Findings for PPC in St. Louis

St. Louis Ranks Amongst Most Expensive Markets for Keywords in Rocky Mountain States

SEP's ongoing research into PPC Campaigns has revealed that St. Louis was the 10th most expensive city in Rocky Mountain States in keyword bids in Google Adwords for the month of December 2014. St. Louis also ranks amongst the most expensive cities in Missouri, ranking 1st. In the study, Ann Arbour ranked as the most expensive city in Rocky Mountain States for keywords, while Detroit ranked as the least expensive city.

Google Adwords Keyword Prices 211% Higher in St. Louis than Springfield

SEP’s research also tracks Google Adwords price changes and trends in cities across Canada and the U.S. Recent data shows that average prices in St. Louis are 211% higher than in Springfield. The average price of a click in St. Louis is $15.64.

This price difference is understandable though, given the population of Springfield is less than St. Louis, which generally means less competition and therefore lower prices.

To understand if prices in St. Louis are relatively low, we also compared prices with Riverside which has a similar population, and found the average price of a click in St. Louis was 24% higher than in Riverside. This suggests that perhaps St. Louis prices are not relatively low.

The Price Rank shows how expensive keywords are in certain industry and segment relative to other cities in a country, region and province.

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PPC Industry Data for St. Louis


Summary PPC Stats for St. Louis for December 2014
Avg Price per Click Rank in Country Rank in Region Rank in province Mo./Mo. % Price Change
City Average 15.64 45th 10th 1st 2
Automotive/Vehicle Auto Insurance 45.16 114th 34th 2nd -68
Auto Parts 1.48 106th 40th 3rd -23
Dealerships 7.39 5th 2nd 1st 43
Tires 4.93 27th 7th 1st 25
Towing 4.31 69th 20th 3rd 51
Average 14.92 92nd 27th 2nd 5
B2B Office Furniture 5.41 30th 8th 1st -8
Printers 8.87 37th 10th 2nd -14
Average 6.56 47th 16th 2nd -8
Entertainment/Recreation Restaurants 1.14 165th 50th 3rd -17
Average 1.14 165th 50th 3rd -17
Finance Credit Counselling 11.08 57th 19th 2nd -20
Insurance 32.48 80th 23rd 1st -7
Mortgages 13.55 30th 10th 2nd 9
Payday Loans 14.38 30th 13rd 2nd -2
Average 17.23 107th 33rd 2nd -13
Health, Beauty & Fitness Chiropractors 12.63 43rd 12nd 1st 23
Cosmetic Surgery 6.14 79th 26th 3rd 0
Dentists 13.55 71st 29th 1st 7
Martial Arts 2.79 68th 22nd 2nd 0
Massage Therapy 6.37 53rd 17th 2nd 0
Optometrists 6.53 23rd 7th 1st 0
Average 9.80 108th 35th 2nd 4
Home & Garden Appliance Repair 11.44 140th 40th 2nd 5
Furniture 3.27 46th 7th 1st 12
Garage Doors 13.33 132nd 37th 2nd -26
Landscapers 5.02 80th 27th 1st 44
Moving Companies 19.77 83rd 19th 1st 15
Pest Control 23.05 87th 9th 1st 7
Plumbers 18.86 174th 44th 3rd 36
Roofing 29.40 23rd 8th 1st -6
Self Storage Companies 13.62 93rd 23rd 2nd 4
Windows and Doors 18.34 4th 2nd 1st NA
Average 18.18 100th 24th 1st 8
Legal Criminal Lawyers 60.52 25th 6th 1st 13
Family Law 42.12 15th 5th 1st -15
Law Firms 7.45 133rd 42nd 2nd -20
Personal Injury Law 82.65 88th 24th 2nd -23
Real Estate Lawyers 8.38 37th 13rd 1st 12
Average 37.79 88th 22nd 2nd -10
Real Estate Apartment Rentals 2.76 39th 9th 2nd 24
Condos 1.74 114th 39th 3rd 18
New Home Developers 5.39 42nd 14th 1st 13
Realtors 2.38 141st 49th 3rd -9
Average 2.95 83rd 28th 2nd 9
Shopping Florists 7.80 45th 14th 1st 12
Average 7.80 45th 14th 1st 12
Travel Car Rentals 3.16 109th 27th 2nd 13
Hotels 5.77 18th 4th 1st 12
Average 4.47 40th 7th 1st 13

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About SEP Research*

An ongoing PPC Study by Search Engine People tracks and monitors how paid search in North America’s Top Cities is changing over time for select industries.

The study illustrates the Average Price-Per-Click in a given city for select Industries and their related segments. Additionally, it reveals its current rank to other markets in a Country, Province, and its Month over Month % Price change.

This PPC study monitors the prices of keywords, number of advertisers competing for those keywords, and search volumes. To ensure relative market-to-market comparison keywords tracked are based on sufficient search volumes in all markets studied.

The study includes a limited numbers of keywords to represent each industry, and specific segments in each industry. The main industries tracked are:

  • Automotive/Vehicle
  • B2B
  • Entertainment/Recreation
  • Finance
  • Health/Beauty/Fitness
  • Home & Garden
  • Legal
  • Real Estate
  • Shopping
  • Travel
  • Special Events

Currently the data is updated on monthly basis for nearly 200 keywords in over 300 cities across North America. SEP will continue to add keywords, industries, and baskets over time, so if your industry is not here yet, please check back periodically.

*The information found in this page is an early release of the data found in SEP’s ongoing study, and should not be interpreted as being definitive or statistically significant. It is merely a compilation of the interesting data gathered.