First, what’s traditional advertising? Well, let me ask you a question. What do you currently use for your small business marketing? Let me take a guess:
Am I right, or am I right? Oh, I forgot to mention flyers! But why are these methods of advertising dying? It’s simply because your customers are no longer looking for your business via these traditional mediums.
You see, 97% of businesses are being found via the search engines. Only 57% are being found via the yellow pages and even less via the newspaper and television.
Your customers are going online to find you! Where are you going? If you are not searching for your customers online, then, you are looking in the wrong place.
But isn’t the internet a global system? Yes. And if I market on the internet I won’t be able to target JUST my local community… Right? Well, no.
You see, yes the internet is a global system, and it allows you to purchase products and services from California, Florida, New York or even China. But it is also a powerful local business advertising system.
You can create a website or blog for your small business, utilize local small business marketing tactics online and bring in a flood of new customers through your doors.
Here’s how it works. You create some local search marketing campaigns. You can do this via Paid Per Click (PPC) campaigns, organic search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns, and even optimize online business directories, like Google Local.
Once you have that under control, you move onto the next phase… This is social marketing at it’s best. Here you can do some Facebook Marketing techniques. You create a Facebook Fan Page and a Facebook Places Page. Utilizing both of these Facebook tools you will be able to reach out to and engage your local market.
But it doesn’t end there. You can utilize Facebook Ads, a form of PPC, and further target your prospects via their interests and via where they live.
So, if your business is all about selling dog leashes… Why not setup a Facebook Ads campaign, target all those people 30 miles from your shop that LOVE walking their dog. This is all possible to do on Facebook.
How easy is that? Because Facebook is local by nature… It was developed to connect people of similar interests and from the same area. All Facebook has done is extended this functionality to businesses. Now they can connect and engage with their customer base.
So there you have it! The demise of old newspapers and the rise of local search marketing and Facebook marketing. All you have to do now is take advantage of the tools already given to you.
You have a choice: continue to get less and less return on your investment utilizing traditional methods or hire out a professional local marketing company to perform all your small business marketing needs.
You cannot afford to not have a local business internet marketing company working for you. So, if you need help let the professionals do what they do best, and you do what you do best — run your business.[wpu_silo excerpt='true']