Did you know that 80% of consumers use a search engine when looking for information about local businesses? (Source: Google) It’s no secret that these days, if you are a local business, having a locally targeted pay per click strategy is one of the best ways to get in front of your target audience.
A Local Pay Per Click Strategy doesn’t just benefit local businesses either.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, your business can also benefit from location based PPC ads!
As both a Premier Google Partner and a Bing Ads Elite SMB Partner, our PPC team helps businesses with their local SEM strategies, not only in the Houston area where we are located, but all over the country -- from fab shops and shipyards to pool builders and gyms.
The graph below (Source: Google Trends), shows the trend of "near me" searches from 2014 through 2017. Location based searches, whether they include a city, neighborhood, zip code or other geographic modifier, are on the rise making them an inportant part of any integrated marketing approach.
With over 4 billion desktop queries every month and 50% of mobile searches having a local intent (Source: comScore, Inc.), if local search engine optimization and pay per click management aren't included as a part of your online marketing strategy, it's time to make a change.
Local PPC is a very flexible source of driving relevant traffic and leads. Taking advantage of the features it has to offer allows you control over where you allocate your budget.
Maximize Your Budget With Local Targeting
Stay On Top of the Local Search Landscape with PPC
Google is always changing things up when it comes to what they are showing in their local results. With Paid Search, you have the flexibility to test out new features, extensions and ad types as soon as they’re rolled out. And, as a Premier Google Partner, we oftentimes get access to betas, which means you’ll be one step ahead of your competition!
There are many different ad formats and extensions to use to make sure your local business stands out amongst the competition:
TopSpot works with many local businesses in the Houston area and across the nation on their locally targeted PPC programs. We work with all types of businesses including doctors, dentists, universities, sports gyms, nationwide businesses and more to improve their local presence in search results.
If you are ready to get started with your local strategy, our team will conduct thorough research when setting up your program and make continuous refinements to ensure budget and exposure are maximized once it is live. In addition, your account manager will provide you with both top level and granular reports to help guide not only your PPC strategy, but your overall digital strategy.
Not sure if Local SEM needs to be part of your digital marketing strategy? Try out our tool below to see how local strategies may be important for your business.
You may manufacture products for customers nationwide, but that doesn't mean local marketing strategies aren't important. Do you work with customers near you that make shipping and transportation easier? Would you like to? Do you have local competitors? If you answered "Yes," then Local PPC and SEO should be part of your search marketing plan.
As a supplier or distributor, you may be contractually obligated to sell to certain regions, meaning a Local SEM strategy is important if you are trying to capture qualified leads from specific areas. Search engine optimization and pay-per-click strategies focused on local should be part of your digital marketing strategy.
Depending on what type of B2C company you are, local marketing strategies could be important. For example, if you have a retail location or multiple locations that need to garner website and foot traffic, a local approach could benefit you. 50% of consumers who conduct a local search on their smartphone visit a store within a day. 34% who search on desktop or tablet do the same. (Source) With that in mind, local strategies are not only important for your marketing but also for brand exposure and reputation.
Depending on the type of B2B company you are, local marketing may be important. Maybe you offer a service nationwide but are headquartered in a city where you have many local clients. Or perhaps you have locations in many cities with client bases in those respective areas. Local strategies would be useful to consider in these scenarios.
If you're a local business, you should have Local marketing strategies for both search engine optimization and pay-per-click. Perhaps you're a doctor, dentist, pool cleaner, accountant or another type of business that relies on local customers as your bread and butter. Local should most definitely be part of your digital marketing efforts.