Findings for PPC in Seattle

Seattle Ranks Amongst Most Expensive Markets for Google Adwords in USA

SEP's ongoing research into PPC Campaigns has revealed that Seattle was the 19th most expensive city in USA in keyword bids in Google Adwords for the month of July 2015. Seattle also ranks amongst the most expensive cities in Washington, ranking as 2nd. In the study, San Buenaventura ranked as the most expensive city in the country, while Ontario ranked as the least expensive city.

Month over Month Google Adwords Prices for Seattle Rise in July 2015

SEP's research shows that the average price of a click to advertisers targeting Seattle keywords increased by 15% in July 2015.

Not surprisingly, the month over month price increases for Seattle Google Adwords terms helped increase prices (yr./yr. price increase)% higher than the same period last year.

Google Adwords Keyword Prices 14% Lower in Seattle than Bellevue

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 Seattle are 14% lower than in Bellevue. The average price of a click in Seattle is $20.96.

This price difference is interesting though, given the population of Bellevue is less than Seattle.

To understand if prices in Seattle align relatively, we also compared prices with Memphis, which has a similar population, and found the average price of a click in Seattle was 73% higher than in Memphis.

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

PPC Industry Data for Seattle


Summary PPC Stats for Seattle for July 2015
Avg Price per Click Rank in Country Rank in Region Rank in province Mo./Mo. % Price Change
City Average 20.96 19th 3rd 2nd 15
Automotive/Vehicle Auto Insurance 78.94 52nd 11th 4th 64
Auto Parts 1.37 124th 35th 5th -13
Auto Wreckers 1.58 25th 12nd 1st 12
Dealerships 3.41 167th 50th 6th -1
Tires 4.04 114th 32nd 2nd 2
Towing 11.04 8th 3rd 1st 43
Average 19.61 63rd 12nd 3rd 21
B2B Office Furniture 4.45 110th 32nd 2nd 10
Printers 9.12 31st 12nd 2nd -38
Trade Show Displays 25.37 14th 5th 2nd 2
Average 10.50 24th 9th 2nd -9
Entertainment/Recreation Restaurants 3.35 16th 8th 3rd 71
Average 3.35 16th 8th 3rd 71
Finance Credit Counselling 22.85 29th 10th 4th NA
Insurance 35.10 65th 15th 3rd 56
Mortgages 17.27 30th 6th 1st 6
Payday Loans 11.00 76th 25th 2nd -16
Average 26.82 64th 10th 3rd NA
Health, Beauty & Fitness Chiropractors 10.59 80th 22nd 3rd 4
Cosmetic Surgery 13.78 21st 10th 2nd 25
Dentists 17.74 30th 8th 1st 17
Martial Arts 6.82 11th 3rd 1st 53
Massage Therapy 9.57 32nd 8th 1st 11
Optometrists 13.39 4th 3rd 1st 191
Average 13.85 34th 9th 1st 33
Home & Garden Appliance Repair 12.66 117th 39th 3rd 16
Furniture 2.96 120th 42nd 3rd 4
Garage Doors 22.22 115th 54th 4th 4
Landscapers 8.30 13rd 2nd 1st 22
Moving Companies 24.67 29th 8th 1st -4
Pest Control 44.70 9th 7th 3rd -8
Plumbers 59.34 46th 16th 2nd 16
Roofing 36.26 11th 1st 1st 22
Self Storage Companies 10.88 148th 57th 4th -14
Windows and Doors 8.74 56th 10th 2nd -9
Average 23.13 60th 26th 1st 7
Legal Criminal Lawyers 40.10 42nd 7th 1st -9
Family Law 39.22 25th 9th 1st 44
Law Firms 42.70 32nd 7th 2nd 22
Personal Injury Law 107.86 67th 17th 2nd 17
Real Estate Lawyers 15.60 14th 5th 2nd 3
Average 48.34 79th 22nd 3rd 18
Real Estate Apartment Rentals 2.77 37th 7th 2nd 9
Condos 2.73 49th 8th 2nd -7
New Home Developers 5.03 48th 5th 1st -9
Realtors 3.64 48th 13rd 2nd 3
Average 3.50 42nd 8th 2nd 0
Shopping Florists 7.81 43rd 12nd 2nd 3
Average 7.81 43rd 12nd 2nd 3
Travel Car Rentals 3.99 38th 12nd 1st -2
Hotels 7.27 8th 3rd 1st -6
Average 5.63 11th 3rd 1st -4

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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.