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Market Intelligence vs. Keyword Intelligence – The Critical Difference

Today I want to be sure you understand the distinction between keyword intelligence and market intelligence, because it’s an essential part of developing your hyper-responsive marketing message.  (Listen to the free MP3 – Keyword vs. Market Intelligence)

NOTE: If you’ve heard the audio “4 Ways to Corner Your Market” before, you’ll find it included in this one, but with an important perspective changing introduction (just in the interest of full disclosure)

You see, my opinion is that the proliferation of keyword tools on the internet today is actually making it more difficult for most marketers to connect with their prospects and customers. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that you can find out search volume, bid pricing, competition levels, and which keywords relate to which other keywords, etc. But these are only things COMPUTERS can tell you.

But what’s missing from them is the single most important thing in marketing … an understanding of the HUMAN NEEDS behind those keywords.   Because you see, people hate to search.   What they really want to do is solve.   And what they REALLY want is for a loving person (like you) to solve it for them.

For example, suppose I’ve got a splitting migraine today after having had a fight with uncle.   I haven’t seen my puppies all day long, and I wish I could just run around with them, but all I want to do is go hide in a dark closet, put pillows over my head and shut out the world until it goes away.

What I really want is someone to empathize with me, to tell me something I don’t know already about how to get rid of my migraine quickly, so I can enjoy my puppies for some refreshing renewal before I’ve got to start the whole work routine over again tomorrow.

Now, if you KNEW this about me as a migraine supplement marketer, (and you really DID have something which could help me), you’d know exactly how to design your landing page, what images to use, what stories to tell, what kind of language might be most appealing to me. In fact, if you knew this, you’d be able to write a killer AdWords ad, … I’d venture to say a better one than anyone else in the market. (And I’d be right!)

This is MARKET INTELLIGENCE, and it’s something you’ll NEVER get from a keyword tool, no matter how much you pay per month or how many hours you spend mining it.   Write this on your forehead so you’ll see it in the mirror every day “Search engines don’t know what people are feeling”, and keyword intelligence tells you nothing about the “conversation in people’s heads”.

It’s MARKET INTELLIGENCE which drives hyper-responsive marketing, and it’s market intelligence which will help you cut through the clutter and eliminate the overwhelm you’re feeling about your online marketing efforts.

Because UNDERSTANDING what your market wants on just a very few keywords BETTER THAN ALL YOUR COMPETITORS is infinitely more valuable than knowing thousands of keywords and seo traffic tricks. It’s also infinitely more stable.

And it leads you to a deeper, more heartfelt connection with your customer, and a feeling that what you’re doing in the world is actually making a difference while you’re making a (rather nice) living.

Isn’t that what you want?

Now … back to my puppies!  🙂

PS – I don’t get migraines anymore, that was just for illustration, but I DO have two absolutely wonderful puppies who make my day, every day, by doing something fabulously silly, giving me a special look, or just cuddling up to me when I need it most.


Are you wasting too much time in AdWords?

Pay Per Click Market Research

What can pay per click market research do for you?

Ppc research can identify upside potential (and downside risk) so you can decide whether it’s worth going forward.  It can also capture consumer language (which you can echo back to improve sales conversions), and identify segments and sub segments and niches within your market who you can laser target to multiply your results.

But even more importantly, ppc market research TEST the responsiveness of the market BEFORE you develop a product, or spend a fortune in money and time:

  • Is there really a need in the market for your product or service?
  • Where are the market gaps?
  • What might it cost you per lead and per sale to enter the market?


When you run traffic directly from pay per click to a survey in preparation for developing a newsletter capture page:

  • You’ll often find that approximately twice as many people (on a percentage basis) will sign up for the newsletter as were willing to take the survey
  • Since you’re paying PER CLICK, you already know your COST PER SURVEY
  • You can then ESTIMATE YOUR COST PER LEAD by simply multiplying by two (note: legally, I can’t guarantee this cost for you, I can only report my experience)
  • On average, if I plan to sell something similar to what my competitors are selling on the front end, I find approximately 1 out of 10 newsletter subscribers will purchase
  • So I can multiply my cost per lead x 10 to get an ESTIMATED COST PER SALE (note: legally, I can’t guarantee this cost for you, I can only report my experience)
  • This model is especially powerful when you track survey response on a keyword by keyword basis because you wind up with a BUYING HEAT MAP of the whole vocabulary of your market
  • Determine if there is viable pathway into the market on a keyword by keyword basis
  • Pause or kill any keywords which look “red” and only roll into the market on the “in the black” estimates

There’s much more info on the free ppc research mp3 – how to use surveys to identify true point of difference benefits so you’ll stand out from the competition, etc

PPC Volume and Cost Estimation for New Markets

I get a lot of questions regarding updates to the Volume Estimation techniques in my method for comparing and choosing new markets.  Here’s a walk through of the EXACT and most up to date method I use for doing this!

For beginners, I recommend choosing markets where the calculation shown in the video is between 30,000 and 600,000.  PPC markets underneath this volume may not be worth the effort, and those above this volume may be too brutally competitive for a newbie to make their first dollar online!

Last, these pay per click search marketing techniques are ONLY intended for use in the How To Choose Your Market method, … I use other formulas and methods for other purposes.  (If you own another product of mine and are estimating volume for other reasons, please follow the formulas therein).

Hyper Responsive PPC Search Marketing

There are FIVE reasons pay per click search marketing is evolving to center on around the hyper-responsive PPC searcher:

1. The 80/20 rule means one out of 2,000 PPC visitors really matters online

2.  PPC searchers look for real points of difference, and the hyper-responsive ppc searcher knows this better than anyone

3. Hyper Responsive Pay per click visitors have huge BS detectors, so if you can satisfy them, you should satisfy your entire search market

4.  Hyper responsive ppc visitors are the best ones to give you the right pay per click BUYING LANGUAGE … the words you need to convince searchers to take out their credit cards and pay!

5. Hyper responsive marketers can help you estimate your ppc costs.

Watch this pay per click search marketing video to understand more!

Part 1:

To Lear More: Hyper Responsive Marketing Secrets

Part 2:

To Lear More: Hyper Responsive Marketing Secrets

Keyword Research for Adwords – Crucial Concept

Getting lost doing your pay per click keyword research? Join the crowd! Here’s how to get FOCUSED and UNSTUCK in your keywords fast:

Step One – Define Your “Bulls-Eye” Keyword Concept

Step Two – Gather “Bulls Eye” keywords using Google’s free keyword tool, but do NOT get carried away!


Step 2 – Part 2

Step 3 – Organize Your Keywords Quickly!

Step 4 – Do a quick traffic check for volume and bid prices

Step 5 – Stop and Make Your Bullseye Keywords Work!