High-volume/low-touch SEO agencies are the fast-food restaurants of search engine marketing. The “Big-Box of the Search-Box”, so to speak. With their focus on short-term goals, out-sourced labor, and cheap price, these firms represent the underbelly of SEO to many high-touch consultancies. But just like the behemoth retail companies they emulate, high-volume SEO agencies are some of the biggest in the world. And for good reason: they can make a lot of money. Read on to learn three strategies high-volume SEO firms use to rake in those dirty bills without having to wash the blood off your hands later.
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This article will focus on how to sell SEO to companies you are dealing with who are already heavily invested in PPC, but can benefit from SEO. We will break it up into 3 different types of client, but the real world is always more complex, and a blend of the strategies is usually required.
Experienced SEO’s know that different kinds of sites require different optimization strategies. A site devoted to branding is a completely different animal than one designed for raw traffic. So if you don’t execute the same for every site, why would you sell the same way to every prospect? Here are two powerful ways to focus your pitch to eCommerce prospects to get their attention and sell more services.
One of the most confusing, and most written about areas in selling SEO is the challenge of explaining the return-on-investment (ROI) of an SEO campaign. It should be simple. You know that you increase traffic. Increased traffic buys more. More buys = more profits!
Do your customers give you money, or take your money?
It seems obvious. Keep a customer around longer, make more money. Lose a customer, lose the revenue you could have generated from them.
I have been a sales person in the technology and internet space for almost 20 years. It doesn’t matter whether it’s software volume licensing, corporate network infrastructure, content delivery services, or internet marketing services; there is a process to all of them. My goal is share some of the content I discovered while specifically researching the SEO sales process. This is the first of a series produced by SpyFu on Selling SEO and is focused on general sales and entry level SEO sales content.
Managing expectations is a key component to successfully selling SEO services and maintaining healthy business relationships with your clients, yet it is often neglected. It is tempting to avoid discussion of limitations during a sale because it can be seen as undermining the value you’ve built up. And in the short term, avoidance may not appear to cause any harm. But as many experienced SEO’s know, failing to manage expectations can have far-reaching consequences.
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