Beanilla Uses Yotpo to Boost Search Rank

  • Industry
    Industry
    Food
  • Platform
    Platform
    Magento
  • Challenge
    Challenge
    Improve their SEO and position on Google to increase organic traffic
  • Solution
    Solution
    Leverage Yotpo’s partnership with Google to implement Rich Snippets and generate more review to boost SEO
  • Results
    Results
    20% increase in reviews, first position in Google search results.
Beanilla is the world’s number one vanilla bean site selling the highest quality but affordable beans

Company

In 2005, Rob Conley was at an entrepreneurs’ conference when he was given a handful of vanilla beans by an importer. As a college student who loved to cook with exotic flavors, he was instantly hooked by the unique aroma, texture, and appearance of the beans.

Upon discovery the price — up to $12 for a single bean at the grocery store — he decided to create his own website to provide consumers with a source of quality, affordable vanilla beans. Conley quickly sold the 40 beans he was given and made enough money to buy 500 more.

Today, he’s the founder of two successful websites, Beanilla.com and SpiceJungle.com. Beanilla is the largest online retailer of premium grade vanilla beans in the world, importing beans from seven different countries. Beanilla’s sister website, Spice Jungle, goes beyond vanilla beans and sells everything from coffee to kitchenware.

Since I started using Yotpo, I rose to the first position in Google search results.
Rob Conley
Rob Conley
Founder & CEO of Beanilla
#1
Vanilla Bean
Site in the World

Challenge

In the food & beverage industry, product and brand discovery is everything. Especially for brands like Conley’s, which sell hard-to-find products to a very specific type of consumer, which are traditionally bought offline.

“SEO was very important to me. My last reviews solution was limiting: I was getting customer reviews but they didn’t help my position on Google,” Conley explains. As a result, Conley was looking for a solution with a holistic SEO approach that would bump up Beanilla on Google SERPs.

As a fast-growing, direct-to-consumer brand, another concern was lack of resources and a lean team. “Once we got big, I realized that moderating and approving reviews would become a full-time job.” Conley wanted a solution that would eliminate the workload from his staff.

Solution

Conley chose Yotpo after surveying his options – their partnership with Google and ability to showcase star ratings in Rich Snippets and Product Listing Ads gave Beanilla the best change at getting recognized by Google.” It also seemed like “Yotpo’s detailed and automated moderation settings” would help address Conley’s staffing concern and “make managing reviews easy.”

Another important and underrated feature that sold Conley was Yotpo’s grouping of reviews by product across SKUs. “When selling vanilla extract, I can sell it in five different sizes, and positive reviews would be applied to each size.”

15,800
Reviews Collected
With Yotpo
The proof is in the pudding, just search Vanilla Beans in Google and see what shows up.
Advice
Stand out by using tools that build your reputation and get your name out there. Running an online business is complicated, but can be easier and more successful with the right solutions.
Rob Conley
Founder & CEO of Beanilla
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