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Last Updated: February 25, 2022Reporting & AnalysisHomeBlogGoogle Ads Benchmarks for YOUR Industry [Updated!]

Whether youre doing PPC for the first time or youve just signed a new client, it can be daunting to know whether or not youre doing a good job. Sure, we all want to create unicorn ads that havehighest CTRsand thebest conversion rates, but whats a good metric for one industry isnt necessarily good for another. So what numbers should you be looking to beat in your industry?

Check out the Google Adsindustry benchmarksour clients are seeing, including:

Average Click-Through Rate (CTR) in Google Ads by industry, for both Search and Display

Average Cost per Click (CPC) in Google Ads by industry, for both Search and Display

Average Conversion Rate (CVR) in Google Ads by industry, for both Search and Display

Average Cost per Action (CPA) in Google Ads by industry, for both Search and Display

Youll find averages across these Ads metrics for twenty industries: Advocacy,Auto, B2B, Consumer Services, Dating & Personals, E-Commerce, Education, Employment Services, Finance & Insurance, Health & Medical, Home Goods, Industrial Services, Legal, Real Estate, Technology, and Travel & Hospitality. (Also, dont hesitate to check out ourGoogle Mobile Benchmarks by Ad Type!)

Update:Check out our 2021 Search Ad Benchmarks here

Dating and personal services reallyclickwith PPC boasting an average search CTR of 6%! No doubt, its easy towrite powerful emotional ad copywhen your prospects are searching for love. Other industries with high search CTRs include Advocacy, Autos, and Travel.

When we first collected this data in 2015, legal services could struggle to attract attention on the SERP (with a relatively low average 1.35% CTR) in large part due toadvertising restrictionsenforced by both Google and government organizations.Legal advertisershave improved their stats in the past few years!

As of 2018, the industries with the lowest average click-through rates including Technology, B2B, and Consumer Services.

The average click-through rate in google ads across all industries is 3.17% for search and 0.46% for display.

Both of these averages are higher than they were a couple of years ago: Good news for Ads advertisers and agencies!

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Its no surprise that legal services have some of the highest CPCs among allGoogle adson the search network. Both Lawyer and Attorney make the top 10most expensive keywords on Googleandon Bing. Average CPCs in the legal industry are over $6. Consumer services arent too far behind, with an average CPC of $6.40.

Advocacy andnonprofit groupsare fortunate to have a cost per click under $2, likely as a result of the $2 maxCPCbidGoogle Grant advertisershave to set on all of theirkeywords.

Most industries have pretty inexpensive CPCs on the Google Display Network. The only industry with costs per click over $1 on the Display network is Dating & Personals.

The average cost per click in google ads across all industries is $2.69 for search and $0.63 for display.

The news here is good too: These average costs have increased very little over the figures we found a couple of years ago (when the averages were $2.32 and $0.58 respectively).

A couple of years ago, the Finance and Insurance industries were leading the pack when it came to conversion rates.

However, our newly updated data shows that the Dating & Personal industry is way out ahead now, with search conversion rates on average over 9%! Other standouts include the legal industries, consumer services, and autos.

In many of these cases, thebest converting advertisersarent afraid to change their offer or their conversion flow to boost their conversion rates. Or they may be taking advantage of conversion-boosting tactics such as video landing pages.

Ecommerce clientsmay not have many options to change their offer and consequently suffer one of the poorer average conversion rates on both search and display. To boot, they often have gigantic inventories, which prevents doing fine-tuning on ad copy across allecommerce keywords.

While removing barriers to purchase will always be an important CRO tool to help ecommerce clients,Google Ads advertisersshould focus on improving the performance of theirkeywords with high commercial intentto yield the most out of their search campaigns.

The average conversion rate in google ads across all industries is 3.75% for search and 0.77% for display.

Since the last time we compiled this data, search conversion rates have risen slightly, but display conversion rates have fallen slightly, perhaps a sign that display advertisers need to pay more attention to placements and audience optimization. If you want to create more enticing display creative, check out our freeSmart Ads Creator.

CPAs have shifted quite a bit in the past couple of years. The lowest cost per action across industries is now autos, coming in at just $33 per action. B2B, real estate, and tech companies, on the other hand, confront average costs per action over $100.

We generally expect costs in advertising to rise over time, but the average CPA on the search network is actually lower now than it was a couple of years ago. Display CPAs, however, have gone up a little bit.

The average CPA in google ads across all industries is $48.96 for search and $75.51 for display.

If you find yourself on the lower end of these numbers, that just means theres plenty of room for improvement! Try running our freeGoogle Ads Graderto diagnose exactly where your campaigns are failing when compared to peers in your industry. If youre hitting thesebenchmarks dont stop and settle for average either! Always strive tobe a unicorn by writing the best ad copyand creating landing page unicorns thatconvert better than anyone else!

Use these searchadvertising benchmarksto see how you stack up against your competitors and where you can improve. For help making sense of this data, check out ourPPC metrics guideor ourvisual explanation on how Google Ads worksYou may also be interested in:

Check out the full infographic below:

This report is based on a sample of 14,197 US-based WordStream client accounts in all verticals (representing over $200 million in aggregate Google Ads spend) who were advertising on Googles Search and Display networks between August 2017 and January 2018. Each industry includes at minimum 30 unique active clients. Averages are technically median figures to account for outliers. All currency values are posted in USD.

Do these figures include branded keywords or just generic keywords?

The figures omit advertisers who were exclusively bidding on branded terms. Averages presented were median values to prevent a large advertiser with particularly good or bad performance from skewing the average.

Any accounting for the impact of fraud and bots on CTR?

The data was pulled directly from Google Ads, which does have provisions for omitting automated or fraudulent traffic, as opposed to Google Analytics. Additionally, reported averages are medians to prevent any skew from any account that may have artificially high CTRs due to automatic traffic.

The above data is reflective of a sample of US-based accounts. We have someinternational data on average costs per click around the world here.

How does search look with branded and non-branded segments?

While we didnt specifically segment the brand and nonbranded search segments, those accounts that were exclusively on branded terms were omitted to prevent that upward skew.

Last google ads click conversion attribution?

All these conversion figures follow a last paid click attribution model.

How about people in the home improvement, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and replacement window space? Which of these industries does that fall under?

Those are under the Home Goods industry.

Could you define CPA? Depending on industry or product, the action could be a sale, or just a newsletter sign-up. I managed many PPC accounts and every client had a different definition of an action.

Cost per action or cost per acquisition, but as you note, the exact definition of action is going to vary depending on the business.

I have some questions about how conversions and actions are defined by category (especially real estate) for calculating the CPA and CVR. Can you advise or connect me with someone who can answer?

These conversions are defined as the useful measure of success for each account. For retailers, that may be a sale for others such as real estate that may be a form fill or a phone call.

Any sense of how these CPCs and CTRs compare to prior years? Curious how they might have changed as Google has changed their SEO/SEM formats and rankings.

Overall, these CTRs have risen and CPCs have fallen.

FYI. Your implied CPM on google search is $57.42. I dont think so. In general, I think youre numbers skew more favorable to the search network than reality. Just sayin

The averages here are the median of our client accounts. Im happy to hear that you find that our clients are overperforming your expectations on the search network!

I wanted to clarify conversion rate. Is that percentage of people who click on the ad? Eg. 1.9% click on the ad, then 2.7% of that 1.9% make a purchase?

The conversion rate is the likelihood of someone completing the action were looking for them to do after clicking the ad. You can calculate conversion rate by taking the number of conversions by the number of clicks.

Why would conversion rate be higher than CTR? By definition CTR is always higher than conversion rate isnt it?

No. The total number of conversions will be lower than the total number of clicks, but the conversion RATE can be higher. For example, if only 1 out of 100 people click your ad, but every single person who clicks your ad converts, thats a 1% click-through rate but a 100% conversion rate. The conversion rate is based on people who click, not the total of people who saw the ad from the beginning.

Why is there a specific category for e-commerce? Would that not apply to all of the other categories?

Not all advertisers are ecommerce. Many are looking to provide services or lead generation for their business.

Could you just explain what you define the Advocacy industry as?

Advocacy groups aim to create support, awareness, orfundraising for a cause, policy, or organization.

Is search inclusive of shopping? Or is this text ads only?

Yes, shopping campaigns live on the search network.

Can you recommend PPC networks which are better than Google in terms of targeting and CTR?

Bing generally posts higher CTRs and CVRs, as well as lower CPCs and CPAs than Google.We have additional benchmarks for Bing here.

Mark is in charge of strategic partnerships at WordStream. He was named the 1 Most Influential PPC Expert of 2019 by PPC Hero.

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