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We are the only UK B2B PR agency that ranks SEO services as a primary consideration in our targeting and selection of publications in our media outreach.
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Every time we analyse the most influential and relied-upon sources of information by technology buyers via our Catalyst audience insight programme, search engines come out amongst the top. Never has the need for well-planned, targeted and well-executed search engine marketing been so important, nor so competitive.
PR has a major role to play in supporting SEO – driving links and references from some of the highest Domain Authority sites on the web: media sites. We’re not on-site SEO technicians, but we understand the importance of selecting the correct media targets and even published a ranking of B2B technology publications based on their Domain Authority and propensity to give ‘follow links’. This, along with careful keyword selection and inclusion, leads to our clients beating the competition in the search stakes.
There is no doubt that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a vital part of any contemporary B2B marketing programme. More than half of B2B buyers turn to search when first investigating a purchase (Enquiro), and don’t even contact suppliers directly until 57% of the purchase process is complete (Google Insights).
Our own Audience Insight Reports for the Mobile & Telecommunications, FinTech and Business Technology sectors reinforce this.
The challenge in contemporary B2B tech marketing is to offer compelling, and searchable, content that educates buyers and guides commercial decision-making. But not everyone realises the role that B2B PR can play in supporting efforts to boost an organization’s search profile.
At CCgroup, we go beyond “winning a link”, to determining what sort of links matter, from what places, and how many. This helps us to understand how to balance media outlets’ PR value with their SEO value and therefore target the right publications with our tech PR campaigns. It’s a little something we like to call “SEO PR”.
A website’s search potential fundamentally relies on only a handful of things, one of which is the number and quality of inbound links. These high-value links must be earned and not bought – meaning that PR is perfectly placed to be at the heart of this link generation.
Modern SEO relies on the targeted distribution and ongoing sharing of relevant content, as does PR, meaning the two marketing disciplines have joint goals – to make readers actively want to share the content and link back to the original source. The trick is to consider SEO impact from the very outset – to ensure that when conceiving the campaign idea, the SEO potential is not forgotten.
As a result, CCgroup pays close attention to how SEO can be best served by its campaigns and how clients can reap the joint benefits of wide publicity, increased sales interest and heightened search engine results.
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Just as with social media PR and digital PR, SEO PR is no longer a standalone discipline, or even an additional service – it is simply a constant consideration in any successful B2B tech PR campaign.
We did some research to understand how to balance media outlets’ PR value with their SEO value and therefore target the right publications with our B2B PR campaigns.
Along the way we discovered some interesting nuggets, like when it comes to sales lead generation value, coverage in national media is a distant second to trade media. Or how when it comes to SEO value, national media outlets outstrip the trade media in both PageRank and Domain Authority.
Again, we practice what we preach. Search for “tech PR” or any of our verticals and you’ll find us outranking most of our competitors.