What Local Businesses Must Know About Local Search – Right Now

Whether a local business is a stand-alone, single location or part of a massive national or global brand, it shares a common goal with every other business. Every local business wants to be findable in search and therefore visible to the public – those consumers trying to solve a problem or fulfill a need as…

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%…

Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions

by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places – like “dinner nearby” or “bars nearby,” for example  – by…