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Founded in 2005, UR Digital is an award-winning SEO agency that offers a wide range of diversified services. Based in Sydney, Australia, its goal is to grow the organic search presence and online visibility of its global clientele through bespoke campaigns and solutions. On average, the company aims to manage between 10 and 13 clients at any given time.
Prior to using an agency CRM, UR Digital experienced several common pain points:
1. Outdated and time-consuming reporting cycle.
Updating clients on the progress of their campaigns is a key part of client relationship management, but it can also be time and resource intensive—especially for smaller agencies.
“We used to provide fortnightly position tracking reports to clients, which we believe was old school,” says Pulkit Agrawal, UR Digital’s founder and managing director. “The days of creating PowerPoint presentations for clients are gone. We needed something that could present reports to clients dynamically.”
2. Lack of a cross-functional CRM tool was restricting the agency’s ability to collaborate effectively on client campaigns.
“With multiple team members responsible for various aspects of campaigns, there were often instances where client requirements were not effectively communicated,” he explains. “Minutes of meetings were in multiple email threads, which made it difficult to access them all easily.”
3. The struggle to find a suitable workflow to manage client data.
According to Pulkit, important client data was buried in a plethora of spreadsheets and folders. “Imagine managing the work of 10 clients on spreadsheets,” he says. “Just imagine the number of sheets we’d have after a single technical audit for a 10,000-page site!”
Perhaps the biggest challenge for UR Digital, though, was finding a single holistic tool that could solve all of these issues simultaneously. This was the key for Pulkit.
“The objective of a CRM is not just to manage client relationships,” he argues. “Online marketing agencies need ways to effectively manage and implement their campaigns and present them to clients.”
Pulkit continues, “When looking for a CRM, these were our primary concerns. We needed to ensure every aspect of the client’s campaign was being recorded, tracked, and presented dynamically.”
As an existing Semrush user, the CRM tool was a logical choice for UR Digital, although Pulkit notes that his agency still vetted the platform via an “exhaustive” trial. More importantly, the centralized, multipurpose nature of Semrush CRM ticked all the key boxes.
The tool’s Client Portal feature has been particularly transformative. It allows clients to review dynamically updated campaign data in near real time without the need for presentations or PDF reports and can be securely accessed by the client at any time.
“Calls for updates from clients disappeared after we set up this tool. It has saved us countless hours, which we can use to improve their campaigns.”
It’s not just the agency that has benefitted either. Clients love the change, although some were a bit skeptical at first.
“We tell our clients that we will not send them reports,” he says, “and they are like ‘what agency doesn’t report?’ Then we explain that they will have access to their own portal where they can login whenever they wish and get their data in near real time, and our clients are like ‘wow, that is impressive!’”
“We tell them, ‘check your reports after a drink on Friday night or whenever you wish—there’s no need to wait for us!’ Clients laugh, but they love it. It saves tremendous time and resources. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Pulkit explains.
The Semrush CRM tool has also solved the agency’s workflow management and communication issues, with the Projects, Tasks, and Docs features proving particularly useful.
For UR Digital, the impact from using Semrush CRM has been significant.