How Grew With Search

800 Flower

In 2014, the flower delivery industry was booming in the Middle East, as the region celebrated its exponential growth. On the fulfillment side of the equation, vendors were unable or unwilling to customize the gifting experience for the intended recipients. So Mo Ali and Bilal Hamdan founded to meet this untapped need and create an online ordering service that would be a one window solution for professional, romantic, and platonic gifting needs.

After two years of running the digital customer acquisition side of the business in-house, the founders decided to hire a digital marketing agency. In the summer of 2016, Usman Khalid’s Centric DXB was hired to revamp digital strategies from a search and performance perspective.

Business Challenge
In the summer of 2016, Centric DXB was hired to help the business improve its rankings on SERP and increase net sales while growing organic traffic.

At the time, 800Flower had the following monthly stats:

Visitors: 1,494 per month
New Sessions: 69.08%
New Users: 1,032
Bounce Rate: 31.66%
Pages Per Session 5.89
Average Session Duration: 4 minutes and 40 Seconds
eCommerce Conversion Rate: 0%

Customer Insight
Data gathered via online and offline mediums reflected one swelling idea, that “Everybody needs a Special Moment” and 800Flower will make it happen by customizing the gifting experience.

Agency Strategy
We set out to fix various issues pertaining to the search optimization of When we took over, the site had 831 referring pages. We initiated a Complete SEO Audit to look for broken links, meta tag issues, usability issues, internal and external links, the number of pages indexed in leading search engines, site loading time, site validation, social media presence and several hundred more on page elements.

Search Strategy
We then set out to fix the following

1. complete meta (title and descriptions)
2. fixing product descriptions
3. updating robots.txt files
4. fixing sitemap.xml because all the pages were not included in it
5. deindexing of broken and 404 pages from search engines
6. improving website loading time by compressing images, optimizing the cache and externally included javascript files,
7. improving content quality
8. increasing mentions of on relevant websites 9. understanding what was lacking in by conducting a competition audit, specifically looking at the above.
10. understanding what customers preferred by taking comments on forums and online communities.

Conversion Strategy
We improved the conversion rate by inserting crisp images, adding conversational content, assuring visitors that the site would protect their data by getting Truste and Norton certifications, highlighting different offers, giving prominence to the call to action, adding listings of complimentary products, adding live chat, and A/B testing color combination on fonts.

Content Strategy
We used C2 to design emailers that would segments audiences by their demographic, psychographic and behavioristic data points. So we able to identify who is a father, husband, single father, widow etc because of the data collected over time. We were also able to segment customers by occupation, income range, and location. In doing so, contextually relevant emailers would go out once a week to offer reasons to celebrate life, offer gift ideas & combinations, ways to bring back the spark in a relationship, tips for decorating an office space, ideas for Valentine’s Day, and so on.

Jan 2017 Referring Pages

Measurable Outcomes
When we took over, 800Flower had 831 referring pages. Within six months that number was 14,322. Additional monthly stats were:

Visitors: 1,457
New Sessions: 63.97%
New Users: 932
Bounce Rates: 33.49%
Pages Per Session: 5.99
Average Session Duration: 5 minutes and 25 seconds
eCommerce Conversion Rate: 7.41%
Transactions: 108
Revenue: US$ 10,000

To learn how your brand can turnaround in six months, contact our chief media officer on [email protected] or learn more from our SEO resources:

1. How to Boost Search Engine Optimization in 2017
2. Five Underestimated SEO Strategies
3. Common Misunderstandings About SEO

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Usman Khalid

About the Author Usman Khalid

Usman Khalid is the founder & CEO of Centric DXB. He excels in taking the point of view of both our clients and our internal teams - expressing those perspectives, concerns and requirements to the other side. Aspiring clients & partners can reach him on [email protected]