Do you own a local services business? Would you like to book more jobs on autopilot? Consider investing in Google Local Service Ads.
In this article, we explain what Google Local Service Ads are, where they're available, why they're so beneficial to service professionals like yourself, how to get started with this powerful marketing channel, and three ways you can improve your results.
Google Local Service Ads: A definition
Local Service Ads, often referred to as LSAs, are online advertisements that allow local business owners to promote their services to customers within a specific geographical area.
Type "Plumbers Los Angeles, CA" into Google. Go ahead, we'll wait.
What did you see? You should have seen a headline at the top of Google's search results that said, "50+ Plumbers Nearby". And beneath that, you should have seen three small boxes, each containing information about a different plumber in the Los Angeles area.
These are local service ads. Click on any of the boxes and you'll be taken to that company's business details page to learn more about the services they offer, how to contact them, etc.
The benefits of Google LSAs:
We won't beat around the bush—yes, Google Local Service Ads can be wildly beneficial to service businesses. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect to enjoy if you use LSAs:
Unlike other online advertising platforms, Google doesn't charge businesses per impression or click. With LSAs, you only pay for actual leads generated. This means that, in general, LSAs are an incredibly affordable marketing channel for local service providers.
Google will only show your LSAs to potential customers who live in your service zones. For example, if you offer HVAC services in Phoenix, AZ, your LSAs will only be shown to people who use Google to search for HVAC techs in the Valley of the Sun.
Built-in trust with customers
Finally, LSAs make it super easy to build trust with potential customers. Here's how:
- Google reviews: Every LSA you create will include your company's Google rating, meaning searchers will be able to see what other customers think of your business before contacting you. As long as you have a solid Google rating, this will help you build trust with people in your area. We'll talk more about reviews in a later section.
- Google guarantee: Google offers local service businesses the ability to earn Google Guarantee badges, AKA green check marks that appear in LSAs. The Google Guarantee is important because it signals to potential customers that your business has been screened and verified by Google, automatically making it more trustworthy.
Get started with Google Local Service Ads
Ready to get started with Google Local Service Ads? Follow these four steps to create your first LSA and to begin connecting with local customers who need exactly what you offer!
Check your eligibility
LSAs are only available to specific kinds of businesses, in certain areas of the country. So the first thing you need to do is check the eligibility of your company, which you can do here.
While LSAs are available to a wide range of service businesses, and in most major cities in the US, there's a chance that your business won't qualify. Don't worry! Google is working to expand the reach of LSAs. Hopefully, your company will be eligible soon!
Create a business profile
It's important to realize that your company's LSA profile is different from it's Google Business Profile. As such, you'll need to create a separate account to run LSAs.
It's pretty easy. All you have to do is tell Google the name of your business and where it's located, the services you provide, how potential customers can contact you, etc. You can also highlight specific aspects of your business to help it stand out from the competition.
For example, you can tell Google that your business is locally owned and operated or that it offers military discounts. Google will then include these things in your business details page.
Add business paperwork
Next, Google will ask you for proof that your business is licensed and insured. Without these things, you won't be able to earn the Google Guaranteed badge we talked about earlier.
Make sure your paperwork is accurate and up-to-date before you upload it. That way you don't cause unnecessary delays. If your local region requires additional licenses, be sure to include them at this stage of the sign-up process as well.
Complete a background check
Finally, submit to a full background check.
Google doesn't want to send creepers to meet innocent people. So they partner with Pinkerton to make sure every business using the LSA platform is legitimate and trustworthy. (The background checks are completely free for businesses, in case you were wondering.)
And that's it! Once you successfully complete these four steps, Google will approve your business and allow you to start running local service ads.