How to stop competitors from running ads on my branded keyword?

If you came here looking for a definite answer: you can't prevent brand bidding.

Technically, you could register a trademark, but that's a lengthy and costly process.

We have already covered what actions you could take when your competitor starts to bid on your brand terms.

So right now, all you need is an effective and efficient way to detect the problem. Here's the flow that could be ridiculously ROI positive for your business.

Discover competitor bidding on your brand

Realize that you should bid on your own brand terms

It's frustrating that you have to pay Google for showing you in the #1 spot for your own brand. Yes, you have every right to feel angry, but it's also something out of your control. So there's no point in keeping out of the game if you're losing potential customers. Rather than doing that, think about it in other ways:

  • You're ensuring that people interested in your brand will be 99% directed to your brand.
  • Your CPC will be cheaper, as the quality score is a lot higher. Competitors will have to pay significantly more to outrank you, sometimes even 10-20x more.
  • If you have an effective branded campaign, competitors might give up, considering they'll have to pay way more for fewer results (since you'd be the #1 result).
  • If competitors give up, you can pause your ads campaign too.

So, in the end, there's light down the tunnel. But you'll need to work on it.

Can i stop competitors bidding on my brand?

Those marketers who accidentally saw their brand terms used by competitors know that one of the first questions in their head was - "for how long?". Competitors might have been stealing your customers for a week, month, or even years. All those lost leads add up quickly.

You could try googling your brand terms manually from time to time, or you could use a service like SerpWall. It searches automatically multiple times a day. On top of that, it can:

  • Check keywords from multiple locations worldwide. For example, maybe your competitor is stealing leads only in Europe or Australia?
  • Receive an alert with screenshots, ad details, and all the proof. You can then notify your manager or client.
  • Automatically turn on your Google Ads campaign to combat the problem even when you sleep.
  • Once the competitor stops bidding on your brand, turn off the Google Ads campaign.

All of this could be done manually, of course. But how much is your time worth? Especially if you want a 24/7 solution?

Have a prepared Google Ads campaign

Timing is critical, so if you see a competitor is bidding on your brand terms, you should have a prepared Google Ads campaign. There is no reason to think the problem won't repeat itself in the future, so instead of deleting old branded campaigns, you can always pause them. Then, you could unpause and leave your brand as protected upon a real need.

Moreover, SerpWall could automate this action for you. It would notify you will all the proof and automatically turn on your chosen Ads campaign.

Who is bidding on my keywords?

Of course, you could leave that Google Ads campaign running forever. However, your competitors might give up or change their PPC strategy completely. Then, you’re spending your own hard-earned budget for nothing. To make sure it won't happen, you need to monitor how your competitor responds when he stops bidding on your brand keywords. Then, pause the Ads campaign.

Or again, you could use SerpWall to pause the campaign for you. Consider this typical scenario:

  • A competitor starts bidding on your branded term.
  • SerpWall notices that and unpauses the specific Google Ads campaign.
  • Competitor stops bidding on your branded keywords after a few days.
  • SerpWall sees that and turns off the Ads campaign.
  • A competitor launches a new branded term campaign in Europe, hoping you won't notice.
  • SerpWall global checker catches that and turns on Google Ads campaign for Europe only.

All in all, it can be ridiculously ROI positive for you. Every lead counts; your competitors know this, which is why they want to steal them from you.

See it for yourself in this ROI calculator.

It's ridiculously ROI positive:

Lost branded leads per day
Lead to customer conversion rate (percentage)
Customer lifetime value
thousands recovered every month
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