Find out if advertising on Google makes sense for your business

Lesson Highlight: Find out if online ads are right for your business

One of the most frequent questions we get at Google is whether it makes sense to  advertise a small, local business with a limited budget. The short answer is yes, but it’s helpful to understand how advertising on Google works.

Coco Pannell, an AdWords Community Lead, provides a great introduction to online advertising, explaining how it differs from traditional advertising. She talks about how advertising works on Google, including some of the targeting capabilities.

A few highlights from this lesson:

  • Online advertising delivers ads to people browsing through websites or searching online.
  • You, the advertiser, control where ads can appear. You can target ads to searches related to the products or services you sell and show ads to people who are your most likely customers.
  • You, the advertiser, control the costs. You can choose a budget that makes sense for your business. Within that budget, you pay only when someone actually clicks through from your ad and visits your site.

To close this lesson, Coco talks about a free online course called Online Marketing 101: Advertising on the web. This helpful course can help you learn more about online advertising. It includes videos, quizzes, and links to additional resources.
Want to learn more? Watch our video lesson.


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Whitney Lemon – Friday 15 Host, Google Small Business Engagement

BIO: Whitney hosts Friday 15: Small Business Tips, Google’s series to help small businesses succeed online, in 15 minutes or less.  Friday 15 is part of Google’s Get Your Business Online program, providing small businesses with a custom domain name and web hosting- free for one year.