Today I wanted to share this post I read on Digital Marketer. It gives us some troubleshooting ideas to run through if your traffic campaigns are not converting.
Molly Pittman is Digital Marketer’s Vice President and Traffic Manager. She uses her wide range of business and communication skills to acquire customers through paid traffic. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Molly has a tiny black dog named Larry. Connect with Molly on Facebook
Before you can start selling to your audience, you need to know who your ideal customer is, where they are, and what they will buy.
Running paid traffic can be frustrating.
If we create 10 ad campaigns… we expect 1-2 campaigns to succeed (generate a positive ROI).
That means that 8-9 campaigns fail… and we don’t like failing, but…
… it’s something you MUST get used to when buying paid traffic.
You can’t throw away every campaign that doesn’t perform right out of the gate.
You have to have a process for troubleshooting your campaigns.
It’s a constant game of figuring out which aspect of the campaign is actually failing you.
Consider yourself a doctor of your campaigns… you have to make educated guesses on what is causing the issue and test the variables one at a time in isolation to see if you can make a diagnosis.
In this post, I’m going to give you the 4-component process we use for troubleshooting traffic campaigns at Digital Marketer.
[NOTE: We’ve got a fancy flowchart at the bottom of this post that you can use to troubleshoot your traffic problem. You can download it and tack it to the wall next to your workstation]
So, the next time you have a traffic campaign that isn’t performing as well as you’d hoped (or even if you want to optimize an already successful campaign), you will know how to diagnose the problem…. and most importantly, how to fix it.
When troubleshooting your traffic campaigns, there are four likely culprits:
Your Ad Copy / Creative
Your Ad Scent
Let’s look at each of these in turn…
1. Troubleshooting Paid Traffic Campaign: Your Offer
By “offer”, I mean anything that you’re running paid traffic to. Here are a few examples…
Social Media Updates
Book (Free or Paid)
(Learn when to make each of these offers via paid traffic by reading this post.)
But, the “medium” of the offer is irrelevant in this discussion.
Here’s the big question…
….are you running traffic to something that the market actually wants, needs, or desires!?
Are you solving a problem for a specific group of people? Are you giving them value? Is there a NEED for what you’re offering?
If your answer is no, then you’ve already found your problem.
This is the most common issue I find when people say their advertising campaigns aren’t performing. They just aren’t offering something that people want.
No matter how compelling your copy is, or how attention grabbing your image may be… the best marketing campaign in the world can’t solve an “offer issue”.
2.Troubleshooting Paid Traffic Campaign: Your Targeting
If you have a good offer – it’s time to check your targeting.
It doesn’t matter if you have the best offer and marketing message… if you put it in front of the WRONG audience, it will fail. Especially if your offer is niche specific (not a broad offer that everyone can relate to or needs… like toilet paper).
The biggest targeting mistake you can make is to go too BROAD in fear of missing out on potential prospects.
If you have an offer that is appealing to a specific market, you need to use your targeting to get the message in front of that specific audience.
You need to get inside of the head of your target market. I don’t mean just demographic data like age, gender, income… You need to fill in the blanks for statements like…
What are their hobbies?
What TV shows do they watch?
What authority figures do they follow?
What books do they read?.
What websites do they visit?
Where do they shop?
What clubs, groups, associations are they apart of?
What are their specific pain points?
If you’re able to figure out specific information about the market, like the questions above, then you can ensure you’re putting your message and offer in front of the right people – because you’ll be everywhere that they are.
How do we find the answers to these questions?
You are your target market – you can answer the questions yourself
You know someone who is – you can interview them and ask
(Check out this post on Finding Your Market to find out more about researching your market and which traffic source is right for you!)
Let me give you an example…
If we were in the golf market and wanted to target avid golfers (who like and play golf enough to want to buy a product or service) on Facebook… I wouldn’t target interests like “ESPN”, “PGA”, or even “Tiger Woods”.
Why? They aren’t specific enough.
Even though Tiger is one of the most well-known golfers, he’s exactly that… very well known. Tiger is too famous that he attracts people outside of avid golfers.
The same goes for “ESPN”, it’s too broad. You may be targeting people who hate golf and love football or baseball.
Who would I target? Mid-level golfers that are well known by people whom actually PLAY and follow the game of golf. Golf specific magazines… if you like something enough to read and learn about it, you’re probably a great person to target.
I can’t stress how important targeting is. So many people go through the process of creating a big campaign… the offer, awesome ad copy, ad images and then they totally drop the ball because they put it in front of the WRONG people.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you built it, people will come. Make sure you’re targeting a big enough audience that you’re able to scale, but specific enough to really hit the specific market you’re speaking to.
3. Troubleshooting Paid Traffic Campaign: Your Ad Copy/ Creative
The ad copy/creative is the segue between your offer and target market.
You can create a compelling offer and put it in front of the right audience but if you aren’t able to catch their attention and give them a reason to click– your campaign will fail because you aren’t generating TRAFFIC.
Best practices in terms of ad copy/creative depend heavily on the platform where you’re running traffic.
Use your copy/creative to hit a pain point with your audience and then make sure your “offer” is the solution.
Notice how this ad calls out to the audience…
Call out your audience when you can… this is the best way to catch their attention. For example, “ATTENTION, AUSTIN MOMS….”.
For more information on ad copy and creatives, click here.
Below you’ll find a flow chart. Follow the chart to specific resources that will help you troubleshoot your underperforming traffic campaign.
You’re going to be asked specific questions like… “Is your ad getting impressions”.
Download your own Traffic Campaign Flow Chart here.
At DigitalMarketer, we always give ad campaigns at least 3-5 days to collect data and then we analyse its success. If the campaign isn’t performing as expected, this is the process we follow to diagnose and fix the issues.
Want to put your ads through the ringer before you start buying traffic? Put them through our 5-Point Paid Ad Audit now!
Now get out there and start troubleshooting your campaigns… I bet you can “fix” more campaigns than you think :).