Local marketing consists of more than just optimized pages and listings - it’s a complex ecosystem that is always on and always changing.
Articles by Jon Schepke
Effective listing management trumps all other local SEO efforts. It has been and continues to be the required foundation for a successful local SEO program. Consider these four major factors when creating your listing management strategy.
Extending a local experience throughout the entire process should be the goal of all local marketing campaigns. Relevant search ads, localized landing pages, owned and earned media, and a blended cost analysis all provide a recipe for success.
After you've covered all the local SEO basics, explore these additional opportunities to enhance the program and further improve results: Google+ verification, optimization, and promotion; Yelp optimization; and video production and optimization.
After enhancing their Google+ profiles, the businesses increased the instances in which they ranked in the top seven local positions by 179 percent, in the top two positions by 399 percent, and in the third through fifth positions by 97 percent.
Unique localized strategies specifically for social media are a must for brands that want to be engaging and stay relevant. Here's how to ensure businesses with multiple locations can easily be found online and help generate local leads.
Brands in financial services, insurance, health care and other highly regulated industries must adopt compliant social media strategy and processes or risk big losses in search visibility. Here's how brands can harness the power of social signals.
Those who already embraced Facebook local marketing tactics to grow their page, increase engagement and dominate users’ news feeds should be in good shape, but even those starting from scratch have a great opportunity to reap Graph Search success.
Converged media represents the overlap of any combination of paid, owned, and earned media types. Savvy businesses recognize the opportunity in this overlap. Before a business or brand can capitalize, they must conquer some management challenges.
Marketing automation tools already help brands maintain unified, clean sets of data that can be shared through many marketing channels. Huge strides have been made in recent years, particularly in the areas of SEO and local search.
Scalable, automated technology can help national brands overcome slower national competitors and smaller local competitors who lack marketing support. National brands should make sure to consider these initiatives in any local marketing effort.
Opportunity abounds for nimble brands that embrace Google+. Local marketers have a new but challenging opportunity to tackle. Here's why brands should launch a local marketing Google+ pilot program and which metrics to focus on and track.
The mobile ad landscape offers vast possibilities to national brands that want to promote their locations in order to generate leads, sales, and local awareness. Is a blind, premium blind, or blind ad network right for your brand’s mobile campaign?
Although Google still retains its overwhelming 2-to-1 lead, with Bing’s market share now exceeding the 30 percent mark (including powering Yahoo search), there are a number of reasons search marketers shouldn’t discount it. Here are five of them.
Local marketers have embraced social media, and in so doing have discovered half-a-dozen different platforms which divide their attention, effort and time. What is the one most important tactic per platform to impact local search results?
Ratings and reviews are essential to local businesses. They help by differentiating products and services, improving search engine rankings, and driving free web traffic.
Google's new Place Search makes it more important than ever for business to implement a local search, online review, and SEO strategy to achieve prominent visibility in Google's results.
Marketers need to optimize, distribute, and track content across all platforms. Here are some strategies and tools for success as local, mobile, and social continue to converge
Don't lose out on a huge amount of potential business. Use these local search strategies.