Increase store traffic without a website – 3 tools

I’d like to help you get more business even if you aren’t ready to get a website right now. The following are some free tools that’ll help your potential customers find you online and may help increase store traffic. By finding you online, I mean that they’ll be able to know that you exist and that they can give you a call at XXX-XXX-XXXX for more information.

Build an online reputation with Yelp

Yelp is an online business directory. People search for services through Yelp. Typically, businesses with many good reviews can get more business since they can be seen as more trustworthy, valuable, etc. Claiming a Yelp account is vital since regardless of whether or not you do, your customers can review your business. The difference however, is that you can control the conversation. For example, if you get a bad review, you’ll be able to reach out and fix the issue. This can tell a lot about the business’ customer service.

As mentioned, you want to claim the page so that you can add business information such as pictures, hours, phone number, and more, as well as what you offer. Yelp is free but keep in mind that they’ll try to sell you advertising when you claim a page. Just let them know you aren’t interested at the moment to keep them from making too many calls.

To get started, click here: https://biz.yelp.com

Be social and get found on Facebook

There are over 2 billion monthly active users on Facebook. While all of them won’t be your ideal target customer, it’s still great to know that creating a company page on Facebook makes it possible for people from all over the world to find you.

Creating a Facebook page is free and provides you with tons of great features. You’ll be able to share contact information, videos, and other content. As you plan promotions and events, you’ll be able to post on your page and let your followers know what’s new with your business. If they come across a special they like, it might increase store traffic, especially if you’re able to demonstrate a need.

Verifying your page after you create one is also an option that enhances your legitimacy.

Verifying your page makes it easier for customers to find you.

To get started, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/create/

Tell Google to put you online

What do people do when they need to find a mechanic? They’ll search for one on Google, right? Correct. But let’s say that you don’t have a website. While you obviously won’t show up in the text search results, you have a chance of showing up in the Google business map results. That is, if you tell Google that you’re in the area.

Creating a Google business listing is similar to creating a company profile. Here, you’ll be able to add a phone number, hours and address. It’ll also allow customers to leave reviews on Google as well as show reviews left on your Facebook page. You’ll have to verify your business with a code they send you through a phone call or mail. It’s an easy process.

To get started, click here: https://www.google.com/business/

Summary

Setting up these profiles will take you 1 to 2 hours each. It’s worth the time. Do your best to completely fill them out with high quality pictures and information. If any of these help increase store traffic, let us know.

Keep in mind that bad ratings can result as well. If they do, try your best to respond quickly to show your superior customer service.

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