Local businesses may not know much when it comes to marketing themselves online, but they should know this – it can be VERY effective if done right. The following are just a few of the benefits that a business seeks to gain if they include the internet in their promotional campaigns.
1. Having a website increases your reach.
If you can service more than just local customers (by shipping products, for example), your business can thrive from online marketing. Brick and mortar businesses are limited to local advertising – and therefore, local customers – unless they take their promotions to the next level by hopping on the internet.
2. Being in Google Places will improve local business.
Have you ever searched for nearby restaurants, plumbers, or dentists on Google? The first results that are often shown are businesses that have listed themselves with Google Places. If you want to be among the first listings that potential customers see when they do a search for your profession, be sure to get in Google Places.
3. Online marketing allows your customers to see what you offer.
Some people use the internet to search for the company they want to use for a specific service. Most will go online rather than just grabbing a telephone book and blindly hiring someone for the job. Having a web presence will allow others to see what you offer, giving you an edge over the the competition who have yet to get a website up.
4. You can get help with your promotions.
It’s likely there is an local internet marketing expert near you that can help you get your web promotions up and running. There is no need to be a computer whiz, but if you do find yourself struggling, you can always ask for assistance.
This is a partnered post with Orange Soda.