A Fresh Lick of Paint for Annie Sloan’s PPC:

How we revamped Annie Sloan’s PPC campaigns — increasing onsite purchases by 400% and driving footfall to local stores.

With her range of decorative paints being sought after by both home decorators and professionals around the world, Annie Sloan has built a global reputation as one of Britain’s most influential designers and a leading expert in paint and colour.

Annie Sloan


Increase in sales via Paid Media


Reduction in CPA across the board


Of all users from Paid Media either purchase or visit a stockist

Working with Common Ground is a breath of fresh air! Not only are they professional, but they fully engage with us as a business, invest in understanding what we want to achieve, come up with fantastic ideas and are a lot of fun to work with too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Head of Digital Marketing - Annie Sloan

The Brief:

Off the back of an SEO audit which one of our co-founders had completed for Annie Sloan, the Annie Sloan marketing team asked us to take on all of the site’s paid advertising activity which had previously been managed in house.

Our brief was two-fold: We needed to ensure Annie Sloan was seen supporting local stockists, so our main goal with PPC was driving footfall to local stores where customers could browse and purchase paints. 

Alongside this, we wanted to make it easy for users in the UK and France to buy products directly from the Annie Sloan site, especially for consumers without easy access to stockists.

The Challenge:

Due to complications with their Magento site, we couldn’t implement eCommerce tracking on the Annie Sloan website, which meant we aren’t able to capture or accurately attribute transaction data. This limitation put us under increased pressure to implement and improve conversion tracking by setting up specific goals in Analytics.

Also making things a little more challenging was the fact that the Annie Sloan eCommerce store was only accessible to users in the UK and France, with users in other areas being prompted to find local stockists instead of being able to directly purchase an item. This meant that messaging and goals on the site and across ads needed to differ depending on which country the user was searching from.

It’s clear that Common Ground care about the accountability of their work. When we found out there were tracking limitations with our current website, Common Ground worked to put in alternative solutions that would help us measure results until we moved to a CMS that enabled full tracking.

They’ve also been 100% transparent with us; ensuring we’ve understood everything they’ve put in place and they’ve been very helpful in answering all of our questions about the website and recommendations moving forward.

Head of Digital Marketing - Annie Sloan

The Results:

Our tailored approach to target users in different regions has also meant we’ve been better able to set users’ expectations and drive more engaged traffic. 

We’ve achieved a 400% increase in purchases from PPC compared to before we started managing the account, and 45% of all PPC users either add a product to their cart, make a purchase, or search for a local stockist. Our AdWords campaigns have seen CTR increase 47%, and we’ve reduced Annie Sloan’s CPA by 96%. 

Onsite, we’ve achieved a 71% increase in total sessions driven from Paid Search compared with the previous period. We’ve also seen the bounce rate of PPC traffic decrease by 41%, pages per session increase by 49%, and session duration increase by 17%.

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