Mobile Marketing: A Boon for Local Businesses

man and woman using mobile phone while shoppingUsing the Internet to market your business still works great, but mobile marketing is critical if you’re a “local” business serving a specific geographic area. What value can you place on being able to put your business in front of potential customers when they’re right around the corner?

There are three main ways to take advantage of location-based options for promoting your business:

  1. Location-based features
  2. Location-based search
  3. Location-based mobile ads

Location-based features are more than just “checking in.” If your business has a mobile app, you could offer a “proximity discount” to people who are already in the area. Or maybe you draw people through your doors by showing them what else there is to do in your neighborhood. Maybe you have a contest for “best bad hair horror stories,” or “the best thing that ever happened to me in a bar,” or whatever sort of topic applies to your business. The possibilities for engaging customers and potential customers are endless.

Showing up in location-based searches is crucial for local businesses. Did you know that roughly one-third of all searches have local intent? And virtually all smartphone users (94%) have searched for local information. These searchers want to see your location and operating hours in the results and to be able to “click to call.”

In the right situation, location-based mobile ads can be effective because you’re approaching people when they’re physically close to your business. To be honest, though, we don’t usually recommend paid advertising right off the bat with new clients. If you’re trying to establish an online or mobile presence, you’ll usually get a bigger bang for the buck by staking your claim using organic methods first.

So, don’t forget mobile marketing when you think about promoting your local business!

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