Just add water Target customers by their search patterns with Concentrate

Posted by tom klein January 28, 2009


The path to your website or products is never a straight shot.  Most users are just riding the proverbial wave that a search string of keywords leads them on (there’s a reason why they call it “surfing the web”).  So how do you anticipate the non-linear thinking of your customers and translate it into a useful SEO strategy?

Simple, just Concentrate.

Concentrate is a search analytics tool and welcome supplement to your Google Analytics and paid search campaign.  It analyzes your existing data (you can connect directly to Google Analytics or upload files from any other major analytics software), looks for keyword patterns, then identifies the specific search structure and queries that lead to the most traffic. Ergo,  opening up new search opportunities.

Patterns are the key with this service.  A pattern is merely the structure built around a particular keyword, like “web design [X]“, with [X] representing a group of similar query terms, such as location or web-design software.  Sounds like Algebra class – I know.  Bare with me.  Concentrate identifies these patterns, then lets you drill down and see the specific query terms that fit this pattern.  In this example, it could be “web design [Atlanta]” or “web design [Virginia Highlands]“.  As the system learns, i.e. analyzes your raw data over time, the [X]’s will eventually be replaced.  But for now, looking at the individual queries within a pattern is pretty useful.   Our business may be Atlanta-based, but a large chunk of my web traffic is coming from people searching for “web design [Tennessee]“  – a market I may or may not have considered when designing my Adwords campaign.

So, what is the [X] amount for such a service?  Concentration has 4 different packages to choose from with queries up to the hundred thousands.   They also offer a free package suited for blogs and small sites that will analyze a month of search history.  All you need is a Google Analytics account (required for this service), and you are good to go.

So, how does a tool like Google Analytics actually gather data to be analyzed? As with most analytics tools these days, all you need to do is add a piece of code to the bottom of every page on your site, and you'll be able to track every site interaction. Learn more about it from analytics guru Avinash Kaushik on his superb blog - Occam's Razor (pardon the gushing - we're big fans).

The beauty of a service like Concentrate is it accounts for the long-tail search habits of users and identifies where their interests (and queries) lie. If you find search engine marketing to be a mystery or somewhat overwhelming, here is a way to gain both insight and actionable data.



2 Comments on “Target customers by their search patterns with Concentrate”

  1. Interesting indeed. That's essentially how a good keyword list is built - by identyfing themes from a term list. I'd been thinking about doing something very similar recently. Good to see this. I'm going to try it out. Thanks! Charles Lumpkin posted on
  2. Update: This is very good. This is bar none one of the best tools I have ever seen for the proper data visulations and representations that exist in a keyword list. I've got to try and get these guys on the phone. Charles Lumpkin posted on

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