Suttons Bay, MI (PRWEB) November 10, 2004
Oneupweb, a leading search engine optimization (SEO) and Marketing (SEM) firm, today published a research study showing that 46 percent of BtoB MagazineÂs Top 100 Advertisers showed only nominal search engine optimization or ignored it all together. Most importantly, the study shows that well-optimized sites placed better in search engine results. Ignoring the importance of placing well in search engine results can have critical effects: lost sales, stalled lead generation, increased marketing costs, tighter profit margins and stagnant reputations. The free study is currently available on OneupwebÂs home page (Oneupweb.com.)
ÂB2B companies cannot rely on a company car and a sample case for salesÂthey must generate leads,Â says Oneupweb President Lisa Wehr. ÂBusinesses search for answers on the Internet and business-to-business sales relationships start with an exchange of information.Â
With this study in hand, Oneupweb recommends marketers examine their own marketing mix and set aside a good portion of resources for natural search engine optimization strategies. As the study points out, four market trends will converge, putting more and more pressure on business-to-business (B2B) companies to use search engine marketing. Plus, optimization done well provides ongoing measurable sales and lead generation results for the long term.
ÂI canÂt imagine the business owner, CEO or director of marketing that types his companyÂs primary key words into a search engine and doesnÂt expect to be there,Â says Wehr. ÂThatÂs even more puzzling when you look at what these companies spend in traditional advertising. SEO proves its value. Spend a dollar; get $50 back or a $100, or even $1000. And the results can be tracked accurately.Â
Oneupweb also published two previous search engine optimization usage studies, analyzing FORTUNE MagazineÂs top 100 global companies and Internet Retailer MagazineÂs top 100 e-retailers from its Top 300 Guide. In comparison, the BtoB Magazine list had more companies with well-optimized sites (19 companies) than both the Fortune 100 (9 companies) and the Internet Retailer (12 companies) lists.
This third study is the most comprehensive, reviewing the best use of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and how many companies are paying for advertising coverage on search engines that they could get free through natural optimization. Oneupweb takes into account the B2B climate where longer sales cycles often put lead generation at the top of the marketing departmentÂs priorities.
ÂWhile the number of well-optimized sites is improved over previous studies,Â explains Wehr, ÂweÂre stunned that more than 45 percent of these B2B leaders are ignoring SEO completely or using it so badly it appears accidental.Â
Oneupweb plans to repeat this study next year.
Oneupweb is an award-winning, industry leader of world-class search engine optimization and marketing services including management for many of todayÂs leading companies. Oneupweb specializes in tailoring custom strategies that include natural search engine optimization, paid inclusion, pay-per-click and conversion tracking designed to deliver superior return on investment. Clients include Unisys, Equifax, Motorola, Maritz, Kimberly-Clark and many others. Since 1996, Oneupweb has pioneered groundbreaking services backed by new technology created to maximize client visibility and customer acquisition within the worldÂs top search engines. Named to BtoB MagazineÂs ÂWhoÂs Who 2004Â list for search and voted the ÂTop Search Engine Marketing FirmÂ by ClickZ in 2003, Oneupweb is a privately held company located in Michigan. For more information on Oneupweb, please contact 231.271.8700 or visit oneupweb.com.
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