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Getting Started With Local Service Ads

September 29th, 2019

Local service ads have been gaining traction over the last several years. While initially only available in select markets, this year Google is making local service ads available across the country and for some select categories like plumbing, HVAC, and locksmiths, in Canada. Local service ads are great for generating local leads. As a plumber, if you are just getting started or thinking about getting started with local service ads, here is what you need to know. 

 

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What Are Local Service Ads

Local service ads are the ads the display at the top of search results. This means that local service ads get the best visibility in serps. When you utilize local service ads you create search criteria based off of your industry, location, and business specifics, when a search query matches the criteria, your ad eligible to be displayed. Local service ads display the business’s name, rating, location, and contact information. The contact information is what is key, as the phone number displays as a click to call icon, making it easy for people to contact potential service providers right from their smartphones. This is important because more than half of local searches take place on mobile devices.

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How Effective Are Local Service Ads

Local service ads are effective at generating leads for plumbers for several reasons. As we mentioned above they appear at the top of search results, which is prime real estate. In addition to prime visibility, relativity is also a factor. Google only wants to provide search queries with relevant search results, so as a result only qualified ads will appear in the search results. This makes for a better experience for the user and the advertiser. Lastly Google, also offers a Google guarantee, which backs the service provider in the event something goes wrong. There are a few stipulations, however it is designed to give customers some peace of mind when hiring a service provider. To qualify for the Google guarantee:

  • All technicians must undergo a no cost background check performed by Google’s provider.local service ads

  • Recertification will occur periodically.

  • New hires and legal issues that may affect eligibility must be brought to the attention of the background company. 

  • All license and insurance requirements must be met.

Also keep in mind that the Google guarantee badge may only be used with Google local service ads, any external use is prohibited. 

 

Ranking Factors

As with all things Google, there are certain ranking factors that come into play when determining how ads rank. For starters, your rating plays an important role. Service providers with good reviews and good ratings are more likely to rank better than service providers who don’t have any ratings or have poor reviews. Another thing Google takes into consideration is your proximity to the user. These are local service ads, local being the operative word. Your responsiveness to inquiries is also a factor. This means if you get right back to potential customers right away, you have a more favorable rating with Google. 

 

How Does Google Charge

Local service ads are not pay per click but pay per lead ads. If contact is made with a customer through a local service ad, then Google considers it a lead. Contact could mean a text, email, voicemail, or live call from a customer. The price per lead depends on the industry and location. The cost per lead could be less that $10 or as much as $100, it depends on how competitive the market is. For most plumbers, the cost per lead hovers around $20-$30. 

 

Establishing Your Profile

Relativity is important for both the customer and the service provider, so it is important to make sure you create an accurate profile. Be sure to provide accurate information about your business. Consider information like your hours of operation, the locations you service, and the types of service you offer. The more accurate you are the better quality leads you will receive. 

 

Looking to get started with local service ads? We can help! Grow Plumbing specializes in plumbing marketing and can help you with setting up and managing your Google local services ads account. To learn more contact Grow Plumbing today! 

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Coming Soon! Google Local Services Ads Coming to a City Near You!

April 20th, 2018

 

We’ve been talking about Google Home Services for some time now. Recently Google began to incorporate other services that take place outside of the home, into their Google Home Services platform. This allows for more industries to take advantage of the benefits offered by Google Home Service ads. If you are just tuning in, you may be wondering how Google Local Services ads vary from traditional adwords. Here is the breakdown and how you can benefit from running Google Local Services ads.

 

How Do Local Services Ads Show Up in Search?

One of the biggest questions people have about Local Services ads, is how do they show up in search? Local services ads appear at the top of search results, where the sponsored ads previously appeared. There are 3 ads that are presented, which meet the search criteria specified. Google has tried to present the most relevant search results for users, and instead of referring the traffic out to other sites, like Yelp or Angie’s List, they have resorted to created service provider ads that are accessible and accurate to the query.

 

How Do I Get Involved?

In order to run Local Services ads, service providers need to apply. There is also the Google Guarantee that requires a background check on all technicians. Proof of licensing and insurance is also required. Google also requires service providers to update any employee information and periodically, re-certify that all information is accurate and up to date. The Google Guarantee backs the services performed, with some restrictions. The Google Guarantee appears as a badge on the ad.

 

Ranking Factors

There are a couple of things that Google takes into consideration when it comes to which ads get featured. One of the most important things is proximity to user, as well as accuracy in terms of the search criteria. In addition, Google also takes Google Local Services adsinto consideration your reputation on Google Local. If you have a Google Local account, take an inventory of your reviews and ratings. Service providers with the highest rankings, will take preference. Also make sure all of your business information is accurate. Your posted hours of operation can also have an effect on if your ad gets featured or not.

 

Where Google Local Services Ads are Available

Over the last year, Google has been adding more and more cities to their Home Services ads portfolio. The goal is to have Local Services ads available nationwide by the end of the year. With that being said the current list of cities Google Local Services ads are available in are:

  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • Stockton
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta
  • Seattle
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Miami
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Orlando – Daytona – Melbourne
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • San Antonio
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa – St Petersburg – Sarasota
  • Dallas
  • Charlotte
  • Cincinnati
  • Atlanta
  • Detroit

 

 

 

Cities that are coming soon include:

  • Columbus
  • Milwaukee
  • Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek
  • Oklahoma City
  • Birmingham
  • Louisville
  • Harrisburg – Lancaster – Lebanon-York Albuquerque – Santa Fe
  • Richmond-Petersburg
  • Greensboro – High Point – Winston Salem
  • Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News
  • Ft. Myers – Naples
  • Memphis
  • Dayton
  • Columbia
  • Charleston
  • Tulsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Local Services adsLearn more about how you can take advantage of the amazing benefits of running Google Local Services ads. As well as how you can leverage your current Google Local strategy to position you for success! Tune into Grow Plumbing’s webinar on Google Local Services ads next Fri. April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PST. Contact Grow Plumbing to learn more!

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Are Reviews Going to Be the Key for Google Home Services?

January 25th, 2018

 

Google has been slowly releasing Google Home Services across the nation. Currently it is only available in select cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix to name a few. As Google Home Services starts to take momentum, and google home serviceswe think it well in the very near future, how can you set yourself up for success? One key thing, that we think will have a lot of pull in determining your success and ranking factor with Google Home Services is your online credibility, more importantly your reviews.

 

Purpose

The whole point of Google Home Services is to keep users on Google, as opposed to referring them out to other sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. What Google has found, is that by converting business listings into Google Home Service ads, they can accomplish several things: A) Keep searchers on Google and B) connect plumbers and other service professionals with customers. It looks like a win win for Google, as they will be providing more relevant search results faster and without referring the traffic out, and they will be able to increase their ad revenue with service professional customers.

 

How Does This Affect Search?

This is going to have an affect on search in several different ways. Instead of side ads, Google Home Service ads will be at the top of the screen. There will be 3 service professionals to choose from. Once connected with a potential customer, Google will assign a custom tracking number for that customer, so that they can keep track of the transaction. Google is also offering a guarantee on Home Services transactions. Customers may be more inclined to trust Google Home Services ads, as opposed to other plumbing companies that appear in search organically.

 

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Online Reputation

The reviews you have with Google, will be a huge determining factor in how they present your company with Home Service ads. Once you are set up with Home Services, there are also going to be separate reviews associated with your Home Services account. If you are just getting started and you want to grab the bull by the horns, we suggest soliciting your existing customers for reviews now. Include a link to your Google Local page on all your marketing pieces, in your emails, and promote it on social media. Follow up with your customers after a job is completed with an email and a link. Make it easy for them. The more favorable reviews and the volume of reviews will help Google determine how relevant your business is. This will help them bestow more favor to your listing. This is their reputation as well, they want to make sure that users get the best possible experience by providing them with trustworthy and credible home services professionals.

 

To learn more about getting started with Google Home Services contact Grow Plumbing today!

 

 

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The Benefits of Google Home Services

December 15th, 2017

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As a plumber attempting to grow plumbing business, placing ads with Google is a logical step. Over the last year, Google has been rolling out Google Home Services, an extension of Google Adwords for home service providers. What this does is it connects customers with the services they need more quickly, more efficiently, and more effectively. For customers and Google, it seems like a win, and in fact it is actually a win for plumbers using the service as well.

 

How it Benefits Customers

As technology improves, customers are looking for more direct, more relevant, and faster results. When a customer performs a search, they want to be connected to accurate data right away. Google Home Service ads put customers in touch with home service providers that meets their specified query. This saves time, which ultimately pleases the customer. If they don’t have to be referred out to a different site, but can simply select a worthy service provider from the list that Google provides, then they save time and solves their problem efficiently.

 

How it Benefits Google

By improving the users experience, and giving users what they want faster and more effectively, Google stifles the competition. As more interactive technology is developed,google home services Google is looking to be more than just a search engine. Over the last several years, Google has dabbled in the tech industry, releasing the Pixel phone and the Google Home Smart Speaker Assistant. As the demand for this type of technology increases, you better believe that Google wants a piece of the pie. Google wants to seamlessly provide the most relevant search results via Google products. Google Home Services is a way for Google to improve their search results, and keep customers on Google longer, in addition to delivering via voice activated smart products.

 

How it Benefits Plumbers

Plumbers looking to gain exposure, would be wise to take advantage of the benefits of Google Home Services. It connects plumbers with customers who are in need of their services, but more importantly, it provides plumbers with QUALITY leads. Instead of generating leads from all over, it narrows it down to a very specific group of people who would likely become a customer. In addition, as we mentioned above, Google Home Services syncs with Smart speakers and smart phones. It allows for plumbers to be visible to mobile users, which lets face it, most people take to their smart phones these days in lieu of their desktop computers. Mobile visibility is crucial to remaining competitive.

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Looking to Get Started with Google Home Services?

If you are looking to get started with Google Home Services, let Grow Plumbing help you! We specialize in online plumbing marketing, and can help you set up your Google Home Services campaign. Learn more here.

 

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