The first session at the International Search Summit was delivered by David Carralon the head of SEM at the British Council.
The British council faces challenges like shrinking marketing budgets, scarce staff resources and increased government pressure to generate more income from English courses and exams. They have 560 websites spread over the globe. They have followed the subfolder route in terms of domain strategy which has limitations as discussed later.
Tech Issues they face
Solutions: Low Cost SEO that works
Their brand is their strength and they rely on the brand to deliver better SEO. Tone of voice, people and positioning is very important. It is core to how they operate. They use Google page rank to establish issues and it works.
Alternative ways to distribute Page Rank:
Online PR = effective link building
They have 8 applications that help to learn English. Online PR of a new iPad app resulted in 50 different portals for media news getting good links.
Identifying and educating champions:
Work with a key group of interested people and setup basic seo project templates in a program like basecamp.
Give credit to your colleagues:
Very important to give credit in cases of success to the entire team. Don’t take any credit, give it out to others and you will get the credit in the long term.
Traffic to the British council in France increased by around 100% and a direct correlation in the revenue earned.