To combat getting leads from the wrong area, we use these tools:
1. Geographic Restrictions on Ad Placement
2. Negative Keywords
3. Ad Copy
4. Landing Page Copy
For some of the traffic sources, we can actually restrict your ads from showing using graphical boundaries. However, this usually doesn't make sense because you are losing all the people that are from out of the area that may be looking to move to the area.
For most of the traffic sources like Google, we keep the geography restriction open. This is in case someone living elsewhere is looking to move to your area. We want to show ads to those people because they are proactively looking for a home even though they may currently be a thousand miles outside of your area right now.
In this case, we try to eliminate getting leads when the intent is for a different location than yours. We do this by using "Negative Keywords". Google is not supposed to display your ads whenever a negative keyword is present. So for each of your campaigns, we include a list of these negative keywords. In the example below, you can see we have included "Indiana" and "IN". That's because, for this particular area, the customer wanted leads from Mooresville, North Carolina NOT Mooresville, Indiana:
However, this is not 100% foolproof as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. will still sometimes show the ad. But even then the prospect would have to ignore what the ad says in terms of the state.
AD & LANDING PAGE COPY
We also try to prevent producing leads from the wrong area by using language in the ad copy and on the landing pages that make it very clear that home searcher is registering for your area:
We do the same for the landing page. It includes language that specifies the STATE. For example let's say your primary area was EDINA, MN :
We would build a custom landing page with language for Edina, MN. We would then build an ad campaign where the ads themselves only mention Edina, MN.
Like: "Edina MN Homes For Sale - Search all Edina MN homes here!"
We then tell Google to ONLY show our ads when someone types in a search phrase with the word "Edina" in it:
"homes for sale in Edina"
In order for a lead outside of your targeted areas to register, they would have to fight us every step of the way.
As an example, the lead would have had to do a keyword search for 'Edina', click on an ad that says 'Edina MN homes for sale' go to a landing page that says 'Edina Minnesota homes for sale' and then ignore all of that and register onto the website.
So we are very pro-active about preventing generating leads from the wrong area. However, even with all these blocks in place, it does still happen from time to time.
With online lead generation, it is nearly impossible to entirely stop these kinds of leads from coming in without blocking legitimate, good leads from registering also. But we definitely work towards eliminating the issue as much as possible.
What is the cost of a lead?
We will not know what your actual costs will be until we go live. Since PPC is an auction marketplace, it is dynamic and ever-changing depending on many factors: what competitors are bidding on any given day, your budget, players in the space, algorithm changes by Google and Facebook, etc.
We have been exclusively working in the Real Estate PPC space for the last 8 years managing millions of dollars for agents, teams, and brokerages.
So while we can't know for certain what your actual lead costs or volume will be until we go live, what we do know with confidence is we are very good at what we do. And we will maximize your budget by continually working to get you the most high-quality leads at the lowest price possible.