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Tomorrow is the 4th of July and it reminded me of an old campaign.
A few years ago I was running health and beauty campaigns on a top tier search engine.
Non-Relevant = High Volume
I was buying a lot of non-relevant keywords for the campaign. This was great, because I could drive way more traffic than if I just bid on relevant keywords alone. Also these non-relevant keywords were much cheaper than the high profile keywords most people buy.
The trick is to buy high-volume keywords that aren’t necessarily related to the campaign but are related to the target demographic and what they are doing right now.
Example: For a campaign promoting a NY Times Best-Selling book on healthy cooking ideas, I targeted the keyword “pizza coupon”.
If you’ve never tried it you need to start today. Some search engines don’t like the practice but in my opinion there is nothing wrong with advertising to the people you’re targeting using keywords that they would be interested in.
I had hundreds of keywords in my list and a decent amount of traffic. For several months the campaign plugged along at a steady pace.
Then, It Happened
A few days before July 4 one keyword phrase started doing acrobatics. It picked up in volume and I noticed a big uptick in conversions.
The volume wasn’t huge, but this one keyword phrase started spending about $500 a day. Other keywords in the campaign at that volume averaged between 10-40% ROI. But this one was different…
On this single keyword phrase the ROI was 500%.
The math looked like this:
- Spend: $500
- Revenue: $3000
- Profit: $2500/day
- ROI: 500%
This went on for several days, through the 4th of July weekend and on into the next week before fizzling out.
Give It Away Now
I don’t run that campaign anymore, I don’t run in that market anymore and I don’t buy traffic there anymore so I figured since tomorrow is the 4th of July I’d just give it away.
The exact keyword phrase was: “BBQ Recipes”
If you have a health/beauty/fitness campaign running on a search engine I highly recommend you give it a shot.
You can thank me later.