Modern technology platforms are revolutionising businesses's abilities to take control of their own marketing, by simplifying and reducing complexity in all forms of marketing.
The digital marketing industry is full of jargon and acronyms. Just look at the above sentence; this is just a snippet of the terms digital marketers are using every day.
Why do they use them? Because each is important in its own right.
Are they inherently complicated? No, each follows simple rules and processes at their core.
Can anyone understand them? Absolutely, they can. And you don’t need to be a digital marketer to do so.
So – if these different forms of marketing and marketing strategies aren’t ridiculously complex – why aren’t all small-to-medium sized businesses implementing their own marketing?
Well, there will be a few reasons, but one of the top answers you’ll hear is that they don’t have the time or resource internally to train themselves in these marketing disciplines. Therefore they have to outsource to experts, like agencies or freelancers. Which is completely understandable, and often can be the right/best route for them to take.
There is another way
But there’s another option available to them, and it’s one that not all small-to-medium sized businesses know about: they can utilise modern technology (in the form of software platforms) to remove and/or reduce the ‘learning’ period and start implementing positive changes straight away.
In terms of driving traffic to websites, Google is the most important channel; it drives 59% of all website traffic. And if you want to conquer Google then you need to not only master the world of PPC, but also that of SEO.
SEO stands for search engine optimisation, and its purpose is to improve your websites ranking in Google’s organic-driven results (ie. the non-advertised listings, the map results, the voice-search results, the news results, and more).
But SEO has, and is, thought of as a complex discipline that is the domain of experts only. And not without good reason; Google reviews over 200 different variables when deciding where your website should rank in its search results.
Because of this, if you want your website to appear higher in the Google organic results then you need to employ an agency. Or rather, this is how conventional thinking goes.
The DIY SEO solution
In 2020, however, this isn’t necessarily the case anymore. Modern platforms, such as Hike, are utilising the latest technologies to enable their users to implement SEO strategies and SEO improvements to their website, all without having to learn the full scope of the discipline first.
So, how does Hike do this? How does it take a complex marketing discipline and make it accessible to anyone, when there are over 200 different ‘ranking factors’ you need to master and optimise on your website for great SEO performance?
Once you break this down into its constituent elements, you’ll find that these ‘variables’ are all relatively straight-forward and simple. And they’re data-driven. For example, an important part of SEO is creating optimised content. Sounds complex (and ‘expert’ only) when said like that, but in reality, it’s just the culmination of very specific actions to make a piece of content optimised (such as keyword inclusion, usage of synonyms and related phrases, entity score, and so forth).
Software is brilliant at analysing specifics like this, and that is why technology platforms like Hike are changing the options available to small businesses when they want to start an SEO campaign; they’re no longer restricted to the single option of hiring an expert, they can now do-it-themselves.
Another solution is by using Adzooma’s SEO Performance Report. The report will analyse your website and identify immediate actions you can take to improve. Like our PPC Performance Report, you’ll get an overall score out of 100. The closer to 100 you are, the better optimised your website is.
You’ll then get a more detailed breakdown of your performance into 4 key areas: keyword performance, onsite SEO, page speed and backlinks. You can also compare your client’s performance with a competitor, showing how they compare with the competition.
Does DIY SEO work?
Let me give you an example. One of Hike’s customers is Mr Cricket Hockey, a sports retailer who also operates an online e-commerce store. Mr Cricket Hockey had always relied upon agencies and freelancers when it came to optimising their online store for Google‘s organic results.
However, unhappy with the service they received and results they’d achieved they looked for other options and found Hike. They were unaware that a DIY solution even existed for SEO, but they signed up and started implementing the platform’s bespoke recommendations for their website.
And the results have been fantastic for them, especially with the increased importance of their online presence during this COVID period. They are now on page 1 of Google for 56 target keywords and their traffic from SEO has increased over 100% when compared to 2019.
(If this story resonates with you, and you want to learn more about Mr Cricket Hockey’s experience then you can read the full case study here.)
The impact for digital agencies
It’s not just small businesses who can take control of SEO using modern technology. The same can be said for agencies and freelancers who want to help their clients gain more traffic and customers from Google’s organic results.
Traditionally, agencies who wanted to provide SEO-as-a-service to their clients have needed to hire an experienced and dedicated SEO consultant to run campaigns for their clients. And anyone who has tried to hire an experienced SEO will tell you; they’re not cheap! And this financial outlay is a big risk for an agency, which is why they have tended to stick to providing only their specialisms.
Modern platforms like Hike, however, provide another option for them. And one that is far less risky. By utilising a software solution, agencies can start to provide effective SEO solutions to their client base (both existing and new clients) without having to hire an experienced SEO consultant.
They can sell and deliver an ongoing SEO package using the monthly recommendations that Hike provides. And because they don’t need to be experts, they can use anyone in their organisation to deliver this.
How Streamwork Marketing delivers SEO
An example of this would be Streamwork Marketing. Historically providing only web design and specialist marketing services (SEO not being one of those), they are now able to deliver ongoing SEO packages to their existing client base via Hike. And this has had a profound impact on their business and their financials. Just listen to what Streamwork Digital’s founder Mat Baxter said:
“Since the adoption of Hike SEO into Streamwork Marketing, we’ve onboarded and upsold SEO and other activities as ongoing services to many of our small business clients and we’re on target to double our monthly recurring revenue this fiscal year with the additional services generated from Hike SEO.”
(If this story resonates with you, and you want to learn more about Streamwork Marketing’s experience then you can read the full case study here.)
How technology is impacting other digital disciplines
It’s not just SEO that’s been impacted through modern technology, the same is happening across multiple digital disciplines. For example:
- Adzooma enables non-experts to delve into the world of PPC
- Shopify enables non-experts to build e-commerce websites
- Bubble enables non-experts to build progressive web apps
- And more…
And this trend is set to continue as technology evolves ever further forward, and the latest advancements become more affordable and attainable to all businesses via cost-effective software platforms.
Whether you want to take the DIY route or employ an agency to lead your SEO effort, the future looks bright for digital, that’s for sure.