In today’s digital world, having a strong online presence is essential for growth – especially if you’re running an ethical, sustainable, circular or slow fashion business. Us ‘eco folk’ are the minority in the fashion industry unfortunately, which means we have to work a little bit harder to educate our customers on the value of investing in quality, ethical and sustainable fashion.
As a responsible and conscious fashion brand, your mission goes well beyond selling products; you’re also making a positive impact on the environment and society. One of the most powerful tools that can help with that – is SEO – and it can help you reach a wider audience, increase your visibility online, and amplify your message.
So, what is SEO and why do you need it for your sustainable fashion label?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation and it’s a set of strategies that improve your website's visibility and ranking on search engines like Google.
When customers search for keywords on Google like ‘ethical fashion brand’ or ‘sustainable dresses Australia’, and their search terms are related to your products, you want your brand to appear at the top of search results, ideally on the first page.
SEO is all about optimising your website to achieve that goal and to attract the right organic and relevant traffic which in simpler terms, means getting in front of your ideal customers.
Here’s how it helps with growth, reach and sales…
1. SEO amplifies your mission and message.
SEO allows you to align your brand's core values with your online presence. By perfecting your website's content, you can ensure that your ethical and sustainable practices are accurately reflected in search results. As consumers become increasingly conscious about the impact of their purchases, appearing on the first page of search results can help you communicate your mission to a broader audience.
2. SEO helps you reach your target audience.
As an ethical and sustainable fashion brand, you’re catering to a niche market of consumers who care about what they buy. Obviously, it would be great if we could convert every single customer in the world and bring them over to the slow fashion side, but right now, your largest group of customers is a group who are already aware of slow and eco fashion. With SEO, you can tailor your content to attract the exact audience who are actively searching for fashion that aligns with their (and your) values. By understanding your target audience and incorporating relevant keywords, you can create content that resonates with potential customers, leading to more website traffic and ultimately, more sales.
3. SEO helps build trust and credibility.
Higher-ranking websites are perceived as more trustworthy and credible by customers, and as consumers become more cautious about where they shop, making sure you’re high on that Google results page – is a must for trust. A good SEO strategy can boost your website's credibility and help you connect with customers who are shopping for genuine, transparent, and responsible brands.
4. SEO helps you stay ahead of your competition.
The fashion industry is super competitive, especially online. When you’re running an ethical and sustainable fashion business with an effective SEO strategy, you can outperform your competitors in search results and capture a larger share of the market. By continuously monitoring and optimising your website's SEO, you can also adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and stay ahead of industry trends. So, while you might be running a slow fashion brand, a good SEO strategy will help you grow, fast.
5. SEO is good for the customer experience.
SEO isn't just about search engines or keeping Google happy; it’s also about creating a positive, memorable and seamless experience for your customers. When your website loads faster, when it's mobile-friendly, and when it's easy to use, it creates a better experience for your shoppers and when shoppers have better experiences – they buy.
SEO is high on my business-building priority list, and a good SEO strategy is not just a business luxury anymore; it's a necessity, especially for ethical and sustainable fashion brands. In a digital era where conscious consumers are actively shopping for brands that align with their values, SEO is a powerful tool to get in front of the right audience.
And you might not understand SEO just yet and that’s ok, but if you can understand that you need it to grow your ethical, sustainable, circular or slow fashion brand or business, you’re halfway there. I can teach you the rest with my SEO for Fashion Masterclass and help you implement the strategies you need to grow, reach your ideal customers, and ultimately, increase your sales and impact.
Reach out to me if you need more SEO help and remember, everything is learnable!