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by Bob Ruffolo Bob Ruffolo on July 20, 2012

What Marketers Need to Know: How to Get Free Advertising on Google

July 20, 2012

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If you run a small or medium-sized business, chances are that you’re already running on a fairly small marketing budget.  All marketers know how you can go about getting paid advertising on Google, but what about free advertising on Google?  Google offers the unique ability to marketers of all experience levels to take advantage of some free ad space on Google mostly by using tools like Google Maps or Google Local.


Google Map Statistics


Getting on Google Maps is one of the smartest things that marketers and business owners can do for a business.  In 2012 HubSpot released some great statistics on Google Maps that prove its importance online:



  • Google Maps has over 150 mobile users (Android phones and many other smartphones are now instantly equipped with a Google Map app) and is 40% mobile

  • Google GPS globally saves drivers 2 years every single day with their “route around traffic” function

  • 20% of Google searches (which equates to 600 million searches per day) are for local information


The website “Builtwith” also regularly gathers information on the number of websites that have incorporated Google Maps into their own websites and there is a clear increase from even one year ago to June 15 2012 with the amount of businesses utilizing Google Maps.  Why is this important?  Because it shows that companies are recognizing the importance of Google Maps, both in accommodating their visitors and helping increase site traffic.


Before you Get Started…


Before you can start getting that free ad space on Google, here’s what you’ll need to do:



  • Come up with a good description of your business.  Be clear, concise, and straight-forward

  • Have your address, phone number, email address, and any other contact information on hand and ready to share

  • Make sure that a logo or an image that will represent your business is being included.  If you don’t have a logo yet, include a picture of your storefront or office

  • Include a coupon or a special promotional offer if you’d like.  Google allows you to also share these offers instantly with mobile users for a free trial period.


How to Claim your Free Ad Space on Google


Once you have the above information all ready to go, here’s how you can go about getting onto Google for free:



  1. Hit up Google Local (www.google.com/local) and run a quick search for your business.  This is to make sure that your company’s not yet listed

  2. Once on the page, click on the link for “Put your business on Google Maps” on the left-hand side of the page.  If you don’t yet have a Google account, you’ll be prompted to create one.

  3. Google will then take you through the steps you’ll need to create your free ad space on Google Maps

  4. Though your Google Maps account will not be set up instantly, make sure you check back within a week or two to ensure that it was listed properly.


If you want to update your listing, you can easily do so through the steps above.  All it will require of you is to log in and you can go from there.


Free Analytical Information


As with almost every tool that Google offers, they throw in free statistical information that will help you gauge the effectiveness of your free advertising online.  You’ll be able to check out things like the “top search queries” used to find your business, your total amount of impressions, how many clicks were made for more info on Google Maps and so on.  All information is also presented with a visual graphic.


Capitalize on Local SEO


One other point that we should mention is that if you really want to make use of Google applications that cater to local businesses, you need to make sure that your site and content is optimized for local search engine optimization.  You can use tools like the HubSpot keyword tool or the Google keyword tool to help you determine which keywords and phrases will help you rank the highest in Google.  For information on how to obtain and compile imperative analytical information to ensure your company’s online success, take a look at our Ebook “The Website Statistics You Need To Know.”


Key Takeaways:


Marketers and business owners can take advantage of free ad space on Google by simply creating an account and placing their business on Google Maps via Google Local.  This is a great compliment to also having your site optimized for local SEO.


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Bob Ruffolo

Bob Ruffolo

Bob is an inbound marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in online marketing and strategy development. Bob has always been on the cutting edge regarding all aspects of online marketing, including: campaign development, web design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging, marketing analysis, CRM management, closed loop reporting. Since founding IMPACT in 2009, Bob oversaw the company through an accelerated growth period and developed a reputation as one of the top start-up marketing agencies. Under his leadership, IMPACT has grown to 18 employees, became a HubSpot Gold Certified Partner, and been awarded Inbound Marketing Agency Rookie of the Year. One of Bob's passions is speaking about anything marketing, especially to business owners, marketing professionals, and students focusing in business and marketing.

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