In the first month, we started by researching and creating a keyword strategy that focused on local kevwords and buying intent. For example, our client's website ranks in the top spot for "pizza + location·:
Ranking for keywords that are based on geolocation is important for searches via mobile phones because these potential customers are often in the process of choosing a restaurant and have real buying intent. Up to half of all local searches via mobile device result in the searcher visiting the restaurant or store within the day.
We then focused on setting up the restaurant on popular business review sites and data aggregators. Specifically, Google My Business, Bing Local, YellowPages.com and Yelp plus up to 30 more sites that were relevant to the restaurant niche and our location.
Critical to the review site and local citation strategy, was ensuring that the name, address, and phone number (NAP) were accurate and consistent across review sites, their Facebook profile, and their website. Consistent NAP data is a ranking factor for Google's local search results. 93% of search results with local intent (search query includes a location) see Google's local results.
In the second month of the campaign and beyond, we continue building local citations which help give Google a clearer picture of our client's business and their locations. Local citations and review sites also provide an avenue for the restaurant to engage with their customers which can really help to drive new customers to the establishment.