SEO isn’t just for national businesses. Many consumers are searching for local companies online, and these searches eventually lead to a purchase. In fact, according to Google, 28% of searches for something nearby result in a purchase. Local SEO, or optimizing your website for local search results, can also be a valuable digital marketing tactic for businesses that operate in specific geographic locations, such as brick-and-mortar stores, restaurants, and other service-based business.

Your Brand Persona and Target Audience. When you eventually start creating content, you have to know who you’re talking to and tailor your brand voice to appeal to them uniquely. If you aren’t targeting the right audience (those people who will lean in to hear what you’re saying), you won’t find success. And, if you can’t find a way to stand out, you’ll blend into the hordes of other brands competing for attention in your industry.

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