Eric Shanfelt

Eric is the Founder and CEO of Local Marketing Institute. He has 25 years of experience in digital marketing and has been the Chief Digital Officer for several B2B and consumer media companies. Eric has a passion for local businesses and focuses on practical digital strategies to help them attract more customers, build customer loyalty, and grow their business.
30-Minute Complete Local Digital Marketing Strategyvideo

30-Minute Local Business Digital Marketing Strategy

For many local businesses and even agencies, a local digital marketing strategy can seem complex and overwhelming. Every day there are new tools, Google changes its search algorithm, social media strategies change ... and then you hear about things like chat bots and Snapchat filters. You get companies calling you all the time promising to […]
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New Address

How to Update Google and Other Listings When You Move to a New Address

If your business moves to a new address, you must properly update your listings on Google, Yelp, Apple and more. Here's a quick checklist to help you out.

GDPR for Local Businesses

So you're marketing your local business online. Awesome, but are you doing it legally? What you don't know can hurt you. Join Eric Shanfelt, Founder & CEO of Local Marketing Institute, for a quick and focused overview of what you need to know about GDPR. Links mentioned in the video:
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Basic and Free Local Digital Marketing Strategyvideo

A Basic and Free Digital Local Marketing Strategy

I had the chance to meet with several local business owners last week while on vacation in Kauai. These business owners didn't want to rapidly expand their business and thus didn't want to be aggressive with their digital marketing. But they all wanted to cover the fundamentals without spending a ton of time and money. […]
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Direct Google Reviews Linkvideo

Link to Your Local Businesses’s Google My Business Review Section

Here's how to make a direct Google reviews link that takes your customers to your Google My Business profile AND opens the review window...
Local Marketing Trends for 2018video

Local Marketing Trends for 2018

What are the local marketing trends for 2018 when it comes to search, social media, local business websites, email marketing, reputation management, and online advertising? In this Office Hours session, join Eric Shanfelt, Founder & CEO of Local Marketing Institute, and get ready for what's coming in 2018. Learn what you must do to effectively […]
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Local Website Visitors in Google Analyticsvideo

See Local Website Visitors with Google Analytics Segments

In this video, I'll show you how to use Google Analytics segments to show traffic to your website from only the local region you...

New Google My Business Features

Google has rolled out several new features for your Google My Business listing recently: Posts, Questions & Answers, and Messages. Join Eric Shanfelt as he walks you through how to best use these features to reach more customers on Google, better communicate with them, and engage them to do more business with you.
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Effective Emails for Local Businessesvideo

Effective Emails for Local Businesses

For local businesses, email can reach more prospects and current customers more effectively than social media ... especially since only 5% of your social media followers ever see one of your social media posts. A good email strategy can help develop new prospects, turn them into new customers, engage your prospects and customers, and help […]
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15 Local Business Appsvideo

15 Essential Local Business Marketing Apps

Your customers use mobile devices. And if you do any digital marketing for a local business, you need to be mobile as well. In today's Office Hours session, we're going to review the 12 most important local business marketing apps that you must have your phone and why you need them. Apps mentioned in the […]
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