How TPM Helped A Digital Startup Increase Organic Traffic by 111% in Just 4 Months

More than 835,000 startups emerge worldwide each day (or approximately 305 million annually). But only around 10% survive to become full-fledged businesses. Creating a viable — and valuable — product is only the first step on the journey to success. Startups that want to survive and thrive need something more than a little seed funding and a can-do attitude.

This is the story of how TPM helped a scrappy SaaS with a revolutionary idea climb to the top of Google search rankings to get the attention it deserved. Using a pillar content strategy, we helped Company X increase organic traffic by 111% in just four months and achieve a conversion rate of 6.92% — unheard of in the B2B world.

The Background

Businesses of all sizes have, for years, depended on a time-consuming, costly, inefficient manual process to build and distribute RFPs (requests for proposals). And Company X had a plan to change that.

The team at Company X developed a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that automated, simplified, and streamlined the entire process — eliminating 90% of the manual tasks typically involved in building, sharing, and evaluating responses to RFPs. The solution was revolutionary, and Company X was confident any organization that leveraged their tool would recognize the benefits immediately.

The Challenge

But no one knew Company X existed. They simply did not have the reach — or the credibility — needed to introduce their innovative new tool to their audience.

They needed to make a name for themselves. The faster, the better.

Like many growing startups in the beta phase of development, Company X was rich in technical and product expertise. But in terms of marketing resources, they came up short. Fortunately, the CEO had experienced the results TPM could deliver at another organization — and she reached out to the team for assistance.

“TPM made our vision a reality and helped us achieve — and surpass — our goals in a very short time. We’re excited to continue working with them and to see how their efforts support our continued growth.”

Meeting with TPM chief Dean Ara, she shared her vision and goals for the startup. She was confident that their product would change lives and save huge amounts of money if Company X could only get it in front of its target audience. But with little in the way of a budget for promotion, the campaign to bring the solution to the world was going to have to happen on the cheap. The plan was simple but ambitious:

The Strategy

Building a compelling site was easy. A rapid increase in organic traffic was a different beast. But the TPM team was up to the challenge — they proposed using a pillar content strategy to help attract Company X’s target audience and establish them as an expert in their field.

A pillar content strategy relies on the development of one key piece of content (the “pillar”) based on a high-value keyword with a significant amount of traffic. Once the pillar is published, other content on related keywords, or topic clusters, is developed a cross-linked with the central asset.

With a plan in place, TPM got to work.

Building a Site

Work began on a Company X site that would support the pillar content strategy efforts. Like any business web presence, it had to be engaging, easy to navigate, and seamlessly funnel visitors to the content optimized for the pillar strategy. But that was not enough. TPM also optimized their content efforts with intuitive pop-ups, chat boxes, and other CTAs throughout the site — all guiding visitors to the downloadable pillar page.

Making It Shine

Then came the bigger task: building an organic pipeline of traffic to the optimized site. This was a multi-step process.

A pillar keyword was identified, and the production team leapt into action, building a PDF that walked readers through all the steps needed to create an RFP and blog posts surrounding the subject.

The PDF and the first few blog posts went live on the site in late November 2022.

The Results

Both Company X and TPM had high hopes for the plan. But the pillar content strategy began delivering results almost immediately. Site traffic started to climb, and conversions far exceeded the industry average.

By the following February, the site’s all-time conversion rate was 3.16% — higher than the industry average of 1%. But the success didn’t stop there.
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By January of 2023, Company X saw a 59% increase in month-over-month organic traffic from June 2023 with a conversion rate of 6.92%!

TPM continues to publish related blog posts to Company X’s site, ensuring the flow of organic traffic will keep growing.

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