Convert more First Time Buyers. Use your website to sell more houses.

Help for estate agents to sell more houses

Many Estate Agents know that first time buyers often do not know what they want. They also change their minds about it through the sales process. It can be very frustrating. Our team help you inspire them to make homes in the houses you show them. We do this with unique content published on your website completely free of charge to you. Therefore all costs are met by our client.

We are a premiere digital agency based in Kings Cross, London, looking to partner with estate agents across the UK on behalf of our client.

Our client is a major retailer of household furnishings.  Their plan is to create a series of guides.  These aim to inspire new home and first time buyers. They provide inspiration to furnish their new home, and ideas how to make the most of each room.

When first time buyers can imagine the space as a comfortable home, they are more likely to buy. Therefore they connect with the homes you show them on an emotional level. All this makes a sale more likely with a happy customer.

Quality traffic for estate Agents websites

We provide you with unique, useful, well-written and insightful articles. You also receive free tips about how you can successfully promote your website online. If we were selling this expertise it would cost a lot of money, but this campaign is fully financed by our client. It all means you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Estate agents benefit from expertly crafted content that is directly relevant to target prospects. It will therefore encourage new traffic to your site that is directly relevant to your business goals. You will also provide additional engagement for your existing website traffic through the content.

A guide for first time buyers decorating your new home

Drive quality traffic to your website with expert advice for first time buyers

The first piece is aimed at “First Time Movers”. We want to share this with Estate agents seeking this kind of traffic. It’s a really helpful and informative guide full of tips and suggestions. It helps first time buyers select and arrange furniture for a new home. Successive articles include “Interior Wellness”. This advises you how your furniture and decor affects your overall wellbeing. Another article discusses family time in the home.

Each article includes links to various interesting external sites, including a few relevant links to our client’s website. These links fit the overall theme of the article very well. They are therefore extremely helpful for any reader looking for inspiration or more information.

Tips to promote your website

We are willing to share our expertise and help you successfully bring more prospects to your website – entirely for free.

If this premiere and unique service is of interest to you, please contact us via the email link Alternatively, telephone one of our offices.

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Thank you for your time and we very much look forward to hearing from you soon.

Attribution modelling for Websites on Google Analytics

Attribution modelling for Websites on Google Analytics used to be a complex task. One of the most significant issues was that very few people understood what it was, how to measure or why it was important. We set out to make this important and misunderstood issue clearer. With that we also hope to explain why it is important.

What is Attribution Modelling

Attribution modelling charts and measures the effectiveness of a media channel and its impact on other channels. In simple terms it tries to work out which media delivers the most benefit and revenue to you. In offline media the task is simplified because nobody actually knows for sure. You can’t measure offline marketing very well and so everyone goes with a gut feel based on broad indicators. Online things are very different, with each session tracked through from initial contact channel right the way through to repeat and regular sale.

Last Click Attribution Modelling

The simplest and most basic way to look at this information is as Last Click Modelling. This looks at sales and conversions in terms of an individual session. The sale is allocated to whichever channel receives the last click that led to that sale. It seems perfectly reasonable but it is possible to overstate this. The reason is because a single user may visit a website over several sessions. For instance:

  • A consumer sees a PPC ad for a product or service and clicks on it. They look around the site, and then leave to do more research.
  • A few days later the consumer decides to go back to the website to compare a few additional points alongside the research they did on other sites. For this they use Google to enter the name of the company and click through to the site. This leads to a second session, with more pages visited and potentially some questions asked via a contact form on the site.
  • The consumer receives a response to their question the following day and in it is a link to a page on the website. They click it and review the information contained in a further session.
  • A few days later the consumer has completed all their research and is ready to purchase. They enter the name of the website into their browser and navigate directly to it. They then click on the product they want and complete the purchase quickly and efficiently through the eCommerce functionality on the website.

False conclusions from Last Click

Using Last Click Attribution Modelling we could learn several things from this exchange.

  • Our PPC advertising is creating traffic on our website but not generating sales. Something must be wrong with our advertising.
  • Organic traffic seems to be engaged and is leading to requests for more information on the website. We can use this to make our navigation and user journey better.
  • Users like our email responses and are looking at our site to get all the information we can. Perhaps we should add discounts to see if that gets them over the line to purchase.
  • The best traffic we have comes from people who already know where we are and what they want. All other traffic is secondary to this important segment.

Clearly the points taken are not all correct and some of them can be misleading. The example is fairly typical for how many consumers use websites, and so the misunderstanding is also quite common. The main point about Last Click Attribution Modelling is that it usually over states the value of direct traffic and understates the value of other traffic. It can also tempt marketers to discount products when this will not actually increase sales, or quantity. This form of modelling is certainly useful in order to see how users place their orders with you, but it does not tell the whole story. If you limit yourself to this method then you leave yourself open to potentially damaging business decisions.

First Click Attribution Modelling

The key point to realise about First Click Attribution Modelling is that it looks at a conversion process across all sessions, not just the final one that leads to a sale. Therefore it appreciates the entire user journey and the channels that led to its ultimate conclusion. Using the same example as above, Last Click Attribution might very well lead to completely different conclusions.

First Click Attribution Modelling versus Last Click Attribution Modelling

  • Cusotmers find our website for the first time as a result of our PPC advertising.
  • Our organic search traffic is led by people who already know our brand name but not as a way to discover the products and services we offer. Those that do know us are engaged and contact us as part of the sales process.
  • Users like our email responses and are looking at our site to get all the information we can. This often leads to a subsequent sale.
  • When a user is ready to purchase they already know our site and complete the process efficiently.

With this technique to look at website behaviour the conclusions are considerably more useful. The secret is the data is more complete. It is often a good idea to look at First and Last Click Attribution models alongside each other and look at the different values for conversions and Cost per conversion. Sometimes there can be very little difference but others the difference can show dramatically. The more difference there is, then the more that we can learn from it.

Our advanced analytics service

At Be Different we constantly refer to this and other Attribution Models to demonstrate effectiveness for PPC and SEO services. We download information from Adwords and integrate it with Google Analytics on our own platform. It requires a deep knowledge of both platforms, and we consider ourselves experts in this area. We provide this service to clients such as, Tonik Energy and Into The Blue Experience Days. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Attribution Modelling and how it can increase sales.

Top Google Partner opens offices in Oxford at St Clements

Top Google Partner, Be Different, today announced the opening of their Oxford office. Oxford companies can benefit from a local Online Marketing Agency with a pedigree that is difficult to match. We already have offices in Central London at King’s Cross as well as our Surrey office in Purley. Purley houses our purpose built photographic and film studio for the creative team. The new Oxford office enables us to serve the needs of our existing clients and prospects around the area. It also provides a convenient place to meet with clients who prefer not to travel into London from the Midlands and Home Counties.

Be Different recognised as a top Google Partner

The Google Partner program recognises agencies who have invested time into developing a deep understanding of Google’s best practice. This includes the Advertising platform, analysis and reporting, and the latest mobile web development techniques to optimise content. We are one of the few agencies to hold accreditations across all Google specialities. During a recent meeting with Google they told us that we are their number 1 performing agency in the UK amongst our peer group of agencies.

Google ranks agencies based on Country and the vertical markets each agency operates in. They assess the size of each agency and compare it to competitors. These range from agencies half the size, right up to twice the size. This is called a Peer Group. How you perform against your Peer Group determines the rank you are given. Google rank each agency for effectiveness, ROI and Ad Spend.

We were compared to this group with the following results.

Top Google Partner comes to Oxford

Following a very strong third quarter of results, Be Different grew Adwords spend by 711%. This compares to 13% on average and 318% for the 5 top most ranked agencies in our peer group. It was very humbling and pleasing all at once.

You can view our Google Partner’s Page here.

Be Different Setting up home in Oxford, St Clements

We knew we wanted to be close to the city centre and we also wanted a base that gave us flexibility. When we found Angel Court on St Clements Street, we knew we had found what we wanted. We have clients within easy reach so Oxford is perfect for us.

There are some brilliant companies in Oxford, and we are meeting with them. We excel at taking new, innovative brands into established markets to disrupt them. Our typical client needs to make their marketing budget go further because they are taking on much larger competitors. We excel in that kind of environment.

The technology we developed gave us a crucial advantage online. This typically means we deliver results that are between 133% and 200% better than our competitors. That is why we are a top Google Partner.

We are open for business and looking forward to discussions with prospects how we do it.

To get in touch simply drop us an email at

Call us on 01865 600 912.

Google & Be Different Announce Event Registration for Online Marketing

Be Different and Google proudly announce event registration for a series of Online Marketing events. They cover Online Marketing in full for business owners and professional marketers.

Learn digital insights directly from Google

Google will discuss the value of online advertising and give you key insights into all the latest techniques. Plus, you’ll learn the benefits of working with fully certified Google Partners. It’s unusual – and exciting – to get this close to the biggest voice in the online marketing industry. This is a rare opportunity to discuss your own particular requirements.

BE Different is a Google Partner. Adwords Certified & Analytics Qualified

What do the events cover?

The events will cover:

  • How to produce optimal results from Search Marketing
  • Best practice for marketing on the mobile web
  • How to open your products to Google’s Shopping network
  • How to deploy video cost-effectively within your marketing mix

Dates will be announced soon and places are likely to go quickly, so do please sign up and register your interest now to avoid disappointment.

How does it work?

The events vary between large-scale and more intimate audiences. It depends on your interests – would you simply like to find out more, or do you need advice to implement specific solutions in your business?

After registering, you’ll receive details of the dates we are running. You choose the event most suited to your interests, and a convenient time to join us at our offices in central London.

At the event you will receive a special viewing kit with Google-branded notebooks, pens and more goodies from Be Different. We’ve designed the whole event to help you understand the importance of getting online marketing right for your business – and how to do it. You will also learn about the latest and most important opportunities currently available to you.

All our events are geared to give delegates access to the latest industry trends and techniques for increasing ROI through online marketing. Therefore, you should specify preferences in the form notes below. This will help us work out which of the events will suit you best.

Following the smaller events, we will produce an 8-week plan for each delegate’s specific industry. In this plan we will outline how online marketing fits best into your marketing mix. You will walk away with valuable intelligence for your company.

Why was Be Different selected to partner with Google?

Be Different is one of the few Google partners who hold accreditation across all Google Disciplines. As a mark of our commitment, Google has selected Be Different to collaborate on these events. They give marketers and company owners access to the best advice and to proven expertise in the marketplace.

Check our credentials on our Google Partners Profile Page. You can also read about our Online marketing services and the great results we consistently achieve for our clients.

Event Registration for Google and Be Different Marketing Events

We are finalising the dates for the events, but as soon as we announce them we do expect places to go very quickly and for each to sell out. Register your interest now, and you will receive priority treatment when the dates are announced. Enter your details for Event Registration into the form below.

All events are free of charge.

Google & Be Different event audience

How to optimise mobile websites for speed and traffic

Everybody knows that it is getting more and more important to optimise mobile websites. The question for a lot of people is how to do it and why?

Why is it important to optimise mobile websites?

Way back in the early days of the web something happened to music. There was a niche music style called Indie. It had a raw honest feel to it and it steadily grew in popularity until in the end, it wasn’t a niche market, it was the market. Bands like Oasis and Blur became the top selling artists of their time, with singles hitting number 1 on the day of release and albums that scooped the top awards all over the world. You could go into a pub called The Mixer in Camden and enjoy a friendly pint with the bands who were about to play Top of the Pops later in the week.

A very similar thing has happened to the internet audience. Once it was a niche but now anyone walking around can access it anywhere from their smartphone. Mobile now is the internet, and websites have to adjust to this to optimise the mobile experience. There are really two sides to this. The first is technical optimisation so that the site loads quickly, and the other is about usability to ensure that mobile users have an optimal mobile user experience.

Optimising mobile websites for speed

This is about looking at the code to ensure that the load time of a page across mobile connections is fast. We recently sat down with Google to discuss this and also what the points are to look for. This came down to three main issues.

  • Optimising scripts
  • Optimising images
  • Implementing best practice techniques to speed up page delivery

There are some interesting statistics that Google had from researching actual mobile usage of the web.

  • 60% of mobile users expect mobile websites to load within 3 seconds.
  • 75% of people will abandon a mobile website if it takes any longer than 5 seconds to load.
  • Over 80% of all websites take longer than 5 seconds to load on a mobile browser.

The last point is a sobering thought. It means that with a small amount of optimisation, websites could triple the number of user sessions on their site. Potentially this is huge levels of revenue that is vanishing before it has begun a session or completed delivery of the landing page. It is all well and good to watch your web page load onto your smartphone across a Wifi connection, but most mobile users are not connected to Wifi when they are browsing the web. They use 4G connections and in many areas outside of cities that could be 3G connection. That is the level that a web page should still achieve the 3 second target.

The myth about mobile users

Many companies that we talk to explain their user journey to us. Typically this begins with a mobile user who researches things online and then switches to a desktop device to purchase. This is great for users who have desktop and mobile devices but there is a much higher percentage who only use a mobile device. The truth is sites that do not offer an optimal mobile experience are missing out on revenue. Therefore providing a great experience to both desktop and mobile users makes perfect business sense.

This long held view that mobile users do not buy online is a myth. The issue is that mobile users do not have the best experience. They are not comfortable enough to purchase. This is what we as an industry have to address.

How we optimise websites for mobile devices

As part of our Google Partners Qualification we have received accreditation to optimise mobile websites. We do it by analysing the site. We test at 3G speeds and by applying best practice for the code of the site. That doesn’t make us unique but we are one of the few who have achieved every accreditation possible by Google and through that we have access to resources that many other agencies do not. It is our guarantee to our clients that we will deliver on our promise.

Google Partners Optimise Mobile Websites

What does Google recommend?

Currently Google are promoting two advanced techniques to speed up delivery of web pages to mobile devices. They are not right in all situations and for some a responsive website design is the optimal choice. For others there are two additional options.
These are:

  • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
  • Progressive Web Apps (PWA)

Both of these optimise mobile websites and deliver faster pages that increase traffic. PWAs are in their infancy and are not supported on all mobile devices. Therefore their usage is limited. We are keeping a very careful eye on this situation and how it develops. AMPs create a second version of the page that loads very quickly. They are only delivered to mobile devices and a line of code in the main page tells Google to list the AMP page whenever a mobile device searches on their site. The impact of this is a fast and efficient mobile experience for users.

We are happy to advise on which techniques businesses should use in order to optimise mobile websites, so please get in touch if this subject is of interest to you.

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Website redesign. Why organic traffic falls

New SEO clients often ask us the same question.  Why does organic traffic fall after a website redesign.  It doesn’t happen immediately, but after a few months traffic levels fall quickly.  This is often balanced by an increase in Pay per Click activity.  The idea is to make up the losses on one channel by increasing another.  You have to feel sorry for people that make a subjective choice about new design, only to see effectiveness and performance drop off a cliff.

Website redesign organic traffic falls

So why does it happen?

It is largely because web design and development is carried out in a way that is divorced from the content.  Many designers think in terms of images and layout rather than in the user experience.  A user is often purely focused on the consumption of content.

If there is new content to be added, the website redesign goes ahead before or at the same time that the content is created.  Therefore the two are divorced from each other.  They may have very little in common.

These designs are presented to developers.  They are often under pressure to produce the page structure.  If the actual content isn’t available, then there is no alternative but to use dummy Latin text.  Sometimes not even the quantity or the shape of the content is known.  It is inevitable that problems occur.

Recent Google updates have placed content and its structure at the centre of search engine algorithms.  If the web design process doesn’t include this factor then trouble is likely.  The worst case is that the web designer discounts these points completely.

Organic search traffic will simply fall off very sharply.

We offer both design & build services, and traffic building services.  That isn’t unique.  What is unusual is our services are completely joined up.  This is the reason why we are in a better position than most to spot these things. We are also ideally placed to fix them.

Website redesign content issues

At its simplest level you need to work with both the old and the new architecture.  Look at how content will be arranged and make sure that search engines are directed correctly.  Developers who understand these techniques are worth their weight in gold.  When costs are an issue or where a pitch is trying to find the lowest price possible then it is all too tempting to leave it out.  We have been involved in pitches where our costs have included these things but have lost out to cheaper pricing.  There is little gratification that the projects were a disaster and I would rather win the business than shake my head at someone else’s mess. Clients need to understand the issues.  They also need to value the solution.

The next thing to look at is the structure of the existing content, and try to duplicate that with your new design.  HTML is a very structured format and we see keywords downgraded when clients come to us to sort out why traffic is falling.  What you should really do is try to improve on the previous structure, but unless content is available at this stage then that becomes very difficult.

We have seen several occasions where existing content has been dropped in favour of a more consolidated structure, but if that means the new content is less optimised then it is inevitable that traffic will fall for these terms.

Another problem we have seen is when content is not taken across at all.  The search engines usually spot missing content quite quickly and so any traffic it used to send is going to dry up within a few days.

Neither clients nor many agencies understand these issues.  This is particularly true of agencies that only offer design and build services, but a traditional silo based agency is also unlikely to pick these things up.  That is why agencies like us who have a joined up strategy for online marketing are able to offer the right advice.

We’re often contacted after a website redesign has launched and where everyone loves the design but cannot fathom what has gone wrong.  In these situations it takes a steady hand and a diplomatic approach to explain the issues and get everyone working together to solve the problem.  All too often it is the designer that is blamed, but if the content wasn’t available or they were unaware of this danger then it is unfair to point the finger in this way.

At Be Different we have seen all the scenarios and know what to look for, so if you are wondering what has happened to your organic search traffic following a website redesign then please do get in touch as we can certainly help.


Search Industry changes mean you have to be different

The Search industry changes announced by Google over the last few days are quite big. They will affect just about everyone. This isn’t just a matter of a change to an algorithm or new ad format, this is a wholesale change of strategy that has been tested and rolled out across all languages and countries.

What you used to see when you made a Google search for a keyword was a list of optimised results on the left hand side and a series of ads on the right hand side. Ads that gained higher quality and performance scores were then promoted to the top of the left hand side as a reward for being good ads. If you look at search results now everything has changed.

Search industry changes

Search industry changes on your results page

What you see now for each set of search results is a single column on the left and only occasional listings showing ads on the right hand side. One exception is specifically for branded products that are sold by multiple retailers and are shown as a listing. Here is an example for one of Tascam’s many sound recorders (click the link through to a review if you are interested):


Another instance is the Knowledge Panel, although this is a hotly contested piece of information with claims and counter claims that ads do and don’t appear. The official word from Google is that Ads do appear on the right hand side for Knowledge Panel.

We tested this out for a series of searches and found no evidence of text ads appearing on the right hand side for Knowledge panel. What we did see was Rich snippet product ads from Google Shopping. We also saw a reduced number of ads on the left above natural search listings. Maybe this is intended as a new ad offer or just something that is still being refined.

Baobab search results

Our job isn’t really to guess what Google is going to announce. Our job is to write, present and optimise content in the best way possible for our clients. This means picking the right online marketing technique for individual circumstances. Based on that, we already have a strategy to deal with it.

What do the search industry changes mean for Mobile

We, and many others, have looked at these search industry changes, and it is clear that Google are reacting to mobile devices. Not all websites see the shift from desktop and laptop to tablet and mobile, but a majority does. The small screen is now the dominant platform to experience the web. It maybe unfair to lump in a full sized iPad with a smaller screen iPhone but that is what has happened and the balance has moved towards iOS and Android rather than Windows desktop and OSX.

This strategic move takes that factor into account but also looks at the way people are using different devices for the web.

Mobile users continue to see 3 ads at the top of the search results. That much hasn’t changed.

People use their phone’s browser to research and find out information, but it does look as if the actual purchase decision is made either from a desktop or from a specific retailer mobile app. This may be to do with time and place, where people are uncomfortable putting in credit card details when they are not sat at a desk. There is also the idea of storing payment details with a supplier through an app rather than through the website and this would appear to be the trusted method of payment by users. Certainly mobile browsers do not look to be the trusted method of payment yet. This accounts for the changes and exceptions.

It is something to keep in mind when planning SEO and PPC strategies for all devices. It is also something we take an in depth look at with our clients.

What do the search industry changes mean for PPC

For standard browsing, mobiles and tablets are used more and more, and so the right hand side ads were not going to be seen anyway.

Google are making a preemptive strike against PPC ads not being as effective as they once were because fewer people were seeing them. It does mean that fewer ads are going to show on each page. Google have announced that in hotly contested searches that they are going to ad a fourth ad above the natural search results. We tried this and found it hard to find an example that didn’t have the fourth ad. In fact the only searches we could find that didn’t were the ones that included rich snippet ads from Google Shopping that presented the user with 5 picture snippet ads. We therefore think that certainly for now, 4 ads at the top of the search listings is the new norm.

What hasn’t changed is the selection of those ads with high quality scores and click through effectiveness being more important than high bidding.

By reducing the number of ads, Google has made it more difficult to place your ad prominently in front of prospects. There are now 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom but we all know that the ads at the bottom are going to get little or no attention. It is therefore more important than ever for your Pay Per Click Advertising to be run by professionals who know what they are doing. Fewer companies will be able to place effective advertising through Google, but those that do will see higher volumes. Google is therefore looking to make more money from fewer advertisers but to concentrate on quality from them. It is a bold move but will hopefully remove a lot of the PPC charlatans that are out there.

At Be Different we achieve high quality scores and very effective click through rates on the campaigns that we run. This is because we make sure that we are on top of all the changes that Google make, just like this one.

What do the search engine changes mean for SEO

With the number of ads appearing above natural search listings it does mean that those 4 ads will get more attention. It also means that more companies will find that SEO becomes much more important to them.

How many industries can you think of where there are only 4 major players? People talk about the big 6 energy companies. Once the top 4 ad positions are taken up, what happens to the other 2 who want to advertise?

On Google now, SEO has just become a lifeline that cannot be ignored, not if you want traffic to your site.

There are many organisations out there offering incomplete SEO services that promise much and deliver little. This is because they do not appreciate all the different facets that affect SEO. Our strategy has always been to start with the question of what is going to create the right traffic, and then to use our in depth research platform to create a plan that we can execute and achieve high rankings so that the right person sees the right result at the right time. When that happens click through goes through the roof.

We are very proud of our SEO performance and so are our clients. These changes make that success even more important.

If you would like to discuss this article or ask us about how the search industry changes affect you then please get in touch.

New Website coming soon

There is an old saying…

“It’s the cobbler’s children who go unshod.”

For those who aren’t familiar with the saying it means that the cobbler spends so much time making shoes for others that he has no time to make shoes for his own family! 

We’ve become a classic case of ‘cobblers children’ – we’ve had some fantastic busy years working with great clients and the business has grown beyond all imagining in a few short years. So much so that we have neglected our own website!

We’re very pleased to say that this is now being rectified.  Deborah joined us recently as part of the Account and New Business team and is full of ideas.  She has taken to the helm to bring our own web presence up to the same standard as our clients, and we are finally pushing our own project to the top of the pile.

As always, there is no shortage of new talent to be found in our studios.  With award winning designers and cutting edge technical programmers, you only have to look at our client work see how this translates.  

Fresh perspectives and new ideas can bring about some amazing things.  For a creative agency like ours we always benefit exponentially with every new hire we make, and for a prospective client, letting us loose on a creative brief could produce something really special. 

We are on our countdown and our new site is being readied for launch.  So don’t let our website fool you, we’ll be our shiny new selves before you know it!

Feel free to check back and see what we’ve come up with, or get in touch to chat to us about any project requirements you have.  We’re always happy to talk!

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