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Infront finalist in US Search Awards

Oct 13, 2017, 12:44 PM | Published under News & Events by Michael Hodgdon

“Best Small SEO Agency” Finalist

We recently learned that our SEO team at Infront Webworks is a finalist for the US Search Award in the “Best Small SEO Agency” category. The US Search Awards US Search Awardsdescription of the “Best Small SEO Agency” is “Recognition of an outstanding small SEO agency with up to 25 staff that demonstrates consistently great understanding and use of SEO. Judges will be looking for revenue figures, staff turnover and culture as well as the agency demonstrating creative implementations and achieving excellent ROI for their clients.

It sounds cliché to say but it is “truly a huge honor in our industry to even be a finalist”. The competition is fierce and criteria is stringent! According to the US Search Awards the judging criteria is based on many factors.

Judges will be looking for agencies that can demonstrate an ongoing and sustained commitment to delivering best practices while showing a creative and innovative approach to SEO. Judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.  Entry must include information under the following headings:

·       Details of the team / agency / individual

·       Agency / individual objectives

·       Recent campaign example/Case Studies

·       Recent achievements

·       Challenges

·       Why you think your entry should win

Why we pursue seo awards

Early in my career I would see announcements of companies that had won these SEO awards and think to myself “there are better ways to utilize time and energy then applying for award consideration” for vanity reasons. As I got further in my career, I realized most companies who win these awards are not applying for “vanity” but to raise the level of service they provide clients. To compare their strategy, structure, team, and performance to agencies that are producing amazing results and return for their clients.

In short, reputable awards like the US Search Awards provide companies in Digital Marketing and SEO the opportunity to gauge their value to clients (and the industry) against some of the best in the business. The reason many of us in the SEO industry work so hard to be transparent, trustworthy and effective is because our industry unfortunately does carry a stigma of lacking in those characteristics. Things like the industry awards, certifications, ambassadorship, and case studies all contribute to raising the bar for SEO Agencies that want to be among the best.

About US Search Awards

The 2017 US Search Awards, in association with headline sponsor Bing is a competition that celebrates the very best in SEO, PPC, Digital Marketing and Content Marketing in the US.

Each year the awards attract hundreds of entries from some of the leading SEO and digital marketing agencies and professionals from across the country.

All categories are judged by an influential and respected international judging panel. The judging is a robust, credible and transparent two-step process, involving pre-scoring and a face to face panel discussion.

This year the winners will be announced at Treasure Island, Las Vegas, on Wednesday, November 8 during Pubcon Las Vegas. 

The US Search Awards followed the success of the UK Search Awards and the European Search Awards which were launched by British events agency Don’t Panic in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Both awards have become key celebrations for the search industry in those territories. Don't Panic has recently launched the first search awards in the Middle East & North Africa, the MENA Search Awards.

Drum Roll Please

As we wind down 2017, the Infront Webworks SEO Team has worked hard and has celebrated so many accomplishments, milestones and grown so much. In taking the time to fill out the entry form we were able to reflect on some of those proud moments:

  • Our expert SEO staff has grown to a team consisting of SEO’s with over 112 years’ collective experience digital marketing, and SEO. They have attended some of the finest schools in the country including MIT, Stanford, Purdue, UCCS, Regis and have varying degree’s including multiple marketing degrees, digital marketing, an MBA, and more. They have varying areas of specialty including national organic search, local geo search, mobile search placement, Fortune 500 company SEO, link building, Global SEO, Large E-Commerce, etc….

     

  • Collectively our SEO team completed over 65 trade certifications in the last 12 months

     

  • Press on Infront Webworks SEO team includes an article in Entrepreneur magazine, N.Y Times, L.A. Times, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Gazette, Mobile Marketing Association Newsletter, Colorado Biz Magazine, SEMRush case study, 2017 Expert Predications for the Local Ecosystem by the LSA and more.

     

  • In the past 12 months Infront Webworks SEO team has maintained an annual retention rate of over 91%+

     

  • Average client organic search growth for time under contract vs same period pre SEO work, showed average organic growth of over 524%
  • Infront’s SEO team was the 11th Company in the U.S. to become LSA Certified
  • Infront Webworks broke 100 Google Reviews and maintains a 4.9-star rating
  • 20+ years in business and maintains an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau
  • Google Certified Partner Agency
  • Google Trusted Verifier Team (GYBO Partner)
  • SEMRush Case Study: How an SEO Company Grew Revenue by 704% with SEMrush
  • Clutch- Top Denver SEO Agency, Ranked 18th Best SEO Agency in the U.S.

As we anxiously await the Nov. 8th announcement to see If we are blessed enough to win the 2017 US Search Award in the “Best Small SEO Agency” category, we remind ourselves that our commitment to trust, transparency, results, and communication to our clients is our primary goal and we can feel good about our strides in throughout 2017 to that end.

Good Luck to all the finalists and we’ll see you at PUB ConJ

About the Author

Mike is the Marketing & SEO Director at Infront Webworks. An online entrepreneur since 1997, he has owned or run website design / SEO, online marketing and internet advertising companies for over 15 years. Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Colorado Springs Business Journal and with projects featured in N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, he has a solid track record of successful online undertakings. He is a certified Yext Partner, Google Certified in Analytics, Tag Manager, AdWords, Online Display Advertising, Shopping and Video Advertising.

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