Landing Pages and
Marketing / SEO Concept
for excentos Product Guides

Introduction and Goals

There are many ways how to drive traffic into your Product Guides and make marketing and SEO for them.
This docu shows best practices to optimize linking and conversion. If done intelligently,
our tips will not only increase the Product Guide traffic, but also support your website's overall findability,
SEO effects and even increase your search engine rank.


1

More Traffic in
your Product Guides

optimize the ways to get in there

2

Higher
Conversion

users that need help easily find it

3

More Traffic in
your Website

use Product Guide content for SEO


Summary: Best Practices, Do's and Dont's

Do's

Learn from excentos Best Practices

  • provide as many links and banners as possible
  • create top-level URLs with relevant keywords, e.g. www.your-bikeshop.com/bikeguide
  • integrate relevant keywords into all banners/links and integration/landing pages that are relevant for your target group
  • develop a good landing page and findability concept. Discuss it with your online marketing team. Make sure they continue integrating the Product Guides in future landing pages / campaigns

Dont's

Avoid Drop-Outs and Too Few Traffic

  • don't make the clickpath too complex. Avoid unnecessary steps, e.g. webpages or additional buttons between a banner and the Product Guide. Make sure if the the user clicks on e.g. "Product Guide", the Product Guide starts right away
  • avoid poor linkage, e.g. only small text links, links hidden below images, links with poor contrast, links that don't have a clear call-to-action
  • eliminate wrong keywords that correspond to your organization's habits rather than your customer's search behaviour

Check if excentos knows what we speak about:
Open Google and search "Drucker Produktberater" and find our Brother reference on top Google position.


Definition and Examples of Landing Pages, Integration Pages and Linking Options

  • Landing Page

    A Landing Page is a marketing page in your Shop / Website one step before
    the user actually gets to the Product Guide.

    The Landing Page attracts visitors and plays an important role in the SEO concept for your website and Product Guides.
    Typically, a shop / website has multiple landing pages to display
    specific content and messages to the user and to search engines. Landing Pages should / can contain the following:

    Use Keywords in URLs

    Place your SEO keyword here

    Place your SEO keyword here

    Create a clear Call-to-Action and large click areas

    plain HTML or Ajax Client displaying phase 1

    • Use Keywords in URLs

    • Place your SEO keyword here

    • Place your SEO keyword here

    • Create a clear Call-to-Action and large click areas

      plain HTML or Ajax Client displaying phase 1

      • How many Landing Pages do I need?

        At least one, as many as appropriate for different content areas / context in your Website.
        There can be only one Landing Page, e.g. "Bicycle Buying Guide".
        However, it is far more intelligent to have several Landing Pages centered around different messages / offers / keywords / target groups (e.g. landing page "race bikes" and landing page "city bikes"). This makes sure you adress several target groups with their respective usecases / keywords and search behaviour.See the section "SEO optimization" of this docu for more information.

      • Who sets up the Integration Pages and Landing Pages?

        You or your eCom / CMS team.

    • Integration Page

      The Integration Page is the actual webpage in your Shop / Website that contains the
      excentos integration code.

      You can use one or several Integration Pages for each Product Guide, but technically you only need one
      Integration Page per use-case of the parameters defined in the technical documentation for the Integration Page.

      The Integration Page can contain the following:

      Place your SEO keyword here

      Place your SEO keyword here

      use full width for the Product Guide and hide away detracting / conflicting elements such as faceted search

      • Place your SEO keyword here

      • Place your SEO keyword here

      • use full width for the Product Guide and hide away detracting / conflicting elements such as faceted search

        Examples of Integration Page used by our customers

        Notes

        If you want to use parameters to pre-set the Product Guide, please check the examples in the FAQs of the how-it-works section.

      • Menus that link into the Product Guides

        You can use Menu Links to link into the Landing Pages or also directly into the Integration Pages.
        Generally, menu links you should directly link into the Integration Page since we want to avoid unnecessary steps in the customer journey.

        Here are some ideas of menues that can link into the Product Guide's Integration or Landing Pages:

        menue

        Examples of Menu Links used by our customers

      • Banner

        Banners are very easy and effective ways to drive traffic into the Product Guide

        Banners can have the form of static image banner, text links or animations.
        They link into the Product Guide's Integration Page (preferrably) or into a Landing Page.
        The Banner can optionally set parameters to display the Product Guide with a preset
        answer option (see examples in the FAQ of the how-it-works#integration-section).

        opens the Product Guide and sets the answer option bikeType=racebikes

        opens the Product Guide and sets bikeType=citybikes

        Excentos can interpret that the user is in the Womens section (eg. cookie, URL-parameter) and show women citybikes only

        • opens the Product Guide and sets the answer option bikeType=racebikes

        • opens the Product Guide and sets bikeType=citybikes

          Excentos can interpret that the user is in the Womens section (eg. cookie, URL-parameter) and show women citybikes only

          Example of banners used by our customers

          At the beginning of each season, you can use different banners to highlight your product guide.
          This does not only increases the findability of your Product Guide, but also the usability of your webshop.

        • Teaser Widget

          Teaser Widgets are interactive widgets with a strong and intelligent pull into the Product Guide:
          They allow pre-setting the most important answers

          Teaser Widgets ask the most important questions so the user quickstarts into a very relevant Advisor Process. Since they're interactive, they provide a strong pull (who can resist a slider? ;-). You can create one Teaser Widget per context and thus intelligently pull into different Advisor Sessions.

          teaser widget

          Examples of Teaser Widget used by our customers

        • Quickfinder

          The excentos Quickfinder is a very play- and powerful tool to interactively display and modify intelligent recommendations.
          Say goodbye to static Landing Pages with poor conversion!

          The Quickfinder uses all the power and knowledge of the excentos Product Guide, and makes it available in a very quick and effective manner.
          If you integrate Quickfinders into Landing Pages or Category Pages, there is no more static and potentially irrelevant content,
          but the user can directly interact with our recommendations.

          Similar to Teaser Widgets, Quickfinders can be adapted to each context: E.g. only show a selection of questions / answer options,
          only show advisor topics for a certain Landing Page, or show recommendations from a certain sub-category only.

          quickfinder

          Examples of Quickfinder used by our customers

        • Defining relevant Keywords
          for Great Findability and SEO Effects

          Finding the right keywords for the
          Product Guide's Landing Page is crucial.

          If you want to attract traffic to your Shop / Website, Product Guides are a great tool since they really help online-shoppers. Their content and functionality are centered around how users actually express themselves and make buying decisions - and this is all that intelligent search engines try finding out when their robots analyze your website.

          Examples used by our customers

          • Finding relevant keywords with the Google Keyword Planner

            Step-by-step guide: How to use the Google Keyword Planner to find the right Keywords for your Product Guide

            1. Visit the Google AdWords website https://adwords.google.com and log in with your personal account
            2. Click on the menu "Tools"
            3. Select the tool "Plan your budget and get insights for keywords" (in German: "Budget planen und Keyword-Daten abrufen") and choose the first option "Get search volume data and trends" (in German: "Daten zum Suchvolumen und Trends abrufen")
            4. make sure you have the right settings for country/region and locale. Select an entire country and not only a city to get more relevant data
            5. type in several keywords that your target group might use when you would like them to find the Product Guide in search results. Hit the button "Get search volume"
            6. note the differences in "Avg. monthly searches"
            7. get creative! check different keywords, change the product names and test different combinations to find the right keywords
            8. note the most relevant keywords and design relevant content, call-to-actions, banners, links, URL names and image descriptions around these keywords
        • Product Detail Page

          The Product Detail Pages are probably among the most important pages in your shop / website.

          They typically receive a lot of organic SEO traffic since users search for product names or product features. But users are often not sure if the product really is the best for their needs. Instead of ending the session when not sure if the product fits their needs, banners to the Product Guide will help them staying in their site and making sure they find the best deal for them.

          integration page

        Effects of different traffic sources within your website

        The diagram shows our experience on how much visits certain traffic sources in your website can contribute to traffic in your Product Guide.:

        Product Guide Integration and SEO Concept

        • Notes to the Diagram:

          All figures rough estimates only.

          Example: Integrate a banner or link to the Product Guide into your product detail page and expect to increase the Product Guide's traffic by ca. 200% depending of the quality of the banners / links / content offered and your target group. Some effects additive, others not. he most crucial elements of the Landing Page are relevant content and SEO keywords and top-level URLs filled with keywords. This maximizes traffic for both returning and new visitors, no matter whether they are already in your Website or search via Google etc.