2017 AdWords Industry Benchmark Report: An Agency’s Perspective

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On AdWords CPL: Lucia: For our B2B clients, we usually see CPLs between $100-$300. B2B sales cycles, as you know, are long—usually between 3-12 months, therefore CPL is a proxy metric for conversions, since it’s difficult to optimize to opportunities out of the gate. Optimizing toward CPL allows us to make faster optimizations. For this reason, all of our clients have target CPLs for their search campaigns and we are constantly trying to decrease that CPL month over month.

How To Measure Paid Media ROI (ROAS)

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Cost Per Lead (CPL). If they are being held to a lead goal, they want to know how much they are paying for leads, not clicks (CPL vs. CPC). When you know how many leads a channel or specific campaign generated and you know how much you spent on that channel or campaign in the same time period, you’re able to calculate CPL. CPL is a good high level indicator that your paid media is attracting the people that you’re actively targeting and that your offer is appealing.

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