You already know that local marketing is the name of the game if you want to grow your business. The challenge is choosing practical local marketing tactics that can help you without breaking the bank.

I hear you. So, without further ado, here are 10 actionable and affordable local marketing ideas worth considering.

#1: Fine-Tune Your Yelp Categories

Yelp is the gold standard of crowd review sites for a reason. When your clients search for reviews in your area, Yelp pages are likely to appear at or near the top of Google’s SERP (Search Engine Results Pages)

The best way to make sure your business makes an appearance is to check out your Yelp categories and make sure they’re an accurate reflection of your business. 

For example, if you own a hair salon that specializes in hair extensions, then you should add the Hair Extensions category to your Yelp page. You can find a full list of Yelp categories here.

#2: Reach Out to Clients Who Are Active on Yelp for Reviews

Don’t rush into this one – seriously. Keep reading. If you don’t handle asking for reviews the right way, Yelp could filter them out and put them into the “Not Recommended” category.

Here’s what to do to reach out to your clients on Yelp:

  • Use the “Find Friends” option on Yelp ONLY to identify clients who use Yelp. Do not use it to request reviews.
  • Don’t send out an email blast asking for reviews. Do only a few at a time.
  • Reach out on email or Facebook to ask for reviews.
  • Don’t send a direct link to your Yelp page. Instead, ask them to Google “Your Business + Yelp” and click the Google link to get to your page.
  • Don’t ask clients to review you from your place of business. They should do it after they leave.

Doing any of the things I’ve warned against here may result in your reviews getting filtered by Yelp. So, take your time and be patient. A few reviews at a time will help you improve your overall rating.

#3: Remarket to Existing Clients to Generate Reviews

Yelp isn’t the only place for your clients to leave reviews. You can always email clients to ask for reviews, but a more hand-off approach is to use remarketing to remind them that they haven’t reviewed your business yet.

The easiest way to accomplish this task is to get a remarketing code for the URL you think should trigger reviews. Or Google can even create a remarketing ad for you.

If you decide to try this option, keep the text of your ad simple. Something like, “Love us? Leave a review on Facebook, Google or Yelp!”

#4: Promote Your Testimonials on Social Media

Speaking of reviews, you want your positive feedback to be something that potential clients see. That’s why you should be highlighting your testimonials on Facebook.

I recommend asking your clients for video testimonials. They take only a few minutes to record and video content gets much higher engagement on Facebook than written content. You don’t need to spend much, either – you should only be promoting to people in your service area.

#5: Target Your Local Audience on Facebook

Facebook’s algorithms prioritize personal connections over business content. That means if you want your most important content to be seen by your target audience, you’ll need to promote your content.

My suggestion is to choose one of two Ad Objectives:

  • Brand awareness
  • Clicks

Promote your most compelling and relevant content. Make sure to target people who live near your business for the best results.

#6: Build Separate Landing Pages for Each Marketing Campaign

Every marketing campaign you run should have its own landing page. The pages don’t need to be complicated, but each should include:

  • A hero image
  • Relevant content that answers your clients’ most common questions
  • A clear call to action
  • A clickable contact number

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be sending people to a generic page when you can create a specific one in just a few minutes.

#7: Use Facebook for Local Brand Awareness

If people in your area don’t know about you, they’re not going to think of your business when they have a need for your products or services. It’s that simple.

To run a brand awareness campaign, choose “Brand Awareness” from Facebook’s list of ad objectives. Then, target a local audience. You don’t need to spend much – just a few dollars a day may be enough to build awareness.

#8: Create Guides for Local Activities

A lot of people make it a priority to patronize local businesses. One way to emphasize that your business is local is to create guides for local events and activities. 

Of course, the guides you create should also be relevant to your business. For example, if you own a sporting goods store, you could highlight local hiking trails or beaches for swimming. Once you’ve created the guide,  you can promote it on Facebook. 

#9: Use Call-Only Ads 

If your business relies heavily on phone calls to get leads, then one of the best tools in your arsenal is the call-only ads. These ads highlight your phone number, making it easy for people to get in touch.

You should know that call-only ads generally apply only to mobile advertising. You’ll need compelling ad copy. Your phone number will be clickable, so that people who see your ad can dial you with the touch of a finger.

#10: Create Local Service Area Hubs

Do you have more than one service area or business location? One of the easiest ways to improve your local SEO and get more clients is to create local service area hubs on your website.

An easy way to do it is to use your site’s architecture. Set up a general location page. Then, create content about each location. If you’ve got multiple locations in some areas, you can set it up like this:

  • State
  • City
  • Neighborhood

Each location should have its own page that uses local keywords and images. That way, people will know where they can find you.

Local marketing doesn’t need to be expensive. The 10 ideas we’ve listed here will help you make the most of your local marketing budget and grow your business.

If you are a small to medium sized business and you are looking to grow your business and local reach in the community as well as generate more clients for your business feel free to contact us here: