Cost-per-click (CPC), also called pay-per-click, is a popular programmatic advertising term where you pay an ad seller a cost every time someone clicks on an ad. Different social media platforms, search engines, and programmatic publishers have different costs per click.
On Google Ads, for instance, you would typically set a maximum CPC bid which is the highest amount that you’re willing to pay for a click on your ad. But Google will often charge you less for each click. The final amount of each click is called the actual CPC.
CPC is a common type of billing method that measures advertising cost and refers to the cost incurred per click on an advertisement. It is a measure of advertising costs, referring to the amount billed per click gained through the campaign. CPC is known to be the most commonly used billing method.
To calculate CPC, you can use this formula:
In today’s mobile advertising landscape, advertisers have access to a range of digital platforms to grow their brands and generate revenue. These include platforms such as Google Ads (Search and Display), Meta (Facebook and Instagram Ads), Twitter Ads, LinkedIn Ads, Pinterest Ads, and Amazon Ads.
The CPC rates for each of these advertising platforms are:
You should aim to have a low CPC on your marketing campaigns. The ultimate goal of your CPC is to drive sales, so it’s also a good idea to budget CPC according to the profit you want to make.
On attribution dashboards like Adriel, you can plot CPC against total ad spend, revenue, or any other metric of your choice, and group data by campaign or channel.
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