Survey: Local search marketing top channel for SMBs, but many not tracking ROI

A recent survey found local search is the most popular form of online marketing for US small businesses (SMBs). In this context, “local search” includes SEO and PPC. Non-local SEO and PPC are also broken out separately.

Source: RevLocal, July 2016 (n=602 US SMBs)
The survey was conducted by digital agency RevLocal in July among roughly 600 SMBs. Interestingly, most of these respondents expressed a belief that their digital marketing efforts were effective (62 percent) or very effective (13 percent). Yet paradoxically, a substantial minority (44 percent) said they weren’t doing any ROI tracking.

Source: RevLocal, July 2016 (n=602 US SMBs)

An earlier Thrive Analytics survey found that 74 percent of SMBs in the US did not use any tools to monitor or measure the performance of their online marketing. Nearly 60 percent in that survey were simply asking customers, “How did you hear about us?”

Source: RevLocal, July 2016 (n=602 US SMBs)
Despite the findings above, numerous surveys have shown that SMBs working with

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