September 7, 2022
Posted by: DevDigital
If you are a local business that depends heavily, or exclusively, on walk-in traffic, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to show up in local search results. Why not take advantage of Google Business Profiles (formerly, Google My Business) to do just that? A Google Business Profile is more than a simple directory listing; it is a way to promote your latest services, products, and news to current, new, and future customers. Did you buy a food truck? Tell people when and where they can find it. Did you start carrying a hot new line of electric scooters? Make sure potential buyers know it.
The most important thing to know is that Google My Business is giving way to Google Business Profile. Your Google Business Profile is your directory listing but, of course, it goes far beyond any static business listing. You can share more information, and update it at will. You also show up on Google Map searches and in Google Shopping. These are good business reasons for claiming your Business Profile and learning how to get the most out of it. A complete, accurate, and frequently updated Google Business Profile is important because local and mobile search are so important now.
In 2020, about 90% of Internet users searched for information on local businesses. At least 40% of people who search for local businesses online are going to check Google Maps. Logically, you want your business to show up on local searches as much as possible. 92% of local searchers will select a business on the first page of their local search results, again, according to stats shared by digital marketing pros at HubSpot.
If you show up in local searches, on mobile devices or not, you are going to attract more customers. According to research reported by HubSpot, 72% of consumers who did local searches visited a store within 5 miles, and 88% of people who search for a local business on their mobile device will call or visit within one day. Those stats make a compelling case for business to use their Google Business Profile. But, how do you make the best use of that free digital real estate?
You can create a profile easily enough. Once you have a Google account, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to take care of the basics. Firstly, complete as much of the profile as you can. Make sure any obvious keywords related to your products, services, or industry are in the business description. If your machine shop offers mobile welding or emergency services, mention them. When someone searches for “mobile welding near Nashville” for example, your local business is more likely to show up near the top of that individual’s search results.
Here are some other tips from Hootsuite:
Once you have a complete and verified profile, you can use it as a digital marketing tool.
Treat this listing as one element of a digital marketing campaign, like running paid ads and blogging. Here is what you can do to get maximum value out of your business listing:
These tactics work better as part of an overall digital marketing strategy that incorporates content marketing, paid advertising, and search engine optimization work on your website.
Make full use of your Google Business Profile and you are going to attract more customers over time. To make the most of your online marketing efforts you want to pay some attention to paid advertising and on-site SEO too. If you want to outsource some of that marketing work, the digital marketing team at DevDigital has a dedicated team of writers, project managers, and SEO experts ready to help. Contact us today to set up a short discovery call.