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The last PPC campaign I analysed in the ‘Analyse A Real PPC Campaign’ series came form MandM Direct, who had dominated paid results by displaying the only PPC advert for the search phrase ‘buy running shoes’ as well as crowding out Google sponsored shopping results with two pairs of running shoes too. However, the landing page was an ‘average’ page since it had a few areas of improvement. The food industry online is a competitive one offering home deliveries for grocery shopping. However, if you are vegetarian, it can be considered that this would be hitting a niche of the food industry. Therefore, looking into this sector, here is an analysis of a PPC campaign by Ocado.


To view Ocado’s PPC search advert, I had to type into Google search UK, ‘vegetarian food online’:

Ocado PPC Search AdvertStraight away, it is clear that this is a competitive market with the full four adverts being displayed for paid search. As well as this, Ocado have most likely adopted the highest CPC out of all the advertising campaigns shown to have gained the number one spot for paid search results.

What Ocado have done in this situation is very clever. From gaining top spot, they have opted to also use site link, reviews and ratings extension, which add more enticements to get the web user to click onto the advert as well as make the advert larger too. This has forced the other three adverts to move further down the results page, to the point that in order to see faunalytics.org’s PPC search advert, I had to switch my browser to full screen to fit it in the image. Therefore, I would not be surprised at all if Ocado gained an incredible click through rate for such an advert.

Looking at the advert, it addresses exactly what the web user searched for, includes a promotional discount and call to actions to get that click from the web user. So, on the whole, this is a very well optimised search advert.


After clicking on the above advert, I came to the following landing page:
Ocado PPC Landing PageThis is a great example of a landing page since the objective of Ocado is to allow the web user, who we presume is vegetarian, to browse the vegetarian selection of food available at Ocado. Ocado have understood this so have used the homepage for the vegetarian section of their website as the landing page. From here, the web user can then use the various links scattered to access different areas of the website, copy the voucher code to use at the checkout or scroll down to see a range of images illustrating the different vegetarian food Ocado have on offer. For this reason, this is a well optimised landing page and, on the whole, a very effective PPC campaign that I imagine has created a lot of conversions for Ocado.

Will created Ask Will Online back in 2010 to help students revise and bloggers make money developing himself into an expert in PPC, blogging SEO, and online marketing. He now runs others websites such as Poem Analysis, Book Analysis, and Ocean Info. You can follow him @willGreeny.

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