Findings for PPC in Boston

Boston Ranks Amongst Most Expensive Markets for Keywords in New England

SEP's ongoing research into PPC Campaigns has revealed that Boston was the 2nd most expensive city in New England in keyword bids in Google Adwords for the month of September 2014. Boston also ranks amongst the most expensive cities in Massachusetts, ranking 1st. In the study, Waterbury ranked as the most expensive city in New England for keywords, while Manchester ranked as the least expensive city.

Google Adwords Keyword Prices 127% Higher in Boston than Cambridge

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 Boston are 127% higher than in Cambridge. The average price of a click in Boston is $14.99.

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

To understand if prices in Boston are relatively low, we also compared prices with Washington which has a similar population, and found the average price of a click in Boston was 26% higher than in Washington. This suggests that perhaps Boston 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 Boston


Summary PPC Stats for Boston for September 2014
Avg Price per Click Rank in Country Rank in Region Rank in province Mo./Mo. % Price Change
City Average 14.99 40th 2nd 1st 5
Automotive/Vehicle Auto Insurance 79.65 37th 2nd 2nd 5
Auto Parts 1.07 125th 5th 1st -45
Dealerships 4.10 67th 1st 1st -4
Tires 4.90 24th 2nd 2nd 34
Towing 2.93 97th 2nd 2nd 29
Average 24.09 17th 2nd 1st 4
B2B Office Furniture 4.59 79th 1st 1st -29
Printers 10.77 15th 1st 1st 22
Average 7.68 36th 1st 1st -3
Entertainment/Recreation Restaurants 0.85 174th 7th 4th 19
Average 0.85 174th 7th 4th 19
Finance Credit Counselling 23.09 22nd 1st 1st NA
Insurance 46.62 52nd 1st 1st -3
Mortgages 13.13 31st 1st 1st 62
Payday Loans 3.56 137th 2nd 2nd -11
Average 24.36 74th 1st 1st NA
Health, Beauty & Fitness Chiropractors 3.88 193rd 5th 4th -6
Cosmetic Surgery 10.38 34th 1st 1st 20
Dentists 21.39 4th 1st 1st 0
Martial Arts 4.12 13rd 1st 1st 35
Massage Therapy 5.60 54th 3rd 1st 19
Optometrists 4.90 42nd 2nd 1st -6
Physiotherapy 8.68 1st 1st 1st 0
Average 12.15 27th 2nd 1st 6
Home & Garden Appliance Repair 6.49 152nd 2nd 2nd -43
Furniture 2.35 103rd 7th 3rd -11
Garage Doors 11.11 132nd 1st 1st 2
Landscapers 6.19 51st 2nd 1st 102
Moving Companies 14.23 89th 4th 2nd 5
Pest Control 26.61 85th 4th 1st -11
Plumbers 12.03 217th 8th 3rd 4
Roofing 9.10 125th 4th 2nd 7
Self Storage Companies 13.01 66th 3rd 1st 0
Windows and Doors 3.93 83rd 1st 1st NA
Average 10.68 198th 6th 1st 9
Legal Criminal Lawyers 41.15 45th 1st 1st 31
Family Law 34.25 17th 1st 1st 45
Law Firms 15.35 70th 1st 1st -2
Personal Injury Law 66.39 97th 5th 1st -18
Average 32.75 86th 4th 1st 7
Real Estate Apartment Rentals 3.58 5th 1st 1st 4
Condos 4.33 5th 1st 1st NA
New Home Developers 2.15 160th 3rd 1st 1
Real Estate Lawyers 13.30 11th 1st 1st NA
Realtors 3.36 31st 1st 1st -7
Average 3.37 17th 1st 1st -4
Shopping Florists 9.64 3rd 2nd 1st 0
Average 9.64 3rd 2nd 1st 0
Travel Car Rentals 4.14 11th 3rd 1st 0
Hotels 5.07 8th 1st 1st -1
Average 4.60 6th 2nd 1st -1

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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.