February 18, 2019

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

This is a guest post by JD Prater, Quora Evangelist

Have you ever had to convince your boss or client to test new ad platforms? Or to shift budget from a proven channel to a new one you think might work? It can be a challenge to sell the value because might is a risky word when asking your boss for budget. But not diversifying your ad spend is also risky.

How can you reduce the risk when pitching Quora Ads and get the data needed to forecast results? I’m going outline three steps you can take to forecast ads results and secure that budget needed for Quora Ads.

Step #1 – Estimate Impression Volume and Cost

Similar to Facebook Ads Manager, the Quora Ads Manager provides your estimated impressions based on your audience, location, and device targeting. In order to see those impression estimates, you need to create a Quora Ads account. It takes 2 minutes and you don’t need a credit card.

Next, set up a test campaign, then create an ad set and input your audience, location, and device targeting.

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Impressions

After you add all three of those targeting options, the Ads Manager will provide the potential weekly impressions under Summary on the right-hand side.Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

As you can guess, there’s a lot of variability week-to-week, but that’s the estimated range based on your targeting. From here, you can either take the low number, the high number, or the middle number to start predicting outcomes. For this example, I’ll take the middle number and multiply by four to get monthly impressions.

40,000 impressions x 4 weeks = 160,000 monthly impressions

CPCs

Next, you can see a Suggested CPC based on your targeting. Now you know two important variables, the estimated monthly impressions, and potential cost-per-click. For the sake of this exercise, let’s use the suggested bid of $1.71 CPC for our forecast.Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

A quick note on Quora’s Ads auction: Our Suggested CPC bid is based on the floor and ceiling of the ads auction. Essentially, we’re showing you what other advertisers are willing to pay to win the auction and earn more and higher ad placements.

Therefore, the CPC you input doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how much you will pay for each click. Rather you’re signaling the maximum you’re willing to pay to enter the auction and earn a click. The actual price you pay is dependent on the result of the ads auction. Factors such as ad relevance, bid price, competition, and the likelihood of a user clicking the ad are used to determine the winner of the auction. Marketers familiar with Facebook’s ad auction should understand this model quite well as we utilize the same VCG auction.

CTR

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I would guesstimate that if you’re using Image Ads and have a 0.5% CTR, you’re doing all right. Anything above 1.00%, you’re doing fantastic. If you’re hovering around 0.25% and below, you’ve got to work on your ad creative.

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

We now have monthly impressions, a suggested CPC, and an average CTR of 0.50%.

Let’s do some basic marketing math.

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Step #2 – Combine Quora Ads Estimates with Post-Click Metrics

The next step is to understand how your audience is responding to your offer. To forecast how many leads or sales you may potentially drive, let’s factor in your average website conversion rate for that offer, product, service, or whatever your advertising.

Let’s say your average conversion rate is 5% for a really good ebook and we’re estimating 8,000 clicks from Quora Ads. That would equal 400 ebook downloads per month. We can now figure out our Cost Per Lead (CPL) by dividing $13,680 in ad spend by 400 to arrive at a CPL of $34.20.

$13,680 ad spend / 400 leads = $34.20 CPL

You are now armed to make some decisions. Is this prediction competitive or is it not to other channels? Is it worth experimenting with Quora Ads? It may not be. It may be. Either way, it’s a really good way to help you understand the potential of advertising on Quora.

What levers would you need to manipulate for it to make sense; the CPC, the targeting, or the conversion rate on the landing page? Of course, optimizing all three will bring the CPL down, but knowing this beforehand will speed up the trial-and-error period on a new ads platform. Who knows it may even help you win that pitch to the boss or client.

Step #3 – Set Up Your Pixel and Upload Email List

One more tip to help you make the case for Quora Ads. Install that Quora Ads Pixel and upload your email lists. The pixel can easily be added to your website using Google Tag Manager or Segment. Once installed you can create audiences based off of your website traffic to understand what percentage of your traffic is on Quora. This is usually an easy win and the first thing I do when evaluating any new ads platform.Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Don’t forget to also upload your list of contacts as a List Match audience. Look at your match rate to know how many people you can target on Quora with ads. Keep in mind that most people sign up for Quora with their personal email rather than business email.

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Both of these audiences take around 24 hours to populate, so if you do all that today, come back tomorrow and you’ll know if Quora is a good solution for your company moving forward.

Summary

Getting extra budget, a test budget or shifting budget can be tricky. But as a marketer, it’s our job to test new marketing messages, channels, and opportunities to reach our target audience and grow the business. Hopefully, by following these steps you’ll have the data needed to convince your boss or client on the potential business impact of Quora Ads.

And once you get approval, be sure to check out Joe Martinez’s post in Marketing Land, How to use Quora ads for big results in every step of the funnel.

About the Author:

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

JD Prater is the Quora Evangelist. He’s a performance marketer and digital media strategist with a passion for organizing data into actionable stories. His expertise is in crafting marketing strategies and campaigns that drive acquisition, retention, and engagement across the customer lifecycle.

 

 

Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget Quora Ads: How to Forecast Results and Budget

Powered by WPeMatico

Get Free Site Analysis
Featured Services

What our customers say…

Click On Solutions
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Robert F. Martin
Robert F. Martin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 weeks ago

The guys at this company are stand up gentlemen. Their character has shown they are true to their words and will work with the skills they have to make the most out of your web development needs. They have been able to establish a brand worth working alongside. They have made great impressions on the internet, and will help your search engine optimization through their continued presence on the web. Their graphic skills and knowledge of back-end processes in different software give your company the knowledge needed to reach the audience you are seeking.

aleex dokem
aleex dokem

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

They did a great job with my husbands' new site for his business; everything looks super clean, and it's a website that will last years vs. one that will end up looking outdated 18 months from now. The responsiveness of the site and the way that it flows looks awesome, and it's truly a great first impression for anyone coming to learn more about the business. Definitely recommend working

Antonia Montay
Antonia Montay

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Amazing work from these web and marketing geniuses! they built an incredible website and a powerful marketing campaign that took our business to the next level. Strongly recommend...they are driven and helpful!

AB Aaron
AB Aaron

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Because nothing seems too difficult for them to handle, and they do so with patience, an intrinsic understanding of how to make whatever work as well as it can, and with expedience!They bring expert creativity to their projects and can offer a myriad of suggestions to help us look the best we can, and to help our site functionality!

Benedict Robinson
Benedict Robinson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

They are experts!!! Very easy to deal with and we will continue to use them!Thanks guys!