Local Marketing Vault is a program that was created by James Bonadies and Jason McKim. The goal of their program is to show you how to run paid ads for small service based business owners. They believe that if you stack up a few clients, you’ll be able to quit your day job and live life financially free. But how much does Local Marketing Vault cost? What’s inside the program that can actually help you? And will you be able to actually fire you boss? Scroll down for my full Local Marketing Vault review.
Just like all the other gurus you see out there today, Jason and James ran their own lead generation business and digital marketing agency once upon a time. Today they focus more on the coaching side with a private Facebook group while taking trips and living the good life left and right. Now their own success story is great…but what about their students? Well on that side of things they do seem to have some pretty legit testimonials (which is hard to find in the space these days). The next thing someone would wonder about it the price. Well the Local Marketing Vault cost is north of $5,000. If you can’t pay that off all in one go, their “coach” which is basically just a sales guy, will offer you a payment plan that best fits your budget. But be warned, the payment plan option ends up being way more than $5,000. You’ll probably be closer to $7,000 at the end of the payments. This pricing structure is very similar to that of Cory Long’s Digital Storefronts course which teaches basically the same thing: getting leads for local businesses.
Ok, what’s the real low down? Jason and James are honestly pretty good guys. From everything I’ve seen in the guru space, you could do a lot worse. Local Marketing Vault teaches the paid ads business model. Their coaching certainly isn’t cheap, but you’re also not getting left behind upon entry like you would with courses that cost $997. But now I’m gonna talk about an uncomfortable truth. The paid ads business model. The simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t what it used to be. 7 years ago you could learn this skill, start a successful paid ads campaign and “scale to the moon” like all these gurus want you to believe. But scaling isn’t as realistic as they make it appear. Every day all the ad platforms increase their costs and add more rules. This is a formula for dwindling profit margins and sleepless nights wondering if your Google ads are going to be suspended overnight by some accidental rule you weren’t aware of since these platforms don’t feel the need to alert every ad agency.
Another thing that sucks is your limit of niches. At the end of the paid ads on platforms like Facebook and instagram just kinda suck because you have to rely on pattern interruption. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you have a personal injury attorney who wan’t more leads. Your first go to is going to be FB ads like what Jason and James teach. Here’s the issue though. When people are on Facebook, they’re not looking for personal injury attorneys. They’re looking for status updates from their friends, funny videos, or just mindlessly scrolling. The last thing on their mind is trying to find a personal injury attorney. The same can be said for just about every other niche unfortunately. Google ads are at least a little better for small business owners because at least then you’re getting an audience actively looking up those keywords.
And yes, Jason McKim and James Bonadies do actually cover Google AdWords in the program. Which in my opinion, does definitely give them the edge to programs that teach just Facebook ads. However, we can’t forget that with Google ads, your profit margins still will continue to dwindle over time. It’s inevitable. So what’s the solution to starting your own agency and online business?
Well you could copy how I make money online. I mean not directly. But you know what I mean. Copy the business model I’m using. I use free traffic and buyers come to me more than they do paid ads. Even better, I own and control it all. I don’t have to worry about Google, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or fill in the blank social media platform taking down my website because it doesn’t align with their “rules”. All it takes is me writing a couple of pages for the website over a couple of hours and that’s it. Those pages I put on websites for services like landscaping, roofing, and concrete will rank in their local areas super fast just because most of the guys I’m “competing” against don’t even know why they need to write about their services in the first place. Not to mention it’s a lot easier than ranking for “Local Marketing Vault reviews” lol.
I could go on, but just to kinda put a lid on things I’ll end with this. Free traffic means your leads will be higher quality. Why? Because they’re literally SEEKING YOU OUT. More and more customers don’t trust or click on paid ads anymore, and instead see the very first 3 spots in Google as the most “legit”. When you land in one of these 3 spots, you’re guaranteed to have the most buyer intent leads coming through. And this is something businesses are willing to pay big bucks for each month. Often at a flat recurring fee. You can almost think about it like digital leasing. But yeah, I think it’s better than Local Marketing Vault goes as far as the long term is concerned. Check out my link below if you’re interested. But if you just need money for the short term as you’re in-between jobs, the Local Marketing Vault course isn’t the worst choice.