Local communities are still unique, even in a connected digital world. Content marketing success depends on your ability to adapt your content to local audiences.
You need to learn the local language and SEO and communicate understandably. You’ll be able to adapt your content to any locality and have a recipe for content marketing success in all markets.
Here are some quick tips:
Optimize your content for local searches.
To communicate, choose a language that is representative of the local culture.
Connect with your community online and offline.
Start with Search
A classic movie quote says that if you don’t build it, it won’t come unless they know where your local office is located. Your customers must find you online, whether your business is small, regional, or large, with multiple offices and franchises around the country.
Most people search online for the things they are looking for today. Most people search online for what they need, and often, this search takes place from their phones or homes. Content Marketing Institute’s Paul Sanders advises optimizing local search for keywords that locals use to find your product should be your first step.
To find out which keywords drive local traffic to your content, look at your content and social media analytics. Do some research about what your local customers call your products. If you own a Steak n’ Shake restaurant in New England, chances are that your customers won’t search for your products using the term “milkshake.” Instead, they’ll use “frappe.”
This is just one example of many localisms found in the country. Similar linguistic deviations can be found in other countries. To be at the top of local search results, it pays to learn what they are.
Incorporate local communities into your content
You should include the names of local communities within your content. Avoid awkward keyword phrases like “best plumber company Pittsburgh PA.” Natural language is better. Google’s search engines can recognize local signals if you include your address where it should be.
Participate in your Community
Your blog can be a virtual megaphone to promote local charities and events. Your reputation and search results will improve if you align your products and services more closely with the event’s purpose.
The New England Steak ‘n’ Shake might sponsor a milkshake contest. Hospital personnel might be interested in free blood pressure checks at local festivals. This will ensure that your keywords don’t appear like you are promoting products or services. These keywords will go along with your post.
Create local buyer personas
You can use the data you have gathered and the information that your community outreach has gleaned to create local buyers’ personas. Create a portrait for each segment of your local market.
To fill in the details, use their demographics, places, hopes and pain points, and online behavior. Your buyer persona will be more “real” to your content team if you have more information.