Google Voice + Google Local Listing Ads = The perfect local advertising combination for Dallas Small Businesses

October 29, 2009

Introducing Google VoiceGoogle Voice call blocking limited, company says only 100 phone numbers do not have call connectivity.

As I said in my previous post about the impact of Google’s latest move into the business telephone business. I believe that Google Voice will be a great source of call tracking in the future if they allow you to purchase additional phone numbers. I am hoping that they incorporate this in the Local Listing Ads they are testing in a San Diego and San Fransisco.

I also think it would be great if Google offered some sort of phone number search in the near future as well as a “listed number title option” that can be indexed in Google Local Listings and Ads. This would be a very powerful strategy to dominate the local search market and keep up with Search at the same time.

Easy sales pitch for Google and a much harder one for resellers such as Idearc Media (Superpages.com), AT&T YellowPages.com, ReachLocal.com, Yodle.com and other big corporate resellers in my opinion. I am anxious to see what takes place in the next 12 months! Google is getting very aggressive with rolling out offering that help local SMB’s…… my future clients will rejoice!

Here is the preview for the Local Listing Ads.

Now available in San Francisco and San Diego, Listing Ads in Local Business Center allows business owners to easily advertise locally on Google. The first 30 days are free, and there’s no work after you set up your account. Visit google.com/lbc to get started
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New Dallas Business Phone Numbers: Google Voice is sending out invites…the future of advertising call tracking

October 29, 2009

Google Voice number to track yellow pages call counts

Google Voice is currently available by invite only. Request an invite

Use Google Voice with your existing numbernew! and get:

  • Google voicemail: voicemail like email
  • Voicemail transcription: read what your voicemail says
  • Custom greetings: vary voicemail greetings by caller
  • International calling: low cost calls to the world
  • Notifications: read voicemail messages via email or SMS
  • Share voicemails: forward, embed, or download voicemails

Add a Google number to get these additional features:

  • One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones
  • Free SMS: send, receive & store text messages online
  • Block calls: send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
  • Record calls: record phone calls and store them online
  • Conference calls: join several people into a single call
  • Screen callers: hear who is calling before you pick up

Watch videos of these features in action »

Google Voice is now sending out invites

Google Voice

Google Voice is a service that enhances the existing capabilities of your phone numbers. With it, you can access your voicemail online, read automatic transcriptions of your voicemail, create personalized greetings based on who is calling, make cheap international calls, and more.

Google Voice is currently invitation only. Please leave us your email address and we’ll send you an invite as they become available.

When can I sign up?
Once you receive a Google Voice invite, you’re ready to get started. You can use an existing Google Account, or create a new one.

What if I reserved a number on the GrandCentral site before?
We will be emailing you when Google Voice is open to the public to sign up for the service.

How much does it cost?
The service is free.

What do I do if I am already a GrandCentral user?
Instructions are at the top of your inbox on how to upgrade your GrandCentral account to Google Voice.

So, what does all this mean to you as a business owner in Dallas?
I have a hunch that in the near future Google will be tying many of the recent announcements together. The new Local Listings Ads, Local Map listing analytics, Google Voice (used to track conversions and calls) and Adwords. This combined with Google Display ads and the fact that Google may shift away from high rankings for Interactive Yellow Pages sites (the sites are already declining in popularity due to Google Maps) and we have a definite winner for local Dallas area business owner! ROI based advertising. No more spending monthly budgets on advertising that may or may not produce a great ROI. At least this is my 2 cents!