Today\’s smartphones are affordable for almost anyone these days, as competing handset makers strive to make devices that offer better-than-ever Web-browsing experiences on cell phones.
What if you suddenly need to look up a local business? With a smartphone, no matter where you are you can get online and start searching for it. Many technologies already offer to search locally; they can even show where you are \”right now\” on an interactive map, and then show the businesses around you that fit into the category you are researching.
How great would it be if a customer enters your office or store, and says he just found you on the web via his mobile phone while driving around? This possibility ought to encourage you to market your site locally on the web.
Start going this road before everyone else, because soon it\’s going to be really busy. People are going to search the Internet with their mobile devices more frequently, especially for something local. Before long, it might be too late for you to get in on the action.
In order to start marketing locally for cell phones, here is a list of major resources to help you work with the top three mobile search engines:
http://mobile.yahoo.com/go: This includes local listings arranged by distance and ratings, pulled out from the Yahoo Local database.
http://www.google.com/mobile/: Google\’s local solution for mobile devices, which offers local search results for particular device models.
http://www.livesearchmobile.com/: Live Search Mobile by Microsoft provides click-to-call listings of local businesses.
Shavkat Karimov, Internet Marketing Manager, mobileStorm
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