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CareSpot Digital Marketing Client
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Your business needs customers, not empty promises.
Call on a neighbor with a decade of experience driving SMB growth in Chicago.
We deliver SEO visibility that gets you to the top of Google search results.

Search engine optimization doesn’t have to be a mystery. You should be able to pinpoint every detail of your SEO campaigns at any moment. Cardinal has
proprietary software that helps you understand exactly what tactics we employ, and the results we’re driving. Most importantly, we measure success in
new customers, not mere traffic or ranking.

Cardinal SEO campaigns here in Chicago, Illinois are engineered to not just drive organic traffic, but to accomplish a simple mission: deliver new customers
to your door. We tie search engine marketing campaigns directly into your CRM system, so that you know exactly which leads turn into sales. It’s all made possible
by a custom software platform we developed, called LadyBug. LadyBug helps us generate 2X the sales of other SEO companies, and prove it.

Our Clients Love Us

"Cardinal’s ability to pull insights out of our data is far superior to other agencies."

On-site SEO Assessment

The foundation of every new campaign – 60 days of critical assessment. Cardinal shows up at your Chicago location to evaluate website health, everything from site speed to URL architecture. We investigate your competitors to see exactly where and how they have the advantage. Then we devise a game plan to get you where you deserve to be, at the top of Google search results.

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Link Building

Link Building

First, we get the foundation of your website squared away. Once that’s solid, we move on to the link-building phase: Cardinal generates topnotch content to elevate your brand. We place that content in the right hands and link it back to you. You get the credit and move up the search engine rankings.

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Case Studies

Athlete's Foot
The Athlete's Foot Small Business Marketing
See how we helped a global footwear brand increase ROI by 301% in one quarter
Care Spot
Care Spot Case Study
Helping 56 Urgent Care Locations earn a clean bill of health
How we generated a blended cost per lead under $4.
Club Car
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See how we DOUBLED Club Car’s click-through rate and helped increase their conversions 133%
Dental Works
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Helping 160 Dental Practice Locations earn the ROI they deserved
How we generated a 25% decrease in cost-per-conversion.
Papa John's
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Revolutionizing Multi-Location Marketing through product innovation
How we generated 6 : 1 returns across all media.
Atlanta Brain and Spine
Improve your rankings with our SEO Company
Neurosurgeons increase their number of spine surgeries
How we generated 6 additional surgeries per month.
Digestive Healthcare of Georgia
Digestive Healthcare of Georgia
Helping Digestive Healthcare Practice boost their online presence
How we generated 100+ new leads per month.
Hilton Hotel
Hilton Digital Marketing Case Study
Integrating full Service Marketing for a growing Hotel Group
How we generated 73% increase in monthly revenue
Tropical Cafe
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Helping Drive More In-store Traffic and Customers
How We Turned 17MM Impressions into a 100% Footfall Rate Increase
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How we successfully utilized social media to increase brand awareness and customer satisfaction..
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The Difference an Chicago SEO Company Makes

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Top Notch Google Visibility
You deserve to have every single prospect find you immediately on Google. So let’s make sure all roads lead straight to your business.

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Land More Customers
Higher rankings and increased traffic are wonderful, but they’re not what matters. We count success in customers. Nothing else.

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Increase Your ROI
It’s not cheap to invest in your SEO. Nothing worthwhile is cheap. Give it six months, and it’s a safe bet you’ll want to join 91% of Cardinal clients who stay past the 3-year mark.

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Your Thought Partner
Cardinal is more than a local business partner. We aim to be a thought partner. We want you calling and dropping by the office with your newest idea. Let’s innovate for faster growth.

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Reporting Software at Your Fingertips
Of course you’ll get monthly reports straight from our office, but you’ll also have non-stop access to our topnotch team, with 7+ years of experience.

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Home Team Advantage
If you’re looking for local customers, it makes sense to get local help. Cardinal is an Chicago-based SEO company run by lifelong Chicago residents. We know this town.

Climb Google’s Local Results to Drive Local Customers

Many Cardinal clients run multi-location businesses, right here in Chicago. They thrive on a steady influx of local customers. Local SEO marketing demands a special approach – expertise in Directory and Reputation Management. It requires sophisticated techniques, and equally sophisticated software to drive the right local traffic to all your locations. Cardinal has ten years of experience delivering local SEO wins, using top-shelf software. We make it easy for nearby customers to find you.

What You Get When You
Partner With Cardinal

Cardinal enjoys the expertise of individuals who make digital marketing their business. The Cardinal team thrives on creating winning strategies for Chicago businesses that drive customers to you. When you choose Cardinal, you choose

A Partner

We don’t just want to run your marketing campaigns, we want to hear your ideas and partner together with you to grow your business faster.

Undivided Focus

We take the time to understand you. We’ll come to your office, sit down with you, and work to develop a winning campaign just for you. Our sole focus will be on you.

Dedicated SEO/Paid Search/Social Media/Design Specialist

We’re never too busy to answer your questions. The specialist that’s right for your business will work side-by-side with you, giving you personal updates and helping you through any difficulties along the way.

Up-to-date Reporting

You will receive reports at the interval you choose, and you will have 24/7 access to our topnotch team.

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We are serious about closed loop attribution!

Cardinal’s Proprietary Marketing Technology Lead Stream’s Benefits:

Double Your Customers Volume for the Same Spend

Dump the campaigns that don’t generate returns. Our AI based marketing platform automatically optimizes towards the campaigns that are driving high value customers.

Modernize Marketing

Modernize Your Marketing

Unsure of which campaigns your best customers are coming from? Step into the future of marketing with closed loop attribution brought to you by Leadstream. With our software you will know which campaigns drive high value customers.

Leadstream Benefits
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Chicago, Illinois is a major player within the shipping industry, acting as a central shipping hub. Lake Calumet Harbor offers a harbor for deep lake freighters to anchor in and unload their precious cargo, and Lake Shore Drive houses many waterfront businesses. The interstates and railroads run through the city, making it the perfect location for shipping cargo into and out of the region.

Cardinal Digital Marketing wants to be the central hub for your company’s marketing. We’ll be your harbor, connecting you to your customers through SEO. Keywords and programmatic display will become the network that ties it all together, safely delivering your message to its intended target while increasing your customer base.

If you’re ready to get to work with an SEO company that knows Chicago and gets to know you too, shoot us an email. Let’s grow.

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SEO Services


What is SEO and how can it help my company in Chicago?

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a highly effective online marketing strategy that aims to increase your website’s ranking in searches that pertain to your business in Chicago.

One of the main benefits that SEO delivers is the increase in brand awareness. The higher your business ranks in search, the more your customers become aware of your products or services.

Can we still use social media ads just like what other Chicago businesses are doing?

Yes, you can still use social media ads in conjunction with SEO. While a significant number of consumers have been influenced to buy after being exposed to social media ads, more customers still actively use the search engines to search for products or services as they need them. That’s why there is still a need to properly optimize your website for the key words or phrases that customers are using to find your business online.

Additionally, inasmuch as SEO is evolving as a result of accelerating growth in the technology that powers it, savvy customers are finding it easier to look for what they need using location-based search, image search, and voice search.

Indeed, with the ever growing number of searches on Google, your company could hugely benefit from the advantages that SEO delivers.

How exactly does SEO help us win more customers in Chicago?

Savvy customers actively look for product or services using Google. And when someone looks for your product or service, your business should be right in front of them right away. Otherwise, they’d end up doing business with competitors in Chicago instead.

With SEO, your site gets audited to determine which set of key words best describe your business. If you’re running a diner in Chicago, for example, we’ll find the best key words in terms of popularity, search volume, and potential to bring in considerable amounts of profit to use on your website. We will then use these key words and their variations throughout your web pages. We’ll also use them on external pages that are related to your business’ industry to increase the number of high-value links that point to your website. This makes your website even more valuable and more related to the search terms used by your customers which in turn increases your ranking in search results.

How long willI need SEO to win over my Chicago target customers?

How long your website will need SEO depends on several factors including how long your campaign will last, budget, and competitiveness of the campaign. But in most cases, SEO is an ongoing effort. Otherwise, your ranking could fall behind. Additionally, rules in SEO are constantly changing. What might have worked a few years ago may no longer work today. That’s why your website needs to be updated constantly to ensure that it adheres to best practices all the time.

Is SEO expensive?

Like most marketing campaigns, SEO costs money. But how much your SEO could cost you will depend on several factors such as competition, timeframe, and the amount of work needed to fully optimize your business using internal and external assets. Please note, however, that if done right the positive effects on your business’ bottom line will far outweigh the costs of your SEO campaign.

Will SEO work for my Chicago business?

SEO works for any type of business. As long as there are customers looking for your particular product or service online, you’d need SEO, so you could be right in front of your customers right away. With properly implemented SEO strategy, your laundromat, diner, or food truck business in Chicago could see improved customer reach, better customer engagement, and significantly improved revenue.

Who takes care of technical aspects of our website?

Looking at your website’s technical aspects is part of what we do as an SEO company. We audit your site’s technical backend to ensure that search engine “spiders” can seamlessly crawl your website. We’ll thoroughly check to see what needs to be improved to help boost your search ranking. We could either work with your team of web developers, or get our experts to work on your site’s technical backend.

Some SEO companies working in the Chicago area guarantee results. Do you?

No, we don’t. SEO is evolving and how Google’s algorithm works exactly is anybody’s guess. That’s why we won’t be able to guarantee exact results. But here’s what we can guarantee: major search engines, including Google, have laid out best practices and standards as a guide to help us help you build a solid SEO strategy that gets you on top. Indeed, some of the strategies involve a lot of work. That’s why we are committed to do the work for you, so you can focus more on nurturing your business and your customers.

How will we know if we’ve successfully engaged our Chicago customers?

There’s a wide range of tools that we use to measure the success of our SEO strategy. These tools offer Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, that are crucial to measuring the efficacy of our marketing efforts in Chicago. These KPIs include number of visitors, pageviews, bounce rate, and conversion rate.

One of the best tools to use to measure these KPIs is Google’s very own Google Analytics. It has been developed to provide you with insight on visit source, which pages have been visited by your customers on your website, how long they have stayed on your website, and which pages delivered the most conversion.

Do we have to commit to an annual contract?

No, you don’t. But initially, we will sign you on for a three-month contract, which is usually the length of time for the full effects of SEO to be seen. If you are satisfied with the results, we’ll come up with an affordable contract to sustain your success online. We are proud to inform you that more than 90% of our customers stay on as our long-term clients after exceeding their expectations.

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