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    SEO Tips for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

    SEO Tips for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

    This isn’t our first experience with M&A SEO. Still, every time we approach combining a website following a purchase, we take these five important factors into account:

    1. How can we determine which of the newly purchased site’s ranking phrases is most valuable?
    2. How can we keep our top page rankings When adding material to the company’s website?
    3. What would happen if two older brands merged to create a new website? How can we continue to rank well for keywords and attract traffic?
    4. When and under what conditions should we take down an acquired company’s website? When we purchase businesses and goods that we no longer intend to use, what should we do with their domain name(s)?
    5. When we rename or redirect such pages, what happens to all the backlinks and mentions of the product or firm we bought?

    Answering these questions is difficult and intimidating. However, we now know how to tackle them with a well-defined plan.

    Audit of Search Performance

    Each website merger starts with a search performance audit. The audit lets you know which keywords are most valuable to the sites and how well each page and piece of content performs.

    1. Crawl and collect data: Compile information to determine potential losses and gains.
    2. Content ranking: Determine which pages are attracting the most attention.
    3. Material conversion: Determine which material generates high-quality leads.
    4. Determine which keywords and placements generate the most traffic by looking up their rank and value.
    5. Content Evaluation

    Audit of Search Performance

    The content audit aims to assess each piece of content and determine how it fits into a new, comprehensive content strategy. We either Keep, Kill, or Merge the content after assessing it using several sets of criteria.

    • Hold: Continues to drive traffic, maintain relevance in the combined business, and already ranks for the target term.
    • Kill: Not generating any traffic, not ranking for any keywords, and/or not being applicable in a combined company.
    • Merge: A page on a related topic already exists on the destination website. There is some traffic, and it ranks for the desired keywords.

    301 Changes of Address

    When the original page disappears, a 301 redirect is a permanent redirect that reroutes users (as well as search engines) to a new URL. The right timing and execution of 301 redirects are essential for SEO, particularly when acquiring new websites.

    1. Map 1-to-1 URLs: If a page receives organic traffic, ranks for a target keyword, or has backlinks pointing, you should put up a 301 redirect.
    2. Map the remaining URLs to the main page or a category: No one-to-one migration occurs for any other pages that are not highly prioritized for retaining SEO keyword ranks, backlinks, or pages. Alternatively, a category page or the main page may be the destination.
    3. Website copy for future reference: You should no-index the entire website and maybe password-protect it after you have set up all the required redirects. This will help keep the website out of search results. It’s a good idea to preserve a copy of your content in case you need it in the future, especially if you haven’t finished moving it.
    4. Upload relative redirect file to CMS: When you repoint a whole website, you first upload the relative redirect map to the new CMS after redirecting the entire domain to your new address.
    5. Measure and Evaluate

    This compares the data from before and after the site moves.

    Security Based on Risk

    Keywords that most concerned us:

    • Vulnerability management and intelligence
    • vulnerability management based on risk
    • Tools and solutions for managing vulnerabilities
    • Vulndb (item)

    The Role of SEO in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

    As a mergers and acquisitions firm, you might play a significant role in everything business. However, this is only possible if others, particularly prospective customers, know your identity.

    Search engine optimization, or SEO, is crucial for M&A companies. Even if you may be well-connected in the business world, you must be easily found by businesses that require your services if you hope to make money.

    Regardless of your area of expertise—law, consulting, accountancy, investing, or another M&A sector—these easy steps will help you enhance your website and attract more visitors.

    1. Look up demographic search terms

    The first step in developing an SEO strategy for your business is to conduct market research on the target client’s industries. This entails becoming aware of their sources of income, standard operating procedures, prominent figures, and—above all for SEO purposes—the terms they utilize on Google.

    Keywords are search phrases that people in your target audience use to find information about M&A, particularly their sector. Use free tools like KeywordsFX and Keyword Tool to find out what keywords your target audience is using.

    Long, targeted keywords are the most effective to recall. This is because, unlike users who do nebulous, single-word searches, individuals who check such terms are likelier to become clients. After all, they show client intent.

    These are known as long-tail keywords. For example, if you search for “M&A for investment bankers,” you may presume that most users are likely investment bankers seeking partners to help with the process or advice on M&A.

    After completing your study, you can begin attracting new clients.

    2. Make pages on your website centered around important keywords

    Now that you have a list of crucial keywords, it’s time to decide how to employ them.

    Creating separate pages on your website devoted to a particular keyword is the most popular targeting method. Therefore, you would have a whole page describing the M&A process for investment bankers if your target audience was “M&A for investment bankers.”

    That may sound like free information distribution, and it is. However, even after explaining the procedure to prospective customers, they still require your assistance. Ultimately, an organization lacking an M&A department cannot accomplish that task independently, even though you and your staff are authorized to operate in that industry.

    Furthermore, giving readers a comprehensive overview of M&A demonstrates your expertise and familiarity with the subject. Because of this, you become more trustworthy, which lays the groundwork for someone to hire you.

    It’s important to remember that you should only focus on one keyword per page when creating pages for keywords. You will lose the chance to rank for a different search phrase if you have more pages since Google won’t decide which one to display in its results.

    3. Enhance each page’s tags

    Your pages are ready to be published; all you need to do is make them appear on your website.

    While doing so, it’s crucial to optimize every page for search engines so that it appears for the targeted term. This can be accomplished by utilizing a few key HTML elements.

    These labels are in order:

    1. A title tag for you:
    2. Is your meta description:
    3. Heading for your H1:

    There are several reasons these tags are important:

    1. The big blue link on Google is a title tag.
    2. The summaries that appear after the links are called meta descriptions.
    3. Visitors will frequently see H1 headings when they land on a website.

    Just utilize your keyword, or variations of it, in these various tags to optimize them.

    Don’t use them more than once in each, though. If not, search engines will perceive it as keyword stuffing, hurting your page’s ranking.

    Worse, pages overflowing with keywords fail to give users the information they want. Additionally, visitors with a negative online experience are unlikely to become customers.

    4. Make each page’s URL clear to understand

    Unbelievably, SEO considers the URL you use for a page.

    Short, clear, and descriptive URLs work best. They contain identifiable terms that help users (and Google) understand where they are on your website and how it is organized.

    As an illustration, consider the URL of this page:

    Industries/professional-services/acquisitions-and-mergers/

    This URL contains the name of the business, a category, and the page’s content. Additionally, it is brief enough for anyone to skim.

    The worst URLs are hard or impossible to understand since they are extremely wordy or contain gibberish. Users and Google look at your URL to comprehend your page; if they cannot determine what is offered on a page, they will leave and visit another website.

    Once your URLs are set, you will have the foundation of an effective SEO campaign for your mergers and acquisitions company!

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Unifying Your Content Strategy

    Combining the material of two firms can be daunting, but proceeding methodically is crucial. This three-part series covering content, design, and development will discuss our best practices for integrating acquisition and merger content strategy.

    There are many moving parts when two businesses merge or purchase. In our experience, mergers and acquisitions are a common way for businesses to unite. When they do, they must consider integrating their content strategy so that all content creators are on the same page and collaborating to serve the newly combined company.

    Content Strategy

    Our client companies frequently expand through acquisitions, and they frequently confer with C2 to determine the most effective way to integrate new brands into their entire digital strategy. We recognize that having a proactive, repeatable strategy is critical to enabling brands to lead brand absorption with confidence as they shift under the parent brand, hold onto important SEO equity from newly acquired brands, and cultivate a sense of confidence in newly acquired web teams.

    Bringing together the information of two firms might be daunting, but it’s crucial to proceed methodically. We’ll delve into our suggestions and concerns for harmonizing merger and acquisition content strategies in a three-part series covering content, design, and development.

    Establish the course of your joint content strategy

    You must decide what your merged business hopes to accomplish to ensure success. Start by learning about the similarities and contrasts between the new and current target audiences.

    Examine the target markets for the brand.

    Start by finishing your in-depth analysis of the target markets for the new brand. These are the people your updated content strategy needs to consider, interact with, and impact.

    Since new brands could target populations that are somewhat (or entirely) different, you need to specify:

    • How would they need to be updated or combined with your current personas to represent a more expansive or specific target group?
    • Themes and themes that these audiences find most significant
    • Common issues and difficulties that the target market might try to resolve with the upcoming offering or service
    • Potential concerns that the audience might have regarding utilizing the good or service
    • Every approach, whether current or future, to address the goals and anxieties of the audience
    • The audience’s closest rivals or substitutes for the good or service

    Understanding your target market well can help you determine how the product will best meet their demands and craft messaging for the next brand to highlight its connections to your current services and products.

    Analyze how the offering satisfies the needs of the target market

    Naturally, the people most likely to use your product or service will help you discover more about how its features and functions meet their demands. By recording those above, you can start a customer-focused dialogue with your team about the purpose and logic of your content strategy. It serves as a guide for the initial phases of acquisition acceptance and a “North Star” to ensure that the upcoming initiatives align with the outlined fundamental ideas.

    Use the knowledge you have gained about your target market to describe and record each new brand:

    • What features set the brand’s goods or services apart from competitors?
    • How the good or service meets the needs of the client
    • One phrase or statement that sums up the parent company’s future philosophy for the brand

    You may identify the unique selling points of your product or service that set it apart from competitors by using your target audience as a filter.

    Establish your premium messaging and brand voice

    Next, examine the onboarding brand’s current self-promotion strategy and contrast it with your present brand messaging and tone.

    Voice intonation

    You may showcase the personality of your brand through your tone of voice! Recall that your delivery matters more than just what you say. Think about the language that offers your brand a unique, recognizable personality to help it stand out from the competitors and establish authority. This is crucial because, to provide consistent consumer experiences, you’ll want to have a clearly defined brand voice that all content creators can use.

    Goals and communication

    As soon as you’ve decided how to discuss the combined brands, ensure your messaging reflects that decision. This may be relevant to your business’s mission, offerings, value proposition, and primary differentiators. Think about the new business and the powerful messages that can be included in the current messaging. Remember to adjust your tone of voice to match your messaging.

    Assess the stuff you currently have and decide which to move or modify

    Once your updated tone of voice and messaging have been determined, utilize this information along with the documentation of your target demographic to determine which content from the new brand should be retained, dropped, or rewritten.

    Finish the content audit for the purchased brand

    Conduct a content inventory on the website of the purchased brand for all of the current material. This will assist you in determining what information is out there, where it is, whether it is current, and what is most popular and appealing to your target demographic. When you’re done, you’ll know more about whether you can keep its positioning statements, SEO relevance, slogan, and brand message.

    To save you the laborious task of compiling all of the brand’s page links, content, metadata, and more, we suggest employing a tool like Screaming Frog SEO Spider. This will provide your team with a comprehensive understanding of the various content formats, the brand’s current architecture, and the information that search engines have indexed and haven’t.

    Identify the most crucial and pertinent information

    Use your target audience, voice, and message documents to help arrange and segment information when the inventory is finished, depending on what to keep, discard, or redo. This will serve as your initial filter for sorting through the most crucial information before deciding where it will reside or be included on the main brand website.

    Make notes in columns pertaining to each page’s quantitative and qualitative data as you evaluate the content from your audit.

    We suggest recording: 

    • Page content descriptions: a succinct summary of the information on each page.
    • Performance metrics, such as bounce rate, conversion rate, and page views.
    • SEO performance metrics: identifying keywords from existing material that can be leveraged.
    • Ascertain which customer or customers the information is intended for, and note any content that provides advantages over competitors or customer solutions.
    • Mark content that will be archived and decide what will not be moved.

    Ascertain which content needs to be changed: Decide which content needs to be updated immediately and which can wait. Next, start determining which sections of the parent brand website each piece of content will reside on or be combined into.

    Evaluate, adjust, and specify future content generation procedures

    After spending some time organizing and rewriting content, think about the procedures that should be revised and recorded in order to produce fresh, brand-consistent content in the future. To be more precise, examine the current procedures used by each business and determine whether they should be standardized or changed to better fit your content strategy.

    future content generation

    Think about composing or revising documentation that comprises:

    • How you’ll ensure that newly created material appropriately conveys the tone, style, and brand of your business so that readers can quickly and easily identify it
    • Style guidelines and common brand language to ensure that material consistently speaks with the same brand voice regardless of who writes it.
    • Content generation, review, and approval tools utilized before content is released

    To get everyone in agreement on producing content that achieves your business objectives, you’ll need to work through a number of process-oriented questions, these being just a few of the many that you’ll encounter.

    Compile everything

    After honing your plan and examining your brand’s voice, messaging, content, and procedures, you must ensure that all parties are striving for alignment. Because of this, it’s critical to incorporate the marketing and web content teams from the outset in both businesses. It is important to approach the acquisition with confidence to avoid making the target brand feel diminished or displaced.

    To assist keep this brief and on-brand, consider conducting training, offering easily available documentation, and including tool tips into your web platforms. You may encourage enthusiastic and more smooth adoption of your improved content strategy by giving teams a single, easily accessible location to refer to.

    Even if combining two content activities is difficult, using a methodical approach makes the process go more smoothly. Please contact us if your business model revolves around mergers and acquisitions and you are in charge of incorporating the content of acquired companies into your plan.

    Written by Aayush
    Writer, editor, and marketing professional with 10 years of experience, Aayush Singh is a digital nomad. With a focus on engaging digital content and SEO campaigns for SMB, and enterprise clients, he is the content creator & manager at SERP WIZARD.