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‘How Google’s E-A-T Affects eCommerce’: New Kaizen Industry Report and Summer SEO Roundtable

‘How Google’s E-A-T Affects eCommerce’: New Kaizen Industry Report and Summer SEO Roundtable

Since the pandemic began last year, eCommerce has soared in popularity and has seen record-breaking growth year on year. According to IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Results for January, UK online sales grew 74% year-on-year in January 2021 as the nation prepared for its third lockdown.

Interestingly, retailers in health & beauty, fashion, electrical and home saw increased sales as more people stayed at home and invested in personal and home improvement. With this rising popularity, many new brands took the opportunity to leverage gains over larger, recognizable brands by investing in SEO and digital marketing to improve their search engine rankings and visibility to consumers. 

In a bid to highlight and understand how some brands are benefiting from investment in these channels, Kaizen have developed an industry report detailing how Google’s signals for Expertise, Authority, Trust (E-A-T) can impact a site’s ranking performance. Our hypothesis is that brands that have adapted their eCommerce site to meet Google’s quality standards of E-A-T do ranking better. 

We have taken the top 1,000 rated eCommerce sites as rated by Crunchbase to form the basis of our analysis, focusing on industries such as fashion, retail, banking, financial services, technology and many more. The industry report has provided us with insight into how these standards are met for both onsite and offsite performance and which brands are doing it well. 

To share our findings, we’ll be hosting a Virtual Roundtable on Thursday 22nd July to discuss how brands are implementing E-A-T into their SEO strategies and the impact it has had on their performance in the eCommerce space. Hosted by myself and Nathan Abbott, we’ll be joined by Tiffany Bushell, SEO Manager at LEGO, to discover how one of the world’s most successful brands have approached SEO as well as her thoughts on the findings. 

The virtual roundtable will start at 10am, and allow an opportunity for senior eCommerce marketers and SEOs to connect and learn from each other, as well as present any questions to our team at Kaizen and to Tiffany. 

Here are some key takeaways from the industry report: 

Onsite Takeaways:

Offsite Takeaways:

You can download the new industry report here.

If you’d like to find out more about our Virtual Roundtable on 22nd July, please don’t hesitate to email me at sean.guy@kaizen.co.uk.

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Jeremy McDonald

Jeremy McDonald is the CEO at Kaizen.


Following 5 years at the agency, Jeremy took the reins as CEO at the end of 2023. A digitally focused marketing leader with in-depth experience across SEO, analytics, digital PR & content, he is passionate about using digital marketing to grow brands online. His main priority is to bring Kaizen’s organic marketing products to a broader client base whilst developing his specialist in-house team of 50+ digital experts.

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