Category: Column: Local Search

Google My Business listings: 5 frequently asked questions

One of the best ways to get local rankings is by claiming and optimizing your Google My Business (GMB) listing. Not only does your Google My Business listing increase your chances of showing up in the Google Local 3-pack, but...

/ July 18, 2018

Do Google reviews impact local ranking?

In May of this year, many small businesses lost a number of Google reviews. A month later, Google provided my colleague Mike Blumenthal a statement that confirmed the reviews were not coming back: We do not allow anonymous reviews today...

/ July 13, 2018

How social networks usurp Google’s local search dominance

Google remains at the forefront of developments in many areas that have the potential to disrupt local search. Artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), the internet of things (IoT), voice search and cloud technology are all being increasingly used by...

/ June 29, 2018

National ads, local results: Where should you be putting your money?

When it comes to search engine marketing (SEM), geotargeting is a local advertiser’s best friend. After all, if you only serve customers in Evanston, West Virginia, it doesn’t really make sense to pay for clicks from people in New York...

/ June 29, 2018

Practice useful marketing for local business content success

At every search conference, you hear the same click-bait question: “Is SEO dead?” The short answer is “no,” and the longer answer is still “no,” it’s just changing. Maybe the term search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t really a good way...

/ June 29, 2018

How does Yelp’s review solicitation penalty work?

Back in November of 2017, Yelp announced it would start issuing penalties for businesses that solicit reviews. Yelp said: “Now, we are also demoting business pages in Yelp search results that show indicators of organized review solicitation through reputation management...

/ June 15, 2018

Finally! The 800 million ways Facebook gets serious about local business

For quite some time, the search industry has been wondering when Facebook is going to get serious about local search. With 2 billion monthly users, the world’s largest social media network could potentially become a powerful platform for people to...

/ June 14, 2018

Google My Business Q&A: What you may be missing

Google has been releasing more and more features on Google My Business (GMB). Additions like posts, photos, videos, booking, business descriptions, reviews and more make optimizing your Google My Business listing a must for local business or digital marketing agency...

/ May 31, 2018

It’s time for local business to take voice search seriously

At this year’s Google I/O conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled a brand-new voice assistant, Google Duplex, that introduces a new way to carry out “real-world” tasks over the phone, like booking a hair salon appointment or making reservations at...

/ May 29, 2018

How to survive Google’s new local search world

Last month, I attended the Local Search Association’s 2018 annual conference (LSA18) and was overwhelmed at the helpful information shared by the experts who spoke. I’d like to share some key takeaways and offer some insights of my own on...

/ May 22, 2018