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Customer Acquisition Costs by Industry: What's a Good CAC?

April 19, 2019 Jordan Ehrlich

Knowing if you have a good customer acquisition cost can be hard. Here are a few CACs benchmarked across a variety of industries. (Source: Propeller)

  • Travel: $7
  • Retail: $10
  • Consumer Goods: $22
  • Manufacturing: $83
  • Transportation: $98
  • Marketing Agency: $141
  • Financial: $175
  • Technology (Hardware): $182
  • Real Estate: $213
  • Banking/Insurance: $303
  • Telecom: $315
  • Technology (Software): $395

Customer Acquisition Cost by Industry

See also:

Average Customer Acquisition Cost by Channel

CAC by Industry (Search & Display)


Paid Search - Average CAC by Industry (2018)

Paid searches are advertisements your business pays for to be displayed under the sponsored listings of a search engine. Below are the median costs per acquisition within Google Paid Search Campaigns in 2018. Note: medians were calculated to omit campaigns that exclusively bid on branded terms or had unnaturally high/low CACs. (Source: ChatterBuzz)

Across All Industries: $49.86

  • Advocacy: $96.55
  • Auto: $33.52
  • B2B: $116.13
  • Consumer Services: $90.70
  • Dating & Personals: $76.76
  • e-Commerce: $45.27
  • Education: $72.70
  • Employment Services: $48.04
  • Finance & Insurance: $81.93
  • Health & Medical: $78.09
  • Home Goods: $87.13
  • Industrial Services: $79.28
  • Legal: $86.02
  • Real Estate: $116.61
  • Technology: $133.52
  • Travel & Hospitality: $44.73


Display Advertising - Average CAC by Industry (2018)

Display advertising is any online advertising that uses text, images, videos, audio, and URLs that link to your business’s website. Below are the median costs per acquisition within the Google Display Network (GDN) in 2018. Note: medians were calculated to omit campaigns with unnaturally high/low CACs. (Source: ChatterBuzz)

Across All Industries: $75.51

  • Advocacy: $70.69
  • Auto: $23.68
  • B2B: $130.36
  • Consumer Services: $60.48
  • Dating & Personals: $60.23
  • e-Commerce: $65.80
  • Education: $143.36
  • Employment Services: $59.47
  • Finance & Insurance: $56.76
  • Health & Medical: $72.58
  • Home Goods: $116.17
  • Industrial Services: $51.58
  • Legal: $39.52
  • Real Estate: $74.79
  • Technology: $103.60
  • Travel & Hospitality: $99.13 


What is a good customer acquisition cost?

What is a good customer Acquisition Cost?

A Good Customer Acquisition Cost varies by the industry and tactics used. But a good way to benchmark your CAC is by comparing it to Customer Lifetime Value (also known as LTV). LTV measures how much income a customer is expected to bring to your business during the whole time they have a relationship with your business. What is a good CAC ratio? It is said that an ideal LTV to CAC ratio is 3:1


What is the formula for customer acquisition cost? It is:

the amount you spend on sales and marketing / the number of new customers acquired = the customer acquisition cost.

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