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Proving the Value of SEO
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Proving the Value of SEO

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Prove the value of SEO by focusing on the right KPIs and correctly segmenting website visitors.

Prove the value of SEO by focusing on the right KPIs and correctly segmenting website visitors.

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  • Not just showing value and reports, we’re talking about PROVING value
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    • 1. Proving the Value of Search Engine Optimization Claye Stokes @claye Google+: http://goo.gl/SAK2D
    • 2. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports• Broad, aggregate conversion / ecommerce / goal reports
    • 3. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports• Broad, aggregate conversion / ecommerce / goal reports
    • 4. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports• Broad, aggregate conversion / ecommerce / goal reports
    • 5. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports
    • 6. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports
    • 7. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports
    • 8. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports
    • 9. The Usual Reports:• Rank Reports• Link Reports• Traffic Reports
    • 10. Value = BenefitsIn order to prove the value of your SEO campaign, you need to report on what matters!
    • 11. Value = Benefits…which begs the question, what matters most?
    • 12. ROI• Is the campaign profitable?• What ROI goals are in place, and what is the plan to achieve those goals?
    • 13. Value = BenefitsRankings, link counts, etc. are only means to the end.
    • 14. Calculating ROI• NEED: Ecommerce tracking
    • 15. Calculating ROI• Choose the appropriate time frame – Take seasonality into account with YOY (Year Over Year) ROI reports – Quarterly – Monthly
    • 16. Calculating ROI• ROI = (Revenue - Investment)/Investment) *100 – Investment: $3000 – Revenue: $3500 – ROI: $500 – ROI Percentage: 17%
    • 17. Not an Ecommerce Site?• Track CPL (Cost Per Lead) – Set “goals” in Google Analytics, and assign a value whenever possible.• What should be a goal/lead? – Lead/contact form submissions – Software downloads, demo’s – Surveys – Newsletters subscriptions – Request more information – Free analysis – Phone call
    • 18. Phone Call Tracking• Use phone call tracking to identify the keywords and other marketing channels that drive the most calls! – Mongoose Metrics – Century Interactive – Ifbyphone – Clickpath.com
    • 19. Tracking Goals
    • 20. How to Determine Goal Value• Calculate your CPL with offline efforts – Divide your offline ad spend by phone calls you received from those ads• Calculate your CPL from CPC or CPM efforts – Divide your CPC spend by the number of leads/goals you generated• More ideas: http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/web-analytics-tips-identify-website-goal-values/• Then, assign that value to that goal
    • 21. Calculating CPL (Cost Per Lead)• SEO CPL = Budget / Leads – Budget: $5000 – Leads: 450 – CPL: $11.11
    • 22. Key: Set Goals• In order to run a successful performance- based (based on ROI or CPL) SEO campaign: 1. Know the status quo – e.g. what is your current ROI? 2. Set goals to move the needle – push yourself! 3. Commit to them and audit your performance in regular, frequent intervals
    • 23. Key: Your Main Point of FocusThe KPIs you spend the most time thinking about and reporting are likely the KPIs that will improve the most.
    • 24. Key: Segment, Segment, Segment! All data in aggregate is “crap.” - Avinash Kaushik
    • 25. Segmentation/Customer Profiling• You can’t get real insights from aggregate data! Not even from organic keyword reports. – You may not care about users outside your country/region/etc. – Branded and non-branded keywords each bring very different users to your site! – Returning customers and potential customers are two very different groups, and probably use your site in very different ways. – Visitors that land on a blog or photo gallery section of your site are very different from users that land straight on product pages.
    • 26. Segments You Should Start Using TODAY• Default segments (non-paid search, new/return visitors, visits with conversions, non-bounce visits)• Users that give your website a sporting chance: 5- 7+ second visit, minimum.• Visits from branded keywords• Visits from non-branded keywords• Campaign target keywords (If you’re an in-house or agency SEO)
    • 27. Segments You May Find Useful• Geographic segments• Visits to certain sections or categories of your website• Logged-in users and anonymous users• Users that made it to the cart/checkout process• Users that have filled out a form or completed a goal
    • 28. How to Segment in Google Analytics1.
    • 29. How to Segment in Google Analytics
    • 30. Useful Regular Expressions:• Branded Terms – Brandname|.com|common brand misspelling|alt brand name• Exact Keyword Phrases  ^(keyword phrase 1|keyword2|keyword 3)$• Broad Keyword Phrases  keyword phrase 1|keyword2|keyword 3• Keyword Phrases with 2-3 words (long tail)  ^s*[^s]+(s+[^s]+){1,2}s*$
    • 31. Non-Branded Terms Segment
    • 32. Branded Terms Segment
    • 33. Exact Keyword Phrase Segment
    • 34. Broad Keyword Phrase Segment• Regular Expression: keyword phrase 1|keyword2|keyword 3• So, if you are targeting the keywords “toy cars” and “stuffed animals,” then the following Regular Expression will target those terms, along with ANY phrase containing them.  toy car|stuffed animal  This segment would include keywords like “discount toy cars,” “stuffed animal” (singular and plural animals), “toy cars electric,” etc.
    • 35. Broad Keyword Phrase Segment
    • 36. Long Tail Phrase Segment
    • 37. Main Takeaways• Focus on the right metrics• Don’t think for a minute that the aggregate dashboard reports provide insights• The KPIs you spend the most time thinking about and reporting are likely the KPIs that will improve the most.

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