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Are You Making These 5 Local Marketing Mistakes?

Court Cunningham on 5 Local Marketing Mistakes. Research shows that most small business owners get the majority of their customers from within a 50-mile radius. Local markets are extremely important for most small businesses.

Yet most of us make the same 5 common mistakes when it comes to local marketing.

Our featured guest in this Episode of The Small Business Trends Radio is Court Cunningham, CEO of Yodle, Inc, a company in the local online marketing space.

JumpUpCourt covers the mistakes and what to do about them:

  • Building your own website is mistake number one — For converting customers you have to think of your website as an ad that turns clicks into clients. Some basic problems with home-grown websites include failing to have your business location on your home page, and failing to have your phone number listed prominently. Failure to display a map and having unclear site navigation are other common pitfalls with home-grown websites.
  • Yellow Pages may be declining but still play a role — Here’s something to consider — half of online queries are coming from search engines — not online directories. But the Yellow Pages aren’t dead. Older generations and those in smaller towns reach for the Yellow Pages. Younger generations and those in cities are the biggest users of online directories and local search.

As CEO of Yodle, Court oversees all aspects of operations and strategy, including technology, product development and sales and marketing. He shares these and other insights into effective local online marketing.

To hear all 5 local marketing mistakes, click the red and yellow player below.

11 Responses to “Are You Making These 5 Local Marketing Mistakes?”

  1. EJMalyn Says:

    A lot of clicks by me failed because a phone number was not listed__very frustrating!

  2. Vlad - Small Business and Web Design Says:

    If business caters to a younger crowd, Yellow Pages is just a waste of money/time. These money better be spent on other offline promotions.

  3. Connie Ragen Green Says:

    A home-made website can look like just that, so it is best to at least have someone do some basic design for your site. You can still keep it simple, but you must include contact information that can be easily found.

  4. Small Business UnMarketing Says:

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  5. Amanda Says:

    I would have to agree with Connie. Sites that are just thrown on the web with no design or thought turn me off. A more professional looking site is worth a few bucks spent.

    I do also hate having to search on a site for a phone number or email address. It should be right in the open.

  6. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    We have had a tough time to reach out the local market. It has taken a long time to get known in the central area of Gothenburg. We have tried to advertise in local press, insert notices in the newspaper and putting flyers on billboards downtown.

    We are listed in the Swedish version of Yellow Pages called “Find” (“Hitta” in Swedish) and we have a map on our contact page.

  7. Chris Says:

    I like a site with easy to understand navigation, which is something that I don’t think “do-it-yourselfers” have in mind when creating unless using a service which provides a basic template with that in mind.

    Contact information should always be front and center. And frankly, when a site forces me to dig for it, I don’t feel too good about conducting a transaction with them. What if something goes wrong? Can I reach someone? That’s what I begin to think.

    As for myself, I find local search quite valuable for my own personal uses. I sit at the computer – I’m not one to reach for the Yellow Pages.

  8. Anthony Kuhn Says:


    This is a great idea for busy people who don’t want to monopolize their eyeball time reading. Why not listed to a great piece on marketing while multi-tasking? Thanks for this nice piece on 5 marketing mistakes to avoid.

    I linked to your piece in my blog at the Innovators-Network, where I’m always looking for interesting stories to include in my daily post.

    Best wishes for continued success!

    Anthony Kuhn

  9. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Anthony Kuhn,

    Is the Innovators Network an open blog community?

  10. Michel Says:

    the biggest mistake is not having online prescence on a site that does the work for you. There are plenty of sites that promise small biz advertisement with just a listing…lets be honest, we are a vision driven society and small businesses need more than a listing. they need inventory, personality, and charisma online…the only way 2 do so is on the free Business marketing site that allows free signup, free pictures, everything is free and is obviously for the business owner adn not about the money!

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