The client

Beakon’s industry-leading software has been helping businesses manage and improve safety and compliance for over 10 years. They provide risk and safety solutions to large companies like Coca Cola, the Australian Grand Prix, and Brisbane Airport.

The challenge

For a couple of years, Beakon had been running pay-per-click campaigns, but while conversions were being made and leads were being generated at a decent clip, most leads were of low quality and did not turn into marketing possibilities, let alone clients. They had run in-house campaigns as well as working with a few major marketing agencies but still had a negative ROI. 

Services provided

  • Google Paid Search and Display Re-targeting Campaign Management
  • Landing Page Creation and Conversion Optimization
  • LinkedIn ads Campaign Management
  • Facebook ads Campaign Management

The solution

Step 1. Restructuring paid search campaigns

Our objective was to have a structure in place that would give us as much control over the campaign as possible. In particular, we needed to ensure that we had a precise message match between keywords and ads copy, as well as between ads and landing pages. These optimizations led to higher quality scores and click-through rates while keeping keyword cost per click (CPC) at a reasonable amount.

SaaS PPC Quality Score

In order to run a highly targeted campaign, we ensured that our keyword selection was spot-on. We began by picking the most relevant keywords from Beakon’s past campaigns. We poured through the search term reports and extracted some relevant keywords as well as many of the negative keywords. We also used some “spy” tools to look at which keywords their competitors were using and used some of those as well. Finally, using keyword tools, we identified new opportunities including niche keywords and long-tail keywords that were being ignored by competitors.

Step 2. Creating a new campaign structure

Next, we created a new campaign structure in which the keywords were placed in Single Keyword Ad Groups (SKAGs) – an approach where we use only one keyword per ad group (and thus one for each ad copy). While this is a time-consuming task, we knew from past experience that the effort would be well worth it. This new structure combined with new ads and long-tail keywords dramatically improved the conversion rate of the overall account. 

 

Conversion rate ppc saas

We remove all of the low performing ad copy and came up with three new ads for each ad group in the campaign. We then added all types of ad extensions to the ads to make Beakon ads more visible in search results and increase the amount of space our ads would take up in the Google page results.

Step 3. Improving the landing page experience

Next, we built brand new landing pages tailored to the ad copy and keywords. We developed a dynamic landing page that could modify its content based on the target keyword. We also made the landing pages more user-friendly and easier to understand for users.

SaaS B2B Landing page

Step 4. A/B testing and continuous optimization

We started with two ads that generated roughly the same volume of traffic as each other. Using close monitoring and A/B testing, we optimized these ads before deciding on a winner. We then used that ad to create another version, tested it against the original, and continued this method to obtain the highest click-through rates.

We also developed various landing page variants, CTAs, and headlines. Additionally, we used Heatmaps and recorded sessions in order to continually improve and test each landing page variant.

Step 5. Improving other channels

In order to scale up the campaigns, we worked on several other channels other than Google. These included:

  • LinkedIn
    We set up campaigns using content resources that we created for other campaigns. We tested different types of content until finding the best performing case study.

 

 

  • Display advertising
    We set up custom audiences and re-targeting audiences with differing time frames ( 30, 60, and 90 days) for Google campaigns.

  • Facebook
    We had to set up highly targeted audiences in order to be successful. We narrowed in on three types of audiences – Re-targeting, Lead conversion, and Lookalike. We went very granular in our strategy and created different banners for all the segmented audiences.

Results

Key performance indicators improved across the board almost immediately. Each level in our plan boosted growth significantly and built on top of each other. We finally had a multi-faceted, fully weaponized digital marketing campaign to go after sales qualified leads through all main channels, both paid and social.

There was a dramatic improvement in every facet of Beakon business including:

– Cost per acquisition lowered by 21.57%, despite a 15% increase in the cost per click due to increased competition.

– Conversion rate improvement of 82.4%.

– Search ad click-through rate improvement of 69.95%.

– Linkedin, Facebook and Remarketing campaign added around 50% more leads at a 25% lower overall cost per acquisition.