Hongda is a business services firm in China that assists foreign companies with setting up and managing local Chinese businesses in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and in Hong Kong.
Creating a high-performaing B2B website design in China can be difficult as aesthetics and requirements can often be very different from what’s considered best practice in the West. Luckily, Hongda's management team knew that appealing to foreigners was paramount to their success and were happy to progress with inbound and HubSpot to generate more traffic and leads.
Website Development, Branding, Inbound Marketing, HubSpot CMS, HubSpot Marketing
Business Services in China for Foreign Companies
Hongda specialises in business services in China for foreign companies looking to get set up and need an experienced local company to guide them through the registration, visa and legal processes. As the rules in China change frequently and without warning, it is very hard to find reliable and updated information online about the process and legal requirements. This caused many people to reach out to Hongda with questions who weren’t necessarily ready to get started with their services. Sales staff were busy with the enquiries they were getting but the consultative sales process was long and the initial conversations usually covered the same FAQ.
Hongda’s previous website, with the domain 0086rich.com, was very basic, not mobile friendly, was rarely updated and did not have any kind of lead nurturing. The Chinese government did not have an English website to explain investment procedures clearly, so the few leads that came through the website would either call or email, asking detailed questions about how they could set up a business in China. Hongda’s old website was only getting less than 100 views, 2-3 leads per month and was barely ranking organically for keywords related to their core services.
In 2015 when Oxygen was initially consulted, the timing was perfect to utilise inbound marketing to both generate visitors and improve lead generation.
Website Traffic Optimisation
The old website did not have enough useful information that ranked organically for the keywords related to Hongda's core services.
New Western Branding Style
A radical, new 'blue' branding is introduced to target western buyer personas.
English Language Information
No information was available in English at the time to explain the investment procedures clearly. Only Chinese information from the Chinese government's website.
Hongda immediately moved to the HubSpot CMS and marketing platform and Oxygen began rebuilding the B2B website based on the perceived requirements of Hongda’s buyer personas. Getting the client on-board with a radical new ‘blue’ branding theme was initially difficult however the client did fully understand the need for a Western-approach and accepted that this would be best for business.
Oxygen’ content team generated blog content through information gleaned from regular meetings with the CEO, Angel, and other members of the Hongda team who could impart information about new policy changes before it was available elsewhere online. By constantly creating fresh content built around the keywords leads were using at the time Oxygen was able to steadily build organic traffic and grow Hongda’s overall Google ranking.
Once we had solved the issue of generating more qualified and better-educated leads, new problems arose as the sales team expanded. As service online generally improved and people got more used to getting instant replies conversion rates of leads started to plateau and in some months even fell. There was a disconnect between the Chinese sales team’s response rate and the expected response time by leads who wanted immediate answers. As the Chinese sales team were used to getting notifications and managing leads through their phones they were ignoring most of the HubSpot tools and rarely logging calls and other data making it impossible to track who had been contacted and when.
Hongda started with a localized Chinese branding and website design so it didn't appeal to an international audience. We eventually settled on a radical new 'blue' branding theme.
Providing the best user experience also means adapting the pages to fit the reading direction of the scripts, while also ensuring that selected web fonts have similar styles across languages and would work responsively with the website.
Our designers meticulously selected Simplified Chinese and English fonts to fit the brand, and worked with our developer to create page templates tailored to the direction of the texts.
We moved the entire Hongda website to HubSpot, ensuring that the domain was connected properly and that 301 redirects were created, so the impact to their SEO and direct traffic would be minimal once the website was launched.
One of the major reasons foreign companies struggled to open a company in China was that they didn't have access to the necessary information in English. We solved this by generating content in English and filling in any content gaps between the Chinese government's content and Hongda's. By blogging on relevant topics and keywords, we were also able to build SEO value and rank for relevant content to increase website traffic.
The website design greatly helped to improve the overall perceived professionalism of the company and since then has been used as a branding guide to style print media and other offline marketing materials. Oxygen has since assisted with many online and offline campaigns, creating quarterly marketing campaigns around key topics based on the changes in China. Most importantly, the website is now 100% mobile-friendly and looks great on devices of all sizes.
The clean design and user experience has been optimised by our design and strategy team to focus the visitors’ attention on orange CTA’s which are strategically placed to funnel visitors into the right areas. While “Contact” is an option on the main menu, it has been made less prominent and instead many people are opting to use the chatbot – which is much more successful in getting more information from leads. As of March 2019 the Hongda chatbot was responsible for over 51% of all new leads each month collected on the website.
Previous estimates of conversions before the new website launched ranged from 2-5% according to sales. After the launch of the new website conversions per landing page jumped to up to 23.86% in Jan 2018. Considering the amount of raw traffic to the website through organic this meant that Hongda’s content was immensely successful. Many of the landing pages on the website have over 35% conversion rate for visitors to contacts.
Campaign Metrics to Date
Conversions per Landing Page
Visitor to Contact Conversion
I’m much more relaxed now. Whenever I have some new business or see new policies I can pass them on to the Oxygen team to handle.
In terms of raw ROI, Hongda has booked roughly 5.6X the cost of HubSpot (not including referrals from these new clients, a major lead source) and Oxygen’s marketing retainer in generated revenue through online sources over the past few years. Today over 35% of all new business can be directly attributed to online sources.
Hongda is now the proud owner of many #1 spots on Google for coveted keywords. These quality SERP rankings, based around solutions to customer problems or core services, bring in a constant flow of quality leads and business for the company. The Hongda blog has also become a useful resource among business owners in Southern China and continues to provide valuable insights – not only to Hongda customers.
In addition to marketing, we also worked with Hongda on sales enablement by digitizing their sales funnel.
Some Of The Work We’ve Done
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