Why Google My Business Listings?
Google My Business Listings are like free advertising for your business! Advertising online for local businesses can be a challenge. There are only so many hours in a day and chances are, running your business occupies most of them. The world is changing around you every day though and you need to have a presence on the web and you need to optimize that presence. We can make that happen!
In 2014 47% of small businesses in the US did not have a website! Cost of a site was the biggest reason given.
What if you could advertise your local business online for free?
All of the major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) offer free, local directory listings for businesses. These listings are a great place to start building your web presence. They allow you to put your best foot forward by including your store hours, photos, menus, product descriptions, specials and coupons and even directions to your location. These listings can work for you even if you do not have a website! Plus they are designed to automatically display properly on both computers and mobile devices.
In addition to these search engine owned listings there are countless others and we have selected the best of them on which to list your business. Google My Business listings allow your business to show up to consumers at the exact moment they they are out in the marketplace looking for your product or service!
The video to the right shows the power of Google My Business listings without ongoing cost. Local Directory Listings are the most effective way for budget conscious businesses to get on the web.
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Our Premiere Google My Business Listings + Package
Price: $250 + $100 yearly
Every local business should have local directory listings and this package is designed for all businesses with a special eye toward helping businesses with limited budgets establish themselves on the web. It includes creating your listing on Google My Business, and many more directories and databases that distribute your business information to other directories Local Directory Listings have become big business and many directories charge a fee to use their service but our service bypasses these fees with a single fee.
Some businesses find it worthwhile to be able to edit all of their business listings from one location. Our Premiere Package gives you this ability. Some examples of why this could be useful is if you want to change elements of the listing on a regular basis like add or remove specials and coupons or photos or list events. In addition you get weekly reports on the performance and condition of all of the local listings created. If you do not want the ability to edit your listings from one dashboard then the $100 yearly fee can be waived.
The listings include photos (you provide photos), a description of your business, a list of products or menu, hours of operation and more. The listings are Search Engine Optimized (SEO) in order to help your listing get a better position within the often crowded search results page. We also submit your website to the major search engines to make sure you are included in their directories. This helps with achieving a better position for your business in search results too.
In the image to the right you see a properly optimized free listing on Google My Business. The listing is on the first page of results for the applicable search query. The fact that the free listing has been claimed by the business (ours) means that the call out appears on the map when someone clicks on the title in the search results. This is what you need for your business to stand out.
In the image to the left you see how a properly optimized local business listing appears on a mobile device. In April 2015 Google began giving more weight to websites whose pages are mobile friendly. Local listings as already classified as mobile friendly in search results. In addition they show up at the top of search results for local businesses and services.
Requirements: A verifiable physical address for the business (no PO Boxes) and a business name and (verifiable) phone number. In some cases I can verify your business with Google on the spot as a Google Trusted Verifier. The basic Google listing is included free when you purchase a Google Virtual Tour!
Our Google My Business Listing + Package = Value
There are many Local Directory Listing services out there at the moment and most charge significantly more than we do. We believe that we have put together the best list of Local Business Directories for our clients and that we offer the best combination of low price and maximum effect.
Call (570) 541-6812, email or message us to get started!
If you are still unsure about how much impact on your business can be had by creating or claiming your local directory listings here is some info from a study done by Oxford that Google commissioned:
*Percentage of businesses without a website statistic taken from this page.