By |Published On: September 10, 2012|

If you boil the economy down to its lowest denominator, you’ll find that two very distinct things are happening:

  1. A seller is looking for a buyer
  2. A buyer is looking for a seller

Let’s take a look at each.

A Seller Looking for a Buyer

Cold-calling, direct mail, television and radio spots, newspaper ads, billboards. Each has their place in your marketing arsenal, but the one thing these have in common is this: it’s the seller who’s looking for the buyer.

That means 99 percent of those who see or hear your marketing message won’t want what you’re selling.

It’s not that your products or services are bad. It’s just that, at any given time, only a small minority of consumers are actually in need of what you sell. The rest will filter out what they see or hear because it’s not relevant to their needs. In fact:

  • One day later, 25 percent will have forgotten your advertising
  • Four days later, 85 percent will have forgotten
  • Seven days later, 97 percent will have forgotten

In 1999, I wouldn’t have recognized a Chevrolet Astro van if one had run me over, much less noticed an ad for one. But a year later, my family grew by one and suddenly, the word “mini van” entered my vocabulary.

Once I became a potential Astro van buyer, I was amazed at how many of them were on the road. I was well on my way to becoming …

A Buyer Looking for a Seller

The process I went through from mini vans being irrelevant to becoming a product I wanted and needed is known as the buying cycle:

  1. Attention: A product or service gets your attention
  2. Interest: You become interested and begin gathering information to support a purchase decision
  3. Desire: You gradually become more and more convinced that you want or need the product or service, at the price it’s being offered
  4. Action: You take the next step toward purchasing the product or service

Previous to 2000, no television commercial, billboard, or newspaper ad in the world could have enticed me into purchasing a Chevy Astro van. (Only after I entered the buying cycle would those ads have an affect.)

But when I reached step #4 (action), I became a self-directed consumer and decided to look for a seller.

Once that occurs, the next logical “action” is deciding what company to buy it from. Enter “local search.”

Local Searchers: “Ready to Buy”

Despite the ease of buying online, 75 percent of consumer spending occurs within 15 miles of the average American’s front door.

For the consumer who’s reached the end of this cycle and is “ready to buy,” all that’s left is finding a seller.

And they’ll either pick up the Yellow Pages, or go a search engine or local directory like or Superpages to do so.

Like I said earlier, only a small percentage of people who see or hear your advertisement are “ready to buy” at that moment. On the other hand, 90 percent of local searchers are planning to make a purchase. Here’s how the numbers break down:

  • 82 percent will contact the business
  • 42 percent will make a purchase

But here’s where it gets even more interesting: 77 percent of mobile searchers will contact the business and 44 percent will make a purchase … but in a shorter time period:

  • 70 percent of mobile searchers take action within one hour
  • 90 percent take action within 24 hours

Other forms of advertising are great for targeting consumers and creating need, but how much more targeted can you get than “ready to buy”?

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