Google Ads: Should We Bid On Our Brand Name?


Well, that was easy, right?

Ok, in a nutshell:

I recommend an always-on approach to brand paid search. While it may initially seem counterintuitive to spend money on the search terms you rank well for organically or to launch a paid campaign when you already have a Google Ad Grant, it is beneficial for a few key reasons:

  1. Search results are highly competitive – especially if you are a well-known nonprofit. If competitors are bidding on your brand keywords, your organic listings will get pushed down the page and you may miss out on important clicks and conversions. There’s also a good chance you won’t be able to effectively compete using your Ad Grant alone due to bidding restrictions.
  2. Search ads do drive incremental conversions – even if you are already ranking well organically.
  3. Paid ads allow you to easily control the conversation around your brand and send people exactly where you want them to go.


Brand search ads help you stay competitive in search results and ensure you stay top of mind when people are looking for your organization. If you don’t bid on your brand keywords, there’s a good chance that you will lose valuable clicks and conversions.

I recommend checking your absolute top of page impression share for your core brand keywords if you have a Google Ad Grant, and if you are not ranking well, a paid account is recommended.


Brand keywords are incredibly cheap. If you are running a revenue-based campaign, your brand keywords are pretty much guaranteed to be profitable from a ROAS standpoint.


In addition to helping you stay competitive and adding incremental revenue, paid ads also make it much easier to control the messaging and destination for people searching on your keywords. Ads are so much easier to customize than organic content, and you can easily adjust the messaging and landing page to align with your goals.

One great way to leverage paid ads is for seasonal campaigns or events. Not only can you adjust your headlines, descriptions, and landing pages to align with your goals, but you can also add custom site links to promote pages on your site. Fundraising is another area where paid ads have a big advantage. If you want to send people to a specific donation page when they search for your core brand keywords, this is very easy to do using search ads.