We embarked on a very successful site optimization effort back in July 2009. According to Google Analytics, in the last 8 months we have seen our organic traffic, orders and revenue increase about 150% compared to last year.
Heres the issue
our company is old school direct mail where EVERYTHING is tightly tracked. We all know that its not quite that black and white with organic. Another item to note is that we cookie visitors for 90 days. When we move these orders to our legacy system
if the customer had been previously cookied, was ever a customer in the past (weve been in business since 1974), they are reassigned to a retention program and the SEO campaign gets no credit. Many of these come in on long tailed keywords that rank in the top 5. My argument is that you probably wouldnt have gotten that retention order if you didnt rank for those keywords. Also, any search on our company name is assumed to be from retention as we are not a major brand.
Now I know an orders an order, right? And thats how I feel. But some around here, based on the legacy data, would rather put less effort into SEO because according to the legacy numbers, we have not realized the benefit. I, on the other hand, feel like we have only scratched the surface of the true potential on the organic arena.
Does anyone out there have a similar situation, where you re-categorize the organic traffic into other buckets. If so, how do you promote the true potential of SEO? Are there better ways of tracking?