Invest in Your Business Now for Future Success.

To succeed in the future… you have to act NOW!

Like many of the businesses that advertise in our Little Blue Book and online directory, Local Pages is a small family business. During this time of economic uncertainty we have been looking to learn lessons from the past to shape and determine our future. This is what we have learned:

  • It will be those that continue to market their businesses who will reap the benefits later.
  • Business goes where it is invited. 
  • If you don’t advertise and engage with your customers, you will be forgotten.
  • If you don’t advertise and engage with your customers, they will assume you have gone out of business
  • If you don’t engage with your customers, your competitors will.
  • Marketing = leads = sales = food on the table
  • Control the things you can control and adapt to the things you cannot change.
  • The way things have been done in the past are not the ways that things will be done in the future.
  • We need imagine future working practices and alter the way we work to meet them.

Therefore, at Local Pages we are embracing this period of uncertainty by increasing our marketing activity and adapting our working practises in order to better support our customers, staff and suppliers.

Our business has grown in the past few years due to us keeping our promises and generating low-cost, affordable leads for our customers through our online and printed media. By continuing to invest in our marketing now, we are determined to build on that past success and come through this economic downturn stronger than ever.

We encourage all businesses to do the same. Which brings us to…

 

10 reasons why you should invest in our Little Blue Book

1 – The current situation will not last forever and when it does end our little blue books will be in even greater demand as people look to buy goods and services from local people they know and trust.

2 – By booking now you are investing in the long term as each book generates leads for 12 months. 

3 – One of the reasons the Little Blue Books are so successful is that we can prove they work by offering all our customers unique, trackable phone numbers.

4 – Local Pages is one of the cheapest and most cost effective advertising media available as it generates high quality leads from less than £3 per week. 

5 – Every booking during the current lockdown (minimum 30th June, 2020 comes with a free enhanced listing on www.localpages.co.uk where over 200 people each day search for businesses like yours.

6 – Where possible we are offering a range of flexible payment terms allowing you to spread the cost and protect your cash flow.

7 – Free graphic design to create eye catching adverts that engage and entice new prospects.

8 – People like to buy from local people. Your advert will be seen by people local to you who want your products and services with very little wastage.

9 – Every customer is offered a free digital consultation to ensure their online activity is optimised to generate leads..

10 – For over 40 years Local Pages has been a tried and trusted source of leads for local businesses. Due to public demand, we are printing and distributing more Local Pages directories than ever before and promoting their use through increased marketing and highly targeted advertising campaigns. This means your business gets even more awareness for every £1 invested.

 

For more details email info@localpages.co.uk or call 0117 923 1122

 

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Case Study: First Year with Local Pages

Little Blue Book Directory: Customer's first year success

“Print marketing is dead…”

If you work in the print advertising industry you are likely to hear this dismissive phrase nearly every day. Whilst it is easy to see why certain businesses come to this conclusion, our recent successes and growing client base of 3,000+ suggests it is anything but!

We first met Nick, who owns Allied Electrical Services Ltd, in April 2017. The meeting was regarding placing an advert in the Chipping Sodbury and Yate region with Local Pages. Whilst Nick was certainly not adverse to print advertising, there was an element of scepticism about its effectiveness in the modern market place.

Nick remembers, “I was certainly sceptical at first. Like any small business, we keep a close eye on our outgoings and marketing and were already spending a large proportion of our carefully managed budget in online advertising”.

“I was aware of the Local Pages, but as I live outside the Chipping Sodbury and Yate delivery area for the edition I was unaware of how well known the book was in the locality”.

Allied Electrical are based in Pucklechurch and provide a friendly and experienced electrical service from replacing a plug socket to a full home rewire.

Nick decided to take out a 6th of a page “Loud & Proud” advert in the Chipping Sodbury & Yate, Little Blue Book edition for 2017/18 which is delivered to approximately 18,000 address across the locality. To ensure that the advertising was worthwhile Nick placed his own trackable phone number into the advert to monitor the calls from the book and provide him with an end of year ROI.

Local Pages has produced some fantastic results for us and have renewed my advertising for a second year”.

Fast forward a year we are now compiling the new Little Blue Book for Chipping Sodbury and Yate 2018/19. Speaking to Nick upon the renewal of his advert, he provided us with this fantastic feedback.

“It was my first year with Local Pages and as a business owner who tracks carefully where our enquiries come from, I was sceptical on whether I would receive a response from print advertising. In fact, Local Pages has produced some fantastic results for us and have renewed my advertising for a second year”.

 

If you are a business owner it is easy to get sucked into thinking that all of your advertising spend should be allocated towards digital mediums. We certainly champion digital marketing and have a team that provides great value, local, digital marketing solutions. However, print advertising is still a valuable tool (especially to the trades) and finding an advertising vehicle that works is essential to this.

Local Pages’ Little Blue Books have been in production for nearly 40 years. We are trusted and well known in the regions we cover. We work closely with our clients and utilise trackable phone numbers and online statistics to ensure that your advert is providing you with a positive ROI.

You can view more about the ROI we have provided for different industries, the demographics of our users and find out more about Local Pages by viewing our media pack.

Interested in placing an advert? Contact us now to discuss an advert placement.

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Goodbye Yellow Pages…Hello Little Blue Book

After 51 years, Yellow Pages have announced they are ceasing to print their directories.

Source: BBC News

At Local Pages we understand the importance of a strong on and offline presence for your business and after 38 years know that many business owners will want to continue to advertise in a printed format, so here are 5 reasons why you would want your business to be included in our Little Blue Books;

 

  1. 94% of our customers said they are happy to advertise with us again
  2. Our Little Blue Books get delivered through Royal Mail to nearly 500,000 letterboxes
  3. 24 editions cover 50 areas across the South-West & South Wales
  4. Focusing on the hyperlocal market, we can bring you 100’s of local leads
  5. Last year was our biggest ever sales year in 38 years of successful trading

Click price list to see what we offer.

We also offer print, design and website services, so whether it’s business cards, flyers or a new company website – we can help.

 

Please give us a call on 01179 231122 or email info@localpages.co.uk

 

If you just want to add your business for free, please click here

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Welcome to The Little Blue Blog!

Hello and welcome to the Little Blue Blog! We’re so happy you found our little corner of the Internet. Here we hope to provide both practical and informative weekly content on how to effectively market and grow your small business; alongside some interviews with local businesses and snapshots from the areas where our Little Blue Books are distributed. 

Local Pages was founded in 1979 by Boris Bernard. It remains a family company to this day with his two sons, Dan and Ollie at the helm supported by their amazing team. The world has changed a lot since the 70’s. Promoting and marketing your business has never been easier, yet at the same time, it’s more complex than ever with the overwhelming amount of platforms and ways to do this.

We’re passionate about small businesses and our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for all marketing strategy. From advertising in our heritage Little Blue Books to social media and website design & hosting, we’re here to provide solutions. Connecting local people with local businesses is at the core of Local Pages.

Thanks for stopping by! We’re a friendly bunch, so please feel free to comment on or share our posts – we’d love hearing from you. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and please subscribe to The Little Blue Blog.

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