AA Finance – Turbocharging conversion rates
Opportunity: Approached by car loan specialist AA Finance to run its paid search marketing, Search Republic quickly identified an opportunity for optimization, particularly around the company’s online application form for both desktop and mobile.
Solution: “Search Republic let us know very early on that there were opportunities to improve our website’s conversion funnel – especially around our online enquiry form,” says AA Finance general manager David McLister. “As soon as our new form went live
we saw a huge 175-percent jump in conversion rate and the average cost per conversion dropped 26 percent.”
- 175 percent increase in desktop conversion rate.
- 160 percent increase in mobile conversion rate.
- 25.9 percent decrease in loan application costs.
Big results for blue chip brands
Search Republic’s unique application to digital marketing has seen it attract some of the big guns in New Zealand business: ASB, Trust Power, Sorted, AA Finance, Auckland Zoo and Auckland Art Gallery are all customers. The company has also recently worked with a prominent tourism business to double the return from its ad spend.
“Trustpower is another great example of how targeted search science can really turn a company’s online results around,” says head of SEO and analytics Isreal Hartley. “Before we took the business on, Trustpower hadn’t done much with paid search. After working with them for about 18 months, we’ve seen an increase of more than 100 percent in overall traffic to their website.
“One of our biggest successes was the creation of targeted ads based on region, days of the week, and even specific times of day when conversions are higher,” says Hartley. “The strategy resulted in Trustpower’s website traffic doubling and a huge increase in the number of calls to its call centres from new customers.”
Huge SEO wins for cruise sale finder
Cruise Sale Finder, the largest cruise holiday booking site in Australasia, wanted to increase organic traffic to its website while improving revenue and profitability too. Search Republic audited the company’s existing website then implemented SEO best-practice including URL and site structure changes and keyword research. It built website authority with additional content and through quality backlinks, and fixed technical issues related to indexing. As a result, in just the last quarter organic website traffic increased by 58 percent, while transactions and revenue increased by 32 percent and 29 percent respectively.
Unsexy maybe… but successful
Digital marketing, and the science behind search especially, can be hard for some businesses to get their heads around. But in order to compete in most industries, it’s becoming increasingly important to do it well.
“Our team has specialist knowledge of highly measurable marketing disciplines,” Guthrie says. “We drive and measure real ROI based on real numbers – we don’t just chalk up, or talk up, results as increased brand awareness.
“We’re scientific, rigorous and uncompromising on driving ROI. If that makes us unsexy, so be it. But strong returns on each dollar spent are very seductive for our clients.”