Kent Household Income by Local Authority District

The Kent Economy and Household Income

Simply Clicks is based in Kent. We also have a number of clients based in Kent. Our economic knowledge and years of experience serving Kent clients have taught us that the geography of Kent has major implications for the success of any Kent-focused SEO or Kent-focused PPC marketing activity. The specific implication depends on the nature of the product or service and its market structure. However, one overriding feature of the Kent economy is how household income changes as you move away from London. The parts of Kent closest to the centre of London tend to be more affluent. Conversely, locations further away tend to be less affluent. This “distance” can be measured in miles or commute time. For example, if you look at the table below, you will notice the position of Ashford. Ashford is further from London but ranks above Gravesham and Medway. The reason being the effect of Ashford’s high speed rail connection.


Kent Household Income by District
Kent Household Income by District - Source ONS

A More affluent northwest Kent a less affluent south and east Kent

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Kent geography will realise that by looking at the chart above that the places nearest to London tend to occupy the upper end of the income scales and those places further away, tend to occupy the lower end.

The chart below shows this relationship on the basis of miles from central London. The data being taken from Google Maps. Each district is plotted on two axes. The Y axis showing average household income and the X axis showing distance from London. A red dotted line shows a line of best fit, which correlates at 80% with the distance


There is some variation, with certain districts appearing above this line and others below. Towns shown above the line of best fit have positive attractiveness. Excluding the effect of rail commute times, there must be another factor at play. My own view, is that this variation is caused by the relative attractiveness of the towns involved. Towns above the line of best fit have positive attractiveness. Towns below the line, have negative attractiveness. Attractive towns, such as Tunbridge Wells, may attract higher income families. Whilst less attractive towns may well deter them. Attractiveness could be determined by the reputation of schools, the type of shops or access to recreational faclities. In monetary terms, what counts as “attractive” is determined by current and potential residents of each town.

Kent Household Income and Distance from London
Kent Household Income and Distance from London

Implications of Household Incomes

This variation in household income presents implications for marketers. If you are marketing luxury goods, you would typically target the more affluent towns. Likewise, if you had the responsibility for retail store location, you would seek to match your store locations to the socio-demographic and income profile of their catchment.

I have several examples of search marketing projects where tailoring search activity to this model has produced outstanding results. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

Why A Kent Company Should Use A Kent PPC Agency

Kent Marketing Map - Major Towns
Kent Major Towns and Villages

When it comes to managing a local PPC campaign, hiring a Kent PPC agency should be the preferred option for Kent-based companies.

In this article, we discuss the advantages of working with a local agency and why it can be the perfect solution for your business. From local market knowledge to more effective targeting, partnering with a Kent PPC agency can help optimise your digital advertising efforts and drive optimum results.
Givens – Regardless of location every PPC agency should have the following attributes:

  • The knowledge of how PPC systems such as Google Ads work
  • Understand the importance of tracking and measuring performance
  • Be able to adapt their campaigns to performance feedback, the unfolding market and the changing needs of the business.

For a Kent-based paid search campaign, a Kent PPC agency should have a deeper knowledge of the Kent economy, markets, companies and consumers than an agency located in London, or elsewhere within the UK. If an agency has worked with several Kent companies, then this market knowledge will develop over time.

The Kent Economy

The Kent economy has many facets. The county has traditionally been referred to as the Garden of England – Due mainly to agricultural produce supplied to London and beyond. At the same time, its proximity to the European mainland has seen the development of the transport, logistics and shipping industries. In the technology sector, Kent plays a major role in the UK’s biopharmaceutical industry. With key locations in Thanet, Swale and Dartford.

Kent Tourism

Kent has a tremendous tourism market. Ancient cathedrals and castles in places such as Rochester, Canterbury and Dover. A large number of National Trust properties. Plus, a range of boutique and upmarket country hotels and the largest share of gastro-pubs of any county in the UK.
Towns such as Whitstable, famous for oysters, and Ramsgate, famous for the country’s largest Wetherspoons pub, attract large numbers of weekend visitors looking for a seaside experience. But those visitors have very different socio-demographics, with very different needs.

Kent Sports and Leisure

Kent is famous for its cricket. But what sets it apart, given its coast, are some of the finest golf courses in the world. Led of course by Royal St. George’s at Sandwich, which hosts the Open Championship on a 10-year cycle.

The Kent Housing Market

The type and value of housing determines consumer behaviour. Expensive houses need expensive mortgages. Established housing tends to house older people. New estates, younger couples. Kent has one of the largest house building programmes of any UK county. However, this activity varies within the geography of the county. Ashford tends to build lots of 4+ bed detached houses for families, whereas Dartford, being closer to London, prioritises flats. If you are marketing to people to owners of upmarket country houses, then the areas around Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks will provide the most fertile ground. Even within individual Kent towns, the type of housing stock varies widely.

Kent Manufacturing

Manufacturing and distribution trades tend to follow the motorway network, with Medway the manufacturing powerhouse, with its links to the Royal Navy. In the current era of global political turbulence, one of the UK’s largest defence manufacturers, BAE Systems, has hi-tech manufacturing at Rochester.

Kent Professional Services

Maidstone being the County town, with the headquarters of Kent County Council, tends to attract a disproportionate share of professional services such as lawyers and accountants.

Kent Retail

Dartford has Bluewater one of the largest shopping centres in the south of England. Ashford has the McArthur Glen designer outlet centre. Thanet has the Westgate Centre. Whilst Canterbury, Faversham, Deal and Tunbridge Wells all have an excellent range of independent shops. Retail is a rapidly changing market and managing the interaction between a company’s online sales and its bricks and mortar offering is crucial.

Location and Proximity

Proximity brings benefits. If you can regularly meet face-to-face for agency/client discussions, the quality of the interaction will be improved. The agency will get a deeper understanding of client strategy and operations. The client will gain a deeper understanding of the range of opportunities offered by digital marketing.

Google Business Profile

When it comes to local search – SEO or PPC – A company’s Google Business Profile plays a key role. The local search engine results page (SERPS) will show a variety of results. Sponsored results, organic results and map results. Knowledge of Kent areas, even down to postcode level, is crucial. A city such as Canterbury has the CT1 postcode at its centre. However, Medway a unitary authority with a population of 300,000 plus, utilises an ME, or Maidstone, postcode. Indeed, many Medway searches utilise the individual Medway towns of Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester and Strood rather than using Medway as the location.

In Conclusion

Kent is a county of almost 2 million people. A population larger than Northern Ireland. More than half the population of Wales and a third of the population of Scotland. After London, Kent often has the second largest number of UK geographic searches on Google. Rivalling bigger counties such as Yorkshire and cities such as Manchester. The nuances of local markets within Kent, however, are important. I suggest, only a PPC agency based in Kent can provide the optimum service for a company located in Kent.

The Decline of Keyword Density In SEO Importance

Exploring the Myth of Keyword Density

Why Keyword Density Is Not Relevant For SEO

In the ever-evolving realm of SEO, one term that has garnered both attention and confusion is “keyword density.” Let’s unravel the intricacies surrounding this concept and understand why it’s time to reevaluate its significance in your content strategy.

The Evolution of SEO Practices

In the digital landscape’s early days, keyword density was deemed a crucial metric for search engine optimization. Marketers believed that saturating content with keywords would catapult it to the top of search results. However, the SEO landscape has undergone a paradigm shift.

Breaking Down the Myth

Quality Over Quantity

Modern SEO emphasizes the quality of content rather than fixating on keyword density. Search engines have become smarter, prioritizing user experience and relevant, valuable content. Focusing solely on keyword density neglects the essence of providing value to your audience.

Semantic Search Dominance

Search engines now employ semantic search algorithms, deciphering the context and intent behind user queries. This renders the traditional keyword-focused approach less effective. Crafting content that aligns with user intent takes precedence over arbitrary keyword inclusion.

The Pitfalls of Keyword Density Obsession

Stilted and Unnatural Content

Excessive emphasis on keyword density often results in stilted, unnatural prose. Readers can discern forced keyword integration, diminishing the overall user experience. Engaging content that flows naturally holds more weight in today’s SEO landscape.

Risk of Keyword Stuffing Penalties

Search engines penalize websites engaging in keyword stuffing – the practice of overloading content with keywords. Such penalties can adversely impact your site’s ranking and credibility. A strategic, balanced approach to keyword usage is now the key to success.

Embracing a Holistic SEO Approach

Content Relevance and Authority

Shift your focus from keyword density to content relevance and authority. Crafting comprehensive, well-researched content establishes your website as an authoritative source. This, in turn, boosts your search engine ranking.

User-Focused Optimisation

Prioritize optimizing for the user rather than search engines alone. User engagement metrics, such as bounce rate and time spent on page, carry substantial weight in modern SEO algorithms. Tailoring content to meet user expectations ensures sustained organic traffic.

Conclusion: A Paradigm Shift in SEO Mindset

In conclusion, the era of fixating on keyword density has waned. Embrace a holistic approach that prioritises quality, relevance, and user satisfaction. By understanding and adapting to the evolving SEO landscape, your content can rise above the noise and secure a prominent place in search engine results.

My recommendation is that you should unlock the true potential of your content by focusing on what matters – relevance, quality, and user experience. Bid farewell to the myth of keyword density and usher in a new era of SEO success.

Use PPC to get your Kent business noticed nationally

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We often work with clients that are based in Kent that have a good level of local business but also operate outside of the county. In this post we’ll talk about how PPC has helped grow business outside of local.

Intro to local search

Google’s algorithm continues to adapt and change as the internet and economies continue to grow. In 2012, they launched Google+ Local and in 2014 rebranded to Google my business. The idea behind it was to make it easier for businesses to engage with customers at a local level. At the same time, it made it more difficult to engage at a national level. I’m sure in the coming months, we’ll have another post on local search. It’s certainly worth setting up!

So what can you do to get noticed nationally? PPC?

In short, the same thing you do to get noticed with anything on Google search results – PPC. We help target national search terms and always keep the scope as refined as possible. It’s easy to fall in the trap of targeting too broad a customer and spending too much on “general” search terms. We find the more focused the keyword, the better the results. It’s a big part of how we deliver the best value for our clients.

Why focused search terms?

The Google Adwords bidding system will always try and broaden the search results for the intended keywords. Initially you might think that’s a good thing. But often it’s showing your advert to a loosely linked customer. We do our best to avoid this and like aiming for quality not quantity.

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