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Codestone is a SAP and IT managed services company that approached us to help with SEO and PPC. We doubled their conversion rate from 1.5 to 3% and reduced Google spend by almost 50%.

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What was the problem?

Following a disappointing and underperforming experience with other agencies, Codestone asked us to improve SEO performance and PPC ROI.

Codestone had a host of issues – expensive click costs, not enough leads, not enough sales meetings; and a website redesign that had decreased the website effectiveness – coupled with a competitive and expensive marketplace, competing with companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Absoft.

Codestone was further challenged by trademark issues around using the keyword “SAP” in Google ads.  Google had blocked some ads, believing Codestone to be in infringement of trademark laws, despite Codestone being a SAP Gold Partner.

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Codestone Case Study for PPC and SEO - Codestone's offices
What was our solution?

We needed to understand what was and wasn’t working in the PPC account. We delegated a lot of this analysis to our algorithms and the data science team surfaced opportunities and threats we found. This informed us where we could make the most impact in the shortest amount of time.

We undertook a full SEO audit and Apollo Insights quickly highlighted content gaps that presented an opportunity to expand the SEO footprint around core products.

Lastly, we used our Google Premier Partner status to arrange and facilitate meetings between Google, SAP and Codestone to address the trademark issues.

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Codestone PPC and SEO Case Study - Codestone offices
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Did it work?

Our PPC tactics meant that conversion rate doubled from 1.5% to 3% and Google spend was reduced by almost 50%. The freed-up budget was then re-invested in Facebook and Bing to achieve visibility on new platforms where the average cost per click was at least 50% lower than on Google.

The facilitated meetings between Google, SAP and Codestone to address the trademark issues were successful and the Google lifted its restrictions.

Vertical Leap made a quick inroad on our search marketing and reduced our CPA as promised.

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