How to craft a winning SEO proposal and avoid getting a silent ‘No’

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Let’s take a typical story of how the pitching process works. Sarah, the CEO of a successful SEO agency, gets introduced to the CEO of another successful e-commerce company through a common friend. She rallies her team and meets the client over Zoom. They have a wonderful conversation, and both of them are excited to start a great partnership. Filled with optimism, Sarah assigns her best colleagues to craft an insightful SEO proposal. They analyze the competitors, do the keyword research, take the organic opportunity into account, and form a unique strategy on how they can reach impressive results. The day of the presentation comes, and the e-commerce team gathers around, continuously nodding along with each slide. By the end of it, everyone feels excellent. Sarah is thrilled. Checking emails stopped being a chore for Sarah. She quickly scans all of them, looking for confirmation on starting the project. She does this daily for almost two weeks and, with each day, her confidence drops. There is no answer from the potential customer. It’s awkward to follow-up. What could she ask? Why don’t they indicate if want to pursue the SEO campaign or not? What is with this “Silent No”? Understanding what makes customers indecisive If you’ve pitched a few clients already, you’ve probably experienced a similar situation. It feels like a win, but then communication gets postponed. It’s not clear if you should follow-up or not. And even if you were to follow-up, what would you ask? They haven’t raised any particular concerns or downright rejected the proposal. There has to be something that brought them to your agency in the first place. They’ve invested the time for the meetings and maybe even shared their analytics account. So there’s a hint of trust building up so far. What if the dilemma stems from them forming trust based on “gut feeling” in the meetings, but lacking enough knowledge to judge whether the projected results will, in the end, be achieved. They want to make sure they make the best rational decision – but they can’t. Explaining the reasoning behind each data point and action, and arguing from first principles, should leave less room for doubt and more for critical thinking. Let’s look through the steps that can go into an SEO proposal and how to bring clarity and convey trust using granular data along the way. What goes into an SEO …

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How to craft a winning SEO proposal and avoid getting a silent ‘No’

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Let’s take a typical story of how the pitching process works. Sarah, the CEO of a successful SEO agency, gets introduced to the CEO of another successful e-commerce company through a common friend. She rallies her team and meets the client over Zoom. They have a wonderful conversation, and both of them are excited to start a great partnership. Filled with optimism, Sarah assigns her best colleagues to craft an insightful SEO proposal. They analyze the competitors, do the keyword research, take the organic opportunity into account, and form a unique strategy on how they can reach impressive results. The day of the presentation comes, and the e-commerce team gathers around, continuously nodding along with each slide. By the end of it, everyone feels excellent. Sarah is thrilled. Checking emails stopped being a chore for Sarah. She quickly scans all of them, looking for confirmation on starting the project. She …

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The 5 Best SEO Companies of 2020

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Anywhere you find a cube of sugar in the open, you’ll find ants. Today, the SEO service providers’ industry, valued over $65 billion , is like a cube of sugar. It’s why you’ll find countless SEO companies scrambling for a piece of that sugary cake. And where does that leave you, a business owner eager to reach Google’s top pages, generate qualified traffic, and drive sales? Insanity! With all this confusion, I sense you came here pondering: How do I filter vetted SEO companies? How can I find a top SEO company that doesn’t need ads to rank its website organically? You’ll find the answer to those questions here. And that’s not all. You’ll also see the SEO companies that go beyond vanity metrics and deliver real business results. …

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How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 2: Current business model(s)

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There are about 36,000 digital marketing agencies worldwide, based on our research on platforms like UpCity, Clutch, and our trials and users. Out of these, about 60% have SEO services integrated into their main activities. New agencies keep appearing, even in the current challenging context — more than 200 were created so far in 2020. With this in mind, our team at SEOmonitor designed a strategic experiment in three parts, starting from the question — How would you build an SEO agency in 2020? In the first part , we’ve explored trends, based on search data, and Gartner’s Hype Cycle to understand what’s transient and what’s here to stay, whether or not accelerated by the pandemic. In this second part, we’re looking at the status quo of SEO agencies and their current business models, introducing another strategic lens to guide our research: Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas or BMC. A …

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How to Choose The Right Local SEO Agency

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Statista says 52 percent of global internet traffic is mobile . A third of all mobile searches on Google are local. Microsoft says the same thing — 53 percent of mobile searches on Bing have local intent . This is pretty big on its own. Then we see data showing that local searches are growing 50 percent faster than mobile search. This growth is amazing for local businesses, but many companies aren’t prepared to take advantage of this growth. If you have the right local SEO agency, that’s not a problem. Do you know how to choose the right agency? Here are some simple tips you can use to help you choose the right local search agency for your business. Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes for Local SEO According to a BrightLocal survey , the top local search metrics for businesses were: Google rankings: The better your rankings, the …

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The 6 Best Local SEO Companies of 2020

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Local search has exploded. Research from Think with Google, says local searches with the qualifier “near me” have grown by 150 percent faster than other local search queries. There’s been a 500 percent increase in “near me” mobile searches and a 900 percent increase in “near me today/tonight” searches. When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Google introduced us to something they call “ micro moments .” They defined micro moments as “an intent-rich moment when a person turns to a device to act on a need — to know, go, do, or buy.” Businesses that rely on local SEO companies dominate these micro moments in the long run. Which company is best for your business? We’ll take a look at a few of the best Local SEO companies in the industry today. 6 of the Best Local SEO companies 1. NP Digital – Best for …

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How to Choose The Right SEO Agency

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Today, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of SEO agencies out there. And each one of them is good for something. Thus, your question shouldn’t be, how do I find the right SEO agency, but how do I choose an SEO agency that’s right for me? I’m glad you made it here, as I’ll guide you through how to avoid choosing an SEO agency that’s right for something not relevant to growing your business. Deal? Well, then, keep reading. First things first, why do you need an SEO agency? Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes Imagine you hurriedly booked a last-minute flight from New York to meet some business partners. Thankfully, the airplane you boarded flew fast with no delays. And you land safely at the airport. On arrival, the announcer congratulates you for a safe journey and welcomes you to Beverly Hills in Texas. Meanwhile, your intended destination was …

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SEMrush Review: Details, Features & Pricing

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Here is my complete review of SEMrush . In this post you’ll see: What SEMrush does well What SEMrush doesn’t do well My opinion of SEMrush’s SEO and PPC features Whether SEMrush is worth the monthly fee A whole lot more Let’s get started. Domain Analytics This is a big picture overview of a site’s overall SEO and PPC marketing efforts. And if you want to dig deeper, you can get details on a site’s organic traffic, backlinks , PPC campaigns, engagement metrics (like bounce rate ), the site’s main competitors in Google search, and more. This report is helpful if you want to quickly see how much traffic a site gets from SEO or Google Ads . But the real value here comes from each of the detailed subreports. So let’s break down a few of these right now. Organic Research This feature is simple. Yet super powerful if …

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How to Choose The Right Adwords Agency

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According to Unbounce, half of the people who click on your ads are more likely to make a purchase than those who came from an organic link. That’s a bit surprising. You’d think with 600 million devices running ad blockers —advertising would be less effective. Google Ads commands 73.1 percent of search advertising, roughly $40.3 billion. Advertisers couldn’t afford to continue spending that much money on ads if they didn’t work. Google Ads are effective. What’s tough for many companies is choosing the right AdWords Agency. Managing Google Ads takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. Most companies choose to outsource that hard work to a PPC agency. If you plan on doing the same, you’re going to need to know how to choose the right agency to manage your Google Ads. Here’s how you do it. Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes Google Ads is a direct response …

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Should You Test That? When to Engage in SEO Split Tests

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Posted by Portent This blog was written by Tim Mehta, a former Conversion Rate Optimization Strategist with Portent, Inc. Running A/B/n experiments (aka “Split Tests”) to improve your search engine rankings has been in the SEO toolkit for longer than many would think. Moz actually published an article back in 2015 broaching the subject, which is a great summary of how you can run these tests. What I want to cover here is understanding the right times to run an SEO split-test, and not how you should be running them. I run a CRO program at an agency that’s well-known for SEO. The SEO team brings me in when they are preparing to run an SEO split-test to ensure we are following best practices when it comes to experimentation. This has given me the chance to see how SEOs are currently approaching split-testing, and where we can improve upon the …

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Should You Test That? When to Engage in SEO Split Tests

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Posted by Portent This blog was written by Tim Mehta, a former Conversion Rate Optimization Strategist with Portent, Inc. Running A/B/n experiments (aka “Split Tests”) to improve your search engine rankings has been in the SEO toolkit for longer than many would think. Moz actually published an article back in 2015 broaching the subject, which is a great summary of how you can run these tests. What I want to cover here is understanding the right times to run an SEO split-test, and not how you should be running them. I run a CRO program at an agency that’s well-known for SEO. The SEO team brings me in when they are preparing to run an SEO split-test to ensure we are following best practices when it comes to experimentation. This has given me the chance to see how SEOs are currently approaching split-testing, and where we can improve upon the …

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