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Online Florist Increases Sales Tenfold Through SEM

Richard Ball
Apogee Web Consulting

The Problem

Plantrex Flower Shop had been online since 1998 with little traffic and few sales. In March 2002, they asked for help improving and then marketing their site.

Project Goals

  • Make site useable and search engine friendly in time for Mother's Day 2002.
  • Expand online advertising efforts to position the company to maximize Mother's Day 2003 sales.

The Solution

The website was redesigned and optimized in April 2002, in time for Mother's Day. An initial PPC (pay per click) ad campaign was launched in October 2002 using one search engine. This proved so successful that a much larger PPC campaign was undertaken in December 2002. New search engines and shopping engines were added each month. Concurrently, an SEO (search engine optimization) project was initiated because new pages were added to as product lines were expanded and seasonal products rotated in. Traffic and sales were analyzed and PPC engines that were not yielding quality results were dropped. Existing PPC ads were tweaked and new keywords added every few weeks.


  • Traffic jumped 12,833% in 12 months
  • Plantrex hired staff even as the economy faltered
  • Year-over-year sales increased more than tenfold

As of June 2004, is ranked in the top 100,000 sites on the internet by and in the top 20 for the shopping/flowers category. Due to ongoing, comprehensive search engine marketing, the site currently handles over 1500 unique visitors per day.

More Information

Apogee Web Consulting LLC
(443) 285-1416


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