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1-50 Brands ranked
Updated January 2023
Our head of content takes a look at the changes to the baby product market, 12 months on from our last annual report. Analysing the share of voice in Google, brand reach and several other important digital metrics, he presents his take on the winners and losers of the last year with some general advice on where brands in this industry should focus over the next 12 months.
A quick introduction from Liam…
Hello, I’m Liam – Head of Content at Salience. I spend my days delving into all things search and digital marketing and have spent the last few analysing the Baby Products Market. I’m 5 years into my search career and have worked on several award-winning campaigns. Let’s kick things off with my headlines…
Interest is dropping in big, staple baby product items – think, prams and strollers. Instead, growth is in products with lower price points which are essential to the health and happiness of our little counterparts.
Baby essentials, for example, has seen a 14% growth, now landing 9900 monthly searches.
Interestingly, searching this term presents mixed results. Half the results are informational – blog posts around must-have baby products – while the other half are commercial product listing pages (PLPs).
If I were working in this space, I’d build a navigational landing page (brand.com/baby-essentials) which provides both links to commercial PLPs and to content that supports users in making a decision.
Off this, I’d sit a number of subcategories i.e. /baby-essentials/formula and guides, i.e. /baby-essentials/baby-essentials-guide.
This hybrid approach would make your brand the only one to serve both intents and provide users with the correct journey for their intent; currently, sites are either presenting users with products when they aren’t yet ready to buy, or information when they’re in market to buy, not learn.
|Keyword||Order||Competitiveness||Local Monthly Searches|
|baby play mat||1||26||18100|
|XXXXX – download report!||3||27||8100|
|XXXXX – download report!||4||28||6600|
|XXXXX – download report!||5||28||5400|
Pramworld.co.uk are the only site with a greater mobile page speed score than desktop – 72 vs 17, respectively. Optimising for mobile is definitely the right approach with the bulk of users engaging through those devices, and therefore, search engines favour mobile metrics. Kudos to the team at Pramworld, their mobile score is actually the fastest out of all the brands we analysed.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Olivers Baby Care are struggling with page speed. With desktop and mobile scores of 29 and 21 respectively, they’re definitely holding their ranking potential and therefore share of the online market back. However, they’ve done well in other areas and have seen visibility improve by 140%, moving them up from position 46/50 to 32/50. Two points here:
Something is awry over at Precious Little One HQ – they’ve seen an 87% decrease in the number of people searching for their brand. They could benefit from some digital PR and paid social to get their brand back in the forefront of their target market’s mind.
I’d recommend they take a look at Little Angels Prams‘ approach to brand-building. They’ve seen a 60% increase in brand searches this year to last. From a social perspective, they’re working Instagram well, using stories to segment their different USPs, showcasing real customers, providing demos and even advertising their charity fundraising. Also, they clearly present their Klarna payment option in their profile description. A clever approach to promoting recall in a time when the cost of living has everybody for a deal and spread payments.
Consumers in this market will always look at safety and quality as key to their purchase decision, regardless of cost. Granted, the cost of living will mean greater research and fewer impulse purchases but the cost will never be the driving consideration.
On that, brands need to start promoting concepts of safety and quality through all channels. Consider how trustworthy your brand comes across through your entire marketing strategy and focus on quality to separate yourself from the growing discount brands.
It’d also be wise to push attention to middle price-point products. Product trends indicate consumers are looking to increase quality through accessories to existing products rather than buying expensive new products outright. So, rather than buying a brand new pram with a sunshade or umbrella, they’re looking for the same technology they can attach to their existing setup.
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The biggest brands for 2020 in terms of organic visibility are:
</li>britax-roemer.co.uk (-38%) </li>
</li> buybuybaby.com (-64%) </li>
Based on Google Trends data using the most prominent search terms in the market, organic search interest is set to grow 1.7% From Jan ’19 to Jan ’20.
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This report considers the 48 biggest brands based on their online prominence. You can see all the brands considered at the top of this page. If you haven’t been featured, but you’d like to see where you sit in the market, get in touch via our live chat or contact page.