How to Market
Your Web Business Locally
2002 Herman Drost
Since you may spend most of your
time on the Net with your
business, you may overlook the significance of finding
targeted customers in your local area. Why should you
Isn’t it easier to just do all the marketing from your
getting your hands dirty?
Well, let me share with you some of the reasons why you
try this method:
1. Highly Qualified
Chances are, that you live in a small town
in a big city, where you may run into the same people
throughout the year. It may be at the local bookstore,
coffee shop or supermarket. Many folks are always starting
new businesses, looking for a new one or searching for some
2. Easily Accessible
They live in the same neighborhood, so you
can easily meet them, build great friendships and share your
ideas about your business. Networking with others is one of
key factors to a successful business. I find this especially
true, when I need help in an area of business I have limited
knowledge in. If you are the sole proprietor of your
networking is a must in order to survive and prosper.
3. Builds Your Reputation
Fast If you provide a good product
or service, are a person who can be trusted and get
recommendations from satisfied customers, you can begin to
a strong reputation in your local area as THE person to do
business with. After being on the Net for several years, I
word of mouth still gets me the most customers. This saves a
on advertising costs.
How to Find Your Local Customers
1. Get a list of new
businesses – these are people who are generally
more open to new ideas and services than established
You can get lists of new businesses from infoUSA.com.
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local organizations - one of the most active business
organizations is the Chamber of Commerce. Joining them
small yearly fee) helps you to network with others in your
those also own businesses. Often they refer work to each
They also hold meetings, do fundraisers and hold fairs,
you can introduce your business to the public.
I often get business from my local church – a great
make strong eternal friendships. There may also be
clubs in your area of expertise. You can also start up
interest club on Internet Marketing, Nettrepreneuers etc.
Holding small meetings, giving presentations, inviting
speakers, will all contribute to the building of your club
3. Local bookstores - go to your large bookstore in
and search for publications related to your field of
While there, you may run into others that are reading the
magazines or books. Strike up a conversation with them.
are definitely highly qualified customers. While there you
also research your targeted publications.
4. Ads in local publications - your local
magazines provide readership to possibly millions in your
By placing a small inexpensive ad in a highly targeted
the paper, you will get many leads.
The yellow pages are a more expensive way to go. I still
there immediately when I need something quickly, like a
or electrician. I find it still faster than researching
A well-placed ad can produce many local clients for your
business, throughout the year.
5. Press Releases - sending a Press Release to your
newspapers may have more of a chance in getting published,
one which is sent around the Web. This is because local
are always looking for human interest stories and events.
Therefore, focus your release on how your business will
the community, to make it stand out from the others.
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6. Postcards - send out
10 postcards each week to a highly
targeted list in your area. You can get a list of
from the yellow pages or Chamber of Commerce. Postcards
cost 23c in the USA to mail. Write a few strong benefits
card and a contact number and return address. The beauty
method is that it is low cost and people can see your
immediately without having to open an envelope.
7. Web Decals - get your web site address in front
of everyone by
placing a web decal on your car. I always read bumper
especially when stuck in traffic behind someone. Park in
most visible location when shopping. Try to make your
very attractive or humorous – it’s great free
8. Business Cards - always carry around your
Introduce yourself at parties, meetings, and organizations
while standing in line at the store (if you aren’t shy).
always running into people everywhere, so keep those cards
handy. You can get 250 FREE full color business cards from
(a good place for post cards also).
Tip – use your ad as the first step in contacting
customers. It often takes several steps to win their trust
make the sale. Place the most prominent benefit(s) of your
business in the ad with a web site address and telephone
Following up on these leads is better than trying to make
sale with one a one shot ad, where you try to make the
immediately (thereby losing your customer forever).
Incorporate local marketing for your business in the next
months of this year. Add it to your marketing arsenal,
with Internet Marketing. You may be pleasantly surprised
do better. If not, you still benefit by building new
Herman Drost is a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
owner and author of iSiteBuild.com
Low Cost Hosting and Site Design
(with FREE comprehensive web traffic statistics)
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