by Kaci Bower, Research AnalystOrganic traffic conversion rates and lead quality, by SEO maturity phaseQ. What is your organization's conversion rate for organic traffic?
Q. How would you rate the quality of leads generated from organic search?Click here to see a larger, printable version of this chart
Organizations that routinely follow a formal process and thorough guidelines for their SEO practices and programs reap the biggest bottom-line benefits. One example is with conversion rates on organic traffic.
When looking at median conversion rates, Strategic organizations tend to convert 150% more traffic than Trial organizations and 25% more than Transition organizations, or those with informal processes and guidelines for their SEO programs.
Another performance edge is with lead volume. Strategic organizations receive a greater percentage of their total leads from organic search. Additionally, they also find more of these to be of the highest quality, as indicated in this chart, than their counterparts in the other SEO maturity phases. Namely, one in four Strategic organizations states that leads from natural search are of the highest quality compared to just one in 33 Trial organizations.
Although not noted here, organizations in the Trial or Transition phases for SEO performance management each had a percentage of natural search leads deemed "low-quality." In contrast, only organizations in the Strategic phase could declare that all leads from natural search traffic were either of the highest quality or of mixed quality.
These organizations have reached a point in their SEO processes where they have filtered out low-quality leads altogether. By comparison, 16% of Trial organizations and 11% of Transition organizations still contend with low-quality leads.
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from the MarketingSherpa 2012 Search Marketing Benchmark Report -- SEO Edition
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