1. Local customers are switching to the internet to find local businesses
64% of local customers use online search engines and directories as their main way to find local business; only 28% of people use old paper directories as their preferred source of local information.
2. The number of online searches for local businesses is up 58%
In 2008/09 the number of ‘local searches’ (i.e. a search that included a location in it) grew by 58%. This was more than double the growth in general search volumes meaning that more & more people are looking for local information & businesses via search engines like Google.
3. Local search marketing is highly targeted & timely
Using local search engines & online directories promotes your business to local customers at exactly the point that they’re looking for your business. There’s no better time to connect with a potential customer then when they really need you.
4. Highest conversion levels of all local advertising channels
Local directory marketing has higher conversion rates than other, traditional advertising options – up to 50% conversion on some directories. That means that you’ll convert 1 in 2 leads into an actual customer.
5. Mobile internet usage growth
More and more local customers use mobile phones and mobile ‘apps’ to find best local business while they’re walking around. Local SEO covers both PC & mobile internet access meaning you never miss out on a potential customer.