The web giant is known for changing the way we view ad sales online, but now they’re trying something a little more old fashioned. According to the Wall Street Journal, they’re trying to woo local businesses into advertising with them by calling them up on the telephone.
The Internet-search giant this year has hired several hundred sales representatives to call U.S. businesses such as spas, restaurants and hotels to promote new advertising initiatives, people familiar with the matter said. The effort includes an office in Tempe, Ariz., with around 100 sales representatives, one of these people said.
Since 20% of searches done on Google are for local information, “a strong Web presence can help neighborhood businesses answer those searches and bring in more customers,” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of geographic and local services, in a prepared statement. Google’s new local ad offerings “are simple and they work, so we’ve been investing in marketing and sales to support them.”
Ms. Codino quickly agreed to pay $25 a month to highlight her store and show a 10%-off coupon when people use terms like “Portland tires” in a search on Google. “I was surprised,” she said. “This time it was really Google calling so I was motivated to listen.”
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