Enquiro performed research sponsored by Google which aimed to determine if search marketing could cause a brand lift.
The research stated that buying the top ad position provides better brand recall, better brand association, and improved purchase intent for both branded and unbranded queries. This is true even if you already own the top organic ranking site. They also recommend writing ads for people who are new to your brand and have yet to establish an affinity for it.
You can download the research paper here.
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