If you have a business that relies on passing footfall then you will be aware of the ups and downs and the dependencies on good weather and weekends. But are you aware that you can leverage digital marketing channels to send people to your business address? Are you utilising all the following? Your competitors probably are, which means you’re missing out
on potential footfall.

Google Local

In the past few years, Google has become very intelligent at understanding the intent of a search query. Combine this with Google’s ability to know your current location and Google has the data needed to serve what’s known as the Google Local Pack (AKA the 3 Pack). The image below shows
the 3 highest ranking coffee shops in my area, within the Google Local Pack.

But there are more than 3 coffee shops local to me (there are actually 19!)
So how does Google decide which 3 listings to show me? Well, that’s where Local SEO comes in. Once you’ve set up your Google My Business listing, there are a few optimisation techniques that can improve your chances of getting into the top 3 positions:

  1. Make sure your business is listed in relevant business directories (Yell.com, Yelp.com Thompsonlocal.com etc.)
  2. Make sure your website clearly states your address and this exactly matches the address on your Google My Business listing.
  3. Make sure your NAP (Business Name, Address & Phone Number) are consistent across the whole of the web. There are SEO tools available that can help with this.

Facebook Advanced Location Targeting

You probably already know about geo targeting within Facebook Business Manager, which allows you to target a city or region. But do you know about advanced location targeting which allows you to target people within 1 mile of your business address?

This allows you to target people within walking distance of your business location. You can also filter this with the following options

  • Everyone in This Location (default)
  • People Who Live in This Location (ideal for businesses such as coffee shops that will get repeat customers)
  • People Recently in This Location (again ideal for targeting people who may regularly be in this
  • People Traveling in This Location (ideal for tourist attractions and hotels etc.)

There are a number of different ads that would work well with this targeting option:

  • Try weather specific ads e.g. ‘It’s cold outside, grab a coffee’ or ‘It’s hot right now, grab an ice cream’
  • If you have events on at your business premises, try listing them or serving an event ad to get people to add the event to their calendar.
  • Special offers also work really well and are a great way for monitoring the success of your campaigns (more on this later)

Google PPC Location Extension

Once your Google My Business listing is set up, you can you can link that to your Google Ads account for higher visibility in localised searches. This is done by adding a location extension to your Google Ads campaign, allowing your address to be shown in 3 places:

  1. At the top of the local listingsGoogle Location Extension Ad
  2. On the map (note the different colour of the Reiss paid listing)
    Paid ad in Google maps
  3. On your PPC text ad (multiple locations show below)
    Address on PPC ad

Measuring Success

One issue with driving footfall is that it’s difficult to measure success. There’s no conversion tracking like an online campaign where you’re aiming to get people to buy through your website. One way around this is to use specific discount codes on your ads so you can monitor the number of people that have seen your localised ad campaigns. If you need help with any of the above, please contact me for some assistance on the contact form below.

How can businesses effectively track the success of their footfall-driving digital marketing campaigns beyond using discount codes, especially considering the lack of direct conversion tracking for in-person visits?

Effectively tracking the success of footfall-driving digital marketing campaigns without direct conversion tracking can be challenging, but there are alternative methods to gauge effectiveness. One approach is to leverage tools like Google Analytics and Google My Business Insights to monitor metrics such as website visits, direction requests, and phone calls originating from local searches. Additionally, businesses can implement store visit tracking if available, which provides insights into the number of physical visits generated by online ads. Beyond discount codes, businesses can also explore using unique landing pages or QR codes specific to each campaign to track offline interactions more accurately.

Are there any additional strategies or tactics for optimizing Google My Business listings to improve visibility in local searches and increase the likelihood of appearing in the Google Local Pack?

Optimizing Google My Business (GMB) listings involves various strategies to enhance visibility in local searches and improve chances of appearing in the Google Local Pack. In addition to ensuring accurate and consistent business information across directories, businesses should focus on gathering positive reviews, uploading high-quality images, and regularly posting updates or offers through the GMB dashboard. Utilizing relevant keywords in business descriptions and posts can also improve relevance for local search queries. Moreover, engaging with customer questions and feedback on the GMB profile can help build credibility and trust with potential customers.

What are some best practices for creating compelling ad content specifically tailored to advanced location targeting on platforms like Facebook, and how can businesses ensure their ads effectively resonate with nearby potential customers?

Crafting compelling ad content tailored to advanced location targeting on platforms like Facebook requires a deep understanding of the target audience and their preferences. Businesses should consider creating ad creatives that resonate with the local community, such as featuring images or references specific to the area. Incorporating localized language or colloquialisms can also help establish a connection with nearby potential customers. Furthermore, businesses can experiment with dynamic ad formats like carousel ads or video ads to capture attention and convey relevant messages effectively. Regularly monitoring ad performance metrics and A/B testing different ad variations can provide valuable insights into what resonates best with the local audience.

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