I’ll never forget the day when a colleague mentioned to me that Google was going local. I had been struggling for more than five years to geo target in our region but continued to get people from Australia, The Netherlands, California and even Antarctica coming our way.
Our presence on the search engines at the time was rock solid but boy to get more local exposure was like pulling teeth without a dentist.
I mean The Tiny Store had Microsoftees, Boeingites and the local teckie crowd crossing our doorstep and this continued to grow, but I still continued to search for ways to bring more local searchers our direction.
We did just about everything you could think of offline and online to attract new business, and this was why we were so successful during that time of economic ups and downs.
We stayed consistent. We experimented. We succeeded and we failed. But in the long run, it all worked out and our list of clients grew year after year.
This leads me to you and your business – local Internet marketing and your list.
You as a local merchant or service provider can maximize your ROI by focusing on developing and cultivating your own list of subscribers and clients.
Local Internet Marketing can bring exposure and make you visible to more people in your region versus those that are in areas you don’t service or care to sell to. So all that energy and time that you put into local Internet marketing can bring a solid return, if you develop a list of subscribers and clients.
List building is where the ROI is. Your list doesn’t have to be huge in order to see ROI. It could be relatively small but your conversion could be really high depending on how you position your offers. The great thing about building a list of local subscribers and clients is that you can utilize both email and direct mail to better connect, grow and test your way to success.
So all that money you put into local internet marketing through pay per click, directories, search engine optimization and Google + Local will pay off if you capture new leads and bring them into your world.
How do you do this?
Simple – place a lead capture(opt in) form on each and every page of your web site and use an email auto responder to do the heavy lifting.
Next – setup a separate URL and use this for tracking any leads developed through direct response marketing.
Lastly – develop a simple email campaign with a mix of messages that deliver great content along with the occasional sales letter, page or video.
Remember – keep it simple. Stay within your budget and always test, test, test.
To your local marketing success,