Your marketing strategy needs to embrace the crucial role of the local community in business growth. Indeed, too many businesses fail to anchor their brand in the local environment. Gaining the support of your local community, whether partners or customers, can ensure the company’s survival.
In a previous article, we’ve reviewed some of the most effective ways of building up your local marketing strategy. The number one piece of advice every company should follow is to partner with professionals. Reaching out to a local marketing agency helps build brand awareness in your region or city. Similarly, a partnership with a local business and appearance in the local media can make your brand known and recognized.
But there’s much more you can do with your local marketing strategy to increase brand awareness, footstep, and profit.
#1. Attend local and regional trade shows
In many ways, being a small fish in a big national pond can be a lot easier than being a small fish in a local pond. At a national level, brands build their marketing strategies to manage the competition. However, many brands forget the importance of visibility when it comes to local competition. That’s why local business events such as trade exhibitions can be crucial in asserting your visibility. Needless to say, companies should invest in the #1 trade show displays if they wish to stand out from the crowd. The local audience is more likely to engage with businesses that make a memorable appearance. In other words, booth design and speaker events are crucial to maximizing brand recognition.
#2. Reach out to local influencers
National and international influencers can work wonders for big brands. Yet, they may not be right for your local business budget. Local influencers can help establish your regional reach without breaking the bank. They may not have a huge number of followers, but they have a loyal and attentive base which creates meaningful engagement. Many local influencers are just as active as celebrities. They appear at local events, serve as guest speakers and moderators, etc. As a result, they are recognizable and lend instant credibility to your business.
#3. Update your Google My Business profile
Is your business on Google Maps? If you haven’t claimed your address on Google maps, you can do so by creating a free profile on Google My Business. Claiming the address typically involves a phone call to a landline or receiving a postcard with a Google code so that you can verify the location of the business. Once you’ve entered the code, you can manage your business display and information on Google Maps. Keeping your information up-to-date, including new product photos and contact data, can boost your visibility.
#4. Local and mobile PPC
Google AdWords lets marketers design geo-targeted ad campaigns using the updated Google Maps information. Essentially, you can run campaigns targeting individuals in your local area. The process is highly effective on smartphones, as mobile devices share their locations. But it can also work on desktop and laptop screens if users use local search functions. It can encourage your local audience to come and visit your store more often.
According to the State of Marketing Report, 88% of consumers who do a local search will visit the business within 24 hours. Therefore, businesses can’t afford to miss the opportunity to sell to a local audience. Hopefully, these tips and methods can help you grow your local reach and customership.