Earthquake in Local Advertising

… and it starts in Australia. The Yellow Pages was a fantastically huge cash cow for many years. They were a cash cow because they had a virtual stranglehold on the market – if you were not in the Yellow Pages, you were not getting business. Period. And you know what? They were right. And…

Google’s Mission to Eliminate Fake Google My Business Listings

by Bernadette Coleman While, we might not love all the updates Google is constantly making to the local pack and search algorithms, Google’s cracking down on fake Google My Business Listings is one update we can all get behind. As you know, one of Google’s top priorities is serving relevant, accurate search results that consumers…

Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?

By Joy Hawkins, searchengineland.com Google announced last week that they had recently conducted a study to research the actors behind fake listings on Google Maps. The study points out that “geographic proximity is the coin of the emerging localized-search realm,” which matches what I observed with the Possum update in 2016. This major algorithm update was responsible for…

LinkedIn vs Facebook B2B advertising – and more stats

Some interesting statistics on B2B advertising in social media…  what are people really doing? 48% of marketers build a new landing page for each marketing campaign. (MarketingSherpa) 68% of B2B businesses use landing pages to garner a new sales lead for future conversion. (MarketingSherpa) 16% of landing pages are free of navigation bars. (MarketingSherpa) 48%…

Bing has a chatbot answering local search questions

by Matt McGee for SearchEngineLand Skype-powered chatbot is showing up as an assistant to help searchers learn about restaurants in the Seattle area. Bing has added a chatbot to help users with some of its local search results for restaurants in the Seattle area. After getting a tip from a reader, I was able to reproduce the…