Did you know that approximately 80% of local searches result in a conversion? Local searches drive conversions for small businesses. So why is your campaign not getting the results you expected?

In this article, I will give three powerful Google Ads strategies to help your business to drive more local sales and attract more attention to your brand:

1. Ad Extensions

Using ad extensions can really help to improve your Google Ads results for local search. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to use them without a reason or strategy. For a local campaign, you should consider using four key ad extensions: location, phone calls, affiliate locations, and dynamic site links.

All four of these will be really critical to your campaign. With dynamic site links, you can take your campaign to the next level, as Google automatically calculates the best site extensions for your ads based upon the user’s intent and previous search history. They were created to help connect an audience to the content that they are actually looking for.

2. Target Local Keywords and Firm Locations

By targeting both together, you may have lower traffic overall, but you will have more precise targeting and, hopefully, a higher converting audience.

The first step is to change the default setting of location targeting within your campaign settings. Click on the locations tab and select “People in or regularly in your targeted locations”.

People in or regularly in your targeted locations

Google will now know that you only want to target people that are living or working within your selected location. This prevents people physically located outside of your target area from being shown your ads. If you still want to capitalize on them as well, you can run a separate brand awareness campaign with the default location settings applied.

After changing those settings, you can then target keywords to ensure that you are getting the most accuracy in the audience that your ads are shown to. So, for example, if you run a shoe shop, you may select “children’s shoes Milton Keynes”. By combining very targeted keywords with location targeting, you have yourself a guaranteed audience that lives near your business that is looking for what you offer.

3. Run “Local Search Ads” and Use Bid Modifiers

These do take a bit of work to set up, but they can be one of the greatest features to drive local, high-quality leads. Instead of linking to your website, they link to a page on Google that gives people more information about your store, like opening hours, reviews, photos, and so on. The setup process also lets you show your ads in Google Maps directly.

To set this up, you need to be running location extensions on your Google Ads, have an existing Google My Business page to work from and then optimize your bids and keywords for location targeting. Once you have done this, you need to optimize your Google My Business page to make sure that it contains all of the relevant information that searchers need.

Next, you need to optimize your location targeting within bids. To do this, you simply select the locations that you are targeting within your dashboard and then click on the bid adjustment column. One top tip here is to create different levels of radius around your location, for example, 5, 10 and 15 miles. You can then increase the bid amounts the closer the location is. This means that you will spend less on clicks that might not convert, and more on those more likely to.

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About Uzair Kharawala
Uzair Kharawala is the Co-Founder at SF Digital. He is a Certified Google Partner, is a Cricket fanatic and loves Photography.
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