In 2020, Smart Foodservice was acquired by US Foods and rebranded to CHEF’STORE. We were contacted to help Smart Foodservice successfully migrate their website and assist with their rebrand. Our goal for this four-month migration project was to establish the CHEF’STORE brand, maintain their established client base, and mitigate any traffic loss or domain authority slip because of all the changes.

The Challenge

A significant question of the initial migration conversation was whether CHEF’STORE should exist as a sub-folder of the usfoods.com website or live on its own domain. Following the decision for CHEF’STORE to become its own website, our challenge was to preserve the domain authority during the migration process and work to improve domain authority post migration. Retaining domain authority would underscore that our work successfully established the CHEF’STORE brand and maintained their loyal client base.

Our Approach

The Mad Fish Digital team developed a strategic migration plan to help guide and facilitate the many moving parts of the website rebrand process. We provided all of the site structuring, URL mapping, and in-depth SEO content assessments needed for CHEF’STORE’s development team to implement and execute a successful transition. Additionally, we performed comprehensive content and design audits to align with existing and new keyword opportunities and determine which assets needed rebranding. This collaborative partnership with client, agency, and developers was key to the success of the project.

The Results

Through planning, experience, and collaboration, Smart Foodservice rebranded and migrated to a new website and domain with no loss in organic traffic.

  • No loss in organic sessions post-launch
  • 7.64% increase in organic users
  • 7.61% increase in organic transactions
  • 16.51% increase in organic revenue
  • 21-point increase in domain authority

After the website migration

Mad Fish Digital has continued to partner with CHEF’STORE to grow its online presence and increase the brand’s organic reach.  Over the last 18 months, we’ve continued to elevate the organic reach of the CHEF’STORE brand. 

We have done this through

  • A highly SEO-focused on- and off-page content strategy
  • Social media analysis and support
  • Industry and audience evaluations and trend reports
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22.8%

Increase In Organic Sessions

29.6%

Increase In Organic Users
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346%

Increase In Organic Transactions
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33.8%

Increase In Organic Revenue

The SEO Results

Organic Traffic: +27%

Direct Traffic: +13%

Social Traffic: +329%

Location Page Results

With an ever-growing number of locations, traffic to individual CHEF’STORE location pages was essential to their overall strategy. Our strategy included a very robust location page optimization strategy that resulted in:

  • +169% increase in Location page pageviews
  • +498% increase in sessions starting from location pages

Blog Results

Blog performance was key to bringing awareness to CHEF’STORE’s rebrand and establishing industry authority.

  • 145 keywords where a CHEF’STORE blog page ranked on page 1 of SERPs
  • Top 5 SERP Features
  • 68 Top Stories
  • 51 Featured Snippets

Services Implemented

  • Website Migration Strategy
  • Website SEO Audit
  • Post-Launch Monitoring
  • SEO Strategy and Implementation
  • Customer and Industry Trend Reports
  • Site User Testing and Heatmapping
  • SEO Monitoring
  • Monthly Reporting
  • Design
  • Custom Analytics Reporting

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