Also, find out where your competitors are listed. If this all sounds too time-consuming, then there are tools, both paid and free, that can help you find new citation opportunities. The tools we recommend and use ourselves include BrightLocal which does a paid citation burst that takes a few minutes to set up and then sends out directory requests on your behalf. However, if you’re a local business that would hugely benefit from a local listing in the Google Local Pack then it’s something worth spending time on it. You also have the option of either automating the work with the tools discussed earlier, or outsourcing it entirely, if you have the budget. Local SEO helps build authority in your local area, improves your website’s authority, sends trust signals and can also improve rankings