- Local search marketing will generate $502 million in 2004. That's just 19 percent of the total search marketing spend. Local search spending is actually growing more slowly than the rest of the industry. In 2009, local search will bring in $879 million, or only 16 percent of the total search marketing spend.
Only 4 percent of searchers say local search availability attracts them to a search engine, ranking it among the least-demanded search engine features. When consumers do use local search, it's mostly to find known merchants, not discover new ones.
[Thanks, Andy Beal, for pointing out this article]