Effective SEO does more than just help brands get better visibility in search. SEO tells you what words people use when searching for products and services your company provides. It shows exactly what types of content they’re looking for when searching for those words. It even tells where prospects are in the buying journey when they search for specific types of information.
That means that a modern SEO approach — using techniques like keyword research, intent optimization, and analytics tracking — benefits every other part of a digital marketing program.
Whether you’re starting or re-energizing your digital marketing strategy, take time to consider the many benefits that SEO integration provides.
Marketers that include SEO from the beginning of building a digital marketing strategy enjoy many benefits:
Integrating SEO during the strategy phase also gives the department an opportunity to weigh in on when they should be consulted by other marketing teams, and also to speak to how they can help other marketing programs become more effective.
SEO and content marketing go hand-in-hand. Modern SEO cannot succeed without quality content. It’s one of Google’s top three ranking factors, and nearly 72% of marketers consider content creation the most effective SEO tactic.
On the other hand, content cannot perform its best without SEO. 81% of B2B purchase cycles and 89% of shoppers begin their buying journey with a web search, and SEO-aligned content marketers drive 54% more revenue growth year-over-year.
When paired, SEOs can use keyword + user intent research and analytics to help content marketers:
Good content is the vehicle for good SEO, and SEO insights are the only way to drive winning content.
In addition to some of the same benefits as SEO + content marketing—such as clarifying audiences—SEO insights help email marketing teams build a framework for the information needed at different points in the buying journey.
SEOs do this by mapping keywords to the buying journey with user intent research.
This allows email marketing teams to understand where prospects probably are in the journey based on what email content they interact with. It can also be used to develop an email sequencing strategy that ensures subscribers are receiving the right information at the right time—content designed to move them deeper into the purchasing funnel.
Social media marketers can use SEO insights to learn more about their audience. This helps them post more targeted and personalized updates which boost engagement, clicks, likes, and follower counts.
Additionally, social media marketing helps SEO:
Social media metrics can inform and improve SEO content efforts, and SEO insights can help create more targeted social media content.
SEO and PPC are traditionally pitted as opposites, but together, they offer twice the level of insight into which keywords, meta tags, and headlines effectively drive traffic—and which don’t. SEOs can use PPC insights to gather this information more quickly because ads are much simpler to get on page one of the SERPS.
SEO and PPC teams should also collaborate regularly so they don’t waste budget on overlapping efforts, as well as to target the broadest set of search terms possible.
For example, if a new piece of content has earned the top position in the search results for its targeted keyword, it may not be worthwhile to continue running PPC campaigns using the same keyword.
On the other hand, if SEO isn’t able build content that ranks for a crucial business keyword, the PPC team can jump in and target the keyword with search ads.
Integrating SEO into an overall digital marketing strategy means prioritizing its visibility, authority, and reach in as many ways as possible.
The more you develop and hone an SEO strategy, the more opportunities you will discover for integrating SEO into every other area of digital marketing, and the more those other channels will—in turn—inform your SEO. Effective SEO simply cannot be done in a silo.
SEO best practices are constantly evolving, but the value of SEO continues to increase. It remains the number one source of lead generation, and about 73 percent of in-house marketers rate it as providing good to excellent ROI. The reason you hear about the importance of SEO integration from all sides is that—quite simply—it works!
Learning SEO best practices can take time—and combining it seamlessly with existing marketing campaigns will take effort—but the vast majority of marketers who’ve taken steps to understand and use SEO do not regret it. It’s almost guaranteed to improve everything you’re already doing and open up additional opportunities for business success.
Bring SEO in early, break down its silo, and take advantage of the valuable insights it provides.