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Sam The Concrete Man, is a concrete contractor with local franchises across the United States. As their business grows and adds more local franchises, her team is responsible for setting those local businesses up for success online.
Here’s how it typically works: the marketing team manages the business’s primary website. As each local franchise is licensed, they also launch a unique site for that franchise in the form of a subdomain.
Their main goal for each subdomain: to rank in Google’s map pack and at the top of the organic search results in that franchise’s local community.
The faster this is all up and running, the earlier that franchise can begin attracting and converting leads.
But as the business continues to grow, this task becomes increasingly challenging for the team to manage. With over 100 franchises to contend with, they need a more efficient process if they want to succeed.
“The variety of tools under one roof is really nice,” says Brand Manager Heather Clark, “because you don’t need to leave the platform to find different analytics. It’s all just in Semrush.”
And with a streamlined toolkit, the team can focus more on building a solid and scalable local SEO strategy that will support franchise growth.
Here’s how they do it.
The team knows that, if they want to set their local franchises up to win, they need to establish credibility online, fast.
To do this, they use a three-step process:
Let’s explore each step in more detail below.
If the team wants a franchise to connect with customers online, they need to make sure the correct business information is easy to find. And the best way to do that is to make sure the franchise is included in as many authoritative online directories as possible.
But that’s easier said than done.
Manually creating and finding these listings isn’t feasible. And other tools they’ve tried were not reliable. But with Semrush’s Listing Management tool, they can easily push a franchise’s information to more than 70 authoritative directories from one central location. (In contrast, the number of directories offered for listing management placements by other tools was as low as five in some cases, despite promises of great coverage.)
First, they enter their franchise’s business information into Semrush’s Listing Management tool to see if it’s already listed anywhere else.
Next, the tool automatically distributes the franchise’s business information to more than 70 directories, creating a new listing or updating existing ones as needed.
Later, the team can easily report on each franchise’s progress by exporting their listings to a PDF. Using this information, the franchise owner can easily claim and manage their listings going forward.
This strategy has helped each franchise build instant credibility in their local community.
“I think the biggest success for us in that realm would be Nextdoor,” says Becky Lane, Director of Marketing and Brand Building. “It’s a super hyper-local site, so it’s difficult for us on a national level to create, claim, and manage. The fact that we are able to create that through Semrush has been very effective, because Nextdoor is a great source of referrals.”
Next, the team uses Semrush SEO tools to identify target keywords and optimize each franchise’s content for local search.
The team starts by benchmarking their visibility against their biggest local competitors using the Semrush Domain Overview tool.
Then, to improve their visibility, they update their list of target keywords to rank higher for more impactful search terms.
They do this a few different ways:
For existing websites, Semrush’s Position Tracking provides a quick snapshot of the top keywords they’re already ranking for, and their impact.
To find new keywords, they use the Semrush Keyword Magic Tool to build lists of unique keywords for each franchise to target.
Then they vet these at the local level in Semrush's Keyword Overview, which shows city-specific keyword metrics and search results.
Keyword Overview’s local SERP snapshots help them identify online competitors.
Then, they use this knowledge to find even more keywords in the Semrush Keyword Gap tool.
How they use all this keyword data:
Finally, they track each site’s local performance on their priority keywords in Semrush's Position Tracking.
With more than 100 subdomains—one for each franchise—maintaining site health could easily become an arduous task. The Sam The Concrete Man team saves time and effort by automating this process with Semrush.
The Semrush Site Audit tool has over 140 technical and on-page SEO checks to maintain site health, boost visibility, and ensure a positive user experience.
With Site Audit, the team gets regular reports not just about the main site’s health, but also each franchise subdomain. The tool also prioritizes the issues it uncovers, so they can spend time resolving the most impactful issues first.
This helps them make sure the site—and each franchise—can be crawled and indexed, making it more visible in search. And by doing this regularly, the team can tackle small problems before they become major issues, saving time and avoiding frustration.
Since adopting Semrush, Lane and her team have been able to build the overall visibility of Sam The Concrete Man, while also setting each franchise up for online success. And they’ve done it using a streamlined set of tools—Semrush—to complement a scalable local SEO strategy.
Semrush helps them:
“Semrush is a very easy-to-use platform,” says Digital Content Specialist Lindsey Vandenberg. “Everything is explained very well. You don’t ever have to leave the platform. And the information provided is substantial, helpful, and useful.”