UK Sleep Brands - Digital Marketing Benchmark Report, Q2 2023

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The Q2 2023 benchmarking report for UK sleep brands has just been published. Learn how the top 12 UK sleep brands perform across the digital space.

The latest Q2 2023 benchmarking report for UK Sleep brands has just been published.  It covers the largest 12 national sleep brands, including Woolroom, Silent Night, Tempur, Sleepeezee, Emma, OTTY, Dormeo, Simba, Vispring, Sleep Beds, Eve and Hypnos.

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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 sleep brands to win brand exposure, generate online orders, and drive in-store recognition (where relevant). 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.

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What The Industry Research Report Covers

The 70+ pages of research benchmarks each brand 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. For sleep brands, they'll want to keep on top of changing stock lines in order to ensure customers can easily find the product that suits their needs.

As sleep brands have relatively smaller ranges, compared to e-commerce retailers in other sectors, there is less opportunity to make errors when it comes to technical compliance. In our last report, we noted that we'd found 150 pages with missing meta descriptions and 133 with missing titles on Tempur's site. In Q2, Tempur have reduced this to just one page missing a title and six missing descriptions. Looking at error codes, we can see that Silent Night returned 134 4xx errors in our crawls. Silent Night must ensure that their internal linking structure is updated to accommodate changes in URLs, and users are being redirected to alternative content, where relevant. 

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. With many sleep brands' products looking similar, they will be keen to ensure their items stand out with high-quality lifestyle images, and graphics & videos talking through their products' benefits. However, assets like this can easily bring down site speed performance, if not properly optimised.

In our last report, we noted that four sleep brands were surpassing the benchmark score of 50, with Hypnos leading the way, with a score of 70. However, Hypnos have now halved their score to 35. Hypnos must evaluate what changes have been made within the last four months, and ensure they have not negatively impacted user experience.

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. Sleep brands can look to build domain authority by collaborating with publications and bloggers within their niche. Spotting opportunities for evergreen content, that can be publicised more heavily around events such as 'national sleep day', helps create long-lasting links that will stay relevant all year round.

A ‘good’ DA really comes down to how your competitors are performing, however it’s generally considered average between 40 and 50, good between 50 and 60, and excellent above 60. DAs for sleep brands range from Tempur's 74 to zero for Sleep Beds. A domain authority of zero is very unusual for any of the sectors we work in, and Sleep Beds must ensure they are effectively reviewing their on-page SEO, content strategy, and backlink profile to identify any crucial blockers.

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. Typically, most brands in non-essential sectors are seeing falls in traffic year on year, and potential customers are likely to be delaying big purchases, like mattresses and beds, unless absolutely necessary.

In our last report, we noted that six of the 12 sleep brands in our report had lost traffic year on year. In Q2, Silent Night were the only brand to gain traffic, seeing a 57% increase on mobile and 25% increase on desktop. Emma saw a nominal increase of 2% in organic mobile traffic, but lost organic visitors overall. With Silent Night's considerable gains in traffic, other sleep brands should ensure they're not losing ground to Silent Night on key, converting keywords while competing for a smaller customer pool.

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 brand can appear for universal search results without being strong in standard rankings. For sleep brands, making good use of the 'reviews' universal search result will allow them to build trust in customers directly from the SERP.

While 'reviews' remain the most used universal search result (with Silent Night appearing for the highest volume, with 9,700 appearances), 'people also ask' is also a popular choice. Emma have scored the most results here, with a total of 662.

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. Sleep brands should be looking to include high conversion-potential longtail keywords in their strategy, such as 'memory foam king mattress next day delivery', as these indicate users looking for products with immediate availability.

Though Emma and Silent Night are ranking for a comparable amount of longtail keywords overall, Silent Night are achieving significantly more top twenty positions, with 1,073 appearances in the top 3 (compared to 742 for Emma). For Emma, they'll want to look at their existing rankings to identify any high-potential keywords to optimise towards.

Facebook Adverts

With the number of Facebook users in the United Kingdom (UK) forecast to hit over 42 million users by 2022, 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.

Below, we've included examples of Silent Night's Facebook ads. While many sleep brands usually use blue branding (Silent Night included), they've chosen a red colour scheme that ties into their current on-site campaign. The eye-catching design stands out from competitors and cohesively ties into a fully integrated approach using the same creative, making for stronger audience touchpoints.

Silentnight Facebook Ads June 2023  

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. For sleep brands, they can look to create content that is topical for seasonal events, but can remain relevant all year round, such as cooling mattress technology that can work alongside both summer and winter duvets for optimal comfort.

Meta is the favoured platform for all sleep brands, with Tempur recording the highest volume of Facebook likes with 407,400. All sleep brands should consider expanding their focus to include Pinterest, if they haven't already, to capitalise on affluent, potential customers looking for home inspiration, who may be due a complete bedroom refresh.

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. With blue often being a favoured brand colour for sleep brands, they must ensure that contrast is sufficient enough to make their content readable.

Vispring and Dormeo are the only sleep brands showing very minimal levels of accessibility errors. In our last report, we noted that Simba were delivering the highest volume of contrast errors, with a total of 161. Simba have now reduced this number to just 21, showing a considered approach to removing barriers to accessibility.


For a glance into just 6 of the metrics, we evaluated these top 12 sleep brands on, check out our quick-look table below;

SleepBrands W&L June23


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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