How This Marketing Firm Met their 15% YoY Revenue Growth Goal

Written By Danielle Fauteaux

In one year, this market research firm had successfully adjusted their digital marketing approach in order to support their goal of increasing year over year revenues by 15% annually. Looking ahead over the next 3 years, maintaining 15% YoY growth will allow them to double the size of their sales team by 2024.

This market research firm has been serving their niche industry for over 30 years and had become a well-respected voice for stakeholders at industry events. With a new President now leading the charge, who had recently promoted from within the organization, it was time to start becoming a recognized force in digital settings as well.

These efforts would help combat the negative effects of The Great Resignation on B2B relationships that were the primary source of revenue opportunities for the firm. The efforts would also afford the President time to off load some of his selling responsibilities onto new sales reps who could focus on “farming” new projects from existing clients rather than “hunting” for new accounts.

We started working together in June of 2021 with their updated digital strategies kicking off in August of 2021, ultimately looking to increase the number of accounts under management while making the firm more approachable online.

Goals:

  • Achieve 15% year over year revenue growth and maintain that growth in ensuing years.
  • Bring in 10-20 new accounts per year (depending on project size).
  • Expand the firm’s market share.
  • Maintain a 10-15% annual profit margin.
  • Generate enough qualified inbound leads to support an additional crew of 3-4 sales reps by 2024.
  • Increase client retention.

They were working with a digital marketing agency already, but were not seeing the level of results necessary and were having a hard time justifying the costs. They knew an emphasis on digital marketing was still necessary, but they needed a more strategic support structure behind their efforts, so they reached out to me.

A year into our collaboration, here are the high level impacts garnered for the first 6 months of 2022.

Results So Far:

  • 13 new customers (on track with YoY goal to bring in 10-20 new accounts per year)
  • Retention is ~75% (defined as a customer commissioning another project within 24 months)
  • 11% Digital/Inbound SQL to Close Rate
  • 1 more full time sales rep has been hired and another is in the process of being hired.
  • Visibility on LinkedIn is up by a large margin (678 unique visitors up from 56)
  • Search Engine Visibility up by 300%
  • Unique Page Views up over 200%
  • Have backlinks from 2.7x more referring domains
  • Ranking for 2.8x more keywords
  • Ranking in the top 20 results for 3.2x more keywords
  • Average visitor time on key conversion pages up 95%
  • Form conversion rate up ~20% (from 4% to 5.1%)
These search engine ranking results show how over the course of 12 months this client (top line) and competitors have continued to publish new content to their websites and maintain relevance via backlinks from other websites. From the rank positions documented in the right of the above chart, strategic targeting of searched topics and phrases in the client’s content strategy is yielding improved rankings (top line) than haphazard content writing by competitors. Whereas the majority of competitors have seen large increases in new content ranking in spots beyond page 10, this client has seen far more rankings on the first 2 pages of search results.

How?

Tactical Marketing Plan and SEO Blueprints

While this firm and I started working together before the formalization of the various agency marketing plans that are now available, the premise of what they worked through and is very similar and involved the following:

  • New and Improved Blog Content
    • ~40 New Blogs
    • Improved Conversion Paths to Gated Resources
    • Implementing an Internal Linking Strategy 
  • Creating a Consistent Pattern in their Email Marketing
  • Support making their their inconsistent Social Media efforts more fruitful.
    • LinkedIn Hashtag Strategy
    • Post Recommendations
    • Support Across Company and Personal Profiles of Sales Reps
Reporting period: June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2022 with August 1 marking the change in digital marketing and content strategies. Unique pageviews in June 2020 stood at 2,462 and increased over 200% to 5,133 as of May 2022.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022 showing a 7x increase in page views and unique visitors over the 11 months time span as well as an 18x increase in clicks from their Company LinkedIn Profile to their Website Conversion Path.

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Danielle Fauteaux, Momentum Marketing Agency Consultant

Danielle Fauteaux

Hi! Iā€™m Danielle. Iā€™m passionate about helping creatives recognize their value and place in this world, passionate about helping leaders regain control over their responsibilities, passionate about encouraging others to live more meaningful lives; and passionate about doing more with less. I guide creative firms through the Momentum Framework to achieve their revenue and profit goals while falling back in love with the mission they originally set out with. Let's chat ā˜• gettingmomentum.com/#contact šŸ‘ˆ