UK Blinds and Shutters Brands - Digital Marketing Benchmark Report, Q2 2024

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The Q2 2024 benchmarking report for UK blinds and shutters brands has just been published. Learn how the top 11 UK blinds and shutters brands perform across the digital space.

The latest Q2 2024 benchmarking report for UK blinds and shutters suppliers has just been published. It covers the largest 11 national blinds and shutters brands, including Hillarys, Blinds 2Go, Blinds Direct, Just Shutters, 247 Blinds, Eclipse Blinds, Shuttercraft, Homefair Blinds & Shutters, Shutterly Fabulous, Perfect Shutters, and Plantation Shutters.

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The research gives an inside track on who is winning the biggest share of voice online, and quantifies the gaps, risks and missed opportunities for other blinds and shutters brands to win brand exposure locally, drive online views, and generate orders. The report highlights quick wins that will improve enquiries from your online strategy and identifies the barriers that may be reducing your site’s ability to optimise digital performance.

To see a preview and contents page of the Q2 report, click here. To get a copy of the full report and the key takeaways, please complete the enquiry form or schedule a call. Blinds & Shutters - COVER


For a glance into just 6 of the metrics we evaluated these top 11 blinds and shutters brands on, check out our quick-look table below;

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Continue reading for further detail on this quarter's best and poorest-performing UK blinds and shutters brands or request a copy of the report for the full review.

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What The Industry Research Report Covers

The 70+ pages of research benchmarks each site based on 50+ metrics and indicators of successful digital strategy, including organic visibility, domain authority, paid media ads, conversion performance, technical performance, site speed, universal search, content, social ads, accessibility, and mobile performance.  

Driving Optimal ROAS from Paid Media Channels

Some of the leading players in the space are high spenders on paid media channels such as Google, Bing & Facebook - but have a poor or sub-optimal conversion improvement strategy. Without an optimised, sophisticated conversion strategy that maximises the conversion rate, the return on investment is unsustainable or will underperform. Scaling spend on paid media is not achievable unless the conversion rate delivers optimal performance in the sector. Some in the space have paid media spend levels from 30k+ per month but dedicate minimal resources and budgets to conversion testing.  Given the cost per clicks on ad networks will continue to rise, we recommend spending at least 10% of your paid media budget on ongoing conversion optimisation testing schedules to ensure your paid media ROI maintains long term viability, competitive advantage, and sustainability.

Technical Website Compliance

Savvy digital marketers know that having a technically sound website is an essential component of a successful fully integrated digital strategy - plus a site capable of maximising conversion performance. Having a technically sound website will ensure potential customers can find the information and products they're looking for when it comes to browsing for new blinds and shutters.

Site Speed & Conversion Rate Performance

When 62% of consumers are less likely to convert if they have a negative mobile site experience, ensuring that your site is quick and easy to load makes a significant improvement on your overall conversion rates. While site speed might not seem the most pressing issue for brands within the home interiors sector, blinds and shutters brands will still benefit from having a fast site which instills a positive impression of the brand from first click.

For Q2 2024, the mobile site speed ranged between 58 and 12, with 247 Blinds reporting the slowest site speed. Mobile site speed has a significant impact on a consumer’s experience when scrolling through a website, so it’s important that brands take steps to increase their site speed, such as choosing a mobile-friendly design and adopting lazy loading to prevent graphics from slowing down a website’s loading speed.

Building Competitive Advantage with Domain Authority

Domain authority is an essential metric for measuring the effectiveness of SEO performance and helps create a reliable overall gauge of how effective your site is at achieving organic traffic, i.e. ‘free’ traffic that isn’t gained through sponsored ads. Blinds and shutters brands have a wealth of opportunity to build backlinks and improve their domain authority, and can work with external publications and bloggers to build trust, visibility, and referral traffic.

A ‘good’ DA really comes down to how your competitors are performing, however it is generally considered average between 40 and 50, good between 50 and 60, and excellent above 60. For Q2 2024, the mobile site speed ranged between 58 and 12, with 247 Blinds reporting the slowest site speed. Mobile site speed has a significant impact on a consumer’s experience when scrolling through a website, so it’s important that brands take steps to increase their site speed, such as choosing a mobile-friendly design and adopting lazy loading to prevent graphics from slowing down a website’s loading speed.

Organic Performance – Mobile & Desktop

A strong organic performance is strategically important as it ensures your site ranks above competitors for key, transactional keywords. When 93% of your customers won’t go past the first page of Google, your absence or lack of targeting for essential keywords will cost you conversions. Only two blinds and shutters brands in our report have gained organic traffic year on year, which is unsurprising due to the cost of living crisis and need for many consumers to cut back on luxuries and outgoings.

Seven of the brands encountered a loss in organic traffic on desktop, while 6 brands saw a loss in organic traffic on mobile. On the other hand, Homefair Blinds & Shutters saw a 939% increase in organic traffic on mobile. All websites can increase organic traffic on mobile by using a keyword strategy with a selection of phrases that consumers type into search engines.

Universal Search Opportunity

Google Universal Search Results is an evolving opportunity to make your pages visible on a SERP (Search Engine Results Page). Universal results often appear before traditional listings and are eye-catching for users. Universal search results refer to rankings on a SERP that are not the traditional ‘blue line’ Google link, and a site can appear for universal search results without being strong in standard rankings. Brands within home improvement sectors, such as blinds and shutters, should look particularly to Image Pack results as an opportunity to display products from the SERP itself, and entice users to visit their site.

Hillarys holds the top position for the most Universal Search results again, finding the most impressions for ‘images’. Alternatively, Eclipse Blinds saw zero appearances for ‘images’, and it should include image captions, page titles, and integrate target keywords to amplify an images’ visibility in searches.

The Longtail Keyword Opportunity

Longtail keywords are often considered high intent and potentially more likely to convert as a searcher is being more specific. Optimising for longtail keywords also puts your content strategy in a strong position to rank for brand new search terms as they enter Google’s index. Blinds and shutters brands should be looking at high-potential keywords which show a strong conversion intention, such as 'buy blinds with fitting' or 'window shutters next day installation'.

Blinds 2Go saw the most longtail keyword appearances for positions 3 (1,591), while Blinds Direct reported the most longtail keyword appearances for positions 4–10 (2,382). While all brands should have the goal to see the most appearances for positions 3, securing results for positions 4–10 is one of the quickest ways for brands to optimise their visibility.

Facebook Adverts

With the number of Facebook users in the United Kingdom (UK) hitting over 44 million users in 2023, it is not surprising that companies have jumped at the opportunity to advertise on the social media platform. Facebook’s UK digital advertising revenue has been estimated to have breached 2.6b GB pounds in 2019. Facebook ads are a great way for blinds and shutters brands to reach people who are specifically looking to make improvements to their homes.

We’ve included three examples of Perfect Shutter’s sponsored Facebook posts. Each post included the same text and two posts also included the same media. This brand should experiment with different images/videos to test which performs the best.  

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Top Social Shares & Content

When it comes to social media and on-site content strategies, it is important to release content that has a longer shelf life. An article is considered 'Evergreen' if it has maintained its relevancy to an audience for longer. It's great for your brand engagement, but great for Google too, who will recognise content which achieves traffic over a long period of time. Blinds and shutters brands can use social media to join in with trending homeware images and content, such as sharing seasonal styling inspiration along with any offers or sales events they're holding.

Blinds 2Go has the most Facebook Likes (116,600) and Instagram followers (280,500). This blind and shutters brand also saw the highest total engagement (91,611). It’s important that brands measure their engagement rate to ensure that their followers are still active and interact with their content.

Website Readability & Accessibility

20% of people in the UK have a disability – 2 million of which are people living with sight loss. In addition, 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some degree of colour vision deficiency. When websites are not designed to meet these needs, brands lose customer interest as they turn elsewhere. For blinds and shutters brands, while it may be tempting to favour visuals over function, care should be taken that their site remains accessible and easy to read.

In our last audit, Blinds Direct reported 219 accessibility alerts, which it’s slightly reduced to 197 in Q2 2024. Also, 247 Blinds saw 81 contrast errors. It’s important that brands aim for zero alerts and errors to improve readability for those using a screen reader and with colour deficiencies.


To get a copy of the full report, please complete the enquiry form. If you want to talk to us about accelerating your digital performance, please call us on 01543 410014 or schedule a call with Mike Movassaghi.

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