The change in lifestyle brought about by COVID-19 has highlighted the need for SEO services more than ever. Even demographics who would previously not have been big e-commerce shoppers have been persuaded to go online as the pandemic has kept them indoors. This makes logical sense, and the stats prove it:
- Compared to the same period last year, U.S. e-commerce sales in July increased a whopping 55%.
- As a total of retail sales in the U.S., e-commerce more than doubled from Q1 2020 to Q2. “That’s over a decade of growth in the space of just a few months as reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”
- Year on year, Amazon sales rose by 40% for Q2 2020 to $88.9 billion.
SEO and PPC tips for e-commerce success
1. Create a strategy for SEO and PPC synergy
Google Shopping has reintroduced free listings that are generated by the Google Merchant Center. Maximize your holiday shopping campaign by aligning your organic search (SEO) and paid search (PPC).
Use your PPC spend to target high-value queries on channels where paid listings lead the results.
Seek out opportunities to use SEO to rank for searches that attract a high click-through rate.
2. Analyze Search Trends
Take note of the top search queries in your category. Utilize the results to keep SEO core to your strategy, influence your marketing messaging, and inspire your paid search.
3. Plug Fresh Content
Use SEO analysis as a guideline to create current, pandemic-related content that develops trust with your readers by showing your understanding and support.
PPC can then be used to attract some immediate traffic and fill in any gaps. The best part? Informational queries are generally cheaper per click – extending your budget.
4. Test with PPC
Paid search provides feedback on what type of message and imagery works best – almost immediately. Use PPC to test various new ideas and tweak your SEO accordingly.
5. Lengthen Your Marketing Funnel
The more familiar people are becoming with using search engines, the more diverse their reasons for doing so.
Take time to nurture prospects during the consideration stage of the buyer’s journey using an appropriate blend of SEO and PPC efforts.
6. Draw your audience a picture
As part of your search plan, make sure to include images and videos to keep up with the increasingly visual nature of Google. Keep your visual content consistent in SEO and PPC.
7. Leverage Ad Extensions
Take advantage of callouts, structured snippets, and other ad extensions – such as Google’s beta “Curbside pickup” badge – to share extra information about your products and services.
8. Add to Google
As Amazon and Walmart’s advertising improves, you may want to spread your e-commerce budget across all retailers and search engines – adjusting as their ROI becomes evident.
9. Avoid Google
Consider how you can optimize your PPC spend and SEO efforts with alternatives to Google. Specialist search engines are slightly less competitive as they already have built-in customer intent. Video search engines are increasingly gaining popularity – an exciting way to showcase what you have to offer.
10. Make the Most of Automation
Wouldn’t it be awesome to get real-time insights in the face of such an unsure time? Automated rules and AI smart bidding for PPC does just that with a flexible solution to boost your SEO and PPC strategy.