Bridal Shop Ties the Knot with Google AdWords Express
Ann McGuire opened Paris Chic Brides in October 2010 with the goal of helping future brides find the perfect wedding dress. Her Philadelphia boutique offers custom-made gowns as well as gowns from top designers.
Paris Chic Brides opened just as the 2010 bridal season was winding down. McGuire knew she needed to use the off-season to generate buzz for her boutique and build awareness among shoppers in Philadelphia. McGuire hoped to find an advertising solution that allowed flexible scheduling and would help her make a name for herself in a short period of time.
McGuire created her Google Places listing right after she opened Paris Chic Brides so local customers could find her shop online. In January 2011, she began to use Google AdWords Express, an online advertising tool that helps businesses reach local customers.
McGuire set up her campaign so her ad appears when Internet users search for bridal gowns, bridal boutiques or wedding dresses in Philadelphia. The ad appears above the search results and highlights her five-star rating from reviewers, while a blue pin marks her location on a map.
“People wouldn’t know just from walking by that I offer a custom-made service for bridal gowns and that I can get the gowns done in less than four weeks,” she says, which helps generate sales in the off season. “But once they’re on the website, they see that I offer that service. AdWords Express has helped me get out information, which is really good because I want to target future brides as well.”
Just days after adding Google AdWords Express, McGuire saw an immediate return on investment when she made her first sales. The clients needed their dresses quickly and told McGuire they called because her ad stood out online. McGuire credits AdWords Express with directing traffic to the Paris Chic Brides site.
“I thought it was a genius idea,” she says. “I wanted to be on the first page when people type in bridal shops in Philadelphia. Most girls, when they’re getting married, don’t know where to start, so they usually go to the Internet. Since Google is the biggest search engine, that’s where I wanted to be.”
Who they are
- Seasonal boutique has short time to capture sales
- Needed cost-effective online advertising to build buzz and attract customers
- Sees immediate return on investment after adding Google AdWords Express
- Potential customers are more informed about boutique’s services