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How to Critique Your Own Yellow Page Ad

Forget what you know about your business Your goal is to see your Yellow Page display advertisement the way a directory user sees it. You can’t act like you know anything about your enterprise that isn’t there, on the page. Look at your ad without pride or being identified with your operation. If you pretend it’s someone else’s, you can spot the flaws you’d otherwise overlook. Mentally put the competition’s name on your ad. Does what you say apply equally well to them? If it does, you haven’t effectively set yourself apart.

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Why Your Business Need a Website

Web Presence gives your business a distince edge over your competitors, especially when you want to expand your current customer base.

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Local Search and Internet Yellow Pages – A Whole NewVocabulary for Small Businesss

Buyers want both online and local information about where to buy Most small businesses are local in nature, serving people who live nearby. Their customers found them through traditional methods like the Yellow Pages or newspaper ads. So far, the Internet hasn’t figured prominently in their marketing efforts. That’s about to change, as Local Search methods become more widespread. Even for buyers expecting to spend their money close to home, more and more of them go to the Internet to locate desired products and services. They rely on search engines to find suitable vendors in the fastest, easiest way. Local Search combines the search query word or phrase with specific geographic terms, like city or zip code. That way, search results only include enterprises in that local area. Instead of information about a small enterprise being lost among millions of pages of search results, it shows up in a small pool of local providers. That’s good for them, as well as the person looking for what they provide. Small operations can easily be located by a whole new group of buyers Consumers don’t simply go to the Yellow Pages when ready to buy – as they once did. Studies show that an astonishing 36% of online searches are conducted to find local businesses. About a quarter of all Internet users already conduct local searches. They’d do even more of it, if the desired small business data were more complete. Local enterprises need to prepare for the impact of changing customer habits. An easy first step is to include your business in Internet Yellow Pages (IYP), along with the printed Yellow Page directory. That puts your enterprise on the radar screen. Learn how your business can make the most of Local Search by visiting http://www.yellowpagesage.com. You’ll find reliable advice from experts in Yellow Pages and Local Search so you can get more mileage from your promotional dollars. Start by getting comfortable with search concepts, and improve your odds of being found when people search online for what you offer. You don’t even need your own Web site to benefit from Internet Yellow Pages and Local Search. Learn the Relevant Terms Search Engine – method for locating the information available on the Internet; a program that searches Web pages for requested keywords, then returns a list of documents where the query terms were found Google and Yahoo, the major general search engines, have both shifted gears to make Local Search a priority when delivering relevant results. Spider (also called “crawler” or “bot”) – goes to every page on every Web site and reads the information so it can be available to searchers; to “crawl” a site it collects and indexes information from it Specialized Search Engines – narrow focus of information crawled and indexed, like medical, business, or shopping sites Keywords – word or phrases used by search engines to locate relevant Web pages; words chosen to improve a site’s search engine placement and ranking Search Query – search request, which the search engine compares to the spidered entries, then returns results to the searcher Search Results – compiled list of Web pages that a search engine delivers in response to a query; the number of items returned is usually overwhelming (in the millions), so searchers only bother to view results on the first pages Relevant Results – the test of a good search is whether the results obtained relate to what the person wanted to find, without a lot of irrelevant links Local Search – combining a geographic term in a search query to locate suitable providers in a specific area Pay per Click (PPC) – method of building traffic whereby site owners bid on search terms (keywords) that link to their site Geographic Terms – specific information about the local area that can be included in a local search: zip code, town, county, geographic region, state Top Ranking – sites shown on the first page(s) of search results Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – fine-tuning keywords and page content so the Web site rates high in search engine results Tags and Titles (on Web Pages) – provide site keywords and information to search engine spiders for indexing a site Internet Yellow Pages (IYP) – directory of business phone numbers and locations in a geographic area, organized by category; searchable data base accessed on the Internet Make your business easy for searchers to find The public is embracing the convenience of searching on the Internet to find information about local businesses. However, their searches for desired information are compromised because so many local enterprises don’t show up in the databases as yet. Those that do have an edge in their local market. Climb aboard! Make sure searchers can find you. For little or no money, you can expose your enterprise to the whole world. Whether or not your business has a Web site, you need to provide the information people are looking for in the places that they look for it. Local Search and Internet Yellow Pages open new avenues to buyers ready to spend. Best of all, they support and compliment your traditional methods of finding new business. So you cover all your bases. (c)2004, Lynella Grant

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How to Create a GREAT Web Site

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Put Your Marketing To The “So What?” Test

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Do Not Consider Running the Same Yellow Page Ad until You Read This

Grant Businesses have a love-hate relationship with the Yellow Page directory On the one hand, business owners know they need to be there – even though everyone they compete against is there, too. They rightly fear their ad won’t get noticed. That’s why questions like, “How big should it be?” become important (along with up-grades that jack up an ad’s cost). Are they worth it? Who knows! The whole topic is complicated and a tad intimidating. A lot is riding on the ad’s ability to pull in more business. Advertisers don’t feel they understand Yellow Page issues well enough to make the “right choice.” So they often avoid thinking about it altogether. Even when they realize their ad isn’t drawing much business, an advertiser is reluctant to make changes. To what? So, what’s the rush? The Yellow Page directory only comes out once a year. Whether an ad performs like a dynamo or a disappointment, the business is stuck with it until the next directory comes around. So there’s plenty of time to consider what could make it better. But somehow, people seldom do. But at some point, the ad shifts from back burner to urgent, as the next directory’s deadline approaches. Decisions about what it will look like are often made “on the fly.” So it never gets the scrutiny it deserves, so it can deliver the most “bang for the buck.” Time pressure (coupled with the urging of the Sales Rep) leads many business owners to just “stick with what I have.” That decision means hardly having to think about it at all. For another year, anyway. But that’s not the best strategy – just the quickest.
A business owner should carefully consider the wisdom of each aspect of their directory listing – wording, images, size, options, which directories or headings, etc. Change involves more than the ad’s appearance Never change your ad just to make it prettier. Modifications should help you connect even better with directory user’s needs. That involves focusing your message and distinctive style (which is communicated in a glance) so it grabs them. Get the advice you need to fine-tune your ad from industry experts at http://www.yellowpagesage.com There’s no need to feel stuck with an under-performing ad. Changing your ad can involve increasing or decreasing its size or features (or going in an unrelated direction). But such revisions are simple, compared to more complex and influential issues, like whether it communicates your distinctive personality and benefits. If you’re unclear about your message, don’t be surprised if readers don’t get it. Sharpening your customer-grabbing message should be an ongoing concern, and not just for the Yellow Pages. Directory users are looking for information to make their buying choices easier. Looking and sounding like every other ad doesn’t serve their needs – and it doesn’t serve you, either. Re-assess the wisdom of your Yellow Page strategy What you spend for your Yellow Page listing is only a portion of your advertising budget. How big a slice should it be? Resist the temptation to over-spend for the value received (as most advertisers do). Costs should bear some relationship to the amount of business coming through them – which involves tracking your calls and sales. Consider directory costs relative to all the ways customers find you. Where does most new business really come from? Are marketing dollars better spent elsewhere? Figure the source of new business before getting caught by secondary questions like: how large, or which headings, or whether options like color make sense. Recognize the changes affecting directory usage. Buyers aren’t relying on the print directory like they used to. Many use the Internet Yellow Pages (IYP) and search engines focused with local terms. Think about whether to direct some directory dollars there. Update your information to keep it current Business changes occur all the time. Don’t forget to bring your data up to date when placing your next year’s advertising. Business changes affecting your ad – Change of business name, or splitting into more than one company or brand – Added or different phone numbers; same with addresses – Add your Web site address (domain URL) or email address – Changed your policies, hours, services (like free delivery) – Additional product lines or services (like classes or supplies) – Update years in service (if in your ad) – New awards, degrees, etc. that can bolster credibility – Adding a partner (especially for professions) – Remove what’s no longer true or relevant Think long and hard about what will make you stand out in the directory during the year (not just at renewal time). The success of your business could depend on how well your ad does its job. (c) 2004, Lynella Grant

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