Do you own or run a small business that still utilizes the offline physical directories that have yellow pages in them? Do you still place ads or listings in these physical books.
If so, this article will most likely be of interest to you.
Here’s a recent story that hit home…
Just recently when I was getting my haircut – I happened to pick up a local magazine focused and aimed towards women.
This particular magazine happened to be built mostly of quarter page ads, like the one that said, ‘we are honest and fair’ – Coming from a used car dealer, this was quite the interesting sub-headline.
So I asked the gal who cuts my hair what she thought of this ad and another one and this led to the topic of the yellow pages.
Well, all of a sudden we were going back and forth and I started to share how I had at one time put the ole’ offline directory companies to the test and did a lot of testing, surveying and tracking.
Why – because I couldn’t stand paying the prices they charged us to be listed right next to my #1 competitor! After all, we were a small business and at that time all the physical books were still a big part of our marketing and outreach to bring in new business, or so we thought.
Our conversation continued and then I asked her if she would be open to a test and she said yes. So for a full week she conducted a survey to see how many people used the paper dinosaur directory and you want to know something – the number was low. More about this in a future article- so stay tuned.
So how does this story pertain to you and your business?
Here are a few steps you might consider taking if the physical directory books (and print for that matter) are still a part of your offline marketing mix.
1. Survey your prospects and clients to see where they came from and how they found you.
2. Ask your physical directory book(yellow pages) account rep to provide substantial, documented research that states what kind of response and return on investment businesses receive from their physical books.
3. Use the survey information to better position your business to find targeted, quality traffic and leads.
4. Create Ads that are response oriented and use the web to capture to the lead.
Most small business owners don’t understand how easy it is to research.
Or it’s just not important enough that they can be bothered to do the work.
I believe this is a tragedy because physical directories and print advertising are not what they used to be in years past.
With most small businesses placing ‘image ads’ instead of ‘response driven’ ads, money is being wasted which could otherwise be put to good use bringing in new leads and clients.
Oh and by the way – have you checked out Secrets of the Tiny Store ?