When winter sweeps through Utah, for many small home services businesses, that means work stops.
Utah sprinkler companies can't work on sprinklers when the pipes are frozen and grass is dormant and artificial turf companies can't install grass when the ground is frozen. Many home services companies have this same conundrum when the temps turn frigid. Also, your potential customers are thinking about hunkering down out of the shivering cold, and turning their thoughts and wallets to Christmas spending instead of landscaping or home improvement needs.
This means all operations need to cease, because the cash flow has stopped. Right?
Just because your business is hibernating, that doesn't mean Google is! This pause doesn't mean your business's digital engine should go silent. In fact, the off-season is the perfect time to delve into behind-the-scenes work, especially in the realm of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). In this blog post, we'll explore why small businesses in Utah should consider keeping their SEO efforts active even when the buzz of the peak season has settled.
Maintaining Visibility & Staying Relevant in Local Searches
Just because your work phone might be quieter doesn't mean your online presence should follow suit. SEO ensures your business remains visible in search results, allowing potential customers to find you, even during the off-season.
Local SEO can be a game-changer for small businesses. Any business can rule to top of the map pack in Google Maps searches, or be the top of search results in your areas. Consistent SEO efforts ensure your business appears in the right local searches, driving targeted traffic.
Preparing for the Next Surge
Utahns are notorious for being interested in emergency preparedness. We say it's important to prepare in the off-season for when the on-season starts! By optimizing your website, refining keywords, and enhancing user experience, you'll be poised for success when the peak season rolls around again.
SEO isn't just about keywords; it's about building authority in your industry. The ultimate goal is to be the top organic search result when people search for your services. Publishing quality content, obtaining backlinks, and optimizing your website contribute to your business being seen as an authoritative source. Don't forget about social media, either! Google keeps track of your social media and if you're active. Even if it's your off-season, you can keep posting! Don't be afraid to repost old photos, share experiences, behind the scenes, or throwback photos and videos of your top projects of the year.
Enhancing User Experience
Off-season provides the perfect window to enhance your website's user experience. Is there something you need to change about your website? Now's the perfect time to update your site when you have fewer visitors. From improving page load times to ensuring mobile responsiveness, these behind-the-scenes optimizations contribute to a positive user experience , and will make the spring time boom better for your customers.
Monitoring and Adapting to Trends
The digital landscape evolves, and SEO is not a one-and-done task. It can take Google up to 3 months to recognize your SEO work and for your efforts to reflect that. Regular monitoring allows you to adapt to changing trends, ensuring your business doesn't get left behind. BluTrade Brands can monitor your keywords and make sure you keep climbing the Google search results. Stay ahead of the curve by tweaking strategies during the off-season.
Continuing Your SEO Research in the off-season Will Give Your small business the Competitive Edge
While others in your industry might take a digital siesta during the off-season, maintaining your SEO efforts gives you a competitive edge. It positions your business as active, dynamic, and invested in providing a top-notch online experience. While others are hibernating, you will be working on climbing the ladder to be on top of the competition!
Spreading out your marketing budget for the entire year, not just your busiest season, will be beneficial in the long-run for your business. In Utah's off-season hibernation, the behind-the-scenes continuation of SEO efforts can be your business's secret weapon. By maintaining visibility, staying relevant in local searches, preparing for the next surge, building authority, enhancing user experience, adapting to trends, and gaining a competitive edge, you're not just weathering the off-season; you're actively cultivating success. So, as the mountains don their winter cloak, let your small business's online presence shine in the off-season when you continue with your SEO research, ensuring that when the season of peak activity returns, your business is ready to bask in the sunlight of success.
As always, if you don't want to take care of your SEO and social media marketing on your own, BluTrade Brands can take care of your Google Listing for you!