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Case Study - Liquid Planner

Case Study - Liquid Planner

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Grow Customer Acquisition & Reboot Digital Marketing

The Challenge

A ground-breaking product had lost steam since its introduction. Existing lead generation programs weren’t performing. Lack of internal resources and expertise had hampered the growth of the digital marketing program to the point it was turned off. The directive we were given: improve position in organic search, increase number & quality of pay per click leads, reduce the cost of lead acquisition and grow paying customers by 25% in 6 months from start.

Our Solution

An in-depth digital marketing program audit was executed to assess current program status, weaknesses and opportunities. To deliver an immediate boost to visibility and lead generation, the PPC program was completely overhauled. Key activities included refocusing the customer acquisition strategy, campaign reorganization, extensive keyword expansion, landing page optimization and keyword level bid optimization. Our attention was then shifted to search engine optimization. Key activities to launch the SEO effort included: a detailed audit & competitive analysis. Data was utilized to support persona development and customer journey mapping which then drove keyword targeting, content strategy, link building & site usability improvements through site redesigns.

Impact for Client

Under the Matters Group (formerly Confluence Digital) management the paid search lead acquisition cost was cut by 60% beating the client’s target by 30%. In turn lead volume increased 90% in the first 2 months, 140% by the anniversary of the program and by 600% at 2 years. Fun fact: the Marketing Director who brought us on board was promoted twice during our tenure to become one of the few female technology CEOs in the Seattle area in part to the growth she engineered with our assistance. 

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Case Study - Expedition Trips

Case Study - Expedition Trips

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Investing in Customer Knowledge Leads to Revenue Gains

The Challenge

Expedition Trips a online travel agency specializing in expedition cruising and travel to some of the most remote locations on earth.  For years Expedition Trips had relied on pay per click search engine marketing to drive leads. An existing agency relationship had turned stale and both lead volume and quality had dropped off substantially. Furthermore, a slew of new entrants into the market had made the competitive landscape much more fierce. Expedition Trips needed a way to stand out from competitors and communicate the benefits of their service to both markets served: cruise operators and travelers.

Our Solution

We proposed a unique approach. First, we suggested we not rip apart the existing program. Instead we brought the inherited program under control which immediately reduced cost per leads generated by over 50%. Next we executed a qualitative consumer study to understand why travelers sought out the services of Expedition Trips. This exercise unveiled many findings about the motivations and interest of Expedition Trips' audience which were incorporated into marketing tactics, messaging and even sales and service processes.

Under our management, the digital marketing program’s poor performance was reversed fairly quickly and sustained for over 4 years until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the travel industry very hard. Prior to the impact of the pandemic, the program realized improvements in lead quantities, reduced lead-to-booking conversion time as well as increased average trip value. By digging into historic data about the attributes of those not just curious about travel, but actually booking trips, we were able to re-allocate media and targeting to focus on customer segments most likely to invest in a once-in-a-lifetime trip. By doing the research and better understanding the market, we were able to deploy tactics that maintained improvements in program performance that were sustained throughout our engagement. 

Impact for Client

In support of Expedition Trips, we executed our Brand Activism™ program to align internal and external views of the brand with travelers, cruise operators and the client team. A cross-section of customers and partners were surveyed to uncover what they valued most in the experience and how ExpeditionTrips delivered to meet those expectations. With a deeper understanding of the traveler's desires, the Expedition Trips staff were able to more efficiently qualify and guide individuals to trips that best met their needs. Additionally all creative assets were evaluated and new concepts were tested that addressed the needs and interest of high-value customers and micro-target them across geographies. The cruise operators benefited by having travelers whose expectations were met and/or exceeded by the experience which endeared them to the cruise line brand. During our time the cost per lead dropped nearly 80%, lead volume rose nearly 50%, lead-to-booking time dropped 20% and the average revenue per passenger increased almost 12%.  In fact prior to the pandemic the client shared with us that 2018-2019 were two of their best years ever. 

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