Over the past couple of years, local search marketing has become a necessity for every business, big or small. Making sure your business is present on Google, Bing and Yelp is critical, yet big brands have struggled to make their marketing dollars produce the maximum benefit. Traditionally, brands have looked to paid advertising to ensure
Unannounced desktop feature enables users to find highest rated businesses in their area on Facebook. Early in November, Facebook prompted me with a carousel to review locations I had visited around this time last year. This early move by Facebook to create more relevant community feedback content for businesses seems especially relevant now that we’ve seen
Smartphones have become ubiquitous in the shopping process, from discovery to comparison-shopping to actually completing transactions. The trend to mobile has dramatically and permanently changed the way shoppers look for local business information. People are increasingly searching for local business data while they’re on the go and even while in-store considering a purchase. In fact,
T’was a month before Black Friday and all through the industry…. The holiday 2015 retail season may be significantly higher than last year – the National Retail Federation’s annual survey of shoppers found that most intended to spend 1% more per respondent with an average spend per shopper of $805 – which is the highest in survey history for the NRF. For the 90% of shoppers who purchase in-store in this season, digital experiences are more important than ever, with more than 80% of shoppers engaging with brands and retailers online before visiting a store.
Beacons are all the rage, and it’s no wonder: they’re expected to drive an astonishing $44 billion in retail sales in 2016, up $4 billion from this year. Already in 2015, 46% of retailers have launched beacon programs, up from 15% just last year.
Beacons are all the rage, and why not? How fantastic is it that a national advertiser can pinpoint a consumer’s precise location inside one of their retail stores and serve up a highly relevant ad in response to their mobile searches? Oh yes, beacons have generated a lot of hype -- especially for a technology
As search and digital marketing have evolved, increasingly aiding consumers in finding real-world products and locations, it’s become clear that a more sophisticated approach to identifying search-to-in-store-sales is needed. Consumers are more mobile-focused than ever; smartphones dominate, accounting for 60% of our digital media time. Earlier this year, we also learned that more than 50%
As we race once again towards the holiday season, it’s important to keep in mind one of the often-overlooked shopper categories. Back-to-school, as valuable as it is, often gets overlooked in favor of Halloween. With ‘back to school’ searches growing 12% in 2015 and a forecasted $68 billion in spend, it’s an opportunity not to be missed — and it’s not too late to reach these consumers and reap big rewards.
Earlier this month, Google modified the map results to render three local business results rather than the seven that have graced desktop local search for the past several years. The ‘map pack’ terminology used by the search community has been degraded to ‘stack pack,’ ‘snack pack’ for restaurants or for those more upset at the design, ‘crap pack.’
Mobile consumers expect local businesses to deliver a fantastic user experience when they’re searching for information and interacting via their mobile device. In fact, 79% of visitors will simply leave and search for another website to complete their task if your site isn’t optimized for mobile. In our latest webinar with Digital Marketing Depot, The