Easy Ways To Beat Your Local Competitors In Local Search

5 easy ways to thrive in local search (2)

Did You Know?

Local searches lead 50% of mobile visitors to visit stores within one day

18% of local mobile searches lead to a sale within one day

If you are a local business, then ‘local search’ is very important. Read on to discover some easy ways you can beat your local competitors in local search results.

A Local Group Talking About Local Marketing

The third Monday of the month is the regular meeting time of WEB Women In Enterprise & Business. We meet at the Altisidora pub in Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. Who are we? A group of East Yorkshire business women who help and support, and generally cheer each other on, as we work through the challenges and joys of working for ourselves and growing our varied businesses. We set a series of themes to talk about each month and a member of the group will lead
the discussion. I have led a few and I always really enjoy it.

Anyway last Monday (16/01/17) I had volunteered to talk about local marketing, and in particular about harnessing the power and opportunities provided by having an active profile set up on Google My Business. This has been called other names in the past – remember Google Places?

Setting Up Your Google My Business Listing

We talked about the importance of setting up and claiming (verifying) your Google My Business profile, and in making it as complete as possible. Make sure your categories and information are relevant and accurate. If you serve a geographical area such as a locksmith or a mobile hairdresser for example, you can highlight that too – there is a tick box and a radius to show how far from your home base you serve. There are particular challenges if you share a premises with fellow professionals who provide the same service as you but all as independent providers. An office building with 4 different individual accountants or dentists would be an example of that. That is not the same as 4 accountants or dentists working together as one business.

NAP+W

It is absolutely critical that your Business Name, Address & Phone number are absolutely identical and of course correct. These are known as NAP. Also make sure your website is referred to consistently. It is best to use the FULL url of   http://www.yourwebsite.whatever. Using this format also makes the link clickable.

What Are Citations?

They are entries on other business directories – such as Yelp, There are a LOT of business directories. There will be ‘local’ directories and specialist trade related directories ie. ones for hairdressers & beauticians, others for therapists, and so forth. What you will be surprised at is that you will be on more directories than you realise. This is because directories ‘scrape’ other directories to fill them with listings. Go and ‘google’ your business and see which listings you are on. You can ‘claim’ each listing, prove it’s yours by following their verification process and then once again make sure all the information is completed in a consistent and accurate way.

Once you have claimed and fixed all the listings you are already on, then a good strategy is to research specific local and industry directories where you can have a listing. This is a good link building strategy as well.

Reviews

Getting good reviews is also a highly important element in ‘getting found locally’. It provides good social proof to prospective customers is you have plenty of good reviews. It also does the same for Google. You will find plenty of articles and posts about good ways to encourage customers to leave you a review.

Here is a very detailed article on exactly how to provide a direct link for your customers and clients to click on which takes them directly to your Google My Business review page.
https://www.webworksofkc.com/blog/get-more-google-business-reviews-by-giving-customers-a-direct-link/

this one has a video too.
https://dash.marketing/google-my-business-reviews-2016 (good aussie accent!)

or
here is a link to a tool that someone has created to do it for you. I haven’t checked it out as yet but it could be worth a try. https://supple.com.au/tools/google-review-link-generator/

Local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

And we also talked about local SEO. That is where your website and all your social media activities are ‘optimised’ with your local search terms such as ‘hornsea dog groomer’ ‘hornsea dog grooming’ ‘dog groomer in hornsea’ and so on. You discover what the best and most relevant keywords are by keyword research. Keywords are those words which people are actually using to find things in a search engine such as google. They also have to be directly relevant to your business
and services. But that is a whole different business development and online marketing activity.

Is it worth doing all this?

YES!
Many local businesses are not well optimised and they have not done the work regarding their local business listings. By putting some effort into this you can fairly easily ‘overtake’ your local competitors. And what impact will that have on your business. Typically a higher position in the search listings will lead to more visitors to your website & business. What impact will extra customers have on your business income?

There are of course plenty of links and posts and articles on the web about this subject.
The ones I have included in this post are just a selection of those that I thought were well written and useful.

25 Things You Need To Know About Local Search

How to optimize your Google My Business listing: expert tips

Five common mistakes small businesses make with their online presence

And finally if you find that you don’t want to spend the time becoming a local SEO expert, then consider outsourcing
this task.

I provide services in SEO and everything I talk about in this blog post.

I am also starting a new service where you can pick my brain on many aspects of online marketing.

It makes an easy way to work out what to do next. More details in my next post!