Click-Through Rate (CTR)

Date created: Dec 9, 2019  •   Last updated: Nov 24, 2021

What is Click-Through Rate?

Click-Through Rate (CTR) is the percentage of clicks on your link that generate impressions. CTR is broadly applicable to links on web pages and in emails and advertisements. Used for email marketing or digital advertising, CTR is one of the most popular measures of campaign performance.

Alternate names: Link Click Rate, Ad Click Rate

Click-Through Rate Formula

ƒ Count(Clicks) / Count(Impressions)

How to calculate Click-Through Rate

If your digital ad is seen 5,000 times and generates 100 clicks, your CTR is 100 clicks / 5,000 impressions = 2% CTR If your campaign delivers 1,600 emails and generates 200 clicks, your CTR is 200 clicks / 1,600 emails delivered = 12.5% CTR

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What is a good Click-Through Rate benchmark?

The global average paid advertising click through rate, according to 2019 Wordstream data, is 0.5% for display and 3.2% for search.

Click Through Rate (Search) by Industry

Click Through Rate (Search) by Industry

WordStream, Aug 2019
Click Through Rate (Display) by Industry

Click Through Rate (Display) by Industry

WordStream, Aug 2019
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More about Click-Through Rate

CTRs are a great way to test and refine the value you are offering your target market. It's a good habit to always treat each campaign as a test and to learn from the messaging you put in front of your audience. A high CTR is a good indication that your ad is compelling and your target market has a need.

CTRs vary according to the value of your brand and from market to market. CTR is based on your budget and your ability to buy visibility. One clear example can be seen by comparing Search CTRs and Display CTRs. Display advertising, where you will generate lots of impressions, generally sees a CTR of 0.35%. Search advertising, where user intent is much higher, will see CTRs six times higher than Display.

It’s important to follow through on the user's journey and fulfill the expectation the link promised. A great CTR is wasted if a user's expectations are not met when they follow your link.