How Hiring Right Digital Marketing Agency Triggered Exponential Growth for a DFW-based HVAC Company in 36 Months?

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HVAC Digital Marketing Basics

Businesses in the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation industry are among the most competitive services. The lifetime value of a client is high, but retention is a challenge.

Any Digital marketing campaign for the HVAC industry has to be carefully crafted. The marketing mix needs to factor in all the minor details, failing which can cost dearly to the business and trim margins considerably.

Competition and the nature of HVAC are such that one has to continuously monitor all the metrics and apply tweaks to the campaign accordingly and in sync all the time with every other stuff.

Like all other services sectors these days, businesses finding customers or customers finding a business is mostly done online in the HVAC sector also.

Google Maps, local results, and a top spot on the organic result page is the prime real estate. The high cost of acquisition via paid ads often compels the need to have a robust organic presence.

Even for the most reliable HVAC company, it’s inconsequential if customers are not able to find the business online on search and social easily.

Thus relying only on specialized HVAC marketing experts from a seasoned digital marketing agency can be a sure-shot way to help you cover costs, maintain healthy margins and retain a competitive advantage in the digital space.

Here’s what a good HVAC marketing plan should be able to address for HVAC business

1. A HVAC marketing plan that focuses on establishing your company as a reputable authority in the industry by promoting your expertise and services to potential customers.

2. Be able to showcase effectively unique features that set you apart from your competitors.

3. It must be doable and implemented right so that it turns your online presence a source of perpetual leads that you can turn into customers.

Marketing challenges that are unique to the HVAC industry

1. Seasonal fluctuations: HVAC services are often in high demand during certain seasons, such as the hot summer months or the cold winter months. This can make it challenging to generate leads and revenue throughout the year consistently. And switching content and messaging timed to seasonality is a task only seasoned HVAC marketers can accomplish.

2. Price sensitivity: HVAC services can be costly, and many customers are price-sensitive. This can make it challenging to market and sell these services without undercutting the value or quality of the services provided.

3. Technical complexity: HVAC systems are complex, and many customers may not have the technical knowledge to understand the services offered. This can make it challenging to effectively communicate the value and benefits of these services in marketing materials.

4. Local competition: The HVAC industry is highly localized, with many small businesses competing for customers in the same area. This can make it challenging to stand out from the competition and attract new customers.

5. Building trust: The HVAC industry has a history of poor-quality service and tons of scams committed now and then by fake companies, making it difficult for legitimate companies to build trust with potential customers.

6. Lead generation: HVAC services are often needed in an emergency, which makes it challenging to generate leads through other traditional and digital marketing methods such as social media, email marketing, and content marketing.

7. Online reviews: The HVAC industry is highly dependent on online reviews for customer loyalty and impact decision-making, which can be hard to manage and control. A single negative review can be detrimental to the business, so it’s important to have a strategy that has mechanisms to manage and address these side-by-side.

Real & Stated challenges faced by one of our HVAC client

1. Reaching and targeting the right audience: As covered above, our HVAC client’s also needs to become visible in front of the target audience on search and social channels. Before onboarding, they were only found on branded searches, and no new business was thus being added as the restricted visibility was limiting them to an already familiar audience.

2. Building trust and credibility: You have certain credentials when a customer walks into your office or shop, or store, but in the digital sphere, a whole lot of footprints and credentials are to be built to establish one as legitimate. Our HVAC client too had minimal presence in the form of an old-fashioned website. Also, scams and poor customer experience plagued the sector thus, a key challenge was establishing trust towards the brand name and its offering.

3. Poor digital adoption: Like all other businesses which had a good offline hold and were least bothered about the digital revolution which happened over the past decade, even our client was  not much accustomed to modern methods of marketing and education, consultation was needed to align core business objectives with the campaign we intend to propose them.

4. Generating leads and converting them into customers: Online people drop queries to multiple businesses. The response time and mechanism to integrate service with marketing efforts was another challenge with our HVAC client we had to address. In a highly competitive market, this is even more important.

5. Differentiating from competitors: HVAC companies need to be able to differentiate themselves from competitors to stand out and attract new customers. This was another challenge with our HVAC client that already competition and had the advantage of an early start, and they dominated the top 50 spots of Google results when we begun.

6. Managing and responding to online reviews: HVAC companies face challenges in managing and responding to online reviews, which can have a significant impact on their reputation and ability to attract new customers. Something our client desired very much.

7. Keeping up with the latest industry trends: HVAC companies need to stay current with the latest industry trends and advancements to offer relevant and competitive services to customers. Becoming content authority was core and thus, we had to be mindful of BOFU, MOFU, and TOFU subjects in proper ratio while crafting the content mix.
8. Optimizing the website and online presence: HVAC companies face challenges in optimizing their website and online presence to reach and engage customers effectively. A redesign and mobile experience upgrade was part of the list of our client’s core needs.

Since the focus of this post is organic search, the growth aspect will be covered in the next sections: how SEO was done for this HVAC client and the business impact of it.

Digital Success HVAC SEO strategy has 10 key elements

1. Keyword Discovery based on competitors, GSC & discovery tools combining trends from the social sphere + Intent Mapping

2. In-depth Technical Audit unearthing every feasible optimization opportunity

3. On-page optimization in sync with the overall design and development updates

4. Website Architecture Optimization to enhance overall user experience and content discovery and assisted journey to business goals

5. Content Strategy focusing on all stages of the funnels in the right proportions

6. Link acquisition using DS outreach campaigns, listings, drip feed strategically placed and timed links

7. Ads, classifieds, PR, Q and A, and other placements to support branding and improve content visibility

8. DS Power Pack Local SEO ( This is a secret that will disclose in a different thread )

9. Multi-point web data Analytics and Reporting

10. Continual optimization based on feedback

Success Criterion

1. Achieve 3x jump in monthly traffic from non-branded HVAC terms at the mid-term of the campaign.

2. Doubled the number of leads from regions Dallas, Plano, and Arlington.

3. 5X the overall traffic contribution from blog posts by mid-term of the campaign.

4. Ranking keywords: 50% of the target keywords ranking in the top 10 positions by end of the campaign.

5. Domain Authority: Improved existing domain rating by 10X over 3 Years.

Impact Assessment

Below is a glimpse of key milestones achieved for the HVAC client.

Impressions & Traffic: Progress made in just 6 months [From 40 Clicks/Day to Over 600 Clicks/Day] Month-0 [December’21] to Month-7 [June’22]

Source – Google Search Console

  • Growth in Number of Clicks: +1400%
  • Growth in Number of Impressions: +276%

 Exponential Growth in Number of Ranking Keywords:

Source – Ahrefs Tool

  • Number of Keywords Ranking in top 3 Positions: Grew by 2100% [From just 5 Keywords to 110]
  • Number of Ranking keywords in 4-10 positions: Grew from just 2 to 359 keywords

Other possible metrics that can be showcased (October 2021 vs. June 2022):

Organic Sessions (MoM): +456%

New Users [Organic]: +478%

On-site Goal Completions: +305%

Tools used throughout:

  • Keyword Insight tools (Google Keyword Planner and SEMrush) – Both tools are used to get data on search volume, competition, and suggested bid prices etc.
  • Google My Business – Google My Business (GMB) is a free business listing tool which helps businesses manage their profile and optimize rankings on local searches across Google, including Search and Maps.
  • Google Analytics –Primary reporting tool, used to track and analyze website traffic, user behavior, and conversion rates
  • Google Search Console – Primary webmaster tools to monitor website’s performance on Google search, including tracking search queries, identifying crawl errors, and monitoring the SEO vitals of the website
  • Ahrefs – Paid version tools to keep a check on SEO vitals, keyword research, competitor analysis, backlink analysis, link opportunities finding, and content research etc.
  • ScreamingFrog – Primary website crawler for conducting all kinds of technical diagnosis through campaigns.
  • Google Trends – Exploring the popularity of search terms over time, providing insights into seasonal trends, geographic regions, and related topics – Inputs were used to draft content strategy
  • AnswerThePublic – AnswerThePublic is another free keyword and topic research tool that provides a visual representation of search queries related to a specific topic, including questions, prepositions and comparisons, helping writers gain a deeper understanding of their target audience’s pain points and interests.
  • CopyScape – Used for plagiarism detection, and used to protect the online reputation and integrity of the website.
  • Siteliner – Siteliner is another website technical analysis tool for double checking the usual SEO issues, like duplicate content, broken links, and slow-loading pages, helping businesses to optimize their website for better search engine performance and user experience.
  • AWR Ranking Tool – AWR (Advanced Web Ranking) is a paid service offering highly accurate search engine performance tracking with tons of options.

What we earned in return:

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Your HVAC business can also register tremendous growth on digital platforms including organic searches by utilizing Digital success SEO.

In 6 months, you can expect below gains for your HVAC business by employing Digital Success SEO & Digital Marketing combo:

1. Far More Impressions: Up to 5x jump in impressions count on Google searches.

2. Increased Website Traffic: Up to 140% more website visits no matters the geography or competition.

3. More Leads: Generate up to 6x more leads than traditional marketing.

4. Expand Keywords Universe: Up to 4x jump in top 10 organic ranking keywords in Google and hundreds of keywords in other spots.

5. Lower Cost Per Lead: Reduce cost-per-lead by up to 250% for your HVAC businesses.

6. Improved Brand Awareness:  up to 180%, increase in brand awareness metrics.

7. Higher Conversion Rates: up to 130% jump in conversion rate within few months.

8. Skyrocketed Sales:  up to 7x more sales through digital channels within few years.

9. Greater Reach: Digital Success can help HVAC businesses in boosting their reach up to 4x, to more diverse audience than traditional marketing.

10. More Engagement: increased engagement rates up to 8x on all popular digital platforms.

11. Better Customer Retention: Improve customer loyalty, with an average of 70% more customers repeating.

12. Higher ROI: Digital Success can help HVAC businesses achieve a higher return on investment, with an average of 150% higher ROI within a few months.

13. Faster Results: Achieve faster results, with an average of 5x faster results than any traditional marketing.

PAAs / FAQs:

  • What are the reasons for hiring a digital marketing agency?

There are several reasons why a business may choose to hire a digital marketing agency:

1. Expertise: Digital marketing agencies have a team of experts with specialized skills and knowledge in various areas of digital marketing, such as SEO, PPC, social media marketing, and content marketing.

2. Time-saving: A digital marketing agency can handle all aspects of a business’s digital marketing efforts, allowing the business to focus on other areas of their operations.

3. Cost-effective: Hiring a digital marketing agency can be more cost-effective than building an in-house marketing team, as agencies have economies of scale and can provide services at a lower cost.

4. Objectivity: Digital marketing agencies can provide a fresh perspective and new ideas for a business’s marketing efforts.

5. Measurement and Analytics: Agencies have the tools and expertise to measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and to make data-driven decisions for future campaigns.

6. Resources: Agencies have access to a wide range of resources, including software and tools that can help them to create effective campaigns and improve marketing efforts.

  • What is the target market for HVAC?

The target market for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and services typically includes both residential and commercial customers.

Residential customers include homeowners and renters who need HVAC systems and services for their homes.

Commercial customers include businesses such as office buildings, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other types of commercial properties that require HVAC systems and services to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for their employees and customers.

The target market can also be segmented by location, such as geographic region, climate, and demographic, as well as by property type, such as single-family homes, multi-unit buildings, or large commercial properties.

It is also important to note that, in addition to new installations, the target market for HVAC companies also includes customers in need of repairs, maintenance, and replacements for their existing systems.

  • How can I increase my HVAC sales?

There are several strategies you can use to increase HVAC sales. Some potential tactics include

1. Offering promotions and discounts to attract new customers

2. Building relationships with local contractors and builders to generate referral business

3. Networking and building a strong reputation within the community to increase brand awareness

4. Investing in online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your online visibility

5. Expanding your product and service offerings to meet the diverse needs of your target market

6. Providing excellent customer service and building a loyal customer base through repeat business

7. Providing training and education opportunities to your sales team to improve their sales skills

8. Building a strong online presence on social media platforms.

Ultimately, the key to increasing sales is to understand your target market and tailor your marketing and sales efforts accordingly.

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