When you know there are more than 30 million people a day are now using the web from their hand held devices to do search, and when you combine 45+ million smart-phone users with widespread wifi, different kinds of application and 3g coverage, as a business owner, what do you get? You will get a huge potential spike in “local search”! – a lot of eyeballs you would better not ignore.
As technology goes, more and more people are using local search to find out different kinds of products and services, not just search for restaurants, dentists, or museums etc. And one of the true facts is – lots of people are feel more comfortable to do business with someone who is local, so when they are looking for the products and services, they intend to seek out local companies first.
Speaking of that, you might familiar with Google and Yahoo’s “local search!” – a simple yet effective way that helps and can drive a LOT more people to your business and your website.
Its doesn’t matter whether you have a physical business location or not, if you want to get more business, you should get your business listed in the local search results first.
For the smart-phones, there are lots of hand-held devices can now do ‘local search’, not just the iPhone, as far as the app itself goes, users can use the power of mobile technology do the search.
If you want to read more about these apps, you can go Google Mobile and Yahoo Mobile
To get your business into the local search results, to let it get more exposures to the rest of the world, to bring you more potential business than you expect, and to get your business position ranked higher than others in your niche, here are the two “local search” listings I highly recommend you to sign up now, its free.
1. Google Local Place and Map
Millions of people search Google Maps every day. A free listing on Google Maps and at Google Local Business Center makes it easy for customers to find your business. Use Google Places to create your free listing, when potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. It’s easy, free, and you don’t need a website of your own. And Google even makes it simple for you to offer coupons.
2. Yahoo Local Search
If your business is based in the United States, you should take time to get listed at Yahoo’s Local Search Site.
Yahoo local currently offers two types of listings with prices starting at free! For more details on their offerings, just go to Yahoo Local Search and sign up your account.
Just follow the steps that both Google and Yahoo required,
1. Verify Your Listing
Since Google regularly adds businesses from other sources, like yellow pages and other third parties, so there is a good chance you business might be already listed on the Google Search. However these are just basic listings. If you can take the step of verifying the information you provided and updating it, you will got a much better results in the local search!
2. Get Reviews
The more customer reviews you have, the better rank you will get. So do remember to ASK your most satisfied customers do this for you. If they agree to help you out, and then ask them do it from their gmail account because gmail is integrated seamlessly with app driven phones. If you can get lots of people do reviews for you, your local results can steadily climb up and by that, your traffic and sales could potential get increased as well.