When I personally think about the most notable marketing companies in LA a variety of different types of firms come to mind. Anything from Chiat Day to Wpromote… If you’re in the search engine optimization game you should be visible for seo keywords. Especially keywords that relate to your locale and competitive local markets.
But when I think of an SEO company in Los Angeles the very first one that comes to my mind is The Search Agency. This is obvious for a few reasons… #1 being they have “Search” in their name which says a lot about what their area of focus is. One would also be lead to believe that this denotes expertise in the field.
Additionally, I know one of their former employees. He was my boss when I worked in the tech industry and here’s another thing – he now works for Google. So that’s probably another reason The Search Agency is the first name that comes to mind when I picture an SEO company in Los Angeles. I personally know that they have alumni at Google today. That’s a HUGE thing to say about any company… that their former employees now work for Google.
All this credibility aside, when you search Google for an SEO company in Los Angeles – TSA (Shorthand for “The Search Agency”) doesn’t even make the first page!
So who is the most visible SEO company in Los Angeles? Right now it’s these guys: https://coalitiontechnologies.com/ – I had never heard of Coalition Technologies until recently but they obviously know what they’re doing because they’re the first name I get when I search for an SEO company in Los Angeles. They also have what looks to be a very large staff and multiple locations across the country. While a lot of their employees on Linked In are listed as “freelance” copy writers and developers it’s obvious they also have a lot of internal employees as well.
SEO is a constantly changing game so we don’t necessarily discredit anyone for not being visible in a search like this. A company like TSA doesn’t really need to focus on inbound business. They are a large enough entity that they aren’t relying on people searching for an SEO company in Los Angeles and calling them up.
Rest assured will be keeping an eye on this space and our fellow agencies though!
You’ve established your online presence. You have a great website, several social media pages and a well positioned digital brand. Now it’s time to set some goals and layout a plan to achieve them.
Your goal is going to change depending on the nature of your business. For example, if you are a blog that specializes in news the goal is going to be driving page views, maybe subscriptions, etc. The end game in this situation is developing a large audience that will facilitate advertising dollars. On the other hand, if you’re trying to sell handmade jewelry through an e-commerce site your goal is not sheer volume of audience but audience that’s looking to buy handmade jewelry. As you can see the nature of your goals are variable based on what you want to accomplish.
We borrowed this graphic from a Google training deck because it’s the perfect summation of most online business models. Take a look at this chart and find the one that most closely matches what you are doing.
One of the things we run into quite frequently is unrealistic CPA goals. As an example, if you’re a doctor or a lawyer the price of clicks and leads is going to be higher for your service than say, someone selling a toaster. The reason for this is that the cost of the product or service is so much different and the pay off for converting a legal lead is much higher than it is for selling a $20 dollar toaster.
Still a lot of people will come to us and say “Hey I want to get leads for less than $1.00!” – And while this is possible, the old addage: “you get what you pay” for holds true in digital advertising. I would seriously question the quality of leads for under $1.00.
So how can you vet the price of leads? Well Google AdWords is a great start and there are plenty of documented benchmarks for different industries. You can even use Google’s pricing to keep other vendors honest. The industry averages in Google should be relatively similar for most, if they are not I would do some digging.
One of my favorite sources of industry benchmark information is WordStream. Here are their benchmarks on Cost Per Action:
So how do you calculate your ad budget or your “Cost Per Acquisition” using this information? In order to keep it neat – We’ve put the steps into a numbered list for you, this is the step by step process we would use to find a good starting CPA goal.
Google offers everyone it’s basic analytics service for free. Attached to that is Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools). Search console shows you first hand what keywords you’re ranking for in organic search as well as which ones are getting you traffic. The value of this tool cannot be overstated and it’s not incredibly difficult to set up and manage.
Analytics goes incredibly deep as well allowing you to create conversion events on your website and track users paths to those events. This can show you where you’re getting the most and best performing traffic from so that you can focus on developing those sources further. It has several other invaluable features as well, the ability to release site maps being an example.
If you build a solid plan with realistic goals and follow through with it you will see results. The quality and magnitude of those results depend on a multitude of variables, but that’s the fun part. Once you have the goals in place you can begin to look at data and make adjustments that will help you to yield the most from your efforts.