Get the scoop on Google Ad Grants and how you can secure $10,000 per month in free advertising money for your charity or non-profit.
What is Google Ad Grants?
Google Ad Grants is the non-profit version of Google Adwords. Lots of people have heard of Google Adwords, which is the advertising on Google that shows on the top and the side when you conduct a search. Google Ad Grants is the same thing but for charities and registered non-profits. It allows you to get up to $10,000 per month worth of advertising on Google. This is a sufficient grant that has no end-date which means you can get up to $120,000 per year on an ongoing basis as long as Google has the program. It is an amazing ability to promote your mission on Google search itself.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for Google Ad Grants you have to be registered with an organization called TechSoup Canada, this is the organization that Google uses to validate whether you are a registered charity or non-profit. You also have to be registered as a federal charity, a federal non-profit or provincial non-profit which is essential. You have to acknowledge and agree to the Ad Grant application’s required certifications regarding non-discrimination and donation receipt and use. Then the last piece is to have a functioning website with sufficient level of content. As long as you have a quality website for your organization you can meet these eligibility criterias. Obviously that is not a huge barrier, so everyone that has a legitimate non-profit or charity should be able to make these requirements and apply.
How Does it Work?
So what do you get! It is text-based advertising on Google only, which means your not getting banner ads on CBC or Edmonton Journal. It is text-based ads on Google so once again they are the ads on the top and side of Google’s search result page. These ads are only on Google, they are not for any other websites or search engines. How it works is the $10K per month is divided equally over the month which is $329 per day on average. Once you hit your daily limit the ads will turn off. The ads created with Google Ad Grants will usually appear below paid ads of Adwords advertisers. You are going to be up against competition, but it can still cause a significant impact on bringing a substantial amount of traffic to your site that you didn’t have before. We have seen charity partners that have doubled their traffic just because of the Ad Grants program. The last limitation is the maximum cost-per-click (CPC) of $2.00. For something really competitive it can be hard to position your ad very high because of that max. Another thing to be aware of is that you have to actively manage your account or you will lose your account. What that means to Google is that you need to have one or more changes to the account at least once every 90 days. This could be something as simple as changing your keywords, deleting an ad, creating a new campaign or ad group. You also have to be signed into your account at least once a month. It is pretty easy to meet those requirements, but it is important to know because that means you have to have an internal resource that is committed to do that on a regular basis or contract someone like ourselves to manage the account. It is pretty simple to keep the account as long as you have someone at the wheel keeping on top of things.
A lot of our clients use Google Ad Grants for multiple reasons. Some of the most popular reasons would be promoting events, promoting jobs such as hiring social workers or day care workers, or getting volunteers for activities, and of course really promoting their core causes and trying to rise donations. Those are the primary topic areas or campaigns that you will be running in your Google Ad Grants account. It can be used for anything as long as it is related to promoting your mission. Here are some more examples of different uses:
- Increasing awareness
- Advertising for causes
- Promoting events
- Finding volunteers
- Raising donations
- Promoting jobs
- Growing your email list
- Selling goods and services
Hopefully you learned something about Google Ad Grants today and it was informative. Feel free to contact us if you have questions we would love to help you out. We will also be talking about this topic at the iMEDIA Conference in Edmonton on March 12, 2016. We would love to see you there if you are a non-profit or charity and you want to learn more and meet us in person. Thanks for reading!