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29 May 2023 • 4 min read

Google Search Ad Benchmarks NZ 2023

Braden Dawson

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If you are investing in Google Search Ad campaigns, it's essential to know if your efforts are paying off. But the question remains - what constitutes a successful campaign? The answer isn't one-size-fits-all. Indeed, a high-performing metric in one industry might be mediocre in another. So, how do you determine the benchmark for success in your specific industry?

In this blog post, we delve into the New Zealand Google Search benchmarks that our clients across various sectors are achieving. We focus on key Google Ads metrics, including:

• Average Click-Through Rate (CTR)

• Average Cost Per Click (CPC)

• Average Conversion Rate (CVR)

We'll provide insights across four main industries - E-Commerce, Financial Services, SaaS, and Consumer Goods & Services. So, whether you're a newcomer to SEM or looking to improve your current strategies, this article will offer the insights you need to understand how your campaigns measure against industry averages.

Average Click-Through Rate in Google Search Ads

Google Search Ad Benchmarks for New Zealand 2023

Understanding Click-Through Rate (CTR) is crucial for any Search Engine Marketing (SEM) campaign, as it provides a measure of your ads' relevance and appeal to your target audience. The higher the CTR, the more compelling and effective your ads are.

In the graph, you'll see a side-by-side comparison of our New Zealand average CTR (10.5%) versus the Global CTR average (3.3%). This superior performance is a testament to the effectiveness of tailored PPC strategies, which focus on understanding the unique needs and behaviours of the target audience and optimizing ad content to align with these insights.

Google Search Ad Benchmarks Click Through Rate 2023 NZ

In this next graph, we dissect the data further, presenting a comparative analysis of the average New Zealand Click-Through Rate (CTR) across four key industries: E-commerce, Financial Services, Consumer Goods & Services, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Each industry's CTR is juxtaposed against the corresponding global benchmarks for New Zealand.

Remember that these averages are just benchmarks, and results can vary based on numerous factors, such as the quality of your offerings, the competitiveness of your market, and the effectiveness of your overall marketing strategy.

Average Cost Per Click in Google Search Ads

Google Search Ad Benchmarks Cost Per Click New Zealand 2023

Next, we delve into the realm of Cost Per Click (CPC), another crucial metric in the SEM landscape. As you know, the goal is not just to earn clicks, but to do so in a cost-effective manner. Our average New Zealand CPC stands at $3.12, significantly lower than the global average of $4.83. This means that for every click earned, our clients save a substantial amount compared to their global counterparts.

A lower CPC doesn't just mean cheaper clicks. It's an indicator of higher-quality ads and a more targeted approach to keyword bidding. It shows that we're not just reaching more people, but more of the right people. This leads to less wasted spend and higher overall ROI.

Remember, these figures are averages, and actual CPCs can vary depending on factors such as industry competition, quality of ad copy, and the relevance of your keywords to your ad group and landing page.

Google Search Ad Benchmarks Cost Per Click 2023 NZ

The above graph looks at how the Cost Per Click (CPC) performs across various New Zealand industries, showcasing the specificity of our approach to each business sector.

The SaaS industry is a slightly different story. Our average CPC stands at $7.43, which is above the global average of $5.36. This is a nuanced situation as a higher CPC in the SaaS industry often indicates a more targeted approach reaching high-quality leads, which consequently leads to higher conversion rates. Our success in this industry isn't reflected solely by our CPC, but rather by the quality of the leads we generate and the high conversion rates we consistently achieve.

Each industry presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. These figures underline our adaptive approach to creating effective ad strategies tailored to the specific needs and goals of each client, regardless of their industry.

Average Conversion Rate in Google Search Ads

Google Search Ad Benchmarks Conversion Rate 2023 NZ

Wrapping up our benchmark performance, we turn our focus to one of the most significant metrics of any SEM campaign - the Conversion Rate (CVR). This metric is critical as it gives an accurate picture of how well your ad campaigns are converting visitors into actionable leads, and ultimately customers (calculated by the percentage of people who click an ad and go ahead and convert).

Web Antler’s overall New Zealand Conversion Rate stands at an impressive 4.1% against a global benchmark of 3.75%. What this highlights is our capacity to not only draw clicks but to effectively engage visitors, ultimately driving them to take the desired action, whether it's filling out a form, making a purchase, or signing up for a newsletter. This demonstrates that our campaigns are specifically tailored to resonate with the target audience, ultimately providing more value for our clients.

Remember, while these industry benchmarks are useful, they serve as just a guide. The true measure of success will always depend on your unique business goals and KPIs. That's why at Web Antler, we customise our strategy to your specific needs, combining industry knowledge with a deep understanding of your business to deliver a campaign that drives real results. We focus on not just meeting but exceeding industry benchmarks, and our record stands as a testament to that commitment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do these figures include branded keywords or just generic keywords?

The figures omit advertisers who were exclusively bidding on branded terms.

What is the Global data?

The Global data is reflective of a sample of US-based accounts. Global Benchmarks are derived from WordStream benchmarks.

What currency is the Global Cost Per Clicks in

We have taken the global USD bench marks and converted to NZD.

Could you take a look at my Google Ads Account?

Yes, we are open to having a discussion around your current performance and areas where you can improve. Better yet, we guarantee that we can outperform you current results if you would like to know more, please see our Google Ads Management Services