Pay-per-call advertising presents an alternative to PPC models; the platform offers better ability to track conversions. A new The Kelsey Group report, "Calls, Clicks & SMEs: Driving Leads from Web to Phone" discusses the pay-per-call model.
The report estimates pay-per-call will generate gross revenues of between $1.4 and $4 billion. The projection is contingent on several market variables.
Pay-per-call ability to track results makes it a cost-per-lead model. PPC ability to identify results is lower as it offers no direct communication from the consumer to the advertiser.
Pay-per-call pricing is a point of contention. Both flat-fee and auction-modeled costs have been structured, with proponents on both sides. "We don't know exactly how the pricing will play out. There will probably be multiple models, flat-rates, and auction," Greg Sterling, program director for The Kelsey Group told ClickZ News.
A third option is the tracking model. Not exactly pay-per-click, this model uses an analytics package to report on how many calls were generated from an online ad.
Pay-per-call has long existed in direct marketing and other channels. It was introduced to the Web by
Customer Contact and Call Rates After Lookup Print Yellow Pages Internet Yellow Pages Local Commercial Searches Metric References References
Geotargeted commercial searches Source Yellow Pages Association Yellow Pages Association Kelsey Group Forecast; Ingenio data Customer contact (%) 83% 67% 32% Customer call (%) 61% 73% 25% Net call rate, 2005 (%) 50% 49% 8% Source: The Kelsey Group, 2005
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