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Awarded 2019's "Best SEO Agency" award at the U.S. Search Awards, we're the agency who solves problems for other agencies.

When you partner with LOCOMOTIVE, you know you're in good hands.  A Moz-recommended agency, we are one of only a few Technical SEO agencies in the world to attain such an endorsement.

We focus on ROI for some of the world's largest companies, as well as more traditionally sized businesses, like your's.

 
$10,000+
 
$200 - $300 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Apex, NC
headquarters
  • 225 N Salem St, Ste 122
    Apex, NC 27502
    United States

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Best Small SEO Agency 2019

Our team was humbled to be a finalist for 3 U.S. Search Awards, and receive one of the top awards of the night for SEO agencies. 

All awards are judged upon results for clients, as well as agency operations, by a panel of SEO industry veteran judges.

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SEO for Energy Firm

“Their availability coupled with their technical resources really makes them stand out from others.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Locomotive functions as the long-term digital marketing partner for an electricity and energy services company. In their work, they handled audits, SEO reporting, keyword research, and technical enhancements.

The Reviewer
 
5,001 - 10,000 Employees
 
Princeton, New Jersey
Director of Digital Marketing, Energy Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since starting their engagement with the partner, the team experienced SEO improvements for keywords amounting to 5%–400% growth. Their consistency in communication and low employee turnover rate laid the foundation or a reliable, trusting relationship. They understood goals easily.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re one of the largest generators and retailers of electricity and energy services. I run digital marketing, focusing on large business lead generation and overall UX on our digital channels. Decisions surrounding PPC and SEO also go through me on the digital side.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Locomotive?

They’re our SEO and digital marketing partner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their services run the whole gamut. They provide audits, SEO reporting, keyword research, recommendations, and technical suggestions surrounding tagging and metadata. They’ve also written and implemented code for us. Unlike many other providers, they provide very technical services.

Outside of tech, they’ve audited and written content for me on a regular basis. When I’m writing a blog, I can send it to them. They run it through some tools and come back to me with a plethora of recommendations to make it the most beneficial solution for our SEO.  

What is the team composition?

We worked with 3–4 of their resources. 

How did you come to work with Locomotive?

We did an open RFP that involved a ton of research. Our team decided upon their services in the end.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $400,000 on their services over the course of our relationship. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around May 2015, and our collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Since starting our engagement with them, I’ve as little as 5%–10% growth for a certain keyword to as much as going from unlisted to a top-five spot on search results. In those situations, that can be a 200%–400% lift for specific keywords and terms. 

How did Locomotive perform from a project management standpoint?

With a lot of vendors, there’s high turnover. Their consistency in staffing is excellent. They were always able to support us as our internal teams and demands changed. There’s never any pushback or complications on their end.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their availability coupled with their technical resources really makes them stand out from others. I’m sure I can find competing firms with similar SEO skillsets, but their technical knowledge goes above and beyond. They’re tapped into what Google is doing on a code-based level. That’s fundamentally different than most of their competitors. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I wish they were local to our region. That would allow us more face-to-face time.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Understand that it is your responsibility as a client to provide planning and resources to your partner. That will help you both succeed in the collaboration.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Technical SEO for Industrial Fabric Firm

“They’re on top of everything. They make sure that they get all of the information they need from us.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Locomotive supported technical SEO for a fabric distributor’s website. They rolled a plan that utilized best practices across page titles and keywords. Additionally, they created content.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Glen Raven, North Carolina
Ecommerce Director, Industrial Fabrics Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Traffic has increased substantially, leading to more transactions and greater revenue. Locomotive is highly organized and efficient. With bi-weekly meetings, they’re easily able to manage their own responsivities while maintaining their partnership. They’re a valuable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a fabrics distributor. Across North America, our customers use the fabric and hardware to create awnings, retractable marine applications such as boat covers and Bimini tops, upholstery, shades, and outdoor furniture.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Locomotive?

We’ve been serious about e-commerce and expanding in order to find new customers for existing products and new products for existing customers. To truly be successful in that, we knew that organic SEO was really important.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We brought in Locomotive to support our technical SEO. They’ve built out best practices across the site with page titles, keywords, and have even developed content to support our efforts. We also used them for PPC for a little bit, but decided that SEO was really their strength.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked directly with 2 account managers and three people from their team on a regular basis.

How did you come to work with Locomotive?

We found them through a reference, who really recommended them. We evaluated several companies, and based on what we saw, we chose to move forward with Locomotive.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend between $75,000–$85,000 per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with them since June 2016 and our relationships ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’ve seen substantial growth from organic search—traffic is up by 60%. As a result, the number of transactions and overall revenue has increased. Compared to what we spend with them on a monthly basis, we receive a great return.

How did Locomotive perform from a project management standpoint?

We meet with them on a bi-weekly or monthly basis depending on what’s going on. They do a great job from a project management standpoint. They’re on top of everything. They make sure that they get all of the information they need from us. Then our team reviews their work, and we go from there.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The value we get from them is substantial. Other than that, they’re really good people and it’s great to work with them. Putting that all together, we’re really happy with our partnership.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I feel like there’s always room for improvement, but even if I could think of anything, it would be nit-picky.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about what your objectives are and what you want to accomplish. Work with their team and use their experience to identify and prioritize your needs. As anyone with a background in SEO knows, there isn’t a magic thing you can do—it’s a lot of little things working together. But Locomotive helps you determine what you need to focus on.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Marketing for Web Shop

"Locomotive always had inspiring and refreshing suggestions."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Locomotive managed digital marketing services to improve traffic for a digital retailer.  The team adapted, translated, and indexed the website to expand the platform’s reach into different countries.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
The Netherlands
Timothy Korse
CEO, KORSIT
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Locomotive delivered valuable services that helped to increase the number of website visitors by 500%. The team was communicative to streamline collaboration and available to address challenges quickly. They provided novel ideas to support productive engagement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am co-founder and CEO of an company in the Netherlands. We sell digital goods and have grown in the last 8 years into a scale up company of 30 employees.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Locomotive?

For our internationally targeted webshop .

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to expand to other regions than countries in Europe. Locomotive has helped us establish our brand in the United States, Canada, Australia and others.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Recommended by Moz.

Describe the project in detail.

The webshop needed to be optimized, localized, translated and being indexed. From there, we needed to increase traffic using a lot of different methods.

What was the team composition?

We implemented everything our selves, we do have a lot of developers working here. Locomotive has been giving great advice, tracking opportunities, tracking errors, planning our next steps and creating content.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We have been growing 500% in visitors in the last 9 months.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The communication went great despite our timezone differences. We used Zoom and e-mail. Accessibility for urgent issues was great and normal communication went as expected.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Locomotive always had inspiring and refreshing suggestions. We also have ourselves quite some SEO knowledge in house

Are there any areas for improvement?

No yet.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer