SEO: Local

Hooray! Google My Business descriptions are back

Google My Business (GMB) recently brought back the business description field, which has caused those of us working in the local search industry to say “hooray” and raise eyebrows. Here are a few things you should know about the description and some useful tips to help you make the most of this new change. 1. …

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Study: Responding to reviews can improve paid-search conversion rates

Digital marketing agency Location3 has released a new study that argues more review stars translates into higher paid-search conversion rates. While this finding makes intuitive sense, the study documented it with 16 months of SEM campaign data. The data come from campaigns for national brands with local stores. In this context, “conversions” means post-click consumer …

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6 smart e-commerce lessons to boost local business

E-commerce and local search might seem to be exclusive functions. Local search is typically associated with store locations and driving offline purchases, while e-commerce usually involves online transactions. But recently the crowded e-commerce space has led online-only stores to encroach on the turf of local stores and services. Amazon opened a bookstore in Seattle and …

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Are Yelp ads worth paying for? How to figure it out

As someone who works regularly with small businesses, I am frequently asked: “Should I advertise on Yelp”? Since this came up again recently, I thought I would share my insights and experience in hopes my answer helps someone else. Yelps makes it hard The last person asking about Yelp owns a European auto repair garage in …

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Google’s growth in online local reviews continues to dominate, but…

The growing importance of reputation management in business growth needs no introduction. If you want a single statistic to showcase why every business person and their dog encourages great reviews more than ever, it’s this: 85 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. That statistic is from a recent piece of …

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Why entities may power the future of location-based data

Over the past decade, Google has continued to increase the amount of personal data they collect from people querying information or supplying data to them. A story on Quartz brought this practice to light last year when a researcher discovered Google tracking location information from Android devices even if they have location services disabled: Since the …

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How does it all work?

If your business sells internationally, then your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts need to operate around the world, and international SEO can be complicated. Multiple countries, multiple languages, and often, multiple languages within a given country. It’s easy to get tied up in knots. And even easier to confuse a search engine and create a …

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How do you optimize content for a voice-first world?

For years, the use of voice search and voice assistants to answer questions has been on the rise. According to Google, 20 percent of all mobile search queries are voice search, and that number will only go up. Voice recognition technology is getting better and better: Google’s technology is now 95 percent accurate. Yet for …

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How to create content to support local SEO and rock the rankings

The rise of mobile search has led to many changes in SEO, but none more dramatic than the area of local search. By now, most of us are familiar with the Google update known as Pigeon. Launched in 2014, it allowed greater search visibility for local directories, which helped local search engine optimization (SEO) establish …

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Hyperlocal news, Nextdoor competitor or both?

Google is testing a new local service called Bulletin. The company describes it as a “lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone, published straight to the web.” It’s currently only available in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California. Google envisions this as a way to contribute …

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Local search industry optimistic about 2018 — but less likely to hire

The local search landscape is a constantly evolving beast, regularly changing at the whim of Google My Business and, more and more these days, reliant on consumer reviews. As such, the folks working in this niche of the wider SEO industry have had to be quick on their feet to adapt to changes. It’s no …

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How much will privacy regulation disrupt the local search market in 2018?

Most marketing professionals don’t give much thought to the regulatory climate. In the US, unlike Europe, privacy laws are largely industry-specific and targeted toward healthcare and financial services. Thus, marketers have largely been able to rely on lawyers to provide privacy disclosures and then go on to business as usual. Yet there are a number …

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