Q&A: Why More Small Businesses Will Use Location-Based Services in 2011

In 2010, businesses learned location-based services could help them build and retain foot traffic, potentially increasing sales through what amounts to free advertising.

Foursquare, Yelp and Gowalla led the push and Twitter and Facebook soon followed suit, adding features for users to reveal their whereabouts in exchange for deals or notoriety.

This year, more of those businesses are predicted to take advantage of geo-targeted data to revamp their marketing strategies by either taking cues from those social networks or directly using them.

“I really see the value of location-based services in gathering data to drive mass customization of your message and marketing efforts,” said Grant Powell, CEO of POM8, a digital marketing agency that has worked on social media projects for food brand Kraft and Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys.

“I believe that every business should leverage location data to refine their marketing efforts,” Powell told BusinessNewsDaily.

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