A list of products is the most valued piece of information (12% of respondents picked it as most important), followed by a price list (11%), phone number (11%), physical address (10%), and hours of operation (10%), the survey of 811 consumers in the US and Canada found.
Only 4% of respondents say an attractive website is the most important element, and just 3% cite company images, according to the study.
As for the least-valued elements on local business websites, only 1% of respondents are interested in company blogs and in pictures of staff members.
Below, additional key findings from the report.
- Only 5% of respondents say a bad or ugly website would put them off from using a local business altogether.
- Older consumers (55+) give more credit to a business that has a "clean and smart" website, whereas younger consumers (18-34) are more design-oriented and less likely to use a business that has a clunky site.
- Consumers age 18-34 are twice as likely than those age 55+ to contact a local business if they have a website.
- Business proximity is the most important factor when deciding whether to use a local business (18% cited as the top factor).
- Clear contact details (16%) and company information (16%) are also key factors.
About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 811 US and Canadian consumers (46% male, 54% female).