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The challenge

With the average person taking about 3 months before purchasing a new car, D’Ieteren is facing a rather long customer journeys. This makes it harder for them to connect the initial touchpoint to the end conversion: buying a new car. Because of this, lower-funnel channels used to get most of the investment, while the impact of upper-funnel marketing was underestimated.

Our solution

  • SEA
  • SEO
  • Dashboarding

1. Rebuilding the SEA campaigns

In order to begin with a clean sheet, we started this project off with a big rebuild of the SEA campaigns of their biggest brands: Audi, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT, SKODA, Wondercar, MyWay, Audi Approved Plus, VDFin, …


2. Shifing focus from brand to generic keywords and introducing new KPIs

Soon we realized that they were spending 80% on branded keywords because they were focusing on the performance on last-click attribution for the hard conversion, buying the car.

Given the long customer journey, we introduced new KPIs that allowed them to be present on generic keywords. Thanks to that, the SEA campaigns were able to actually drive incremental volume rather than just intercept existing demand generated by other channels.


3. Laying the foundation for SEO

Thank to the good results in SEA, we were also asked to work on the SEO of their wide range of websites. We built the foundation and started with in-depth keyword research, keyword mapping, setting proper KPIs, and coming up with a methodology for ROI analysis. Once we fixed the basics, we trained all stakeholders, including IT, webmasters, copywriters, and the marketing team. As education is a crucial part of SEO, we are continuing to do this on a regular basis. This also includes D’Ieteren’s extensive dealer network, which we provided with toolkits with local keyword universes. Today, we still support D’Ieteren with our technical & content SEO services.

The results

A long-lasting shift from branded to generic keywords in SEA
Incremental increase in upper-funnel & mid-funnel conversions
Improvement in overall lead volume
Increase in organic search traffic & conversions

There was a lasting shift in budget from branded keywords to generic keywords. This approach resulted in a huge increase in both upper-funnel and mid-funnel conversions. Within only a few weeks/months, we were able to improve the overall lead volume. Additionally, we helped them increase their organic search (SEO) traffic and conversions.

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