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Increase in Revenue
Increase in Profitability
Increase in CSAT Score
NOTE - To honor the confidentiality agreement, we refer to the featured SEO agency as "abc.com" in this case study. Our partnership with the client is bound by a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) preventing the disclosure of their identity.
abc.com, a leading SEO agency faced a challenging period of stagnancy in its revenue growth. Launched in 2013, they scaled from Zero to $3 mil in 3 years (2013-2016). But what followed was two consecutive years of being stuck at the same revenue level. By 2018, their ARR had not budged from $3 million, raising doubts about their ability to achieve their growth goals of 200% year on year.
abc.com was determined to achieve an extraordinary 200% increase in sales within just one year (2016-2017). However, they faced difficulties in reaching this goal due to:
The existing workflow at abc.com was characterized by a time-consuming and inefficient process that involved many manual steps and relied heavily on the SEO strategist which limited the number of clients each strategist could handle effectively. The process consumed between 30 to 40 hours per client per month of a strategist, and a strategist could not take up more than 3-4 clients a month.
Due to the time and resource-intensive nature of their existing processes, abc.com found it challenging to scale their operations to meet their ambitious growth target. Adding more clients meant hiring more people, which would have further exacerbated the existing bottleneck. This restricted scalability hampered their ability to tap into the full potential of the market and maximize revenue.
As a consequence of the time limitations and resource constraints, abc.com struggled to provide the level of attention and service that clients expected. To overcome this challenge they hired a client success team (additional expense) but they lacked the necessary technical expertise to effectively address client needs. So the client success team would still go to the strategists with client queries. As a result, the already burdened SEO Strategist was forced to handle client queries, putting additional strain on their workload. These circumstances caused significant delays in resolving client queries, leading to frustration among clients.
Consequently, abc.com consistently received low client satisfaction scores (CSAT) of just 4/10, highlighting the urgent need for a comprehensive solution.
We began by thoroughly analyzing abc.com’s end-to-end process, from client onboarding to final project delivery. We engaged in in-depth discussions with key stakeholders, including strategists, client success manager, and other department heads. Each team member documented their daily activities to gain a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
The original organizational structure at abc.com was characterized by a people-heavy hierarchy, resulting in various challenges and limitations.
DWS took on the challenge of analyzing and transforming the hierarchical structure of abc.com to overcome obstacles and drive better operational efficiency.
Here’s how the optimized hierarchy made a difference
The onboarding process for each client involved a comprehensive 1.5-hour call with both the SEO strategist and client success representative.
SEO strategists played a pivotal role in the process, handling various tasks. In addition to the initial onboarding call, which lasted around 1.5 hours, strategists were responsible for tasks such as keyword research, on-page optimization, creating detailed reports, developing content outlines, and coordinating with both link builders and content writers. Due to a lack of technical expertise of the client success team, they often turn to the strategist to resolve client queries, leading to delays in resolution and putting additional strain on the strategist. This ultimately resulted in customers feeling neglected and led to low CSAT scores.
Due to the multifarious responsibilities, SEO strategists could effectively manage no more than 3-4 clients each month. This limitation severely impacted scalability as hiring additional strategists to cater to the minimum client requirements resulted in decreased profitability.
At DWS, we recognized the flaws in abc.com’s process and took proactive steps to transform it.
We developed a set of SOPs that streamlined every aspect of the SEO process, ensuring efficiency and consistency.
We seamlessly integrated our team with abc.com’s project management platform, enhancing collaboration and efficiency.
Upon a client’s enrollment, our system automatically dispatches a questionnaire 24 to 48 hours before the onboarding call to the client, so that the client can fill most of the information before the call, allowing for more focused discussions during the actual onboarding call.
With improved documentation and information collection, onboarding calls were streamlined, now lasting 30-45 minutes.
Strategist was now able to gather more information during onboarding, beyond what was in the questionnaire, enriching the understanding of the client’s needs.
The SEO strategist formulates a detailed scope of work right after the onboarding call for DWS. All tasks get automatically added to Monday.com, with pre-set timelines, eliminating manual task allocation.
With streamlined processes, the SEO strategist efficiently manages at least 10 clients concurrently (if not more), leading to higher profitability and significantly improved client satisfaction levels.
abc.com’s revenue remained at $3 million from 2016 to 2018. After integrating DWS in 2018, revenue doubled to $6 million that year. It continued to rise, reaching $10 million in 2019-2020.
abc.com’s profit was 15% in 2018, hindered by inefficiencies. After implementing DWS’s streamlined approach in 2019, profit surged to 30% within a year, reaching 40% in 2020. This growth resulted from adopting SOPs, automation, and optimal resource allocation.
In 2018, CSAT was 4/10, reflecting poor client attention. With process optimization and personalized interactions, CSAT rose to 8/10 in 2019 and an impressive 9/10 in 2019-2020, showcasing significant improvement.
DWS’s streamlined processes and automation led to remarkable improvements in efficiency, scalability, and client satisfaction for abc.com. As a result, abc.com successfully achieved its goal of 200% revenue growth, increased profitability, seamless scalability and is now positioned for continued success in the SEO industry.