What an interesting topic? Almost as interesting as discussing the weather on June 3rd, 1963.
Well, I had an interesting call with Yext folks once again. Paying up to $25.00 per call for quality leads is not asking for too much, unless you can get them for less by a qualified local search engine marketing firm. A client has a Yext account. Why you ask? Because sometimes SEO agencies don’t or are not capbable of serving “bold listing” and “HS ad” type budgets. This is why YEXT is such a good offer. They gamble on the search marketer skills in-house by providing result within a margin and aggregate traffic amongst all the different listing sites, such as SuperPages.com, Yp.com, CitySearch, AllTheWeb, Local.com, etc. Most small search marketing agencies focus on Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, and Bing. Sometimes, especially in rural markets, the value of local directories with older and less experienced computer users, the directory sites can provide a greater value. Competitive markets that have populations over 200k drive up cost by aggressive advertisers and amount of advertising competiton as well as standard bid minimums and less volume to justify monthly media service fees.
So…. what is the fate? Better focus on driving quality traffic to you directory. I think print will still be fragmented with competition and .com will be all about customer traffic, managing traffic, and cost per aquisition or lead.
That is why going from 20 million UVs (unique visitors) to 8 million is such a big deal!
If you think a sales model is the future of the internet you are DUMB or a liar. Traffic driving lead aggregators, search engines, local search companies will saturate the local smb market. The company that wins adapts a service oriented holistic approach.
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