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The last campaign I analysed in the ‘Analyse A Real PPC Campaign’ series was from Tiffany and Co, who had a very well structured search advert for the holiday season (which made use of ad extensions very well) but had a landing page that had a few areas it could have improved in. Carrying on the Christmas and holiday spirit, I thought it would be interesting to analyse a campaign looking to sell Christmas trees, since towards the end of November/start of December, people will start looking to buy and put up their own Christmas trees. Therefore, without further ado, here is an analysis of a PPC campaign from Pines and Needles.


To view Pines and Needles’ PPC search advert, I had to type into Google search UK, ‘buy christmas tree’:

Pines and Needles PPC Search AdvertStraight away, we can see there is a lot competition for such a search phrase and rightly so – this is the one time of the year millions of people buy Christmas trees.

Looking at Pines and Needles PPC search advert, it has the following positive points associated to it:

  • It has top spot of paid search results – This will help increase the exposure and CTR of their advert.
  • Pines and Needles understand that delivery is important – For many people, they are not going to care specifically where they buy their tree and at what price. When they get it will be important which Pines and Needles have understood by telling web users their delivery times for London.
  • The title and description uses the same call to action. This can be effective to drive home to the web user exactly what the website does.
  • Two ad extensions are used: the location ad extension and the site link extension. It makes sense to use the location ad extension since if the web user is located nearby to their store, they could pick the tree up themselves instead of waiting for delivery. The site link extensions seem to go off on a bit of a tangent in terms of what links they are showing – maybe this is because Pines and Needles want to differentiate themselves as a great brand for Christmas trees too (although there are better ad extensions to achieve this, such as the ratings extension).


After clicking on the above advert, I came to the following landing page:

Pines and Needles PPC Landing PageIt is obvious from the two large clickable images that this is a click through landing page and, on the whole, a great one of that too. The two images split the web users, who we know want to buy a Christmas tree, into two groups. From this, the landing page directs the web user to either purchasing indoor or outdoor trees, with a range of sized trees to choose from with different pricing. This process is very straight forward which will definitely work in the hands of Pines and Needles into gaining conversions.

Even though there is no holiday theme on the landing page, the Christmas tree itself is a symbol of Christmas. Therefore, they can get away without any hints towards Christmas in their theme. From this, they have kept the landing page very simple and clean, bringing more attention to the images on the page.

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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