Google: Maps & Local

Waze enables programmatic inventory, to offer richer analytics with Google ad tech integrations

Waze announced Wednesday that its zero-speed takeover ad unit is now available programmatically via Google’s Display & Video 360 (DV360) DSP. The Google-owned navigation app also said it will integrate with Google Campaign Manager to provide deeper measurement, allowing brands to compare Waze campaign performance against other media buys. Why you should care The DV360 …

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WordPress, Google team on new CMS and monetization for local news publishers

This morning, WordPress parent Automattic and Google announced Newspack. The new content management system (CMS) is “an advanced open-source publishing and revenue-generating platform for news organizations.” It’s targeted specifically to smaller, local news publishers that have struggled with traffic and revenue and don’t have lots of technology resources. Consortium of industry supporters. Google says that …

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Better Business Bureau reviews are complex. Here’s what you need to know

As someone who works in Local SEO, I have always been a huge advocate for the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Unlike many review sites, including Google,  they take the validity of reviews seriously. I do extensive manual monitoring of the data on the BBB and have found they are one of the most reliable sources …

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Google Maps redesigns ‘Explore’ tab, launches ‘Your match,’ ‘Group planning’ and ‘For you’ section

Today at Google I/O, Google announced new Google Maps features that are rolling out globally on Android and iOS in the coming months. The new features include a new “Explore” tab, brand-new features around “Your match” and “Group planning” and a new “For you” section. Redesigned Explore tab The redesigned Explore tab shows searchers who …

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Google Posts now accepting videos for some local businesses

Google seems to be testing a new Google Posts feature that supports the ability to upload videos, in addition to photos, in your Google Posts. Google Posts has only worked with photos uploading, but now Andy Simpson says he can upload videos as well. Google Posts is a feature that allows people and businesses to …

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