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SEO Hacks: Audience Targeting vs. Traffic

This is an article ‘SEO Hacks: Audience-targeting vs. Traffic’ by Marc Primo


Mastering audience targeting in search engine optimization (SEO) is like an art form—you paint a blank canvas with analytics that fuse with a deeper understanding of human behavior to come up with a clear picture. However, sometimes, things can be a bit too abstract if you’re lost in what you’re doing. At its core, SEO audience targeting should always be about making meaningful connections with the right audience at the right time. And with it, it should veer away from how marketers of old nurture a traditional obsession with sheer traffic volume. Instead, it should strategically pivot to a more nuanced approach that values quality and relevance over quantity.



Just imagine embarking on a journey to discover hidden treasures, where each treasure represents a segment of your potential audience. This journey requires an understanding of the diverse needs, interests, and search behaviors of your audience. It’s about knowing how, in 2023, most people’s time online is spent on mobile devices by 57%, with 53% of the world’s total web traffic happening on digital handhelds.  It's about delving into the psyche of your potential customers and uncovering what resonates with them. 


So, with emerging trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP) getting better by the minute, how should marketers communicate with their audiences in 2024? 


Crafting Content That Speaks


This year, the AI, ML, and NLP triad are shaping the marketing landscape into an unprecedented transformation. AI's ability to sort through vast amounts of data and extract meaningful insights is invaluable in understanding what even today’s fickle-minded consumer is thinking. A report by Salesforce indicated that 84% of marketers using AI had seen improved efficiency in their campaigns. But what happens if we add ML into the mix? SEO takes a step further by continuously learning and improving from data patterns, ensuring that SEO strategies become more effective in real time and over time.


On the other hand, NLP, as a subset of AI, is further transforming how brands interact with their audiences. The technology enables machines to understand and interpret human language, allowing for more natural and intuitive customer interactions and better search results. By 2025, the world of B2B sales is set to transform dramatically, with a new wave of multimodality in play. This means sellers will have various ways to log their activities, bringing a much-needed solution to the persistent issue of data challenges in sales. 


Imagine this: a staggering 70% of all interactions between B2B sellers and buyers will be recorded. Why? To harness the power of the AI, ML, and NLP synergy. These technologies will dive deep into these interactions, extracting invaluable insights about competitors, deals, and market trends. But the shift isn't just about collecting data; it's about unlocking a treasure trove of information that can redefine sales strategies and lead to more informed, strategic decisions, as well as more meaningful and personal customer transactions.


The Power of Personalized Experiences


We all know that SEO audience targeting allows you to create more personalized experiences for your visitors. If it is similar to hosting a party and playing music that each guest loves, you can increase engagement, improve their experience, and significantly boost the likelihood of approval (or conversions). All by tailoring your website and content to different audience segments with pinpoint accuracy via SEO.


However, while targeting the right audience is crucial, it's also important not to lose sight of overall traffic. The key here is to strike a perfect balance between attracting a broad audience and honing in on specific segments. This dual approach ensures a diverse traffic flow while maximizing engagement and conversions with targeted content. 


For example, not everyone on Twitter is also on Facebook. Since we’ve discovered that more market segments discover new brands, products, and services on social media platforms, the ads we come up with should appeal to these various market segments and lead them to our brand and product websites, where they’ll find more of what interests them.


Of course, expanding your SEO strategy to encompass a wider audience cluster will always bring unexpected benefits. Taking this route, however, entails casting a broader net without losing focus on your main target segments. But it’s not a bad idea to go wider on the market as it can lead you to discover new lookalike audiences and opportunities you may have otherwise missed.


Just remember to keep your content focused on your primary audience segments, as you’ll have better insights on knowing what SEO content you should produce, even as you broaden your reach. It also ensures that your more loyal followers always find value in what you offer them, which is essential for building loyalty and trust.


Making the most out of SEO Audience Targeting 


One thing you can focus on if you want to implement SEO audience targeting effectively is to take a deeper dive into audience research. Tools like Google Analytics or Google Search Console are useful in gaining insights into your audience's demographics, interests, and online behavior. Add to this strategic keyword research to identify and use long-tail keywords that resonate with your target audience. Try more tools like SEMrush and Ahrefs which have proven to be invaluable for audience targeting as well.


The last thing you’d want to consider is developing quality content that addresses the needs and interests of your target audience. Using storytelling strategies that strike a chord with them makes your site and its user experience more engaging and relatable. Of course, you’d have to regularly review your SEO performance and adapt your strategies to align with changing audience behaviors and market trends.


Lastly, while targeting specific audiences, it's best to continue creating more quality content that appeals to a broader audience to ensure a healthy mix of traffic from other potential customer touchpoints.


Always remember, SEO audience targeting is not just a tactic; it's a strategic approach that requires a deep understanding of your audience, creativity in content creation, and a constant balancing act between targeting and traffic generation. By mastering this art, you can create a symphony that resonates with the right audience, leading to more meaningful engagements, higher conversions, and long-term success in your digital marketing endeavors.

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