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M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideScope and MethodologyThis report examines the current market for enterprise SEO software tools and the considerations involved inimplementing SEO software. This report answers the following questions: What trends are driving the adoption of SEO software?Who are the leading players in SEO software?What capabilities does SEO software provide?Does my company need SEO software?How much does SEO software cost?If you are considering licensing an SEO software platform or tool, this report will help you decide whether or not you needto. It will also give you an overview of the current state of the industry, leading trends, and profiles of 13 leading vendors.This report is not a recommendation of any SEO platform or company, and is not meant to be an endorsement of anyparticular product, service, or vendor.For the purposes of this report, search engine optimization (SEO) is defined as the process of getting traffic from the “free,”“organic,” “editorial,” or “natural” listings on search engines. All major search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Binghave such results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on whatthe search engine considers most relevant to users. Payment isn’t involved, as it is with paid search ads.Companies profiled in this report were selected based on their role as an industry leader in enterprise SEO software tools,or their entire revenue comes from SEO technology and services.We have not included companies that offer SEO software tools as part of agency services, such as agencies like Rosetta andiCrossing. We also excluded SEO point solutions, such as SEOmoz or LinkDex, which focus on a specific aspect of SEO, ordon’t sell to the enterprise market, e.g. SEOmoz.The report was prepared by conducting in-depth interviews with leading vendors and industry experts. Interviews tookplace between May and June 2012. These, in addition to third party research, form the basis for this report.Consulting Editor:Stephan Spencer, Co-author, The Art of SEO; Founder, Netconcepts ( Editors:Anthony Joseph, MarketSpear ( Enge, Stone Temple Consulting ( Karen BurkaEditor: Claire Schoen, Digital Marketing Depot ( 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com1Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideTable of ContentsScope and Methodology. 1SEO Software Market Overview. 3Table 1: SEO Effectiveness Survey. 3Market Characterized by Fragmentation. 3Table 2: Selected SEO Software Point Solutions. 4SEO Software Market Trends. 4Trend #1: Marketers Challenged by the Rapid Speed of Google Algorithm Changes . 4Table 3: Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors. 5Trend #2: Integration of Social Signals into SEO Platforms. 5Trend #3: Enterprise Integration of SEO . 6Table 4: The Most Important SEO Metrics. 6Trend #4: Market Maturation Begins: Enterprise SEO Tool Company Venture Funding & Acquisitions . 6Table 5: Selected SEO Software Investments and Acquisitions, 2009-2012. 7Enterprise SEO Platform Capabilities. 8Keyword Research and Rankings . 8Link Analysis and Acquisition. 8Table 6: Selected SEO Platform Capabilities. 9International Search Tracking . 10Competitive Intelligence. 10Workflow and Task Management. 10Customizable Dashboards and Reports. 10Social Signal Tracking and Integration. 10Integration with Web Analytics and other Platforms. 11Choosing an Enterprise SEO Platform. 11The Benefits of SEO Software Platforms. 11Enterprise SEO Platform Pricing. 11Table 7: Pricing Models for Selected SEO Platform Vendors. 12Do You Need an Enterprise SEO Software Platform?. 12Six Questions to Ask Potential SEO Platform Vendors. 13Vendor Profiles. 14Altruik . 14BloomReach . 16BrightEdge . 18Conductor . 21GinzaMetrics . 23Optify, Inc. . 25RankAbove . 28Raven Internet Marketing Tools . 30Rio SEO (Covario) . 32Searchmetrics, Inc. . 35seoClarity. 38SEOlytics . 40SyCara . 43 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com2Email:

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M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideSEO Software Market OverviewSEO is a ubiquitous and effective mainstay of online marketing. According to the State of Search Marketing Report 2011,published jointly by Econsultancy and SEMPO, 83% of digital agencies and 85% of corporate marketers engage in SEO. Atthe same time, marketers surveyed by business data firm Lead411 said SEO was one of the highest ROI marketing tactics,trailing only email marketing and trade shows.Industry research also projects that SEO budgets and effectiveness will increase over the next three years. ForresterResearch’s U.S. Interactive Marketing Forecast, 2011 to 2016 found that 94% of marketers surveyed said their SEOeffectiveness would increase or stay the same in the next three years (see Table 1).In the State of Search Marketing Report 2011, three-quarters of digital agencies anticipated that their clients would spendmore on SEO in 2011; 54% of corporate marketers surveyed expected their company spending on SEO would increase.Market Characterized by FragmentationThe SEO software market is extremely fragmented. Many marketers and agencies use multiple tools from different vendorsto carry out their SEO programs (see Table 2). For example, point solutions such as Link Research Tools provide link analysis,while SEOmoz is widely used for its link research and index. These types of point solutions provide viable, affordable SEOoptions to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and novice SEOs to begin implementing organic search initiatives.Enterprise SEO software platforms, on the other hand, offer integrated tools in one interface to provide a comprehensivesolution. Several SEO platform vendors, including Raven, RankAbove and GinzaMetrics, license and use data from pointsolution providers including SEOmoz and Majestic SEO in their platforms.Table 1: SEO Effectiveness Survey4% 2%40%In the next threeyears, do you thinkSEO effectiveness willincrease, stay thesame or decrease ascompared to today?IncreaseStay the same54%DecreaseNASource: Forrester Research 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com3Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideTable 2: Selected SEO Software Point SolutionsSEO FunctionToolBroken link checkerCheck My LinksXenuCompetitive intelligenceThe Search MonitorInternational rankingsWebCertainLink analysis and acquisitionLink Research ToolsHitwiseMajestic SEOOpen Site Explorer (SEOmoz)SEM RushGoogle Webmaster ToolsSEOmozLinkDexOntoloPage management/proxy serverYour AmigoSearchDexPage optimizationGoogle Webmaster ToolsLipperheyRank checkerWebpositionSource: Third Door MediaSEO Software Market TrendsThe SEO software market is evolving quickly and is being driven by a number of important trends, including:1. The increasing frequency of algorithm changes at Google.2. The integration of social signals into SEO software platforms.3. Enterprise integration of SEO within the organization.4. An increase in SEO-targeted venture capital and acquisitions.The following sections discuss each of these trends in more depth.Trend #1: Marketers Challenged by the Rapid Speed of Google Algorithm ChangesGoogle is innovating at unprecedented speed, and rapid changes to its algorithms have created challenges for searchmarketers and agencies alike. In 2011 and 2012, Google made significant alterations to its search engine resultspage (SERP) determinations, but more notably, changes have occurred in quick succession, making it difficult for evensophisticated search marketers to keep track. SEO experts describe Google’s algorithms as a “moving target.”The complexity and volume of digital data available has increased exponentially. For Google, it has meant an increase inthe number of web-based “signals” or ranking factors that impact SERPs, including millions of videos, images, and socialmedia conversations and content. 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com4Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideSource: Search Engine Land, Third Door MediaTable 3: Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com5Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideEffective SEO is about ensuring your web content generates the right typeof signals, a task that requires more skill and creativity than ever before.By some estimates, there are over 200 signals or ranking factors, and thealgorithms that assign value to each of them change many times each year.Table 3 summarizes some of the major factors that search marketers andagencies must focus on for search engine ranking success.Trend #2: Integration of Social Signals into SEO PlatformsSocial media activity has become an increasingly important ranking factoror “signal” for search engines, which continue to integrate more socialelements into their full result sets. In particular, there is a strong correlationbetween social activity and high rankings, and sites that experience strongsocial sharing (i.e., likes, shares and retweets) perform better in organicsearch results.In response, many of the leading SEO tools have begun tracking, measuringand integrating social signals into their analytics and dashboard reportsthrough the following types of capabilities:Is Mobile Next?Consumers are starting to see links toiPhone, iPad, and Android app profilepages at the top of Google, Yahoo! andBing SERPs. “Popular Apps” listed in theApp Store and Android Market pagesare driven by app download volumeand rating quality. But these app profilepages and app “directories” are alsoweb pages. As search engines continueto index, display, and rank app pagesfor search-dominant mobile users,“app-mania” is simultaneously drivinga geometric expansion of the backlinksand social popularity of these ordinaryweb pages – giving them extraordinaryinfluence over organic search results. Social signal tracking. Tracking and measuring social votes (i.e., likes,shares or retweets). Social as link building. Generating higher volumes of social activity creates more links. Social monitoring. Identifying social trends, and who (i.e., bloggers) or what sites are the key influencers on particularkeywords. Social campaign management. Identifying targets for social media campaigns around high-ranking keywords.Rio SEO’s SocialAnalytics module, for example, integrates social signals from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and numerous blogs;it also tracks numbers of brand mentions, likes, retweets, fans, followers and YouTube channel subscribers. Searchmetrics Suitefeatures a social media database that includes six networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google , LinkedIn, and social bookmarkingtools Delicious (Yahoo!) and StumbleUpon. Users can track and view correlations between social engagement and interactionand page activity for their own properties as well as competitors. Optify and Raven Tools include social media managementcapabilities, allowing users to schedule and post social content from within the platforms.Trend #3: Enterprise Integration of SEOUntil recently, digital marketing channelssuch as PPC, SEO and social media, haveoperated in silos within the enterprise.Streamlined marketing organizations andtighter budgets focused on ROI have had thepositive effect of forcing many enterprises tointegrate SEO into cross-channel marketingprograms that reflect more unified marketingstrategies and tactics.The role of SEO has expanded from a topof-funnel to a full-funnel marketing activityas metrics such as site traffic and conversionrate top marketers’ lists for the mostimportant gauge of SEO value (see Table 4).The quality as well as the quantity of organicsearch traffic has become a critical marketinggoal. Questions such as: “How are specific 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.comTable 4: The Most Important SEO MetricsWhat are the three most important metricsyou use for gauging the success of SEO?ROIBrand awarenessNo. of sales/leadsPosition15%22%25%27%CTR28%Page rank28%Conversion rate33%57%Site trafficSource: Econsultancy, SEMPO6Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s Guidekeywords converting?” and “Is this the type of traffic or prospect we want or need?” have become more important andrequire the integration of data from previously disparate systems. With more marketing data consolidation, enterprises canhone in on SEO to accurately and profitably target key demographics by using the data beyond the top of the sales funnel.Effective SEO also requires cross-functional staff communication from departments including marketing, PR, engineering,web development and product management. To that end, more SEO platforms feature sophisticated workflow and taskmanagement tools that allow and encourage cooperation across departments. SEOs can share keyword research withcontent or editorial staff, which can incorporate top-performing keywords in their web copy. Management can monitorwhether corrections of on-page errors and broken links have been made, and then review any resulting trends in traffic andconversion. This level of workflow and task management is becoming more widely utilized.Table 5: Selected SEO Software Investments and Acquisitions, 2009-2012SEO May 2012January 2010Top Local SearchNetconceptsHyper-local search and mobileRetail/ecommerce SEO strategy servicesSEO Venture Capital and Private Equity ary 2011 3.0MMDFJ Gotham Ventures, GSA Venture Partners,First Round Capital, Javelin Venture Partners,Zelkova Ventures, Hub Angels Investment Group,Centurion Venture Partners & New York AngelsNovember 2009 4.7MMGreenhill SAVP, DFJ Gotham, First RoundCapital, Javelin Partners & Zelkova VenturesSeptember 2010 11MMFebruary 2009 5MMBain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed VenturePartnersBain Capital VenturesMarch 2012 12.6MMIntel Capital, Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures &Illuminate VenturesMarch 2010 6.5MMBattery Ventures, Altos Ventures & IlluminateVenturesConductorApril 2009 10.0MMFirstMark Capital and Matrix PartnersGinzaMetricsAugust 2011 1.3MM500 Startups, Venture51, and angel investorsJanuary 2011 400,000500 Startups (seed funding)OptifyOctober 2010 6.1MMTriangle Peak Partners, Madrona VentureGroup, Mark Wachen, Bill Baker, Alan Alexrod,and John CunninghamSearchmetricsJanuary 2011 6.75MMIris Capital, Holtzbrinck Digital and NeuhausPartnersSEOmozMay 2012 18.0MMFoundry Group and Ignition PartnersSyCaraMarch 2012 1.7MMAngel investors including the Arizona TechnologyInvestors Forum (ATIF) and Desert AngelsBloomReachBrightEdgeSource: Third Door Media 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com7Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideTrend #4: Market Maturation Begins: Enterprise SEO Tool CompanyVenture Funding & AcquisitionsThe SEO software market is a fragmented field with few end-to-end platform solutions and dozens of vendors that providepieces of the SEO puzzle, such as link research and acquisition, competitive intelligence, or keyword research and rankings.With few venture-backed giants and many bootstrap operations, there have been few barriers to entry.That dynamic began to change in 2011 and 2012, as several SEO software vendors announced new rounds of financing,and acquisitions designed to expand their capabilities quickly. The goal is to stand out in the crowded marketplace andprovide more integrated digital marketing capabilities (see Table 5).In May 2012, SEOmoz raised 18 million in Series B funding from The Foundry Group and previous investor IgnitionPartners. The link building and research tool provider originally received 1.1 million from Ignition Partners and CuriousOffice in 2007. Company officials say the new financing will help the company grow its widely used web index, add socialcontent functionality, expand staff, and make acquisitions of its own.Covario made two significant moves in 2012. The company introduced a new division to sell its SEO tools called Rio SEO.Rio SEO targets search marketers looking for a la carte SEO software options. Covario bolstered the Rio SEO suite with itspurchase of Top Local Search, adding location-based traffic and optimization capabilities.Enterprise SEO Platform CapabilitiesSEO software comes in many shapes and sizes, from rank-checking tools to keyword research toolsets to full-serviceplatforms that manage keywords, links, competitive intelligence, international rankings, page optimization, and workflowrights and roles.Enterprise-level platforms may also provide keyword and site analytics that include predictive scoring systems to identifythe potential opportunities to improve brand websites, link authority and keyword rankings. Several vendors, namelyBloomReach and Altruik, are implementation -- rather than analytics -- applications. Altruik proxies websites to automatemany SEO implementation tasks. BloomReach optimizes page content to drive incremental new traffic to websites byimproving content relevancy to search visitors. Virtually all enterprise-level SEO platforms available today offer thesecapabilities: Keyword research and rankings;Link (also called backlink) research and analysis;Competitive intelligence; andInternational search tracking.The platforms begin to differentiate by offering additional or expandedcapabilities, sometimes requiring additional investment, that include butare not limited to: Key performance indicator (KPI) and management dashboards;Workflow and task management;Universal search rankings;Social signal tracking;Web analytics integration; andScalability to manage thousands or millions of pages and keywords;The following section discusses some of these capabilities and the keyconsiderations involved in choosing an SEO platform (see Table 6). 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com8Keyword research –knowing what termspeople used to find yourwebsite and using thoseterms in your copy – is apillar of effective SEO.Virtually all SEO platformsprovide keyword researchtools that allow usersto discover the waysthat consumers may besearching for content.Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideTable 6: Selected SEO Platform CapabilitiesVendorBuilt inWorkflow& TaskManagementKeywordInternationalCompetitive Link Analysis Web AnalyticsResearch/RankSearchIntelligence and Acquisition IntegrationAnalysisTrackingSocial SignalTrackingAltruikYesNoNAGA, SCNANoYes1BloomReachYesYesProprietary dataNoProprietary dataNoFB, TW, G ,PNBrightEdgeYesYesProprietary dataGA, SC, ST,WB, CM, OMProprietary data62 countriesFB, TWConductorYesYesCombination ofproprietary andlicensed dataGA, GAP, CM,SC, OM, WBCombination ofproprietary andlicensed data35 countriesFB, TW, G , LIGinzaMetricsYesYesLicensed fromSEOmozGA, SC, WB,CMProprietary data35 countries; 5languagesYesOptifyYesYes; up to 5competitorsCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEMRushand SEOmozNoCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEMRushand SEOmoz40 countriesFB, TWRankAboveYesYesLicensed fromMajestic SEOGA, SC, CMProprietary dataAll countrieswith a GoogleTLDNo2Raven ToolsYesYesLicensed fromSEOmoz andMajestic SEOGALicensed fromMajestic SEO,SEMRush, andSEOmoz140 countriesFB, TW, YT,Rio SEOYesYesLicensed fromMajestic SEOGA, WB, SCLicensed fromMajestic SEO57 countries;30 languagesFB, TW, YTSearchmetricsYesYesProprietary dataGA, SC, STProprietary data70 countries;162 searchenginesFB, TW, G ,LI, DE, SUseoClarityYesYesCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEMRushand MajesticSEOGA, SC, WB,CMCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEMRushand MajesticSEO43 countriesYes1SEOlyticsYesYes; up to 10competitorsMajestic SEOGA, SC, WTProprietary data21 countriesTW, DG, TE,DESyCaraYesYes; up to 100ranking resultsCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEOmozand MajesticSEOGA, SC, CM,WBCombination ofproprietary andlicensed datafrom SEOmozand MajesticSEO33 countries; 6languagesFB, TW1,3 Available through integration with social media management platforms2Available in Q4 2012Notes: Abbreviations for web analytics as follows: GA (Google Analytics), GAP (Google Analytics Premium) SC (Adobe SiteCatalyst), ST (AdobeSearchCenter), OM (Omniture Datawarehouse, Discovery and/or Visual Sciences), CM (Coremetrics), ET (etracker), PW (Piwik), SF (, WB(WebTrends), WT (Webtrekk)Abbreviations for social media networks: FB (Facebook), DG (Digg), TW (Twitter), DE (Delicious), G (Google ), LI (LinkedIn), PN (Pinterest), SU(StumbleUpon), TE (Technorati), and YT (YouTube)Source: Third Door Media 2012 Third Door Media, Inc. http://digitalmarketingdepot.com9Email:

M A R K E T I N T E L L I G E N C E R E P O R T:Enterprise SEO Tools: The Marketer’s GuideKeyword Research and RankingsKeyword research – knowing what terms people used to find your website and using those terms in your copy – is a pillarof effective SEO. Virtually all SEO platforms provide keyword research tools that allow users to discover the ways thatconsumers may be searching for content. Where platforms differ is in how they source their keyword research and rankings.Searchmetrics, for example, maintains a proprietary keyword database. Others, including Raven Tools, license keywordresearch from providers such as SEOmoz.Link Analysis and AcquisitionLinks were the first significant “off the page” ranking factor used by search engines to improve SERP relevancy. And linkscontinue to be the most important external signal that can help a website rise in search engine rankings. All enterprise SEOplatforms provide link analysis (what sites are linking to yours?) and link building recommendations (what sites should yousolicit links from?) as part of their base product.International Search TrackingMarket globalization means that more and more U.S.-based enterprisesconduct business in multiple countries and languages, and have web sitesthat do so, too. As a result, SEO platforms offer a range of international searchcapabilities that cross borders, languages and alphabets. BrightEdge, forexample, monitors search engines across 62 countries, including China’s Baiduand Russia’s Yandex. Keywords can be tracked in either English or the locallanguage by country or region. GinzaMetrics features a localized user interfacein five languages; SyCara’s global coverage includes six languages across 33countries. Searchmetrics Suite covers 162 search engines in 70 countries.Competitive IntelligenceEffective, integratedSEO requires crossfunctional staffcommunication fromareas such as marketing,PR, engineering, webdevelopment andproduct management.Competitive intelligence involves monitoring competitors’ keywords and other site metrics. Most enterprise SEO platformsenable users to view side-by-side brand and competitors’ current and historical rankings. Competitiv

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