Yearly Recap for Easier Navigation – What’s Omniaveritas About?

Recently, we’re realized that we never put up an about page here on the site. That’s next on the list, but first we thought it might be more helpful for our readers if we created one top post that includes links to our top content. Sound good?

But before we leave you hanging, Omniaveritas is a blog for local business owners designed to help them get a much easier understanding of how to market themselves online. As we all know, having an online presence is something that just about every person has. That being said, local business owners must adapt to the modern times and keep up with how customers like to contact and hire them.

If that’s you, this post should really come in handy. If you’re someone that’s here to learn, this will benefit you too.

Here’s some of our top content on marketing online for local business owners.

Check Out These Case Studies for Reference As Well!

What Local Businesses Need to Know About Local Marketing

Here at Omniaveritas, we enjoy helping local business owners get a better understanding of how their business looks to their potential customers on the internet, if they can find them at all that is.

We always educate our clients and provide massive value up front before they make the final decision to do business with us. We would like to translate that same education to this blog and with that, create a blog post just for it.

So here it is, a post explaining the most important things that local business owners need to know about local marketing.

Citations are Crucial

Citations are listings of a business’ name, address, and phone number consistently on web directories. These include sites like SuperPages, YellowPages, and Angie’s List, and the more citations you have on quality, authoritative sites, the more of a chance a business has to rank in the Google 3 pack.

The businesses that are listed in the 3 pack have their name, address, and phone number not only listed on Google, but on other authority sites similar to it, which gives it more credibility and benefits rankings.

Links Help With Trust

Backlinks are links from other websites that link to your website. It’s ideal for local businesses to get backlinks from other businesses in the area, or the Chamber of Commerce.

Any site relevant to industry or location will be good for a local marketing campaign, and make the site appear more authoritative and trustworthy enough to qualify for top rankings.

Website Optimization

In order for the search engines to know what a site is about, it needs to be optimized to be discovered for a specific search.

This can be done with on-page optimization, and includes the process of including keywords naturally into the content of a website.


Local marketing can be quite successful if done right, and in a clean way. Having consistent, relative, and authoritative citations and backlinks alone can boost where a business ranks for multiple searches in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.


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Is Online Marketing Too Competitive?

The internet is obviously growing more and more as the days go by and with that, comes the growth of online search.

People already use the internet for many things, and now local products and services are increasing more than ever.

Think about it: With social media becoming more popular along with other websites, people are spending A LOT more time online. While they are at it, they are naturally going to grab their phone or tablet to search for a product or service they need. This is both good and bad news for business owners, but why?

It really doesn’t matter how much you do or don’t know though – it’s about what you do, and how consistent you do it, regardless of how competitive it may be online. In the real world, competition doesn’t matter; mastery of talent does. The more time you put in, the bigger the results you will see.

So in essence, who cares how competitive it is online?

Businesses MUST have an online presence in this day and age in order to stay in business – hands down. Period.

Phonebooks have lost their need, and even offline, direct marketing isn’t effective as it used to be. The internet is what it is all about, and if a business doesn’t have an online presence then it is sure to fail. If not now, then some time in the near future.

And if you can’t see that, sorry man, it’s going to be your loss.

Case Study #1: Nashville Business Increases By Big Numbers

This case study is about a company located in Nashville, Tennessee that was referred to us.

Before I got my hands on their web presence, they were really lagging behind in comparison to their competition, and boy is there a lot of competition. In a city like Nashville, companies certainly need to apply online local marketing in order to just compete, let alone bring in any of the share of customers that are searching online for the service.

So what did I do to help them? Well, let me enlighten you!

5 Steps to Local Marketing Success

I’m about to list for you the basic foundation of a successful online marketing campaign. In a city like Nashville, some of these steps should be implemented in greater quantities because of the city size.

Generally, the bigger the city which means more competition, which means you need to do more than the others to get to the top and stay there.

Step #1: Get a basic listing on both Google and Bing

Along with Yahoo, Google and Bing and the most used search engines by consumers. Get one on both sites, and be sure to optimize each description to include keywords related to the service/product and location. i.e. Nashville, tree service, limo rental, rug cleaning, etc…

Step #2: Build Citations to match Google and Bing listings

Your Google and Bing listings will count as what’s referred to in local marketing as a citation, which is the listing of it’s name, address, and phone number all over the web. The more citations a business has, the more likely it is to be listed in the Google map listings when people search for local services.

Step #3: Optimize the website to make it easy for customers and search engines to locate it

To make a website easier to find, it needs to be optimized for both search engines and customers to find. This means it needs to have the words and phrases on it that customers are using to search for a service so that the search engines know where to place it in the results. If people can’t find your company, you probably aren’t going to make many sales online.

Step #4: Make it obvious for customers to want to utilize the service or product they are searching for

Just because people can find a website though, doesn’t mean they will stick around. Your website needs to have contact information to make it easy for you to be contacted, contain informative content that answers questions, and help people in some way. Everything needs to be simple to digest or else that back button will get clicked often.

Step #5: Acquire local and relevant links

Links are what power websites and basically give them a vote. When you earn a link from a website it serves as a vote, which sends a signal to search engines like Google and Bing that your website is a good source for it’s niche. If enough websites that are relevant to the industry and location are linking to a website, it’s a good sign to the search engines that it is credible and one of the best options for a result.

Nashville Case Study Conclusion

After applying these basic steps, this Nashville business increased it’s bottom line and the amount of interest it generated online each month in comparison to the competition. It’s amazing what a process like this can do for a local company, and especially one that has no idea what they are doing when it comes to marketing online.

If you like this case study let me know and I will do what I can to bring you more content like it. I myself like case studies and feel that they are a great way to learn more about a topic. Talk later.

Why Google Business Listings Are Critical to Crushing Your Competition

Google has become the 800 pound gorilla for search. Sure, people still use Bing, Yahoo, and many others, but most searches start with the big G. Because of this, it’s more important than ever for local businesses to have at least a basic Google My Business listing. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well that’s exactly what I’m about to explain in this article.

How Google Map Listings Function

If you have ever performed a Google search for a product or service in your location, you have probably seen 3 listings in a little box above all of the other listings. These are called map listings, and the three companies that are listed in them get a surge of calls and inquiries above the other ones in their industry. And it’s obvious why. They can easily see reviews, the business’ phone number, how close the company is to their location, and what services they provide.

You have to reminder that people are busy these days and also impatient. This typically leads them to select what is practical, and Google map listings are just that.

Some people will go a bit further and look at all of the organic listings, which in simple English means the ten websites listed on the first page of Google when you search for something.

The Importance of Google Map Listings For Better Business

As you may have already been able to see, it can be quite beneficial to have a top three listing in the Google maps.

Not only will this attract more business inquires, but it creates a new level of trust on a subconscious level. Think about it: what makes these three businesses good enough to be placed here above all of the rest? Sure, some people will look past the top three listings but for the most part, those wanting to move fast mostly choose one of the “best.”

Ultimately, whoever is at the top will receive most of the lion’s share of business; it’s all in the numbers.

What’s the Best Way to Market Online?

There are many different ways to market a business online. Most work, but only if you work them. The bigger catch is though, you have to put work into mastering one, maybe two at a time – Otherwise, you may not see such a successful marketing strategy.

Our experts have tried just about every way to market you can think of, including social media, video, blogging, SEO, paid ads, and so much more. In that time of experience, we have concluded what works best for specific types of business models, and the best methods of implementation.

All of this leads us to this blog post today in which we are going to share our favorite way to market online.

This answer may be a little broad and non-satisfactory to many, but that’s okay.

So then what is the best way to market online?

The answer, my friends, is organic SEO.

SEO stands for search engine optimization, and in this instance, organic simply means that you assume the position is a natural way. i.e: relevant & trustworthy links, shared content.

Organic SEO can take much longer than paid or social media marketing, but it brings a much great ROI and can work for you for years.

Proper organic search engine optimization yields a coveted position at the top of the results when potential customers perform a relevant search. This means more traffic to a website and increased conversions (if the site is compelling, of course,) all without doing any work.

A well-positioned website is like a billboard that advertises for you 24/7. Organic SEO can help accomplish this. But what does the organic SEO process look like? Well, it can be a little complicated, but here’s a preview:

1.) Organic SEO mostly surrounds the optimization of a website. Essentially, what your site says along with what other websites are saying about that site.

In English, this means that it the content on it talks about the service or product being provided along with the location, and there is a decent amount of content in place.

Other websites that talk about your website provide a “vote.” Meaning, when another website links to yours, it provides a vote of confidence and in return, a higher position in the SERPS.

2.) Organic SEO depends on views from visitors in order to stay on top. Not only does a site need views though, it needs views that last more than just a few seconds.

In order to make visitors want to stay on a site longer, they need to be able to find what they are looking for, and fast. This means that a site should have content that answers questions, informs potential customers, and should include a call-to-action that compels them to become a customer.

This subject obviously goes a lot deeper but for now, we don’t want to sound too confusing.

We hope you got a basic understanding of organic SEO, and will stick around for future follow up posts.

Explained: Why Local Businesses Need Mobile-Friendly Websites

Have you ever been out in public and taken notice of the hoards of people that seem to have their cell phone glued to a part of their body or two?

While this is not really a good thing, it serves as a good illustration of how often people really use their cell phones, which includes for searching for local services. Ahem, this means you mister local business owner.

With this ‘fad’ becoming more popular in the coming years, it’s more important than ever for owners of local businesses to make sure their websites are mobile-friendly. Buy why?

First things first, Google -the largest and most common used search engine – is designed for human search, and to make their experience the best possible. This means that if a search is happening from a mobile device, the results returned to the user will only be sites that are optimized for mobile search, which can translate to a lot of lost business.

This reason alone is important enough make the decision to move to mobile.

If you want people to have a good user experience on your website, meaning:

  • They don’t have to scroll up, down and all around just to access your information
  • They can easily tell what your services your business offers and the locations you serve
  • They can easily contact you to request a quote or schedule a service

Then you are going to have to be more than sure that your website operates well on mobile devices of all shapes and sizes.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you currently have a website that is mobile-friendly, you can easily use Google’s free testing tool to find out.

Is it Necessary to Market a Business Online?

This is one of the biggest topics on the minds of most business owners these days and is something that I get asked about a lot, therefore, I decided it would be beneficial to provide a simple answer.

In short, the answer is yes. So allow me to explain.

If we look at how fast technology is growing and the large numbers of people that are using it to access information at their fingertips, we can see a demand from that alone to be found online. Think about it.

Yes many people may still use local newspapers, magazines and other forms of advertisement to get more business, but that’s just marketing to far and few that either don’t want to use technology or they just know a better way. Either way though, it doesn’t include the majority of people which ARE using the internet to meet their needs.

So in a sort of long-winded response, yes; it’s becoming a necessity for companies to have an online presence but not just that, an online presence that is visible to potential customers.

3 Big Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

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Searching for a local business on the internet now far outweighs doing a search in the phone book, wouldn’t you agree?

Sure, many offline marketing models are still slightly effective and so are word-of-mouth referrals. But for most people, it’s just easier to search online.

With that being said, it’s now more important than ever for small business owners to consider their presence online; how many reviews they have, how many places customers can actually find them, etc. Otherwise they are going to have a hard time competing the other similar companies in the area that do.

So here are 3 big tips to help you get started today.

1. ) Get on Google

At the very least, small businesses need a Google Local listing. Over 70 percent of local search starts in Google, and the majority of those searchers will see the top three Google listings first which you guessed it, brings them a huge chunk of search.

To get a Google listing, simply go to the Google browser and scroll to the bottom of the search engine where you will see a clickable link labeled ‘Business.” Or simply do a Google search for ‘Google My Business’ and then click get started.

2.) Have a Website That Converts Well

Not all searchers will just use Google to find the information they’re looking for. Many will push past the local results to the organic ones, meaning the list of the ten websites on the first page of the search results, that are listing beneath the local listings and ads.

Many people want more information about a company, their prices, even work history, so you need a website that contains all of this. More importantly, you need:

  • A clear, visible phone number at the top of the site
  • A contact form for people to request info. through as an alternate method than phone
  • A list of services offered, and reviews and testimonials from previous customers always help

3.) Be Listing Where Your Customers Are Searching

If you have ever performed a search for a local service yourself, you may have seen organic listings than include Yelp, Yellowpages, Angie’s List, BBB, Superpages, Thumbtack, etc.

These are all known as third-party directory sites, but matter a lot because they are well-known websites that customers are constantly leaving reviews on, which will definitely matter to people that are considering your services.

With these sites being increasingly important, it’s a good to have your business listed on all of them to kill two birds with one stone. Let me explain.

  1. Being listing on these sites means that when other people use them for search, your business can be found.
  2. These websites are so authoritative and popular, not to mention important, that they show up on most first page search results for local services in any location throughout the United States. This gives you twice the chance for people to find your listing on this platform.

Being listing in more places gives people the perception that your business is trustworthy, seeing that it’s listed on all of these trusted websites.

I hope you’re starting to see the bigger picture.

What Should I Do Online as a Local Business Owner?

Remember back in the day when all you could do to find a local business was pick up the phone book or get a referral from a family member or friend? Yeah, well those days are about gone.

Sure, people still get referrals from loved ones but for the most part, they turn to the internet. And why not when they have a mobile device right by their side?

Because of this, owners of local companies should be on their toes about getting their business listed where their customers are searching. In English, this means that they need to have their name, address, phone number, and website, placed on the websites that customers are using to search for local products and services.

This is where business owners need to invest more time or money, meaning time to learn how to do the task themselves, or money to pay a professional to build and manage it for them. And from experience, it’s usually much easier to hire someone rather than try to gain the skill yourself not to mention, it takes away a huge learning curve.

So then what should local business owners be doing online to build a presence?

Summing up from what was just mentioned, business owners either need to find someone to help them with a quick Google search, or do many more searches in order to learn the skill of local marketing for themselves.

It won’t always cost as much as it may seem to hire a professional, but it is a lot more worth it in the end. Think about it; owners of businesses like tree and carpet cleaning companies specialize in what they do, so why would they even flinch at the idea of paying a professional to do a job like this.

If you are someone that is dead set on trying to figure things out for yourself though, here is a rough outline of what you should be doing online to gain more exposure for yourself in hopes of attracting more customers and sales.

  • Get a basic Google my Business listing and optimize it around your service’s products, keywords, and location. The important thing here is to get the NAP listed, which translates to name, address, phone number. – this my friend, is one of the most important things to have in place.
  • Use the exact same NAP to build more citations (also known as mentions of your business) on other 3rd party web directories. Examples of these include Yelp, Foursquare, City-Search, Facebook, and well, you get the picture. THIS is also a crucial part of what determines the amount of exposure a business receives online.
  • Try to find the websites of other local companies in the area, and see if you can work out a link arrangement. Just like you need web directories talking about your local site, you also need links from relevant, authoritative websites. These essentially count as votes and as you can guess, more votes can equal more exposure.

I know, I know – this is a LOT of information to take in at once, but it’s important to know if you need to marketing a local company online.

See why we suggested hiring someone to do this for you? 😉