SEO Marketers – 5 Ways to Work Smarter with Bigger Brands?
SEO Marketers – SEO is the marketing channel that takes on accountability for websites in their entirety.Larger brands have unique challenges and untapped potential. That often comes with bigger entities and their marketing dilemmas. Here are five ways to use SEO and work smarter with the bigger brands.
This includes a consistent lead role and performance enhancement covering:
- Technical performance
- Website maintenance & health
- Marketing integration
- Data (integrity, tracking, insights, visualization)
- Total site performance
- Search footprint & coverage
- PPC has dedicated landing pages and a clearly defined page focus to maximize revenue and return on advertising spend (ROAS).
- Social media primarily entails broader external attention and driving buzz, awareness, content longevity plus on-site engagement and interest. (As an aside, here are some great tips for brands to effectively use Twitter.)
- As user experience (UX) and content strategists have highly targeted goals and KPIs.
Not focusing as much on the total site in a consistent way.
Five ways SEO helps you work smarter with bigger brands.
1. Setting a Solid Foundation from Which to Build
Perhaps the most overlooked value enhancement that SEO offers in an all-channel marketing approach is the creation of a solid base to grow site success.
An SEO expert with their span of expertise can easily become the go-to for all of this and a whole lot more.
As site health, functionality and performance becomes a monthly focus item, and discussed agenda point, it moves away from being nobodies job to everybody’s performance enhancer.
Here is where SEO takes the lead, puts in place improved working practices, and regains control over unwieldy and under-loved websites.
Technical performance impacts:
- Content digestion
- Social sharing
- Micro and Macro goal completions
2. Creating More Comprehensive Data Ecosystems
The data-driven approach of SEO, combined with the role of the integrated lead, positions SEO perfectly for managing and improving the data ecosystem.
Typically this will include fundamental responsibilities covering:
- Data collection, integrity, and tracking.
- Data visualization and reporting (integrated).
- Automating data-led insights.
- Prioritizing actions and tactical changes from data.
- Expanding the data points, sources and data recombination.
With bigger entities, the data dilemmas are frequently more expansive, repeated and complex, reinforcing the priority and timely application of a data improvement role from SEO.
SEO can include pulling all the data into a single place.
3. Leveraging the Power of the Brand
This covers everything from practical brand storytelling and expertise sharing, through to audience awareness and community contribution.
Within every brand sits unrealized potential tied closely to the brand.
With larger brands, this opportunity to vastly greater.
With an SEO hat on, a big brand adds to the marketing opportunity for:
- Expanding the topics that rank highly by the association with the brand.
- Maximizing the relevancy of the brand to peoples lifestyle choices.
- Bringing to the foreground expertise and knowledge sharing that exists within the organization.
- Larger campaigns and increased budget for experimentation and expansion.
- Faster and increased comprehensiveness of content coverage.
SEO inclusion within the marketing mix on bigger brand marketing can systematically reinforce the local focus leveraging that can regularly go untapped.
An example of this in action would be location optimization for retail brands.
Effective SEO inclusion in this would:
- Establish location tracking, actions plans, and prioritization of targeting.
- Report on data changes, growth, and refinements of approach.
- Set best practice and frameworks for increasing the efforts and actions from disperse teams.
- Facilitate head office control measures over remote teams.
- Drive forward ongoing action taking through the justification of requirement and result sharing.
4. Keeping an Eye on the Little Things
Large organizations and fragmented in-house teams naturally lead toward oversight on the smaller actions and the perceived “little things.”
An example of this in action could be something as simple as broken content on the site.
- Without the planned time of this being in place, it is likely that a bigger issue needs to occur for this to be reposition onto somebodies active workload.
- Leads to increased prioritization of sites lack of operation and output being a fresh site.
A lack of focus on the little things can manifest itself in many ways including:
- Inconsistencies of applied best practice.
- Inaccurate campaign tracking.
- Increasing errors and technical performance decline.
- Single success content mentalities (no mechanism for consistent refinement and iterative content improvement).
- Lack of ownership or proactivity on smaller action completion.
- Inefficient gap filling between teams and specialist focus areas.
5. Consumer Insights & Real World Behavior
For example, the keywords being used for product positioning has had extensive keyword research completed.
These assumptions and many others are often not true.
The role of SEO to sanity check assumptions can add huge value.
As can the ability for an SEO expert to quickly support or question the decision making with data.
Real-world application of business data, plus decisions support and justification, help deliver increasingly robust strategies and tactical action-taking.
There are many ways to working with bigger brands.
The five explored in this article were:
- Establishing a solid website foundation.
- Creating more exhaustive and reliable data ecosystems.
- Making more out of brand power.
- Keeping an eye on the smaller details and actions.
- Sanity checking decisions and data-driven decision making.