When it comes to “search” Google is king. And when it comes to business, nothing drives more traffic, clicks and calls to local businesses than “local search.”
In fact, over 70% of all purchase decisions (online and offline) are first influenced by a search engine query. Sound crazy? It sure does, but the numbers back it up.
In fact, a recent BrightLocal research survey of small businesses uncovered that over 34% of SMB owners, when tasked with choosing only ONE marketing channel for their business, would opt for local search.
Local search results are those search engine results that are customized for the end user based up on their geographic location. For example, if you search for “plumbers” Google will show you those plumbers that are local to your zip code first.
So as a business owner what’s the best way to take advantage of these “localized” search results? With a “Google Business Page” listing of course!
Google Business Page is a melding of Google Maps, Google Plus, Google Places and Google Search all wrapped up into a singular “master” dashboard.
If all that sounds like a bit “much” or moderately confusing, you’re not alone. But don’t worry, we’re here to help sort things out for you.
First, why is claiming and optimizing your Google Business Page listing important?
You do want to show up in search engines when your customers look for your services right? Right, we thought so. In that case, Google Business Page Listings will be vitally important to helping boost your website in Google and gain visibility where and when your customers are looking for you.
GBP (Google Business Page) listings send a strong indication, or signal if you will, to Google that your business is active, maintained and supported.
Further, the “Google Map Pack” is populated by those businesses that have a GBP listing. The better optimized, accurate and active your listing is, the greater the probability that you’ll show up for targeted search terms locally.
Now you’re talking our language! GBP might be a “free” tool, but that doesn’t mean you can set and forget it. Quite the opposite.
In order to get the most benefit from your GBP listing you’ll need to optimize and maintain it.
Step 1- CLAIM YOUR LISTING!!!
Once the basics are out of the way you can move on to more advanced GBP optimization techniques.
Once you’ve got some solid content, a good link profile and citations, its time to take things up a notch…
If you’ve been unsure of how GBP listing can help improve your business, its time to stop considering and start taking action. Whether via DIY or by hiring a firm like ours to assist, there’s no time like the present to start building up your local profile.
Still not sure where to start? Give us a call today and we’ll help.
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