Visit Bay of Islands
- Client: Visit Bay of Islands
- Date: Ongoing from July 2014
- Project URL: visitboi.co.nz
"Search Republic took the time upfront to talk to the stakeholders to get a clear understanding of the business goals, marketing goals and resultant Online Marketing goals. They built the account from the ground up. The results were instant and impressive."
Mike Murphy, Sales & Marketing Manager Bay of Islands.
Visit Bay of Islands approached Search Republic to work with them with the goal of increasing organic traffic through to their website visitboi.co.nz which was redesigned in early 2014.
Visit Bay of Islands promotes the Bay of Islands as a top New Zealand tourist destination and provides information on places to stay, things to do, events that are on and recommended places to eat.
The website was built to increase the voice of its partners, in the domestic market. Accommodation and activities are bookable via the Visit Bay of Islands website, however, this is not unique to visitboi.co.nz, and as such, they are operating in a competitive environment. As a relatively new website, there had been very little done to the website from an SEO perspective.
Search Republic were tasked with making improvements to the Visit Bay of Islands website, from a Search Engine Optimisation perspective, to drive more visitors through to their site.
Search Republic made and implemented both on and off page Search Engine Optimisation recommendations to continually improve the visibility and ranking of the Visit Bay of Islands website.
Implement best practice on and off page SEO methods to increase the visibility and rank of visitboi.co.nz in Google and other Search Engines. This included undertaking comprehensive keyword research, rewriting website content for key category pages and building a stronger external backlink profile to improve domain authority.
As a new website; the backlink profile of the Visit Bay of Islands website wasn’t strong. Search Republic have continued to work on increasing the number of external backlinks pointing to visitboi.co.nz which has contributed to a strengthened domain authority.
Search Republic also created a badge for official partners of Visit Bay of Islands to display on their websites.
Objectives and Results
Capture users searching for ‘Bay of Islands’ and related search terms via Google and other Search Engines, thereby increasing the volume of traffic through to the Visit Bay of Islands website from organic traffic sources.
Significant year on year growth in visitors to the website from organic traffic. When compared to the same month in 2014, organic traffic increased 520% in March, 313% in April and 43% in May.
"Search Republic really took the time upfront to talk to the stakeholders in our business to get a clear understanding of the business goals, marketing goals and resultant Online Marketing goals.
This was then reciprocated from their side and they made paid search very transparent and outlined their strategy around what they would do and why. They built the account from the ground up involving us in the process. The results were instant and impressive - as soon as the account went live we started getting traffic and our businesses started generating new leads both online and offline from their campaigns.
They have remained very hands on and always keep us up to date with the performance."
Sales & Marketing Manager Bay of Islands
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