It is more important than ever to optimize your on-site and off-site Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for customers who may be searching for a local business. Local businesses that aren’t keeping up with the online world will soon be experiencing a drop in their customer base. No longer can you depend on newspaper ads, radio or television ads to create awareness for your brand.

Create a responsive website (Mobile & Desktop):mobile-phone

  • Think “mobile first” when building your website
  • Almost 50% of searches online are through a mobile device
  • User friendly navigation
  • Research keywords for titles and descriptions

Is Your Website User Friendly?

Verify your Business Name, Address and Phone Number (NAP) listing :

  • Make sure it is consistent across all online directories, social accounts and website.

Claim your “Google My Business” Page:

Optimized Google My Business is Key for Local Businesses

A 15 Point Checklist to Optimize Your Google My Business

Ask for online reviews / testimonials from your clients:

  • Focus on Facebook Reviews and Google My Business reviews
  • 72% of customers say that positive reviews make them trust a local business more
  • Word-of-Mouth marketing is the most powerful marketing

Develop a content marketing strategy

  • Include written blog articles and videos
  • Drives traffic to your website
  • Keeps the customer on the site longer
  • Promotes brand awareness

4 Reasons You Need A Content Marketing Strategy

5 Reasons Your Business Needs A Blog

The Epic Content Cycle

Implement a strong social media marketing plan:social-media

  • Use social platforms to build relationships
  • Engage with clients and consumers
  • Share valuable content that is helpful and informative
  • Develop a responsive and supportive online network
  • Become an industry influencer

Why You Need A Social Media Marketing Plan

How To Create A Social Media Marketing Plan

Rick Tofflemire - cktechconnectRick Tofflemire is the Manager of Sales and Business Development at Cktechconnect Inc. Rick’s I.T background and knowledge of current trends in the marketplace ensure that our clients stay up to date on the constant changes in online marketing. Since its inception in 2009, Cktechconnect Inc. has helped dozens of business and associations with focused, successful, dynamic multimedia marketing campaigns.

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