Thrive Services Used
This Baptist theological seminary needed a complete website redesign and strategic digital marketing plan. Its existing site, although functional, was outdated, lacked user-friendliness and failed to effectively represent the institution’s values, mission and the depth of its theological programs.
Thrive Internet Marketing Agency built a custom website and launched combined organic marketing and paid advertising campaigns to optimize the client’s search visibility and increase engagement. Our efforts resulted in a whopping 285% increase in overall traffic sessions and a 707% boost in interaction rate.
Overall Traffic Sessions
Organic SEO Traffic
Since the website redesign and ongoing digital marketing efforts, the seminary has seen a significant improvement in its traffic sessions, keyword rankings and preview day registrations.
For about a year, we focused on Spanish language keyword rankings and were able to rank for these keywords:
- seminarios teológicos en español – Position 4
- seminario teologico online – Position 4
- seminarios cristianos – Position 5
- estudio teologicos – Position 5
- Seminario – Position 10
- Southwest Espanol – Position 21
The client’s AWR visibility score also moved 226 positions up from September 2021 to August 2023.
User-friendliness was a priority for Thrive. The client wanted to ensure their target audience could easily navigate the website to find information about programs, courses, events and resources. Improving the user experience was key to fostering engagement and retention.
Once the new website was launched, our SEO efforts focused on:
- Local listings management
- Link building
- Optimization of new landing pages
- Optimization for Spanish language landing pages
For paid advertising, our initial focus was promoting specific degrees, growing awareness and leads/applications. We noted a significant increase in preview day registrations once the new strategy was introduced. This is relevant to the client as it has a high enrollment rate on the preview days.
We have seen good growth in key metrics across all the campaigns and have also begun creating awareness and lead generation campaigns for Spanish-speaking audiences with language-targeted strategies.
We continue this focus to date and have introduced new strategies, including:
- Growing preview day awareness and registrations
- YouTube marketing
- General Display for awareness