I just saw a new Australia Post ad promoting their parcel delivery services to small to medium businesses in Australia. The ad encourages businesses to “zing their thing” and apart from being a little trite (zing = speed), I liked the ad.
It tells the story of a small business that makes Zing and becomes wildly successful. And guess what, they need a flexible delivery service to meet the needs of their rapidly growing business. The ad is backed by a website http://www.zingyourthing.com.au/ which builds on the idea that Zing is every product, every idea, every dream, which is of course delivered speedily by Australia Post.
The ad invites people to search for zing. So being an obedient consumer I did exactly that. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there were no results for Australia Post or their campaign sites on page 1 of Google. There was a paid search ad. This is another case of agencies getting only half the campaign right. If you’re going to invite people to search for a low competition term like zing then spend a couple of weeks ensuring you rank for it. With an estimated 2% to 10% of Google searchers clicking on paid search ads, Australia Post are going to be missing out on a reasonable amount of traffic. Admittedly, Australia Posts click-through-rate for the ad will be higher than most terms, but it is still a poorly executed campaign. Some users will wonder if they are in the right place and move on.