Local searches makes up an increasingly large proportion of search engine queries. Understanding how your consumers behave towards locality is a fundamental step in creating a strategy to cater for that behaviour. It goes beyond just having a Google Local presence, although that's one of the steps we'd recommend you have covered. It's also understanding how and when consumers search for and use local search information. I've taken a look at recent trends on Google and put together the following infographic.
So from this data, we can gather that local search will be affecting the way that your customers are looking for your business and services.
In July 2014, Google made some further significant updates to its local search algorithm. Codenamed Pigeon, Google’s new algorithm is meant to provide a more useful, relevant and accurate experience to users seeking local results. It all points to locality being increasingly high on Google's priority list.
If locality is important to your business, local Search Engine Optimisation, and to a degree local search ads, should be high on your priorities. Local SEO takes traditional SEO optimisation techniques and focuses more on geographic and vicinity terms. When applied to your website and online marketing, this enables your customers to see your website listed in Search Engine Results when they’re searching for a product or service you provide near to their location.
Analysing your own audience, your competitor terms, and most importantly conducting your own thorough keyword research is vital to identifying the right local search terms. Once you have the right data behind you, you can roll this out through your SEO plan; to your SEO sitemap, to your existing content, and to your content plan.
Of course, optimising your site to attract more, relevant, local traffic is just the start, you'll still need to consider how your local searcher will interact with your site and the type of information they want.
As Digital Marketing Executive, Camille specialises in content marketing and is responsible for the generation of blog posts for our wide portfolio of clients. As part of the digital marketing team, Camille uses SEO to ensure that her content is optimised in order to increase the client’s online rankings.