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Marchex Voicestar Webinar Uncovers Wealth of Untapped Data in Using Call Analytics

October 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE - Oct. 22, 2009

For many local and service-based businesses, phone calls are the predominant source of new business leads. However, data shows that many of these businesses are missing out on identifying and understanding incoming calls, even though 65 percent of businesses from BIA/Kelsey's Local Commerce Monitor study, conducted with research partner ConStat, identified calls to their business location as the highest quality of leads. In fact, as few as 5 percent of businesses surveyed use special phone numbers to accurately track the source of their leads with the majority directly asking phone callers how the business was found.

Earlier today, Neal Polachek, President of BIA/Kelsey, and Leigh McMillan, SVP and General Manager of Marchex's call analytics product, Marchex Voicestar, presented a Search Marketing Now webinar entitled, "Maximizing Conversions: The Power of Call Tracking and Analytics," discussing the opportunities and best practices of call tracking and analytics, with key industry data and case studies.

"Call tracking and analytics is the most cost-effective, yet underutilized business intelligence tool. Without it, advertisers and agencies have a false sense of their true offline and online marketing ROI," said McMillan. "For example, by analyzing not only the source of the calls but how long they last, where they are calling from, and what is said on the calls, advertisers can gain incredibly valuable insight to improve their sales conversions and optimization efforts."

McMillan shared six simple tips for on how advertisers can use call analytics successfully:

  1. Test and track calls from your search campaigns at the level that make sense given your business (i.e. by source, campaign, ad group, or keyword, etc.), and use Dynamic Number Replacement to most effectively and efficiently capture what is generating the calls
  2. Use local tracking numbers (vs. toll-free) when a local presence matters
  3. Call-optimize the business's landing pages
  4. Listen to call recordings - not only to assess the value of the call, but also to help improve sales or customer service staff response
  5. Have an "after hours" call routing and voicemail strategy - on average, 22 percent of calls happen after business hours
  6. Establish and leverage baseline data to quickly spot trends - such as, profiling new customer calls by identifying the length of time needed to execute the specific consumer action sought (i.e. to set up an appointment), which can vary by category. For Salons and Education, for example, Marchex data shows it is approximately 3 minutes vs. 6 minutes for Home Services and Finance-related businesses.
Materials Available for Download

A replay of the webinar will be available within 24-48 hours, and is accessible by visiting: http://searchmarketingnow.com/on-demand.

About Marchex

Marchex, Inc. (www.marchex.com) is a leading local search and performance advertising company. Marchex's innovative advertising platform delivers search- and call-based marketing products and services for local and national advertisers. Marchex's local search network, one of the largest online, helps consumers make better, more informed local decisions through its content-rich Web sites that reach tens of millions of unique visitors each month.

Forward-Looking Statements

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For further information, contact:

Marchex Investor Relations:
Trevor Caldwell
Telephone: 206.331.3600
Email: ir(at)marchex.com

Marchex Press:
Michelle Craig
Nyhus Communications for Marchex
Telephone: 206.323.3733
Email: michelle(at)nyhus.com