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Search Engine Marketing Specialist

Help businesses grow online sales with digital marketing.

What's it like to be a Search Engine Marketing Specialist?

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Specialists are digital marketing professionals who specialise in creating pay-per-click (PPC) advertising campaigns. PPC ad campaigns are supported by Google and other search engines. Search Engine Marketing Specialists analyse data to set budgets, refine campaigns and improve ad performance. They work for marketing agencies and businesses with a focus on digital marketing; they may also work freelance on a contractual basis.

Search Engine Marketing Specialist

Tasks and duties

  • Designing, executing, testing and reviewing digital ad campaigns.
  • Tracking and reporting ad campaign return on investment.
  • Estimating costs, determining budgets and managing ad spend to achieve return on investment targets.
  • Analysing website conversions and competitor performance data.
  • Conducting research to discover keywords.
  • Optimising ads and web pages for keywords.
  • Designing and implementing multivariate tests to determine optimal ad content and bidding strategy.
  • Creating regular reports for clients.
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How to become a Search Engine Marketing Specialist


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You don’t need a formal qualification to work as a Search Engine Marketing Specialist, but performance marketing skills and experience are essential. Many employers prefer candidates with a relevant degree.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree majoring in marketing or a related field. This usually takes three years of full-time study.
  2. Look for internship opportunities while studying to build experience.
  3. Develop your skills and experience using web analytics tools such as Google Analytics.
  4. Build a portfolio of work to show prospective employers and clients.
  5. Consider enhancing your skills with a postgraduate course, such as a Master of Marketing and Digital Communications. This usually takes one to two years.
  6. After gaining some experience, you could start your own freelance consulting business.

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Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

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Master of Marketing and Digital Communications

This masters degree will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of both marketing and communication strategies, and focuses on the digital space.

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Bachelor of Science

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