GO BIG OR GO HOME - MAKING THE CASE FOR DIGITAL OUTSOURCING
Related Companies is a privately-owned real estate firm with a worldwide portfolio of properties valued at over $20 billion. Their US-based luxury rental portfolio includes over 25 properties that provide distinctive apartments in premier locations. Related Companies approached Smart Panda Labs in 2015, initially to help them get their rental division’s digital marketing efforts on track.
When Smart Panda Labs began working with the company, they had little to no digital presence outside of their website, which itself was not optimized for search. Their rental division’s new senior vice president of marketing had a monumental task ahead of her, and she correctly gauged that her needs exceeded what could be managed successfully in house.
“We are thrilled with the complete transformation of Related Rentals’ digital marketing and technology programs after engaging Smart Panda Labs. They dedicated more than 20 experts to our digital efforts, including everything from SEO to database marketing and technology support. Their team is a truly invaluable extension of our own.”
– Andrea Kazanjian, Senior Vice President of Marketing
A COMPLETE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
As our relationship with The Related Companies grew, so did our share of their digital marketing efforts. In the first year of the engagement, we committed over 20,000 hours and more than 20 panda experts to their digital efforts, working across multiple channels simultaneously and collaborating closely with their marketing team. In fact, our consulting services for Related include the full spectrum of services we offer, from search engine marketing and conversion rate optimization to customer intelligence and marketing technology support.
Here’s a peek behind the curtain.
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
The Related Companies turned to Smart Panda Labs to get their digital presence on the map.
Initially, we ran scans of their website to find and assess weaknesses in SEO and user experience. We provided their IT department with recommendations to fix the uncovered issues ranked by priority and level of effort. Since we began, our pandas have:
Updated 230 page titles
Created and added meta descriptions for 22 pages
Updated 148 meta descriptions
Reduced 6,038 instances of broken links to 1,464 (-76%)
Resolved 192 CSS errors
Conversions from Organic Search Increased +164% Year Over Year.
PAID SEARCH MARKETING
We audited and rebuilt Related Companies’ paid search campaign for their luxury rental portfolio to improve performance and reduce costs. The migration and rebuild of their paid search included:
17,214 bid changes
38,334 keyword changes
4,721 ad changes
Weekly, monthly and quarterly PPC reports
The design and development of 40+ campaign landing pages
Increased Click-through Rate
Drove more than 2.1 million impressions
Increased click-through rate (CTR) 439% after one month and 575% after two months compared to start of engagement
Reduced cost per click (CPC) 10.2% after one month and 16.5% after two months compared to start of engagement
Email subscription opt-in forms reaching over 1,500
TESTING + OPTIMIZATION
In the fall, we implemented an ABn/multivariate testing and content personalization tool called Optimizely. This technology has allowed us to quickly make and test changes to ensure recommended optimizations lead to measurable improvements. What were the results of our earliest efforts?
Increased Lead Conversion
Made images/titles clickable on key campaign landing pages = Increased engagement by +6.7%
Changed the Call-to-Action on the website = Increased form initiation rate by +112%
Changed the form submit button copy on campaign landing pages = Increased lead conversion rate by +25.6%
EMAIL DATABASE MARKETING
Prior to our collaboration Related was already using Salesforce Marketing Cloud, but their client relationship management and digital communications strategies had many challenges. Messages were not CAN-Spam compliant, for example, and there was no direct feed of prospect data into a CRM platform or email service provider.
Eliminated duplicate records and corrected hundreds of mistyped email addresses through extensive data hygiene efforts
Established an API feed from several collection points into Salesforce Marketing Cloud
Initiated database growth initiatives, including landing page and social media sign ups and a pop-up modal
Mapped and segmented data to achieve more personal and effective marketing
Eliminated the need for manual data import and user upload errors
Leveraged the A/B testing module in their email platform to optimize user engagement
Collected over 2,500 new records
Email has averaged 50–60% open rates (30-40% above industry average)
Click-through rates are averaging 12–15% (9-12% above industry average)
Testing has increased engagement metrics up to 15%
ANALYTICS + INTELLIGENCE
Business intelligence can help maximize the results of digital marketing, but the right tools are necessary to acquire this informed perspective. We helped Related select, implement and leverage analytics and testing platforms, including:
Ensighten Tag Management—enabling faster deployment, updates and management of web analytics, campaign tracking, survey code and testing code
Adobe Analytics—to provide robust reporting and rich data
Foresee Results—to gather customer insight that aides informed decision making.
Reviewed and fixed more than 15 analytics tracking issues
Reactivated conversion tracking for the website and campaigns
Created a campaign tracking methodology
Built weekly, monthly and quarterly performance reports
Added new traffic channels, including email, vanity ads and display ads
Total conversions are up +57%
Conversion rate (conversions per visits) is up +124%
Mobile traffic is up +177%
Percent of paid search traffic increased +24%
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