help stretch your ad dollars further while yielding better results.


3. Halt Ad Spend on Your Least Profitable Platform

This might seem like a bold move -- in fact, it is a bold move. But if you are struggling with ROI on ad spend, then this might be just the remedy. Precision and effective spending will get you a long way -- and if you are trying to run campaigns across multiple platforms, it can be difficult to stay focused on exactly the right audience for each platform.

Halt ad spend on your least profitable platform

At the beginning of this article we mentioned that Australia has the highest online ad spend per user in the world. Another category we are leading in? The marketing cost of Facebook ads. AdNews reports that the cost per thousand impressions in Australia is about $6.40 -- compared to a global average of $1.80.

If, for example, you’re finding that Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords) is far more profitable for your company than Facebook ads, why not halt Facebook spending and reinvest that marketing budget in Google? Or, if you find that, in spite of their high cost, Facebook impressions yield more profitable results that LinkedIn advertising, perhaps it’s time to spend more on Facebook.

This last tip obviously isn’t for everyone -- if your ad campaign is truly firing on all cylinders, then you may as well keep up the good work! But if you feel that drastic action needs to be taken, then examining your profitability platform-by-platform may be the place to start.

Want more help standing out from the crowd, building an audience, and growing your business through smarter marketing strategies and advertising? Visit Refuel Creative online today.

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