The process of ranking higher in local listings involves a lot of work. It is a process that requires working on both the listing and the website. It requires keeping track of several variables at the same time and it requires continues and careful examination of the competing listings.
Search engines do not make what makes their algorithms tick public and the same goes for local search. So ranking higher in result pages involves some guess work and a lot of testing. Because local listing algorithms have not been around for as long as regular search algorithms have been around, the knowledge of why some sites rank higher than others is limited aside from what we can figure out from the trail of patent applications.
Local search algorithms are very similar to regular search engine algorithms. At the same time however, they are unique in many ways. In addition to looking at links, local search looks at mentions of businesses that appear with location related information. Search algorithms that categorize the internet are becoming more localized every year. This past year we have seen some significant changes in the relating to how Google categorizes information and many of them occurred in the realm of local search. Social, search and local are becoming increasingly intertwined and the driver behind these changes is mobile. (more…)
Blogging can benefit small businesses in every industry. While it can take significant time and effort to produce results, starting and maintaining a small business blog can help in gaining exposure and business leads. Blogs can help in many ways. They showcase your knowledge, enhance your credibility, create a foundation for building a community, customer relations, building trust, position your company as an industry leader and more. More importantly business blogging helps boost your website’s search engine rankings and help generate local business leads. (more…)
Most contractors in the home improvement industry rely on word of mouth to generate leads for their business. While word of mouth and other traditional business marketing techniques can still work they do not do so to the extent that internet marketing can work for a contractor business. This article presents some straight forward tips that can help contractors providing any type of service get more leads.
When it comes to marketing contractor services one needs to step back and take a closer look at their business and what type of need their service offers. After understanding the service clearly, then an internet marketing campaign must be aligned with the specific business needs of the company. The first piece of advice is to forget about internet marketing for a second. The internet is great in providing the channel of communication, if the message is ineffective, then any effort online will miss the mark. (more…)
Real Estate Internet Marketing
The internet provides many marketing opportunities for real estate agents and can be very useful in generating demand for real estate services.
While the expectations for 2013 are not grim, it is anticipated that competition among real estate agents will only increase. In cities like Toronto, sales are not expected to improve by a lot in 2013. However the number of realtors is increase. According to the latest recent Toronto Real Estate Board reports and statistics provide by IMS incorporated, there are were approximately 33,000 Realtors in the Toronto area in 2011. At the same time it is anticipated that in 2013 there going to be approximately just over 82,000 sales in the area. That translates to about 2.48 sales per Realtor. Furthermore, out of these real estate agents 6,100 agents sold zero homes, 5,500 more agents did one transaction and 4,000 agents sold 2 homes. (more…)
LinkedIn for Lead Generation
Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation can create rewarding opportunities. This doesn’t mean that social networking can work for every business in every industry. Social networking for business can make sense to different businesses for different reasons. Overall however, LinkedIn can be much more effective for lead generation than other social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook.
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to generate new business leads especially for b2b service providers. We don’t necessarily recommend jumping on-board and starting to contact everyone in your network with a pitch. There needs to be a plan of action in place, a plan that can help keep you on the right track and help get the most out of your efforts. There are two ways of generating leads in LinkedIn.com, the direct and indirect approach. (more…)
Even though inbound marketing is a term that is gaining rapid popularity among marketing professionals it is still not a term that most business owners are familiar with. So if you are wondering what is inbound marketing your are not alone. The term does not really describe something entirely new, inbound marketing practices have been around for as long as marketing has been around. The term however, is relatively new and was coined to describe marketing activities that involve earning the attention of prospects via producing and sharing value and by making a website easy to be found easier. It is a term primarily used in digital marketing, however the essence of the concept of inbound marketing can be seen as simply creating and shared value online. A business can benefit directly and indirectly by sharing value with prospects, clients and its surrounding social environment. (more…)
Whether your business is targeting businesses or consumers, marketing is not about spending more, it is about spending smarter. 2012 was marked my many changes in the ways businesses market their products and services online. For one, it seems like marketing and sales are becoming integrally combined in the digital world with the notions of the sales funnel or process changing far faster than previously expected.The main driver of these changes is technology and in particular mobile technology. As mobile phones are used more to access the internet communications are becoming hyper-local and hyper-social. Consumers are now using local and geo-targeted search and are influenced by social signals when making purchasing decisions. (more…)
The forces that shape the ways we do business online are changing. Here is a lead generation infographic that outlines the ways we see the forces shaping local lead generation in 2013. (more…)