blog posts and sharing

4 Places You Should Be Publishing Your Content Other Than Your Blog

After spending so much time and effort crafting a perfect blog post, you may be ready to call it a day.

But if you don’t make an effort to reach new audiences on other platforms, you’ll limit your reach and your ability to gain traffic to your blog. By posting your content to these sites, you’ll increase the number of users who will stumble onto your content who may have never heard of you otherwise. Every additional place you post will increase your potential exposure. And that can only be a good thing!

So here are six places that you should be posting content to both help build your blog and improve your professional reputation.

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Instagram & LinkedIn

8 Ways to Increase Your Visibility and Engagement on LinkedIn

As LinkedIn’s popularity grows, so too should your desire to reach as many people as possible through this avenue. LinkedIn is really a different animal from other social media sites because you’re working exclusively with other business professionals. That also makes it a great way to make connections and pinpoint the content to the precise group you’re trying to reach.

But how do you get that content to reach as many people as possible? Read on to learn some of the surefire ways the Local Search Essentials team recommends to engage on LinkedIn.

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video subtitles

Why You Should Always Add Subtitles to your Videos (and How!)

Have you ever wondered why so many new videos are being posted with subtitles or captions? In our multi-tasking world, few of us sit down at our computers to watch online videos. In fact, 75% of all video plays are on mobile devices rather than desktops or laptops.

And since we’re watching these videos while we’re on-the-go, a huge number of them are watched with no sound. At work, on the bus, in line at the grocery store — a full 85% of Facebook videos are watched in silent mode.

Adding subtitles is key if you’re going to get your message to the majority of your video viewers. But there are performance benefits to adding them as well. We’re going to dig into all the reasons why subtitles are a necessity — and how to add them to your videos.

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text messaging

11 Ways to Use Text Messaging to Make More Sales

We’re living in a text messaging world, and this gives entrepreneurs a unique and added opportunity to reach people faster and more efficiently. Texts, in comparison to phone calls or emails, are more engaging, getting crazy high open rates and responses.

Want to know how to incorporate text messaging into your marketing plan? The Local Search Essentials team has put together some suggestions you may want to consider. Read on!

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personal brand

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Marketing Your Personal Brand In 2020

You undoubtedly know what branding is, and you’ve probably spent considerable time working on brand identity and brand awareness for your business. But have you thought about building your personal brand? That is, have you considered that your reputation, both online and offline, may now be just as important as the reputation of your business?

Read on to find out from the Local Search Essentials team why it’s so important to market your personal brand as you head into the new year.

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marketing strategies

The 10 Must-Have Marketing Strategies for Local Businesses in 2020


You know the old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”? Well, that’s not always the case when you’re marketing a local business. While it is important to stay true to “old faithful” marketing strategies, it seems that more and more creative ways to reach locals seem to be popping up.

So, today, I’m going to give you 10 of the most important marketing developments for local businesses as we head into 2020. Let’s get straight down to it.

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mobile marketing

5 Essential Mobile Marketing Strategies to Boost Your Business Now

The explosive use of smartphones and tablets has created a new world of opportunity for today’s businesses. No other medium in the history of technology has been so personal, so powerful, or so disruptive to consumers’ day-to-day lives. Mobile devices put the world’s information directly into consumer’s hands 24/7, providing an abundance of choices and affecting decision-making in ways we have yet to even fully understand.

Those organizations that have recognized the power of mobile to drive deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers and prospects are the new leaders in a mobile-first world. But just in case your business has yet to fully jump into the mobile fray, here are five important mobile marketing strategies to help put you on the road to success:

1. Apps are where it’s at

Last year, mobile apps surpassed television as the medium with which consumers spend the most time. The mobile web, meanwhile, accounts for only 13% of the amount of time spent on mobile and is generally used for basic searches. However, native apps provide a more sophisticated experience — they’re typically faster, more interactive and serve as a dynamic two-way communications channel. Apps can utilize smartphone features like push notifications, the camera and the phonebook, and they allow businesses to get creative with personalized offers, loyalty programs and exclusive content. So while having a mobile-optimized website is important, remember that to truly deliver an enhanced mobile experience, apps are where it’s at.

2. Up your game

Once you’ve committed to an app, think about how it can serve as an extension of your brand while providing a great experience to your users. An app allows businesses to stay top of mind by occupying coveted real estate on a user’s mobile device. And while apps are capable of delivering experiences that other mediums cannot, it’s imperative to consider how your app’s functionality addresses your target audience’s needs, desires and intentions. What utility does it offer? How can it simplify previously difficult tasks? How does it entertain and delight users? Are you using it to reach people with the right message at the right time? The easier, better or more enjoyable you can make your customer’s lives, the more they’ll use your app.


3. Engage users one-on-one

Not all mobile users are alike. They will demonstrate different patterns and behaviors based on any number of characteristics, such as which type of device they use, where they live, how they found your app, and of course their own personal styles and tastes. One recent study, for example, found that app engagement is highest on weekends for iOS users but that the opposite is true for Android phone owners. Insights like these can help you decide when and how to deliver content, offers and other initiatives that cater to the user’s preferences and have maximum impact.


4. Become data-driven

Apps can collect a goldmine of data on your users. And with the right analysis, any business can truly get to know its customers better and understand what makes them tick. But it’s up to you to harvest the right insights from your data and put it into action. In today’s competitive mobile landscape, these insights can help improve the app, deliver a more personalized experience, and, when promoting your app to obtain users, to understand which marketing and advertising channels are most successful.

This last point, known as mobile attribution, is essential for measuring the effectiveness of your marketing efforts so you can optimize your budget accordingly and attract the highest quality users to your app. “Attribution analytics are absolutely essential for app marketers in today’s environment,” said Oren Kaniel, founder and CEO of AppsFlyer, a mobile attribution and marketing analytics platform that helps marketers measure their mobile campaigns across Google, Facebook, Twitter and 1,500 other media sources. “Without it, marketers are simply flying blind, but the data from attribution analytics can help them get the greatest return on their investment.”


5. Connect the dots

Don’t let your app strategy exist in a silo. The average US household owns 5.7 Internet-connected devices, and consumers aged 18 – 64 use three or more devices every day — which means that your business’s marketing strategy should integrate all of your web, social, mobile, and even any broadcast or offline campaigns into a cohesive experience for your customers. With technologies available today, it is possible to recognize users as they move from their laptop to their smartphone to their tablet, and to create a seamless experience across all their devices.


Committing to Mobile

No one ever said that building a successful mobile strategy was easy. It requires the right mix of creativity and imagination with a data-driven mindset and an adherence to your brand. Most of all, it requires a commitment to providing the best customer experience possible. But, given that mobile serves as consumers’ primary and most personal devices in today’s world, the payoff for those businesses that get their mobile strategy right stands to be a game-changer.


Originally Posted at: http://www.inc.com/dave-kerpen/5-essential-mobile-marketing-strategies-to-boost-your-business-now.html

The Science of Social Media Content

What constitutes a well-rounded social media marketing plan? The ideal mix of social media content blends four different elements – general content, customized content, online specials, and reviews.

  • General content: Posts that are about topics relevant to, but not about, your business. These can be topical, inspirational quotes, related to current events, related to local happenings, or humorous photos/cartoons. Link to reputable sources of content whenever possible.
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Making Local Social Work

Many local businesses view the thought of social media marketing with disdain, believing it is too much work with no return on investment for their business. Nothing could be further from the truth. A social media strategy, when managed properly, allows businesses to engage existing and potential customers, advertise in a very targeted manner, create trusted links to their website that boost search engine and local listings optimization, and show the world the business’ mission, values, and personality.

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