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Consumers say the main reasons they click on paid-search ads are that the units directly answer their search queries and the ads mention familiar brands, according to recent research from Clutch.

The report was based on data from a survey of 506 people who clicked on at least one online search ad in the past month.

Three-quarters of consumers say search ads make it easier to find information online, and 77% say they are confident they can recognize search ads.

One-third of respondents say the top reason they usually click on paid-search ads is that the ads answers their search queries; some 26% say the top reason is that the ads mention familiar brands; 20% ,e the ads appear ahead of organic search results; and 19%, the ads have compelling titles, descriptions, or images.

Some 63% of consumers say Google ads are the search ads they click on most, and 14% say Amazon ads are the search ads they click on most.

Some 49% of consumers say they click on text ads most often; 31% say they click on product/shopping ads most, and 16% cite video ads.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 506 people who clicked on an online paid search ad in the past month.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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