Aphrodite: Many companies tend to implement digital trends in a rather cumbersome way simply because of the size of the company. Strict hierarchies and prescribed approval loops make work in the operative area more difficult. In addition, many are used to thinking in silos: Different departments do not exchange information and there is no uniform, comprehensive digital strategy.
The industry also plays a role: in the B2B sector, some companies fail to make their own website responsive. Many mistakenly believe that they have no mobile traffic. But since March 2018 and the Mobile First Index Google Update, responsive design is a must if the site is to rank well. In the financial sector, it is rather outdated and self-developed CMS that make digital transformation more difficult.
Aphrodite: Especially in the field of search engine marketing many people have only superficial or outdated knowledge. Some companies only understand SEO as keyword research and leave technical aspects completely out of consideration. Often companies use SEA and SEO only separately via different teams. However, valuable synergies are lost in this way. Companies also often use very generic or even wrong keywords for their SEA campaigns, which generate many clicks but no conversions. This can be expensive.
For us, therefore, the following applies: First of all, we must give our customers a better understanding of search engine marketing in workshops, training courses or webinars. Only then can they make the right decisions.
Some companies consider SEO to be a short-term measure - and only focus on appropriate actions in the concept phase or before a relaunch. In reality, it takes a few weeks to months before major successes become visible. In addition, search engine optimization must be sustainable - after all, Google regularly changes its algorithm and the competition never sleeps. A permanent strategic development and the permanent critical measurement of success are therefore mandatory. In order to increase website authority - i.e. the quantity and quality of backlinks - and brand awareness, further measures are needed. For example one should...
...constantly supplement your own content
...further develop the website technically, i.e. optimise loading times and mobile performance
...build thematically relevant backlinks on highly visited websites
Aphrodite: It definitely makes sense to rely on both measures, because this way you maximize your Search Share of Voice. This means your company will be seen frequently on Google - and achieve prominent status.
According to a study by Nielsen Research, the company gets 30 percent more clicks if the brand appears in both organic rankings and paid. This is called the Mere Exposure Effect: Through the repeated perception of something that was initially assessed as neutral, over time it is positively evaluated by the user. Here are my eight tips for a perfect interaction between search engine optimization and search engine advertising:
Aphrodite: The goals differ in part strongly and depend on the industry, the products and the users. First of all, many companies are concerned with brand awareness. They achieve this by maximising their online prominence on Google. It is measured by visibility and site impressions in the search engines as well as the search volume of the brand.
In the next step, the companies are concerned with generating interest in their own products and services. This is achieved with a trustworthy website, an optimal user experience and high-quality content. The corresponding KPIs are additional search traffic and positive user signals.
According to this, both new and recurring traffic should be created. The goal is a stable traffic on the website and positive user engagement.
In the last phase, companies are concerned with ROI, measured by conversions and generated sales. The customer needs must be satisfied. Important elements here are an optimized check-out process as well as after-sales support through guidebook articles or product manuals.
Ultimately, SEM is all about more traffic, more leads, more sales - and all this at a reasonable price and on a sustainable basis.
Aphrodite: It is not true that SEO measures generally take a lot of time. There are also valuable quick wins in search engine optimization that lead to significant improvements within a few weeks. Here are my tips:
Of course, you can't say in general how long SEO takes. The first step is the status quo analysis in an audit. This is how we determine the current SEO performance and define the necessary measures based on it.
For example, if the website meets 30 percent of the possible SEO potential, even small repairs and keyword optimizations of a few selected pages will lead to quick success. On the other hand, if a website is technically clean and convincing with high-quality and keyword-optimized content, companies can start building links.
The decisive factor is therefore which construction sites are available and how complex the resulting measures are. The following questions are also essential:
The effort for SEO is very high, especially in the first months, but can be reduced over time - this is called SEO maintenance.
Aphrodite: In my view, the following trends are important for companies next year:
In addition: Content is still King. Not only pure flow countstext, but also multimedia content. Because of voice search, the content should also answer relevant questions and contain structured data so that the search engine can understand the content even better. Integrated content will remain important in the future. And what we currently call long-tail keywords, i.e. keyword combinations of three to four words, will probably be even longer. Trends such as voice search contribute to this.
In ten years, thanks to Big Data, we will be able to respond even more specifically to the needs of the respective target group. An even more personalized search will present users with the corresponding individual content based on their Google history. Personalised intelligent search assistants such as Siri show in which direction search behaviour is developing.
Artificial intelligence is likely to make the Google algorithm even more stringent: the search engine is becoming increasingly intelligent through machine learning and deep learning, so that tried and tested SEO tricks no longer work at all.
In general, I see a trend away from SEO towards UEO, which means User Experience Optimisation.