SEO Helps Small Companies be the Big Fish

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One of the benefits of working at Oneupweb is our location here in Traverse City, Michigan. Not familiar with northwest lower Michigan? Check out the Our Area page for a small photo sampling.

Oneupweb is located at the southeast corner of Leelanau County, which makes our office a great starting point for after-work and weekend excursions. One-stop-sign towns are scattered throughout Leelanau County, and are nestled in and around natural and man-made landmarks such as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

Leelanau County is the kind of place that thrives on tourists and summer residents from May through September but turns peacefully silent the moment the last orange leaf blows off the maple tree.

Following the great exodus, the million dollar question many Leelanau County locals try to answer is how to make a good enough living to allow for the opportunity to live here year around. As a result, a handful of enterprising individuals have created businesses specializing in niche products with a Leelanau County flair.

For the most part, these companies rely on internet mail order, local and national word-of-mouth (tourists are great at word-of-mouth), catalog mailings, the holiday gift show circuit, holiday gift giving and pleading with those Oprah people in Chicago to get in on some list.

Some of these companies have done an amazing job with these marketing techniques and are distributing their products all over the world, while others are still trying to get off the ground. Locally these companies are big fish in a small pond, but nationally they are small fish in a big lake.

So how does search engine optimization (SEO) fit into this?

I ran a few of these local companies’ product keywords through the old Google machine and with the exception of one company that is a giant in the cherry products industry, none of them placed very high on a search engine results page (SERP).

After poking around a few of their websites, it didn’t take long to start finding substantial mistakes which hampered their ability to place strongly on a SERP. Not good for the little fish.

Now this is where SEO can turn that little Yellow Perch of a Leelanau County business into the proverbial King Salmon.

What gets me excited about SEO is that it can give a small mail order company with an incredible product the opportunity to have a large presence in its given market.

Marketing departments, in companies large and small, need to consider how SEO can help give them the exposure that they are working so hard for.

Don’t be the little fish in the pond. Learn how SEO can give you the opportunity to be the big fish.

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