What is CPL

CPL - Cost per Lead


Cost per lead, often abbreviated as CPL, is a valuation model of online advertising,where the advertiser explicitly pays for the registration of a potential consumer interested in the advertiser’s offer. It is also commonly called lead generation. A lead can consist of filling out a form, subscribing to the newsletters on the page or requesting more information about a certain product.

How much does a CPL cost?

Cost per lead is a very interesting metric for advertisers, as it allows them to accurately calculate the effectiveness of their campaigns. However, it is not easy to calculate what is the maximum that should be paid for a lead. To calculate what a CPL depends on, three main factors must be taken into account:

  • The budget of the advertising company.
  • Your concrete goals with a campaign. The advertiser must calculate the return on investment generated by each lead and if they are really effective. Thousands of registrations to get a free tutorial, for example, are useless if you do not hire a course or buy some other service.
  • The sector in which it carries out the activity. In this sense, there are economic sectors, such as insurance or urgent services, for example, that have high competition and generate higher costs.


Differences between CPL and CPM/CPC

Unlike cost per thousand (CPM) and cost per click (CPC), where advertisers pay for impressions (also known as “views”) and clicks, respectively, when CPL pricing is performed advertisers of this model only pay for enrollment, regardless of the number of impressions or the number of clicks their ad receives.

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