How to Use SEO Insights to Inform Your Broader Marketing Strategy - Deepcrawl

How to Use SEO Insights to Inform Your Broader Marketing Strategy - Deepcrawl

In recent years, SEO has gained a lot of traction as a necessary part of any well-functioning marketing strategy. According toGartner, SEO expenditure last year accounted for 10.5% of marketing budgets (social media, for comparison, accounted for a close 11.3% of marketing spend). As organic search becomes an increasingly important channel for marketers, how might marketing teams get even more from their SEO efforts?

SEO data and insights are necessary for organic search efforts, of course, but they canalsohelp inform brands’ larger marketing strategies. Here, we’ll walk you through how to use your SEO insights to support additional marketing channels andmore fully integrate website health and search within your larger marketing strategy. 

A successful marketing strategy is built from a solid understanding of your target audience, the products and services you offer, and the competition in your industry.

An effective strategy will set realistic goals and timelines and make use of the right tools and tech stack to achieve those goals.

So how can SEO insights bring added value to each of the marketing activities above and help other marketers on your team create a more informed and cohesive marketing strategy? Below, we’ll explore each of these strategic activities and how your SEO data could be used to bolster your larger efforts.

To create a great online experience and drive traffic and revenue from search, SEO requires coordination and collaboration from different departments and teams across your organization. 

The teams and individuals that help contribute to your SEO efforts may include SEO specialists, marketing strategists, content producers, public relations professionals, sales teams, product managers, UX teams, DevOps, paid search teams, and potentially more, depending on whether you’re part of anenterprise companyor an SME.

The insights gained through your SEO work can help your broader marketing teams with their own projects and strategies. Let’s bring it all together, starting with…

The search insights gathered by your SEO team can help marketers better understand the broader market landscape for their specific vertical. The queries users enter into search engines can give marketers a picture of what their customers are looking for, in addition to valuable information about seasonality and trending topics. 

Search trendsare key to understanding what people are looking for over time and when the interest in a particular topic, product, or service is likely to peak throughout the year. 

Search volumesfor particular keyword phrases, and groups of keywords (or clusters), can help provide more granular information about what people are interested in and how many people are interested in a given topic. 

Both of the above SEO data points can be useful for marketing planning and prioritization. For example, if you are trying to determine what paid ads to run throughout the year, examining search volume and seasonality for topics in your industry can provide guidance for growth marketers, content marketers, event organizers, and publicists planning their marketing calendars for the year. 

Understandingsearch intentis particularly important, as it allows you to create marketing and educational content that resonates with your core audiences and helps them solve their problems. 

After the introduction ofBERT, MUM, and more recently, the “helpful content update”, to the Google algorithms, it’s clear that Google is focused on helping its algorithms ‘understand’ website content more like humans do, with a focus on natural language, entities, concepts, and context. If the content you develop is designed to provide users with meaningful information and context that matches their search intent, there’s a good chance it will rank well and be favored by the latest search algorithms too. If you’re selling a product or service, this means creating content that shows how your product or service can help people solve their problems, as opposed to just listing features or benefits.

Brand positioning is all about understanding who you are as a company, what your competitors are doing, and why your product and services are valuable to your target audiences.

The competitive research you undertake in your SEO work can also feed into your larger positioning efforts. Understanding what keywords your competitors are targeting can tell you something about their own positioning efforts. For example, based on their sites’ top-performing pages and keyword optimization efforts, what kind of customers does it appear they are targeting? Are you also targeting these customers — or should you be? 

Your SEO research may also help uncover new competitors your broader marketing team isn’t yet aware of. By monitoring search results for your own keywords, you may come across emerging brands that are worth watching in the future if you want to maintain a competitive edge in more than just the search results. Then you need to find out which additional keywords they’re targeting and how they’re using them on their website. This will give you an idea of what type of content these competitors produce, as well as how they’re using it to drive traffic. Once you have a strong understanding of your competitors’ strategies, you can better ensure your own positioning is designed to make your brand stand out from the crowd.  

The key here is to look at your competitors’ websites with a holistic approach. Try to understand what they may be doing that is being favored by search algorithms and users alike. Is it the quality of their content? Does their tone of voice or editorial style play a role in communicating their message? Are they focused on communicating their expertise instead of pushing more sales-focused content? And is that leading to increased brand awareness and website traffic? 

There should be an obvious overlap between your target audience and the people using search engines to find answers, products, or services related to your business.

The information you have about your target audience (customer profiles, buyer personas, etc.) can benefit tremendously from the information you can uncover from SEO tools and Google itself. 

One of the first things you can do to improve your customer persona profiles with SEO data is to spend time looking at the websites being surfaced in the SERPs for specific keywords. You can spot the different types of companies that appear for your head terms (commercial keywords). This could get you closer to determining who your core audience is and help you identify opportunities for audience expansion.

While doing this, you should keep a close eye on how the copy is worded on these sites and try to gauge who your competitors are targeting. Some companies may have pages that exactly explain who they target (ie. “Who we help”, “Client case studies”) which is where you may be able to find precisely the clients they work with. 

Looking at what questions people ask is another great way to learn more about your audience and the things they care about. Your strategy will hit the target if you can identify these pain points and create a website experience that meets users’ intent. 

Another way to assess new opportunities relating to your target audience is by analyzing competitors’ backlinks. If a competitor is actively engaging in PR, brand building, and link acquisition (and if they are doing it right), it’s likely they are building links from websites that get visited by their target audience. This article fromSearch Engine Landgoes into a bit more detail about how to evaluate the backlink profiles of competitors. 

Measuring SEO performance and the success (or failures) that come with it, can bring in invaluable information that can be shared with different teams. This data can then be used to determine which strategies are working, where the website needs improvement, and what areas should be focused on in the future.

There are many different SEO metrics that can be tracked and measured, including traffic, rankings, conversions, and more. The end goal is always to increase revenue while optimizing costs — but it’s also important to consider how each metric relates to one another. Ifyou’re running a business, you want to be generating revenue with a healthy ROI. 

It’s important to know which keyword rankings your website performs best for and which pages get the most traffic. But what users do once they land on these pages is the interesting part. If your team uses user feedback tools, such as HotJar or Lucky Orange, you can understand what elements of a page people interact with the most, how far down they scroll, and what content they actually read. GTM can also track what text users copy from a page which can be another point of interest. For example, if you have a long-form article with quick anchor links at the top, you can see which links people click to get to the sections that interest them the most. This can help other marketing team members, such as content writers and PR specialists, better determine the information your audience wants more of and plan their own efforts accordingly. 

SEO-derived insights can also feed into understandingseasonality better. Ifthere’s an overall downturn in revenue across different channels, your SEO specialist can dive into the rank data, impressions, and clicks and try to gauge whether the downturn is likely due to a seasonal (or overall) change in demand or changes in the SERP. 

Another good example where SEO can help is if your company is launching a new product. Measuring how the product page performs in organic search and how users interact with the page once they land, can inform further optimization. Is the copy resonating? Are the FAQs covering all potential questions users may have? Are people actually converting (e.g. creating an account, signing up for a newsletter, purchasing a product, etc), and is the traffic high intent? 

SEO can be a powerful asset to any business. The insights your SEO team can provide you with can make sure that when people look for your products or services online, they find you and choose you over competitors. 

Although CRO isn’t the main aspect of SEO, your team can benefit from understanding what may contribute to changes in conversion rates, which can have a direct impact on sales revenue. Seeking insights from organic search means your business will have another string in your marketing bow.

And if you’re an SEO specialist – always look for opportunities to add value to the work of others in your marketing team. You’ll not only help them do better, but you’ll be building your own reputation and profile of SEO as a whole within the organization. SEO requires the buy-in and support from other teams, so think about how you can give back.

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