You’ve probably taken a look at your competitors’ websites to see how your peers are faring online. One thing you notice over and over again is a prominent 800 number at the top of each of your competitors’ websites. It doesn’t make sense; some of these practices don’t do business outside the city, and many are small, sole-proprietor outfits. Why would they need a toll-free listing—and does it give them an advantage over you?
What You Need to Know About Call Tracking
As all of our clients know, it is just as important to know where your customers are coming from as it is to know which marketing efforts are working. Call tracking kills both birds with one stone: it allows you to see at a glance the locations of your customers, as well as which marketing campaigns have directed them to contact you.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should trade in your local number for a toll-free line. Using only an 800 number can hurt your local SEO results, but just focusing on a local audience can knock you down a few pages in search results—especially if you live in a large city. So what should you do?
Here are our tips to using call tracking while strengthening your local SEO:
- Check your NAP. The easiest way to protect your local search results listing is to make sure that your name, address, and phone number (NAP) are consistent everywhere they appear online. (Note: free services such as Yext can help you make sure your listings are consistent across the board.) Listing all of your different toll-free phone numbers will confuse Google’s algorithms, negatively impacting your SEO. While you should include a trackable toll-free number with each marketing campaign, the toll-free number should never be listed as part of your local office information.
- Optimize locally. Your online presence will be much stronger if you have a local phone number (and geo-specific keywords that easily point users to your location), but augment your local presence with call tracking. Your content should have the right blend of engaging content and keywords, as well as a consistent, site-wide footer with your local phone number and address. This helps tag each page of your site with consistent NAP information, reinforcing your local presence in Google results.
- Set up multiple offline tracking numbers. If you are running print ads, TV or radio campaigns, or are renting billboard space, you should have a different tracking number for each source. This allows you to see which particular ad led to each client inquiry—and since the phone numbers are not listed online, your local SEO will not be affected.
Find Out If Your Marketing Is Working Against You With a Free Website Analysis
If call tracking is used correctly, it can be a huge boon to your business, and help you decide where your marketing dollars are best spent. However, if you haven’t seen a return on your investment, we can help you find out why. A part of our free website analysis, we will scan your site and listings to determine exactly what's working and what's not, allowing you to make instant, effective changes. Call 888-886-0939 today for a free evaluation of your website.